Originally posted by MyHappyDogShiner
I have always noticed how little prepared for adverse situations people are ever since I was in the military.
The world is not a safe place,safety is a sales pitch to get you out there wasting your money and resources on meaningless # you don't need,while you
should be preparing to endure the occasional periods of adversity
that accompany living on an unsafe planet.You don't need to be a "doomsday prepper",but don't be stupid about it either,there are not enough wildlife
and unpolluted resources out there for us all to bug out to the woods.
About 10 years ago while I was in the military stationed in San Antonio and a hurricane was coming up the Gulf towards Corpus Christi and we were told
it could affect us too. That was when I looked around my house and realized I had about 3 days supplies and after that I would be draining the hot
water heater and drinking water we might have filled up in the bath tubs. We would be eating roman noodle rather quickly and nothing else within a
week having no food but maybe some canned beets. hehe
Nothing came out of it but it really got me thinking. I live in Washington state now and I'm not a doomsday prepper but I plan for the what if, when
the what if might be months on our own.
For water I have a 55 gallon plastic drum with a filtration system in it that can make about 5 gallons per hour of pure water if need be (12,000
gallons before I need to change the filter). I also have a reverse osmosis hand pump that can purify 20,000 gallons before I need to change the
Food, I have 200 pounds of white rice that will store for 20 years as my stable, and I have a lot of long term storage of beans, about 3 months of
freeze dried meats, and a lot of canned vegetable etc. I can also hunt as needed if things push out farther than 3 or 4 months for meats.
Since my house is mostly natural gas I have a natural gas (basically unlimited supply) generator hooked up and only a massive earth quake would
disrupt that. I also have about 20 gallons of propane and I can go wood if need be.
This doesn't solve everything but it is a good long term foundation that I would only build on if things kept getting worst. The one thing that I
think is a most likely failure will be with the power grid for what might be months without it.
It is funny that something as simple as a plastic water drum with a filter system and you are basically set for a very long time for water, and having
at least 2 months of food in long term storage in a back closet while storing away ten cheap 5 gallon propane tanks, a family can pretty much last out
90% of anything big that might happen.
edit on 4-11-2012 by Xtrozero because: (no reason given)