anthroslug wrote:BottledViolence wrote:tombombodil wrote:Chris wrote:The prepper and survivalist peeps (forget who, atm). I'd love to hear a lot about that. Where to start, philosophy, etc.
I have a passing familiarity with some things, but I would very much like to know more.
I don't do "prepping" in any way that would warrant that title. Basically I always have a first aid kit, and the 10 essentials (plus or minus 1 or 2) on me (in my car). But for wilderness survival and preparedness, especially in the context of a planned camping or backpacking trip, I'm your man.
I'm the boring kind of prepper. I stay comfortable and well fed during long power outages. I dont freak out when ice storms hit since I can feed myself for a month on basics. If these is a real SHTF type situation, I'm pretty well set also but I don't feed into the doomsday prepper stereotype. No one wants to watch me and my stock of dry goods and fresh water on TV.
I need to renew my supplies, but I used to have a supply of fresh water, canned and dried foods, etc. When I was asked by someone why I was "stockpiling" I simply pointed out that we live in an active earthquake zone, and that service disruptions as a result of earthquakes are not unheard of.
They still thought I was being paranoid.
Hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, power outages... Nowhere is immune to disruptions of some sort. When the big east coast blackout killed the power all the way out almost to Chicago, people should have realized this. One tip about fresh water: when the power goes out and the pumps go down, there is still water but not enough pressure to keep nasty stuff out of the pipes and no processing to keep it clean so you can still have water to boil if you have a means to, or to keep your toilet flushing. But CLEAN water is available too most of the time. Shut off the supply line the your hot water heater and turn off the gas to it. You now have a 40gallon clean water reservoir. There is even a faucet for it at the bottom. You'll recognize it as the thing you use to flush the sediment from your hot water tank every year. Yeah, start doing that too.
DiY and prepper tip 2 for 1.