Just checking in and saying Hello. I am 56, married with two kids but we have been empty nest'ers for two years (which is kinda nice!). While I have always tried to be as self sufficient as possible I only started getting serious about preparedness a few years ago. Like a lot of folks I think 9/11 got me to thinking and Katrina got me off my butt. I think I have made a lot of progress, but preparedness is a journey not a destination and we have lots to learn. So I hope to learn a lot from all of you and share what has worked for me.