When I first joined this site and blundered my way onto this particular part of the forum, to be quite candid, i thought ya'll were a little crazy. However, upon further review you do have a point. I think in a disaster situation (hurricane Katrina for example), where the normal keepers of society cant or wont do their jobs, utilities are non existant, resources are scarce, and the crack runs out and people get irritable, you have to be prepared. So i just wanted to say, I am on board. So now its time to get prepared. I am pretty well prepared defense-wise. I have a lot of shotguns, and a lot of bullets for the shotguns, although mostly hunting ammunition. I have a great hunting dog, so i think if i can get out of town, I can live off pheasants . I also have a few pistols and plenty of ammo. I also have an AR-15 and about 500 rounds for it. I have a red dot sight on there, but i have iron sights too. I also have a german shepherd for home defense. My questions come up with non-defense needs. and when I cant get out of town. here's what Ive thought of already. Water- (how many gallons is a good number?) Water purification-(what are some good companies to look at?) Food-MRE, canned goods (any other ideas?) Sleeping bags, blankets, clothes, socks tent small propane stove-(how many bottles, any brands?) an axe or hatchet an assortment of other tools-(reccomendations for must haves) what else should I have? what about keeping the dogs alive? or does the cost of the dogs outweigh the benefit of the dogs?