Yeah, yeah. I've already heard it all about "Dorothy and her little dog too." We're just getting started with truly preparing for the worst but after reading this forum and others like it, we have found that we actually have a small, but decent start. We both come from rural families that never really had any money so things like gardening, canning, and camping are nothing new to us. Being ex-military and country-kids have made us well aware of our needs for being able to defend ourselves. Our love for the country-life and desire for privacy has already pushed us towards finding a more isolated and self-sustainable home. We are getting there slowly but it will happen over time. Glad to have found this site and can't wait to learn more.