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post #1 of Old 08-16-2015, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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How Prepared Are You For a Natural Disaster?

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Last spring we had some pretty massive flooding down here in Texas that made me wonder, how prepared would we all be in the case of a natural disaster?

If power were knocked out in your area, how many days would your supplies last?

Although I am not what some folks call a "prepper" I do have a closet filled with camping equipment (and supplies) that would get me by over time. I sure wouldn't want to deal with the heat without air conditioning very long though.
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post #2 of Old 08-16-2015, 07:17 PM
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Haha we've been through several 'disasters' in the last year - Flooding, Cyclones, Earthquakes, heatwaves.... you name it its been through here at least once :C
What I noticed though is no one here is actually prepared. When the roads get blocked off people tend to panic and buy the shops out of every last morsal of bread and milk - like its the end of the world. It's like they clearly cant live for two days on what they have in their house :/
However we experienced the first earthquake here in 30 years about 6 months ago, and a few more in the last month. It's strange, let me tell you.
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Here in argentina there aren't so many natural disasters. Not in Buenos Aires. Maybe we get flood easily in some cities (not mine).
People here is not prepared... cuz they don't want to .-. they know they can get flood but they don't do anything in order to change it, or to prevent for loosing their belongings
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The most common disaster where I live is Tornados. We have a storm cellar and go in it if a Tornado is eminent. As for a long term disaster...nope...not prepared for that.

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Very.. Which is a good thing since it's been my job to teach others for the past 30 years.. <Chuckles>
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We have several freezers of meat - and a generator - and fuel - and propane tanks - and fuel tanks - and pantries full of canned foods (both stored canned and home canned). We have common sense on our side as well. We have a wood stove and back yard filled with several cords of wood (and I am not talking one or two..we normally keep 7-10 full cords of year to burn). Wood is cut on our property.

Flooding is not an issue here but snow and cold and drought are. A few years ago I was without power for 16 hours and temps were 20 - 30 below zero with snow on the ground..never had an issue. The wood stove was life kept turning.

We have water collection tanks for rain water..they hold hundreds of gallons each one and we have at least 6 that I can think of off the top of my head..we might have more. That water is used for gardens and livestock...but we also have dirt tanks to water our livestock as well.

I have numerous kerosene lamps with many bottles of kerosene.

We have a wall heater that runs off propane and isn't reliant on electricity. It is rare for us to ever use our furnace.

My stove and oven are gas..if we lose that I can pop the top off my wood stove and cook off the ranch we have the old style wood burning cookstove.

We have road graders and tractors to shove snow off our road..we have snow plows attached to our 4-wheelers for lighter days. If it comes down to it we have plenty of guns and plenty of ammo...we also have chickens..and a major worry.

Where I currently live (because of our jobs) is in a rural area with an aging infrastructure..almost everybody here is self sufficient. The ranch is in the middle of nowhere..over 2 miles from the 1 and only neighbor and almost 20 from a village of only a few thousand people..over an hour from any city of any major size. Again..self sufficiency is a must on a normal day.

We are also big campers/hunters and we live in an arid region..we know how how to conserve and use water wisely...we have a considerable amount of survival gear and skills. If anything happened we certainly wouldn't go into panic mode.

We would last a lot longer than most.

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Very.. Which is a good thing since it's been my job to teach others for the past 30 years.. <Chuckles>
Somehow I missed that is what you do!

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Here (in Canada, Ontario not far from London) we don't really get any Natural Disasters, we had some heavy storms, and some tornado watch (but there was never any tornadoes in my city) and when it says so we have to go in the basement, we have lots of snow in winter but we have shovels for that
As for when I lived in France there was never any kind of problems, people becomes agitated at the simple sight of some rain or snow, especially on the road, they're all like "Oh no, snow/rain, I completely forgot how to drive normaly !!"
But if there will ever be a end of the world disaster.... like zombies of courses, I'll go knocking down @chanda95 's door and ask for shelter there, you are so prepared
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