I was waiting for everyone to get it out of their systems……….. I am surprised someone didn’t recommend a nuclear powered armored personnel
Try to prep for what you are most likely to face. Flood, fire, earthquake, snow storm, or power outage. Those supplies will be of the greatest value
to you and your family in any situation.
Basic things…… Do you and your family rent or do you own your house/houses? Renting will limit what you can do, or store because of safety laws.
Fuel storage ecec…..
Take full stock of what your family/boyfriend has. You do not need to get stuff that you already have available.
If you don’t have a functional pantry, get one started. It is a good idea for anyone. In my opinion, at minimum, you should have enough non
perishable food on hand to last a week. If you have plenty of room, then slowly fill it out for a month worth of supplies. Canned food, and boxed
food. Use what you stock so you can keep the old use up, and replenished with fresh. Modern canned food usually has a “use by” date on it. The
ones with the least amount of time left, should be used first.
Cost, about 60 cans of food per person to last a month. Cost around $60 per person.
Do you have well water, or city water? Do you live in a desert region or in a wetter region of the US? Do you live near a flowing river or lake? If
you live near a fresh water source then water supplies are less of a concern because you can get water and boil it for drinking/cooking any time you
want. If you live in a dry area. For water storage, you can use water bladder storage tanks to store a clean supply of water for cooking and drinking.
You can store them in the basement or loft. Wash and refill them every so often to keep them from going rancid. Chlorine will help keep the water
sterile. They can be had in many sizes.15 gallons is enough drinking water for a month per person. Add 10 or so for cooking and you will have about 25
gallon per person to last a month. Or 25 gallon will last 4 people a week.
Cost, about $20 to $40 per person.
A jug of bleach(chlorine) will do wonders for making water safer to drink. Kills a lot nasty bacteria.
Cost about $4
Do you have an LP/natural gas/electric cook stove?
If you have an LP tank, try keep it above %40.
Don’t rely on natural gas service, it will fail in an earthquake.
If you don’t have an on site fuel supply, buy a little Coleman propane/fuel stove, or one of those sterno butane stoves. Find out how long one fuel
canister last you doing normal cooking. Keep enough fuel on hand to cook the food you have on hand. Add a little more for boiling water if you need
to. Most canned food can be eaten cold if you are short on fuel. If you are short on fuel, save the fuel for boiling water and cooking the boxed/dry
Cost, one stove $30, fuel for a month, about $60
Do you live in a area where it gets really cold?
If you do, try to keep a stock of heavy blankets on hand. A person can handle -10 degree weather just fine if he/she has enough blankets to stack on
Cost $100 or so.
If you live in a cold area do you use LP/natural gas/electric for heating?
If you have LP, get a direct vent convection heater in the main room. You can run it without power. If you have natural gas, you could get one of them
for normal power outages but don’t rely on it for your only backup because during earthquakes, natural gas service will fail. If you have natural
gas or electric you want an alternative heat source. Wood, or kerosene. If your house is outfitted with a wood fireplace, good. If it isn’t, then
you need to get a kerosene heater and keep enough fuel on hand to keep you from freezing to death for at least a week. If you are heating one room,
you should be able to get by with 3 gallons a day using a small heater. You are talking 20 gallons of fuel.
Cost, about $200
Does your boyfriend/other friends have other heating methods available?
At worst case, your family could crash at their house in case of problems during winter.
Don’t assume that something will happen when you have a full tank in your car. Do you have any close relatives in your state or neighboring state
that you could flee to if the situation required? You want to keep enough at home in cans to make it to those people, with a little to spare. At
minimum, you want to keep 5 or 10 gallons at home.
Cost, $30 or so.
A good AM/FM/shortwave radio with extra batteries. If the situation is localized you will still be able to hear AM and shortwave stations for
$50 to $80
If any of your friends/family have them, a CB, FRS or MURS radio with spare batteries.
Cost $20 to $50
Candles, oil lamps, or even Coleman lanterns. Keep enough candles, or fuel for the others to last you a week or a month.
Cost candles under $40
Cost lamp $15 kerosene lantern $30 fuel 5 gallons for $20
Coleman propane lantern $40 could share fuel with stove.
Coleman fuel lantern $60 could share fuel with stove.
Matches, and lighters
Do you already have a generator? If you have LP furnace for heat and well water then the generator can keep you in light, heat, water and food
refrigeration. Keep enough fuel on hand for a week of intermittent running. Or better yet, use a generator that will run directly off the LP tank.
Cost……. Varies ………
Do you live close to the houses of other family/friends that could take you, your sister, dad .. exc.. in if one of your houses becomes damaged to the
point that it can’t be lived in. If not, a camping tent or tents may be a good thing to have.
Depending on your situation……..
Best case 10 gallon of gas, and a box of candles and a radio may be all that you will need. Cost $120
Worst case……. For six people……. Way over a $1000.
In that case, prioritize…… Try to build up a working stock of canned/boxed food, get a little cook stove with some fuel. A couple economy boxes of
candles. Get some bottled water or a water storage tank. Some heavy blankets to avoid freezing to death, and/or a small kerosene heater with 10
gallons of fuel, And try to keep your car at least half full of gas. All that should be manageable at a cost of less than $100. As more money becomes
available, you can build up your stock and other supplies.
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