Well, this has been a fascinating read....... I just sat down and took the time to wander through all pages, and first, kudos to Chewlip for starting
this thread. Irritating little derailments aside, I think it's a very informative thread, and we're all engaged in the process of working out
ideas and systems BEFORE we need them. Goodonya.
My Bride and I live on a small island in the hurricane belt, and it being the dinky place it is, we have occasional power outages. We almost always
use these to our advantage.
I want to suggest a somewhat different way of looking at survival situations. Many folks equate survivalism with living off the land, and that's
certainly a facet of it, but it doesn't mean necessarily leaving your familiar and safe zone. I think it's a good idea to have a bugout bag
(actually, being a natural hoarder, I've never been able to contain it all in just ONE bag), as you might find yourself in a situation where you
really do have to leave -- I would think that city dwellers might be more at risk.
Consider, though, that with a group of neighbors, family, people you can trust that are on the same page or close to it, your survival is enhanced, as
opposed to being thrust into an unfamiliar surrounding.
Try this sometime: Decide when to do this, and cut your power for a day. Go through the day, and make note of where you found weaknesses in your
ideas and systems. I'll give you an example: We have a concrete catchment for our rainwater -- a cistern -- and I'd always thought, "well, if
the power is out, I can just haul water in a bucket to the house." Yep, that's true, but our water needs (and those of the garden) caused us both
to be hauling water ALL day. Another: Hot water might not save your life, but it positively affects your mental outlook. We bought a solar
shower -- two gallon bag that you fill with water and hang in the sun -- in a short time it gets the water inside hotter than most people can stand,
and it costs about $15.00 U.S.D.
So, anyway, just a suggestion. Putting yourself in real-life situations, minus the danger and tension, and maybe if the real thing happens, you can
deal with the weirdness, knowing that you have a working familiarity and trust in your ability to do the normal things. We found out after Hurricane
Ivan passed by, that restoring a sense of normalcy, of familiarity is almost as important as being able to laugh and keep your spirits up. Here we
were, in a cave, also occupied by bats and rats and crabs and bugs, and I was cooking dinner and thinking how grand it was that I'd remembered to put
spices and herbs in the bugout kit. These seemingly little things matter.
Toilet paper. Why do many people thing a dozen rolls is enough? "Oh, I can use leaves". Yeah, right. Been there. Find a brand that you like,
get a couple of cases (198 in most cases), put 'em in big plastic bags. Worst case? You never have to do the duckwalk looking for a roll.
Well, thanks for the time, and your patience..... sorry for the novella.... just really enjoyed reading this thread and wanted to share.