A bottle of wine isn’t going to help when the water supply ends for any length of time What did you have for water? Hopefully something other than alcohol. I suggest you welcome yourself to adult hood, and at the very minimum, buy some iodine tablets every four years.
If the thread is digressing into societal breakdown survival suggestions, here are my thoughts.
I hate to be negative, but I'm not convinced that there's a lot of chance for long or even mid-term survival. Perhaps sixty years ago when there was a cooperational commonality of culture, but not now with a Balkanized nation of warring tribes and cultures, filled with hate and mistrust. The fact of both being human has never served to bond anybody in history. Your child needs my food to survive, I understand that.
Compare the sufficiency of your compound to an infantry platoon, 20-40 well trained young men in good physical condition, armed with semi-automatic rifles, pistols, several machine guns, grenades and grenade launchers, Claymores, well supplied with food, artillery on call, gunships on call, jets with Napalm on call. No familial relationships to get in the way when serious trouble starts. In continuous adversity, over a period of time, they're often decimated. Snipers, fires, suicide attacks, overrun. How many of your people will stop shooting to help one wounded person? You see cohesiveness start to break down over simple things such as when you tell your life long friend that his wife can't smoke anymore because the sight or smell will give away your location.
Just do the best you can. Forget about anything you have that requires gasoline or diesel. Not only will that resource be gone first, but the sound of a generator will reveal your location for miles around. Don't rely on your house to be there for long.
Be ready to quickly slip away with guns and ammunition, in the night if you have to, with the right shoes and warm clothing. You must be willing and able to move. If your circumstances are that you cannot, or don't wish to, then just do the best you can. The rules and conventions are gone.
Next time you're at the store, buy a couple gallons of good whiskey. Even if you don't drink now, you'll be glad later. Run all prescriptions for antibiotics and painkillers out as long as you can and preserve the extras for later. Start driving right now on the top half of your tank so you're not immediately stuck with an empty tank. Always have a good pair of shoes or boots. Say your prayers.
Last edited by Ray410; 10-29-13 at 03:29 PM.
With no electricity, grocery stores close, gas stations close, doctors offices and pharmacies close, schools close, the places everyone works close (no pay checks), credit cards and debit cards don't work, ATM's close, etc.
What we're talking about here is not a situation where the power plants are okay and only the lines are down like in a hurricane or ice storm or other natural disaster, and it gets fixed quickly where people start getting power back in phases and all do within a week or two or even three.
What we're talking about is total loss of the entire grid, including the generation plants. Power could be out for months, or a year, or longer in certain areas. Major difference.
I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.
Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.
We were all lucky on LI during Sandy. I worked at Long Beach and still can't believe no one died since almost no one evacuated. There were large pockets of areas where the power was still on, so we could still get supplies. My hotel didn't have power, but WalMart next door did, so I was able to resupply after a few weeks. In the scenario we're discussing, no one would have power for a long, long time.