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I am an engineering student working on a project that involves working with people who are preparing for emergencies, big or small, in order to design something (a project, website, workspace, etc.). I am really interested in learning more about the preparing and prepper process and mindsets, and would love to hear from anyone open to sharing their experiences, especially how you started preparing and what you are preparing for! Feel free to reply to this thread or PM me.
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OK, I'll bite. It all started when a teacher pulled my hair out until I went bald.
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OK, I'll bite. It all started when a teacher pulled my hair out until I went bald.
Thanks for the reply. Did that actually cause you to start wanting to prepare for emergencies, and if so, is there a specific type of situation or is it more general? Thanks!
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Not exactly, at that time I was only nine, but it set in motion what was to come. I went on to work for a lot of people that had last names that ended in a vowel. When you live that kind of lifestyle the powers that be will never leave you alone. At that time if someone had ask if I believed in forever, I would have told them that I don't believe in tomorrow.

After that I was repeatedly screwed over by the government or people who worked for the government. Why would I not do my best to prepare for what ever the government or the people who work for the government are going to do to me between now and when I die?
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After that I was repeatedly screwed over by the government or people who worked for the government. Why would I not do my best to prepare for what ever the government or the people who work for the government are going to do to me between now and when I die?
Ok, that makes complete sense. What kind of preparing do you do for situations that relate to future problems caused by the government? Also, do you prepare only for yourself or for family as well?
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many ways to start
all depends on looking at type of prepping
ie weather/natural disater
man made roits/war

i go with weather type with some back upfor roits
i drive a semi truck cross country and carry two kits in the truck
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How about just wanting to have something this current day Government / administration wants you not to have ?
Like not being able to defend yourself & family !

Shame on the mess to even have to explain to the powers to be in this day & age.

Its what made our Country great
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My prepping history starts with the Cuban Missile Crisis in ’62, when I was nine. There was an old storm cellar on the property we rented. My dad had me help him get it all cleaned out and ready for a stay by bringing in cases of home canned foods and such. Thankfully we never had to use it for more than the occasional tornado. But it was my first conscious taste of prepping.

The place we were renting was a farm family ‘old home place’ that was used to raise a family. Once the kids were taking over the farm, they built a new house and rented the old one out to us. It had a huge fenced yard, on a good rise and had plenty of wildlands around it full of game, blackberry brambles, hickory, black walnut, and persimmon trees. There was a spring down the hill on one side, and a gully down on the other side that usually had some water in it, but was dry enough that we often played army or Tarzan there.

The huge yard was mostly garden. We had two milk cows, about 25 chickens, and the farmer usually gave us a runt or two of the swine he raised that would not make it anyway. That gave us two calves and a couple of pigs to fatten up for late fall butchering. We bought stables like sugar and flour, but the garden and the animals provided most of our needs. Plus we fished by trotline a nearby river at times to put up a mess of fish in the freezer, as well as hunted squirrels and rabbits and the occasional deer. When I was twelve I got my first rifle, a single shot .22RF and was responsible for the squirrel and rabbit hunting after that until we moved.

We moved from that spot 40 miles southeast of St. Louis to the Bootheel of Missouri in 1967, just after I turned 14. We’d been taught to be avid readers, and with a county library branch in the small town of Senath, the three of us kids that were still at home had a field day. I read ‘Alas Babylon’ and ‘How To Survive The H-Bomb and Why’, both by Pat Frank and that re-energized my need to prep since we no longer lived that lifestyle.

Also not long after moving to the Bootheel I learned of the New Madrid Earthquakes and the New Madrid Fault Line as it was known at that time. So that was another reason, aside from the Cold War for me to prepare, as was the tendency for the area to flood, being a reclaimed swamp.

Later on I read a history of De Soto’s trips down the Mississippi and ran across a reference to a recent earthquake. Well, Dr. Otto Nutley at St. Louis University, the foremost authority of the New Madrid Seismic Zone as it came to be known, took my phone call out of the blue and listened to my findings. We corresponded for quite a while about the possibility of earthquakes until he died.

By now I was 18 and making my own money helping my father in his plumbing and well drilling business and began to accumulate preps in earnest. I wrote a prep manual in 1977, but there was a bunch of them already out so mine wasn’t published. The plumbing and well drilling continued until I moved to Colorado for a few months to help one of my brothers on a computer programing job. Couldn’t take my preps, so my dad kept an eye on them. When the job was other, I had another job, this one in the Oil Patch of Oklahoma and Texas. I became a security agent for a contractor that kept an eye on oil field equipment that was in storage during the bust of the mid 80s.

Been prepping ever since.

As for what I prepare for, I prepare less by type of disaster than I do by basic human needs. The basic needs are pretty much the same, no matter what the disaster. As I meet my goals for the basics I do specific things for specific disasters. There really aren't that many individual elements that aren't appropriate for several sets of circumstances. My ultimate goal is to be as self-sufficient for as long of a period as it is practical to be in modern society.

This is a list of the things I consider when I’m making preps, in alphabetical order. The dangers in some of them relate directly to peoples’ belief in them, as much as the actual event. Some things don’t have to happen to be a danger. The mere belief can be enough to set people on a destructive path.

(No. I’m not ready for all of them yet. And yes, some of them simply call for having your affairs in order.)



1. A New Evil charismatic leader (Hitler/Stalin/Mao style)
2. A New Messiah
3. A new Persian Empire
4. Abolishment/unconstitutional rewrite of the US constitution
5. Active shooter at public venue/business
6. Active shooter at school/college campus
7. Addictive Entertainment
8. Advanced Technology disaster
9. Agenda 21
10. Airplane crash
11. Anarchy
12. Antibiotic resistant bacteria
13. Armageddon
14. Atmospheric River storm/severe flooding
15. Automotive accident
16. Avalanche
17. Aztlan/Reconquista Uprising
18. Bank closure/failure/mandated bank holiday
19. Bath Salt drug zombies
20. Becoming a refugee
21. Becoming lost in the megalopolis
22. Becoming lost in the wilderness
23. Bee Colony Collapse Disorder (fungi/pesticide/parasites) crop pollination failures
24. Biblical flood
25. Biblical plagues
26. Biological war/attack
27. Black hole appearance
28. Blackout
29. Blizzard
30. Boat wreck/ship wreck
31. Brownout
32. Carrington Event/Massive solar flare
33. Celestial object impact/near miss
34. Central US major tectonic/volcanic activity
35. Chemical war/attack
36. Civil war
37. Civilian disarmament
38. Cloning of dangerous plants/animals
39. Cloning of humans
40. Coronal Mass Ejection (CME)
41. Communication restrictions
42. Corporate/industrial flight from the US
43. Crime wave
44. Criminal Coup of the government
45. Crop failures
46. Dam failure/collapse
47. Dangerous wildlife confrontation
48. Dark matter/anti-matter incident
49. Declining drinking water aquifer levels
50. Destruction/loss of the middle class
51. DHS take over
52. Draconian police powers/actions
53. Drinking water aquifer contamination/poisoning
54. Drought
55. Dust bowl
56. Earth Core Cooling
57. Earth orbit shift
58. Earthquake
59. Eco-system collapse
60. Electro Magnetic Pulse attack (EMP attack)
61. Electro Magnetic Pulse from coronal mass ejection or other solar activity
62. Encroachment of drinking water aquifers by seawater
63. Environmental disaster
64. Epidemic
65. Ethnic war
66. Evidence of extraterrestrials
67. Exodus of important skill holders from the US
68. Exodus of the wealthy/rich from the US
69. Extraterrestrial biological contamination
70. Federal police force w/broad powers circumventing civilian protections
71. Fire storm
72. Flash mob violence/criminal event
73. Flash flood
74. Food shortages/price increases
75. Forest fire/wild fire
76. Fuel shortages/price increases
77. Fungal infections of food staples crops
78. Gamma ray burst from neutron star collision
79. Global cooling/Ice Age
80. Global nuclear war
81. Global warming
82. Gold/PM recall
83. Gold/PM restrictions
84. Government Tyranny
85. Grand Alignment induced tectonic activity
86. Great Lakes drainage event (to the Ohio River due to tectonic activity)
87. Ground surface tilt/rise/subsidence from tectonics/magma movement
88. Gulf Stream shutdown/subsidence
89. Hail
90. Hazmat incident
91. Heat wave
92. Home gardening restrictions
93. Home invasion
94. Hostage situation
95. Hostile extraterrestrials
96. House/apartment/building fire
97. Hurricane
98. Hypercane
99. Ice Storm
100. Infrastructure collapse/failures
101. Invasion of the US
102. Invasive plant and animal species
103. Kidnapped
104. Lahar
105. Landslide/mudslide
106. Large scale JIT delivery failures
107. Limited nuclear war/attack
108. Limnic eruption
109. Local major accident (aircraft/auto/rail/building)
110. Local major crime
111. Local/regional gun grab
112. Lockdown at school/college campus
113. Lockdown at work/business
114. Loss of job
115. Magnetic pole shift
116. Major conventional war
117. Major economic depression
118. Major nuclear power plant incident
119. Major Tax Rate increases
120. Martial Law
121. Massive tectonic activity
122. Massive/rapid increase in the poverty level/numbers
123. Maunder Minimum low sunspot cycle triggered ice age
124. Medical emergency
125. Mega Quake (New Madrid seismic zone, Cascadia subduction zone)
126. Mega Tsunami (La Palma, West Antarctic Ice Sheet)
127. Mega Volcano (Yellowstone Caldera)
128. Methane Hydrate release
129. Mississippi River bed change
130. National bankruptcy/default
131. Nationwide/global economic breakdown
132. Nemesis induced Oort Cloud meteorite rain
133. New colonial activity (Fr., Sp., Port., It., Germ., Japan, China, Russia, UK, Brazil, Ven.)
134. New, more restrictive assault weapons ban
135. New World Order (NWO)
136. Out of control bio-genetics/bio-technology
137. Out of control Nano-technology/robotics
138. Overpopulation
139. Ozone layer depletion
140. Pandemic/Syndemic pandemic
141. Peaceful extraterrestrials
142. Peak oil
143. Personal financial breakdown
144. Personal/family catastrophic illness
145. Personal impact crimes
146. Pestilence
147. Political unrest/backlash
148. Pyroclastic flow
149. Racial war
150. Rainforest deforestation
151. Rampant inflation
152. Rapid Population Decline
153. Refugees
154. Regional climate change
155. Released/escaped dangerous zoo/circus animals
156. Religious war
157. Resource war
158. Rogue Military Activity
159. Rotational pole shift
160. Runaway GM food plant failure/cross contamination
161. Safe deposit box (non-bank) restrictions/closures
162. Sand/dust storms/Haboob
163. Sea level drop
164. Sea level rise
165. Second coming
166. Seceding of one or more states from the US
167. Sentient computer(s) take over
168. Severe Lightning
169. Sheriffs lose arrest rights/authority
170. Shipwrecked/marooned
171. Shortages of goods and services for a variety of reasons
172. Sinkholes
173. Slow rise flood
174. Social break down
175. Solar radiation increase/decrease
176. State bankruptcy/default
177. Strikes/boycotts/embargoes/price controls
178. Sub-atomic particle research accident
179. Sudden regional major population shift
180. Super-storm
181. Tailings pond dam failure/collapse
182. Terrorism of all types
183. The Anti-Christ
184. Tornado
185. Total gun ban/confiscation
186. Train wreck
187. Travel restrictions
188. Tsunami
189. UN Small Arms Treaty
190. UN/One World Government
191. US civilian coup
192. US military coup
193. US revolution
194. Utilities failures
195. Vehicle breakdown/stranded
196. Volcano
197. Water shortages
198. Water system contamination/poisoning
199. Wealth redistribution (by currency exchange/tax rates)
200. Weapons restrictions
201. Weather Modification attack
202. Widespread civil unrest/riots
203. Wild animal rampage
204. World Population dramatic increase
205. Zombies/vampires/werewolves/other supernatural dangers (Just kidding! Sort of. The mere belief in can be/cause a disaster.)

Just my opinion.
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Where I live we get blizzards and ice storms, which end in us losing power. I thought it was wise to have firewood and canned tuna and candles and such.

Then we *DID* lose power, and I discovered I was missing quite a bit! So I went on-line and filled the holes so that the next time we will be more comfortable.
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