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Old 18-11-2012, 03:47 PM   #30
tom bombadil
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Originally Posted by zaftig View Post
My motivation for preparing has been more due to concerns about disruptive weather events and political instability rather than the Mayan 2012 ruckus. We went a week without power in September (endured multipl storms as powerful as Sandy, but didn't make the national/global news), and that was ideal situation to dash my fantasy view that I really was prepared. At this point, I guess it doesn't matter WHY we get ready, as long as we do it?

I'm investing more in making sure I have the tools to survive, rather than focusing exclusively on outright stockpiling. Ceramic water filtration (should last quite a long time), extra tackle for the fishing poles, extra reloading equipment for the guns, an extra ax for firewood (I broke one once and will never again see them as the hardiest of tools). I've also expanded my library to include books and guides for foraging- some wild edible plants in my region look very similar, but misidentification can mean the difference between health and a nasty poisoning. I've learned how to make life-giving medications, and always have a 3-month supply of my one vital prescription to give me time to procure the ingredients for homemade medication if it really does hit the fan.

Ironically, my pitfall with emergency preparedness comes from being adept at coordinating logistics. I get too caught up in practicality and function, become too transfixed with the rawest sense of survival. At least I recognize this, though, and have been indulging in bulking up my collection of reading material, art supplies, musical instruments, board games, and other such items that provide a sense of normalcy and beauty in the event that life is upended.

That being said, I admit to loading up on bags of rice and beans, as well as a few boxes of calorie-rich canned food. An entire closet is devoted to bags and bags of pet food (and I've also learned how to make pet food that satisfies the critters' unique nutrition requirements). Although I can comfortably live without electricity, I do have a small stash of fuel and extra parts for the generator to make the transition more pleasant.

I once spent an entire summer in the Arctic without a roof over my head, and have no doubt I could do it again. It's the winters that cause me a bit of concern, but my confidence in successfully coping with harsh winter conditions has been steadily increasing. All in all, I'm grateful to feel comfortable in my ability to be self-sufficient in pretty much any event.
I only disagree with you need for more than one ax, and that's having more than one axe. That cos I am from the UK
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