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    This is a prepper site so let us get with what and how we hope to do it. Because I chose a Rural life long ago We are confident we can ride it out here. So my point of view will not be about BO but more Bugging in place.
    Contrary to what the press and others may think most of us are not nuts case we see a potential for break down in our society . We chose to prepare for it. The up side for us is the work we do will also serve to protect our family in case or natural disasters also. We have seen that can happen most any where. And that if you expecting magic to fix everything over night you in for a surprise.
    Many of the things you can do if you securing in place will benefit you even if nothing ever happens.
    1. Improving Shelter. If you better insulate your home to do with less or no fuel you win either way
    2. Stored rotated food supplies do not go to waste and can allow you to take advantage of better deals
    3. Alternative short term power options pay off quickly if your power is off for a day or so happens here some times.
    4. Living in Wisconsin alternate heat sources are a big plus , a wood supply ready to go a way to use it and the knowledge of how to use it with out burning the house down . How can you go wrong.
    And in years when fuel price peak you have the option to use much less of even none.
    5. Confidence , as you take care of these thing you build confidence in you ability to weather a natural disaster. The harden shelter can serve many use while it waits to be needed.
    6. If you have property and plant trees to manage for wood you increase the value over time, in some places you get a tax break to do so.
    There is so much more,this is just a start add your reason to the list.
    Talk about how your doing these things, what you tried what worked and failed. Easy to say I could pump water by hand have to tried to pump up a 100 gallons?
    Have you cut a couple cord by hand stacked and moved it near by.
    I have done my best to get dual use from the preps we have made, signs of the time cause me now to step the pace up a bit. While I am ready for what comes we could do better.
    Post it up will we avoid the bread line when Piggly Wiggly is burnt to the ground will we stay warm when the gas goes out?
    What are your goals long and short term. I know ours is to get through the first winter and take care of those here with no outside involvement for as long as it takes.
    The unprepared are talking about us anyway so let us give them some thing to talk about maybe we will wake a few up.
    Last edited by Smitty901; 12-07-2012 at 06:47 PM.
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    @ Smitty901
    One of the best stories I found was written by a man who survived the Argentina crash. I think there is a lot to take from his story.
    SURVIVING IN ARGENTINA: Thoughts on Urban Survival (2005)
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    I like your thread, I also live in a rural area and would plan to Bug In. Our woods isn't as think as it used to be (my dad told me that my great grandpa had some of it logged around 30 years ago) but it isn't that bad. Our neighbor owns the woods that's in between our house and his, it's pretty thick. My Grandparents (Dad's parents) live right next to us and they have a wood stove and Grandpa always has stacks of wood. Grandma knows how to can food too and I plan to learn from her how to do so.

    Because our area is pretty flat and close to a county road that runs in front of our house, I would like for us to get a storage container to bury somewhere in a safe, out of site, location on our property. I think that may be a little hard to convince my dad to do though :/ I did. however, convince him that we should get/make a rain barrel

    I plan to make a garden this spring/summer too, which I'm pretty excited about. This will be my first time trying to do so.

    I've also been trying to convince him that we should get livestock too. Start out small and work our way up. Ducks is what I'm trying to convince him of lol but that's a no go as of right now too.. :/ I can't wait to have my own home so I can prep as I please!
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    Raigen , how is the water table in your area is it easy to hit and drill a well. Find out if Sand point wells have ever been used in your area. It is easy to drive a sand ponit in and get water takes time but they work every well in some areas.
    Learn all you can from grandma before she is gone.
    sand point well
    Last edited by Smitty901; 12-07-2012 at 08:37 PM.
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    New life as a house husband, major shift in duties.

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    After reading this Obama said I am on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty901 View Post
    Raigen , how is the water table in your area is it easy to hit and drill a well. Find out if Sand point wells have ever been used in your area. It is easy to drive a sand ponit in and get water takes time but they work every well in some areas.
    Learn all you can from grandma before she is gone.
    Not exactly sure but I'll try and find that out. We have a well but it is on an electric pump. And I for sure will learn from her
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    More on a sand point. You can go down about 25 feet with one. If you have an underground shelter you can drive one in there you have water and it is protected .
    They were used for years as a primary water source
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    After reading this Obama said I am on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty901 View Post
    More on a sand point. You can go down about 25 feet with one. If you have an underground shelter you can drive one in there you have water and it is protected .
    They were used for years as a primary water source
    Wow, that is great to know! And thank you for the vid!
    "The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution."Thomas Jefferson
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    Security is a must , But you have to eat. Food storage is a big issue. Many homes here still have root cellars. They were still used up until this generation started moving away from the farm. If you plan on eating you may need one.
    They are not hard to build and can also be emergency shelter. Latter I will get some shots of one we have used for 50 years. This is how they did before we can do it again.
    Good read on the subject
    Root Cellars - Hobby Farms

    https://www.google.com/search?q=Root...w=1920&bih=882

    Note: The prefect place to store your food is the worst place to store you ammo.
    Last edited by Smitty901; 12-08-2012 at 08:49 AM.
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    New life as a house husband, major shift in duties.

    Karl Marx said, "Destroy their culture, rewrite their history. Ruin their art and literature, and defame their heroes, by offering fabrications to scandalize that which they considered good.
    After reading this Obama said I am on it.

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    My wife and I also plan on staying put or bugging in. We live very rural, about 26 miles from the nearest town and the last 6 miles to my place are an old dirt wagon trail. We have a small but very private valley or low spot if you will, and you can't even see my wind generator until you drive right up to my place. We of course do have food put away, and will continue to put away more over the next year or so. More importantly, we have garden seeds, in the freezer and a couple of raised beds already built and ready to go. Also have several of the double bucket systems and will try and obtain more this coming year .

    I also have a couple of friends about 2 miles away or so that were carer marines from the same time as myself. 65 0- 69 We are well versed in making things tough for anyone that attempts to "mess " with us. We stay connected together with the aid of C.B. Radios. We also all live on solar out here, as there are no electric lines close by.

    I have wireless driveway alerts that work well out to about 300 feet and then my dogs inside the house. And then there is me. So, yes, I am bugging in. I also think it is far better then being a homeless person that thinks I could live off the land, even though at my age I would still fare better then the average city slicker with imaginary visions of being Davy Crockett . Being raised in the country on a farm and hunting , camping and fishing my entire life, I would stand a chance, but no it is still a no win situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty901 View Post
    Raigen , how is the water table in your area is it easy to hit and drill a well. Find out if Sand point wells have ever been used in your area. It is easy to drive a sand ponit in and get water takes time but they work every well in some areas.
    Learn all you can from grandma before she is gone.
    sand point well
    Nowadays a permit is required in Michigan, and the installer/driller/pounder must be licensed

    I can remember pounding a well 28' when I was 11, 1 3/4" galvanized with brass point. It lasted 31 years before we had to put in a 4" submersible per code.

    If someone reports you , it all has to be removed at your cost. The EPA and whatever alphabet agency is concerned about groundwater contamination, plus they are wanting to tax the wells and have come around spying.

 

 
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