Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Prudent Prepping: Purple Pack, part the Latest

The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.

The Purple Panic Pack build has slowed to a crawl due to major schedule conflicts, with only one item moving into the pack this week.

While any progress is good, the general "emergency supplies learning curve" has been rather steep. Not Mount Everest steep, but perhaps the Rockies.

What's In The Bag
I have several backpacks, most with some of the necessities already in place: some sort of stove, pots and pans, utensils and a water filter. There are Life Straws in one and Sawyer Minis in the others, and I took one of those to use in the Purple Pack. The one I added is the Sawyer Products MINI

From the Amazon ad:
  • Ideal for outdoor recreation, hiking, camping, scouting, domestic and International travel, and emergency preparedness
  • High-performance 0.1 Micron absolute inline filter fits in the palm of your hand and weighs just 2 ounces; 100% of MINI units individually tested three times to performance standards by Sawyer
  • Attaches to included drinking pouch, standard disposable water bottles, hydration packs, or use the straw to drink directly from your water source
  • Removes 99.99999% of all bacteria (salmonella, cholera, and E. coli); removes 99.9999% of all protozoa (such as giardia and cryptosporidium); also removes 100% of microplastics
  • Filter rated up to 100,000 gallons; Includes one Sawyer MINI filter, 16-ounce reusable squeeze pouch, 7-inch drinking straw, and cleaning plunger 
Since my friend is a Health Care professional, a way to have clean water was an easy sell. Some of the other sells are going to be harder, since she has no outdoor recreation, hiking or camping experience. Time will tell.

General Prep
This is also somewhat of a hard sell, but with the recent power shutoffs due to the fires here in California the ability to cook food off-grid has now been shown to be a necessity and not fiction. A fresh propane tank is now ready to go for cooking, and more non-perishable food has been purchased, but I'm having a harder 'sell' for storing water in sufficient amounts to be useful. I'm also not in a place to order enough water jugs to set someone up with what I think is necessary, and I don't have enough jugs right now to give half of mine to someone else, but in a pinch one more person in this house will not stress our stores in the short run. In the long run, a bit more looking at the reality of what happens to people when the power is turned off might make a difference.

Recap And Takeaway
  • Nothing was purchased this week, but several items may be bought soon.
  • The Sawyer Mini mentioned above is the water filter system that I like, and can be bought from Amazon for $19.97 with Prime.
  • Surprisingly, the 2 pack option costs more than buying the filters separately. Go figure!
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NOTE: All items tested were purchased by me. No products have been loaned in exchange for a favorable review. Any items sent to me for T&E will be listed as such. Suck it Feds.

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