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    Are any of you ready for a natural disaster? If something happened that cut you off from power and water, the roads, whatever, how long could you survive on your own? I recommend everyone have at least 3 months worth of supplies, though I think a years worth of supplies should actually be standard. I've heard a lot of people making fun of "preppers" lately. I've even heard them complaining that they themselves can't afford to "prepare". Well guess what? It doesn't take that much. Buy some extra food every time you go to the store and it will add up. If you can't afford a water barrel, get a big plastic garbage can. Tap water keeps for 6 months and regular over the counter bleach will kill just about anything in there, that's what they use on our city water.

    I don't think everyone needs to rush out and get themselves some AK 47s to protect themselves, because if ALL of us prepared for a natural disaster, then the risk of hordes of the hungry taking your supplies dwindles.

    I remember being taught in school to prepare for earthquakes, for the possibility of Mt Rainier erupting. Nowadays, people who prepare are ridiculed, why is that?

    I keep thinking of the victims of Sandy and how just days later they were begging for food and water from our government. If they had prepared, if their neighbors had prepared, that wouldn't be a problem, EVER! I'm not saying some of them wouldn't have lost their supplies, but if EVERYONE prepared, they could have gone to their friends and neighbors for help instead of depending on a government that seems to care very little for it's citizens.

    I've spent some money on long lasting food, I've set aside a bug out bag though it needs a few more things. I'm preparing and have been for over 30 years. It's a constant thing. You rotate your food so it lasts longer. You replace your old aspirin and some of your old medical supplies which also should be set aside. Get a water filter so that if you have to depend on rivers, or lakes or even gutters, you can drink the water. I still remember some guy after Katrina drinking the filthy water from the streets without filtering it. Save up some money and buy a filter.

    Does anybody here agree with me, or do you all think I'm psycho? Or is it both? :D
     
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    Are any of you ready for a natural disaster?

    Yup, got my case of bourbon, two nubile coeds, a gallon of Crisco and a carton of cigarettes.......

    The sad thing is I'm no longer flexible enough to be able to kiss my ass goodbye. :dunno:
     
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    I consider 3 months to be hypervigilant. We keep about a month's worth of food on hand because we live in a hurricane zone. That seems prudent enough to me.

    How many months worth of ammo do you have, Sheila? ;)
     
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    Got a few extra provisions in the larder but other than that... nah.
     
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    None. I've been thinking about buying a gun and some ammo but haven't gone past the "thinking" stage. If I ever did get a gun, I'd want a class to learn how to use it and how to clean it etc. I have gone target shooting and I really liked that sig 229, but it's about $1000. Of course, I can't like the cheap gun, I have to like the expensive gun. But heck, with that sig, I could hit where I was aiming, not so with the Smith and Wesson.

    I have friends who have guns but with two autistic kids, I never thought it was a good idea to have guns in this house. Now I'm not so sure. Crime around here has gone up. Of course, I'd have to buy a gun safe too and those are really expensive and if your gun is in a safe, will you have time to get it if there's a home invasion? Then again, if you keep it in a safe, you could probably keep it loaded and that would save you some time. It's a lot easier and cheaper to buy some extra food. If society broke down to the point where I needed a gun, I'd probably just have some friends with guns move in with us, or we'd move in with them.
     
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    Hi, Sheila!

    Hey, a subject that's near and dear to my heart!

    You DO know we live in an earthquake zone, right? And I mean, a once-every-238-years DOOZY of an earthquake zone?

    I have a thread about it here, but I've learned more since then. If you want to read a fairly comprehensive discussion of our quake hazard on a sister site, and learn lots more than you ever dreamed you'd know about prepping, here's the link:

    Where NOT to live: WA OR CA ID MT WY UT CO NV AZ NM BC and AB

    (I'm pretty sure it's okay to link it here because I was originally led there from a link here. But mods, if I've done wrong, please PM me, don't ban me!)

    Oh, and the eagle is me, too!

    -- Paravani
     
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    We keep about a months supply of food on hand.

    My Grandad taught me how to forage for wild plants like Lamb's Quarter, Ramps, Queen Anne's Lace (wild carrot), Cattails plus wild mushrooms.

    Plus I hunt, mostly small game and fowl, and I fish.

    I think I could keep us fed for quite some time.
     
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    I'm looking for a full color illustrated book on local edible wild plants. Remember, in a bad situation, when the grocery stores are out of stock, everybody is going to be hunting that same game you are, it will be in short supply, even the squirrels. Then again, I doubt everybody will be able to tell the edible plants from the non edible plants. I wish there was a place I could go for a class in things like that. My cousins grandfather used to take me through the woods and point out different plants to me and tell me what they all did but I was young and forgot.

    Right now, about the only wild plant I know for sure is edible, other than our wild blackberries is dandelions.
     
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    Actually, my brother-in-law is an amateur mycologist and belongs to a club up there. He lives on Bainbridge. If you want information on it, let me know.

    One plant that is local to you and delicious cooked or raw is fireweed. You can cook and eat the leaves and roots, and seasoned with a little salt, garlic, and onion, it's delicious. Just don't forage from the roadside, the plants there absorb the pollution from the passing cars.
     
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    IMO, the best book on the market for beginner foragers.

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0976626608/ref=rdr_ext_sb_ti_sims_1"]The Forager's Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants by Samuel Thayer.[/ame]
     

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