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  1. My whole life I've been into camping, fishing, shooting, etc so I am used to having "survival gear" around the house. I changed my focus after the horrible tornado destruction in Joplin Missouri. About one week later a tornado took out several houses exactly 2 miles from my house. My place didn't get a scratch. However, that was a "what if?" moment for me. After that I got organized. I now have a dedicated staging area of food, clothes, gear, water, and tools. My family could be completely independent without electricity, water, etc for at least 8 weeks with our current resources. I am not an ITEOTW prepper, I am a natural disaster prepper, but it still never hurts to be prepped for whatever may come at you.
  2. Many of us use so called Smart Phones. With the tons and tons of apps that are available, there must be some good ones out there for preppers. Besides the obvious use of GPS/maps and weather reports, what are some of the apps you have found useful for prepping and planning? I have a Droid phone and have downloaded the USMC survival book, US Army survival book, a flashlight, and a "swiss army knife" app that includes a compass, ruler, level, flashlight, and a red/blue emergency light. I'm a bit cheap and only download free apps, but that certainly doesn't need to limit the discussion.
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    Hey guys

    Welcome aboard. It's always good to get more opinions around here. Thank you for your service to the great country.
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    The Steripen tested well in Backpacker magazine (March 2011). It got the "Best Purifier" award in a comparison test. Their only complaints were you need a wide mouth water bottle to use it, only treats one liter at a time, and it is not good for silty water. The say the batteries treat 100 liters and the UV bulb is good for 8000 treatments. I haven't bought one yet, but it's on my "to do" list. Hope that helps.
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    Just to be clear, you're asking for experience, and not current employment, right? That's how I answered it at least.
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    hand gun questions

    Holy crap VT, are you trying to put me into an anxiety induced seizure? If I took your suggestion I would lie awake every night and hear my wittle wovely magazine under duress calling my name softly over and over and over and over....until I was such a nervous wreck I spun out of control in seizure. UGH!!! The humanity!!!! Where do you other preppers vote on the "to rotate or not to rotate" magazines issue? Maybe I'm out of date and old fashioned. It wouldn't be the first time.
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    hand gun questions

    I've only had it happen to me once, and it was not exactly when you wanted to see it happen. I was in Iraq and had some of my magazines loaded for a few months straight with 28 rounds. I decided to be a good little soldier and cycle the magazines. Sure enough, after unloading about 6 or 8 rounds the magazine quit feeding them to me. It only took a bump on the bottom of the magazine for it to pop up and feed again, and had I been actually firing the weapon at the time, the recoil probably would have been enough to keep it feeding, but when I saw the failure to feed, my heart skipped a beat with the "What if....." thought. That was one of those moments I don't care to repeat, so now I'm an avid magazine cycler.
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    hand gun questions

    One other point on the revolver vs. pistol discussion is the "maintenance" involved. My wife had zero experience with weapons when we met. I got her started shooting and now she is actually quite good. I like to keep a loaded FNH in a bedside holster ( ). Once a week I empty and reload into a new magazine. I also do this with my CC weapon. My wife likes the idea of having a loaded weapon on her side of the bed as well if I'm gone, but doesn't like the "maintenance" involved of reloading new magazines. She prefers a .38 revolver. I'm just glad she's gotten to the point of feeling comfortable around weapons. We don't have young children in the house, so little hands aren't a concern for the bedside holster. Anyway, just another dimension to consider when looking at the purpose of the weapon and the user.
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    I once read in a Readers Digest "Laughter is to life like shock absorbers are to an automobile". Makes sense to me. Welcome back.
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    Checklist for BOB's, BOV's and BOL's

    It's seems pretty good to me! I clip/pasted it and will use it to adjust/verify my personalized info. Thanks!
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    Hello all

    Hello and welcome to the boards. I came here with the same rationale. My wife and are not completely equal on our prepper plans (she's a little reluctant with some of my ideas) but we're working together. Good luck to you and your family on your prepping. There are a lot of well trained and informative people on these threads.
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    my plan

    I'm gonna piggy back on my earlier response. It took me awhile to find this link. Here is a link to another thread on these boards regarding what foods to prep/store. A tip of my hat to juzcallmesnake who originally posted this list.!/page3&highlight=food+storage
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    my plan

    First of all, congratulations on taking the first steps. Getting prepped can be overwhelming. My wife and I took several months to get to our current level, and it's still not what I would like it to be. (will it ever be?) Regarding the water storage issue, you have a few options. If you're going to be storing your gear in a shed, water storage would be difficult with the threat of freezing and breaking the containers unless you are going to heat the shed. Since iodine treatment is a no-go, then consider bleach or a filter system made for outdoor use such as katadyn. For the food, be sure to store it in containers vermin can't get into. We have all of our noncanned preps (even non food) stored in five gallon buckets to organize/preserve it as best as possible. Plus, if we absolutely have to get the heck out of dodge, we can grab and transport it easier that way. You have a daunting task ahead of you with several challenges and I don't want to retype info you can find on other threads. There are a lot of smart people and well trained people on these boards that have posted good info. I just wanted to drop a couple thoughts on you. Good luck with the preps, and good luck getting the hubby onboard!
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    Hand Tools for SHTF

    If you're planning on bugging in, you might want to consider the Stanley FUBAR. It's gonna be a bit heavy for bugging out, but I've added one to my bug in supply chest.
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    Greetings from the NW burbs of Chicago

    Greetings Fish. I hope you find all that ye seek, both on these pages and in life. (That's the most philosophical I've sounded in years don't expect that again!)
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    Hello From Iowa

    Welcome. I've been through your state a several times and it's a beautiful place. I have gotten a lot of good info off these pages, so I'm sure you'll find some useful stuff to.
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    CERT Or Other Groups

    I just found out about CERT and it's cousin the Medical Reserve Corp a few months ago. I work in healthcare and contacted my local Medical Reserve Corp to start volunteering/training/learning. I don't know if it was the holiday season that messed things up or what, but besides the introductory "Thanks for contacting us" email, I haven't heard a peep out of them since.
  18. There is a debt of service due from every man to his country proportion to the bounties which nature and fortune have measured to him. Thomas Jefferson It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. Theodore Roosevelt A ship in a harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are for. John A. Shedd Men do not care how nobly they live, but only how long they live; although it is within the reach of everyman to live nobly, but within no man’s power to live long. Seneca This one probably most directly relates to the mission of these pages: Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance
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    Keep A Heads Up While At Gun Show's

    Your hyper vigilance reminds me of a story my wife still makes fun of me about. We were on a road trip and stopped at a highway rest area. When we walked back to our vehicle I told her either someone messed with our car while we tinkled or we lost a valve stem cover during the drive because one was missing on the car. She laughed at me and told me the car could have been missing a valve stem cover for months and she wouldn't have noticed. Turns out it was in fact me being hypervigilant/paranoid though because no other shenanigans were apparent on the vehicle, and no other cars/people were anywhere around. Now, two years later, she still asks me to check her valve stem caps occasionally. So don't worry Vicioustom, you aren't the only one.
  20. I strongly encourage you to get a couple pairs of glasses and ditch the contacts in a bug out scenario. As a fellow optically challenged person I broke down and had corrective lens surgery a couple years ago. Before that I wore contacts/glasses for decades. (I don't have any school pictures without me wearing glasses). I spent a year in Iraq before having the eye surgery and my good Uncle Sam had the foresight to make me get three pairs of glasses for the trip. Wouldn't you know it, I was on the third pair by the time my deployment ended. Shucking and jiving can be hard on glasses. I would recommend getting prescription sports glasses if it's in your budget. They ain't pretty but they are made for physical activity. If they are out of your budget, at least get one of those straps that attach to your glasses and will keep them from falling off your head if they slip. You don't want to be like Ralphy in A Christmas Story and step on your peepers if they fall. My wife still wears glasses and get cheap glasses at
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    Shirt off your back?

    Nice list above. I would make a suggestion though. Instead of regular cotton under shirts or T-shirts, you might want to consider moisture wicking shirts. Everyone and their brother makes a version of it now. If you think you might might be hoofing it awhile and working up a sweat, they will keep you drier which leads to greater comfort and less chafing. You mentioned Columbia. I like them too and have many of their products. Here's a page to consider.,default,sc.html?sz=12 Hope that helps.
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    Hello from West Virginia

    Welcome aboard. Now that you're here I'm no longer the newest member here! Look at me Mom, I've got senority!!! LOL I'm not from WV, but do travel there occasionally. I live in your neighbor to the north, Ohio. I would certainly not consider myself an over the top kind of prepper. I gear my cache/stash toward surviving six weeks completely independently, and not a EOTW scenario. I hope I'm not being the classic ostrich with it's head in the sand though. Again, welcome.
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    What Americans worry about.

    Snake, Sound advice, all around. Regarding the mortgage, we did just refi a few weeks ago and went from 26 yrs left on a mortgate to 15 at half the APR. Our monthly payment went up less than $100 per month. YIPPEEEEEEEE!! That will be a huge $$$ saver over the course of our loan. I fully agree with the vehicle scenario. My wife drives an 8 yr old vehicle in great shape and I drive a 12 year old vehicle in good shape. I LOVE not having a monthly car payment. I'm a shadetree mechanic but we do need to take the vehicles in occasionaly so a "real" mechanic can work on them once in a while. Still, that's cheaper than a car payment. I found the link you reposted for the Rabbi Grath video. I am planning on watching it this weekend. I didn't want to start an hour long video (part one and two combined) last night. I'm looking forward to seeing it. For a guy from Texas, you're not too bad. (just kiddin' ya)
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    End of times

    Popular Mechanics has an article on the most likely ways the world will end this year, and no, the Mayan event is not one the list.
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    first post. Howdy!

    Hello all, I've been a peeping Tom on these forums for a couple of years, and thought it was well past time I actually signed up. I wanted to put out my short bio and introduction to the community. I live in central Ohio and have been working for a while now to stockpile my emergency supplies. In fact, I got several of my ideas from the very informative people on these pages. So far my wife and I have at least 6 weeks of complete independence (food, water, first aid, shelter) packed away in our cache. I'm not an apocalyptic or doomsday kind of guy, and feel my most practical threat will come from good 'ol mother nature in the form of a tornado, snow storm, etc. However, you gotta be prepared no matter what, right? I've spent four years in both the Air Force and Army, and although I don't currently serve, I remain a strong supporter of the ladies and gentlemen in uniform. I make my living in health care, and my hobbies include motorcycles, firearms, golf, martial arts. One of those hobbies is certainly more frustrating than the others. (FOOORRRREEEE) My sign on name comes from my belief that all able bodied people should pull themselves up by their bootstraps. If you have yourself squared away, then you should lend a hand to the next person. I hope all my emergency preparation is for nothing and I never need to live off my cache, but in the meantime it helps me sleep better at night knowing I have it. I look forward to exchanging ideas with the folks on these pages.