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FleetAdmiral_BamBam

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Report this Jul. 01 2012, 6:36 pm

I've been thinking of starting this topic for a while, but with what's been happening around the USA recently, thought it was finally appropriate.


 


As anyone that's actually read my posts knows, I believe in individual responsibility.  As part of that, I believe in trying to prepare for different events.  This not only includes economic situations like a loss of a job or unexpected expenses or retirement, but it could also be a disaster like a storm or a fire.


If you've ever done any research, you know that under normal situations, a city has enough food in the stores to last about three days, but when a storm is expected, supplies can run out in just a few hours.  And with some storms, you may also lose power and water for several days, and sometimes weeks.


 


My question is, what are you preparing for and what are you doing to prepare?  What resources do you use?


 


I know for my family, not only do we save money for financial emergencies (and retirement,) we also prepare for power outages and food shortages as we have enough fuel and food to last several months.  The biggest thing I'm concerned about is water, which is why we're now looking for property with a water supply.  We also want to be able to help others when things happen.


 


Additionally, if you had to evacuate, do you know what you need to take?  If you had 4 hours, 1 hour or just a few seconds notice..... do you have a plan of what to take and where you'd go?


 


Of course, some people (often called "Preppers") really get into preparing for the apocalyptic events..... some even doing subterranian shelters, etc.  While I'm not necessarily talking about going that far, I'm definitely not excluding us talking about that either.


 


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Report this Jul. 02 2012, 10:19 am

I had thought about where to go, if I ever needed to evacuate.  But, there really is no place I'd want to go.  Of course, it's good to have some extra water, batteries, canned goods, etc., for the short term.  Also, a rope-ladder would be good to have inside, if you live in a multi-story home.


One website interview said this guy always traveled with his passport and several gold and silver coins with him, wherever he went.  He said that if the situation in the US ever got bad, he could fly to a South American country he'd researched and be safe.


I thought about that, but you'd always be a foreigner (even if you could speak the native language) and be at their mercy.  So, would you really feel safe there?  If an atomic bomb were coming to destroy the city where I live, I would prefer to be at ground zero and take the hit, rather than to be a radiated mutant, scrounging for contaminated water and food.  Who would want to live like that?


So, while preparations for short-term emergencies is wise, I would never bother with long-range plans for bomb-shelters, military rations, etc., for a long-term disaster.


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Report this Jul. 02 2012, 3:51 pm

If you're in the Tornado Zone , it certainly wouldn't hurt to have a prefab bombshelter dug into your property , or build an underground house ! For Americans , there always Canada or Alaska ! Or somewhere in the Rockies or the Desert !  

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Report this Jul. 02 2012, 5:22 pm

I'd build my anti-parachute.  It fits like a regular parachute, but when you stand on the ground, pull the ripcord, a large helium balloon inflates, lifting you from the ground.  Great for tidal waves and earthquakes. 


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Report this Jul. 03 2012, 10:26 am

Well Im preparing myself from going to private middle school to public highschool..  So Im preparing to survive that..


 


Actually...  If the toilet survive devistation ...  you know the back of the toilet is full of good water...  according to my teacher... 


 


And we have like a ton batteries.... and we have a bunch of candles to light up the room...


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Report this Jul. 04 2012, 3:27 pm

The biggest thing we have to worry about where I live (so far) is the power going out from a bad storm or something. That's not a good thing in this oppressive heat. I thought about getting a whole-house generator, because when our power does go out, it can be out for days.


I know that's nothing compared to what others are going through in other parts of the country.


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Report this Jul. 05 2012, 10:00 am

I live in earthquake country and on an island.  I should be much better prepared than I am. 



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FleetAdmiral_BamBam

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Report this Sep. 26 2012, 3:34 pm

I don't know if anyone caught it, but there's a new series out called "Revolution" where the entire world loses power.  It's quite interesting.  (JJ Abrams is also involved with it.)  It kind of reminds me of "The Postman"


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Report this Sep. 26 2012, 7:49 pm

Well I'm eating as many Twinkies now as I can....


Actually, I watch these shows about folks preparing for worldwide catastrophic events and think "some folks way over do it" The likelihood of something at the level occuring is so slight,IMHO, that preparing for it is a waste of time and resources. On the otherhand, I live in Florida and I do put together a hurricane kit every spring. To me that's reasonable preparation.


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Report this Sep. 27 2012, 9:45 am

I prefer to take each day, one at a time.  I don't stress out about what could or should/should not happen.  I believe if it's meant to be, it will happen whether I am prepared or not.  I live each day to the fullest, so if something does happen, I will have no regrets.


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Report this Sep. 27 2012, 12:03 pm

Quote: corndogs @ Sep. 27 2012, 9:45 am

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>I prefer to take each day, one at a time.  I don't stress out about what could or should/should not happen.  I believe if it's meant to be, it will happen whether I am prepared or not.  I live each day to the fullest, so if something does happen, I will have no regrets.

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I had a neighbor that had the same view a few years ago.  When we had a power loss that lasted a few days... guess who was knocking at my door.


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Report this Sep. 28 2012, 7:04 am

@FleetAdmiral_BamBam: The more posts of yours I read, the more you seem like a really good person. I like your attitude about wanting to help others in the event of a disaster. My wife and I also share this philosophy, although at the moment our financial situation wouldn't really allow it. Where we live at is in tornado alley, so that's a concern with us in spring and fall. In general, I don't worry about it much because it's been several years since we had anything hit right in our area, but we were discussing just last week what we could do in the event of a tornado. Our church office, which we live behind in a trailer house, is built completely out of cinder blocks (it used to be a house. Someone wanted it to last forever) so we determined that in the event we needed to get out of our trailer we could go in there and ride out almost anything short of a bomb blast. lol


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Report this Nov. 01 2012, 7:57 am

Just thought that with the event surrounding Sandy, this topic was quite appropriate.


 


Who I really feel sorry for is the children of the adults who refuse to plan.

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Report this Nov. 01 2012, 3:36 pm

Quote: FleetAdmiral_BamBam @ Sep. 27 2012, 12:03 pm

Quote: corndogs @ Sep. 27 2012, 9:45 am

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>I prefer to take each day, one at a time.  I don't stress out about what could or should/should not happen.  I believe if it's meant to be, it will happen whether I am prepared or not.  I live each day to the fullest, so if something does happen, I will have no regrets.

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I had a neighbor that had the same view a few years ago.  When we had a power loss that lasted a few days... guess who was knocking at my door.


In light of recent events, I think I will be investing in a portable generator. As soon as they are available again.


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Report this Nov. 01 2012, 9:00 pm

I think the best chance to survive the aftermath of disasters is when the community pulls together and shares their resources. This has been demonstrably shown throughout history -- best example might be how Londoners reacted during the Blitz.


I'm pretty much resigned to the fact that if a disaster happens, my flat is probably going to be too fucked up, and any prepping I do is unlikely to make a difference. I know there are pamphlets you can get about how to survive many of the more common disasters that might happen in this country.


Rather than storing cans for myself, I'd be seeking out the nearest local volunteer disaster relief and offering to help, because I'm so often impressed by the work that they do. Communities also have better ideas on how to deal with disaster than individuals do because, put simply, two heads are better than one.


I'm under no illusions that extreme prepping is anything more than paranoia-relief -- like when someone with OCD clicks the light on and off five times when he enters his apartment. People go to such extreme lengths that it takes over their normal lives, and before that disaster happens, they forget to live. Besides which, what if you spend all your time prepping for a Y2K holocaust and then your bunker gets drowned by a flood?


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