Well, the world is going to hell in a handbasket. What else is new?
I've got a family of 4+1 and we're getting ready for the unknown. And Google is no help, all I can find when I search for emergency preparedness is places to sell me crap.
Aside from the obvious answers like non-perishable food, water, guns/ammo, first aid kit, and a can opener - What are some of your emergency supplies like? Looking for specific items that worked (or didn't) or aren't painfully obvious for someone with half a brain.
About our situation - 2 young kids, wife is recently pregnant. Live in-town in a rural town of about 2500. Easy access to the mountains, and prodigious camping supplies. But of course this thread isn't just about me. Hopefully it can raise awareness and give other people some new ideas that make a big difference if we DO wind up in a SHTF scenario.
We bought a ton of seed from a company that will generate more seeds to grow more plants,most seeds bought in stores are engineered to be sterile and not reproduce.you can find them online they are called heirloom seeds. Besides the wife and daughter like to garden so why not go with good seed.
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This question is on a lot of peoples mind these days whether they admitted or not. So its best to arm yourself with knowledge first.
There are a lot good books coming out about the topic so take time and go to the book store and look around.
Some other sources of how to and information that I find helpful are;
Mother Earth News
Offgrid Survival-some topics
I am following the path of long term sustainability. This involves canning, reducing my cost of living, storing extra everyday used items as well as all of the typical items like guns, ammo, medical and so on.
But dont forget to enjoy life along the way! This is a short list but I hope its helpful in planning for you and your families needs.
That's a good point. I read a novel a couple years ago that covered what happens when society falls apart (of course it was due to conspiracies and aliens and whatnot) but one of the characters prepared for it by stockpiling liquor - not for herself, but for trade. Something like that would be a good idea especially since we don't drink - it's something of value I can willingly part with for something I want/need.
I've added to my list a supply of emergency cash and some silver coins. I'll admit I'm far too dependent on plastic to buy things.
If you live in a small rural town you most probably would be better off staying put and banding together.
A small community would have "experts" in differnet areas like farming, medical engineering, electrical etc. The ability to combine resouces and efforts is a benefit. Also smaller areas are very low priority targets because there is less to gain and more chance of a coordinated defense. A family on it's own is ripe for banditos and stockpiling stuff for trading is a good idea but having a pile of stuff defended by one or two adults is a pretty ripe target. Large cities have more to take and less sense of oneness, gangs will form and turf wars will mean random violence. so right in the middle you can form an us mentality have enough muscle to create de-fences and enough bodies to man those defenses(pun intended).
Is a very good place for information. It covers all you need to know. It is populated by people who are not just planning for when the doo hits the fan but also people who live that type of lifestyle so they can easily tell you what works and what doesn't. Some of the members there have written books on the subject. Plus there are lists of books to read, plus many other links to help you with any situations that may arise.
It was started (if I remember right) by the previous owner of Jeepforum and some of the members. It is a good place to start.