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Are You Prepared? (Natural Disaster, Zombies, et al)

Posted 29 April 2011 - 08:36 AM

I got to thinking recently while I was stranded on the highway for several hours how I might get home in an emergency, or what I would do if a natural disaster or even a man made disaster occurred. I realized pretty quickly that I didn't have any water in my car to walk very far, no extra medications for my wife who was having a terrible migraine, no extra food at home to last beyond a few days, no basic supplies to survive on for even a couple days.

I know there are the tin-foil hat types that stockpile years worth of food in underground bunkers. That's a little on the extreme side, but I'm wondering what those of you who live in disaster prone areas (hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, etc.) have done to prepare for that sort of thing?

I've read accounts from those who were on the outskirts of New Orleans and stayed in the area about how they were woefully under prepared even WITH a couple weeks of water, food, and batteries, gasoline, etc.

So what's your plan?

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 08:41 AM

I'm not overly prepared. One part of being as blind as I am is that you understand how fucked you are unless you always have your glasses on you, and then you're vulnerable in that situation.

My first step to preparedness is to get laser eye surgery.
Beyond that, I have a couple of cans of food.

Yeah, I'm screwed unless I figure out how to become quite resourceful. I don't even have a gun to deal with the zombies yet. Luckily, I'm in pretty good shape, so at least I have that going for me.
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Posted 29 April 2011 - 08:43 AM

Last night I couldn't find batteries for my remote & had to snag the two from my 360 controller. The mag flash light never gets put back, & if it were dark I would be sol. Often time the only rations that we have in the house is some sort of cereal.

I do however have one of those glass break things on my keychain, & keep a couple of blankets in my car & SUV.
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Re: Are You Prepared? (Natural Disaster, Zombies, et al)

Posted 29 April 2011 - 08:44 AM

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but I'm wondering what those of you who live in disaster prone areas (hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, etc.) have done to prepare for that sort of thing?


Well, I live in San Antonio. I guess I'm just waiting for the zombie invasion, since hurricanes (for the most part) can't reach us, tornadoes usually don't hit in the cities, and the damn last thing we have to worry about is massive flooding. Drought is more likely, but that's a really slow process, easily escaped.

So, zombie invasion it is. I've got a shotgun and some ammo, though I don't keep the gun loaded, or the shells even in the same room. Actually, it's my hunting gun, so it's not like I'm actually paranoid.

But if those brain eating bastards ever show up, I'll be ready to put a few holes in them.
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Posted 29 April 2011 - 08:44 AM

I personally never gave it much thought. My island (Antigua, Caribbean) is so small that if a tsunami hits us there's no where to run. We usually get warning about an incoming hurricane so we prepare the shutters and get food and so forth to ride it out. But earthquakes....The most preparation we've got for that is ...none.
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Posted 29 April 2011 - 08:47 AM

I am a fan of a bugout bag, ditch kit, or what ever you might call it. With the current craptastic weather I might have reinvest in a bag and kit. I tend to make one, and then cannibalize it for parts over the years.

http://zombiehunters...php/Bug-out_bag
http://survivalcache.com/bug-out-bag/
http://en.wikipedia....iki/Bug-out_bag
http://sailing.about...ndonShipBag.htm
http://cheaperthandi...om/blog/?p=2246
http://en.wikipedia....ki/Survival_kit
http://www.amazon.co...m/RS6PLJSY8X1SF

Usually:
- collapsible water container
- first aid kit
- ducttape
- gloves
- flashlight + batteries
- some sort of small radio - preferably that uses the same batteries
- knife
- pad, with pencil and paper
- a few lighters
- a few handkerchiefs
- compass
- whistle
- water purification tablets
- map of my state
- a piece of tarp or emergency blanket.
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- Edit: Ah.. I am out of paracord. That's like jesus material.
I used to know how to make the bracelets, but frankly I'll just buy a few.. or a roll of cord.
http://www.wilsontac...ail.aspx?ID=463

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Re: Are You Prepared? (Natural Disaster, Zombies, et al)

Posted 29 April 2011 - 08:50 AM

View Postmodi123_1, on 29 April 2011 - 11:47 AM, said:

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Usually:
- collapsible water container
- first aid kit
- ducttape
- gloves
- flashlight + batteries
- some sort of small radio - preferably that uses the same batteries
- knife
- pad, with pencil and paper
- a few lighters
- a few handkerchiefs
- compass
- whistle
- water purification tablets
- map of my state
- a piece of tarp or emergency blanket.


You're prepared for everything else but a nuclear attack :tank:
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Posted 29 April 2011 - 08:52 AM

I should get a gun.
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Posted 29 April 2011 - 08:53 AM

Fully stocked RV with generator and 45gal fuel tank, 108gal freshwater tank
AR-15 with 2 x 1000 round ammo boxes
Beretta 9mm with 1 x 1000 round ammo box

Other than milk, I figure we're good for a week or normal lifestyle even if everything shut down. 2-3 weeks if we went to combat rations right off the bat.

But more likely if something like a hurricane came towards us we would just hook up and drive out of the affected area.

By comparison to my boss that's nothing:

75 acreas off grid.
100% solar.
5 acre 'garden'
Well
1000 gal propane
500 x 5 gal pal of 'emergency food rations'
Guns & ammo
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Posted 29 April 2011 - 09:02 AM

I'm in the process of assembling my "get home bag"/"bug out bag".

So far:

-Maxpedition Vulture-II Backpack (Black so it doesn't stick out)
-2 Nalgene Bottles
-1 96oz Collapsible Nalgene Cantene
-Compass
-Katadyn Water Purification Tablets
-Leatherman Wave Multitool
-Jet Scream Whistle
-MSR MiniWorks EX Microfilter (water purification, hand operated)
-Magnesium Firestarter
-9 x Mainstay 3600 Calorie Emergency Food Bars
-200 Feet 550 Paracord
-AA,AAA,CR123 Batteries for various lights/electronics
-6' Siphon Hose
-Light Sticks
-Various food bars
-Extra sets of clothes
-First Aid Kit
-Solar + Crank operated radio/cell phone charger
-Extra de-activated cell phone for 911 use only
-2 x GMRS 2-Way Radios
-Gloves
-Emergency blankets/tube tents
-Duct Tape
-Camelpack water pack integrated in backpack
-Map of local streets/walking trails
-Prescription medications
-Tarp
-Ammunition
-Pencils + Notebook
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Posted 29 April 2011 - 09:15 AM



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Posted 29 April 2011 - 09:28 AM

I see ammunition but no gun listed. What do you shoot?
  • A can of 'tactical bacon' lasts a long time.
  • The gel fuel cans for buffet table dishes are also a good stable (storable) heat source if you are in cold weather.
  • If you are driving in snow weather a couple 25lbs bags of cat litter will give you a bit of weight in the trunk and spread for traction if you slide off the road
  • A blood type key-fob is good in the event of an accident. I have one on my keys and one as the zipper pull of my jacket.
  • The police still monitor Channel 9 of the CB band. So a $50 walkie-talkie CB isn't a bad thing either in the car or can be carried while hiking.

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 09:32 AM

I'm going to build one of these and never leave it
http://all-that-is-i...bie-proof-house
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Posted 29 April 2011 - 09:39 AM

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 09:40 AM

tlhIn`toq A SIG P226 9mm is part of my EDC, along with knife, tac light, leatherman juice.

I also forgot to mention I have copies of all important documents/identification, and extra cash, and some change (for pay phones).
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