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In Alas Babylon style, you find out from a very close friend or relative in the armed forces that something is about to go down with Iran. You have at most two days to prepare. You have $1000. You think we will be attacking but you have no real clue what is going to happen.

 

 

What do you buy and why? What will you do if gas hits $10.00 a gallon?

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fill up the car before gas jumps any higher, load the car with everything I have hear and head back home, stopping at every wal-mart and cabelas on the way there picking up candles, AMMO!!!, batteries, flash lights, sleeping bags, a tent or two, blankets, a log of chew (grizzly wintergreen preferably), and if enough is left over a small generator.

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Im going to get a huge steak dinner (from Ruth Chris Steak House , thats about $300 for the family), a hot fudge sunday from Dairy Queen, and save the rest for toilet paper, cause I feel I'm pretty good already and two days is a very short time to do much espicialy when your close freind tells 10 other close friends who tell 1000 other people. After my steak and ice cream I guess I would have to see if bugging out is the way to go or staying put. if staying put is in the cards then putting out my home defense stuff would take up my time, and if bugging out is in the cards then it's time to hit the road.

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Since it's Iran, I don't think much needs to be done at the last minute other than load up on as much gas as possible. If there is some chatter about dirty nukes, then it's time to board up the windows and cover them with plastic and duct tape and pray that isn't a waste of time

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I'm thinking that buying some food and stocking up on gas would be my main two objectives. Ammo is my third priority.

 

Noone seemed to answer the question "What would do you if gas hit $10.00/gallon?".

 

I'd probably buy a bike and start using it to get to my clients. Although, I'd lose a lot of time. The last option is also to try and car-pool, but that would only last so long.

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with just a grand.....gas and diesel.....and wonder why i only had a 1000 in my nest egg.

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with just a grand.....gas and diesel.....and wonder why i only had a 1000 in my nest egg.

 

Some banks only allow you to withdraw up to $500 cash per day. Although most preppers on here will not find themselves in this exact situation (as hinted by some Ruth Chris purchases), I believe a lot of Americans WILL find themselves in this exact situation. So I'm wondering what kind of behavior we can expect from most people.

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I also live in miami and every spring we have to prepare for a possible storm hit, i always follow the premise that we may get hit and prepare. I recall Hurricane andrew caught me with pants down, never again. Be safe and prepared not sorry. Its a shame that when we get hit people dont heed to warning. i remembwer wilma and katrina although small in miami area there were people lining up for water and food the day the storms passed. People just dont listen.

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At the start of the first day:

 

I contact a close circle of friends and family and prepare them for the event.

 

I get my sons and their spouses on a plane for the trip home today.

 

I order up a 1,000 gallon tank of propane for that afternoon delivery. I have the cost put on my account with the propane company and still have $1,000. That covers long term cooking and lighting requirements.

 

Before noon I have gone to Sam’s club and spent the $1,000 on bulk food supplies to supplement what I have already stocked.

 

In the afternoon of the first day I prepare my home for bug in. In the evening I pick up my family at the airport and return home to meet with my circle of friends to discuss planning.

 

On the morning of the second day we activate our plans and spend the rest of the day double checking and inventorying our preparations.

 

On the eve of the second day, we pray.

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Pretty much the same as Rod, though I have fewer family and friends to worry about, and I'd have 4 smaller tanks delivered to where I work, then truck them home myself with my own vehicle. I'd call a few old friends and make sure they got a heads up on the possible upcoming crisis, even though they live far away from me.

 

As far as gas for $10 a gallon? Do the same thing I did for years, ride my bicycle back and forth to work and save the pickup for once a week supply runs or emergencies. B)

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Thats...thats cheating Rod! LOL. I envy you, brother!

 

Nothing to envy. I busted my butt for 30 years building a business cause I wasn't smart enough to get rich quick. Still not rich but it will happen next week! (or the week after maybe :P)

 

That is why I like this forum. A lot people who are like-minded! I absolutely refuse to let everything I worked so hard for go away just because of TEOTWAWKTI might happen! :rolleyes:

 

By-the-way, I think your right about 4 tanks and trucking them home. If you don't mind I will copy that approach!

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They do make conversions for vehicles for natural gas. $9000 a vehicle, but the government will give you a grant for a pump for your home station. Pressures are extremely high.

 

I'm a plumber, my prices have to climb to allow me to work. However the tax write off should go up as well.

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ok, id hit sams club and load up on canned foods, hit walmart and stock up on ammo, and garden seeds. stop off at uhaul and buy a trailer. head home and get all my supplies and family and we'd head to my parents. my parents are pretty well set, my dad having a manual gas pump with two hoses, one feeds into the well, the other to the creek in front of the house. im not worried about gas cause if i need to get anywhere id use a bike. sure we're in rural pa, but i dont see a bug out location capable of sustaining us food or water wise. my parents house has a full finished basement and if we needed to we could sleep there. my dad has a coal stove and a wood stove and he also has woods in the backyard capable of keeping us warm enough. so we have food water and shelter covered. the ammo could also be used for defense, as my dad has a 25 foot tower that overlooks the property. and enough guns (high powered rifles) to hunt any animals on the property. my dad and my mil have experience butchering animals. my mom and i have green thumbs. my dad also has skills in foraging in woods, as do i. my mother in law knows canning. and we have the supplies to can several hundred things if we needed too. i may live in a 3 bedroom trailer but i am a pack rat, as is my mil.

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Some good replies!

 

Rod, buying propane is a great idea too. Although, I'm not sure if we'd lose power in the event of an attack on Iran.

 

Still good to have some back-up I suppose.

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Some good replies!

 

Rod, buying propane is a great idea too. Although, I'm not sure if we'd lose power in the event of an attack on Iran.

 

Still good to have some back-up I suppose.

 

The problem is EMP. My guess is that Iran already has at least one nuke and they apparently have a missle capable of reaching us. It doesen't have to be accurate, just high and close. Bang! No power.

 

The propane is for cooking and lighting which would be unaffected by EMP.

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smallest diesel generator and all the off road diesel and stabilizer I could get for whats left.

 

diesel are more durable and less problematic

 

diesel treated will last for many years as gas will not

 

it can run off refined animal oil as well as filtered waste oil.

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good info, snake. i'd move our stuff to my folks house so we'd all be in one place. my dad preps to some degree and always has. so they have stores and weapons for themselves. it would be time to remove the batteries from the walkies and purchase some foam and the small cb, set up the faraday device in an ammo can. keep the vehicles full. buy two blue barrels at sam's for water (and fill them up). several cases of canned meat and veg, and dried fruit. a case of bleach. 2 twenty five pound bags of rice, and the same of bag of beans, cornmeal to make dog food. Extra ammo for all weapons, and some plywood. As much diesel as I could. There, I'm sure I have more than run thru the $1000. That's scary.

 

Oops. And I'd run out to the pet store and buy a male and female guinea pig and cage, with some shavings and alfalfa pellets.

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Hey snake I dont know about the diesel generator. I just finished a massive month long project of generator research in Jan. What I found was that diesels dont work well until you start to get up to 20kw or more in generator size. Between consutling with a good friend who is a 25 year electrician and my brother who has been a diesel mech. for 20 years now I found that small diesel engines just dont work well.

 

I was informed that Yan-Mar makes the best small diesel engines and they were originaly made for boat use (sail boats). The problem is diesels like to turn slow and they make alot of tourqe. To run a small generator they need to turn much faster then they like. I found that the cheapest diesel generator which cost around $2000 is junk.

 

Go look up some reviews on the cheap diesels and you will find one bad review after another. It is not uncommon for one to only work for an hour and blow apart. You have to find a diesel that runs at the slower RPM (under 3000) while at 50% load to find one that has any chance of lasting more then 100 hours or so. The problem is to find one that meets those requirments you are going to have to put out about $10,000.

 

I really, really wanted a diesel generator for the reasons you listed and gave them alot more research time then I probaly should have once I started to see their faults but I kept looking for that magic diesel bullet and never found it. I decided to go with a 10kw propane stand by unit, and a small 5kw gas portable for the on to go senerio.

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Hey snake I dont know about the diesel generator. I just finished a massive month long project of generator research in Jan. What I found was that diesels dont work well until you start to get up to 20kw or more in generator size. Between consutling with a good friend who is a 25 year electrician and my brother who has been a diesel mech. for 20 years now I found that small diesel engines just dont work well.

 

I was informed that Yan-Mar makes the best small diesel engines and they were originaly made for boat use (sail boats). The problem is diesels like to turn slow and they make alot of tourqe. To run a small generator they need to turn much faster then they like. I found that the cheapest diesel generator which cost around $2000 is junk.

 

Go look up some reviews on the cheap diesels and you will find one bad review after another. It is not uncommon for one to only work for an hour and blow apart. You have to find a diesel that runs at the slower RPM (under 3000) while at 50% load to find one that has any chance of lasting more then 100 hours or so. The problem is to find one that meets those requirments you are going to have to put out about $10,000.

 

I really, really wanted a diesel generator for the reasons you listed and gave them alot more research time then I probaly should have once I started to see their faults but I kept looking for that magic diesel bullet and never found it. I decided to go with a 10kw propane stand by unit, and a small 5kw gas portable for the on to go senerio.

 

you are correct but we must remember we are trying to survive so this generator is to recharge batteries.

 

you will find that generators with out a transfer case are junk too because they are actually friction fit pointed generator shaft and a recess on the crankshaft of the motor.

and guess where the generator leaks from,,, the rear seal a 2 dollar part and slings your oil out fast

with out an oil sensor it would burn up bad enough it over heats before shut down.

 

I own a Honda ER2500 because of durability it will run at full load for 12 hours on 3.5 gallons of gas

it has a transfer case between the generator and the motor.

Gas at 5 dollars a gallon means 15 dollars a day X 30 that is $450 dollars for a month for just

enough to maintain refrigerator and freezer and a bit of small AC or fans

and that is if you can get gas during the last storm here generators had to be brought out to

run the fuel pumps at the truck stop and "we" the people were not allowed gas only the police and

emergency services so there is your LONG TERM PLAN it ain't what you have if any thing goes down is

all you have.

 

I am not trying to knock your system but none of us can afford to permanently run our lifestyle on

fuel weather gas or diesel propane or natural gas.

we will be on rechargeable batteries and that is what I try to express in

my posts and even these are for minor creature comforts when our family is sick or over exerted.

solar panels for recharging dry cell batteries for flash lights fans and radios.

 

This is one reason I advise to have a crank radio /light and a Faraday flashlight and LED puck lights

AAA battery size and try to maintain similar battery operated accessories or battery converters

{a slide on that upsizes it to the next size AAA becomes AA and AA becomes c and c become d}

 

a crystal radio requires no batteries ever.

 

about 100 watts of solar panels and a couple of charge controllers and at least 2 OPTIMA

blue top batteries these can run 12 volt fans and LED lights as well as a mini auto refrigerator / cooler

these are true survival Items for long term disasters and they are portable you can toss them

in your vehicle or carry the small items.

 

Sanyo Eneloop hybrid batteries are considered the best rechargeable batteries to date

I advise everyone to have enough for their needs.

 

my old lawn tractor died but I kept the battery it ran 2 computer fans and a led light all night

 

your unit needs a minimum of 500 to 1000 gallon tank and you need to use it sparingly if we have

a long term event as lighting and noise will bring looky loos.

Then your going to be covered in people

who are Ill as was the local community building the police were too good to help no one could even

sit in the waiting area they did though and they got MRE'S and ice before anyone else did and more

of it everyone wants equality until it's an imposition on their part of it...

 

Imagine you have one light bulb on on top of a building in the middle of a city and it is the only light

how long do you think before your surrounded by people asking for all manner of things because you have

one thing they do not, and figure you have access to more.

they will tear you to pieces and burn your place down, worst case scenario.

 

this is why the 2 day effort will fall short it is just not enough time fighting crowds who are after the

same items plywood gas batteries generators dry food etc....

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