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    Am I prepared if happened today? No.

    Neither my current residence or the house I own in Oklahoma are my permanent residences. Once I sell the house in OK and can buy my permanent residence, then I can start investing into the infrastructure at the level needed. I simply do not have the resources available to accomplish it.
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    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.
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    Re: "American Blackout" thread

    Quote Originally Posted by WCH View Post
    American Blackout Trailer | National Geographic Channel

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    Thought I would start this and let everyone comment later.


    Are YOU prepared? Because if you're not, YOU ARE A BURDEN ON THOSE OF US WHO ARE.
    Here's an article about an exercise to try and prepare for the topic of the OP.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/17/us...ed=all&_r=1&#!

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    Re: "American Blackout" thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    If you don't tell people what you have, they don't come and try to take it from you.
    Everyone around here knows what I have, mostly anyway, because every time the power goes off for more than a day, they see all the cars here with the lights on in the house.

    So... not much of a secret.

    But I agree with your point.

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    Re: "American Blackout" thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Beaudreaux View Post
    Everyone around here knows what I have, mostly anyway, because every time the power goes off for more than a day, they see all the cars here with the lights on in the house.

    So... not much of a secret.

    But I agree with your point.
    That was the way I survived the first 10 years I was in Mexico. Nobody knew what I had in my house, plus I had 5 dogs in there, so I never got robbed. Every other house around me got something stolen, but not from mine.

    It is amazing how afraid Mexicans are of dogs. They are a great deterrent.

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    Re: "American Blackout" thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    That was the way I survived the first 10 years I was in Mexico. Nobody knew what I had in my house, plus I had 5 dogs in there, so I never got robbed. Every other house around me got something stolen, but not from mine.

    It is amazing how afraid Mexicans are of dogs. They are a great deterrent.
    Is that a '66 T-Bird in your avatar? It's real hard for me to see on my 'puter screen. I'm going mostly off the back half.

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    I am prepared. I am prepared to take what I need. I hope you are ready to defend yourself.
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    Usually a gag for wise mouthed insulting little girls. Then some good nylon rope so I can tie them up, toss them in the trunk of my car and forget about them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beaudreaux View Post
    Is that a '66 T-Bird in your avatar? It's real hard for me to see on my 'puter screen. I'm going mostly off the back half.
    The car is a 1963 Plymouth Fury 4 door hardtop. Mine is a 4 door sedan but very similar.How on earth did you get a '66 Bird? Your screen must be very small or blurry eyes maybe?

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    Re: "American Blackout" thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    The car is a 1963 Plymouth Fury 4 door hardtop. Mine is a 4 door sedan but very similar.How on earth did you get a '66 Bird? Your screen must be very small or blurry eyes maybe?
    Both, screen and eyes. My granny glasses need to be cleaned.

    Think about it, look at the back end of both, then consider my screen and dirty reading glasses; they are similar in design given your avatar:


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