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As a prepper for almost 20 years, I'd say the first step has to be knowing what SHTF scenarios you might face. Off the top of my head, I can think of at least 10 distinct SHTF and near-SHTF situations that are currently very possible, and many levels of severity within each of those.

You can't effectively prep if you're not clear what you're prepping for, and if you don't vividly imagine yourself and your family in those situations. That requires a lot of constructive daydreaming.

A good place to start is by reading alternative news and "conspiracy" websites and forums. You'll get a lot of ideas about what can happen there. A lot of preppers have their favorite scenarios, but try to prep for all of the ones you consider possible, focusing on things and skills you generally need. As other members have pointed out, things like food, water, health, shelter, etc. are common needs in most scenarios. Similarly, certain skills like first-aid, gardening, firearms training, etc. are also important to have in most scenarios.
 

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OMG Gus, 10 distinct SHTF situations... which one should I Prep for? I prefer to prep for the end of the world, a nice bottle of bourbon, and the last of my ice cubes, and be content that you are safe somewhere.

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HERESY!!!! I'm tellin' the gov on you!

Whoops, don't want to scare the newbies, my bad.

Water, water water........and more water. Buy it, store it, find ways to collect it! Also learn to use what you already have (water heater, toilet tank, pool) and find ways to purify/preserve it.

Also jump into those medical supplies. Been thinking about it lately and a toothache isn't a big deal but during emergency/SHTF its gonna be a pain in the tooth (you thought I was going to say ass). Infection is bad, m'kay!
Water water water YES!
Of course, I have had to remind some newbies that rainwater collected from your roof system is not potable. An invitation to visit my rooftop - where they get to see for themselves the copious amounts of raccoon and bird crap that water will flow through before it gets to their rain barrel - gets the point across LOL.
 

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Hi, Thank you so much for your post! I’m a new member and I’m in a hurry to get off the left coast, currently in a city by the beach which gets worse as the day go by. Ready to head out but not sure where. Looking for natural source of water, room to grow food and keep animals and would hope for a small community of like minded folks who know what a neighbor is. 2A a must, the least costly the better. Mild climate the best, but I’m doubting at this point it’s a priority.
have been prepping city wise, former military and ready to go. Any opinions or guidence
would be welcome, have been looking on the Net for months with little joy.
thanks in advance to any that contribute to my education.
respectfully.
 

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Hi, Thank you so much for your post! I'm a new member and I'm in a hurry to get off the left coast, currently in a city by the beach which gets worse as the day go by. Ready to head out but not sure where. Looking for natural source of water, room to grow food and keep animals and would hope for a small community of like minded folks who know what a neighbor is. 2A a must, the least costly the better. Mild climate the best, but I'm doubting at this point it's a priority.
have been prepping city wise, former military and ready to go. Any opinions or guidence
would be welcome, have been looking on the Net for months with little joy.
thanks in advance to any that contribute to my education.
respectfully.
Move to Northern Michigan. Cadillac area to be specific. Land is around $1,500.00 an acre and after selling your California property you can buy a pretty good spread here. Great paying jobs suck though. Tourism and factory jobs here besides the normal retail jobs.
 

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I like what you are saying, and I would have loved the time to have prepped for this.
I have always wanted to prep myself but I was kind of isolated in my decision and have been laid off work
for 7 months from a herniated disc.

So what about guys like me, caught off guard, have little and willing to do whatever he can to make his odds a little better. I know its not much, but little things... hiding places... stuff like that... traps....etc.. I do have at least 2 decent size boxes of nonperishable items and waters " I know its very little " but for one guy I can make that last.

Other than my residence I have 1 vehicle which is a single cab ranger truck. I fear I may have to ditch it because it has an exhaust leak.
If anything I keep the tank filled and i can drive to... really... nowhere.

Any help would be great I have been scrambling for any kind of answers
 

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Water, food, sanitation, medical supplies commensurate with your training / skills. The usual battery operated flashlights, headlamps, radios. Keep the fuel tank in your vehicle over half full at all times. A Glock (or similar) with training, holster and a bit of Ammo. This will get you started. Good luck. aa


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Make a plan and make sure to include everyone in your household, including pets. Water storage is a big concern, because you can't live without water for more than a couple of days. You can get a few 50 gallon barrels and fill them up. They're pretty cheap when you get them used. Also, make sure you have other essential items, like medication. Try to get a 90 day supply so you have them available.
 

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My recommendation is to study the basics first. Security(online, and home security, self-defense, etc), what to purchase(first aid kits, knives, etc), and knowledge(statistics, to get a feel of how much prepping is necessary).

After that, you should always strive to learn more information, get more supplies(canned food, flashlights, lighters, etc) so you can be more prepared and secured for more and more things for your area(hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, riots, fires, etc).
 

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My recommendation is to study the basics first. Security(online, and home security, self-defense, etc), what to purchase(first aid kits, knives, etc), and knowledge(statistics, to get a feel of how much prepping is necessary).

After that, you should always strive to learn more information, get more supplies(canned food, flashlights, lighters, etc) so you can be more prepared and secured for more and more things for your area(hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, riots, fires, etc).
That's it, jerk-face! Go to the introduction sub forum and introduce yourself. Looks like you are going there be a great member and you have an obligation to give us a chance to welcome, mock and ridicule you in a thread that is dedicated to you!!
 

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Well, experience has taught me that you should post regularly, If you disappear from the forum for six or thirty months they forget your name.

Actually, I took the time off, and got back to my first love, polishing. What did I miss?

BTW, I'm a changed man. I am now 70 years old. Went to the gym like always, and found I could only press three sets of 275 pounds--and the last lift was a "mercy lift" from a spotter.

As for humor, yeah, I joke around a bit, but yikes--have you sampled other forums? I've seen better banter at funerals. If I want a good night's sleep I send a text to a moderator...

So, have no fear. I want to meet people, hear stories new to me, and find out what I missed. I know I'll swap some recipes with Annie...
 

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Well, experience has taught me that you should post regularly, If you disappear from the forum for six or thirty months they forget your name.

Actually, I took the time off, and got back to my first love, polishing. What did I miss?

BTW, I'm a changed man. I am now 70 years old. Went to the gym like always, and found I could only press three sets of 275 pounds--and the last lift was a "mercy lift" from a spotter.

As for humor, yeah, I joke around a bit, but yikes--have you sampled other forums? I've seen better banter at funerals. If I want a good night's sleep I send a text to a moderator...

So, have no fear. I want to meet people, hear stories new to me, and find out what I missed. I know I'll swap some recipes with Annie...
Good to see you here
 
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Good to see you here
Glad to be seen. Had a complete physical today, and like the men in my family, it looks like I'll hit my 90s. Funny, but we all switched over from beer to orange juice in our early 20s.

I'm still polishing steel and it never seems to bore me. Heck, my wife got a little folder for 22 bucks, and now it could do surgery. Ask Denton, if you can't see your face in my bevels I'm having a bad day...
 

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Glad to be seen. Had a complete physical today, and like the men in my family, it looks like I'll hit my 90s. Funny, but we all switched over from beer to orange juice in our early 20s.

I'm still polishing steel and it never seems to bore me. Heck, my wife got a little folder for 22 bucks, and now it could do surgery. Ask Denton, if you can't see your face in my bevels I'm having a bad day...
When your are good at some thing and enjoy it keep going. You can always quit another day if it is no fun anymore.
 
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When your are good at some thing and enjoy it keep going. You can always quit another day if it is no fun anymore.
Obviously "the computer" is not my forte' obviously. I had trouble posting a comment, the "machine" tossed its cookies and it took me 20 minutes to get back to here!
 
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