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So, it appears that this COVID19 government lockdown nonsense may be winding down for now. It, or something similar, will surface again.

So what did you learn about your LOP (Level Of Preparedness)?

I'll start;

Mrs Slippy and I realized that we had more than the basics covered and for the most part our lives did not change that much.

What we did venture out was mainly for;

Meat, Eggs, Fuel (Diesel), Booze and Luxury Food Items like Ice Cream or a Specific Brand of Some Item (I may have mentioned Mrs S loves Palmetto Brand Cheese Spread and only a few select stores seem to carry it in our area so we would classify that as a luxury food item) You get the picture.

The rest we had covered. Did we add some items to our Stores? Yes, but only because we did not want to reduce what we built up. Based on what we consumed and what we had stored, I believe we could have gone at least 18 months and never batted an eye if Shit Had Hit The Fan in a much great Velocity than this Chicom Nonsense .:vs_smile:

So I would give ourselves a solid A- :vs_closedeyes:

Now, what to do the next time to be prepared? :vs_worry:

THAT is the QUESTION! :vs_wave:
 

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So, it appears that this COVID19 government lockdown nonsense may be winding down for now. It, or something similar, will surface again.

So what did you learn about your LOP (Level Of Preparedness)?

I'll start;

Mrs Slippy and I realized that we had more than the basics covered and for the most part our lives did not change that much.

What we did venture out was mainly for;

Meat, Eggs, Fuel (Diesel), Booze and Luxury Food Items like Ice Cream or a Specific Brand of Some Item (I may have mentioned Mrs S loves Palmetto Brand Cheese Spread and only a few select stores seem to carry it in our area so we would classify that as a luxury food item) You get the picture.

The rest we had covered. Did we add some items to our Stores? Yes, but only because we did not want to reduce what we built up. Based on what we consumed and what we had stored, I believe we could have gone at least 18 months and never batted an eye if Shit Had Hit The Fan in a much great Velocity than this Chicom Nonsense .:vs_smile:

So I would give ourselves a solid A- :vs_closedeyes:

Now, what to do the next time to be prepared? :vs_worry:

THAT is the QUESTION! :vs_wave:
What did I learn? That if this would have been the new normal and last indefinitely...….I didn't have enough stored already. BUT what I did have would have lasted us for 4 to 6 months...…...good thing I didn't use it though, so it's still there, and I've been adding to it. Most of the food we've been eating during the shut down, was bought fresh to stay away from my stash.

But I also learned the things I was low on like tp, paper products, water & purifier, other things to drink like soda, Gatorade, etc. IOW, food is covered, but everything else is not
 

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It pretty much reinforced that we are on the right track. Only stock things we use all the time. No special 50 lb bags of rice for example. Have our supplies setup for easy rotation to keep it fresh. Sure we used some of our stuff but resupply regularly to maintain a level. Proved to ourselves that we could go a long time. Especially if rationed it more closely. With little to no change in life style or eating habits.

Didn't get into a emergency plan B. Which would involve shooting wild game, scavenging or raiding. Never got to test weapons or vehicle preps but know I'm good to go. So I'll give myself a solid B+.
 

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We have plenty of TP. And could get by if we ran out
We can go a month more it we need to easy with out changing our eating habits with out going to the store
We did not have to run out at the last minute and buy a gun
We had plenty of ammo
We learned when furnace quit the wood heat worked fine and the spare parts fixed the furnace.
At least for something like this we are well prepared.
 

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Didn't notice any difference...ran out of nothing. Didn't shop any more, or less, than usual. Saved a ton of gas $$$$ not traveling every day to work...Spent what we needed on what we wanted...Other than working at home and the 6' distances at Costco and stuff, wouldn't know the difference. Oh, and the panic the media is causing and the continued worthless corrupted politicians in this liberal state (again, no difference than before the pandemic)...

Oh, 1 difference, since I am always home, and the wife is always home, we're always home together :) Not a bad thing, but we've had to work through sharing the same office since she always works from home.

Peace out,
Michael J.
 

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What I have found is that I lack on short term items, such as canned stuff, which is not part of my true SHTF stores.

Short term meats is another, the frozen ones, one thing that disappeared was breadstuffs, Wally World bakery closed down.

The large and small tortillas flew off the shelves, when I went out the next time there were some, I grabbed some and froze them.

I have been out of here 4 times since 1 march, mostly for meds, now they are being mailed to us.

Now I have had for a long time the flour and press to make my own if needed, grabbed 30 pounds of AP flour in early march.

In those times out I grabbed a total of 120 pounds of rice, and a 80+ cans of navy, great northern and pinto beans.

Those two items are for active use, not storage, have plenty of rice and dried beans put away for long term.

I did grab 20 pounds of spaghetti for interim use early on, now there is none at all on the shelves.

There is no baking powder, baking soda, yeast, flours, veggie oils of any sort available in the three stores I go to.

I have gone out in the mornings during the old geezer hour at the different stores,

It is the best time to get stuff before the nuts strip the shelves bare.

The other unexpected come up short things are butter, paper towels, sanitizers, and disinfectants,

I do have plenty of dry and liquid bleach in store.

Have plenty of lab grade 95% ethyl alcohol, 75% isopropyl and iodine, which I have used to make a hand sanitizer with.

Now when I say short on the PT, I mean that I have only a three months supply, TP, a lifetime's worth is stored.

I did read the tea leaves back in early march, bought accordingly then, glad I did.

Never had to break into any long term storage items as of today.
 

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I didn't really consider this much of a learning experience, as life in general didn't change much. Yes, the shut down has killed my business, but the government just printed some more money, so we are OK for the next few months. Otherwise, I drove to work each day, shopped once or twice a week, and purchased anything I needed except for hand sanitizer or disinfectant spray/wipes. TP was not available every time but I'd say about half. Not that I needed it, as I have cases in storage.

Only part of my prepping that was tested, was the part dealing with infection control specific items... such as masks, gloves, etc. So while the whole world is out hunting for or making half ass masks, I sit on cases of n95 masks plus lots of half face respirators with even better filters. I've just used a tiny part of those masks, so good to go for a long time... especially by disinfecting them & reusing. I don't mind reusing as here in rural Mississippi, there just is almost no sick folks and our hospitals are not the least bit overworked. I was able to purchase gallons of hand sanitizer from one of our vendors that switched over some of their chemical production to sanitizer. Still have enough commercial disinfectant for the home and haven't had to hit my stores to make my own. Every prepper should have plenty of pool shock in storage.

So for this pandemic, so far I say ho hum.
 

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What did I learn? That if this would have been the new normal and last indefinitely...….I didn't have enough stored already. BUT what I did have would have lasted us for 4 to 6 months...…...good thing I didn't use it though, so it's still there, and I've been adding to it. Most of the food we've been eating during the shut down, was bought fresh to stay away from my stash.

But I also learned the things I was low on like tp, paper products, water & purifier, other things to drink like soda, Gatorade, etc. IOW, food is covered, but everything else is not
I found I'm short on pretty much the same things as you, but we only have enough food stored to last, maybe, four months and that would be managing it carefully.
 

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We were set.
TP? Cases of it out in the hay shed. Paper towels same-same.
N95 masks? On hand when everyone could not find any and were trying to make masks out of coffee filters. We don't wear them, and going into town the vast majority of people we encounter don't either.
Food? No problem here.

As far as self isolation, Florida and Georgia did not enforce this, and my wife and I are isolationists as a normal course of life anyway.
As an example, the best fried chicken place on the entire planet, Quick Chic in Folkston, Georgia, closed the dining room, but we always get it to go anyway. Nothing changed - I walk in (no mask), order at the counter (they wore no masks either), pick up order, go back home.

Bottom line - nothing much changed in our little world. But i miss not getting my monthly haircut. I'm beginning to feel like a hippie.
 

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We are pretty much hermits here, have been for a long time, by choice.

We go nowhere except for grocery stores and doctors occasionally.

My business is located just outside my home and has been so for almost 40 years.

Work it part time only now, just to keep active, 8-12 hours a week, 4 of those starting in an hour.

The only thing that changed is the hours we shop, from afternoons to early morning ones.

In the state as of yesterday there are 60,265 reported cases with 3,405 deaths, more than California has.

This county has 5,300 cases half of which are within 13-15 miles of me.

These numbers help keep me at home more than normal.

Twice a day I monitor my temp, BP, pulse and O2 saturation, all are normal and hopefully will stay that way.

Every other month I do blood test, RBC,WBC, retic, platelets, etc.
 

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First off, it's not wineding down, it's just beginning. I learned that there is a huge difference between a real prepper and the average person that preps when there is a crises already happening. I also learned no matter how thoroughly you prepped, there are still more things you discover during the crises that you didn't prepare for that wish you had.
 

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Is it over? With Tennessee starting back up, I think there might be another resurgence in this neck of the woods once the local hillbillies start running around again. People around here think it was all a big hoax.
 

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We were fine. Added a bit to the cans & boxes stash and kept fresh food restocked with our weekly trip. Tried bi-weekly once but that really put dent in the ability to eat fresh. We're always good for TP, wet wipes and paper towels but I did want for more lysol/clorox wipes. Didn't run out but going forward I'm increasing par levels for peace of mind.

As vendors restock I will get another couple hundred N95's but haven't used what we had - saving them for a true need. I will add a few 3M 6000 series respirators as well when they're available.

My BIG takeaway was the need to become my own supply chain for fresh food. To that end, I'm getting all my ducks in a row to start adding raised beds and containers for vegetables. I have seeds and other supplies ordered. Summer is downtime in the Deep South for gardening so I'll have the next few months to get everything set. I also have a chest freezer ordered. I want those extra 10cf of freezer space to allow for more diversified food stores.

In terms of what I HAD been planning for, I'd give myself an A-
In terms of what I WILL be planning for, I'd give myself a C

I've been saying since January - this may be our one and only test-run. I've done a lot of observing these past few months: from federal/state/local responses to how my immediate family has reacted. I'm not going to let this opportunity go to waste because I believe something truly nasty is out there and it's a matter of when, not if.
 

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We were good on staple supplies. Not so good on luxury stuff. I consider paper products luxury, and that was the only thing we were really lacking in. We never ran out, but it could have happened if we hadn't found TP during our normal shopping.
We made bread by hand when the store had no loaves. We bought another bag of rice and of beans to store away when they showed up again.
I took time to go through our shelves and get a better inventory of items. Medical stuff was decently stocked, but a few more masks wouldn't have hurt since I gave some to my folks.
Grocery shopping has been pretty normal so far.
We tried to keep things as normal as we could for the sake of the kids. We've yet had to go to "hard mode" to get by. No cracking open of the food buckets, no filtering our own water, no security rotations.

Life has been pretty normal.

Then the cat pissed in my sock drawer this morning, and S*$T HIT THE FAN!!!

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So, it appears that this COVID19 government lockdown nonsense may be winding down for now. It, or something similar, will surface again.

So what did you learn about your LOP (Level Of Preparedness)?

I'll start;

Mrs Slippy and I realized that we had more than the basics covered and for the most part our lives did not change that much.

What we did venture out was mainly for;

Meat, Eggs, Fuel (Diesel), Booze and Luxury Food Items like Ice Cream or a Specific Brand of Some Item (I may have mentioned Mrs S loves Palmetto Brand Cheese Spread and only a few select stores seem to carry it in our area so we would classify that as a luxury food item) You get the picture.

The rest we had covered. Did we add some items to our Stores? Yes, but only because we did not want to reduce what we built up. Based on what we consumed and what we had stored, I believe we could have gone at least 18 months and never batted an eye if Shit Had Hit The Fan in a much great Velocity than this Chicom Nonsense .:vs_smile:

So I would give ourselves a solid A- :vs_closedeyes:

Now, what to do the next time to be prepared? :vs_worry:

THAT is the QUESTION! :vs_wave:
Think we learned we wasnt very prepped. Trusting the Lord to see us through this mess. Will try to do better next time..if there is another next time. So far we still have water food and plenty of ammo and we are highly pissed off at retarded Liberals.
 

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I learned I need to find other means for meat, I cleaned up the deep freeze in the garage and plan on putting as much meat as I can in there. I am in the IL Valley 80 miles southwest of Chicago in the cornfields and we still had an issue with people buying everything even now weeks after this its still issues.
 

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I wonder how much of the general population suddenly realized how ill-prepared they were and might be a bit more inclined to be more proactive.
Probably not nearly enough but every person/family that does will be an asset. When folks are lining up the night before (and sleeping in their cars) at the free food stations across the country - that paints a pretty clear picture of the sad state of affairs we're in as a nation. The poor, of both money and mentality, will never prop themselves up but I do have some hope for those on the razors edge that want to and can do better going forward.
 
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