I posted a little reply in the check in thread. However I decided to post this thread with a little more about myself. I am 25, married, one 3 y/o daughter, with another kid on the way. I currently live in Loveland, Colorado and I work overnights doing security at a hi-tech company in Fort Collins. I guess that I have always been into preparedness to some degree since I was a cub and boy scout. When I turned 14 I joined a local fire company as part of their pre-cadet program and a local search and rescue explorer post. The SAR gig really opened up my eyes to being prepared (hey it looks bad if the search team gets lost). I thought it was crazy that people could be so blind, stupid or whatever to go into mother nature without a care in the world thinking their cell phone was all they needed for a "day hike". Anyways, I enlisted as a reservisist with the military and I think that gave me some great experiences and training. I know I learned alot about myself anyways from being in it. I kind of always knew that the government cannot take care of all its citizens in the event of a large emergency from being involved in emergency services. However Katrina was a real wake up call for me. So now I am out getting prepared and roaming the internet learning what I can to better prepare myself for the unpredictable future.