What Kind Of Prepper Are You?

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  1. Colorado Prepper

    Colorado Prepper Well-Known Member
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    I dream of being that off grid, remote family prepper that can keep things going for ourselves, until the natural end of our days. But my reality for the time being is to try and be the best urban prepper I can be. I have repurposed 55gal plastic drums of windshield washer fluid to store water in. I have even learned how to treat my hot tub water to make it, and keep it drinkable. Laugh if you want, but there aren't many urban folks that have over 500 gal of water stores. I also have a fairly decent rotating food store. I don't bother with those expensive prepper food sites selling powdered stuff. I believe canned goods and freeze dried products will last the test of time. Twinkies have proven to still be edible after 30 years. A little stale, but edible. (I don't have any Twinkies yet.) I stock with things like Chunky soups, various basic canned goods. Bagged instant mashed potatoes, packs of Raman noodles, boxes of pasta, oatmeal, spam, potted meat. Things like that. We shop every week, and always pick up a bit for stores. When we shop for it, haha, we even talk in code, calling it party food.

    Next I'm going to work on getting a sizable propane tank to convert over to natural gas, so I can store my own, since I do have gas heat. Maybe enough for a few months. And then I'm going to work on keeping a little bit of basic power in the house. Enough to run a fridge, furnace fan, and a light or two. Maybe a quiet gen set, with a mix of batteries. Maybe even a few solar panels.

    So far our mindset is to operate without power, long term. But try to keep basic things running for short term. About a month. If we go a month without power, something has hit the fan somewhere.
     
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  2. lonewolf

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    the trouble with urban post SHTF will be down to numbers, how many survivors, how many crazies, how many dead bodies. how long can one remain hunkered down and hidden whilst the masses are all doing stupid things.
     
  3. Colorado Prepper

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    Well, it's always just a plan until it needs to turn into action. The bad part about that is, you have to bet your life on a plan you don't exactly know will work.
     
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  4. Morgan101

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    Well it goes so far back, and it has been said so many times nobody really knows who initiated it. No plan survives first contact with the enemy. A more base version which can be attributed to Mike Tyson: "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth." A good idea to have one (a plan), but you better be flexible, and capable of shifting directions.

    CP: I too would like to move to a more rural environment, and go off grid as much as possible. Given my family situation it is not going to happen. More than likely not ever. My wife would have nothing to do with that type of move. He idea of roughing it is staying in a motel that doesn't have Room Service and Cable TV. In fairness her health would never allow her to be the outdoors type. My choice, and I am O.K. with it. For better or worse.

    So we make the best of the situation we are in. I am an Urban or maybe more accurately, a Suburban Prepper. I am in a good location. Maybe a little closer to a major highway than I would like, but if people were evacuating the city I think they would miss us. We could do more to be self-sufficient if we chose. We could plant fruit trees, and a modest garden. There is abundant water, and wild life close to us. We have a reasonable piece of property.

    I would like to install a wood burning stove, and a gas generator hard wired to the house. We all have a wish list. We have good stores, and ample room to store everything we need. Room or space is not an issue. We could take in several people if it came to that, and there are some family members I would expect to take in, and I have accounted for that.

    We are getting a little long in the tooth, so our plan A is to bug in. It has worked for us so far.
     
  5. TexDanm

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    I bugged out 30 years ago. I live in the woods on the outskirts of a small town population a little less than 500. It is on the river and there are cattle ranches all around me. I could actually live within the confines of this little town without leaving it with one or two exceptions. We don't have a dentist or a pharmacy. Other than that we have a real old-time country store and meat market that processes deer, hogs, and calves for the local people. This is not a convenience store. We have a Doctor's clinic and a general merchandise store.

    If gas went through the roof this ability to stay near home would be important. Otherwise, it is a 25-mile round trip to go to a nearby small city. I picked this place specifically for the place and type of people that you have here. Gardens and all manner of small livestock are common here. EVERYBODY is armed and we shoot a lot. Most of us are family people that are here in part to get our kids out of the crud that is so common in the bigger places.

    I believe that my best chance for a good life after things collapse will be in a small town. Isolation too easily can make you an easy target for the wandering thugs that will take a while to get killed off. Where I live they won't last very long at all. Having someone that can come and 2help can make all the difference in whether you will survive an attack or not. No matter how well set you are if you are isolated a siege will be hard to survive. If you have neighbors a siege doesn't work so well.

    I plan on being active in my area and will help those that are worthy. I'm an organizer and won't be alone. Those that help will receive help and those that don't will be on their own. Where I live it is about as easy to feed 50 people as it is to feed five. Big animals are common and people here often cook for big groups. Most of the churches and fire stations have big commercial pits and cook regularly for fundraisers and to help when we have floods or widespread hurricane damage.
     
  6. Old Geezer

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    At this age, I'll try to be some sort of resource to others when it hits the fan.
     
  7. lonewolf

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    most British preppers think I have bugged out already due to my location, many of them still live in cities and large urban centres.
    I base my plans on a life time's experience of other people, how they react and how they behave in a certain situation, most recently "the fuel protests" and "the London riots" showed us not only how others would behave but how underpowered the authorities would be in such a situation as those.
     
  8. Keith H.

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    I have been off grid for over 40 years, 20 of those years without electricity & indoor plumbing. We are still off grid living in a forest with two houses, wood burning stoves, wood heaters, solar power, back-up generators, outside & inside laundry, composting toilets, rainwater tanks, under-garden grey water trenches & a large pond & dams. We have wood sheds, workshops, & several store sheds. Plenty of wild game about. We have modern breach-loading guns, but I prefer to use my flintlock fusil. My flintlock kept meat on the table for well over 20 years, though I don't need to hunt these days. We have gardens & we grow our own food. We are in the process of reorganizing our gardens to cope with the need for more food & the problems we are having through climate change. We have ducks & chooks, but we may faze these out & get more when we are able to grow more food to feed these fowls & we have extended the free range fence lines.
    We have three diesel 4WDs & one petrol 4WD, plus a tractor. We use these as infrequently as possible.
    Keith.
     
  9. Oldguy

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    I have had three retreats over the decades, lost all three due to females so not doing that again!
    I am now a mobile able prepper with a huge motorhome and tons of storage space.
    I have many possible destinations, circumstances will dictate which I go to.

    I will be mostly self sufficient and have many skills so will burden none.
    Will have in most probability a son and two grandies with me and can adapt to most types of location.
    With a 500L main fuel tank I can relocate to most anywhere I need to with several tons of supplies

    I have food enough for several years, tools to repair and dig etc, guns and heaps of ammo.
    The motorhome has some long range security systems for early warning

    I rate us as a good to excellent chance of surviving the first few years, beyond that I can not tell.
     
  10. Morgan101

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    Oldguy: Yours is the life style I would change to if my family situation were different. Sounds like you have an ideal rig/set up.

    Just curious. When you are mobile like that how do you handle things that require a home address? Bank accounts? Credit Cards? Insurance? Not that any of those would be around if SHTF. Do you keep a P.O. Box in a town?
     
  11. Oldguy

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    Still got a fixed address as I am a carer for my mother but I can hit the road anytime.
    Mobile home has just got a full recon donk in it, a Cummings 8.3 turbo diesel and it needs a few more repairs before it is reliable.
    Will be hitting the road full time in a few years anyway, will use sons address up to the Apocalypse:D
     
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  12. Morgan101

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    Perfect!!:)
     
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  13. Old Geezer

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    Was going through ammo stores and food stores. Found some gaps. I'm shy -- have shot-up too much -- specific ammo cal. and needed bullet type. Must buy more -- totally didn't realize how much I'd gone through. Shameful.

    Now to the most embarrassing oversight: I don't have enough whiskey! Forgive me O' souls of Uisge Beatha! I have sinned! I am unworthy of your prayers! I promise to do better. The eternal ETOH torch must be kept lit! Oh holy Blue Flame light my path to the liquor store!
     
  14. Keith H.

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    Pick some up for me while you are at it mate, this place is as dry as a Pommy's towel! Oh sorry lonewolf, change that to as dry as a dead dingoe's donger.
    Keith.
     
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  15. Old Geezer

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    Y'know, putting back high proof whiskey is a needed item. This has been discussed extensively on this site. I hate to be seen buying whiskey in plastic jugs; I just never do that and good liquor doesn't come that way. HOWEVER, one might want plastic over glass when considering that glass breaks and alcohol is flammable.

    Grain 190 proof is disappearing here in the States. All one can buy is 140 and 151 in most liquor stores. However, that is circa 70% alcohol and that percentage is the best for killing bacteria -- the H2O component helps with the gradual break down of cell walls; 90% coagulates proteins and will harden the cell wall of a pathogen. As for the cleaning of electronic devices (carbon film potentiometers, for example), 90% alcohol is the best -- use 91% isopropyl.

    I guess, if one wants to water-down/mix high proof (151-ish) to sell or drink, then go with your preferred type in glass bottles (rum, vodka, ..., there's a Scotch out there that is out-there proof-wise). For grain or isopropyl, plastic really doesn't matter.

    Safety note: Don't catch on fire.

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