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Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by GMACK, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. GMACK

    GMACK New Member

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    first time on this forum. I have always read with real intrest as to other peoples thoughts as to what they would do if the shtf. Some people like to sit back and laugh and say some of us are way to parnoid. Perhaps some of us might be but Id rather have a parnoid prepared neighbor than some unprepared fool who comes to me because he did not think ahead. With the way things have been going for the last year or so Id say we have plenty to be concerned about. In terms of bugging out I have changed my thoughts some. Living in NW Ohio there isnt really anywhere to go to. We already live in the country as mentioned there really isnt anywhere that I know of (within about 100 plus miles) to go. I decided our best bet would be to hunker down and see what happens. I do keep a warm and cold weather BOB packed along with web gear, ammo, mags, etc. in case we had to vacate in a hurry. But given the chance to defend what we have and I felt we could come out on top Im staying where I am.
     
  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I'm glad you decided to speak up. To my way of thinking, it's much better to bug in. Refugees are victims waiting to happen.

    As far as being prepared for SHTF, natural disaster or whatever, it only makes sense. It's good insurance and if it's not needed, no harm, no foul.
     

  3. tallguy130

    tallguy130 New Member

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    Better being in NW Ohio then Columbus! I have to make good bug out plans, you don't!

    Stocking up on canned goods never hurt anyone. If I look like a nut I'll at least be a well fed nut when SHTF. ;)
     
  4. skullcrusher

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    GMACK,

    Having spent alot of time in NW Ohio, I concur. There is nowhere to go, except maybe Canada...You could maybe try to hide out in the middle of a corn field. :eek:

    Seriously, I think you have the right idea. Hunker down and have a plan for keeping your family safe, warm and fed. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Do you have a generator? If not, then put one on your shopping list. Stay strong, brother, and follow your plan.
     
  5. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    My wife always keeps a pantry full of food. We buy stuff in bulk at Sam's Club. Cans of tuna, chicken breast and turkey breast. They are great for salads and stuff like that. We use everything that we have. We just keep it replenished. In a pinch you could live a long time on canned goods. I have a generator. But I don't like to keep more than an extra 10 gallons of gas around the house. I guess if it came down to it we could syphon it out of one of the cars. We also have a water cooler that uses the 5 gallon bottles. We never have less than 15 gallons of water as a back up.
     
  6. spyderfan

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    I like corn I think we are doing the same thing two we should be able to live off what we have we live in remote NM anyways.
     
  7. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    I've been through a couple of hurricanes, and learn more each time. No electricity for 5 days, looters in the area, food shortages, neighbors needing assistance, fuel shortages, water shortages, streets blocked by trees, will teach a lot.
    We used to evacuate, but with the traffic deadlocked so one can only go 10 miles distance in 7 hours, you learn the best place is the one you know best.
    I have my safe room, extra fuel, food, water, ammo. I feel comfortable staying put.
     
  8. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    I forgot to mention, that ATM's and check cashing is out of the question. While the gas stations may have fuel, there is no electricity to work the pumps. People with gas water heaters laugh and say that they have hot water, but forget that electricity is used in those too.
    Now, put all these together and do it for the whole county. With National Guard, Deuce and a half's running around, patrols not letting you onto your street without "papers" to show you live there, you have the basic SHTF.
     
  9. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Welcome to the forum.
     
  10. joshfireart

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    ill stay at home no way to pack all that i think i need
     
  11. GMACK

    GMACK New Member

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    Hit the store today. More rice, beans, spam. Packed it away wife dosent even know its here. She might complain now but I will bet if we were out she would like it. Unless you have been really hungry (starving) or been in the military under less than perfect circumstances you dont now how to enjoy simple stuff like beans and some salt.
     
  12. orangello

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    ^^^ Ramen noodles are cheap enough that your spouse probably wouldn't complain if you picked up a case or three; watch the sodium though.




    My parents told me after hurricane Katrina that they bought a neighbor's fuel from their crushed Expedition/Shortbus. They used it in the generator & did their best to cook & eat all of the frozen veggies ASAP.
     
  13. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Pizza on a propane grill is quick and tastes better than made in an oven.
     
  14. layton

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    Just curious, in a ****f situation, and when there are no supplies to be had and the mobs start hitting house to house to find supplies, if you just hunker down in place, are you going to have enough people to perform guard duty 24/7, then if you don't, you wont be able to keep what you have or probably your life or your families.Remember there is safety in numbers that you can trust, and don't count on the Military and Leo to keep you safe, because they will only be interested in keeping the infrastructure in place, food and fuel will be one of the items and it is rumored that that will be for the LEO and Military and the officials of said area, it will not be released to the consumer.
    I have a 7x18 foot cargo trailer with 3months supply with every thing I will need to survive with the people going with me, the reason of 3months, it might take that long to get where my cache is, once there, I have about 4 years of food along with a good supply of ammo, as of right now there are about 200 that will be there, and more are deciding to go every day.If you do decide th just hunker down, at least try to get people you can trust the hunker down a a group, that is the only way you will have a chance.

    Layton
     
  15. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Good point layton.
     
  16. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Layton, where ya been?
     
  17. layton

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    I been stocking up on ammo,food and supplies for what we all should know is coming, also been going to the Hill Country and trying to get in shape and remember what and how I survived in the previous life so long ago.

    Thanks for asking

    Layton
     
  18. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    What worked for us during after hurricane was relying on neighbors who were in the same situation and had the same concerns at the time.
    We figured out that for at least three days, we were on our own. No outside help at all (including medical). Our "little community" may not work in Kansas or New York City, but for the hurricanes we have been through, it works for us.
    The other "Plus" is that you do not have to rely on one person alone to think of everything. Everyone has input.
    There may not be one answer to each situation, but one has to learn to adapt. Plan for the worse, and hope for the best.
     
  19. GMACK

    GMACK New Member

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    We have Mastiffs in the house that I can split the guard duty with. I do have one really good neighbor who Im sure we would watch out for each other as we do now. I dont depend on LE now so that wont be a concern of mine.
     
  20. layton

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    Here in Houston after the last Hurricane, the ones on our street did basically the same thing, we got together and more or less patrolled the street to keep ck on the ones houses that did evacuate, we finally after about 2 1/2 weeks did see a patrol car, they stopped and thanked us for helping us out, they said they were just overwhelmed and could no answer all calls that came in.It was a little over a month that we were without electricity.

    Layton