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Have you told your Family Yet?

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posted on Feb, 24 2009 @ 08:45 PM
Heh, I have the reverse problem. I've been talking to my SO about the things I read on here. About the things that I've learned. About how I would like us to start storing food and being prepared.

Now he wants to build a huge underground bunker, stock up with 10 years worth of food and water and be "READY" when TSHTF.

It's a bit annoying sometimes trying to moderate him! LOL

No, we don't need a huge underground bunker, a small underground storage unit would be best.

No we don't need 10 years worth of food, but a years worth wouldn't be a bad idea.

No we don't need to buy 10 - 40' cargo containers for storage. 2 - 20' will work just fine.

While I'm driving during the day, if he's awake and I've read some new tidbit of information I often debate with myself before saying anything since I know it will just make his mind go gah gah over what else he can do to "prepare" us.

But I suppose all in all it's best to at least have someone willing to listen and prepare than to try and have to do it and feel like you're skulking around in the dark.

posted on Feb, 24 2009 @ 09:53 PM
reply to post by branty

Well i had a similar issue with my family so i just pointed out some of the power cuts we had, told them the prices of flour and rice and stuff were going to go up as they already have been and we'd save money if we bought big sacks now and spun it that way to get extra stocks in. I didn't bother making it sound like the world is going to end tomorrow, or mention things like martial law because i doubt they'll happen anyway.

posted on Feb, 24 2009 @ 09:56 PM

Originally posted by cnichols
Wow that's one high strung guy you have on your hands! If everything ever did go wrong would he calmly be able to plan things out? Maybe investing in some survival holidays or something would be a good idea to give him some ability to assess a situation.

Either that or stock some tranquilizers in your supplies

Serious point though, you cn stock all you want but eventually those stocks will run out. Knowledge is easy to get and can be carried everywhere. So some basic survival stuff is a good idea, along with medical training at as high a level as you can get it.

posted on Feb, 24 2009 @ 09:57 PM
ok - i am new to all of this, i have heard about Martial Law, the fema camps, all the coffins etc...but could someone inform me about what exactly is going on? Why storing th food, and underground shelters. Is it due to the economy failing? electrical grid going down? i've been a big poster on all the other subjects on ATS but not this. But i think i need to really listen. anyone who can give me a quick rundown would be great. sorry if i seem so misinformed, i may already know whats going on, just want to make sure im correct. thanks a lot!

posted on Feb, 24 2009 @ 10:13 PM
I've told some people. Some took me serious, and some other ignorant fools denied that a total collapse of the economy would never happen. "Our government is smart, they'll find a way out of this"

posted on Feb, 24 2009 @ 10:23 PM
reply to post by Snooze

I was laughing out loud to this comment and my 12 year old daughter wanted to know what I was laughing at. I let her read the first post so she would understand what was going on and then I let her read this post. She joined me in laughing and then said "why would someone need so many staples?" (meaning staple gun staples, lol) so yet I had another good laugh.

posted on Feb, 24 2009 @ 10:25 PM
Please forgive me - but - what are we talking about here?

What's about to happen?

posted on Feb, 24 2009 @ 10:25 PM
When I first found out about all this info last July and then tried to tell friends and family I was completely rejected. They all said they thought I was crazy and they were worried about me and that I should see someone.
To tell you the truth I was scared to death BUT what SCARED me more was the way they reacted to me. I thought Oh My God! are these people that brainwashed. They acted like frightened children, Like if I would just shut up it would go away. It really frightened me to see their reaction!
FINALLY "thank God" my husband is completely informed and my daughter and her finance have come around to the information slowly but they don't like talking about it.
WHAT surprised me the most was the way my best friend of 30 years and her husband reacted. She completely shut me out of her life. Very Very Sad!
I tell you again I am more SCARED of how people react to the info THEN the info itself!
But I heard someone say once on the Alex Jones show
It is not important how many people you wake up, it's that you wake up the right people.
I feel sorry for Alex Jones and could only imagine what he went through in the begining. All the rejection he must have faced.
Now he is bigger then ever.
I say tape one of his radio shows and give someone a CD. That usually works!
God Bless!

posted on Feb, 24 2009 @ 10:29 PM

Originally posted by branty
reply to post by j2000

i couldve post reply to any of the above tbh, but having 2 sons i went with j2000, i hope to god we all are over reacting. I never wanted to be wrong so much before.

Actually we have three. The middle one has our grandkids. His wife and her family are on the Obama Kool-aid and Mormons here in Kansas. We just leave it alone on that one.

We have been trying to tell all the family, that at the very least, inflation will hit really hard next summer.
It's hard to think that from where we are now, to 4times or more the price of things. I just hope it's not worse than that, but some economists are see up to 15 times.
The inflation is the only thing we cannot avoid.

posted on Feb, 24 2009 @ 10:29 PM
reply to post by branty

ditch the cash dude. When IT happens that "money" will be worthless. Get precious metals or buy more survival stuff/food/water/supplies...etc. All that cash will be good for is wiping your butt and starting cooking fires.

posted on Feb, 24 2009 @ 10:43 PM
reply to post by branty

I do have a similar problem with my Son and Daughter. I live with my Daughter in her home. Her brother(my Son) has lost his job and is here also.My 9yr old Grandson is here too.
They all live for the moment and are not well prepared for"any"emergency
I have slowly stashed foods,water,medical supplies,camping gear etc..
It is very hard on me as I am partially disabled and can't get them to do much other than to nod politly and go about their merry way. I liken it to The Ant and the Grasshopper.

You said you had water stored.
I would like to mention: the 'plastic jugs'(or bottles) that hold water start to deteriorate after about 6 months. It is best to change them out if they have been sitting that long.
We have a well so I can do this at little cost.
A single drop of bleach in one gallon of water will assure the water to be free of harmfull bacteria that can develop in sitting water.

posted on Feb, 24 2009 @ 10:47 PM
I have been prepairing since I was 7 years old. I have always known something may come. I have learned how to survive in almost any natural or un-natural zone.... Forrests, Mountains, Steppes, Cities, Desert.... I have not yet got to frozen arctic tundra nor jungle yet but I've had some practice. I can do all of this with just one knife. I can hunt, gather, and scav the rest. I'm also well versed with just about every bladed weapon in human history from butter knife to great claymore. On top of all this I know 8 different styles of matrial arts, soon I'll be starting on #9. There are 6 Extinction Level Events that could happen tonight and I'm ready for each including the next ice age that may happen in a couple years. I know where it is safe. I'm by no means an expert, but I can get things done and teach others as well. I can live quite happily with nothing. I've done it many times already.

posted on Feb, 24 2009 @ 10:47 PM
My wife also thinks I am crazy. It became a joke to her and her friends and has done nothing but let everyone know that I am stocked up. In her eyes I am wastefully spending money when I could be buying her a new ipod.

The sad thing here is that I did the math. not only is stocking up good sense and planning from a nutitional and cost perspective it provides a much more nutrious meal at a significant cost savings to frozen pizzas, and the other crap they are force fedding us through our own laziness.

If your spouse has any sense whatsoever and doesn't get the preparedness thing appraoch it in the manner of nutirtion and cost savings to provide for a better health and lifestyl of your family.

posted on Feb, 24 2009 @ 10:52 PM
Please feel free to read the 2nd link in my signature. It's all about talking to my mother about the coming badness.

posted on Feb, 24 2009 @ 10:57 PM
reply to post by Tentickles

You're in Houston? I'm from near Beaumont. I'm not there now, obviously - but we should meet for coffee one day or something and discuss the future.


posted on Feb, 24 2009 @ 10:59 PM
reply to post by Valkyr8

I need you to come get your things out of my locker, I can't fit my nun chucks in there anymore.

Nothing wrong with stocking up guys, and I think the idea has been passed around to ease her in to it...You are totally right. I started educating my parents on things like this and they first went off the deep end on me saying I was wasting my money and things like that. Then I reminded them of the Great Depression which my grandfather and great aunt had lived through. Dad went through the last bit of it and he started coming around. Eventually even mom is ordering food bearing plants now. The girlfriend doesn't care what I do, so that's no worry there. Don't dump it all on them at one time guys, they'll come around.

posted on Feb, 24 2009 @ 11:01 PM
It hasn't been an issue for me. My grandmother has been on a Disaster Medical Assistance team for twenty-some years, and is routinely running around to help people who have lost their homes to natural disasters, fire, etc. all across the country.

Consequently, my family is pretty well acquainted with the idea of suirrel-nests being valuable.

I haven't had much of an issue talking with about it friends about it either. Only a few of them are conspiracy-minded, but even those who aren't have been pretty comfortable talking about "what if" scenarios. Katrina, the twin towers, the LA riots, the san fransico earthquake, california wildfires in general...the signs are there for anyone who pays attention to see that sometimes things get bumpy here on planet earth.

You don't have to be a conspiracy nut to consider having some extra food and water on hand.

posted on Feb, 24 2009 @ 11:04 PM

Originally posted by midnightbrigade
reply to post by Valkyr8

I need you to come get your things out of my locker, I can't fit my nun chucks in there anymore.

Well excuuuuuse me!!! My armory under my bed got full! I had to put it all some where!

posted on Feb, 24 2009 @ 11:10 PM

Originally posted by hstock28
Well, I'm in the same boat, but opposite side of the coin. My husband just doesn't get it. He just thinks I'm paranoid and falling off the deep end. I try to talk to him, but he just doesn't want to hear it. His philosophy is what will happen, will happen, why worry about it? If it was just us two, perhaps I coud go along with it (probably not, but perhaps); however, we have three kids to look out for. I'm sorry, but I'm going to do everything I possibly can to make sure our kids have food and water and basic necessities. I just wish he was on the same page.

I know what you mean, my wife refuses to listen... she does not want to know or worry about anything.

"Your always so negative now" is what I get.

I think she knows a bit but is scared to go along with making preparation plans because then she will have to admit that the threat is real. I think many women are like this... they don't want to hear or know about bad things.

Blah, we have to much food and will never use it all. Stop buying all the canned stuff, nobody eats it... Blah

Blah, I like to spend money, why should I cut back.. I don't want to live like that (like normal) again. I want to go out to eat 5 times a week.

Blah Blah Blah

I love her to death but she thinks I am paranoid... I asked her, "remember the hype of Y2K... well what did we do, we moved to a MAJOR city in December 1999 for greed (job offer = more money). I didn't have a problem with Y2K, why do you think I am worried now? Because the chances of a problem have drastically increased!

So, if I didn't bat an eyelash at the Y2K hype why do you think I am itchy now??

I get, Blah -"your older and more paranoid", "You visit the loony message boards now and watch Glen Beck"

To many people voluntarily want to put their head in the sand because the anxiety is just to much to take I guess... causes depression.

Oh well, I will prepare as much as I can. I simply have to take out money in 100 increments as "cash back" weekly from the grocery store so SHE doesn't blow it on freeking crap!

Money in the bank to her is like " ALL that money, it is a Shame not spending it" if you know what I mean. If it is there, she will find a way to spend it.

posted on Feb, 24 2009 @ 11:10 PM
My wife tolerates it to some degree. She thinks it is wise to have our stockpiled food and to have the gear and knowledge to be able to survive with no electricity. She gets slightly miffed though at my perceived need to have thousands and thousands of rounds of ammo. For years now I have been getting $20 cash back at the store or take out $20 from the ATM from time to time but not so much that it would be questioned. That money has slowly been spent on ammo etc.

If she ever notices and starts opening the ammo cans I am going to be in the doghouse for a long time.

But between rifles, handguns and shotguns it takes a lot to have your bases covered. She just doesn't get that and won't until the only meat that is available was procured by a gun or we are fighting off hungry hordes of looters after the food distribution system breaks down.

I guess I can always go with "it's an investment," which is true as I have boxes of ammo that cost $6 when new and the same product is now $30 so... yeah... that's it... the ammo is an investment...

Now about all those extra AR uppers, barrels, bolt carriers etc...

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