I've been lurking here for a while, but decided to register and say hi and thanks for all the things I've learned here. I don't take this as seriously as many of you do, but I do take it more seriously than most modern Americans. I don't have kids, so that eliminates a lot of issues right off the top. My wife and I are typical suburban upper middle class middle-aged softies. She does not participate in this with me. She's a good woman, but she refuses to think about the world crashing down around her. (Just as she refuses to think about meat not growing from meat seeds planted in styrofoam platters at the grocery store...) So I am building a little collection of food/water/medical/solar/security/etc goodies for us that we will hopefully never need. My goal is to live semi-comfortably in uncertain conditions for three to six months. I figure if civilized society doesn't reboot by then, then I am not really interested in living without modern creature comforts long term anyway. My preps reflect that. Thanks again to all for sharing your knowledge so generously. I'm not a complete noob at this, so maybe I'll find a nugget to share back once in a blue moon.