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  • #3607

    zed tuntematon
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    I am curious about what others are thinking. Everyone will have a different take on these questions based on what they have experienced, been watching in the news, and depending on where they live. So what do you think?

    What are the priorities in preparing? (from most important down to least)
    What are the most common emergencies you believe we face?
    What are the most catastrophic emergencies we can face?
    What are the most probable emergencies in the near term?

  • #3611

    Lee’s homestead
    Participant

    Right now due to 1635 passing here in Washington hubby focused on getting things set for the new laws going into effect.

  • #3617

    Anonymous

    Main priority, making sure we have food and water

    Most common emergencies: hurricanes, power outages from storms or people who can’t drive, water mains breaking

    Catastrophic: hurricanes, trains overturning while carrying poisons

    Probable: idiots who can’t drive, floods due to low/sinking land elevation and very old drainage plumbing or marshlands that have been destroyed and covered with cement

  • #3661

    John Park
    Participant

    A response from Vermont:

    1) What are the most common emergencies you believe we face?
    Hurricanes where we cannot get out of town due to flooding, power outage for a few days due to hurricane or snow.

    2) What are the most catastrophic emergencies we can face?
    EMP, Pandemic, Civil War.

    3) What are the most probable emergencies in the near term?
    Economic collapse. The above 3. Federal tyranny from both sides (the right is more likely to do away with the 4th Amendment and aspects of religious freedom – like being a pagan or Muslim; while the left will get rid of the 2nd Amendment, socialize everything, and ban what they don’t like – but that’s just my very personal opinion).

    4) What are the priorities in preparing? (from most important down to least)
    A safe location to bug in/bug out to.
    Routes – to get there (google maps can be set to bike or walking routes, then determine your route and print it out).
    Water – at site and water while getting there (hand pump, Berkey filter, lifestraws for the journey) – you won’t last more than a very few days without water.
    Food – ways to grow food, seeds, garden space of roughly 1,000 square feet per person, tools to prep a garden (hoe, shovel, broadfork), a .22 for small game, pre-stored rice & beans.
    Heat – woodstove and tools to work it up: chainsaw, crosscut saw, axes, wedges, a sled or cart to haul it in, a bonus would be a come-along or Maasdam rope puller to help you both pull trees in the direction you want them to go, as well as for hauling logs.
    Defense – manpower and firepower. See the Security and Defense heading.
    Medical supplies – the Doom & Bloom book, a stethoscope, PDR manual, gloves, bandage supplies, NSAIDs, dewormers, and antibiotics.
    Communication – a Faraday cage and radios.

    Just my 2 cents.

  • #3664

    Crow Bar
    Keymaster

    What are the priorities in preparing? (from most important down to least)

    Food – Production
    Shelter – Enough firewood to last a season
    Security – More of a mental/physical health than a stock pile of guns
    Water – I have more water than I know what to do with

    What are the most common emergencies you believe we face?

    Locally, snow/ice storms.

    What are the most catastrophic emergencies we can face?

    Nationally, economic collapse. Not just a downturn, but the system really locks up.
    Cyber-attack on the grid. Harder to prove than a EMP.
    Social/civil unrest. Just read the news.

    What are the most probable emergencies in the near term

    The forementioned snow and ice storms.
    I dunno, this social/civil unrest thing seems like it could turn on a pin-head. What if USSC Justice Ginsburg had to retire tomorrow?
    Some other black swan event.

  • #3707

    Molly Malone
    Participant

    My priority is money. Yeah, I know I’m supposed to say “food” or “water.”

    The most common emergencies are a car breakdown, bad health, job loss, or divorce. Another emergency is becoming a crime victim. A 4-alarm financial emergency is being sued. Having the equity in your home evaporate. The total loss of one’s home, or the need to abandon one’s home.

    Also: bad weather, public utilities breakdown, leftists rioting (excuse me, “peacefully protesting”).

    Catastrophic would be another 9/11. Or another significant act of terrorism that would disrupt daily life. A pandemic would be catastrophic. An economic catastrophe similar to what happened in Greece and Argentina and what’s happening in Venezuela.

  • #8346

    Littlesister
    Participant

    So many things mentioned that can effect our lives depending on where we live. My concerns are hurricane, financial colaspe, EMP, riots, the fact that we live in a military area or just outside of it, we have the naval hosp. coast guard base, naval base, about 3 shipyards.  My priorities are water, food, medical supplies, self defence, We own our home and at this time plan to bug in but want to be prepared to leave if necessary. Looking for land where we can put a tiny house or something on it to live off grid. Land is the hardest to find the right location away from nuclear plants. Need to know wind direction for that as well so we will know how to prep for nuclear issues. also heat source, ways to cook without drawing attention to unwanted visitors. Meds such as precriptions, vits, etc. medical books, ways to build a fire. The list goes on and no wonder I am tired.  Lots to think about when you really don’t know what disaster might strike.

  • #8361

    Whirlibird
    Participant

    Here’s another way of looking at the original questions.

    Can you survive anything short of a global cataclysm for three days? (Global includes EMP)

    Do you have everything that you need for those days, in a hotel? Or a contaminated water supply ? Or the roads are closed and no food is coming? Job loss?

    If you can survive three days without needing anything, how about three weeks?

    Depending upon the situation, I may have evacuated and am watching the snow fall from Florida. Or because of rioting in Tampa my friends decide to come here on vacation.

    Most situations are localized and/or temporary. Start there.

    • This reply was modified 10 months, 3 weeks ago by  Whirlibird.

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