Hello everyone! Thanks to melbo for the assist in getting my account created. I'm using privacy-enhancing software, which I'm sure I'll get around to talking more about in the appropriate subforum, so I suppose my M.O. looked more like a spammer to the forum software than a legitimate user. I'm not doing anything illegal, but I don't want Uncle Sam helping himself to my supplies in the event of a declared emergency in my area. So I'll sometimes be a bit ambiguous about the specifics of my location or potentially identifying information. I apologize for that now. Otherwise, I'll try very much to be a helpful & productive member of this forum. I'm an office worker within the city limits of a North American city. My prep work has been going on for years, with some years being better than others. I do have bugout land that I own free & clear. I've got chickens (for eggs), rain barrels, and some other things going for me. My food stores are embarrassingly low right now and I will be correcting that vigorously, so expect some posts on that subject. I've also switched over to a more sustainable diet, which means I'm eating almost entirely plant matter now, plus eggs & cheese, and every now and then I'll have some fish. Other than the fish, I don't kill any animals for my food now. Long term, I suspect this will be more sustainable. I've got my first angora rabbit (a buck) for wool, just small scale right now until I get the hang of it and then will add does. I am married with children. All of my kids are home schooled. In the new year, I'll be building a new workshop behind the house. I've already taken some welding classes, and have built up a collection of wood working and electronics manufacturing/repairing tools. I'll add a welder to the kit after the workshop is up. Aside from storing things up, I do want to be able to manufacture and repair things both for myself and for barter economy purposes. My day job skills will likely not be very relevant in long-term collapse scenario. I have an amateur radio license (forgive me for not sharing my callsign here). I'm also into motorbikes, photography (analog & digital), and some other retro-tech that I think is more stylish, responsible, and sustainable.