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    Tough to get my posting count up when I come across so much good reading. Thanks!
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    Good read. I couldn't put it down. The author was very knowledgeable and definately got me thinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heylin View Post
    I believe there was a movie along the same line, power outage due to a heatwave. Shows what people are prepared to do in SHTF situation. Amazing thing is it only took a few days to escalate.
    I remember that movie but not the title.
    I hated that woman for throwing a perfectly good shotgun in the swimming pool.
    It's the only scene I remember.

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    Excellent novel. I just finished it last week.

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    Just finished it late last weekend. It took awhile to grow on me, but I did enjoy it. It was also thought provoking. The only strange item I noticed was the absence of any pets. Absent feral dogs, there were no four legged animals.

    As the end approached, I was more and more enthused, and the characters grew on me.

    Good read.

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    Very good read! Thanks for posting. Gets me to thinking that I do need to start a little if SHTF stash just in case and if you never need it great and if you do at least your somewhat prepared. It got me to thinking 'What all do i need to have stashed away. How much ammo? How many batteries? How many MREs? How long should it take me to get my supplies together?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CowboyColby View Post
    Very good read! Thanks for posting. Gets me to thinking that I do need to start a little if SHTF stash just in case and if you never need it great and if you do at least your somewhat prepared. It got me to thinking 'What all do i need to have stashed away. How much ammo? How many batteries? How many MREs? How long should it take me to get my supplies together?
    Welcome to the forum. Look down this thread to my post #38 and you'll see a comprehensive list of supplies. You can tailor that to fit your needs and wallet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CowboyColby View Post
    Very good read! Thanks for posting. Gets me to thinking that I do need to start a little if SHTF stash just in case and if you never need it great and if you do at least your somewhat prepared. It got me to thinking 'What all do i need to have stashed away. How much ammo? How many batteries? How many MREs? How long should it take me to get my supplies together?
    One person who is an 'expert' in survivalist scenarios suggests that you start with the situation you are most likely to be involved in. For me, for example, since I live in FL, I figured I am most in danger from a hurricane.

    So, I began to think about what if we really got smacked and had to go for 2 weeks without power, food, water, etc? And that's where we began.

    Now, it is another wholly different scenario to think about EMP, or financial collapse, nukes, terrorism, etc. But, what we have already done in preparing for a hurricane becomes the basis from which we could start preparing for other, longer-term scenarios.

    Books like these give some ideas on where and how to start. But, begin with stuff that is most likely to occur, not the events which are least likely.
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    This is a very good read.

    I just started reading it tonight and I'm up to page 75.

    Looks like I'm not going to get much done this weekend.
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    Good read
    This will be the first book I've read on the computer, but it hooked me pretty early.
    I just finished page 175 and trying to get my eyes to focus again is like work.
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    I did not catch this post when it made the first round. Thanks for reviving it. I'm not done yet but it sure makes me want to get that generator bought for our well. Last winter by our house we had 8 powerlines snap over from the wind and it took 3 days to be repaired. The temps were about 7-10 degrees and we have horses, dogs, and chickens but of course with no power the water tanks all froze real quick. Hauling water was a pain but what if there was no water at a friends to haul? Also we have a gas furnace in the house so it got pretty cold by the third day inside. I have 2 parrots inside and kerosene fumes will kill them so the shop heater was out of the question.

    I think a generator and a wood stove is our first priority even for small local emergencies plus food stuffs for at least 2 weeks. Our most likely problems would be power outages from weather.

    Off topic - What size generator do any of you have that would run a 3/4 to hp well pump plus maybe use it for a refrigerator?
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    http://www.popud.com/GeneratorBrochure.pdf This has some major appliance wattage ratings and such.
    I personally have a 5500 kw generator that will power a camper trailer I have. It's my lifeboat, I can relocate to the camper if I need to or hook it up and evac if necessary. Plus it makes for nice vacations at the beach during the summer months and everything but the air runs off of propane for winter trips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redwood66 View Post
    I did not catch this post when it made the first round. Thanks for reviving it. I'm not done yet but it sure makes me want to get that generator bought for our well. Last winter by our house we had 8 powerlines snap over from the wind and it took 3 days to be repaired. The temps were about 7-10 degrees and we have horses, dogs, and chickens but of course with no power the water tanks all froze real quick. Hauling water was a pain but what if there was no water at a friends to haul? Also we have a gas furnace in the house so it got pretty cold by the third day inside. I have 2 parrots inside and kerosene fumes will kill them so the shop heater was out of the question.

    I think a generator and a wood stove is our first priority even for small local emergencies plus food stuffs for at least 2 weeks. Our most likely problems would be power outages from weather.

    Off topic - What size generator do any of you have that would run a 3/4 to hp well pump plus maybe use it for a refrigerator?
    I was in the same boat. We had a major ice storm in the midwest in January 2002. I lived in the country at the time and we were without power for two weeks.

    I had 2 generators that I wired directly to the electrical box. The generators stayed in the driveway and I ran the wire under the garage doors. I shut off all of the breakers except the furnace, the fridge, tv, and lights in the living room. It was very basic.

    At the time, I had an African Gray parrot (George) and he would not be able to sustain cold temperatures. Fortunately with the 2 generators, we had plenty of heat and our house was the only one out in the country that had lights. All of our neighbors had to evacuate to friends, family, or hotels in the city.

    This book is a very good illustration of what could happen. I've shared it with lots of friends.

    The other day a friend of mine said this struck home with him. He was at a Wal-Mart the other day and none of the debit machines would work. The lines were getting longer and longer. People started yelling at the cashiers, and started shoving and pushing. Basically, they started to panic. This is a small scale example of what can happen when people panic.

    If we're prepared for the worst scenarios, we are less likely to panic.

    I sure wish I still had my farm because I had chickens, a stocked fishing pond, and cattle. My farm was like a fortress and would have been very easy to defend. There was only one way in and one way out, with deep ditches surrounding it. I even had a concrete bomb shelter stocked with food and water.

    C'est la vie.

    Now, I live in a subdivision in the suburbs of K.C.

    After reading this book, I look at my neighbors a whole lot differently than before. I wonder if they will be honest or dishonest in a SHTF situation. I wonder if they are stocking up and preparing. Or, will they be the type to panic and try to steal what is mine.

    Needless to say, this is a very good book and it made me look at my preparedness....where my weak spots are.
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