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Re: Being prepared!
« Reply #30 on: November 04, 2016, 01:50:52 PM »
>PS: we own no guns

How did you get into N Carolina? Deportation imminent.

Seriously though, don't get a gun unless you plan to spend time learning safety and proper usage/practice.

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Re: Being prepared!
« Reply #31 on: November 04, 2016, 02:02:04 PM »
WE DON'T NEED NO f###ing GUNS  ::)

You've been to our casa in the woods.

On our RIGHT we have my buddy Mike with an Arsenal of Firearms and to his right a Country Sheriff

On our LEFT is a Flag Waving "DON'T TREAD ON ME" MF

Across the street is a guy who owns a SHOOTING RANGE

We'all live at the end of a LONG Cul-de-sac .

MFs come in & they will never get out alive...
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Re: Being prepared!
« Reply #32 on: November 05, 2016, 07:19:45 PM »
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Re: Being prepared!
« Reply #33 on: November 05, 2016, 09:08:17 PM »
I really am not flippant on the topic, but I've known so many people over the years who are just itching for chaos so they can justify their paramilitary arsinals.  You guys remember how all the ignorant Y2K nutjobs were prepping for that?  Civilization has momentum and humans are way more resilient than most give us credit for.  Neither candidate is going to unravel society.

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Re: Being prepared!
« Reply #34 on: November 05, 2016, 11:37:53 PM »
>Neither candidate is going to unravel society

But EITHER candidate will unravel their party.

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Re: Being prepared!
« Reply #35 on: November 06, 2016, 01:03:22 AM »
>> ignorant Y2K nutjobs

Also remember that geeks around the world worked hard to get systems updated to head off problems before they happened.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and all that.

Some predictions may have been inflated, but the concern wasn't imaginary.

>> itching for chaos so they can justify their paramilitary arsinals

If one wants to prepare for assorted difficulties, building an arsenal wouldn't be the best place to start on my planet. Around here the most certain hazard we need to be ready for is severe winter weather. Guns and ammo would be zero help for that. Ditto for floods or forest fires. Ditto for a family crisis such as illness or job loss.

A big principle for savvy prepping would be to prepare for the most probable problems first. I ponder the irony of guys who are splendidly equipped for battle with zombies but would have trouble coping in the all-too-common situation of a few months without a job.

IMHO, there would be many bases to cover first before even starting to think about guns and ammo. How about stronger locks and doors? Upgrading doors is actually one of the changes we made after moving into our present house. Our first motive was energy efficiency but they're better for security too.

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Re: Being prepared!
« Reply #36 on: November 06, 2016, 01:53:47 AM »
Shutting down the house, related to the Bug-Out Bag... Get a label maker and pick an inside cabinet or closet door and make a punchlist of items --valves, circuit breakers, thermostats, etc.-- that should be closed, locked, shut down, etc. Mine is in the cabinet under the kitchen sink. I also installed a ball valve for the whole house's water main there.

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Re: Being prepared!
« Reply #37 on: November 06, 2016, 05:29:39 AM »
>> make a punchlist

Yes. Don't count on just remembering such stuff. If something stressful is going on, your mind may be a bit muddled. Stress makes you stupid unless you've done a lot of practicing.

While you're making lists, make one for phone numbers. Make a list of emergency numbers, important family/friend contacts, neighbours, etc. and post it near every phone in the house. Use print big enough that you could read it without your glasses.

Make sure those numbers are on your mobile phone, and also Skype on all your devices.

My husband also made a little card with our most important numbers that we each carry in our wallet.

Related: when you're planning to travel, collect the phone numbers both local and toll-free for all your lodging, airlines, car rentals etc.  and add them to your mobile phone, and Skype on all your devices. Having such numbers organized and handy could be a major help in a pinch. For example, letting your hotel know you'll be delayed for several hours but yes you do still want the room!

Another list: Look at each card or document you normally carry in your wallet and ask: "If I lost this, who would I contact and what info would I need to provide in order to cancel it or get a replacement? Compile that info now for things like your driver's licence, credit cards, debit cards, medical cards, passport, and so on. Store the info someplace safe but accessible. Hopefully you'd never need the info but it's a stress reducer to know that you've got it.

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Re: Being prepared!
« Reply #38 on: November 06, 2016, 02:08:49 PM »
"Shutting down the house"

A few years ago I saw a TV presentation that recommended people outside Metro Areas stay in place and make themselves invisible.

Make your place look like it is abandoned.
Leave the from door open.
Through some of your sh## on the front lawn so it looks like YOUR HOME was recently terrorized by robbers.

Hope that y'all never need this info:
http://www.survivopedia.com/how-to-survive-riot/

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Re: Being prepared!
« Reply #39 on: November 08, 2016, 02:38:04 PM »
HERE's an IDEA

Enomad, a startup from South Korea, has revealed a hydropower device called the Estream, which will convert running water into electricity that can charge your phone and other USB devices.

http://www.digitaltrends.com/outdoors/estream-hydropower-portable-charger/?utm_source=k1&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=cpc_test&kwp_0=233912&kwp_4=983687&kwp_1=469823
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Re: Being prepared!
« Reply #40 on: November 08, 2016, 02:59:06 PM »
>> hydropower device

Fun to think about, but too location-dependent for me.

I'll take solar charging, thank you.

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Re: Being prepared!
« Reply #41 on: November 08, 2016, 03:03:11 PM »
I have one of those 12v solar chargers in my amz cart and will try it when I get back from upcoming travels. I sent my last one (early model, lower charge rate) to Haiti for field duty.