posted on Apr, 19 2012 @ 08:21 PM
I've been thinking and reading about this recently. What started it? DVRing "Doomsday Preppers" on NatGeo. Fascinating show, however.......OPSEC,
people. I don't understand broadcasting to the nation your 10 tons of food, and your bunker that can house 500 people. If you're doing it, great,
but don't let the whole world know. Black-hearted people watch TV too.
It has, though, given us many good ideas of little things we can do.
We live in Florida, and have 5 kids in age from almost 21 down to 4, all living at home. To not have ANYTHING prepared for a hurricane or power
outage, etc., frankly is being irresponsible and shortchanging my children. It is MY responsibility to provide for them. Not the government, not my
neighbors. ME. "Don't breed em if you can't feed em" is my motto. That goes for good times AND bad.
I plan on stocking up on staples: rice, beans, flour, tuna (ugh), noodles, peanut butter, sugar, dried milk, etc. I'd like a water bob, a water
filter I can build myself, clothing, knives, first aid supplies, feminine hygiene, vitamins, I have about a 3 month supply of Ibuprofen, aspirin, and
Vicodin, and weapons. I've been debating the weapons with small children in the house, so they will absolutely have to be locked up at all times.
My husband is Mexican-Indian, and grew up very poor, so he can cook some bomb ass food from scratch. Rice and beans, homemade tortillas with flour
water, and a smidge of lard. In the next month or so, I'm going to start canning as well. I've also read up on food co-ops and CSA here in Florida,
and plan on canning what I can get. I also want a small seed vault.
I am not a violent person by nature, but I was in the Army, so I can shoot a gun, and while I wouldn't enjoy it, I would absolutely shoot someone if
they were threatening my family.
Do I think living off the land would be hard? Hell yes. I don't even like camping. I've never killed an animal. But if the world "as we know it"
changes, I wouldn't have a choice. Luxuries will be gone, and neccessity takes it's place. No Walmart for meat. No cell phones. No power. The
electricity scares me the most. We don't have money for a genny, so I don't know how I will get past that.
I'm not, however, stockpiling NBC suits, Geiger counters, or radiation pills, because that stuff is just beyond my realm, honestly.
AZ and Cali have a chain called "99cent only grocery". When I lived in AZ I shopped there frequently. You can get Jennie O Turkey bacon for 99
cents. Anytime a package change occurs, old packaging goes to those stores. Some is generic brand, but there's an overwhelming amount of name brands
as well. Besides, most generics are made by name brand companies, so no big difference. They also have auto stuff, band aids, vitamins, etc. good
place for someone on a budget to stock up on supplies and BOB items. I'm pissed they don't have that chain here in FL.
I don't buy into the Mayan 2012 stuff, but I do think eventually, something will happen. We can't keep this pace up forever, and I have no reason to
believe the planet wouldn't one day hit the reset button. I believe there's a circle of life beyond the one in my realm. Why wouldn't there be a
planetary circle of life? Why do we think we are the best and brightest the Universe has to offer? If all our technology goes down, we're in trouble.
My iPad 2 and cell phone won't be worth anything then. Technology has in a lot of ways made us dumber. Or at a minimum, lazier. Why learn to bake
bread when a machine can do it for me? Why learn to farm when Walmart has my potatoes? THAT will be what hurts us most, I think.
And that is why I've vowed to change my brain. I may not have money to buy property and live off grid, but I vow to teach myself AND my kids, basic
things, like breadmaking, gardening, canning, things like that.
And I hope if something DOES happen, on a national or global scale, that yes, after the initial panic and violence (hopefully) dies down, that it does
bring us closer together as humans. Screw flags. One day that won't matter. We need to get right with our fellow man, and God for those that believe.
God isn,t going to drop a case of filtered water in your lap, but he has provided us the means to LEARN how to do this ourselves. We need to get off