reply to post by LargeFries
For what its worth, having been through a bit of a tough situation recently with food and water supply issues, I thought I would add my bit here.
Do not presume you will have a clean untainted water supply. It may seem ridiculous when everything is peachy, but when you know your tap water has
caesium and iodine 131 as added extras, you will not want to be drinking it. Even without that added problem, quakes break pipes and can lead to water
being tainted. You do not want to be doing what I was doing - walking for hours and hours, carrying heavy bottles of water, and having to be very
determined, going to shop upon shop, only to be allowed 1 litre at each shop. If its your children you are worried for, you will do this. I know I
cant carry 24 litres of water on my back, but I did. Because I had to.
Forget about buying a lot of dried food and pasta. Lack of water means that these are too `expensive` in terms of water usage.
The hardhats are good, the hoods are better. They protect the neck and face better from falling glass and are very lightweight.
Toilet paper. Ok. I woudl have laughed too before this. But really. If you can keep comfortable for a while, it makes the rest of the hardships a bit
A wind up radio, and led wand lights. These wand lights do 40 hours on 2 AA batteries. And lots of batteries.
Something to distract children, if they are young. Sticker books, coloring and crayons. Anything to keep them busy and not panicking.
The best thing in my store cupboard - rice and tinned tomatos. Salt. Seasonings. Tins of tuna. Tinned meat. Tinned fruit in juice. Those little
packets of powder to add to drinks. When I got flavorings for water it certainly made the kids happy.
Good boots. Sisters, running out in your open toes birkenstocks like I did is just plain stupid. Boots. Socks. Same for the kids.
Wipes, and lots of them. Who wants to wash in radioactive water more than they have to!
When TSHTF, I thought I would be calm. I was calm, until I realised that it was not going to just stop. Then this tough old girl was not so tough. Its
ok to be scared. Scared is good. Dont freeze. Get under that table, turn off gas. Go get kids from whereever they are, if they are away from you. You
might not think you will sit there and cry, but allow for the possibility you might not be quite as tough as you would like to be. Surviving the first
bit of the disaster is very stressful.
A dog. Well mine at least calmed the kids down, though Ild hardly say he was of much use. Dog food was in short supply, good job my little sweetie
will eat anything. He is not a rottie however, but not a toy either. His first concern was crying kids, and getting in on the group hugs.
Having a hundred cans or so, and a LOT of water takes up room. Ours is under beds, in cupboards. Everywhere. Its not pretty, but Im glad its there.
Shelves emptied very quickly, and did not refill for a while.
Flour and yeast was also very handy and keep us fed. Learn to make bread. I can now produce a good loaf, because I had to learn very quickly.
We have meet up points. If separated we have 3 sites. If we are not at the first, then husband will come to the second and so on.
Also, I heard that a fully charged phone in devestated areas helped a lot. Cell phone networks took a while, but did come back.
Long term, I would hope that people would band together, that the generally good, would be together in defending themselves and their family.
Ive told my children if I was knocked out to stay by my side until they find either someone in a uniform or a woman, and then ask for help. Have a
plan, talk it through.
First aid kit/grab bag, is also essential. If you have to run, be ready to run. Dont go back for photos, or teddys. Just go, and dont look back. So
many tsunami victims were found clutching heavy cases or bears, or other personal items. Just RUN. Also, those in cars just got snarled up on roads
and many died.
For us, when the SHTF I was alone with the kids. Separated from my man. It was down to me. It took him a long time to get back home. I can tell you
that if he hadnt come back, I would have done anything, and I mean anything to ensure my children survived, and were safe. I am not feral. But i know
I could tear someones eyes out, bite kick, claw, be too crazy to bother with. Hell, if i can carry that much water up those stairs, and then go out
for more, I know adrenaline and a reason to survive counts for a lot.
Oh and dont trust the mainstream media and the powers that be. They care for nothing but money.
Take care everyone.