Jul 24, 2012

Rain Rain go away(surviving in the rain)

SIDE NOTE*** As I re-read this a few days later,  I can see I just got back from vaca.... a bit cheesy, but still some useful stuff

I am a person that approaches prepping on a few different levels. First one I live in the city. Second one is never rely on a major stockpile. I have one, but I just like to be capable with the minimum. Now with that said, I did my annual music festival camping trip. Anyone that has gone to these knows the weather is ALWAYS unpredictable. Last year temps reached 110 degrees. This year was actually great...all but one day. That one day was heavy cold rain. We were right on the beach so the winds made it so cold that we had smoke coming out when we breathed. And the tent let us down and was leaking  before we could do anything, all our bedding was wet! 

If this was a shtf situation what did I do right and what did I do wrong.

Having a proper go bag would help you here. Or a Coffee can survival Kit (soon to post)

Finding shelter
We had shelter that blocked the wind and rain to sit under. We had a canopy with sides.
(this is the first thing you must do when the rain comes down!)
In a SHTF situation: In the city the city this can be under a bridge or in an old building. or under a tree (evergreens are the best). You maybe home  but with no power, that would just mean stay in side and dress warm (and you are all set)

And set a container up to catch water to drink, a plastic bag tied to branches can do.

Rain gear
Some of us had rain boots, dry socks and rain gear. If you do not have this,  garbage bags and duct tape are a great stand by for boots and coat. These two thing you should always have in your go bags. Not to mention it keeps your body heat in. (one person I was with did not have rain gear and I told her to do this and it made a world a difference! It kept them warm!

Tom Hanks Starting a Fire Without Matches

Get a fire going in wet weather
Keeping and or getting DRY is a must so getting a fire going is very important. The longer it rains the harder that will be to do. Gather wood that is dry...under trees, under depree you can find wood to burn and get a bunch because once settled in you will not want to leave your shelter area.

Make sure to get stuff for a fire starter as well.
 Some ideas:
cotton balls with Vaseline or rubbing alcohol
pringles chips :)
small slivers of bark from a tree, dried leaves or grass
paper, tissues, book
Now build a tinder nest. Your tinder nest will be used to create the flame you get from the spark you’re about to create.
You get the idea.

And hopefully you have matches, lighter or flint with you. But if you do not...your work has just started.

If it was sunny you can use glasses and the sun. If you had a car battery you can use jumper cables or wire to create a spark.

Batteries and steel wool
  • Pull the steel wool into a thin length about 6 inches long and 1/2 inch wide.
  • Get a 9-volt or a couple of "D", "C", or "AA" batteries.
  • Touch the steel wool to both contacts of the battery and the steel wool will begin to glow and burn.
  • It does not burn long, so get it into your tinder quickly.
Or a friction fire like the boy scouts learn Click here to see several ways .

And BAM you have fire, to dry off and get your head together.

If you have that handy piece of tin foil you will be able to make some pine needle (vitamin C) tea in it once you get a fire going and have collected some rain water.

Song for this post HAS TO BE one of my favorite songs

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