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    Re: "American Blackout" thread

    Quote Originally Posted by ARealConservative View Post
    might as well show a husband run out of toothpaste and stab his wife in the neck then. since I'm sure that type of **** happens in society too.

    why bother trying to accurately show a blackout if you are going to ignore known human responses and show anything you want.
    You'd have to ask National Geographic about that.

    IMO, whenever I see something like this on TV, it's something to condition us for later events or a prelude to a similar incident happening in the near future.
    All it really did for me is give me anxiety.

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    Re: "American Blackout" thread

    Quote Originally Posted by WCH View Post
    You'd have to ask National Geographic about that.

    IMO, whenever I see something like this on TV, it's something to condition us for later events or a prelude to a similar incident happening in the near future.
    All it really did for me is give me anxiety.
    it mostly made me feel better about myself. I might not be a prepper, but at least I have a frigging can opener not plugged into an outlet.

    actually, my love of nature camping leaves me more prepared then most in that I can filter water, or worst case, use iodine tablets.

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    Re: "American Blackout" thread

    Quote Originally Posted by WCH View Post
    Sorry, didn't mean to sound like I was 'moralizing'. I was only stating a fact...those who are unprepared to take care of themselves will become a burden on the rest of us.

    My hope is that everyone is somewhat prepared. [e.g. 2 weeks worth of food and water] for starts.
    It's exactly 1 year to the day I lost power for just over two weeks following the storm.

    Things became pretty boring but I'm not sure how much anyone really needs to prepare. I think most people who talk about preparing are really talking about preemptive panicking. Like any sensible adult I had things like flashlights, batteries, candles, etc. and I always keep a few hundred dollars in my safe with important papers but I wouldn't really consider that preparing. In my opinion the people we really need to worry about is the "preppers" who are mostly just panicking.

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    Re: "American Blackout" thread

    Quote Originally Posted by CallasDowboys View Post
    It's exactly 1 year to the day I lost power for just over two weeks following the storm.

    Things became pretty boring but I'm not sure how much anyone really needs to prepare. I think most people who talk about preparing are really talking about preemptive panicking. Like any sensible adult I had things like flashlights, batteries, candles, etc. and I always keep a few hundred dollars in my safe with important papers but I wouldn't really consider that preparing. In my opinion the people we really need to worry about is the "preppers" who are mostly just panicking.
    We always been campers, hunters, fishermen, general outdoors people with all the necessary gear. We have a generator to keep the food in our 2 freezer frozen, oil lamps to light the night, crank-up flashlight and radios, etc. along with several means to defend ourselves.

    We also have a good supply of dehydrated foods and several different ways to purify water. [along with several hundred gallon of raw water}

    We don't have any particular place to 'bug out' to but, have alternate places we could go to if we need to leave home.

    Trouble is, we know many folks who live off what they get at the grocer each week and would be completely out of supplies in a short amount of time. These people and most who live in an urban environment would be the first to panic, IMHO. This is why I urge everyone to give this some thought rather than calling people who have prepared, preppers or kooks.

    If you come to my door asking for help, you will be turned away. We haven't prepared for you.

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    Re: "American Blackout" thread

    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalEvilDan View Post
    If those who are prepared are in the minority, how well-armed they are won't matter a damn.
    Wanna bet?
    But then again anyone that is not just going to sit tight and wait for the gubmint to come save us all is paranoid and a scaredy cat.
    But, I always have a couple gallons of water, full pantry, gas and yes. Plenty of ammo and weapons.

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    Re: "American Blackout" thread

    The generator is always a good idea. I actually got mine at a garage sale. Fire it up from time to time to make sure it's still operational. All I really need it for is the fridge, one computer and the microwave. I've been toying with buying a small propane powered generator. The fuel is easier to stockpile and store, and it doesn't go bad with time.

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    Re: "American Blackout" thread

    Quote Originally Posted by ARealConservative View Post
    what an idiotic film.

    studies have shown people act appropriately around traffic lights when the power is out. this documentary shows a bunch of morons flying through intersections. pure sensationalism.
    I tend to agree. We were without power for weeks after the hurricanes of 2004.
    Everyone helped everyone. I had people that I worked with coming over to shower and do laundry because I back fed my generator into my home. Some of them didnt know how or didnt have a generator.
    I set up a window shaker ac in one room and the old couple from accross the street came over every now and again to cool off.
    I doubt we are all of a sudden going to become dicks just because the grid goes down.

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    Re: "American Blackout" thread

    Quote Originally Posted by WCH View Post
    We always been campers, hunters, fishermen, general outdoors people with all the necessary gear. We have a generator to keep the food in our 2 freezer frozen, oil lamps to light the night, crank-up flashlight and radios, etc. along with several means to defend ourselves.

    We also have a good supply of dehydrated foods and several different ways to purify water. [along with several hundred gallon of raw water}

    We don't have any particular place to 'bug out' to but, have alternate places we could go to if we need to leave home.

    Trouble is, we know many folks who live off what they get at the grocer each week and would be completely out of supplies in a short amount of time. These people and most who live in an urban environment would be the first to panic, IMHO. This is why I urge everyone to give this some thought rather than calling people who have prepared, preppers or kooks.

    If you come to my door asking for help, you will be turned away. We haven't prepared for you.
    I disagree. I lived it one year ago to the very day and the biggest danger are people like you who panic.

    I didn't have a bug out plan, multiple freezers full of dehydrated food, water tanks, machine guns to ward off any zombies or any of that other stuff. What I had was enough sense to light a few candles, uncork a few bottles of wine, and invite my friends and neighbors over. So when your panicking wanes and you're able to think straight, feel free to stop by my house for a glass of wine and good company because I'm the guy who is actually prepared.

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    Re: "American Blackout" thread

    Quote Originally Posted by CallasDowboys View Post
    It certainly wasn't like that on Long Island with Sandy. Things were boring and uncomfortable, the early snow storm certainly didn't help things, but virtually everyone accepted the boredom and discomfort until things went back to normal.
    True. I was in Nassau County, and the City for Sandy for over 8 months. There were limited pockets, but the event wasn't as destructive there as it was in other events, like Katrina, or the North Ridge Earthquake and others. And it also had a lot to do with the hardened Yankee people that live through blizzards and the like on a normal basis so they were better prepared mentally to deal with it.

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    Re: "American Blackout" thread

    Quote Originally Posted by CallasDowboys View Post
    I disagree. I lived it one year ago to the very day and the biggest danger are people like you who panic.

    I didn't have a bug out plan, multiple freezers full of dehydrated food, water tanks, machine guns to ward off any zombies or any of that other stuff. What I had was enough sense to light a few candles, uncork a few bottles of wine, and invite my friends and neighbors over. So when your panicking wanes and you're able to think straight, feel free to stop by my house for a glass of wine and good company because I'm the guy who is actually prepared.
    You are only prepared for a short-term problem, which hopefully is the only kind that will happen. When it comes to long-term crisis situations, good wine and good will only last for a short while.
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