reply to post by chrismarco
There are solutions to the issues you raise, and those of us that have planned, have already addressed them.
If you have a generator, don't use it for lights. Only use it to run your refrigerator, and maybe a small a/c unit for one room of your house. Use
it sparingly. The better solution is actually solar power and battery units, because that is silent and less likely to be discovered. Don't run your
lights at night, and your neighbors will never know you are so well-equipped.
Gold and Silver
Doesn't hurt to have it, but should certainly not be a priority. If you can safely collect it without cutting back in other areas, then do so, but
don't make it a priority. More important than gold and silver will be tobacco and alcohol, food and water, tools, ammunition, etc.
Again. Don't give people a reason to try and ransack your home. Don't brag about your preparation, don't hoard supplies or gold. Get to know your
neighbors well, and create a mutually beneficial plan for survival. It is definitely much more difficult in a city environment, but as for my home,
it is easily defendable, even from large hordes. The main goal though is to avoid any confrontation for the first few weeks. Hunker down inside,
without drawing attention to yourself, and let the panicky public eliminate themselves while you live quietly off your stored supplies. Don't venture
out until the chaos has died down.
Diseases are spread through over-population and unsanitary conditions. If you have prepared properly, with clean water supplies, filtering devices,
and if you avoid contact with most other people, then the risk of disease may spike temporarily, but as the population eliminates itself, the risk of
disease will quickly evaporate. Less people equals less disease once the first round of death and rotting is over with. Prepare to survive that
first 3 months, and you'll be fine!
Dried is fine, but it doesn't supply any moisture, which might be important if you have a limited fresh water supply. Have some dried food, but also
have some canned food on hand. It doesn't take as much room as you might think. I have a 3 month supply of food that will feed 4 adults. It is
stored in a homemade cabinet that is 6 ft tall, 4 ft wide, and 2 ft deep. It is all canned goods, grains, salts, powdered milk, etc. If you shop
smart, and get the things that serve multiple purposes and store for long periods of time, and then if you plan and ration intelligently, it is
actually very simple and cheap to survive 3 months in your home without venturing out and drawing attention to yourself. Tuna, Salmon, Spam, Vienna
Sausages, canned veggies, dry beans and rice, noodles, salt, dry milk, cocoa, sugar, spices, soups, Oatmeal, peanut butter, dried fruits, etc. Plan
on living off 1200 calories per day per adult.
If you live somewhere with hard winters, plan on creating one warm spot in the home. Don't waste resources and draw attention by heating the whole
place. Just heat a small area, sleep in a group, conserve your energy. Be very careful of carbon monoxide poisoning. Fires and Gas heaters are
dangerous in a closed setting. It can be done safely, but it requires know-how. It would be better to heat stones and/or water/oil outdoors and then
bring it in. Maximize skin contact with the others, layer the blankets and clothing around your group, and sleep this way.
You raise good points, but they aren't points that have never been thought of before. Its OUTSTANDING that you have thought of these things, now
think of the solutions for your particular location and situation, and you fare much better than all of your unprepared counterparts! Don't
overestimate your own abilities, just prepare for the abilities that you currently have and make adaptations where needed.
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