So I've been on Survival Monkey, read a lot of great things for the last month or 2, posted some -- and now figured I should introduce myself. OK, so I'm a bit late on the introduction -- but I just got into SM so quickly -- it was great and I didn't both the introduce myself. So: I was born and grew up in Texas, moved to Missouri 12 years ago, then moved again to North Carolina about 5 years ago. [I joke with people that I'm running from the law -- they haven't caught up yet!! ] I think I've had the prepper attitude for a long time -- but hadn't acted on it until we got to Missouri. At the time, it was "let's see how much food we can store". We had a family who were LDS church members as neighbors literally next door to us. The joke there was that their 6-month-storage was in our basement, since they were always running out of things. Good times. Since moving to North Carolina, we've prepped more than just food-wise. If you read my post on Emergency power - for the beginner | Survival Forums you will see that I've thought a lot about power -- but, I feel I still have a long way to go in terms of really putting together a solar solution for long-term outages. More on prepping later. I've been learning a lot on Survival Monkey. Would be interested in hearing from others in other states close to NC. Thanks guys.