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Just how long are you planning on surviving on your preps? What if no electricity?

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    Just how long are you planning on surviving on your preps? What if no electricity?

    After reading a bunch of threads here I am curious.

    It seems like there are two types of prepping going on here.

    1. Those who are prepping for short term (such as a few weeks or a couple months) such as after a natural disaster; and

    2. Those who are prepping for the long haul.


    I am surprised by the number of people here who seem to assume that they will be just fine because they have a generator.

    For those of you who are prepping with the assumption that you will be able to use electronic devices, do you have any back-up plans just in case you no longer have access to any of the electrical devices?

    There could be many reasons why your electronics may not work, so for purposes of this thread, let's assume that none of your electronics work.

    Have you constructed (or at least planned) on how you will cook your meals? Have a (or multiple) dutch ovens? Cast Iron skillets?

    There are some neat small stoves that are easily made (which perhaps others can imbed into this thread) out of soda cans that use rubbing alcohol, or pain cans that burn mulch that can be a big savior if you either do not want to have a larger fire seen, or have no access to dry wood.

    Discuss.

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    Im not worried about electricity. Can take it or leave it. yes I have a generator, but that will run out soon. I would cook on my old school grill using firewood. I also have 5 cords of wood stored in my backyard. And a forest at the end of the street. Im not a fan of the cooking on the tin can thing. My grill works fine - if someone notices the smoke, good luck trying to get it from me.

    Surviving on my preps? Obviously the stored food will only last so long. Right now I have 6 months worth stored - ranging from rice to canned soup, etc. But I also have a huge garden, and stockpile seeds like crazy - at least 10 years worth stored now. For protein, I raise meat rabbits. Dressed they produce 4-5lbs of meat. Just sold the last of a litter yesterday. I can hunt as well, and a creek is not too far (1/4 mile) for fish/water.
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    That ^^ is similar to the mentality that I have. If we really need long term prep, we are all in for some serious hard times. I have various plans for obtaining drinkable water, and most recently I am preparing a "bucket" made from PVC piping that will fit inside a well. While I am on city water, my neighbors, including a close family member who lives 3 blocks away, have wells drilled for lawn watering purposes. I can remove the top if electricity is not functioning for a long period, and insert my simple bucket to remove fresh water. I feel that is a better long-term option than collecting rain water off a roof, which would have to be further filtered before being drinkable.

    Living in Florida I have access to plenty of fish, both fresh and 5 miles away saltwater. I am investing in a seine and some of those fishing yoyos so that I can consistently rely on seafood as options. I already have nets that are great for catching shrimp. I only fear whether my route to the saltwater would be safe to travel. if not, then freshwater is very close and can hunt small game in a pinch, but figure others will also be hunting if it really is TEOTWAWKI.

    Also, there is plenty of citrus fields, but the huge fields are probably about 10 miles away, and that begs the question of safety to travel on main roads that distance.

    I have seeds for a garden, but let's face it, that takes months, so I will use my stockpiles of pasta and beans and other foodstuffs to get by.

    On the one hand, cooking my stash will keep me safe on my property, with no need to venture out, but if it is safe, I plan on venturing out to supplement my stocked foods with fresh fish when possible.

    I do not have cords of wood stockpiled, but at the very beginning of any SHTF event, one of the the fist things I plan on doing is chopping down several trees. Once they are on the ground, I can cut them into smaller pieces for storage. I know you have to let most wood sit for months/year to be optimal for burning, so that would be my plan for long term fuel.

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    My preps are designed to last until my harvest with room for error. No electricity is required.

    I am slightly OT but it seems like a lot of people preparing seem to think once "SHTF" they will
    forever be alone or something - kind of a wierd theory to me. I also prep to barter in such a
    future and ideally help good people get back on their feet and move us in a better direction
    for a sustained life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ripon View Post
    ...it seems like a lot of people preparing seem to think once "SHTF" they will
    forever be alone or something - kind of a wierd theory to me.
    I personally am prepping so that I do not need to rely on others, but I fully intend to utilize resources, including skills of neighbors, but I want to make sure that I can sustain my family with the assumption that there will be zero government or humanitarian aid for a very long time. If aid is available, great, but my view on prepping is to not make that assumption, and prepare for the alternate.

    I am not planning on bugging out. To me, that involves so many other variables, that I can see why some people plan differently than I do, but at the end of the day, something can change even the best laid plans. Those who plan on getting to their alternate location may physically not be able to due top various things. Those who plan on bugging in may be screwed if their house burns down without any back-up supplies buried or stored elsewhere.

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    I got a generator plenty of gas to cover whats in my freezer and fridge till its eaten....After that I dont need it anymore..plenty of 12 volt deep cycle batteries....solar power. Will barter the generator to some fool after that LOL!
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    I have actually been thinking about this for a while now, short term a generator is on my list. God forbid if it gets to the point of a real long term SHTF Electricity is not part of the plan. building a good stock pyle of batteries but just for the flashlights.

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    a couple things,

    Generator use for when the power goes out because of a storm, is significantly differant than usage during a long term problem.

    I believe we can run our generator for a half hour a day, to run the well to feed the animals, freeze the freezer and cool the fridge, maybe a half hour on twelve hour intervals would be best for refrigerator temperature maintanance.

    Running a genny for 24 hours is not cost effective under any circumstance.

    Our biggest issue is getting water for the cows, that would be a huge problem with out long term power.

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    If you want to see a great mini wood cooker in action look on YouTube for "rocket stove". Feed it twigs and boil water in 5 minutes. A Dakota fire pit is the same concept and can be dug in a few minutes.

    I have a 1000 gallon buried propane tank that runs my generator and a 3 burner oven/stove from an old camp trailer so it uses a pilot light.

    The big bottleneck will be water, if you plan on gardening it will take a boatload, at least it doesn't have to be potable. I have a blurkley for filtration and a year round spring fed creek on my property with a systern.
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    My preps are basic yet necessary for both brief and permanent survival. With the right items and mindset it's all the same. I plan on being here no matter what.

 

 
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