As we deal with a horrible east coast ice storm, I am wondering how many here are "preppers" of any kind?

Bignuf Bignuf
In short, do you plan and stock up well ahead of time, with supplies for emergencies that might hit your area? Like emergency water or food stocks, or solar back up flashlights, propane heaters in areas where you might lose power...etc?

What kind of things are you "prepared" for? How extensive are your supplies?
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
Rossie , Bignuf , RonLee , SailorMoonxRRx , Castielskitten , Lvstoplay , Akira , icyqueen
8
Taylor , icyqueen , karpov
3
edeneve , ejrbrndps , Isola , imperialyellowdragon , U3H
5
Total votes: 16 (15 voters)
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Rossie Rossie
I have plenty of canned food, dry food, bottled water, tap lights, and batteries in my pantry at all times, and I even have a portable Butane stove with plenty of gas cartridge refills -- can I call myself a basic prepper?
01/30/2014
edeneve edeneve
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Originally posted by Rossie
I have plenty of canned food, dry food, bottled water, tap lights, and batteries in my pantry at all times, and I even have a portable Butane stove with plenty of gas cartridge refills -- can I call myself a basic prepper?
lol I think so Rossie. ^_^
01/30/2014
Bignuf Bignuf
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Originally posted by Rossie
I have plenty of canned food, dry food, bottled water, tap lights, and batteries in my pantry at all times, and I even have a portable Butane stove with plenty of gas cartridge refills -- can I call myself a basic prepper?
We are about like you, and it's not for any fantasy reason. We live on the coast and storms bring power outages, locked down gas stations and tree blocked roads. If you don't have food, water, some basic heat, light and some way to power a TV, Radio or other communication device, you are in bad shape, sometimes for days. "Basic prepping" is a good term. It's being ready, in our minds, for the real threats that do hit your area once in a while (in our case, at least once a year..sometimes more). Our hurricane supplies were not needed for any tropical storm this year, but sure turned out handy as we got locked in by ice for a couple days!
01/30/2014
Bignuf Bignuf
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Originally posted by edeneve
lol I think so Rossie. ^_^
So, what do you do when the storms block the roads, or take out power? What do you eat? How do you keep warm? How do you know what is going on for information?
Have you been in a storm or minor disaster? We are just wondering what you did to make it through?
01/30/2014
ejrbrndps ejrbrndps
I have never prepare for a storm, we usually have everything we need all the time.
01/31/2014
Taylor Taylor
I keep some extra water, and I also have a hand crank generator that I can run some small appliances on or charge my phone if I need to, but it is a lot of work to keep something going on that. I don't have food I've specifically stored for emergencies, but usually I'd be okay for at least a few days with canned or dry food. I would not say I'm super prepared though. I've been lucky so far in that I've never been without power for more than maybe 4 hours before.

I don't see the point in the extreme prepping that the people on tv do. If things get THAT bad, I don't want to be around for it.
01/31/2014
Bignuf Bignuf
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Originally posted by ejrbrndps
I have never prepare for a storm, we usually have everything we need all the time.
That means you are a "prepper" by nature. If you keep spare batteries, food stocks...etc., then you are ready!
01/31/2014
Bignuf Bignuf
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Originally posted by Taylor
I keep some extra water, and I also have a hand crank generator that I can run some small appliances on or charge my phone if I need to, but it is a lot of work to keep something going on that. I don't have food I've specifically stored for ...
Oh...I was not talking (in this post anyway) about that "end of the world" prepping. I mean like the storm we just had...some people really go overboard and buy six weeks of food, water and supplies (knowing, in the worst case, the storm could have us locked in for three days). Then there are those who just do a "little but appropriate for the event" prep (that's me, I think). We got a couple six packs of water, made sure our flashlights were charged, filled our cars, and made sure we had "cooking not needed" food on hand to last about five days. On the other end are those people who just did nothing.
I know one young couple who work with me, and they knew this storm was coming for days. They got iced in their apartment, and had no power, no flashlights (beyond a keychain one that went out after half an hour). They had not charged their phones, had no cash on hand (in a power outage, a credit card is useless). They had some canned food, and their electric can opener was useless. They ended up walking two miles, in the icy dark night, to get to a McDonalds, so they could sit in a warm place. They wouldn't have even had enough cash for a Happy Meal between them (despite the fact they are both making good money...but use plastic, not cash, ever) had the McDonalds not been giving away food and coffee. They spent the whole night and next day there!!! Sorry, that sounds pretty miserable to me. I will take prepping a bit any day.
01/31/2014
RonLee RonLee
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Originally posted by Bignuf
Oh...I was not talking (in this post anyway) about that "end of the world" prepping. I mean like the storm we just had...some people really go overboard and buy six weeks of food, water and supplies (knowing, in the worst case, the storm ...
When I was a kid a tornado tore through town.
We were relatively self sufficient and had our own generator, etc. We made it across town to check on the family business. Power was out of course and we had not yet hooked up the generator when self sufficiency also had to extend to defending the business equipment and inventory. Looters came thinking no one would be there I guess. After that someone from the family had to stay 24x7 at the business which was not able to be locked due to the storm damage.
01/31/2014
imperialyellowdragon imperialyellowdragon
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Originally posted by Bignuf
In short, do you plan and stock up well ahead of time, with supplies for emergencies that might hit your area? Like emergency water or food stocks, or solar back up flashlights, propane heaters in areas where you might lose power...etc?

What ...
a law has been passed to give fema the right to enter your house and take everything you have and redistribute it to other people who have nothing. really. so if you do plan for the future. I would never post it. also people you don't know will be coming to take what you responsibly have saved. so people you don't need to save. after the government takes everything away from people like this. they will just give it to me.
as sick and gross as that is. this is for real. I told you so.
02/04/2014
Castielskitten Castielskitten
When the storm hit us I made sure to have everything that I could fill up with water was filled, the first aid kits were out in the open where I could see them, all three flashlights had new batteries, every candle was out, and I had made sure to cook a meal or two ahead of time and put it in the fridge (didn't make meat, but we didn't care, as long as we had something we didn't mind eating cold). Thankfully the worst was a all day power outage.
02/04/2014
Bignuf Bignuf
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Originally posted by imperialyellowdragon
a law has been passed to give fema the right to enter your house and take everything you have and redistribute it to other people who have nothing. really. so if you do plan for the future. I would never post it. also people you don't know will ...
Um...where, exactly, have you read about this "law"? Can you post a link or provide any further documentation? There have been some whopper disasters in the last few years in the USA, and while some blamed FEMA for moving too slow, I have not heard any cases, anywhere, about people who were "ready" or who had supplies, having them "taken".
02/09/2014
Bignuf Bignuf
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Originally posted by Castielskitten
When the storm hit us I made sure to have everything that I could fill up with water was filled, the first aid kits were out in the open where I could see them, all three flashlights had new batteries, every candle was out, and I had made sure to ...
You sound like you thought ahead. Good for you. Had it gone on longer, you would have been pretty ready. For water storage, by the way, here is a great idea.....

link
02/09/2014
karpov karpov
Luckily I evaded this entire thing by being on holiday in Greece for another week :p. I guess I lucked out.
07/05/2014
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