I'm new to this sort of thing. I can definitely see things going downhill in this country lately, so I've decide to be become prepared. I have to be honest, I don't like the label "prepper". It seems like other people look at you weird when you say that. Probably due to the extreme TV shows that have been on recently. I like the term "self-reliant". I have recently started making a collection of survival gear for my family. Weather it be some catastrophic natural occurrence, civil unrest, etc, I want to be able to last a few weeks. I live only 15 miles from NYC and work 1/2 mile from NYC (right on the other side of the Hudson river). As we all know, prime area for terror attacks. My goal for becoming self-reliant is to last a few days to get out of the area. I have family in a VERY rural area in the middle of Pennsylvania (about 3 hour ride). My plan would be to head that way. I do have quite a few things to last probably 2 weeks if things got really bad. My main problems are: NJ is not a gun-friendly state. I do own firearms, but we're only allowed to have 15 round mags. I have a Mossberg 590 pump, S&W AR-15 in 5.56, Beretta 5 shot 12 ga semi-auto, Ruger 10/22, Sig Sauer Mosquito .22, and a Springfield Armory 4" 9mm. I'm looking for one more good "survival" gun with some more "punch". Chambered in .308 or 7.62. Something with iron sights. Not sure if I should go semi-auto or something like a bolt-action scout rifle. Any suggestions? This would be my last gun purchase for a while (running out of room). Which brings me to my next issue: I have a relatively small house. Any ideas on how to maximize storage space with the most amount of gear, food, water? I was thinking of getting some outdoor storage benches that I could lock. I'm running out of room in my basement (I also have a finished basement that we use for kid's play area). Thanks for any tips/info for this newbie!