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my urban survival experience, Christchurch, nz.

This is a discussion on my urban survival experience, Christchurch, nz. within the Urban and Rural Survival forums, part of the Survivalist, Prepper, Bushcrafter, Forest Rangers category; Hello from Christchurch, New Zealand. I am a lucky man, on 4 Sept 2010 we had a 7.1 quake. Liquefaction up to 3 feet deep ...

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    my urban survival experience, Christchurch, nz.

    Hello from Christchurch, New Zealand.
    I am a lucky man, on 4 Sept 2010 we had a 7.1 quake.
    Liquefaction up to 3 feet deep covered suburbs.
    Houses torn in half etc..
    No power, no water, no sewer, etc

    I had 10 gallons of water, 10 days food and some white spirits on hand.

    Well after digging a long drop, we were sweet.
    For 2 days.

    Shortages in lpg for bbq, water etc meant rationing of water. Then we got rain, tubs under drain pipes, eemptied in bath got us thru.

    I learnt a lot
    So got 3 bbq bottles filled, more water, more containers, more liquid fuel and another liquid fuel cooker.
    Rice, lots of rice, dried fruit and meat

    Then Feb 22 2011 we had a 6.3, it killed my city
    I was home as it was my wife's birthday.
    I ran outside and turned off the water main
    Turned off the water cylinder and drained it into the bath. 150 e0litres of good water.
    The meat lasted 10 days in the freezer, we gorged on meat
    We had rice to go with it
    Baked beans

    Things to stock up on..
    Sanitizer, lots of ppl in my city got tummy bugs
    Toilet paper incase sanitizer fails
    Expanding foam instantly makes your home weatherproof
    Buy a dual fuel liquid cooker, mine is a Coleman, it runs on unleaded petrol.
    Water
    Food
    Always have lumber, hand ttools know how to use em, we braced up my chimney

    I will add to this as I think of things
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    Good Points to remember and expand on.

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    Never thought of the expanding foam. Good post!

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    Good post, I haven't had the ordeal of a quake, but a couple things did happen to me to show just how fast things can change. We are so dependent on today's living, that even something as simple as a loss of power for a few days really disrupts us.

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    A couple of vids of the quake, there have been 1000 buildings demolished since then, the central city is still cordoned off, homes are being demolished (read suburbs demolished)
    Pretty fucked up thing to happen, but like moonshinedave said, things change fast!
    my car has spare clothes for my family, a cooker and food, 3 blankets and nappies etc in it at all times now.
    (as well as my survival belt with cash, firelighting gear, energy bars, survival blankets, a knife - this goes everywhere with me)

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    Sorry for the many short replies, I write things when I can, I am a teacher so inbetweeen classes etc!
    Other things to remember;
    the toilet cistern (not the bowl) holds a couple of gallons of water.

    Pet food. my cat was eating rice after the first quake, she is normally a fussy thing. I got 6lb of biscuits (3 weeks food at normal rations)
    Cats drink more water when on dry rations.

    PVC Sheeting (clear) covers broken windows, but lets light in. We used bubble wrap on my neighbours house.

    I have split my stores between the house, garage and shed, if one building goes down, the others might stand.

    I have considered a cache nearby but as I live in a residential area a cache within walking distance that wont be found isnt practical.

    Any questions, just ask.

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    Sorry - cultural question: What is a nappie?

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    Ummm diaper, we had a 7month old for 1st quake..
    Although a 7.1 8km deep nearly made me shit myself

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    Quote Originally Posted by felixx View Post
    Ummm diaper, we had a 7month old for 1st quake..
    Although a 7.1 8km deep nearly made me shit myself
    Thanks!

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    Other things that came to my mind..
    The shops that opened the morning after the sept quake had no power, so no eftpos/ card purchases were available so make sure you have some cash (esp small notes as some were gouging/ not giving change etc).

    On a lighter note, I found a bottle shop open so got 10 doz beers.. drinkin a beer, saved water, urinating on the garden, saved water.. I did my best to conserve water

    I heard of people driving 200km to get LPG/ Propane bottles filled...

 

 
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