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4 years 1 day ago, 6:54 PM

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It's a given that we all have limited time to prepare. Nobody knows when the next disaster will come, and what form it will come in. It would certainly be a great thing to be prepared for some zombie apocalypse where you have an underground compound stocked with 500 years' worth of supplies and a complete surgical wing. And wouldn't it be great if we were each trained to be dentists, neurosurgeons, soldiers, masons, electricians, etc?

Unfortunately, we all have to start somewhere. Start with the things you have the most control over. We all know how important water is, so start with that. Bottled water is not expensive and it is pretty easy to explain to even the most dubious (Did I use that word correctly?) wife why a good supply of water is important. Then we know how important food is, so go there. Not everybody has the ability to go out and buy a dozen pallets of MREs at once, so for the normal people, buy a few extra days of non-perishable food every time you go grocery shopping. Make sure you're rotating your stock (That includes water, as it can go bad) when you prepare your normal meals so if things do go to hell you don't find yourself with a stockpile of expired canned food.

Survival skills are easy to learn and fun to practice with the family. Figure out which skills you need the most and practice them. Personally, I am most focused on medical skills because of the complexity of the human body and the fact that medical treatment becomes more critical in austere environments where our normal infrastructure isn't available. Controlling bleeding, restoring an airway, and resetting a dislocated joint are probably going to be more critical than learing how to make transpiration bags or cups from gourds. Basic first aid skills are something that can really come in handy even in normal life. Anyone ever witness a car accident or other injury in public life?

Living in Missouri, I know that I need to be prepared for about three weeks of no electricity due to recent snowstorm-induced power outages. Once I had the three weeks' worth of supplies set aside, I could focus on lengthening that stockpile. Ammo was easy for me with as much as I shoot already.

Some skills and devices can be acquired with the intent on reducing expenses and will also come in handy should the world go to hell. Home canning, rain water catchment systems, and gardening are three things I personally plan to start when my tour here in sunny Cuba is up, but your particular needs may be best served with other things.

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4 years 1 day ago, 6:57 PM

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ur paranoid....i have a bag of oreos and some diet dr pepper for in case King Kong comes back......oh and Abba's greatest hits on cassette.

...check... G-AZ
4 years 1 day ago, 7:17 PM

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In your case, you have nothing to worry about. You are in the promised land, Obama's home. You will be well taken care of by your union rep, so you will be able to sit around eating oreos, listening to Abba, making 85 dollars an hour to watch someone push a broom. But for the rest of us, preparing might be a good idea. Besides, paranoia is just the beginning of preparation.

"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.
4 years 1 day ago, 7:20 PM

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yup

and thats 86.00 an hour....in fact i sleep on a big pile of cash, im going shopping on Black Friday....im hoping to get one Otis and 2 Leroy's on sale.

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4 years 1 day ago, 7:22 PM

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I agree

aside from the medical supplies (I'm no paramedic, I just have a couple basic first aid kits) I've been collecting some survival supplies for the past couple of years. Right now, we have 22 cases (24 16oz bottles each) of bottled water and another 10 gallons in jugs. I have about 15lbs of rice, 15lbs of beans, a couple cases of ramon noodles and mac&cheese and lots of other canned goods such as stew, pasta, veggies, tuna etc (MRE's are pretty damn expensive)... I also always keep an extra 5lb. bucket of whey protein and an extra large bottle of multi vitamins. I could always use more, but I figure this will hold us over for a bit. I have a pool for bathing and flushing toilets etc... I've been researching a few solar water stills but also have purification filters and tablets for emergencies but not long term. I also have about 30 gallons of gasoline, but need more, especially of I'm relying on our generator for power. We have gas masks with plenty of extra filters in case we have to evacuate during a chemical or biological attack.

I figure that we could be fine with the supplies that we have for a couple months, but then would have to move to somewhere more suitable. depending on the situation, we might leave sooner than later and bring our supplies. Depending on the circumstances, I would feel better in a less populated area with unlimited fire wood and plenty of fish, and game to hunt/trap and a good water supply. I also have plenty of cold weather gear in case we would have to live long term outdoors. .22lr ammo and 12 ga. small game loads will be essential

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4 years 1 day ago, 12:11 AM

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Alaska

Hmm my Alaskan relatives told me that in Anchorage, there is only a 3-day supply of food. After that, the stores will run out, if they were ever cut off.

It's a scary thought. 'Course, that doesn't apply to me much, since I'm attached to the United States with land.

4 years 17 hours ago, 8:45 PM

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food

another high caloric food with good shelf life is peanut butter. It can stay good for 1 1/2-2 years if unopened. I have a couple giant jars that we rotate through and replace when they're gone. You can get some good calories from PB&J on saltine crackers (I think saltines have around a 9 month shelf life)

"Proelium Comminus Auctoritate" "Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is a muzzle flash."
4 years 17 hours ago, 8:57 PM

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food

I canned my first pickles and am stocking canning supplies. I have never had it but canned meat was big for my grandparents and father. Mom was a city girl so all she could do was burn toast. Don't forget the salt. Great preservative. Also dehydration for preserving. What about seeds? I have looked at some of these places but haven't bought any yet. Food insurance is another alternative. looks like a great product and long shelf life. The 2 week packs would be great in an emergency. Make sure you have suture kits in the first aid kit. if Rambo can do it so can we. what about linking the gunslut members together with a rally point?

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