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Last minute tips for parents when the SHTF
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 4393568:MV8xNTg3OTA4XzI4ODIyNTA4X0EyQTM2QkM4] Creatively combining old tech with new tech One of the aspects of permaculture is taking a time tested tribal means of survival and community skills and adapting it by using modern technology and in the synthesis come up with better ways to utilize resources, save time and effort, and produce more work from the same ordinary devices. One such idea is to take the rocket stove that you only use for cooking or heating, and use it in novel ways. One idea that's being tried is coupling a TEG or a peltier device to generate electricity. A TEG uses the difference in temperture to generate a small amount of energy, and then that could be used to recharge an electrical device of very low voltage and amperage. Sure, a solar cell might do this easier, but the village may not have a solar cell recharger, but they can make a rocket stove, and might have a TEG. I agree that it seems the best way currently for no waste of resources is a solar charger. There is one company that is marketing the device for 3rd world nations and has a working model: http://www.biolitestove.com/BioLite_HomeStove.html Such a device would work best when the temperature is greatest but not interfering with the recharging process. An experimenter is working on the idea here, but he's not getting a good heat transfer due to the insulative properties of the brick versus a standard metal rocket stove. A brick rocket stove however is the easiest rocket stove to assemble since all you need is clay, grass, a mold, and time to produce them. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nygdUrderpQ [/youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nygdUrderpQ Another example of a multi-use idea is to use a solar oven for water purification. Wood (or an alternative fuel like dried animal dung) may not be in abundance. The solar oven might be used to generate a sustained heat source for cooking, but also might be used at other times as a way of heating up the water hot enough to kill many bacteria and parasites. Of course it still requires filtration. A cheap means of doing this in the heat of summer is merely placing water in two liter soda bottles on rooftops and using the roof tiles to heat up the water. http://solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/Water_pasteurization The solar oven can also work as a food dehydrator. A solar oven that's pointed at the sky at night in certain circumstances can lower the ambient temperature (several degrees above freezing) and generate ice. That might be something very important for a variety of reasons. See the article below for three alternative refrigeration methods. http://www.provident-living-today.com/Alternative-Refrigeration.html [/quote]
There are many free homeschooling sites with pdf files. It would be great to have them just in case there are issues.
Get medications that your kids need. See if your doctor will prescribe 3 months supplies for them.
Get some presents tomorrow for Christmas. Little gifts that you could give out not only then, but throughout the year as incentives. They'll really appreciate them.
Children can thrive in the woods as long as they have calm parents. They cannot keep up with your pace up and down tails. You've got to plan adequately if you do have to walk some.
Kids are used to incorrectly using a backpack since kids at school wear them in the wrong fashion, which adds too much stress to their lower back. You'll have to reteach them how to buckle it properly and position it higher than they used to wearing it.
Try to make gathering wood into a game. Teach them as much about nature as possible. Being quiet is as important as talking.
Kids love open fires. Tell stories. It can simply be times when they did wonderful things when they were younger. They love hearing how much you love and adore them. Even teens.
Hug and kiss them often. Be generous with your affection. Lavish it on them
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