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Old 12-13-2012, 06:29 PM   #1
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OFFICIAL Disaster preparedness thread

Earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, civil unrest, KISS final final farewell tour, wild/city fires, zombie apocalypse, Beiber hitting puberty, blizzards, running out of porn, tsunamis, infectious outbreak.

E46ers are all knowing, so let's get a disaster prep thread going.

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If you know of additional resources, govt, commercial or ngo, please post links.

I had a kit put together some years ago, but it was pretty bare bones and so I'm starting over. I'm trying to figure out a container as I collect the supplies.

Stout plastic storage bins seem to be fairly popular. But they don't really lend themselves to being carried any considerable distance. If sheltering-in-place or evac is by car, that's no sweat. But if there's going to be any walking involved, I can't imagine trying to carry a bin.



There are wheeled plastic bins or rolling coolers.





There's also more suitcase-ish things like a rolling duffel bag.



Any other ideas? Those of you that have put kits together, what are you using and why did you choose it?


It's just me, I'm single with no kids and no pets. So I have the luxury of only needing supplies for 1 person. But the flip side is that I have to have my kit packed in such a way that I can transport everything myself, possibly under adverse conditions.

Where I live, my most likely scenarios are #1 earthquake and #2 civil unrest.

Frankly, storing and potentially transporting the fresh water is the biggie. Most sources seem to recommend 1 gal/person/day. So that's 3 gallons (24 lbs) of water. Easy to get, but takes up space and weighs quite a bit. That's the main thing that has me thinking about something wheeled.

What do you have as far as kit(s), what's in your kit, and what kind of disaster(s) are you preparing for?

Oh, and in before this turns into a gun debate.
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:37 PM   #2
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First rule of prepping is you don't talk about prepping


Bags you can back carry are best. If you can't get 5 miles in a reasonable time... Too heavy
Carry a little water but instead of 20 gallons on your back, get a filter

I see no weapons or med kits in your post? Basically, you'll be a walking supermarket target for others
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:39 PM   #3
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:44 PM   #4
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That's actually the first rule of prepping.
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A few things to add to your kit.

-Hand Gun (9mm is more plentiful, easier to carry more)
-22LR. Take 200 rounds in basicaly a deck of cards, and will kill most small game.
-Good knife (not a swiss army one, a real knife)
-Scanner to receive any radio transmissions, weather, info, etc.
-Flares or signaling device
-Fishing kit
-Easy to carry, high protein food. Bars, candy bars like snickers, etc.
-Spare phone battery or power source
-First aid kit
-Thermal blanket
-can opener

There is plenty more. Depending on your location, potassium iodine pills for nuclear melt down/radiation, gas mask for biological threats, etc. Again, depends on your situation and what you may encounter.

Search youtube for "Bug Out Bag" and watch related videos. Some guys are nuts, others intense, others right on the money.
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Could be an interesting thread. In for ideas.


I'd just bring my camping backpack with all the normal stuff in it; thinking about that now, I'd really love to have a rifle, a better knife, and a better flashlight.
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Bags you can back carry are best. If you can't get 5 miles in a reasonable time... Too heavy
Carry a little water but instead of 20 gallons on your back, get a filter

I see no weapons or med kits in your post? Basically, you'll be a walking supermarket target for others
They say "make a plan". I'm planning on walking to PA and bartering witty rapport for JJ protection. I didn't get into what's in my kit at all. You didn't see me mention any porn mags, either, but rest assured I'm not going into the apocalypse without a few of them. I know what's important.

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor...-20120801.html

Is there a thread going on this already in the gun forum? I searched for "disaster prep" and didn't find much. I didn't bring my tactical vest to the internet today, so I'm skeered to wade into the gun forum.
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I'm kind of a freak about this stuff.

If you have no experience in preparing for anything (seeing as you are posting a cooler as an option, lol) I would recommend just buying a pre-made BOB (bug-out-bag) to start.

Keep it in your car or somewhere close that you can access at all times.

I put my own together, but the best cheap one I've seen so far (others may have opinions) was on the Wise Food website. It's 85 bucks and has everything you need for about 3 days.

http://wisefoodstorage.com/hunters-survival-kit.html

Thats a start. I could go on and on about other stuff, but your first step should be get a bag together in case something happens. Here in CA my setup is for an earthquake or dirty bomb going off in LA and fallout goes south.
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I'm kind of a freak about this stuff.

If you have no experience in preparing for anything (seeing as you are posting a cooler as an option, lol) I would recommend just buying a pre-made BOB (bug-out-bag) to start.

Keep it in your car or somewhere close that you can access at all times.

I put my own together, but the best cheap one I've seen so far (others may have opinions) was on the Wise Food website. It's 85 bucks and has everything you need for about 3 days.

http://wisefoodstorage.com/hunters-survival-kit.html

Thats a start. I could go on and on about other stuff, but your first step should be get a bag together in case something happens. Here in CA my setup is for an earthquake or dirty bomb going off in LA and fallout goes south.
Mock me must you? Those coolers are friggin indestructible! I swear they must be made out of steroidal cockroach skeletons. If there's a nuclear war, I'm crawling inside one.

True story, I've been to Chuuk for scuba diving. The only people that fly into that airport are divers and locals. We divers show up with all our fancy gear bags and Pelican cases. Meanwhile, every one of the locals seem to use Coleman coolers duct-taped shut as luggage. I asked our van driver (a local) about it, and he said most locals prefer them because they're cheaper than "real" luggage and they're so durable that they'll last decades. I suppose when one cannot afford to replace something, durability supersedes style.

Anyway, thanks for the link, will check it out.
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Mock me must you? Those coolers are friggin indestructible! I swear they must be made out of steroidal cockroach skeletons. If there's a nuclear war, I'm crawling inside one.

True story, I've been to Chuuk for scuba diving. The only people that fly into that airport are divers and locals. We divers show up with all our fancy gear bags and Pelican cases. Meanwhile, every one of the locals seem to use Coleman coolers duct-taped shut as luggage. I asked our van driver (a local) about it, and he said most locals prefer them because they're cheaper than "real" luggage and they're so durable that they'll last decades. I suppose when one cannot afford to replace something, durability supersedes style.

Anyway, thanks for the link, will check it out.
If you are a local on an small island, it's highly unlikely you are going to make the money to afford a pelican case. A pelican case is probably like $400 for something the size of a $30 cooler and the cooler is insulated.

But I'd side with him that a cooler or rolly suitcase probably isn't going to be ideal. I think the big part is that you are now limited to only paved surfaces, no stairs, and not moving between anything narrower than 2 feet wide. In a disaster, I don't want to really want to be on the former two, and I don't want to be stuck there because of the latter one.
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You need essentials, like guns, a water supply, non-perishable food and a fresh food source. Most importantly, allies with neighbors. If your home was overrun, you need to basically take a standard backpacking kit, plus guns.
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Unless you live in a sparsely populated area, don't plan on going anywhere. You and everyone else in the region are going to be looking to get out of town as well so you're going to go nowhere fast.

Remember, there are going to be a lot of other people who decide to arm themselves and hit the streets. Many of them won't even have supplies so they will be looking for the first walking supermarket, armed or not. Not much you can do when there is complete chaos in every direction.
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Yeah, my only holdup is the fiance. She seems to have a problem with heavily arming a house and a nice residential neighborhood. I can maybe let that go, there are other things, though, that she will have no say in.
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i just have a gun and plenty ammo. when there is a disaster, i know there will be plenty of idiots out dragging their coolers around. easy targets. no need for me to save anything myself.
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