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Discussion in 'General Preparedness Discussion' started by bluesman423, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. bluesman423

    bluesman423 Guest

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    Hi. I am new to this forum but not new to preparedness.

    I do not like the term survivalist due to the negative image that word seems to invoke these days. I am definitely not a military wannabe and go about my business of preparing for the future rather quietly.

    My take is that when something happens you are much better off remaining where you are than packing a "bug out bag" and "heading for the hills". That's where all of the "survivalists" will be and it will be chaos. Of couse, there could be situations that will not let you remain in place.

    Much better to quietly sit where you are and live off your stored supplies. If you can't stay where you are, you need a stocked and ready retreat (expensive) or you need to move. Your survival and that of your loved ones WILL someday depend on it.

    In my opinion, these stored supplies should let you live as closely as possible to your current standards of living. For example, if your body and mind are used to eating fried chicken, green beans, hamburgers and drinking tea then it will be quite stressful, in more ways than one, if you and your family are suddenly forced to live off MREs or only beans and rice. Store what you normally eat and rotate it. Very little waste this way. The added stress of a changing diet will only make things that much worse when things go downhill.

    As for those who think they will take from others that have stored supplies I can only say, not off me. First, you won't know I have it and, secondly, people like me are ready for people like you.

    I believe being prepared breaks down into a few simple areas for everyone with the specifics being decided only by the individual. There is no magic list that works for everybody. One should consider what they need and use on a daily basis and multiply that by the amount of time they think might be necessary.

    Remember to prioritize your supplies. One can live three minutes without air, three days without water and three weeks without food. (Yes, I know those are not accurate numbers but you get the picture.) First, prepare for your supply of air, not always as easy as it sounds, what if the air surrounding you is contaminated? Secondly, water needs to be assured. One gallon per person per day is a minimum for long term survival. This does not include washing, etc. Thirdly, one needs enough food, real food, for eveyone they will be feeding. I have yet to mention prescrition medicine. These items will be needed immediately. Haven't even mentioned communications, security etc. The list keeps going.

    Remember, there is strength in numbers but only join forces with those you absolutley can trust with your, and you loved ones, lives.

    I know I am most likely preching to the choir but, after reading a few posts here it appears as if there are many new to becoming prepared. But, good for the newbies because they at least realize the necessity. To them I say don't be overwhelmed. It is a large ask to prepare for the survival of your family but you do it just like you would eat an elephant, one bite at a time. Decide what you can afford to spend on a regular basis and do it religiously. You will be surprised how fast things will build. Also, ask questions. But be careful of those armchair Rambos, they live in a fantasy world.

    I am thankful to have found this forum and hope I can help as well as be helped.

    By the way, sorry so long winded. Just wanted to let you guys know a little of my personal philosophy on the preparedness lifestyle.
     
  2. Jezcruzen

    Jezcruzen Well-Known Member

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    I am also new, having just registered but like you I am not new to emergency preparedness. In fact, I recently completed a 33 yr. carrier in an emergency response organization, the last three of which directly involved preparedness issues.

    No one, whether government entities, private organizations, or individuals, have the time and financial resources to plan for everything. That's why I believe we as private citizens should concentrate on the hazardous events that are most likely to occur in our area. Do a hazard analysis for your locale by talking to your locale Emergency Manager, Fire or Police Chief. Are weather events top on the list, or is it something else? Start your preps from there and keep them general in nature. That way, you can also apply your preps to unexpected events.

    I agree that staying in place for most of us it the best option. After all, that's the location of all of our resources, especially our long-term food storage. Abandoning those is not a good idea unless, of course, we have no other option.

    I look forward to participating on this forum and learning from those of you already here.
     

  3. Diamond_Ranch

    Diamond_Ranch Homesteading since 1971

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    Hi, I'm new here but we've been homesteading since 1971. Stocking up just in case, ya Know. We've been married 40 years and still on our honeymoon. Raised 4 Sons, dogs, cats, horses. cattle, hogs, goats and all manner of fowl.
    You all seem like nice folks, we like to share and learn with others.

    Mike
    " Life is great as long as you don't step in the stinky stuff "
     
  4. bassman

    bassman Active Member

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    I agree with you bluesman, When things get rough i'm just going yo sit tight and batten down hatches and ride it out best I can with what I got.
    Also, I had a thought the other day and was wondering if anyone else has any thoughts about this. If in the event your local water source is contaminated, and we have electricity, what about using water extracted from the air in a dehumidifier, wouldn't that be the same as a solar still water only more volume? Especially in summer, I know this past hot summer here in NH, I was emptying it out twice a day!
    Also, does bleach have a shelf life, if your keeping some for purfying water?
     
  5. Clarice

    Clarice Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to Diamond Ranch. Congratulations on the 40 years, isn't life great when you have a soul mate to share it with you.
     
  6. Clarice

    Clarice Well-Known Member

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    Welcome Bluesman, glad to have you aboard.
     
  7. Clarice

    Clarice Well-Known Member

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    Welcome Jezcruzen, good to have you with us.
     
  8. 101airborne

    101airborne Well-Known Member

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    Welcome all the newcomers. Glad to have you here. Pull up a log, pour yourself a cuppa and enjoy your time here.