Hello everyone. I live in the suburbs of Chicago and it would absolutely be one of the worst places to live in the event of a major disaster, be it natural or man made. I've really only just begun storing food and there's still a lot more I need to do to prepare. I'd like to buy an affordable house with a yard big enough to put a garden in. Of course I would need to make the home secure from intruders and have enough supplies stored to last at least six months. If a disaster were to happen here right now, the only hope for survival in this crime-infested city would be to barricade myself in my apartment and wait everything out. From the few posts I've already read, I've noticed there's a lot to be learned from the members here. I can't think of anything significant to contribute yet, except that it would be a good idea to include items like board games and reading books with your supplies to keep yourself and others occupied during extended periods of no electrical supply. This is especially true if you have children that get bored easily. I don't have any kids but I do have a lot of nieces and nephews and it's always good to keep them busy. One more thing- if you happen to have a pine tree (the ones with the long and skinny needles) growing near you, the green needles are edible and rich in vitamin C. Sailors used to chew on them many years ago when they reached shore to curb the effects of scurvy. Some people even today mince them and make teas out of them. Ok that's all I can think of at the moment. Sorry about the long post, but I have a lot to think about and I hope to be able to continue coming here. Take care.