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What are you prepping for?

  • Super Volcano

    Votes: 2 3.6%
  • Pandemic

    Votes: 6 10.7%
  • EMP

    Votes: 5 8.9%
  • Foreign Invasion

    Votes: 4 7.1%
  • Earthquake

    Votes: 8 14.3%
  • Hurricane

    Votes: 6 10.7%
  • Nuclear Attack

    Votes: 2 3.6%
  • Economic Collapse

    Votes: 39 69.6%
  • Peak Oil

    Votes: 9 16.1%
  • Other

    Votes: 18 32.1%
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As stated in the title, what are you prepping for? I wasn't able to fit all of the possibilities on the poll, so if you are prepping for something else, just post it in the comment section and explain, this goes for the others as well. Personally, I am prepping for a global pandemic, I feel that this is the most unpredictable, and therefore must be prepped for accordingly. The great thing about prepping though, is that no matter what you are prepping for, all of the supplies for each are the same for the most part, the only difference is with a few specialty items, but I just wanted to get an idea of what you all are prepping for just out of curiosity.
 
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I'm not prepping for anything in particular. I just want to make sure I can provide for my family if I have to. If I had to pick one, I think economic collapse, or other (job loss, medical emergency, car accident) are the most likely things to happen, at least in my part of the country.
 

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I'll be watching this.

My anticipation of an apocalyptic event is biblically based, but I've grown up believing that I wouldn't be around for it. Recently the Mr. has done some soul-searching and he's actually the one who's prompted the prep work (which is funny, because he's also the one who made fun of me for my gun-obsession :|). To answer the thread, though, I have absolutely no idea what I'm prepping for, but I do know it's some pretty heavy stuff.
 

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At this point in the polling, I see that no one is prepping for the Yosemite Super Volcano, any reason behind this? I know that the chances of it blowing up in our lifetime aren't that high, but volcanic eruptions can be pretty unpredictable so it certainly is possible. I know that a super quake in L.A. is supposed to happen soon, I think it's ten years overdue if I remember correctly, that wouldn't affect the nation as a whole as bad as a super volcano eruption, but it certainly would cause a lot of problems for that part of the country, as well as the rest of us in one way or the other. Also, I guess a foreign invasion is pretty unrealistic for the most part, although it wouldn't be that farfetched for a country to EMP us and simply let us destroy ourselves with the loss of the power grid, that would certainly spell the end of civilized society for obvious reasons.
 

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Survive the initial event, evaluate and then bug out if required. My plan would work for almost all of your choices in the poll. And we have already been invaded.
 
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I agree with you that the most important part is to survive the initial event, whatever it may be. I would also add that you need to survive the mass of panic stricken people moving about like chickens with their heads cut off, they are the ones who will kill you or your family because they weren't properly prepared when you were. That is why preppers are going to be the ones who survive these disasters.
 

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I think an EM pulse from a massive solar flare is probably the likeliest thing that'll clobber us, blowing out the national power grid and shorting out electronics in TV's, radios and car ignitions etc, plenty of smaller flares have hit earth over the past 100 years causing minor damage, but I'm talking about a future huge 'Big Daddy' flare.
The grid will be fixed eventually, and we'll be able to buy new TV's and stuff and get back to normal but the big question is how soon.
We could be without electricity for a couple of weeks, and there might also be food supply disruption to the shops.
The basic 4 essentials to prep with are therefore Food/Water/Light/Radio.
The radio is vital for listening to news broadcasts and will have been EM-proofed by wrapping it in a plastic bag and kitchen foil like mine below, remove batteries first.
(the plastic bag keeps the foil from touching the radio)-

 

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Well living out of the Hurricane areas now with small chance of major long term weather problems lasting more than a few months. So I guess now it would be a total financial collapse and all the social upheaval that would bring with it, would be my choice.
 

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At this point in the polling, I see that no one is prepping for the Yosemite Super Volcano, any reason behind this? I know that the chances of it blowing up in our lifetime aren't that high, but volcanic eruptions can be pretty unpredictable so it certainly is possible. I know that a super quake in L.A. is supposed to happen soon, I think it's ten years overdue if I remember correctly, that wouldn't affect the nation as a whole as bad as a super volcano eruption, but it certainly would cause a lot of problems for that part of the country, as well as the rest of us in one way or the other. Also, I guess a foreign invasion is pretty unrealistic for the most part, although it wouldn't be that farfetched for a country to EMP us and simply let us destroy ourselves with the loss of the power grid, that would certainly spell the end of civilized society for obvious reasons.
I would be but living in the upper part of the country if it happens it will be stay where we are and survive till the air clears if possible. Another problem is a rather large volcano off the cost of Africa that is due to go off breaking the island in half. Now that will take out the western cost of Africa in about 14 seconds and the east cost of this continent in about 2 days. It is estimated that everything under 320 meters will be gone which is most of the US to Appalachians mountain range. If you are in Florida be prepared to surf to Mexico.
 

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Blizzards, tornadoes, social unrest.
 

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Well since my wife and I have already had our own economic collapse, we try to prepare for anything other than normal. If you have food and water you live, if you have guns and ammo you can hunt. Anything else will make your life worth living. We live in a pretty good place, although there was a earthquake Saturday. There are sometimes tornados and floods here, we just don't want to get caught with our pants down. If there were to be a major problem like Katrina or Sandy I really don't think we can count on the Gov.
 

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I think an EM pulse from a massive solar flare is probably the likeliest thing that'll clobber us
I completely agree, the loss of the power grid, no matter how it happens, is what will destroy any country. Once you have no power, you have no electricity obviously, but this would mean no food, transportation, public works, shipping, heating...etc. And in today's society where everything runs on electricity, there would be no way to control the social collapse that would occur with it. There would be looting and murdering on an unprecedented scale, governments would collapse, and the entire country would destroy itself from within. I love talking about the loss of the power grid and the negative affects of it, if anyone is also interested I can make a thread for it where we can discuss theories of how it would happen and go in more detail about every aspect of what life would be like with a loss of the power grid, if anyone is interested let me know. We could have some very interesting discussions I'm sure.
 

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we just don't want to get caught with our pants down. If there were to be a major problem like Katrina or Sandy I really don't think we can count on the Gov.
Very well said, I completely agree. People need to be more self sufficient, that is the key to survival in any scenario.
 

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Because it just seems unwise to not be prepared.
I dont know why or when but it wasnt all that long ago I looked around me one day and all I could think was F**K. Weve become as helpless as little babies. People now arent like they were before and its getting worse all the time. The latest generations dont know squat beyond their i phones and instant txt messengers. I think thats when it became clear that I dont want to end up like that... I want to learn and be capable and I want to pass that on too my own children and grandchildren someday. I now have a growing fear (a healthy fear) becoming like the rest of the sheeple.
I dont know how or even if the S will HTF in my lifetime but I take a prep attitude towards everything in life.
On the other hand I do have this feeling deep in my bones that there is something big coming. Im not terribly worried because you can do what you can do and thats all you can do. My money is on pandemic on a massive scale. From the scientific side I would say that our species is almost due for a natural culling of some sort. My next guess would be economic collapse. I think where I am in Canada is fairly safe on its own economically speaking but we are also very tied to the USA. So if the American economy goes into the drink I think were going along fo r the ride.
 

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I completely agree, the loss of the power grid, no matter how it happens, is what will destroy any country. Once you have no power, you have no electricity obviously, but this would mean no food, transportation, public works, shipping, heating...etc. And in today's society where everything runs on electricity, there would be no way to control the social collapse that would occur with it. There would be looting and murdering on an unprecedented scale, governments would collapse, and the entire country would destroy itself from within. I love talking about the loss of the power grid and the negative affects of it, if anyone is also interested I can make a thread for it where we can discuss theories of how it would happen and go in more detail about every aspect of what life would be like with a loss of the power grid, if anyone is interested let me know. We could have some very interesting discussions I'm sure.
I couldn't agree more. Loss the power as we did in Andrew for 5 months for some and 4 for the lucky ones with it goes water in some cases as it did in the Homestead FL area. Cell phone service and well as most land line service was also gone for about 8 months on the cell phone. Gasoline becomes a no get regardless if the stations have it since the pumps don't work nor does ATM or banks. Medical attention is erratic at best and forget police and fire departments they are in the same boat as everyone else. Roads are impassible and those that are street lights don't work. It took 2 weeks before the National Guard showed up with a month passing before FEMA, Red Cross and other organizations could get in. The first food and water came in by truck for who knows who but think it was donated as it sure didn't come from any organization we heard of that normally would be on the scene with in a reasonable amount of time (a week at most). Since then my wife and I decided to change our style of living all together and stay prepared as best as we could regardless of what might cause it. We did manage to salvage a propane stove and some can goods from our total destroyed home but little else. Between what we had and one of my sons who lived very near me we managed to get by for 2 weeks on the can goods and water on hand. Luckily he was a doctor and could tend to my badly damaged neck due to the roof coming down on me. A month later I final got 10 miles away to a hospital for an MRI and treatment.
 

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I couldn't agree more. Loss the power as we did in Andrew for 5 months for some and 4 for the lucky ones with it goes water in some cases as it did in the Homestead FL area. Cell phone service and well as most land line service was also gone for about 8 months on the cell phone. Gasoline becomes a no get regardless if the stations have it since the pumps don't work nor does ATM or banks. Medical attention is erratic at best and forget police and fire departments they are in the same boat as everyone else. Roads are impassible and those that are street lights don't work. It took 2 weeks before the National Guard showed up with a month passing before FEMA, Red Cross and other organizations could get in. The first food and water came in by truck for who knows who but think it was donated as it sure didn't come from any organization we heard of that normally would be on the scene with in a reasonable amount of time (a week at most). Since then my wife and I decided to change our style of living all together and stay prepared as best as we could regardless of what might cause it. We did manage to salvage a propane stove and some can goods from our total destroyed home but little else. Between what we had and one of my sons who lived very near me we managed to get by for 2 weeks on the can goods and water on hand. Luckily he was a doctor and could tend to my badly damaged neck due to the roof coming down on me. A month later I final got 10 miles away to a hospital for an MRI and treatment.
That's an amazing story and a perfect example of how prepping and survival knowledge can save your life. I am glad you're OK and from your story you are a very mentally strong person. The scary part is, in your situation as well as during Katrina and other natural disasters, if that were to happen to the entire nation, we would be done for. On a small scale it can be isolated, controlled, and fixed. But that is only because there are other parts of the country that are fine and can afford to send resources to the affected areas. However, if everyone is in the same boat, then what ends up happening is no one can spare supplies, so they either wait for the government to come and save them (which if it happens to the entire country wouldn't be a possibility anyway) or you can be prepared and prepare for the worst so that when something bad does occur you are able to survive and protect your loved ones, that is why I love prepping.
 
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