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    Re: "American Blackout" thread

    Quote Originally Posted by azgreg View Post
    I have a 9mm and a flashlight. What else do you I need?
    A map, and the address of the guy who horded all the food?

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    Re: "American Blackout" thread

    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalEvilDan View Post
    Whatever you say. As I've said before to the OP, you'd better hope you're not in the minority, because if you are none of what you just said is going to matter.
    I see your point and I don't disagree, as a rule. I just feel that I'm in a different situation here. We may not last forever, but we'll last a good long while due to my experience and the experience of those that will be here as well. And hopefully we'll last long enough. That's all we can hope for.

    It's better than the alternative; To be reliant upon others and not be self sufficient. In that situation, those people wont last long at all.

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    Re: "American Blackout" thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Beaudreaux View Post
    I'm not what is referred to today as a prepper. But, given my military background, and my profession in Emergency Management and Disaster Recovery, I am prepared.

    I have four generators: 1) a 45kW permanent mounted LPG engine back-up generator with auto switch attached to the house with a 500 gallon and 1,000 gallon underground tanks that I keep full; 2) 33kW trailer mounted diesel engine generator that is a back-up to the back-up; 3) a 15kW gasoline engine generator for remote use, and; 4) a mobile solar generator that I built that can run essential communications.

    I also have a LPG grill piped to the two underground tanks.

    I have three freezers that are always kept full by rotating produce and meat.

    I have two deep wells for fresh water (one isn't attached to the main power from the house and that's what the two big portable generators are for, in case I need it for drinking water).

    I also live on an old family farm, and can grow my own food during the summer (we have a 5 acre garden) that we eat from and freeze the extra for the winter.

    I have a 1 acre pond that is full of Bass, Cat Fish and Bream. So we have fish to eat if required.

    I have two above ground 500 gallon diesel tanks that we use for the farm, so I have some fuel. Not enough, but some.

    I also have a large supply of freeze dried foods and canned foods that I started collecting when I was a Scoutmaster, and I use them when I deploy to a disaster area so I'm not a burden on the local resources.

    I have two battery powered golf carts that can get me around without draining my fuel supply.

    And, I have a contract with the local LPG company, that requires them to come to my house the very day we have a power outage, to top off my underground tanks. Which they have done a number of times so far when the power has gone out.

    I've been able to run the generator for three weeks at a time, without loosing power at all.

    And then there's all my Boy Scout camping and wilderness survival stuff, that will be used as much as possible, to save the other resources as long as possible.

    And lastly, I have two Eagle Scout sons and a wife that's a member of the Order of the Arrow and has no problem "roughing it."

    Replenishable food supply, different protected water sources, shelter, energy, training and lots of books.

    I'm good. Although I will miss the internet.
    Awesome. I'm ex-military also and have a 90+ day supply of Wise brand emergency food supplies, plus plenty of water, butane and Sterno grills, firearms with laser/lights, knives, survival gear, lights / batteries, matches, a couple of P38's for my many canned goods, a full gas tank with key-locked cap, plus a gang of military brothers down at the American Legion. And the mountains, caves, and lakes are not far away, and I have a 4-wheel drive P/U to get there.
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    Re: "American Blackout" thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Logicman View Post
    Awesome. I'm ex-military also and have a 90+ day supply of Wise brand emergency food supplies, plus plenty of water, butane and Sterno grills, firearms with laser/lights, knives, survival gear, lights / batteries, matches, a couple of P38's for my many canned goods, a full gas tank with key-locked cap, plus a gang of military brothers down at the American Legion. And the mountains, caves, and lakes are not far away, and I have a 4-wheel drive P/U to get there.
    Sounds good.

    P38's should be a requirement for every key chain. Leatherman's are great, but you can't beat a good old fashioned P38 that can fit in any wallet or any key chain without being in the way. The P51 is a little large for my preferences.

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    Re: "American Blackout" thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Beaudreaux View Post
    I see your point and I don't disagree, as a rule. I just feel that I'm in a different situation here. We may not last forever, but we'll last a good long while due to my experience and the experience of those that will be here as well. And hopefully we'll last long enough. That's all we can hope for.

    It's better than the alternative; To be reliant upon others and not be self sufficient. In that situation, those people wont last long at all.
    People living a highly specialized society constantly depend on each other and are rarely self-sufficient. Dependence does not equal disaster.
    I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.

    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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    Re: "American Blackout" thread

    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalEvilDan View Post
    People living a highly specialized society constantly depend on each other and are rarely self-sufficient. Dependence does not equal disaster.
    I don't disagree with that to a point. I didn't mean to insinuate it was. Even the federal government wants us all to be self sufficient to a certain level, when disaster strikes.

    Some of us are just more capable of self sustaining than others. I wish it wasn't that way, but it is. That also one of the reasons I had both my sons join Boy Scouts, to learn those skills.

    The more reliant we become on technology, ease of access and the benevolence of others, the worse it could be on us as a society if the lights went out for any sustained length of time.

    I can see where those in metropolitan areas will have a harder time with it. They chose that area to live, and that's also okay with me as well.

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    Re: "American Blackout" thread

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    What impressed me is that you aren't necessarily counting on "stockpiling." You are living your life with self-sufficiency. Bottled water runs out. Wells rarely. Water will become the new gold. Ammunition won't be a bad investment either.
    Fuel and mechanics and tools will be also in demand.
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    Re: "American Blackout" thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Beaudreaux View Post
    I don't disagree with that to a point. I didn't mean to insinuate it was. Even the federal government wants us all to be self sufficient to a certain level, when disaster strikes.

    Some of us are just more capable of self sustaining than others. I wish it wasn't that way, but it is. That also one of the reasons I had both my sons join Boy Scouts, to learn those skills.

    The more reliant we become on technology, ease of access and the benevolence of others, the worse it could be on us as a society if the lights went out for any sustained length of time.

    I can see where those in metropolitan areas will have a harder time with it. They chose that area to live, and that's also okay with me as well.
    One of the things to have in these type situations and to help prevent you from being a victim, is to have skill sets and tools that are hard to come by in those situations.
    I live near a city so if I don't want marauders raiding my place then I better know something they need. In my case its how to farm and raise animals and how to do mechanical and basic, electrical work and basic chemistry. I also have a large collection of tools which don't require electricity. I also know how to build tools. Most of my family knows how to and or has this expertise. Its a good bet people will need that sort of expertise. Which means you have leverage. Enough maybe to keep them out of your stocks for a while anywho. Knowledge is THE most important commodity in these type of situations.
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    Re: "American Blackout" thread

    I sounded a bit abysmal earlier, didn't I?

    I forgot to add what I think is the most important piece of advice: stay positive, stay connected(with your sources of support, whether they be community based or faith based, and stay realistic.


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    Re: "American Blackout" thread

    So did anyone actually watch the show? I got about half way through before my claustrophobic anxiety set in. 8I

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