Prepping isn't just for the end of the world!

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by Xocjm, Dec 26, 2015.

  1. Xocjm

    Xocjm Monkey

    Well my wife and I had an interesting Christmas. We live in Biloxi and for those that are close know we had a stormy Christmas. On Christmas Eve Lightening struck our house our neighbors house and the gas main in the road in front of our house rupturing it. Thank God nothing went BOOM but we didn't have gas until this morning. For those who are electric only and don't understand that means no hot showers and no cooking. A minor bump in the road but was a reminder to us that gas and electric can be taken out for short or more extended periods and preparedness can make that experience much more comfortable. M
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  2. Altoidfishfins

    Altoidfishfins Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    Yes, we get comfortable...and complacent. Then one day-surprise!
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  3. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    So did you hop into prepper mode? Were you prepared for that? If that happens here, I jump into action. Lanterns out, generator plus camping stuff. I consider times like that test runs to look for holes in my preparedness.
  4. Xocjm

    Xocjm Monkey

    Yes we were prepared I am lucky that my wife got on board a few years ago and we have been "prepping" ever since.
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  5. Pax Mentis

    Pax Mentis Philosopher King |RIP 11-4-2017

    I know I insert this comment probably far too often, but I personally think it is that important.

    Don't forget to prep for the possibility that civilization won't come crashing down in your lifetime...make sure you can enjoy old age if you are fortunate enough to get there.

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  6. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Yeah, I know what you mean. We had a water main break right in front of the house, a while back. No water at all for three days, and my wife just about lost her mind. "We can't even flush the toilet!" Yes we can, and I went to the rain barrel, and drew off a pitchers worth, and flushed the toilet. She was amazed. We had bottled water on hand in the fridge, and there are a dozen half gallon ice jugs in the freezer at all times for hunting coolers, so we had plenty to drink (and of course we could go to the store if needed) but it is the small everyday kinds of bumps in the road, that smooth out when you have a back up plan.
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  7. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    Living in the NW, we often loose power due to downed tree's and the possibility of an earthquake always looms in the background, as it does on most of the West coast. If a major earthquake were to take place, the natural gas will be one of the first things to either be damaged or just be turned off for safety purposes. Having multiple means of providing the ability to cook, light the house, heat and water.. is just a way of life...... or you will be like the sheep sitting cold, hungry and in the dark until FEMA comes to save the day. :rolleyes:
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2015
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  8. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    We had a tornado touch down very briefly about 5 1/2 miles away yesterday. The same cell is what caused the damage later in B-Ham it is believed. Major lightning storm with several close strikes pretty much all night. As @Motomom34 said above, we try and use these times as practice runs for if/when things really are out for an extended period.
  9. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    We catch the butt end of the hurricanes when they run though the area. Planning around flooding is what really keyed me off into this. Something really nice about everyone panicking while you sit on a high spot eating
  10. fedorthedog

    fedorthedog Monkey+++

    I really find the idea that we are prepping for the end of the world funny. We prep so our world wont end.
  11. Seepalaces

    Seepalaces Monkey+++

    We lose power about once a year for a few hours. I think it's a PNW thing, too. I went to a community emergency preparedness meeting in September and was absolutely stunned that several of the people in the room with me felt they didn't have three days of food in their homes. I have at least three days of food in my car. Yeah, if anything truly horrible happens, I can see a lot of civil unrest aggravating the issue.
  12. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    I have lost power for extended periods three times already. The last time was for about two days..... The PNW is soggy with all the rain....good trees just can't stay rooted....lots of damage this year from that rain and heavy winds.
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  13. Legion489

    Legion489 Rev. 2:19 Banned

    Absolutely right. I have been without power in the winter for several weeks, one summer a tornado took out power for a month, forced out due to a kitchen fire, etc. ALL of these were SHTF situations, but other than being forced out by the fire, none were any great problem because I was prepared for something to happen.
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  14. Hanzo

    Hanzo Monkey+++

    Glad you guys are ok.
  15. TXKajun

    TXKajun Monkey+++

    We have a "blizzard" in progress right now in SENM. The forecast is for up to 12" snow tonight and another 4-6" tomorrow. Hopefully we won't lose power or bust a water pipe (lows for the next 8 days range from 12 F down to 5F!). I guarantee ya'll that I feel better than a couple we were with at a party just a bit ago. "We got a couple of blankets for Christmas, so I think we're set. At least as long as we don't lose power." I didn't have the nerve to ask if they had a fireplace and wood to go with it or if they had any way to cook hot food or, as far as that goes, whether or not they had enough food to last for 4 or 5 days if this storm is as bad as it could be.

    Me? I finished up today by firing up the little generator and making sure it was ready to go.

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  16. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    I've lost power from ice storms (2+ weeks), blizzards (1+ week) and a lightning strike on a transformer station (1+ week). It isn't "prepping" it is eating, hygiene, being warm when it is cold and life without interruption.

    Life without interruption sounds simple; however, it isn't.
  17. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey

    In my AO the concerns are wild fires, wind storms and snow storms.. Have come home at midnight after working a shift to find frozen pipes and water spraying every place. Right now I am waiting for the cabin to warm up and knowing it won't get comfortable tonight, so it will be off to bed and snuggling into the quilts for the night..

    Others ask how I did with the week long power outage.. I tell them it had no impact on me.. I started the gen and logged on to the monkey for a chuckle.. Gave them some advice as to how to deal with defrosting freezer and how to save all the venison and elk in it..

    I carry all the needed equipment to clear the road so I can get home late at night as well as what is needed to move through the snow in the mountains.. A receiver winch would be nice to have, but, do with what I have.. Yes, that is a WINCH, as apposed to a wench.. A wench would be handy with the cold night.. Hmmm??? Prepping can lead in all sorts of directions..
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  18. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Who doesn't want a hobbit wench, anyway?

    Prepping is a normal part of life for many, and I reckon it always will be. Being self-sufficient is a hallmark of freedom, and I encourage it adamantly!
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  19. Pax Mentis

    Pax Mentis Philosopher King |RIP 11-4-2017

    Woke up this morning here in SW Texas with a 22 degree windchill and that is the warmest morning forecast for the week. Staying home in Oregon for the winter would have been warmer. Later today they say around 3" of snow with winds 25mph. I'm not thrilled.
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  20. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    Are you boys wenching or winching or wrenching??
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