I have been compelled to start my stockpiling/preparing for WTSHTF. Southeast Missouri has floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, and being a swamp... infectious disease (west Nile most recently). Personally, I have only my wife, 4 yo daughter, and myself to fend for immediately. All my other family members are at least 50 miles away, so they are basically on their own...at least initially. I'm basically, in the planning and initial purchasing stage of preparedness. I just found a store in my town that sells premade kits and all kinds of food supplies (never knew it was there until just the other day). I have a small room in my basement that I plan on converting to storage. It is in a corner and has a window so if worst case (the house collapses) I can still dig out the supplies relatively easily. I went to a local gun dealer (oddly that's when I passed the survival store) to check out pricing on a Springfield XD 9mm...since I believe that security (vs the 'have nots') is a very high priority if you have set yourself up as a 'have'. My wife thinks I'm borderline :nuts: but I'm slowly convincing her that it's not preparing for a 'zombie apocolypse' I'm worried about, it's a natural disaster or economic collapse. I'm only about 4 hrs from Joplin, MO that was just hit with a tornado, so that woke her up a little. Here's my basic outline so far: Stockpile the BASICS... water, food, medical supplies first. Equip both our vehicles with 2 person BOBs, 2 way radios, and a few other misc items. Work on making the house a 'hunker down' spot. I drive a diesel truck, so learning to synthesize bio diesel (and buying/building the equipment and supplies to do it) are on the list. Basically, if the house is comprimised...load up the F350 and make our way 50 miles to the rural home of my parents. I am working on a written disaster plan, so that if my family is seperated WTSHTF everyone will already know what the rest is doing/going to do. Anyway, it's late so I'm just rambling on... I'm 35, work as a car salesman, but have a very diverse skillset (mechanical, electrical, 'improvisational', and agricultural). I love The Colony and Earth after People type shows/movies as they get my brain working on the alternate scenarios I could encounter. I'm here to learn, and if possible teach. I believe that while I may think I have a wealth of knowledge there's always someone with 1 more thing. I'd love to hear some recommendations for product, suppliers, specific items, or anything else.. I mean, that's why we're here right?