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Yesterday at 0801 I lost my "bundle" - cable, phone and internet. It was down for an hour. As I was finishing my coffee I began to wonder how I would...

 

Started by Jumbo‎, 07-27-2012 07:21 PM

Jumbo started a good one,but my question stands ,for what event?,nuclear war.asteroid

meteor,sunami,major earthquake,ice age,I really don`t want to be like ,Daniel Defoe`s character,Robinson Crusoe,I prepared for an event most likely to happen in my part of the world,florida ,heavy rain and hurricane season,heavy snow is not a most likely event,tornado

is not a most likely event,so, my experiences with mother nature have been very limited,flooded home,roof destroy by wind,tornado that destroy the town,heavy snow,

Andrew in 92 florida.lots of rain,flooded areas,no power,,again ,roof damage,and a few crazy sob`s trying to vandalize your property.

So,shelter,water,food,are the main ingrediants of survival;in all this situations that I and family been thru,the isolation from the community has been the worst,police/rescue,can`t get to you,they will even tell you so.So I have prepared for the events that I hope will never happen,but mother nature is unpredictable,in my area,been a major city,there are major

resources,big airports,naval ports,etc.I think the country is better prepared,since we have had our share of natural disasters lately,my thing is not to cry wolf,but to avoid the wolf in my best possible way.

Keep in mind that in any event,and base in my own suffering,you will feel dirty,hungry,

the cry of children will drive you crazy,your family will need some comfort ,hot chocolate,tea,coffee,hot/cold shower,toilet(5 gallon with seat,trash bag,cat litter,bleach some portable toilet chemicals)will do find,my shower is a garden sprayer feel with warn water and a shower head,works great,I also found out that a simple loaf of fresh bread out of the bbq,those wonders for the soul.B)

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Great post, RTG... My question inferred just what you are saying. Everyone has their own set of circumstances and, generally, will face their own possible "events", and I was wonderin' if folks were ready. As you rightfully noted there are the common preps and then there are the case specific scenarios for which one must procure and prepare. I see my possible locally initiated problems being related to weather related issues (like tornadoes, ice storms, etc.) and the resulting power outages. After that, there are alot of man-made threats. Its always an ongoing process.

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Jumbo and Wally,right on the money,the preparetions are unlimited,if you have the money/location,etc,by all means,have fun,but I have seen marriages go down the toilet,for that same reason,how much is to much

My family comes first,I like to cook,so I enjoy my hobbies,canning,baking,etc,things that the family enjoys.

We all know the type,thousand rounds of ammo,many weapons,4 wheel drive vehicle with a machinegun mount,and probably it has never been in a dirt road,and no milk for the kids,I`m sorry, but that`s not me

That the Sun comes out every morning,that`s my prayer,for eveyone.

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Here in SW Minnesota (God's Blessed Place), we really only have to worry about Blizzards with power outage at the same time, at least as far as far ranging threats go. We also have tornados, but they are very localized. I can't imagine the amount of rain it would take to flood the prairie....no rivers anywhere near us. No earthquakes either.

 

Don't know how to protect against our number one threat - mosquitoes!

 

 

Our biggest problem would be the masses from far away cities heading for the hills in the event of a large SHTF.

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Very good post RTG, this is just the thing many folks I know should use to get started or bring familiy and or friends into the mix, slowly. Take a look your immediate surroundings, what are the immediate/ probable threats, and what resources do you have on hand.

As for me, I believe our greatest concern here in NE Texas is weather or weather related, initially. Power outage due to some goold ol thunderstorm/ tornado activity, of course HEAT, and last but not least freezing rain. Short term emergencies are common and easy to prepare for with common sense. It's only when the sheep go without for more than about 3 days, trouble could erupt.

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Here where we live in the West of France, the most likely scenarios would follow:

 

1. Financial collapse

2. Nuclear disaster as the whole country is powered 80% by nukes.....

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/01/world/europe/01france.html

 

3. Natural environmental catastrophe like a tidal wave as we are so close the ocean (40 people died a few villages down in the winter of 2010 when storm waves breached the dykes but these houses were build on old marshlands...our house/town is on Rock higher up...)

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/feb/28/gale-force-winds-sweep-france

 

Secondly, if the volcanoes really blow in Iceland it's going to kill the harvest here for a year or two in most of West Europe, and bring very long and particularly cold winters (like it did in 1783 during the time of Louis XVI, one of the longest and coldest winters in Europe on record....) Also, the volcanic debris could virtually stop transport by air for an extended period.....

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2011-10-13/iceland-katla-volcano/50750556/1

 

Glad I have 200+ bottles of wine stocked :P

 

Wolfe

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Here where we live in the West of France, the most likely scenarios would follow:

 

Secondly, if the volcanoes really blow in Iceland it's going to kill the harvest here for a year or two in most of West Europe, and bring very long and particularly cold winters (like it did in 1783 during the time of Louis XVI, one of the longest and coldest winters in Europe on record....) Also, the volcanic debris could virtually stop transport by air for an extended period.....

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2011-10-13/iceland-katla-volcano/50750556/1

 

Glad I have 200+ bottles of wine stocked :P

 

Wolfe

 

Well that made me sit up and take notice! I live in Northern England and to be honest I hadnt considered this possibility at all. We are pretty lucky where I am, we had heavy rain recently and although there was widespread flooding, we are right at the top of the catchment area so it wasnt sustained. Just flash floods which caught some unawares. We have no real extremes of anything up here, so my preps were very much just a general stockpiling of food and water. But reading about the volcanos really has put the wind up me :) Thanks for the heads up!

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Like Urban Wolf, I ‘try’ to be prepared for anything and luckily, a lot of preparations basics overlap. Food, water, electricity, etc are needed for all challenges.

 

Here in the Socialist State of Massachusetts, our biggest problem revolves around a long-term loss of power. Large snowfalls tend to take out power lines killing juice to homes. Same goes for windstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes and other natural disasters. I add a food shortage into the category of natural disaster because drought and flooding are caused by nature.

 

I am more concerned with regional and nationwide economic disasters. Our elected officials continue to spend money like a drunken, horny 22-year old sailor in a French brothel on payday after being at sea for ten months. Being over $16,000,000,000,000 in debt today with no end in sight, the nation is basically financially bankrupt. Our elected officials are spending money we don’t have in order to maintain their seats of power. There are more people addicted to food stamps than ever before in the history of the nation. The USA is screwed and which ‘disaster’ causes us to go down the drain is unimportant. Being prepared IS what is important.

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Here in SW Minnesota (God's Blessed Place), we really only have to worry about Blizzards with power outage at the same time, at least as far as far ranging threats go. We also have tornados, but they are very localized. I can't imagine the amount of rain it would take to flood the prairie....no rivers anywhere near us. No earthquakes either.

 

Don't know how to protect against our number one threat - mosquitoes!

Our biggest problem would be the masses from far away cities heading for the hills in the event of a large SHTF.

Don`t know about the asses,but a good cigar,and cousin Jack,will do fine agains mosquitos,ha

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My not so humble opinion is that we are facing an unavoidable financial collapse. No ifs, ands, or buts, the world is headed for a global depression. That is my primary TEOTWAWKI event. Living near a big city on the Texas Gulf coast there is a variety of TSHTF events that are not just probable but guaranteed. The thing is that in being prepared for these I'm at least somewhat prepared for almost anything.

 

The key is to start with what is MOST likely for your area. Being prepared for a financial collapse doesn't help if a wild fire burns me to death this summer or an ice storm freezes me to death this winter. Start with the most likely and then move toward the longer term possibilities. That is the cheapest, best and safest way to get started prepping.

 

Just my not so humble opinion.

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