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Re: Anybody doing any Prepping??

Postby S. Heisley » Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:12 pm

cdfnchico wrote:We have been purposeful in our attempt to be prepared for natural disasters and other events that would require us to take care of ourselves...Nothing crazy, but food, fuel and other supplies that will keep our family warm and fed. One thing I have started doing is preparing an older Kindle...that's right! A Kindle! Barring an EMP, a charge will last weeks and charging it can be accomplished via solar. Why? I have started to collect free or low cost Basic How To Books; Canning, Preserving, Butchering, Basic Wiring. Plumbing, How to Drill a Well, Reload Ammo, or Make Soap. Even Field Medicine, for when a doctor is unavailable. All sorts of things that are readily available right now...on the Internet that would be unavailable if widespread power went down. The Kindle will hold thousands of such titles...sorta fun to collect and add to my little library. Hope I never need it, but glad to have it if I do.


That's a great idea, Cathy!!!
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Re: Anybody doing any Prepping??

Postby Bogo » Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:07 am

cdfnchico wrote:One thing I have started doing is preparing an older Kindle...that's right! A Kindle! Barring an EMP, a charge will last weeks and charging it can be accomplished via solar.


Store it and the solar recharging system in a steel box and it'll survive an EMP.

I have a whole collection of those types of books in paper versions.
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Re: Anybody doing any Prepping??

Postby slowcowboy » Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:12 am

only thing I am prepping for is a WEDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!


and yea. at work a branding of 20 calfs.

I got some corrals to clean manure out of and to fix some corral fence. going to set the teardrop up on the 13. and have a branding party.

can't figure out what I want to do for food yet. I am thinking on a dutch oven cobbler and I know lots of coffee.

but angie has been waking me up to telling me that theres a wedding in 2014 comeing up fast that I need to start thinking about.

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Re: Anybody doing any Prepping??

Postby mombear » Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:48 am

I would put that kindle and a solar charger in anti-static bags, a wood box and then in either a metal file cabinet or a steel trash can sitting on a concrete slab. I have an old laptop to do the same thing, but it also have a DVD drive in it for a movie or two. We keep our DVD's in a case, I've had fun with epoxy and put a copper mesh over the case and epoxied it, looks cool, I tried to leave room for some of the mesh to touch each other so we have a good seal. Not sure if a EMP will wipe a disk clean but why not have some entertainment for the first couple of days until reality sets in.

An old silverware box with the liner removed makes a very pretty wood box for the kindle and solar panel to go into. You might want to add a few other things like a small calculator, MP3 player, I have a small camera as well, you get the idea. Don't forget to put each item in its own bag and if you can remove all batteries (for the other things)
Your failure to prepare, does not make it an emergency for me.
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Re: Anybody doing any Prepping??

Postby cdfnchico » Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:24 pm

We purchased this BioLite Stove. Awesome little stove, can be used with grill attachment, etc for actually cooking with very little fuel! but coolest feature is it's ability to charge it's onboard battery using thermoelectricity which can then be used to charge any USB device.http://www.biolitestove.com/

And an awesome collection of Free PDF's on assorted subjects can be found here http://www.preppers.info/Free_Downloads.html#Animals

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Re: Anybody doing any Prepping??

Postby marshall0000 » Sat May 11, 2013 2:01 am

There is zero empirical data that suggests this would be a good idea, so no. Every generation has felt the end is near, and every generation so far has been wrong. Nix the melodrama.
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Re: Anybody doing any Prepping??

Postby 48Rob » Sat May 11, 2013 7:59 am

Perhaps you could be so thoughtful as to explain what you mean by "this" and "melodrama"?? :thinking:

While some people, and entertainment oriented television shows/movies do take the "end of the world" thoughts to an extreme, because you saw it on television doesn't mean the mainstream population feels the same way.
You appear to be grouping all of us into one slot?

Do you feel it is dumb, or stupid to try to be prepared for a power outage by having a flashlight?
By carrying extra water when hiking in the desert?
By having some extra food in your pantry in case there is a blizzard or ice storm that prevents you from driving to the store?

Do you not keep a bottle of aspirin, or the like in your home in case you have an ache or pain?
Do you not purchase enough groceries to get you through the next week or two?

Though you may not care for the title, or want to be thought of as a prepper, we all prepare in one way or another for things we cannot control.

Some believe in and choose to prepare for "the end" the rest of us are simply prepared enough to make our lives more comfortable in case something happens to disrupt it.

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Re: Anybody doing any Prepping??

Postby slowcowboy » Sat May 11, 2013 9:06 am

just had to have some fun but.

you wouldn't take two years for a major life changing event to prepare for like in my case getting married? :lol:


no, but serously out here in wyoming power outages do happen and like rob says it pays to have something more than a flashlight when they do?

and here in wyoming on our farms and ranches plumbing in a house is not guurnteed so we keep extra water around in milk jugs.

and other than a handy coleman lantern that beats a kersone lamp when power goes out and some nice old coleman stoves to cook.

on. we don't get really over board on preping. but,

we do preping to a extent.

its mostly due to our weather.

and if you look at my photo alubums the snow can come down on the 31 of may in wyoming and knock your power out like it did in may of 2010!

so thats why in wyoming we prep even when its supposed to be summer time!

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Re: Anybody doing any Prepping??

Postby marshall0000 » Sun May 12, 2013 2:38 am

[quote="48Rob"]Perhaps you could be so thoughtful as to explain what you mean by "this" and "melodrama"?? :thinking:

While some people, and entertainment oriented television shows/movies do take the "end of the world" thoughts to an extreme, because you saw it on television doesn't mean the mainstream population feels the same way.
You appear to be grouping all of us into one slot?

Do you feel it is dumb, or stupid to try to be prepared for a power outage by having a flashlight?
By carrying extra water when hiking in the desert?
By having some extra food in your pantry in case there is a blizzard or ice storm that prevents you from driving to the store?

Do you not keep a bottle of aspirin, or the like in your home in case you have an ache or pain?
Do you not purchase enough groceries to get you through the next week or two?

Though you may not care for the title, or want to be thought of as a prepper, we all prepare in one way or another for things we cannot control.

Some believe in and choose to prepare for "the end" the rest of us are simply prepared enough to make our lives more comfortable in case something happens to disrupt it.



"This" taken in context would of course be prepping. "Melodrama" would be having your arm amputated instead of applying a band aid on your paper cut because you fear gangrene.
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Re: Anybody doing any Prepping??

Postby 48Rob » Sun May 12, 2013 9:33 am

Marshall,

Thank you for the clarification.

I read your post again, and thought; maybe I missed something?
So I went pack and read all the posts.

What I found was one post with some photos that could possibly be taken as "extreme".
The rest of the posts, not counting those who indicated that to be prepared was foolish, said that they thought the end of the world hype was just that, but to be prepared for a minor disaster, such as a power outage, a snowstorm, a flood, etc. was a wise thing.

Again, no one here has proclaimed that the "end is near", no one here has supported that idea, other than perhaps by watching those entertainment shows on television and boosting their ratings...

So I ask; where is the melodrama of which you speak?
On television, for sure, but here? I don't see it.
What I see here are people wise enough to be able to care for themselves and their families for a few days, or weeks if need be, and who are trying to convince their neighbors and friends of the simple logic behind the idea.

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Re: Anybody doing any Prepping??

Postby jeff0520 » Sun May 12, 2013 11:59 am

marshall0000 wrote:There is zero empirical data that suggests this would be a good idea, so no. Every generation has felt the end is near, and every generation so far has been wrong. Nix the melodrama.

Two years ago, here in North Alabama there was a tornado outbreak. It wasn't widely reported for fear of causing a panic, but Brown's Ferry Nuclear Power Plant was hit. The reactor itself did fine, and went into automatic shutdown, but the giant field of transformers, power lines, and switching equipment that tied Brown's Ferry into the national grid was wiped off the map. Briwn's Ferry also serves as the nexus for the whole power grid in North Alabama. Much of that equipment was custom built, and off-the-shelf parts could not fix it. Replacements had to be custom built. We were without power for 10 days. There was a BIG problem with looting, and the police were unable to do much on pitch black streets.
Zombie apocolypes? NO. End of the world? Unlikely. Natural disaster disrupting power, communication and food supplies for a few weeks? Happens all the time, all over the country. It's just a matter of time. We were prepared, so we had heat, light, food, and entertainment to wait it out. No melodrama. Simply fact. At some point, you WILL have to deal with some sort of local emergency that will cut off your power and access to local food supplies. Just be ready. If you are, you can take care of your family and reach out to your neighbors too.
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Re: Anybody doing any Prepping??

Postby marshall0000 » Sun May 12, 2013 1:35 pm

Hey everybody have fun and do what you do. Me, I didn't even buy a battery or a bottle of water during the Y2K scare. I have way more important things to worry about than any of the unlikely scenarios. One can "what if" themselves crazy. Just my opinion of course.
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Re: Anybody doing any Prepping??

Postby Roo Dog » Sun May 12, 2013 3:59 pm

I think you prepare to what misfortunes you can reasonably expect for the situation you happen to be in.
We live in a rather benign climate, gets a bit windy at worst, occasional wildfire, no civil disturbance or riots, the likelihood of a baddy coming through the front door is very remote.
It is a friendly relaxed small coastal community where people help each other as a matter of course.
Hence our level of prepping is quite low.
We do not prep for space rocks or nuclear attacks though I suspect my attitude would be a bit different if I lived in a full on big city environment.
I no longer own a firearm, there was a time a rifle was part of the tool kit as I oft times found myself working in remote locations. No danger from people , handy to get something for the pot or putting down a roo that you may have injured on the track.
Horses for courses.

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