Emergency & Disaster Preparedness – Bedside Commode / Toilet

Bedside commodes, a cost effective, multi-use way to collect human waste.  I’ve tried many different portable commodes from the ones that contain fresh water for flushing to the 5 gallon buckets with a toilet seat adapter.  I didn’t like any of them.

The water filled commodes require one to find a place to dump the liquid waste and resupply with fresh water plus the blue chemicals required.  The 5 gallon bucket type seat is too small and are prone to tipping over while in use.  Neither of them seem to account for men using them.  In order for the number two the reach the container the number one will be pressed onto and touching the collection bowl.  Not a good sanitary situation.  Simply, gross and nasty.

Those experiences led me to the bedside commodes typically used for medical purposes.  To start off, although the space is limited I don’t end up touching the bowl with my private parts.  A big plus for me.  The commodes have different features that make them very useful.

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Bedside commode over in house toilet

The commode is designed to use bedside for those who are convalescing in the home so they don’t have to travel far for relief.  The legs are height adjustable to make it easier to move onto it from a bed or place it over a bathroom toilet so that one can benefit from the arm rest.  Some arm rest are movable so that it will make it easier to move from a bed or wheelchair.

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Covered bucket bowl with lid and liner.

They all have a covered bowl that uses disposable bags to collect waste and a splash shield.  The splash shield is used when the commode is placed over a toilet to funnel the waste into the bowl below.  This same configuration can also be used in combination with a lined 5 gallon bucket or in-ground hole or trench latrine.

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There are many types of bowl liners available.  I usually get the kit form that has the waste collection bag that contains the powder that causes the liquids to gel that once full can be placed into the included zip closed containment pouch.  I also use the bulk packaged liners designed for the bedside commodes then add the gelatin powder for the liquids.

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Splash shield, 5 gallon bucket combination

Currently we have  5 of these commodes.  One for each tent so one doesn’t have to travel through cold or rain soaked late night calls of nature.  Also one for each of our designated latrine tents.  Mostly they’ve been used for camping.  We have had one occasion to use them in the home when the main sewer drain line was broken by a tree root.  It took less that 10 minutes to get them out of storage and put in place where we used them for three days until the pipe was repaired.  Fortunately no one has had to use them for medical issues.

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Commode in our pop-up latrine tent

They are available at any home medical supply store, Freecycle Network, or from Craigslist.  They can be priced, depending on features, from little over $100.00 to free.  Whatever the price paid they are well worth having on hand.  On the topic of camp sanitation a good reference to have on hand is the military field manual FM MED 593 on field sanitation.  It has lots of good information for setting up different camp latrines.

I made a short video that shows set ups and features of the different commodes we use.  Let me know how you set up and what your experience has been with camp and emergency sanitation.  -13

Elf tells all – Secrets of Bass Pro’s Santa’s Wonderland

This blog post is not endorsed in any way whatsoever by Cabela’s or Bass Pro.  It is my personal experience-opinion and should be taken that way.  All photographs, images copyright Bass Pro.

Sometime early in November of 2019 I received one of the regular email promotions from Bass Pro.  The email had the regular merchandise sales and an announcement for seasonal help in Santa’s Wonderland.  I had no idea what Santa’s Wonderland was about but thought it would be a chance to see what working at Bass Pro would be like knowing the gig would stop at the end of December.

I liked the idea of not having to quit a job I didn’t like if it turned out that way.  Bass Pro was expecting to let me go already with no expectations.  I applied for and got the job.  Official title, Elf.  We were issued red polos, a green apron and a Bass Pro embroidered elf’s stocking cap.  Next on the agenda was setting up part of the Wonderland experience.

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All the elfs set up artificial pine trees complete with lights and artificial snow as well as merchandise displays and play areas.  All said it took about three days to complete.  Once complete Santa’s Wonderland looked very much like it was set outdoors in a snowy forest.  It looked very realistic.  Parents should note that the display is for looking at and not a place for children to play or pose for photographs.

After a day of training on various topics we were ready to open.  Before I share some of my experiences and secrets that future visitors will find useful I should explain what Santa’s Wonderland is.

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Santa’s Wonderland(S.W.) can be found in many Cabela’s and Bass Pro stores during the holidays.  S.W. is a place where families, children or individuals can have a free photograph taken with Santa Claus.  There are free activities such as crafts at designated times of the day to a coloring area where children can color Christmas themed pictures with crayons or write a letter to Santa which can be placed in a mailbox feet away from the area.  Note to parents, the seating is for children to sit in while they write letter and color pictures, not for parents to take a break.

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There are also play areas where children can shoot duck targets with a bow and arrow, play in a sand-dirt toy area, shoot targets with a laser “BB” gun, tables with remote control trucks, Lincoln Logs and puzzle blocks and a Nintendo video game area with a hunting and fishing theme.  Plenty of activities to keep children busy while waiting to get a photograph with Santa.

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New this year was the digital Bass Pass system.  In the past years laminated tickets were handed out creating long lines everyone had to wait in for hours at times.  This years system involved registering for a time slot so that there were no long lines to stand in.  To obtain a digital pass an individual has to come to the store of choice, enter a name, phone number and number of people in a particular group.

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To use the pass system the phone number used must be able to receive text messages.  Once registered there will be a confirmation message, the next message will be a reminder with an estimated wait time and a final message that says “…it’s time…” prompting the individual or group to the red carpet.  Remember to charge the phone registered and bring it with you as there will be no other way to receive notifications.

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The digital Bass Pass does not mean there won’t be long wait times.  The later in the day or season you wait to register the longer the wait time will be.  If you register early in the season you will have very short to no wait.  As the season progresses wait time for minutes turns into hours.  Get there early if you wait until Christmas eve to get your photo you will be in line a long time and may not be able to get one at all!  “The early bird gets the worm”

The whole purpose of the digital pass system is so that there aren’t long lines of people standing in one place for hours.  The digital pass allows one to roam the store, eat at the store restaurant or visit other businesses close by until you are notified its your turn.

The Bass Pass allows the individual or group to obtain one (1) free photograph with Santa.  Participants will not be allowed to split a group up for multiple photographs for only one registration.  If a group wants more that one photo it would be wise to register multiple times for the same day using different phone numbers.  That way the group will be allowed to go through the line again.

With the hundreds and hundreds of people wanting a photo the elves will be moving the line at a rate of about  1 1/2 to 2 minutes per registration.  Due the notification system there should be plenty of time for wardrobe changes, hair and makeup.  Do not get on the red carpet and expect to hold the line up while others wait.  Be ready!

Mothers with infants must have a realistic understanding that a baby whose head must be supported will not pose to look at the camera while the photo is taken.  Mothers with this expectation will be disappointed.  Same thing for young children.  Once the first photo is taken children will anticipate the flash and attempt to look away or avoid the camera altogether.  After taking hundreds of photos I noticed this with all children.

Due to the time constraints one must understand that the free photo is not a photo shoot at a studio.  Elves take three photos quickly, choose the best of the three and print that one photo.  Participants do not get to choose as this would create chaos and increase the wait times by hours.  Another reason why getting there early in the season is important.  Don’t like your photo, register again for another one.

I’m sure that my readers aren’t like this, I post this information so others will understand the elf experience.  The following will put anyone behaving in the described manner on the lead elf’s naughty list and will get individual nowhere, possibly ejected from the store.  Free does not mean one is entitled to a photograph, craft or giveaway item.  Attempting to use any reason to cut line or pay the elves to allow it will only offend them.  Standing at the registration-check in area will not get one in sooner and creates a safety hazard.  People doing this will be asked to leave the area.

Disparaging or nasty racist remarks to or about others waiting to see Santa most likely will have one ejected from the store.  It will really piss off the elves and they will call one out on it.

As a lead elf I was able to see the best and worst of human behavior.  I had a fantastic experience.  One of my favorite parts of the experience was hearing the reasons why others should be allowed to cut line.  Don’t know how I kept a straight face.  Oddly the only people who didn’t like the digital pass system are those who didn’t register soon enough or understand it.  Long time attendees liked it very much.

I’ve mentioned some very useful tips for those paying attention.  Would I do it again?  Yes I would.  I enjoyed the people I worked with and the management supported us well.  That’s all for Santa’s Wonderland hope you found this useful.  -13

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Benedict Arnold Report

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Due to time constraints and the overwhelming traitorous acts by politicians I do not have the time to keep up with the Benedict Arnold Report.  This project will be indefinitely on hold unless something changes.  The good news is the traitors to the American republic are more than willing to show their true colors so that anyone who wants to see them can.

Be prepared! -13

Benedict Arnold Report 11 Town of Palm Beach Police Chief Nicholas P. Caristo

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South Florida Police Chief Stands by Push for More Restrictions on Gun Open Carry Laws

The report states, “Castro confronted group members during the meeting, saying the demonstrations cause fear when they are so close to schools and churches.

“When you come to the Town of Palm Beach you walk by a public school with your AR-15 out and you have a fishing pole over your shoulder, there’s kids playing in the playground,” Castro”  What a stupid thing to say it makes no sense.

In my opinion New York city thugs like Town of Palm Beach Police Chief Nicholas P. Caristo are the ones making people unnaturally frightened of inanimate objects with his fear mongering and propaganda.

P.D. phone number is 561-838-5454, the fax number is 561-835-4736 if you want to let them know what you think about them.  Don’t you love living in America?  1st Amendment!

If you have evidence you would like to share reach me via my contact page I’ll get back with you ASAP.  -13

The Florida Range Experience: Okeechobee Shooting Sports

The Florida Range Experience is a new project here on my blog.  I’m going to share my experience with the various shooting ranges I go to here in the state of Florida.  Most of the experiences will be here in the Broward and Miami-Dade county areas.  Some will be in the surrounding counties.

The need to sight in a couple of rifles led me to search for a range.  I wanted a range that I could set up my shooting rest and tools without interference.  There is an outdoor rifle range run by the county but the online reviews left me thinking I should go somewhere else.  More on that range in another blog.  During the online search I found Okeechobee Shooting Sports.

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The range is two hours drive from home.  After seeing the range’s website the distance didn’t matter, I wanted to go there to check it out.  They have various ranges to suit anyone’s needs.  The “Unlimited Rifle” range where a shooter can shoot in the “seated, prone, kneeling, standing” positions.  The “Gallery” where pistol shooters can practice drawing from a holster and rifle shooters can rapid or automatic fire if they want.  There are “Private” ranges that can be used in various ways.  Cost for each range varies.

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Shooters Cafe with shaded seating area

Then there is the “Pistol & Rifle” range.  The pistol range has a usable distance from 5 – 50 yards.  The rifle range has four marked distances, 25, 50, 100 and 200 yards.  It cost $15.00 for the day.  They also have an onsite gunsmith, a cafe, firearm rentals, memberships, and training.  Range hours of operation for non-members is Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm.

 

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Pro Shop, Gunsmith and eating area(right)

Here’s my experience.  After viewing the website I filled out and signed the required waiver online.  That makes checking a quick process.  Don’t forget to watch the safety video before you go.  When I arrived I went to the Pro Shop, told the clerk my name and within a minute and a half I was paid up and ready for the range.  Checking in was super easy.

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The 24 lane rifle range was well run.  George the RSO(Range Safety Officer) was the kind of range safety we all want watching over us.  He’s not the overbearing mother hen type he’s an easy to get along with, very nice guy.  He will make sure you know how the range is operated and hold you to it without all the fanfare.  Hope he’s there the next time I go.

There are 15 minute shooting time blocks controlled by an automated system that announces when to stop firing and prepare for target changes.  The RSO will insure all procedures are followed before allowing anyone down range.  Once the target changes are made shooters are given the all clear and allowed to proceed with shooting.  The procedures are more detailed that was the short version.

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Rifle lane

Each lane is equipped with a shooting rest, and two seats.  The early bird gets to use the spotting scopes on a table in front of the RSO station.  The target system is a pleasure to use.  Targets are stapled onto a system where cardboard is attached to wood supports that are attached to a metal base.  Staplers are provided.  Target removal or set up is very easy.  There are also concrete markers for each lane to help the shooter line it up with the shooting position.

There were maybe about ten other shooters on the rifle range.  They seemed equally divided by task.  Some were sighting or checking zero on hunting rifles, others were doing the same thing with AR15’s or similar.  Something to note about the lanes.  The divider between lanes is hardware fabric.  It will keep others brass out of your shirt but will not protect you from muzzle break discharge.

Visible in the rifle lane photo on the right is the muzzle break that gave me a strong blast every time the shooter next to me fired.  I’m not complaining, just making note so you’re not surprised.  I enjoyed the blast it helped me focus more on the task at hand and was a welcome test of my ability to ignore things that don’t matter.

Things that matter to me is staff attitude, how the range is operated and cleanliness.  All the staff were friendly.  The range was operated well, range participants know what to expect and what is expected of them.  The range was clean and well maintained.  My first experience at Okeechobee Shooting Sports was good.  I plan on going back to shoot on the other ranges in the future.  If you get a chance to go check them out I think you’ll have a good time there.  -13

The Florida Range Experience: A new project for my blog

The Florida Range Experience is a new project here on my blog.  I’m going to share my experience with the various shooting ranges I go to here in the state of Florida.  Most of the experiences will be here in the Broward and Miami-Dade county areas.  Some will be in the surrounding counties.

I’m not going to use a rating system there are too many variables.  I will make my opinion clear by stating whether I’ll go back for more or never return again.  All the reasons that form those opinions will be written here in this blog.

I’ll be basing my opinion on my overall experience and the other things that matter too me.  Such as how are the range staff?  Are they aloof, bullies, mother hens, know it all’s?  Or are they courteous, knowledgeable, helpful, easy to get along with?

How well the range is operated.  Does the range have standard operating procedures or is it a free-for-all?  Is there brass everywhere creating a trip hazard or are shooters and staff expected to keep the range lanes clean?  Condition of the restrooms.

Those are a few of the things I’ll be looking at when visiting the range.  I’m hoping that others like me want to know what a range is like before deciding to go there.  I want the information in the blog to be useful.  -13

 

 

That time I brought a shotgun to school and nobody cared.

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I was determined and prepared that day to do what I had to do.  Nothing was going to stop me from getting a shotgun from the family armory and take it to school.  I placed a 20 gauge in the carry case and box of shells in a leather bag my dad used at the range, my dad supervising.  My plan?  Impress my instructor and pass the state sponsored hunter safety course held at our junior high school.  Participating students were instructed to bring a firearm with them to demonstrate safety skills taught in the class.

All children should be taught basic firearms skills and the importance and meaning of the Second Amendment.  Not that firearms should be feared.  Fear is not a natural reaction, fear of firearms is instilled by those with an agenda.  I brought a firearm to school and nobody cared.  -13

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Irrational fear -Loud noise creates pandemonium at the mall. UPDATED

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Want to promote an anti civil rights agenda by disarming citizens and make people unnaturally fear firearms?  This is the end result.  Mass hysteria by shoppers because of a loud noise leads to people getting trampled by the crowd.  “Everybody was running. Some people — an elderly man — got trampled over because it was hectic.”  What did the police find while investigating a loud noise?  “We have not recovered any shell casings, no rounds of ammunition, anything along those lines,” Boca Raton Police Chief Dan Alexander said.  Click the link if you want to see more.  -13

Town Center at Boca Raton back open after fears of shooter cause confusion, panic

 

UPDATE: 15OCT2019 Mall chaos caused by single balloon popping, police report delayed reaction.  All I have to add is this is why people need to be educated about firearms.  Running in terror from a popping balloon sound.  -13

Balloon Popping Sound Mistaken as Gunshot Inside Boca Raton Mall: Police

 

UPDATE: 17OCT2019 Video footage of balloon pop causing pandemonium at mall.

Surveillance video shows balloon-popping incidents that triggered Boca Raton mall scare

Why shopping at Costco could get you killed.

I’ve been wanting to cover this issue since I found out about it.  The purpose of witting this is to call attention to the issue and to put pressure on Costco and all businesses to stop this practice of putting profit over life safety.  Let me be clear from the start, I fully support the second amendment, unrestricted.  I have been carrying a self defense firearm since 1982 and have no plans to stop no matter how emotional it may make irrational people.

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The shooting that happened in Corona California sometime in June of 2019 is a perfect example of exactly how shopping at a Costco in could get you killed.  I have this opinion based on experience as a firefighter and lessons learned by the deaths of others.  There’s a reason emergency responder’s say “every second counts”.  They do, I’ll use two videos as an example.

 

First I’ll use the video that was hosted by at the time Indiana Boone County Sheriff Ken Campbell.  In the video the sheriff is demonstrating how ridiculous magazine bans are.  We can see how fast an inexperienced individual can accurately put rounds on target.  20 rounds with an AR-15 was 14.79 seconds and with a Mini-14 it took 12.03 seconds.  Both of those fall within the 15 seconds before the door could be opened.  I’d call that life threatening in the event of an active shooter.

Next I’ll use the video from the Station nightclub fire that killed 100 people to demonstrate again how seconds count in an emergency.  Approximately one minute (1:26) into the fire it’s easy to hear the cries for help, people pounding on the glass trying to escape.  Ever wonder why doors open outward?  History has proven time and again that when those doors won’t open and sometimes when they do, people pile up quickly making it difficult or impossible to escape from modern exits.  As is painfully made clear in the video at the 1:56 mark.  All it takes is for one person to trip to start a chain reaction.  They will stack up like cord-wood.  “When I got to the inside doors, which is about 30 feet inside the building, I saw these big double doors, and people were stacked like cord wood. They were clear up to the top. They just kept diving out on each other trying to get out. I looked back over the pile and it wasn’t dead people, there were dead and alive in that pile and I went in and just started to grab them two at the time and pull them off the stack and drag them out.”  That quote from a responding firefighter to the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire and the Station nightclub footage is impossible to deny.

Also at issue is whether the system will function as designed.  We all experience modern product malfunctions when they don’t perform as designed.  In California an earthquake could possibly disable the system and no one would know until an emergency.  Same thing if there was an explosion.

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So called experts think delayed exits are okay for you and me.  They justify them in terms of profit for them and the company that purchases them.  In my opinion those companies and those who run them have questionable ethics at best.  They certainly do not have your safety in mind, only profit.  Read the quotes in the photo above for proof.  Shame also falls on fire officials that approve this kind of thing, they do not belong in that job.  Says me!

Is shopping at Costco a gamble with ones life?  Sure seems like it to me based on the evidence.  Will I shop there?  Yes, however, I always go armed and my plan if escape is necessary is to activate the fire alarm before trying to open the exit doors since that is supposed to deactivate the delay.  The real solution is to send a message to Costco that if they don’t stop this practice we will have a customer revolt.  According to Costco’s 2018 annual report their biggest fear is loosing customers in mass.  The report states it would affect the company drastically.  Think you’re not in danger?  Better go back and review the videos.  If you read this I’d like to know what you think.  Post your thoughts in the comments section.  -13

 

Benedict Arnold Report 10 State Representative Dan Daley

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The disgusting practice of using the death of someone to promote a personal agenda.  More anti civil rights traitors exposing themselves for who they really are.  Now these idiots want something called “Jamie’s Law” requiring individuals purchasing ammunition for their legally owned firearms to pass a background check.  Shame on State Representative Dan Daley.

Rep. Dan Daley Discusses ‘Jamie’s Law’ Which Calls For Background Checks On People Buying Ammo

If you have evidence you would like to share reach me via my contact page I’ll get back with you ASAP.  -13

Traitors Among Us – Judicial Watch on the Second Amendment

Judicial Watch video on “Red Flag” laws and the traitors among us.  Gun control is not your friend.  -13

 

 

When Seconds Count Help Is Minutes Away

This is why firearm owners will not compromise or negotiate second amendment rights in any way whatsoever.  The video below says it all no more commentary necessary. -13