reply to post by Slickinfinity
Just my 2 cents worth, but I would plan for ALL contingencies. Better to have it to trade with later if you don't need something yourself rather
than wish you had gotten it when you first thought of it.
While you are lucky enough to live by so much fresh water, I would still invest in a hand held water filtering system or something compact (filter
straw or sport bottle filter) to filter water in case you have to travel or nearby reservoirs become suspect or undrinkable. It would not hurt and
give more peace of mind.
As for grains, bugs can and do hatch. There are ways to prevent this. I would research how grains, etc. need to be stored safely. Also, you will
need*a mill for grinding grain and to learn how to use it. (a number of useful ATS threads - on preparing for a depression and survival - plus food
storage/survival food internet sites for additional info). Honey keeps forever and used as sweetener and as an antibiotic. Salt (sea) is essential
for iodine. Look at vitamins/minerals/herbs and check dates. Peanut butter, dried/canned goods/protein powders.
It is good you live where the people in your town are friendly, best to live where groups are like-minded who will look out for each other - will be
the best thing for protection. We too, plan on moving to a small (safe) town with good agriculture for obvious reasons. (good neighbors = protection
against marauders, also group to barter, trade with for services/items if needed). We will get chickens/goats for dairy and learn how to care for
them properly and have a garden plus.
There is thought that says silver may/will explode in price in the near future and that it is being artificially depressed right now. The reason for
the high price speculation in the future has to do with the myriad of industrial uses for silver. More so than gold. *Check out Howard Ruff, "How
to Prosper in the Coming Hard Times" (either 1979 or 2008 updated book) for lots of info on exactly what to expect and how to prepare. I find this
book the best for planning and to understand what to expect. (*silver is down now so good time to consider buying - go for "junk silver" though and
call around for prices to see who is cheapest). Has recommended dealers listed.
Like you, I am stocking up on extra because there will be people (you know and I know) who will come a'knocking and say, "I should have listened,
you are right" and we'll want to help them. So I for one am glad you are looking at it this way. Better to be prepared.
Did you consider fishing poles? Extra blankets/bedding? Light bulbs, fan belts, oil, car tires? Better to stock up on anything you use that you
couldn't do without, or wouldn't want to be without, that you might need but might not be able to get except on a "black market" which will cost
an arm and a leg later....stock up now. Thrift stores are a plus for small appliances as well as extra coats, jeans, boots, etc. As for medical
supplies, many many sites dedicated to first aid - and taking a first aid class might come in handy. Who knows? Even childbirthing class or videos,
seriously, esp. in your case.
Good luck, truly, I wish more people were thinking this way. My experience is most people are in denial. But those who don't prepare will suffer
the worst of it and the big cities will be hit the hardest along with the civil unrest and civil disobedience. I love the idea of developing your own
power source!! God bless!