I’ve recently started filling 55-gallon drums for emergency water use. Is there a special way to clean the drums before adding water? Any help would be appreciated.
-From Colt T.
Answer: Before filling any container with water for storage, you want to make sure to clean and sanitize the container. First, wash the storage container and rinse completely with water.
Next, sanitize the container with a solution made by mixing 1 teaspoon of unscented liquid bleach. Wait at least 30 seconds and then pour the sanitizing solution out of the container.
Lastly, let the empty sanitized container air-dry before use or rinse the empty container with clean, safe water. As for how long the water will stay fresh, it all depends on how it’s stored.
If the water is sitting in your garage all summer where the temperatures reach 100 degrees, it won’t last as long as if it were stored in a cool basement. Because I store my water in a cool, dry place, I only change it out once per year.
(But, you don’t even have to do it that often if you don’t want to.)
Someone in my neighborhood recently purchased a drone. They like to fly it over my house in the evening. I’m worried it could be burglars casing the house waiting to break in when they know we are gone. What should I do?
-From Keith L.
Answer: This is happening around the country with many news reports about criminals using drones to look into homes, or simply to see what someone has in their backyard.
The thing is, most states don’t have laws protecting your privacy from drones, but I imagine this will change soon.
With that being said, if you see a drone in your backyard or looking into your house it’s a bad idea to try and catch or shoot the drone because this is most likely illegal.
The best thing you can do is to get pictures of the drone, try to follow it until it lands, and call the police.
I would also have security cameras all around your home, so that if criminals try and come and case the house in-person you will know.
I live in Portland, OR and we have had riots on and off for the past year. I have extra food, supplies, firearms, and ammunition. But how am I suppose to protect these things if rioters knock at my door?
-From Rebecca T.
Answer: I don’t answer the door to anyone I don’t know. Look out a peephole or window to see who it is. If you don’t know them, you can talk to them through the door. There’s nothing that says you need to open a door to converse with someone.
Also, I always carry concealed, so if I’m going to my door, I usually have a gun in my pocket. I know of other people who have a small gun safe right next to their front door. (I would not answer the door with a gun in hand, I would keep it out of sight.)
If it is someone you don’t know tell them you can’t talk and ask them to move along.
Of course, if they try to bust down your door and it’s going to be a home invasion, then you better be prepared to defend yourself. For multiple intruders, the AR-15 is the best option.
My wife and I are looking to take a martial arts classes together. Do you have any suggestions of which style is the best?
-From Randy S.
Answer: For a quick answer for in-person training, I would see if there are any Krav Maga or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu places in your area and check those out.
With that being said, some of the best hand to hand guys I’ve seen use a variety of techniques from different martial arts. They figure out the moves they like from each different style and combine them to fit their own skill set, which is what I do.
What are your thoughts on adding a space blanket to your survival gear? Do you think it would be useful?
-From Mel L.
Answer: Space blankets can be a valuable addition to any safety or survival gear. These blankets are waterproof, windproof and incredibly light to carry.
These blankets can reflect up to 90% of your body heat and that’s why they are in all of my bug out bags.
I carry a tactical pen with me everywhere I go. Besides the tactical pen, is there anything you would recommend for a woman to carry on her for safety/self defense? I have to walk though a parking garage late at night.
-From Katie N.
Answer: I’m glad you carry a tactical pen, since this is one of my favorite self-defense tools.
Now, you mentioned that you frequently walk in a parking garage. One of the best self-defense tools to carry in that situation is a flashlight stun gun.
The flashlight stun gun that I carry can be used as a normal flashlight and then in an instant it can be used as a stun gun.
Basically, you could walk through a parking garage using the flashlight (which wouldn’t draw attention) and if you were threatened you could easily push the stun gun function to thwart an attacker.