first a little background
I was born at the end of the Truman era, before “I Like Ike”. Grew up with duck and cover drills in school as the city where I lived was just on the other side of the NYC line. Sometimes we filed into the hall and stood facing the wall, sometimes it was true duck under our desk. Later, we were digging holes in our back yards to build bomb shelters – places to hide with our families with enough supplies for maybe up to 3 months and then what? And no air filters so we would be bringing in radioactivity anyway!
When I was still a young teen, first read Earth Abides and was awakened to the idea of Pandemic. By that time the cold war was fading, nuclear limitation treaties were being talked about, and there was definitely a change in the cold war. Soon after that we moved to Vietnam protests as I saw the older brothers of my school friends being sent off to die. And then it became my peers who were dying.
and at this same time we began moving into the “environmental movement”; awakening to the damage being done to the environment by industry.
the bottom line being, most of my “developmental” years were spent being made aware of the limitations of the human species – both naturally and through our own foolishness.
And I began learning basic skills. Sewing, canning, growing, making.
Lived in NYC at the time and wondered about surviving any one of all the possible things that could happen to mankind, as well as how I would survive simple things like unemployment.
Then I met the man with whom I’d be spending the next 33 years (as of this weekend) and moved to a more rural area where I began expanding on my skills with a real garden, preserving, learning, plus having more room to store some extra canned goods, water, etc.
And now we are living in a small city, with a bit of land, in the desert southwest. and have the room to do a bit more prepping. Plus we are older, less able to do some things.
So, how do we prep? As we get into serious prepping, we make lists – mental or written – based on reality.
Where we live, the terrain will not allow tornadoes to form. We live far enough from the ocean that hurricanes are wind and rain; High winds and maybe a lot of rain, but just wind and rain. We live on high ground. The most snow I’ve seen here is about 18″ and the coldest we’ve experienced here is 17F. The longest we’ve been without power was about 12 hours when the main electrical supply from the street box to the house shorted out. We are on the edge of an earthquake zone, but so far they have been small and few. There are extinct volcanos in the neighborhood, but its been MILLENIA since they’ve been active.
So what SHTF scenario am I prepping for? Our one real threat is forest fire. So yes, I have a bug out bag, some money, a little dehydrated food and camp equipment to grab and go. And if we have a real fire, we will lose all other preps.
What are my next level possibilities? Grid failure (of any type), civil unrest, pandemic, economic collapse – not in an particular order.
and that’s where I stall.
Right now I have 3000 gallons of water storage, but if it doesn’t rain – as it hasn’t – those tanks stand empty. We’ve had two rainstorms of any amount so far in 2018 and its nearing the end of May.
Have an electric Trike, small portable power pack, pump, and some empty containers so I can go to the creek and get water.
Garden beds, Ollas, drip irrigation systems.
Goal Zero Yeti’s – 1000 and 1250 – plus 2 x 100w solar panels. So maybe one or more solar panels.
5 gallon water storage containers for about 30 gallons of water.
food. Dried food, canned food, commercial dehydrated and home dehydrated. Commercial canned and home canned.
First aid supplies – yes, they could be expanded.
oil lamps, rocket stove, greenhouse, camping equipment.
So where do I go from here? What do I keep doing? Pretty much, its still about food!
Any other suggestions???