November in the midwest is when we really start to see the weather shift. In addition to preparing for the holidays, we also start getting prepped for winter weather. This includes preparing the house inside and out as well as cars for the upcoming months.
Here are a couple of ways I prepped in November.
The houses that both my wife and I grow up in where both on wells for water. For me, we had a small pump and reserve tank. In a power outage, it did not take much power from a generator to keep it running and if needed we had a hand pump in the garage. Now living in a large subdivision we are on city water, which is dependent upon large-scale infrastructure that can be compromised by either manmade issues like Flint, MI or natural disasters like hurricane Sandy. So in addition to the basic water filtration. like the Life Straw I keep in my get home bag, I have started to look at more scalable options for water purification and storage. This includes water storage options like the WaterBOB and scalable filtration systems like the Sawyer Mini kits or a Berkey system. I will share my research and testing in future posts.
As part of planning for the winter, we tackled our annual list of chores. For the house this included winterizing the sprinkler system, storing exterior hoses, replacing smoke detector batteries. For our cars I checked tire pressure and tread depth, replace worn out wiper blades and checked the antifreeze mix to make sure it was proper for the colder temperatures coming up. A few minutes spent checking the basics could save us hours of being stranded.
Also, at the end of November, I attended my first prepper conference. The conference was held here in Indianapolis at the state fairgrounds and was put on by RK Prepper Shows. Going into I had hoped to see vendors and demonstration from manufacturers of tools and supplies. Out of the 20+ or so vendors that were there, I think less than 5 fits into that category. There was the normal assortment of imported knives, imitation tactical gears, and insulated window manufacturers. While I enjoyed the afternoon out with my wife, it was not exactly what I was hoping for but at least a start. Hopefully, it will continue to grow over time.
Black Friday is always a big shopping day in our house but not for Christmas gifts. We take advantage of it to stock up on several different consumable products. When you look at the circulars and sales ads there are the door busters but dig a little deeper and you can find some great deals. This year for us this included $.99 for 5lbs bags of sugar and flour, larger jars of peanut butter for $.99 each, LED headlamps for $1.50 each, and a great price on some practice ammo after rebate.
What did you do to prep in November?
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