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Are You Ready?
I've been reading a lot of good posts in here about getting ready, how to prepare and all that but... What is the reality of it?

Are you ready?

Let's pretend... that next month or the month after, life in America will change forever. Dirty bomb, Local attacks on infrastructures, disruption of food chains, loss of power, you name it. Are you ready for a week, a month, two months?

Folks, the Islamo fascists are becoming more dangerous. I think everyone knows on some instinctive level that there is trouble ahead. Still a lot of folks here are talking about getting ready when they should be doing something. Copy canning food supplies, bringing in batteries and medications and first aid supplies, stockpiling critical medicines, putting aside some small reserves of cash and stocking ammo for the firearms you already have.

Every small thing you set aside now will have a postive effect on your survival potential. Don't wait for the news to tell you that NY or DC has been bombed that schools and churches have been attacked to get ready. If you do that you are part of the problem. Do it now and you are part of the cure.

Go ahead, spend a hundred bucks on chow in cans. If you don't know how to get ready... buy our Urbanmaster 1 video or a book or something. Just stop talking and do it.

I'm dead serious about this.

Hind sight is an exact science until historians or politicians get involved.

Nothing is so simple that it can't be misunderstood.

I have regular bowel movements, I just wish they were voluntary...

My dad started walking five miles a day when he was 60. Now he's 91, and we don't know where he is.

It is always a work in progress, but I have:

Three months of canned food, two or three of any hand tool I know how to use, more guns than I can carry, thousands of rounds of ammo, two good water wells, two generators to run the wells, clothes and bedding for a few years, a huge supply of medication and first aid, and some not so first aid supplies, all of the videos, books, books, and more books. And there is always that little ranch house up in the Superstitions, with the good well, and the deer in the front yard. I plan to stay in place as well, the freeways would be a giant traffic jam within a few hours, just not worth the risk.

One of these days I will have to start getting ready. <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Big Grin' />

He who hesitates is lost.

If you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much space.

Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way.

You can lead a fool to talk, but you can't make him think.

Sometimes I wake up grumpy, and sometimes I let her sleep.

There are damm few problems that can't be fixed, with a long handled shovel and a thirty ought six.
Well thanks to your videos and this site, my preparedness level has skyrocketed in the last 5-6 months. I've always been prep minded, but I have learned alot and have really been on fire lately. My wife and I have watched Woodsmaster 1-12, cave cooking and Urban master. I also got a book and vid from Christopher Nerges. I really want to get over to his school soon.

Since I joined here we have made mini-kits, vehicle kits, BOBs, begun stocking food, vitamins, ammo. I have been studying combat oriented gun info here and on Front Sight, planning to take a handgun course soon. I can start fire in ways I never knew before, cook with solar, I've practiced getting water from plant-transpiration. Man I have been absorbing like a sponge. I still got a million things to do but I am active. Joining some of the discussions here has helped me to distill my own thoughts too.

My wife is about 5 mo.s pregnant with our third child so we arent going anywhere anytime soon. But my work is in the nearby mountains so I figure if things get too bad I will head there. I know that land pretty well.

Anyway my thanks to you and Karen for your service and too all the Hoodlums for sharing. If any of you are in the area, drop me a note I'd love to meet you.
The Lone Ranger's Creed (1933, GW Trendle, F. Striker )

"I believe...

That to have a friend, a man must be one.

That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.

That God put the firewood there but that every man must gather and light it himself.

In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.

That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.

That 'This government, of the people, by the people and for the people' shall live always.

That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.

That sooner or later ... somewhere ... somehow ... we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.

That all things change but truth, and that truth alone, lives on forever.

In my Creator, my country, my fellow man."

That's trouble for me, I'm currently traveling and visiting friends and looking for a place of residence. Anyone wanna save up for one extra?
"The first law...should be nailed on every cot. The first law. This world's job is to take everything from you. Yours is not to let it."   -Woman and Scarecrow

If I never had to use my intellect again, I wouldn't mind.

A real survival board game!?
I would like to think that most people who are regular posters will survive such a situation. I have a sad feeling that it is not a matter of if, but when. We have to be lucky all the time, they only once.

The sad truth is that most people do not prepare for hard times. Yesterday my fiance and I were at Mom's house making grape preserves. We picked them at a farm I hunt on and bought the necessary items to make some of the greatest jam/jelly/preserves that you can have.While we were making them, my mother was telling some stories of how she grew up. My grandfather worked for Wyman-Gordon , a plant that manufactures aircraft parts for the military. When WW2 came, he could not join due to his job being vital for the war effort. So he worked a lot during those dark years and when it ended, so did his job. Young men returning from war were given preference for jobs and he was subject to constant and long lay offs. Some lasting up to two years.

During those hard times, my mother's family lived off of their little 4 acre farmette. They had a huge garden and canned everything. Raised their own poultry and canned that as well.

She then commented on a boyhood friend of mine whose mother grew up in German Occupied Poland. They lived on a farm and when WW2 came, they found themselves living in the root cellar while the German officers lived in the farmhouse. It could have been worse. After that , the yoke of Communism reared its ugly head.

My friends mother would make him go into the woods to pick various wild edibles like berries and wild grapes. She too would have those preserved along with a huge bounty from their garden.

These people knew what hard times were. Most people in this day and age have no clue. Things have been very abundant and easy. The other sad fact is that if one does prepare, you are labeled a kook.
For my family, we have been preparing since the late 70's ( and I am about to tell my age here) when I read Mel Tappan's Survival Guns. So we can probably go for over a year with what we have. My wife and I both work in the medical field and because of that we do have bartering skills. I have different BOB's if needed and we hike, camp, hunt, fish so living out in the woods will not be a hardship for us if we have to bug out. But let me state that bugging out is the very last option, but I am confident in our survival if we have to leave. I do have several of Ron's video's and go out and practice my skills.

Prepardness is a everyday situation for us. When we grocery shop, for example, we always look to the future and buy extra.
I'd have to say that Kristi and myself are ready. We have 3+ months worth of food and supplies. We have escape routs planned. So over all, we're pretty much ready.'

Course, that is until we land at our new jobs, the we have a problem. <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Tongue' />

It's not dying that a mans truely fears. It's the realization that he has never lived at all when faced with death.
I wish we were better prepared but we have the basics. Before we bought the money pit I put aside 50.00 from every paycheck and bought some food with a shelf life over a year and some misc supplies. Since shelter is important I don't mind putting the money into the house (usually).

In the gun department we are set. We have guns, ammo and cleaning supplies. Food - two months worth in storage boxes and more on the shelf. Water isn't a problem. We have water stored, a good well that you could dip water from on a rope if needed and a fast running stream. Plus two springs but they are just running free at the moment. First aid supplies, warm clothes, wool blankets and good sleeping bags. Lots of oil lamps and parts and fuel.

I need to get a propane cook stove since we have an electric stove at the new place. The propane company is set to check the tank in early October and then we can fill it up. The house could be lived in but the floor is mostly bare and very cold and the smell is not pleasant since a mouse seems to have passed away in the wall. But if you needed to - you could live in it. We gave notice that we will be out of here (the rented house) in November. A generator is on the wish list.

We have lots of deer around. Misc other wild critters cruise the yard often and the stream has fish.

I have supplies set aside to keep the kids busy (toys are rotated so they think they have new ones every 6 months and the ones being rotated are by the emergency supplies) and crayons and paper.

Overall I feel pretty good about it all. Once the house is done and we are living in the country I'll feel better.
My family and I are prepared for 5 months.

We have been prepping for the last year and a half and are nor turning every vehical into a good BOV.

We have two evac locations to go to with supplies and ample hunting grounds close by.

But there is always room for improvement.

I've seen your outfit Muleskinner. I don't think you have a thing to worry about... cept maybe boredom. <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':lol:' />

I guess the issue is not what plans you have in place it's what you've accomplished and what you can use NOW. Emergency preparations are all about the "Being" of being prepared. I guess it's a little like swimming. You can read about it, you can get wet but until you actually stop touching the bottom, you aren't swimming. If you couldn't touch bottom, could you make it?

Make a list and follow it.

Task for the day... Go buy one case of half liter bottled waters and one six pack of canned chili with beans.

Task for tomorrow... Go buy six bottles of propane for that propane camping stove you should already have.

Wait till your next pay check and...

Buy 6 cans of beef stew, a case of water and a jar of peanut butter and one of jelly. If ya have a baby, buy supplies for the baby! Get some candles or oil lamps in a can and buy batteries for your portable radio and flashlights.

Do that sort of thing each pay check. By mid October you'll have enough food and water to live a week. By November you'll have enough for a month. Don't screw around folks. Spend $20 a week.

Those of you who have posted here seem to be on track but there are 1,600 Hoodlums....

Just an aside. Most folks have family. Not all family will get ready. We have that in our family. Not a cash problem it's sheer laziness. No matter what we try, nothing gets done. Sooo do we refuse to feed family members who have been warned but who took no steps?

Some folks worry that they'll look like a "Kook". Well hear this, No one will think you're a kook if you don't tell them. Keep it to yourself and you won't need to feed them. Also, only a dumb shit would fail to notice that the Feds are advertising that everyone should get ready for disasters and have a web of sites to instruct the population how to prepare. Is following valid instructions the road to kookdom?

I don't give a fuck what my neighbors think. But then they don't care what I think because they are getting ready too....

Hind sight is an exact science until historians or politicians get involved.

Nothing is so simple that it can't be misunderstood.

I have regular bowel movements, I just wish they were voluntary...

My dad started walking five miles a day when he was 60. Now he's 91, and we don't know where he is.

Mentally I'm almost prepared to live from late 19th century to the stone age, however as I stated once before I still working on transfering the knowledge in my head to skills in my hand. It's progressing along. Living in my parent's home taking care of my mom, I'm pretty well set for the time being. Both my parents were born into the Great Depression and WWII, lived in hurricane country. They learned never to be without if it was possible. I've learned from them, I have months worth of canned food, kerosene and lamps, gas and propane stoves, camping gear. Water is the only real problem, we have a well but we switched to public water supply over 20 years ago. The old well is probably silted up by now.

My brother owns 35 acres of land a mile or so down the road. He lives in town but he keeps lots of equipment there. Tractors, old vehciles, old generators, campers, a Winnebago, bikes and fourwheeler in the old garage, sacks of dried corn in an old school bus, boats. There is an eight inch irrigation well that pumps sweet water, a few fish ponds, several acres of citrus, plenty of farmable land, several hundred acres of wildlife refuge bordering the south of his property and some pretty decent neighbors to the west. While not very organized, most of the resources needed to survive are there. Just need a house and a few more buildings or cargo containers for workshops and storage, a supply of diesal, gasoline and propane. Move my amaetur machine shop and library there, dad's old gun collection, mom's stuff and I'd be set for quite awhile.

Only problems are we are about 2 miles from the Rio Grande River/ Mexico border and the two lane highway in front of both our places is a major route for all that Damn NAFTA traffic. <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/censored.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':censored:' /> Illegals have never bothered us any, probably because it's an old esteblished route along my brother's land and they don't want to draw any attention to themselves. The NAFTA traffic is what I hate, Mexican tanker trucks haul ass around here and the state troopers don't seem intrested in fining truckers that may never show back up to pay.

While not a perfect situation, we could survive for quite awhile. I do need to stock up on heirloom seeds, do some oragnizing and rearranging and make up some contingency plans. I've always hoped that if things got really bad I'd be living somewhere else, but if this is where I have to make a stand so be it.
"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force."

Ayn Rand

"I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."

Robert A. Heinlein
Stored water for three months.

About to get a well put in.

Enough food all told to survive three months.

*Huge* diesel generator.

Making own bio-diesel.

Starting to store bio-diesel in tanks.

A Remington 700, a Browning 30-06 w/ good glass, a .44mag revolver, a pair of 10/22's for food procurement.

About to get a .357mag revolver and an AK.

Working on storing more ammo for the weapons.

Highly defendable location. (Steep, open hill in front, big mowed cow pasture behind. Somewhat remote location; 20 mins out of town into the countryside.)

I'm pretty happy with it. We would be fine in most SHTF sits. TEOTWAWKI....not so sure about. Work still to be done. (Med supplies, battle rifles, much more ammo, better BOB's, store more fuel, etc.)

As a member of Generation Y, I base my self-esteem entirely off of my post-counts on various forums, how many Xbox achievements I have, how many upvotes I get on Reddit, my torrent ratios, and how many people like my Facebook statuses. I mean, that's the way it's suppose to work........right?
I'm just gonna go to Ron's house...

I know he lives around here somewhere. <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/oops.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':oops:' />
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, by God, do you learn." – C.S. Lewis
Sadly, I'm not as prepared as I should be. I was really prepared for Y2K, what a joke that turned out to be. But I didn't have to by non perishable foods for about a year. Living in Southeast Texas, I have some preps in case of hurricane or flood, but they aren't extensive. Problem is, with three kids at home, most if not all of my earnings go for food, clothes, bills, gas, blah, blah, blah.....not too much left over for much preparing. Maybe that will change with this new off shore job I'm taking, but who knows. I just hope and pray the Lord Jesus comes for me and mine before the worst of times happen.....Amen?
If you treat your dog like a person, he'll treat you like a dog.......
It seems to me that the people who are the MOST prepared, are the ones living out of town on some property, or have such property in the family somehow... For those who live in condos, townhouses, apartments, etc... What can you do? You can't sink a well, or even have a generator, maybe... I would think like this:

Water to drink.

Don't waste water on washing dishes; get paper plates, cups & plastic forks/spoons.... If you can find it, an outdoor supply where you could go get a big bucket or two to wash in, like a stream or pond. Heck, you might be able to process that to drink, but I would be very wary of open water sources in a city... Pesticides from lawns or golf courses, oil & gas runoff, etc...

Have a propane camp stove, and a supply of bottles.

Food that does not require water to prep... Soups, canned stuff... Jerkey or other salty "processed" foods/meats will make you drink more water. If it is part of your food supply, just store more water.

A camp toilet for if the water and sewer go south on ya. This link was posted a short while ago, read it to see how to make a toilet that does not stink. It is intended to compost the humanure, but you could dump it in the trash later. [url=""][/url]

After an earthquake, bomb, storm, etc... Visqueen and a big staple gun to tack across broken windows, should you need to. A crowbar, dedicated leather work gloves, goggles and dusts mask in a closet. The closet is generally stronger built than the rest of the walls... You could use the stuff to clear out collapsed walls, etc. to get to whatever you have to get...

If it is in a part of the country where it gets damn cold, consider pitching a tent in the living room to sleep in... Less to heat up...

Don't forget to have that battery operated radio, so you can keep up on things... Like when the municipal water supply might be safe to drink again...

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Just some thoughts...



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