Doomsday Preppers: Mike Mester

Episode six introduces Mike Mester from Georgia. He manages logistics for warehouses at work and at home too it seems, because he claims to have enough food stacked up to feed TEN people for two years.
We’ve got to the point where I could do a ‘prep by numbers’ and it would probably come out pretty similar to the final product. Actually, from here on, I might start a condensed breakdown of these segments.
Mike Mester. ATL. Civil unrest from Global Economic Collapse.
Solution? Type 1, stockpile.
Difficulties?
One): son is 250 miles away at college. His bugout kit will last four days. Family plans to come get him once the dust settles, in 30 days. If I were the son, instead of waiting around for mommy and daddy to come rescue me, I’d grab my gear and a buddy or two and start hiking to a halfway point to link up with the family.
Two): Family’s plan to rescue son relies on gas-guzzling SUV. They need to ditch the Merkamobile and get a car with decent fuel economy. 16 mpg might seem okay now, but in the crunch of a post-collapse world it’d be downright horrible (Who am I kidding? It’s horrible now, too). My unassuming nineteen-year-old station wagon gets at least 20, maybe 25 when I’ve got it tuned up.
While he’s filling and cycling through his tanks of stored petrol, he asks, “But what happens when fuel is not available?” Here I expect them to whip like, a sweet folding bike or a solar Segway out of the trunk. But no, just a couple more gas tanks. And what happens when that fuel is gone, Mike? Eventually these supply-hoarding survivalists are going to have to face facts and embrace a sustainable solution.

They do have a pretty cool idea I’d never seen before. They combine leaves and shredded newspaper into a slurry, and then pack it into forms; once dried, these briquettes get burned in a neat little indoor stove. If you live in the suburbs where there there aren’t a lot of options for firewood, it’s really not a bad idea.
Luckily, this seriously Type 1 family redeems themselves at the end, by starting a backyard garden, and by building community by giving extra German Shepherd pups (future attack dogs) to neighbors.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by colleen chrzas on 19 October, 2012 at 11:04

    Mr. Mester: Where can we buy the item you used on the shoooooooooooooooooow to make the bricks?

    Reply

    • Several presses for making paper fuel briquettes can be bought from http://www.paperlogsmaker.com, but as can be seen (www.slideshare.net/JoyceLockard/power-shrink-how-to-make-fuel-briquettes-without-a-pressnb), briquettes can be made with readily-available supplies.

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