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What are you prepping for?
#1
Title is the question.

Obviously being prepared is important, but what event is the impetus for you to want to stockpile goods and whatnot?

Myself, I suppose it's a natural disaster or possibly civil unrest, temporary in nature, that could take a week or more for power to be restored. Electrical power primarily, suppose political power applies too Wink

My goal is to have 4 weeks worth of food and water for 6. I also want to be able to use that store to eat from in case we have a personal financial disaster, like a layoff or something. Ultimately, I want to grow my own food, and preserve all that I grow, and have the ability to feed myself from my land as much as possible on the day to day.

What about the rest of you?
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#2
I fear natural disaster and civil unrest also...my primary fear is Coronal mass ejections from the sun! Solar flares! They can do some serious damage with little to no warning. And they have been rather common lately. So far they have been minor but what if a big one happens?

It's always the what if's that scare ya!
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Then did he raise on high the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, saying, "Bless this, O Lord, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy." And the people did rejoice and did feast upon the lambs and toads and tree-sloths and fruit-bats and orangutans and breakfast cereals ... Now did the Lord say, "First thou pullest the Holy Pin. Then thou must count to three. Three shall be the number of the counting and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither shalt thou count two, excepting that thou then proceedeth to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the number of the counting, be reached, then lobbest thou the Holy Hand Grenade in the direction of thine foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it."
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(09-08-2012, 04:50 PM)RocketFoot Wrote: I fear natural disaster and civil unrest also...my primary fear is Coronal mass ejections from the sun! Solar flares! They can do some serious damage with little to no warning. And they have been rather common lately. So far they have been minor but what if a big one happens?

It's always the what if's that scare ya!


I'm posting this for those that have never heard of The Carrington Event. Read through that page, and imagine what would happen to the world's electrical grid if a similar strength storm hit today.
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#4
I am prepping for zombies.

No, not really. Big Grin

The truth is, if we knew what was coming, our preps would probably need to be very minimal. But there is a huge amount of things that could hit us, and no one really knows which one will actually come to fruition. So the safest bet is to be prepared for anything.

What's most likely? Probably a job loss or some other major, personal event that throws a wrench into your life plans. Maybe you get hurt to the point that you can't work anymore. Maybe you get diagnosed with cancer. Maybe a tree falls into your house, or you have a fire. Sure, you can get insurance for things like that, but how much will insurance cover, and how much insurance can you actually afford? If I fully insured myself and my family for full coverage of EVERYTHING, including life insurance, health insurance, dental insurance, full coverage car insurance on all the cars including maximum liability and collision, flood insurance, etc., I wouldn't have any money left over to pay the mortgage and all the bills! So I choose to get fairly minimal insurance, but I prepare myself to handle those things on my own if the need arises.

So for me, I prepare for either a major loss of income, or a major increase of expenses. That means making my house as efficient as possible, having as little debt as possible, and acquiring enough skills and tools that I can be self reliant and deal with problems myself, rather than paying someone else to deal with them for me.

I'll be honest though, when I first got into prepping, I was more focused on the fun stuff like having lots of guns and ammo. I got to 17 firearms, countless magazines, and about 5K of ammo before I realized that I was more than prepared for a civil war, economic collapse or civil unrest. All you really need is a good concealable pistol, a battle rifle, and maybe 1K rounds for each. What I failed to do was stock up on food, water, and the basic necessities for survival. I realized this and started making changes.

My first change was moving. I moved from a condominium to a single house on a little over an acre of land. Now I could set myself up to be more self-sufficient. I could grow my own food, raise livestock, hunt, and practice shooting. And I starting actually doing those things, as well as stocking up on food and water.

Then reality set in. Having a house and land is nice, but it requires an insane amount of money to maintain and heat and cool, as well as pay all the bills like mortgage, taxes, and food. Those expenses resulted in maxed out credit cards, and a maxed out home equity loan. Again, I was still prepared for civil war, but I was screwed if I missed just ONE paycheck. I was in a bad position. So I cut up my credit card and got serious about reducing my expenses. The first winter I probably spent 3 grand on heating oil, and my electric bills were sky high year round. I insulated the shit out of my attic (to about R65), insulated all my hot water pipes for domestic hot water and baseboard heaters, installed programmable thermostats, installed weatherstripping on my doors, and insulated the rim joists in my basement. But I didn't stop there. Since I live on a wooded lot, I decided to take advantage of the free energy growing all around me and got a wood burning stove. I still have a lot of work to do in this aspect, like insulating the walls with dense packed cellulose insulation and replacing the windows with double or triple pane argon filled windows. I also want to build a solar hot water heater.

Oh yeah, and I eventually paid off my credit card balance. I still have zero credit cards, and zero car loans. I'm also working feverishly to pay off my home equity loan.

So that's where I stand now. I just hope I can get into a really stable position before the big SHTF event happens.
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#5
I'm along the same lines as Camper. While TEOTWAWKI can and has happened in the past, I think it is more likely that localized things will happen. I try to have food and water for a few months. I also have a generalized plan for beyond a few months. This is a sub forum I can learn a lot from.

My thoughts are when you look at history, every civilization has events that people who were prepared would have made out much better than unprepared people. It's not if, but when. It could be 5 days from now, 5 years, or 500 years from now. I'm hoping for 500 years.

But have preparations for the same reason I have air bags and seat belts in the car, fire alarms and fire extinguishers in the house. They are there not because i think I will need them, but because they are the types of things that if you don't have them when you need them, you're screwed.
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#6
I have a list of potential threats and disasters, with a sublist for each with the expected locations and ways each one might play out, and a number of plans for each of those potentialities. None of them are perfect but they have made me plan how to deal with the logistics of various situations.

In summary: Aliens. I'm prepping for the Grey fuckers.
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#7
This is a very important thing for anyone that's preparing to understand. You need to have a good idea of what you're preparing for. IMO, prepping for TEOTWAWKI situation is silly. If whatever happens is so bad that the world is ending, do you want to be around for it, really?

A global destruction event like an asteroid impact, I doubt anyone is going to be truly prepared for such a thing, and even those lucky assholes in the government that will be in bunkers, do you think that they'll really survive such an event? As a planet, we're barely keeping watch on all the nasty stuff in space that could kill us in an instant. So chances are, an impact would be unavoidable, and undetected until it was too late.

Everyone should be prepared for a temporary loss of services and utilities. Localized events are more likely than national or global. You should be prepared to stay put for an extended length of time, or to move out, quickly if need be. The time to start planning for such events is well before the event happens.
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#8
I am doing what I can to prep for a localized event that lasts a few days to a few weeks. I think that is the most likley thing to happen. I think it will be weather driven. I do belive there is a possibility something gloal can happen. I also plan for that but to a lesser extent. Mostly I am trying to pick up knowledge to help in that senerio. I am also teaching my daughters to look at things in a certain way so they can be better prepared to deal with a world that is different than what I grew up in.

With that being said I am also prepping for life if nothing happens. I try to keep a balance so I don't put all my eggs in one basket.
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#9
I am thinking more along the lines of the power grid taking a hit either from nature or something else. I am also concerned with civil unrest. Even though I am not in the city I am between Phila. and Trenton, so that is a concern. I think no matter how this election goes there will be some kind of violence, either from O's supporters if he loses or the general population if he wins and starts his "master plan" either someone is going to be mad. Has far as TEOWAWKI Im with Streaker.
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(09-08-2012, 04:42 PM)Camper Wrote: Title is the question.

Obviously being prepared is important, but what event is the impetus for you to want to stockpile goods and whatnot?

Myself, I suppose it's a natural disaster or possibly civil unrest, temporary in nature, that could take a week or more for power to be restored. Electrical power primarily, suppose political power applies too Wink

My goal is to have 4 weeks worth of food and water for 6. I also want to be able to use that store to eat from in case we have a personal financial disaster, like a layoff or something. Ultimately, I want to grow my own food, and preserve all that I grow, and have the ability to feed myself from my land as much as possible on the day to day.

What about the rest of you?




I actually had this happen to me eariler in the year. I had a nice stockpile of canned foods in my cupboards. I used most of it up over the course of three months to offset the reduction in avalible money while I was sick.
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