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The state I live in has had record rainfall and we're over 250% of our water year so flooding is a major concern now that summer is on the way. I would not classify it as an apocalyptic event but there is definitely a good chance of disaster. unsure.gif I have been stocking up for the shut down of services and can handle up to a week or two of not having to rely on anyone else for help but the big problem I face is that all my storage is in the basement. Time to start moving boxes and donating time to the community sand bagging effort!


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Posted: 31-May-2011, 08:36 PM
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I have found that many more people are concerned than than were a year ago.

I know a lady in Ky who runs a "seed exchange". She has had quite an increase in interest of late. She and her son live like my grandparents did, on what they produce and little more. My grandmother even chewed willow twigs for the pain relieving effect (aspirin) as she had rheumatoid arthritis. If anyone survives the probable catastrophe, my friend and her son will.

We humans have a strong survival instinct and we have the greatest survival tool of any creature on earth, our brain. Humans and cockroaches will probably survive for a very long time.

I sincerely hope you can avoid water damage from recent storms. It would be terrible to see your efforts destroyed by nature. Before I retired we had a "100 year flood" and though my residence was on high ground I saw the damage suffered by others.

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So I survived with no flooding this year, wasn't planning to go buy a watercraft just yet anyways. Now my attention turns to the next scenario, Trapped at work by a natural disasters, most likely a blizzard or earthquake, maybe both. Hopefully nothing as dramatic as the movie "Day after tomorrow" but there is always a possibility when you live at high altitude that you may get snowed in for a while.

I am putting together a "just in case kit" to keep in my office. I already have a 72 hour kit in my car but if I am trapped at work for a long period of time that won't be enough (unless I plan to watch coworkers starve while I sleep with one eye open). I am thinking a blanket, some packets of raman and a full bottle by the water cooler would be a good start.

The candy machine even if broken into wont offer much more than a sugar rush when real food is needed.

And what about heat, can't burn the furniture long (mostly plastic and painted plywood anyways). Candles maybe?

Any suggestions, what will you do if trapped in the workplace?
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I belong to a couple of groups that discuss the Surviving of the Apocalypse. Some are actively building a supply now others, like myself, are just interested on honing our skills on making things on the fly. Although I do have a 72 hour B.O.B. in my van at all times. Being prepared is never a bad thing. Also being self sufficient has its benefits. Some of my friends have never had a garden in there life and are trying their hand at that with pretty good success. Another friend has taken his house completely off the grid and is relying on mother nature for all of his house hold needs. I kinda envy him.

Some of my friends and I have a plan on where we would meet and then drive to in case something happens in the city.


If you have never heard of it I suggest watching a TV series that was on called The Colony. They take people from different backgrounds and put them in apocalypse type scenario and see how they adapt. It's pretty interesting.

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One through nine, no maybes, no supposes, no fractions. You can't travel in space, you can't go out into space, you know, without, like, you know, uh, with fractions - what are you going to land on - one-quarter, three-eighths? What are you going to do when you go from here to Venus or something? That's dialectic physics.

It will end when it will end and theres not a thing we can do about it. It ended for many brothers with a bullet in the Nam in the middle east and places we don't even know about. On the highways from drunk or careless drivers.
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If you have never heard of it I suggest watching a TV series that was on called The Colony. They take people from different backgrounds and put them in apocalypse type scenario and see how they adapt. It's pretty interesting.


Perkeo, yes I have seen the colony, I enjoyed it but found difficulty with the scripting of it (sorry but even reality tv is scripted to some degree). Having people agree with one another and work toward survival by pooling their skills is something everyone will need when it all comes crashing down.



Skeets52, As for just letting whatever happens happen, please don't misunderstand the topic or discussion here, I do not plan to obsess or worry so much about the "what if" that I fear to live life to the fullest but a failure to plan is a plan to fail or so the saying goes.
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QUOTE (McRoach @ 23-Oct-2011, 12:18 PM)

Perkeo, yes I have seen the colony, I enjoyed it but found difficulty with the scripting of it (sorry but even reality tv is scripted to some degree).  Having people agree with one another and work toward survival by pooling their skills is something everyone will need when it all comes crashing down.


I agree the show was definitely scripted. To have that many people with engineering degrees that just happen to show up in the same area is pretty hard to believe. However it was pretty informing and from an entertainment aspect I wouldn't mind watching more of the show.



And I also do not dwell on what might come or what will or might happen in my future. I live for the day and learn from my past but do not dwell in it either. I know my time will come to an end someday and I welcome it but for the time I have being a little prepared doesn't hurt.

I really enjoy these types of topics and learning from other people with other backgrounds. That is my main purpose for joining in on conversations like these.

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Btw, If it comes down to a nuclear war....I plan on being too drunk to care what happens......just sayin' beer_mug.gif wink.gif
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QUOTE (Perkeo @ 24-Oct-2011, 05:15 PM)
QUOTE (McRoach @ 23-Oct-2011, 12:18 PM)

Perkeo, yes I have seen the colony, I enjoyed it but found difficulty with the scripting of it (sorry but even reality tv is scripted to some degree).  Having people agree with one another and work toward survival by pooling their skills is something everyone will need when it all comes crashing down.


I agree the show was definitely scripted. To have that many people with engineering degrees that just happen to show up in the same area is pretty hard to believe. However it was pretty informing and from an entertainment aspect I wouldn't mind watching more of the show.



And I also do not dwell on what might come or what will or might happen in my future. I live for the day and learn from my past but do not dwell in it either. I know my time will come to an end someday and I welcome it but for the time I have being a little prepared doesn't hurt.

I really enjoy these types of topics and learning from other people with other backgrounds. That is my main purpose for joining in on conversations like these.

Thanks and cheers,
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Btw, If it comes down to a nuclear war....I plan on being too drunk to care what happens......just sayin' beer_mug.gif wink.gif

Btw, If it comes down to a nuclear war....I plan on being too drunk to care what happens......

I would hope to be at or near ground zero!

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I don't live in fear of the what ifs in life, but it is always wise to be prepared. Maybe it won't be a nuclear holocaust, or the Yellowstone Caldera blowing up on us. But it could be the loss of a job and the inability to find another one. Or an earthquake and a nuclear reactor that is damaged. Even driving in a remote area and having car problems.

The 72 hour bag is something that is easy to put together and could save your life. I also have a barrel of water stored. It would last about 2 weeks, but it comes in handy where I live, as the last big ice storm we had knocked out power for 9 days - our generator worked, but we could have easily run out of gas in that time. We decided then to store the water. For some who are from the city and have no experience in the country, no electric means no water, no toilet flushing, no showers or baths, no brushing the teeth, no dishwashing. You want some easy access to water. You can use the grey water to flush the toilet.

I don't store much food as I am not willing to kill anyone over the issue, nor do I want to be attacked. I'll gladly share anything I have. But I have been honing my plant identification skills and we have a lot of edible plants, game and fish where I live. Plus we have neighbors who have been pretty self-sufficient most of their lives. I feel fortunate.

I feel that as long as I have an opportunity to prepare for whatever emergencies may lie ahead, I should do what I can. When the time of need arises, the time of preparation is over.



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QUOTE (Eimhir @ 05-Nov-2011, 01:07 AM)
When the time of need arises, the time of preparation is over.

Eimhir, I couldn't agree more.


Thanks to all for the comments made on this topic.

Perkeo I too would like to see more of these type of discussions in CR. There are some good topics in the Special Interest Gardening section but perhaps someone could make a section just for survival tips.


If you have not already visited it, check out this website from FEMA

http://www.ready.gov/be-informed/natural-disasters

It has a little bit of advice on everything

Floods
Tornadoes
Hurricanes
Thunderstorms & Lightning
Winter Storms & Extreme Cold
Extreme Heat
Earthquakes
Volcanoes
Landslides & Debris Flow
Tsunamis
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I am not a right wing paramilitary nut job kind of guy, I do believe in America and the power of her people. We are self reliant strong and brave to be sure, I'm pretty sure we can survive anything that is thrown against us,,,, Except the government,,,,This is just one web site that shows something about FEMA, and please don't poopoo it, they are real and they will be used. I have been with the government for about 40 years hence the mistrust of some of the things I see and hear. This is not a one party or another kind of thing, it is a contingency plan by all parties. While, if it happens, we might survive the Apocalypse,, it is the aftermath that worries me when FEMA says here let us help

http://www.sianews.com/modules.php?name=Ne...rticle&sid=1062

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Skeets I know I am certainly not offended! I enjoy hearing all of the different opinions. I am one who believes in the power of love and peace, but who also realizes that life on this planet isn't always nice and not everyone has our best interests at heart.

McRoach, I too would like to see more discussions like these. We could all learn a lot from each other. Thanks for the link to the emergency info.
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So I have been watching the National Geographic Channels "Doomsday Preppers" and I have come to realize that I will probably never be this prepared for most disasters. I have also noticed how much money there is in the apocalypse business and I really need to put stock in the companies supplying these folks.

While the future is uncertain and I am sure there is more I could do today to help survive tomorrow, I also won't sacrifice living today. I give my family and I about 10 weeks initial survival time but I also live a strong community of like minded individuals and if we all pull together instead of apart, I am confident we'll survive just about anything.

For those of you that have ever watched this reality series, how much time would you give yourself for initial survival based on the resources you have set aside so far?


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