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How Has Your Preparedness Changed?

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How has your preparedness changed since 9/11?

Posted: 11/18/03 3:19 pm


I'm one that always had extra food and store bought water on hand in the house and while living in the Mtns. of California we learned to keep a good winter kit in the truck or trunk that we continued even after moving here to the coast. When that fateful day occured, the wife sat and watched in tears and I went about doing an inventory and hitting some survival sites to see what else I could do to get us better prepared. We layed in lots of gear, but being who I am, I was never satisfied with how it was packed. What it contained and so on. So, needless to say, I experimented and adjusted. I didn't have many skills and the wife had even less.

Since then, we've both become much better shots with our weapons. We've experimented with different items in our BOB and our individual daily carry kits and we have eliminated much of the gear that we first layed in with what we feel works better, takes up less volumn and weighs less. The items that we removed from the different kits went to friends and family as we made kits for many of them as well. They just didn't see the need, but I saw it different and they agreed to keep them at least in their vehicles. Full instructions included.

Eventually, instead of just throwing a bunch of camping gear together, we layered our gear so that we could deal with several scenarios instead of just having a base camp and trunks full of gear. Each kit backs up and compliments the next. From what's in my pockets on a daily basis to a full fledged base camp. Our mobile gear layers so that if we need to, we can drop the pack and go with our vests, belt kits and bedrolls. We've both learned to trap, find water in the least likely places, make fire beds, build shelters from natural materials, scrounge and the wife has actually started to show an interest in learning how to track and hunt. Lots of improvments in both of us mentally, physically and we continue to grow spiritually, which to us is as important as being able to shoot straight.

Make them sharp, shoot them straight, or leave them home!


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Re: How has your preparedness changed since 9/11?

Posted: 11/19/03 5:59 am


You might want to consider some NBC (Nuklear, Biological, Chemical) gear, just in case you need to escape from or pass through a contaminated area.

Gas masks

extra filters, (make sure they are rated for NBC)

Chem suits

PI Tablets

Radiation detector

Chemical ID kit

decontamination spray

If you are in your car, learn how to shut off the vents, so that the air inside the car is recirculated, instead of bring in outside air, and of course, roll up your windows.

If you have small children, gas masks may be hard to find, but places like "Cheaper than Dirt" or "Emergency Essentials" carries them in smaller sizes.

Almost all newer cars have an airconditioner. If you put it on MAX, it will recirculate the air inside the car. Some have a little u-turn arrow on a button that does this.


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not at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted: 1/21/04 3:37 pm


I am alwanys prepared for the nothing that will happen to me- the idea of terro is for you to lurk in fear (ie terror) and hide, and sulk, and act scarred- terrorists try to make people nervous, shocked, jittery whatever- it's all a scam if you act smartely (not a word i know) if terror gets you terrorized, then they win


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911, Katrina and the Houston near miss all had one thing in common. Tons of people had no place to go.

Set up your retreat location. Have your gear on hand that will help you get from the now to the there. The retreat location should be far enough away to be out of a potential disaster for your area. It should not be so far away that getting there would be impossible.

A plot of land would be nice but a closet sized mini storage locker with appropriate gear might be the way to go for you. Maybe you have a super close friend or relative that would let you put a small storage building or container at their place?
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Growing up as a kid in the suburbs the weather never seemed as violent as it is today, and its worldwide. The idea of locking doors was only routine at bedtime instead of the second you cross the threshhold, backing it up with multiple alarm systems. The thought of neighbors not being there for each other, was unheard of years ago. Times have changed. People have changed. The idea is now to look out for number one and the heck with everyone else. It is a hard upbringing for the newest generation, but it is a fact that the world has gone to pot. The ways of preparedness for me has changed from some extra milk, bread, eggs, and toilet paper, to a well rotated supply sufficient to maintain my families needs in any emergency. The preparedness difference in the past 10 years have taken me from one plastic tub of basics stored in a closet to a rotating pantry, a stock of long term stored items, first aid in every vehicle and the largest one in the home. Traveling has become more in alignment with the idea that anything can happen and it will. Instead of going away where the only concern was who would get the mail and watch the dog until I returned home, defensive gear and survival gear go where I go because the thought is always there that something might happen where I will have a need. Traveling now incorporates a packing list prepared long in advance that is only short of a volume in print. The gear that goes everywhere, has changed from a simple handbag with a mini-maglight on a keychain, to a fully packed EDC and BOB. Our languge has changed in the realm of survival and it means a new way of life in this new millenium. Not a day passes where the concept of long term survival doesn't cross my mind. Many hours are spent in learning to be self-sufficient and less reliable on others to maintain longevity in any given situation.

No longer are all seasonal clothes packed away. Some remain available in an emergency bag because of where I live, and under the 'wrong' circumstances I may never be able to return home, ever! Food suplies have changed from perishable in a month or so to years down the road. No more wax paper and foil, instead food is vacuum sealed and freeze-dried and dehydrated, etc.

Communications have also changed in that I now have friends that use ham radios to communicate for upcoming emergencies, knowing its not if, but when. Carrying a cell phone 24/7 is a given. Back-up emergency living quarters have been arranged out of state for the ultimate possibility of evacuation, because by today's standards we never know.

Stashing and caching, is now considered normal. Next project in home is to upgrade a safe room in the corner of the basement for any possibility. What good is it to have supplies if someone else can take them from you.

In short I haven't changed because I wanted to, but because I had to. Survival is not a tv show, but a reality and there is no end in preparing.
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