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OK fellers, what are you prepping for?

Discussion in 'Home Preparedness and Shelters' started by O.S.O.K. 1961, Dec 2, 2018.

  1. birddog

    birddog bullshit meter

    Mar 4, 2008
    Dallas / Ft. Worth
    I read a multi-volume RAND study that is eerily similar in many respects to your assessment of the population centers cognitive and behavioral responses, descriptions of motivational factors, categorizations and responses by citizens affected by catastrophic loss of our nations critical infrastructure by various means and the affect on social order and goverment, economic, and business continuity.

    In a nutshell, the response if it were to occur would be to relocate to a rural area with family, friends and people you trust. Cattle, horses, wild game, fish, plants, water, food stocks and seeds, medicine and renewable energy and isolation is a significant factor in survival. As is being armed and willing to defend yourself.

    The perception is it would take a seriously catastrophic event to unravel society and life as we know it. The reality is it would not.

    Environmental, ecologic, terrorist or asymetric attacks/events could wreak havoc on our country. Riots such as Furgeson, Rodney King/LA, what occured in New Orleans, thats an example of what will happen if societal order is lost. And it will be perpetrated by those who will take anything they please given the chance and desire, be it life and/or property.

    Exploding ICBM's in LEO to flood the orbital paths with debris would do it.

    Taking out electrical grids would do it.

    Poisoning water resources would do it.

    Biological attacks on agriculture would do it.

    An EMP or dirty bombs would do it.

    The list is long....

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  2. birddog

    birddog bullshit meter

    Mar 4, 2008
    Dallas / Ft. Worth
    On its face, that statement implies that concern of the spritual by those of faith is due to their belief in prayer, Divine intervention and Gods will in all things. And their awareness that an end time scenario occuring as prophesied in various religeous scripture/doctrine could happen or worse. It infers a fatalistic/deterministic acceptance, a perspective manifested by degrees of complacency, acceptance and submission to what they perceive to be Gods will.

    I know many men of faith intimately. They are ALL by far the most well prepared preppers I have seen or known, from the neighborhood level up to the national/international level. They are better prepared, funded, and organized than FEMA in many, many respects with assets and resources in place worldwide including air assets dedicated for that purpose. In ways you cannot begin to fathom. Every possible need is covered by highly educated men and women that would willingly serve to provide support. They are some of the most intelligent, capable, diciplined, caring, and giving people you could ever meet.
  3. O.S.O.K. 1961

    O.S.O.K. 1961 Member

    Jul 13, 2018
    It's interesting to me to see all of the replies. As always, some make fun of the very idea of preparing for disaster of whatever type, some just admit to not paying any attention and taking what will come and others speak to specific types of things happening or not....

    I must agree with those that say that the disaster channels on youtube and such are constantly declaring the end of the world due to some thing or another and do so in order to get views and sell ads. So, you just have to take that all with the proverbial grain of salt.

    I think if we are all honest, it must be admitted that things are very screwed up at this point in time. Much more than any time in my past life. The only time I can remember that there was a real concern over disaster was during the early days of the cold war. But I was very young at that time.

    You can pretty much pick any type of disaster or SHTF category and look at the reality of our current state and see what I'm talking about. And yes, if you read the Bible you will see that there are many things lining up with the prophesies of Armageddon and there are many parts that are mirrored in other religions and historical accounts of previous cultures. I find it all very interesting actually.

    So, for me, since being generally prepared for "disaster" lines up with other preferences like living in the country, having my own water source and generating my own electricity and growing my own food, I think it makes sense to do so as it covers most of the things that could happen and when I get back to that preferred state, then I'll truly feel free of worry for what I could have done. And that actually hits on the unspoken part of all this - not wanting to find myself in a bad situation and not having done anything when I could have to provide not just for me but for my family as well.
  4. 91cavgt

    91cavgt New Member

    Mar 9, 2010
    The Colony
    In the early 80’s I was a kid living just north of Conroe when Hurricane Alecia hit. Our power was out for several days so of course everything in the fridge went bad. I can vividly remember waiting in line for an ice truck to show up. It was such a helpless feeling knowing that your future lay in someone else’s hands. Then as the power plant (we lived within eye sight of the power plant off of Long Street) was brought back online, it sounded like a dinosaur roaring.

    It was a very scary time for a young boy and I swore that when I grew up, my family would never be put in that situation.

    Fast forward a couple more years and I joined the Boy Scouts. After acquiring the rank of Life, girls and cars became my primary focus so I left the Scouts. I left the Boy Scouts but the Boy Scouts never left me. Once a Scout, always a Scout. The Boy Scout motto “Be Prepared” became my life’s motto.

    So I guess you could say I was a prepper before the name existed. After all the decades, my primary prepper focus has not changed much. The most common SHTF emergency situation has and will continue to be caused from Mother Nature. I have found that if you are prepared for Mother Nature then most other SHTF situations you will also be prepared for, with very little exception.
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  5. rmantoo

    rmantoo Cranky old fart: Pull my finger

    Jan 9, 2013
    San Angelo
    Late to the party, but I've got 2 cents, so here goes:

    I don't think of myself as a prepper, at all. That said, both sets of grandparents were in their 20s and had young kids when the Great Depression hit, so they each had root cellers/storm shelters (here in west texas) where all 3 walls where stacked floor to ceiling with mason jars of 'canned' veggies and meats. Easily enough for them to live for 6 months or so if all the kids and grandkids happened to be at the house. My parents were born basically during the Great Depression, and my grandparents were POOR, so from a young age they looked at life and extravagances with a VERY conservative and skeptical eye... Being one of the grand kids who spent a LOT of time with them, I absorbed a lot of that mindset without ever thinking of it as prepping...

    They also both kept big gardens, and only bought things like sugar, flour, tea, cheese, and the like. Never remember either set buying veggies or meats. About once a month, women from the church/area came to one anothers house and would can, or 'put up' veggies for 2-3 days straight. Grandpa kept cattle, and neighbors had pigs and chickens. Heck, grandpa even made his own vinegar, and one of my great uncles made moonshine and wine: They all traded back and forth. That went on until all the grandparents passed on by about 2005 or so.

    Now one of the cousins owns most of their land, and continues to run a full acre + of garden veggies just for family. At least once a month during summer/fall (about 9 months a year, lol), we help out canning and harvesting. We're still sexists, so mostly the guys work outside, and the women do kitchen duty. It's humbling, and no matter how much some of us may make in dollars, no matter who shows up in a $90k pickup or suv, we're all pretty equal when it comes to sore backs, bloody or burnt fingers, and scorpion stings.

    It's not prepping, it's simply wanting to eat stuff grown by hand, that we know where it comes from, with as few gmo and pesticide infested crops as possible, and if the power ever did happen to go out for a week or 3, or the trucks weren't running for that same period, we could still eat. What's surprising is how many of the farmers, ranchers, and hobby ranchers around them are almost the exact same way-even though most of the cotton and cattle operations are multi-million dollar businesses, they still put food up, just in case.

    The cousins place has plenty of room for 20 or so of us to sleep- the way we did when visiting in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, kids on floors, women stacked up in beds, the men on cots or bed pallets on porches. Most people stay in hotels when visiting family: "We wouldn't want to intrude." If we're visiting family, we stay with family, kids piled up all together in living rooms, adults wherever we reasonably fit. Not prepping: Family.

    My family could walk there, cross country if needs be, in about 1 1/2 days. I can't see many things causing us to 'bug out' like that, but I'm way more comfortable knowing that's an option than when I lived almost 300 miles away in Frisco... of course, we travel for fun at least 8-10 times a year, and with my luck, if The Balloon ever goes up, I'll be in Belize or freaking Thailand, lol.

    No way to survive, almost, if the Balloon goes up and Mexico (or even just the cartels) invade. No viable options for surviving fallout other than luck if there's a true nuclear exchange... but to be able to sit out a week or 3 of no grocery store runs or sold out of almost EVERYTHING seems pretty basic.

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