Originally posted by torbjon
Okay, I’m curious…
for the people running out to ‘get prepared’, again just out of curiosity, why weren’t you ‘prepared’ before?
My husband has insisted that we be somewhat prepared ever since I've known him. It's all his fault! So, we've always (15 years) had a certain
prepared mindset (and I agree, the best preparation is in your mind). Only in the past 3-4 years have we seriously considered the possibility of
needing to be self-sufficient for a period of time. I'm working on a model of 4-5 months. No particular reason.
And when we see things happening in the country and the world, like 9/11, Iraq, the way the current administration is taking our rights under the
guise of protecting us from terrorism (we read history, we know what's happening), stomping on the constitution, how they treated the people of New
Orleans, the blatant corruption in the government, war, rumours of war... It only makes sense to me to assume that this is going to get worse before
it gets better.
I'm not talking about the end of the world or even a global disaster! I'm talking about an event that will require us to be self sufficient for some
time. A big bump, perhaps an economic depression, another war, who knows?
As I read through this thread, I see a lot of folks pretty gung ho to run out and ‘get prepared’ for a hypothetical WWIII, and yet these same
folks were Not ‘prepared’ for an equally devastating, equally hypothetical earthquake or meteorite impact…
Well, it's one thing to be surprised by an earthquake and try to survive, which means just living. It's quite another to know something's coming
and try to survive in relative comfort. This CAN be predicted (not with 100% accuracy, but it's something we can see) so why not prepare?
And for the people who already were ‘prepared’ or who are now ‘prepared’, what exactly do you consider ‘being prepared’ and how did you
arrive at that conclusion? What items did you choose to get? Why those items? Why those quantities of those items? Where did you draw the line and
We live out in the country on a few acres, so we have built raised garden beds and are gardening.
I have all kinds of seeds with which to grow many
hearty foods. We have a well and huge water tanks. Plus, yes, some survival books.
I won't list everything here, but let's just say my large country pantry (picture below) is Chock Full of water, canned and boxed goods,
freeze-dried food, baking goods and pet food all protected in plastic containers.
You're right, we cannot know what to be prepared for and to be honest, if we have to leave our home, we won't be in very good shape. We have 4
animals. We are planning on sitting tight. We have stockpiled all kinds of non-perishibles, camping gear, we have a generator, tons of wood to burn,
medicines, first aid, items to barter with... not cosmetics or cleaning supplies, I'm thinking more basic like tools, shoes, work gloves, duct tape,
coffee, tobacco, alcohol, spices, water treatment, bar soap. And most of the stuff, we can use if there is no disaster.
We have no plans to steal things from others. But we will defend our stuff and ourselves if necessary. Oh, and we have dogs that can hunt.
When and Where do you draw the line?
I guess we draw the line where we feel comfortable. I know there are a few things my husband wants to pick up this weekend, but otherwise, we're
Is there such thing as ‘enough’? (how much toilet paper is ‘enough’?)
I think we have about 10 12-packs (double rolls)
But I'm prepared to use whatever's available if and when that becomes necessary. For me,
it's all about being able to comfortably survive while we're holed up here. If we run out of something we need, my husband will head out on his bike
and find out if there's someone to trade goods and services with.
The most important thing is that neither one of us is afraid to die. If something happens that one or both of us die, it's ok. We're doing this
because we want to. Not because we feel the need to live through anything. We're curious. We want to see what happens. We want to be around for the
show. And we want to be fairly comfortable while watching it.
[edit on 17-3-2006 by Benevolent Heretic]