I have no problem at all with the poster above me; but I want to take a look at his/her words and respond to the concepts one by one. I think his/her
thoughts speak for a lot of skeptics, perhaps all the more so due to the assumptions they embody about any and all persons involved in contingency
planning, not just stereotypical "preppers"
Originally posted by DJMSN
I really do not see the point in spending thousands of dollars on freeze dried food....or attempting to store food long term on my own only to have it
go bad. I can understand making preparations for say an EQ....couple weeks of canned goods and other essentials...
I agree with your thinking. My food stockpile is not composed of expensive products I have purchased. Instead, my supplies are mostly produce from
our garden and family food production. This way, it is far less expensive. The second strategy is that we preserve foods that we use naturally over
the course of a year, and rotate out the stock as time goes by. That way, we know that the kids will actually eat our survival supplies; plus we are
constantly rotating our stock.
A store-bought example of this is canned soups. Many 'recipes from a can' involve either cream of mushroom soup or cream of chicken soup. Many
supermarkets have a sale on those two soups right after Christmas. Their reasoning is that most Americans do the bulk of home cooking for
Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas dinner; so any product the store didn't move during the holiday is just a loss. We buy 24-can flats of those two
soups,usually for a third of the retail price. And the expiry dates are usually 18 months or 36 months out. SInce we track our food purchases, we
know that we go through 6 cans of each a month (large family). Based on this, we can buy 3 cases of each soup, confident that we will have them for
the next year, but that they will also be gone by then as well. So, at any given time, we have about of year and a half of these two items on
The home-made example is ham. Every fall I help a friend butcher hogs. I take three full raw hams as payment. That is about as much ham as we will
eat by the next November. Once it is smoked, it will keep without refrigeration until nighttime lows move above 80 F. And if there is no disaster,
they just wait in our deep freeze anyway.
but why in the world would I want to survive a Nuclear event ?
Many different types of nuclear events are possible. While I have no desire to survive the fallout from a 50 megaton blast a couple of miles from me,
it is true that a 10-150 kiloton blast is much more likely---particularly if the detonation is not carried out with a US, Russian or Chinese warhead.
If it is terrorists, they probably cannot detonate anything larger than a Russian made 90 KT weapon. If you were 10 miles from the epicenter, you'd
only need to be in a cement or earthen shelter for 48 hours, and almost all the residual fallout would dissipate after a good rainstorm.
So, making NO preparations, because you fear ONE SINGLE hypothetical event is a fatalistic attitude that would almost certainly seal your fate in a
more likely, less-than-lethal scenario. A prime example of this is the Chernobyl event in the former Soviet Union. A thousands of school-age
children were exposed to serious fallout with little protection, and yet are still healthy now in their early 40s. Just imagine what a difference
some cursory preparations could make. Indeed, we actually know very little of the effects of radiation. I can remember when the entire region around
Kiev was predicted to be a lifeless wasteland for at least a hundred years. And now people have been recolonizing the region for more than a decade,
with little increased incidence of cancer.
I don't have any issues with anyone who wants to do this...but survive Nibiru ? First off...I mean please NIBIRU...Lol...how is one going to survive
a planet bombardment...I kinda of believe it would be game over at that point...so I just don't see the point other than the standard couple weeks of
supplies....maybe some extra freeze dried stuff because its available but full blown prepper....no point in surviving for a year in what would bound
to be someplace I wouldn't want to be only to die in the end anyway
I personally cannot take the Nibiru joke seriously enough to figure out what people are actually talking about. But I'm convinced that preparing for
more realistic, probable crises will help in just about any crises that actually befalls me. Prepping for Terrorism in NYC would have helped you deal
with TS Sandy. Preparing for a hurricane in Watertown, Mass. would have helped you cope with being on lockdown until they found the bombers....