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Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 09-24-2018, 09:29 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,930
Posted By Writer's Block
I had been prepping seriously for some time...

I had been prepping seriously for some time before Y2K, but when I compare where I am now to where I was then, the only description that applies is "WAY BETTER".

I have way more food stored (both...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 09-24-2018, 05:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,283
Posted By Writer's Block
So, I have had a strategy shift. Really...

So, I have had a strategy shift.

Really could not find anything in the area I wanted for the price I wanted. Lots that needed way too much work for the cost and stuff like that...Land would be...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 09-21-2018, 01:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,055
Posted By Writer's Block
When it comes to equipment, I always rotate into...

When it comes to equipment, I always rotate into house use the older stuff I had in my kit. Since I have multiple different kits for different purposes, including two specific to the house bags...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 09-01-2018, 09:28 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,246
Posted By Writer's Block
My goal for ten years from now is a similar type...

My goal for ten years from now is a similar type of land purchase.

Right now, my work requirements and such limit my ability to live in an area at all that remote.
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 09-01-2018, 09:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,135
Posted By Writer's Block
This highlights to me why all a group's Emergency...

This highlights to me why all a group's Emergency Plans need to be written down.

Having a plan is simply not enough.

Once written down, you need to show the people involved the plans and...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 09-01-2018, 09:18 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,659
Posted By Writer's Block
I have tons of Maglites in all sorts of different...

I have tons of Maglites in all sorts of different sizes (I did like 10 years working security back in the day). They are awesome and durable as all get out. I have a Mini-Mag that fell several...
Forum: Books, Movies & Stories 08-23-2018, 06:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,059
Posted By Writer's Block
When I upgraded to HDTVs, PVRs, and such for the...

When I upgraded to HDTVs, PVRs, and such for the house, I kept my old VCRs, DVD players and a couple TVs they work on.

I worked at a video store several times in my life, so I have a huge VHS (and...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-23-2018, 06:10 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,326
Posted By Writer's Block
I think it all comes down to: 1) What types...

I think it all comes down to:

1) What types of things you are prepping for.

When I started getting serious and really organized about my prepping, most of my planning revolved around 90 days...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-23-2018, 06:05 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,219
Posted By Writer's Block
Makes me think about getting a passport....

Makes me think about getting a passport....
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-23-2018, 06:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,804
Posted By Writer's Block
Look forward to going through this. The...

Look forward to going through this.

The second survival manual I ever got (the first really good and comprehensive one), way back when was the old USAF Survival Manual... much less detailed and...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-23-2018, 05:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,984
Posted By Writer's Block
I am planning to buy some of the cabinet beds...

I am planning to buy some of the cabinet beds (kinda like a Murphy Bed but in a cabinet rather than in a wall) for my new house.

I am also partial to all couches I own being Hide-a-bed style with...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-23-2018, 05:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,269
Posted By Writer's Block
My friends went there two decades ago and,...

My friends went there two decades ago and, overall, had a great time.

They did advise if you ever go do not give money to beggars (you get ID'd and swarmed every time you come in and out of the...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-23-2018, 05:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,308
Posted By Writer's Block
The air quality where I am on Vancouver Island...

The air quality where I am on Vancouver Island was, a day or two ago, worse than China...

We had a 10+ air quality rating two days in a row. Last night you could have sworn the fire was just a few...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-05-2018, 02:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,283
Posted By Writer's Block
Looking at potential houses online and have sent...

Looking at potential houses online and have sent a list off to realtor of place I want to see.

Taking at least one roomie (also a MAG member) with me when I go to look. Nice to have an extra set...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-05-2018, 01:51 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,901
Posted By Writer's Block
I am planning extensive water collection and...

I am planning extensive water collection and storage, as well as green houses, for my next home.

Part of that is worries about the climate, part of it is about becoming more self-reliant, and part...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-05-2018, 01:48 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,500
Posted By Writer's Block
Ok, you feel you now "own the place"... when the...

Ok, you feel you now "own the place"... when the lawful owner shows up after the SHTF to move his extended family in and kick you out, are you going to fight to the death? What if he has the...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-05-2018, 01:41 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,472
Posted By Writer's Block
My plans are up in the air until the move. I...

My plans are up in the air until the move.

I had started to formulate some plausible ones after a massive shakeup of my MAG's membership of late, but now even those plans need to be revised.
...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-05-2018, 01:38 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,857
Posted By Writer's Block
As the famous British poster says "Stay Calm"... ...

As the famous British poster says "Stay Calm"...

First do some research. Randomly acquiring stuff and learning random skills is not going to get you anything but more confused.

Look into...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-05-2018, 01:33 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,742
Posted By Writer's Block
A lot of people do use the terms...

A lot of people do use the terms semi-interchangeably.

When I first started prepping, I was totally focused on TEOTWAWKI scale stuff; mostly nuclear war.

WOW was I uninformed.

Once I did...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-01-2018, 02:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,129
Posted By Writer's Block
Nice. I want to do something like that with a pop...

Nice. I want to do something like that with a pop machine... maybe make a gun cabinet or something from one.
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 08-01-2018, 02:12 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 8,429
Posted By Writer's Block
I am hoping to get a pair of Rokon bikes and such...

I am hoping to get a pair of Rokon bikes and such for my new place when I get it.

I love the design and capabilities of them.
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-29-2018, 06:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,283
Posted By Writer's Block
Oh, absolutely. I am hoping very strongly that I...

Oh, absolutely. I am hoping very strongly that I will find a place that lets me start moving in immediately.

I have all sorts of plans for a new place, and would LOVE to get started on some of...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-29-2018, 06:15 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 8,429
Posted By Writer's Block
I plan to get some if the new place either has...

I plan to get some if the new place either has the land to really use one or is adjacent to an area that would benefit me to have them.

Always wanted some.

Personally, I have always felt that...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-29-2018, 06:12 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,039
Posted By Writer's Block
Great way to meet other like minded people. ...

Great way to meet other like minded people.

Great way to receive free training.

Great way to get to know people in the response network of your community.

All in all, win - win.
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-29-2018, 06:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,914
Posted By Writer's Block
Volunteer with Emergency Management groups and...

Volunteer with Emergency Management groups and such. I met lots of people that way.

Take courses that relate to it; lots of places (community groups, local response organizations, etc) provide...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-28-2018, 09:28 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,283
Posted By Writer's Block
After I finish this move, I plan to upgrade my...

After I finish this move, I plan to upgrade my first aid ticket. I just don't feel like I know it as well as I used to and it has been too long since I last got the training.

This is a prep thing,...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-28-2018, 09:21 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,846
Posted By Writer's Block
Friends. Make a group that will prep and survive...

Friends. Make a group that will prep and survive with you.

Games. Several years back I realized the only entertainment I had prepped was cards and some stuff on DVD. I bought a bunch of games,...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-28-2018, 09:16 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 8,796
Posted By Writer's Block
If I jumped every time something gave me a bad...

If I jumped every time something gave me a bad feeling, I would spend half my life in the air.

Keep following your plan and buy according to it.

I mean, you can never know what may happen, so...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-28-2018, 09:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,283
Posted By Writer's Block
Well, house has sold. Gonna be out of here as of...

Well, house has sold. Gonna be out of here as of morning on Sept 26.

Nice thing is some areas I am looking at here on the Island are really softening so I could end up saving some cash... and can...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-22-2018, 08:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,283
Posted By Writer's Block
Yeah, I am planning to stay in the same general...

Yeah, I am planning to stay in the same general area actually... just looking for both a change and an overall improvement of my living and prepping situation.

Some of what I want from the new...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-22-2018, 07:40 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,731
Posted By Writer's Block
I hope you actually have a plan and have actually...

I hope you actually have a plan and have actually made an assessment of the likely threats to you.

When I first started, I was totally convinced there was massive threat of nuclear war any day. I...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-22-2018, 07:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,448
Posted By Writer's Block
It is actually pretty easy. You sit there,...

It is actually pretty easy.

You sit there, talking about all sorts of different stuff (the weather, whatever) and then go:

"Did you see that show on (insert disaster here) the had on (the news,...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-21-2018, 07:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,283
Posted By Writer's Block
Yeah, I am getting rid of tons of stuff. If I...

Yeah, I am getting rid of tons of stuff. If I find I need something at the new place, I'll get a new or gently used one. Lots of furniture, 95% of the appliances, and stuff like that are either going...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-21-2018, 07:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,101
Posted By Writer's Block
I prepare for it quite simply: I keep...

I prepare for it quite simply:

I keep preparing myself deeper and deeper for the most likely threats to my life and home. In doing so, I am also preparing for the possibility of TEOTWAWKI.
...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-21-2018, 07:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,836
Posted By Writer's Block
I imagine there must be a way to store it that...

I imagine there must be a way to store it that would allow it to be carried in a BOB...

Glass container or similar? Vacc sealed or flushed gas or including an O2 absorber like we do for food...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-21-2018, 07:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,112
Posted By Writer's Block
I think a large bandana is essential prep for hot...

I think a large bandana is essential prep for hot weather. So are things like G2 singles and such for when you let the electrolytes drop too low.

As to keeping stuff cool, a friend of mine had an...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-15-2018, 08:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,283
Posted By Writer's Block
Finally Happening... Moving Soon

As I have mentioned several times over the past year, I am planning a move.

Well, I am in final stages for a sale as of end of Sept.

Been in the same house for essentially 25 years.

A lot...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-15-2018, 08:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,059
Posted By Writer's Block
I am looking forward to redoing my whole plan,...

I am looking forward to redoing my whole plan, and all my emergency info and such, when I move at end of summer.

25 yrs in the same place; this is going to be a huge change in my life and...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-15-2018, 08:03 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,689
Posted By Writer's Block
Only hope they would have was an established...

Only hope they would have was an established relationship with their security team...being the great guy now that lends to them extending loyalty to you when the money is gone.

Make a place there...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-15-2018, 07:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,037
Posted By Writer's Block
I have one, but since I am both selling my house...

I have one, but since I am both selling my house to move to a new one and my MAG is significantly different than it was at the last revision, the whole plan will see revision once the move is over.
...
Forum: Food and water 07-08-2018, 09:45 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,260
Posted By Writer's Block
There is a huge difference between surviving and...

There is a huge difference between surviving and living.

I am sure someone could, theoretically, survive on such a diet for some time. They would become deficient in many things, and I would not...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-08-2018, 09:37 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,444
Posted By Writer's Block
Caching is not a matter of burying it so no one...

Caching is not a matter of burying it so no one will ever find it.

What you want to do is put it somewhere no one has any reason to look, in a place that it is unlikely to be detected by chance,...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-08-2018, 09:02 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,959
Posted By Writer's Block
Just a few more observations about this...

Just a few more observations about this experience...

I am still recovering. I am able to go to work and such now, but still have a periodic yet brutal cough as I am continuing to bring crap up...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-02-2018, 10:45 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,959
Posted By Writer's Block
Over a week since I caught it, and while I am...

Over a week since I caught it, and while I am definitely better, I am still suffering a hacking cough, crap in my lungs, overall weakness, and occasional runny nose.

Imagine if I did not have an...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-01-2018, 07:41 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,959
Posted By Writer's Block
Some Random Thoughts on SHTF

So I used to be one of those lone wolf types with the plan to leave it all behind and head for the hills in response to most major threats... let alone TEOTWAWKI.

I was younger then, and not as...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 06-30-2018, 05:29 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,922
Posted By Writer's Block
Step one is same as for any gift: Make sure it is...

Step one is same as for any gift: Make sure it is something they will actually want and use. Otherwise, like any gift, it will be disposed of or forgotten.

Also make sure they understand the...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 06-30-2018, 05:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 961
Posted By Writer's Block
I am currently looking into places that do custom...

I am currently looking into places that do custom embroidery.

I plan to get the standard name tag flash like on military gear or clothing done with labeling.

Since emergency planning is so...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 06-24-2018, 03:36 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,293
Posted By Writer's Block
Keeping hand crank stuff from going dead is just...

Keeping hand crank stuff from going dead is just like checking your smoke detector batteries, expiry on food and meds, and all the other routine maintenance preppers do.

You set a day that you...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 06-24-2018, 03:34 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,444
Posted By Writer's Block
When you go to place your cache, pick a spot with...

When you go to place your cache, pick a spot with a really big rock already there.

Carefully move the rock, dig the hole, place the cache, scatter the extra dirt far away, replace stone over. This...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 06-23-2018, 06:29 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,644
Posted By Writer's Block
It is not about copyright of the contents; it is...

It is not about copyright of the contents; it is about copyright of the collection, format, presentation etc of the material. They are not copyrighting the manuals as much as the CD-ROM and packaging...
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