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In a perfect world we would be completely prepared and not need to scramble at the last minute. However, I think it is safe to say that not many people have 100% of enough stuff to live comfortably for a year for their entire family and a few extras who may arrive. So, given this assumption, I think it is unlikely to do what I have seen some people comment on some of these boards (to hole themselves up and not venture out during the first few days of a SHTF EOTWAWKI scenario.

So for those of you who are not 100% prepared, what would you do during the first few days. I want to make this scenario very specific, so here are a couple assumptions you should make before answering:

1. you have zero electricity (such as resulting from an EMP) so generator is useless and most motorized vehicles are not running. This is a game-changing assumption for many people because you must assume that city water and sewer pumping stations would immediately cease pumping, and
2. You are either at home or work (not on vacation/far from home).
 

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The "EMP" scenerio while very unlikely is one that bothers me some. I'm getting older and I live in a relatively large town and my bug out property is 360 miles away. I've always kept enough gasoline on hand to get there and have several routes mapped out with fuel for any, but I've also assumed for the "EMP" scenerio. I have two courses of action. Bicycle out of town. I would not hesitate. I would likely leave within 30 minutes of the "event" and get my arse out of town on bike. I don't want to wait for people to realize what is happening and it will be "relatively" safe those first few hours. I can clear town, get to the rural roads and probably reach my destination in about 4 days. Please note in an EMP event many cars / vehicles will work. They may need some effort but not all cars are going to be wiped out by an EMP. Many older cars are going to be fine and I know where many of them are in my neighborhood. I'd offer those people a nifty trade for their running car very quickly because if I could get on the road inside an hour I can take more with me than a bug out bike and bike cart. Again once I clear town I can pretty much avoid any community all the way there and get there in 8 to 12 hours depending on slowing down for problems.
 

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An EMP would be just about the worst scenario--right behind chemical or bio attack.
At work--start hoofing it home
At home--stay there and get the defenses ready,fire up the wood or gas heat,break out the kerosene lamps and candles
unless you have electronics in Faraday cages like I do
What size is your Farday cages?
 

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... Many older cars are going to be fine and I know where many of them are in my neighborhood. I'd offer those people a nifty trade for their running car very quickly ....
That is exactly the type of idea I like for this thread. I am not someone who owns an older car/truck for the purpose of being able to survive an EMP, so this is a great option. Of course, if you guess wrong and everything goes fine, you may be screwed with your trade, but if you are correct, then your $20,000 new car that is useless would be a good trade for a beater that runs in a post SHTF world.

And yes biking will be important in those first few days...before the roads become dangerous.
 

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I really don't think an EMP would be that devastating as people think but just incase I keep everything I would need to break into my safe with an electric lock in a combination lock safe along with a gun. You never know I don't believe in ghost but I never would sleep in a grave yard either.
 

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Enough room for 2 generators, an outboard motor,lawn tractor,ATV,snowmobile. 5 spare 140w solar panels, controller,invertor -- and a galv trash can filled with smaller electronic stuff.
It's grounded at both ends with #10 copper wire connected to a rod driven 6' down

You can do this with a metal shed--just ground it & make sure none of the stuff inside touches the metal walls
Thank you for the information,very helpful.
 

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If at home, I'd go to my family's meeting location for a few days, especially if immediate family members were caught while away. If my vehicles won't run, I made a quick attach hitch for a small lawn mower trailer for my bicycle. If my mower will run, I can change two pulleys and a belt, and It'll reach speeds just around 20mph with a trailer in tow.

If at work, I'm prolly screwed, since I drive a coke delivery route, can't carry BOB, and can be anywhere from a few miles, to a couple hundred miles away. However, I can make a make shift pack from shrink wrap, and load it with lots of bottled water. I'd probably be at, or near one of my customers, so I'd pick up a bunch of granola bars, some matches/lighters, pocket knives, rope and a tarp . Next on the list would be to secure a bicycle and hand pump, then start peddling like crazy. I'd probably travel at night, rest during daylight.
 

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I'm actually set of at least a year and possibly two years. Now I own and live at a self storage facility so roofs here are all steel with either steel walls or 4" thick solid concrete walls. In our storage space we have two generators and enough gas to run them for at least a month. I also have an outdoor propane grille, a turkey fryer also propane with a dozen filled propane tanks. In addition to this I have a real good wood burning camp stove that will work if it can be burned. Food we have even without refrigeration for 2 years. Water isn't much of a problem ether as it is easy to get with in a few hundred yards besides rain water trapped in my miles of gutter here.
 

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The riding lawn mower is brilliant. I need a swift kick for having never considered it.

For those of you who have mentioned bicycles, I hope you have a moutain bike type ride or a hybrid between mountain bike and and up right road bike. There is a growing system, especially in the East/North East, of a Rails to Trails initiative where old railroad routes are being turned into multi use paths for hikers and cyclist. You can go from Pittsburgh to DC on one of the regular MUP's (Multi Use Paths). There are primitive camps along the way and almost always a water source every so often. It's worth checking out. I used to have some links/bookmarks but haven't checked them in a very long time since the DFW area isn't exactly cycling friendly. I do know there is a rail to trail initiative runing from Farmersville to Paris, but it's not complete.

Forums such as Bikeforums.net have sub forums on Bicycle Touring and distance cycling that are have great resources on how and what to pack for extended bike journeys. Might be worth checking out as a plan C or there abouts.
 

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1. Drive to my immediate neighbors houses and make contact with them, I would do this early before everyone becomes paranoid. I have a small booklet I have preprinted that lists some common sense survival issues that need to be addressed by the neighbors. This booklet asks people to not stack your garbage on the road, make a plan to burn it now. It also teaches them how to make a toilet flush with a bucket of water (you would be supprised how many people don't know), since we are all on private septic systems that will stop a lot of disease and smell problems. I also have a small year round creek that I would open for anyone that needs water. I plant about 8 acres of wheat and barley every year that I would offer to donate to my neighbors if they help me plant it, defend it and harvest it. Depending on the time of year I also have a good gravity feed irrigation system that I would allow people to tap into. I would try to set up a daily neighborhood meeting, I am rural so all my close by neighbors is about 41 people in a 1/2 x 1/2 square mile area. I would be asking eveyone for permission to block the roads into our neighborhood (2) and help doing that, a lot of people will have working vehicles and denying them free travel around would seem prudent. I also faraday'ed a couple dozen FRS radios with rechargeable batteries and I would give one to any neighbor that is cooperating to keep communications open, I could give fresh batteries each night at our meetings. I also have 2 old horses that could be slaughtered for meat when the time seems right.

I have a lot of things faraday'ed away but if I had no power I would spend the day 2-3 preserving my frozen foods since I have about 40 cubic feet of freezer space (about 2/3 full). I have a pressure cooker for canning the meats and vegies as well as enough salt to cure meat as well depending on the temperature outside. I have an propane stove out of a old camp trailer and a burried propane tank for the fuel source.

If by the grace of God my tractor still works, I believe it will, I would use it to block the roads with some huge boulders I have been saving from my fields and dig a slit trench for bodies to be disposed of.

Reconvert rooms in the house to bedrooms (currently office space, reloading room and man-cave) as I've invited my 2 sons (1 is ARNG combat medic), 3 daughters (1 is ex army welder), wife (RN), best friend (construction), friend in Virginia who I will probably never see again. May also get a brother, sisterand mother (father lives next door).

Set up a watch rotation

Done

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Personally, I have thought about the EMP scenario and the "Manufactured" economic collapse being planned by Obunghole and his puppet-masters. Frankly I would rather have the EMP. That way almost all are in the same boat. I would rather contend with looters and raiders than the DHS soldiers. Now if it is a Nuke EMP, that might be even better, cause our military would be reacting to the foreign attackers rather than us. I really dont want to contend with soldiers in body armor , and all their toys. The riff -raff with normal weapons would be a better fight , to me.
 

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This is why we prepare. Goal one those at our location will lock down. Evryone else will get there asap.
We have generatores , butthe plan is not to depend on them.
The first 24 hours will be securty and getting every one in.
Not really cocerned about EMP
 

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I'll be converting my diesel mower into a diesel generator, providing of course my gasoline generator doesn't go go.

Both my diesel engines are 25+ hp, 3 cyl, and combined are almost as old as me (on soc sec), . . . so they'll both be runners, . . . an EMP won't bother them.

I'll be cooking everything I can't eat or dry or put up in jars, . . . but because the freezers are large, . . . we'll have a 96 hour or so window for that.

Security should be EVERYONE's top, #1 priority, . . . and will be mine. NO ONE will be just waltzing into my place, . . . without being detected.

Then it is just hunker down, . . . try to find out what the heck happened, . . . who is in charge, . . . and what can we do to help.

May God bless,
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If an EMP hits, and I am at work, I have a real long hike home. Bicycles and horses await once I get home. Otherwise, I'll be pulling my little wagon around with me when I hike around.

I am okay with no electricity. We lose power a lot, and we have a lot of oil lamps and lanterns, with spare wicks and extra oil. After awhile, you get used to the dark.

Whoopee, we get to live like pioneers again!
 

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As part of my plan is to have a couple old gas engine vehicles, Bronco and F-150, that will run after an EMP, solar flare etc. Couple old diesel trucks as back up.
Be a couple years ahead for your wood burning supply.
One thing my wife does is fill cleaned out milk jugs with water and fill the freezer with them. Will make the food last longer, freezer runs more efficient, and nice cold drinking water.
Hide for the first week, lock and load to defend the homestead, pray for the best.
 

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at my home, install the plywood window covers inside, with my cordless drills. hunker down, wait a few days. then begin the treck to my fiances and my meeting site. then, back to my place.
at work, if my truck starts, grab the covered trailer Ive been secretly longing for, the work generator, and just leave to prearrainged meet. gather family, head to my place. If no truck, unload 4 wheeler and haul ass home.
At her house, cover the windows, bring in the doggies, hunker down becouse its in the middle of Alb. and wait a few days. and haul ass to my place.
In the case of a serious emp, i would have to hoof it, about 13 miles from work to home, and it would be tough, going into two towns.
Still stocking up on food, but I love the idea about the frozen water jugs. I live 200 yards from a decent river, and there is cattle close to where I live, But, I wouldnt touch them unless it was evident it really was teotwawki.
 

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not a single person here would go to any store? Honestly, I don't understand this mindset. Even if you are "very" prepared, if you knew you were about to maybe go a year or longer with no more stuff from stores, wouldn't you get anything? You really have that much toilet paper, soap, etc. stored up? I understand the possible dangers when people realize what is happening, but IMO the first couple days would be relatively safe. Nobody agrees? You are all just securing your property and hiding?
 

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My line of thought is that unless you have a warehouse full of stuff, why would you pass up an opportunity? May be the last time cash is worth anything. Some places may actually take checks. Not an issue of not having prepped, but rather utilizing that last opportunity. Some foods simply do not have a long shelf life. I personally don't have as much flour vac sealed to last as long as I would like. Sure I have the raw ingredients to make flour, but why not grab a bunch at the onset, and delay dipping into your harder-to-use stuff?

Just brainstorming here. I have noticed lots of preppers seem to be proud of their personal preps and I am not trying to take anything away from that, or to suggest that there is no benefit to prep for more than you currently have, but let's assume you are not sitting on an adequate supply for as long as you would like. Some people may have a supply for 3 months, or 6 months, or a year, but if you live a mile from a grocery store or 5 miles from a Wal-Mart Supercenter, you really see zero benefit worth the risk during the first few days to add anything to what you have?
 

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not a single person here would go to any store? Honestly, I don't understand this mindset. Even if you are "very" prepared, if you knew you were about to maybe go a year or longer with no more stuff from stores, wouldn't you get anything? You really have that much toilet paper, soap, etc. stored up? I understand the possible dangers when people realize what is happening, but IMO the first couple days would be relatively safe. Nobody agrees? You are all just securing your property and hiding?
These type of scenarios is what we prep for.A stop at chinamart for bread and milk is not on my to-do list when the SHTF.

However,IF I was out and about at the time,I would seize the chance to clean out a phamacy of supplies that you can't just pile up on (like my blood pressure meds,more/better antibiotics,etc),just stuff you can't buy off the shelf as i'm already pretty covered there.
 
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