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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    You could probably barter your beer for anything you want or need!

    Home Brew: the currency of the Zombie Apocalypse.
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    The only natural disaster I am worried about is hurricanes. The Texas Gulf Coast isn't the best place to live during one of these storms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly5 View Post
    The only natural disaster I am worried about is hurricanes. The Texas Gulf Coast isn't the best place for one of these storms.
    With us it's Cyclones (the 'Hurricane of the Southern Hemisphere) and floods which are short term problems, but other than that, there is no other compelling reason for 'prepping' where I live. The old fear of invasion is preposterous in my country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blues63 View Post
    Home Brew: the currency of the Zombie Apocalypse.
    Yeah, but bartering sounds like it involves interacting with other people. No thanks. Society has finally collapsed, so I think I'm supposed to just sit on top of a pile of all my shit with a shotgun and guard it. Forever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    Each of my vehicles have a "Get Home Bag" in them and I keep a "Bug Out Bag" at my home and apartment. We have two bug out locations depending upon what the situation is and how long I think it will last. There's our farm which would be preferred but if needed there is our cabin in the North Georgia Mountains. As for preps, I think that we could sustain ourselves long enough to get a harvest. I also own three pre-1976 vehicles.

    Do I think that this stuff will ever be necessary? No, not really but I'd rather have it and never need it, then need it and not have it. One thing that many people do not think about is getting home to your preps. If it happens you may be at work, the store, or traveling. How do you get home?
    The "get home bag" in the car is something that everyone should have, regardless of whether a major disaster strikes. Small-scale disasters -- the kind that hit every few years -- can be a real nightmare if you're poorly equipped. If you're driving around in the middle of nowhere, with no cell phone reception, and your car dies, you can be screwed if you haven't planned for it. I remember a few years back that happened to a friend of a friend, who tried to hike out to get help for his family after his car broke down, and he died of hypothermia. My get-home bag has a pair of good, water-resistant walking shoes, some long underwear and wool socks, a rain poncho, a wool cap, an emergency sleeping bag, a tarp, a compass, leatherman, a lighter, a crank flashlight/radio, etc. With that stuff, I could make it a few miles in brutal weather even if I wasn't wearing appropriate clothes, or keep warm in a car until help came. I remember fifteen years or so ago, we had a huge blizzard here where traffic in the evening commute was so bad people just ran out of gas on the highway, and then the roads were basically impassible, leaving people stuck in their cars for hours. In a scenario like that, you're going to want a well-prepped bag in the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Know lots of preppers here in New England. Wonder if its more popular here than elsewhere? I have seen some prepper communities in Idaho but they are more group preppers than individual ones. I also have to think our harsh winters where we can go weeks without electricity and heat has caused many of us to become preppers?
    Yes. My neighborhood has fairly insecure power supply. It's not just that our winters are so harsh, but that we're so heavily forested, which means more trees bringing down power lines. I've lost power for at least 18 hours at a stretch every year for the last five years -- and twice in the last ten years I lost it for multiple days at a stretch. A little prep work makes all the difference in the world. With my generator, I can run the basics in my house no problem -- nothing fancy, just keeping the electricity needed to keep the gas heat working, plus the microwave the fridge and freezer, and the upstairs lights. With that and my week's supply of gas, I can go without power from the grid for a week and barely notice. That came in handy with one of the recent storms, where a big tree came down and cut off my road for about a day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    You could probably barter your beer for anything you want or need!
    I watched one SHTF youtube video that dealt extensively with barter -- what would you do if there were a disaster that basically made greenbacks worthless? His argument, which was fairly convincing, is that, although you might do OK with gold, diamonds, etc., for day-to-day activities, you might be better off with a well-stocked liquor cabinet and a few cartons of cigarettes. When the addicts have their supplies dry up, they're going to be willing to trade pretty much anything for a hit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly5 View Post
    The only natural disaster I am worried about is hurricanes. The Texas Gulf Coast isn't the best place to live during one of these storms.
    In Massachusetts, hurricanes occasionally hit and can knock power out for a while, but the blizzards are a lot more frequent and a lot more likely to leave you stranded for an extended period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkady View Post
    Yes. My neighborhood has fairly insecure power supply. It's not just that our winters are so harsh, but that we're so heavily forested, which means more trees bringing down power lines. I've lost power for at least 18 hours at a stretch every year for the last five years -- and twice in the last ten years I lost it for multiple days at a stretch. A little prep work makes all the difference in the world. With my generator, I can run the basics in my house no problem -- nothing fancy, just keeping the electricity needed to keep the gas heat working, plus the microwave the fridge and freezer, and the upstairs lights. With that and my week's supply of gas, I can go without power from the grid for a week and barely notice. That came in handy with one of the recent storms, where a big tree came down and cut off my road for about a day.
    Its not uncommon for us to lose power for a week up here also due to lines coming down with trees. A couple years ago when we had all that snow and ice we lost power for 14 days. People could die in conditions like that and have all your pipes freeze and cause thousands of dollars in damage. It pays to have prep work ahead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly5 View Post
    I don't have items stored. I realized a long time ago that I would be unable to store the things I need in a disaster. What I did instead was purchase reloading equipment and certain guns.

    I always figure as long as I have this, I won't starve to death. I will find a prepper and persuade him to share with me. Like Al Capone said, "You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone." lol
    Small problem with your plan... Most preppers are going to be armed, too.

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