Seattle Area preparedness classes

Discussion in 'General Preparedness Discussion' started by bombardier666, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. bombardier666

    bombardier666 Member

    Would anyone out there living in the Seattle area be interested in coming to a survival and preparedness class? I'm putting together a curriculum but I want to know if there is any interest before I go further
  2. TechAdmin

    TechAdmin Administrator Staff Member

    Not in the area but curious what topics you would cover and what your background is.

  3. PaulBk

    PaulBk Guest

    SE King Co. here

    I am interested. Please post curriculum.

    -Paul Bokor
    CERT Instructor
  4. bombardier666

    bombardier666 Member

    Seattle Area preparedness

    I hope this will answer both of your questions.
    I am currently working on a curriculum for a class, usuming there is enough interest I'd like to expand it. Keep in mind this is a work in progress. Some of the areas I'm working on and that I have real practical knowledge in are as follows:
    1) Food storage, including how to calculate how much one needs for 1 month and 1 year etc., proper food storage, home preparation and preserving. Sustainable gardening methods, composting, bed prep and food crops.
    2) Water collection, filtration, purification and storage.
    3) Medical supplies, medication and home remedies.
    4) Home knowledge, water main shut off, main power breaker, and gas shutoff.
    5) Soap making, clothing repair, homemade cleaning supplies.
    6) Firearms, care, storage, safety
    7) Trapping, hunting and food gathering
    8) Purchasing land for a self sufficient life.
    I also have quite a bit of knowledge and practice in wilderness survival but I want to focus on long term home preparedness as opposed to the "bug out" method.

    As far as my background is concerned, I am self taught, through books,
    years of research and practical application. I also have had real life
    experience in wilderness survival, economic colapse, and natural disaster, all of which were incidental in my life. These experiences really taught me alot
    about preparedness and the need to know and apply more methods.
  5. Davis Willy

    Davis Willy Guest

    I am curious to know what happened when you learned your wilderness survival skills, if you don't mind sharing.
  6. mrs_jones

    mrs_jones MKJ

    could be interested . . .

    Hello, I could be interested. I am in the Lynnwood area. Would depend on the cost and content of the classes . . .
  7. Big B

    Big B Well-Known Member

    Hey Bomb
    Big B here from down South Sound area, local and interested.
    Know most of what you listed though, i am interested in the gathering of food in the NW. Like what's really healthy and eatable in these woods.
  8. SurvivalNut

    SurvivalNut Retired Army

    Emergency Preparedness Classes in Spokane, WA

    I wil be teaching Disaster / Emergency Preparedness classes this Spring '09 in Spokane.

    I pitched a curriculum to a local Community College and they were very receptive.

    Guns, Politics and Religion are definitely not in the curriculum. It is a family friendly course designed to explore using common sense ideas to prepare for a wide variety of emergencies. No black helicopters, no alien abductions, no conspiracies. Just good ol' neighborly preparation for unexpected emergencies.

    I am willing to share ideas and info. I also encourage you to approach your local Community Colleges as well. Access to their facilities and marketing is invaluable.

    The bottom line is to share our information. Educate our friends and turn potential "trials" into "experiences."
  9. Canadian

    Canadian Well-Known Member

    I'd like to learn how to fold a tinfoil hat properly. Just kidding... Sounds like a great idea. I'd take some classes if they were offered in my area.
  10. SurvivalNut

    SurvivalNut Retired Army

    Did you say tinfoil?

    We get our tinfoil hats by prescription here in the USA. The Govt folds them for us. We have long lost that skill. Anyway I hear CDN tinfoil is superior to ours. We have thicker skulls tho so the thinner foil still keeps the aliens from reading our minds. At least that is what we are told. Next time I am up north I will have to pick up some of the CDN high grade stuff. Maybe it will keep my wife from reading my mind...or is she an alien too....?UUUUGH! HOLY CRAP!
  11. Canadian

    Canadian Well-Known Member

    Survivalnut - Our beer has more alcohol content too. We also can still buy the old fashioned 9 million liter per flush toilets that are apparently banned in certain U.S. states.

    There was as story in the paper about people smuggling "illegal" toilets into the U.S. so Americans could get the good old hard core flush action they're used to. The new "green" water conserving toilets don't seem to flush as well as the old ones.
  12. marlenesmagic

    marlenesmagic Guest

    Hey Bomb...

    Wish we were up your way! I do have some material if your interested in. My wife and I print a book (Marlene's Magic with Food Storage) that teaches people how to create and use an effective food storage. You can look it up at Marlene's Magic with Food Storage. Feel free to email me and I'd be glad to email you up some info and a PDF of the book. We lecture on it (for free) all over California, utah and NV on the book and whats in it. My mother in law wrote it 15 years ago and we are carrying it on.

    [email protected]
  13. Gutrix

    Gutrix Member

    I am on the Kitsap Peninsula, so I could be interested depending on the time, frequency and cost.
  14. dlib from

    dlib from Guest

    local and interested

    would love to be involved with a survival class. I'm doing everything I can to prepare right now including planting the native camas plants that were a staple of the indigenous peoples diet.
  15. ke4sky

    ke4sky ke4sky

    Disaster Survival In the Urban Environment

    Here is what we are teaching our CERTs:
    Class materials may be downloaded at:


    Why teach “survival” in the city?
    Catastrophes vs. disasters
    This is about your family SURVIVAL, not volunteering
    Priorities for human survival

    Disaster V. Catastrophe

    Disasters are short term
    “Make do for 3-4 days until help arrives…”
    Catastrophic events are long term
    Katrina-scale hurricane, tsunami, earthquake
    Major terror attack, nuclear detonation, dirty bomb
    No help is coming soon, “you are on your own”


    Complete loss of civil infrastructure
    Minimal or no police, fire or EMS response
    No electricity, municipal water, communications
    Transport of fuel / food is severely impaired
    Public safety agencies will be overwhelmed
    Recovery is long term (over 30 days)

    Situational awareness, basic knowledge and
    a “survivor’s mindset” enable you to cope effectively

    STOP Calm down, and size up your situation…
    THINK Anticipate which hazards are most likely
    Take stock of materials and resources around you
    OBSERVE Orient yourself to your surroundings
    PLAN Select equipment and supplies appropriately
    ACT! Execute your plan, evaluate progress, adjust, "party on."


    Have an evacuation kit ready at all times
    Don't presume that a disaster will be short-term
    Pack essentials first, then consider comfort items
    In real emergences, forget last-minute purchases
    Plan for more supplies than you “think” you may need
    Inspect / renew your supplies each spring and fall
    Provide entertainment for young children.


    Size Up Your Situation
    Determine Objectives (stay or evacuate?)
    Identify Resources (either stored supplies or salvaged materials from your surroundings)
    Evaluate Options (use the safest way)
    Plan (use your head)
    Act...Improvise and overcome


    Maintain personal and family health
    Prompt treatment reduces infection risk
    Sanitation reduces risk of disease vectors
    Water borne illnesses, diarrhea
    Major cause of dehydration
    Increases your survivability!


    Protection from the elements
    Wind and rain resistant
    Insulation from cold

    “Stay or Evacuate” Decision

    If evacuation is not mandatory, the same safety rules
    for entering a structure apply to using your home as shelter


    There is structural damage
    (6 sides of the “box” are not plumb)
    Utilities cannot be controlled
    Structure was damaged in a fire
    DO NOT occupy a floor that has been flooded,
    micotoxins from molds are respiratory hazard!


    Best to relocate with friends or relatives outside of affected area
    Don't rely on government-run shelters
    They are an “option of last resort” for those unable to evacuate
    Evacuation route selection is important
    Make sure your vehicle can carry essentials
    A huge “bug-out” vehicle is a handicap on crowded roads
    It uses more fuel, which may be expensive / scarce in an emergency.
    Don't plan on fuel being available en route
    In normal times always keep your gas tank at least half full
    Upon warning an event is imminent, conserve fuel, keep tank ¾ full
    Carry extra fuel containers outside the vehicle


    Conclusion from FEMA Urban-Rural Evacuation State Planners Workshop


    ● Population of the DC Metro area
    ● Propensity to self-evacuate, overwhelmingly by automobile
    ● Wide distribution of evacuation destinations,
    ● Perceived vulnerability to terror attack, and anticipation of multiple attacks

    ● A large-scale, chaotic mass self-evacuation should be anticipated.

    Sheltering at Home During an Emergency

    For using a building without working utilities as shelter

    Exhaust – candles, camp stoves, lanterns, generators,
    heaters, charcoal grills, all generate carbon monoxide
    and must not be used indoors!

    Open flame – above ignition sources
    must never be left unattended!

    Fuel – most of the above require flammable fuels
    to operate, which must be stored outdoors.
    Use Fire Marshal approved fuel containers

    Improvised Emergency Shelters

    As in all real estate, most important is location:
    Avoid low spots with poor drainage
    Seek a gently sloped area so that surface water drains away
    Sheltered from prevailing winds
    Away from bodies of water (attracts insects and animals)
    Insulated from direct contact with ground, rock,
    or concrete, which conducts away body heat.

    Avoid as shelter:

    Areas around downed utility lines
    In or near culverts
    Within the “collapse zone” of a damaged building
    (maintain 2:1 ratio of distance away to building height)

    Improvised Shelters:


    Emergency Shelter Materials:

    Salvage building materials from debris or
    from damaged structures only when it can be done safely

    TYVEK building wrap
    Plastic sheeting
    Roofing paper and shingles
    Siding, plywood
    Chain link fence
    Wire, rope, and fasteners

    Build Your Shelter In Layers

    Structural framing: lumber, plywood, fencing, metal
    Fasteners: reinforce structural connections with nails, wire or rope ties, wooden spikes
    Water and wind proofing: TYVEK, plastic sheeting, tarp, shingles, roofing paper
    Insulation: drywall, leaves, tree branches, carpeting, (may also be used as ballast to hold water/wind proofing layer in place)


    Matches or lighter
    Flint and steel (Doan Machinery Corp. Fire Starter)
    Use cotton ball and petroleum jelly as tinder
    Battery and steel wool
    Fresnel lens


    Minimum for drinking
    1 gallon per person, per day
    More water is needed for
    Cooking and food preparation
    Personal hygiene, sanitation and decontamination
    Store a two week supply as minimum
    Food grade containers with screw caps
    Away from direct sunlight


    Captive water in household hot water tank and interior plumbing is OK
    Filter cloudy water to remove particulates, using an EPA-rated filter
    with a pore size ≤ 1 micron, then:
    Disinfect with Clorox (6% sodium hypochlorite) add 8 drops of Chlorox
    bleach per gallon if clear, 16 drops if cloudy, let water stand 15 minutes before use
    Or boil vigorously for 15 minutes
    Store potable water in clean containers.

    All natural sources (from springs, ponds, rivers or streams)
    must be boiled or chemically disinfected.
    Chemical disinfection or boiling - Kills bacteria and viruses
    Doesn’t remove particulates or chemical pollutants
    Filtration - Coffee filters, etc. remove gross particulates only
    EPA-rated filters (pore size smaller than 1 micron) are needed
    to remove bacteria, viruses and Giardia cysts, but don’t remove chemical pollutants.
    Distillation is the most effective method.


    Lowest of the seven survival priorities
    Need is mostly mental, because we are used to eating regularly
    Healthy people will do OK without food for a week or more, if they are well hydrated
    Balanced nutrition is a important health factor for elderly and infants.


    Food in a refrigerator is safe for a day after the power goes off,
    either use it in 24 hours or throw it away
    Frozen food is safe if there are still ice crystals,
    once thawed, cook and consume it within 24 hours
    Next use non-perishables and dry staples
    Canned foods are best for long term storage
    (up to 4 years) but are heavy to transport and bulky to store
    Dry packaged foods are easiest to transport
    Choose foods requiring minimal preparation
    Eat at least one balanced meal daily
    Include nutritional supplements in supplies
    Drink enough water.


    Folding utility knife or multi-tool
    Scout type, Leatherman®, Swiss Army or Mil-K-818
    Manual can opener, if not on utility knife
    Sturdy fixed blade, such as 5" Mil. Aircrew Survival Knife
    For chopping, digging, or as pry bar
    Shovel, Gerber field spade or similar
    Hand saw, #7947 Fiskars Woodzig Pruning Saw, folding 10"


    Each person should have their own backpack of personal essentials
    Portable radio
    Extra batteries
    First Aid Kit, (containing a first aid manual)
    Personal medications and sanitation supplies
    Cooking and eating utensils
    Wool blanket or sleeping bag for each person
    Sturdy shoes and extra socks
    Rain gear
    Change of warm clothing and underwear
    Items for special needs, care of infants


    Financial Planning: A Guide for Disaster Preparedness

    Electronic transactions, account verifications may be impossible
    Evacuate with enough cash for at least two weeks of essentials
    Carry account numbers, contact addresses and telephone numbers for all important persons and institutions
    Helping one's unprepared friends and neighbors may prove expensive!


    Positive attitude – Stop Think Observe Plan
    First Aid / Sanitation – Maintain proper hygiene, preserve family health, prevent illness or injury
    Shelter – Protection from environmental hazards - use Time, Distance, Shielding
    Signaling / Communication- be heard / seen
    Fire – Warmth, light, food prep, water sterilization
    Water – Prevent water-borne illnesses through filtration, chemical sterilization, boiling or distillation
    Food – Eat at least one balanced meal daily, drink enough water, include nutritional supplements
    Equipment- Flashlight, knife, saw, axe, shovel
    Planning – Prepare a Kit, Make A Plan! - Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.
  16. PaulBk

    PaulBk Guest

    Thanks ke4sky

    You guys are a wealth of information.

  17. bombardier666

    bombardier666 Member

    Thanks for your interest

    I'm glad that some of you are interested, If those of you that are would be willing to send me a personal message so I can get a good perspective on how many people would like to attend that would be great. Once you have contacted me we can begin organizing a time and place to learn. Any ideas in addition to what I posted previously would be much appreciated as I no doubt have not thought of everything. It's important to remember that getting prepared is a process of trial and error, unless you implement the knowledge you gain from any source it will be useless to you when you need it. So with that I am very interested in hands on experience being a big part of our curriculum so classes will be involved where it is sensible to do so. Again thanks for your interest, drop me a line and well take it from there.