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    Posted: December 18 2006 at 6:12pm
i got strarted kinda of strange. when i got divorced i moved back home. i was in no shape to rent or buy a house. the next morning i got up. my mother asked me what i wanted for breakfast. i told her eggs and bacon would be fine. she put her head in her hands and started crying. i asked her what was wrong. she told me there was not always money to buy meat with. i guess my prepping started then. from that point on i kept her freezer and cabinets full. a couple of years later i bought a house and moved my family in with me. this is a good house. it has back up heat, gas hot water. we have an electric stove. now i need a backup method of cooking. i got a coleman stove, a 20lb propane tank and the adaptor hoses to make the stove work. at this point i still have the cabinets and
frezzer full. i taught her how to hook up the stove. you can cook a lot meals with that stove and 20lb tank of propane. i work in a hospital. my work is considered critical, so i am expected to be there. if there is really bad weather, i have 2 choices. i can go to the hospital or get a room at a motel. this has happened several times over the years.
 
at this point, i am thinking  i am on a roll. my family will be ok. i was prepping and did not know it.
 
i then discovered bf and my bubble popped. i found this forum by accident.
i read in here for hours and hours. i was frantic. this forum helped to get focused. i realize now that there are other disasters other than the bf.
if you survive the disaster, you will need supplies. this is how i am prepped today.
 
i am better prepared. thank you all for you posts. the posts start the thinking. the thinking will give you an edge. you will need an edge.
 
GOD bless you all and happy holidays.
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Tigger - I started prepping because of 9/11.  We moved into our new house about 6 months after it happened and the whole 6 months I kept thinking if we were in our house we would be much safer.  I guess it was just my way of dealing.  We set it up with the gentran for power outages, had our own well, etc.  Then the rest was the same for me - read an article about Bird Flu on CNN and then just started looking for more info.  Found some different sites but this site seemed the most 'people friendly'  A great bunch of people who really seem to support each other.  I soon realized how much I still needed to do.  Took all the good advice here.  We expanded to a propane generator with a 500 gallon tank.  I have at least 6 months food and medical supplies now and still continue to prep.  Don't think I will ever feel comfortable again without this level of prepping.
 
 
Also - Happy Holidays to all.  I hope Santa brings you plenty of goodies because you have been very very good this year.
 
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  I started preppping for y2k.  When I moved to Ms. several years. ago I started prepping for hurricane season.  After hurricane Katrina I really started preppinf more,then when I heard about the BF I did a little more.  After I found this site by accident I have really prepped a lot thanks to all of the wonderful ideas I learned hear.  I am not sorry for any food or supplies that I have bought.  If BF doesn't hit it, I can use the supplies for other diasters, and if we don't have any diasters that's just fine with me.  I am still glad we have extra supplies on hand.
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 Hi gghugs, We also installed a propane generator with a 500 gallon tank.  I think I'm lacking in medical supplies.  I have several first aid kits.  I ordered a suture kit, and burn kit other than that I really could use some help as to what medical supplies I should gave on hand.  If you have time would you please list some items we need.  Thank you.  I know this is a busy time for everyone,so when ever you have time is ok.
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Sure - Mississippi Mama - I'll list it in the Priority Prep Thread - I'm not so brave to try the suture kit yet but haven't ruled it out especially because we cut our own wood and chain saws can be very unforgivingConfused
 
Also one of the best hot packs you can use is to sew 2 pieces of soft fabric together like you were making a pillow (about 8 or 9 inches sq) and fill it with dry corn - not pop corn- sew up the opening and you have a bag full of corn.  Don't fill it too full you want it flexible.  If power is on and you need to use it, just put it in the microwave for about 1 minute and instant hot pack.  It stays warm for a long time and molds to the place you need it.  We have one that my mother-in-law made for us 10 years ago and it still works great.  If power is out, just set is on the top of the wood stove for a little bit - you will have a nice heating pad without needing electricity.
 
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Vitamins for kids and adults plan for 1-2 years. Tylenol,motrin,bayer ASA both buffered as well as infant. NO ASA FOR THE KIDS UNDER 18 IF THEY HAVE FLU SYMPTOMS. Aspirin can cause REYE's syndrome(usually in males) and destroys the liver.
 
butterfly bandages,cortaid,neosporin or bactroban,alcohol,peroxide. If you really have to close a wound and have no sutures super glue it. Gotta br clean wound and edges that can be brought together...gauze wraps of different sizes.benadryl caps/liquid.bengay crm.desitin,bag balm etc
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I started prepping about 1980 give or take a year....
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thank yall for your comments. the new people and readers need to see that prepping is a two way thing. first is the thought process. the prepping will then follow. i have learned a lot in here. if you are new, ask if you have questions. you will get more ideas than you could ever hope for.
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I first heard about bird flu in the summer of 2005, but I didn't start prepping (buying a little extra here and there) until November 2005, then I found this forum in February 2006 and REALLY started prepping.
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1999...Y2K and all.  My preps have come and gone.  They sure have come in handy when the finances take a nose dive.  I have baked ALOT for Christmas...never running out of flour and sugar!Wink
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About a year ago...and I'm ready. Everything now is just fine tuning, opportunity, and strategy.
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Hi to all, I started prepping after 9/11,and drag my sister along , don't get me wrong , she is more than willing. i do the research on whats best to get .We prep  together .I have more room for preps.and we will end up here at my house.I found this forum and learned alot,and learned from my mistakes and other peoples mistakes.any one  just starting ,should read the old topics, and find what works for you, we all don't live in a house or in the country. I have saved alot on food by prepping, and some weeks I don't even go to the store, plenty here when money is tight, all bought on sale . good luck to all,, roxy
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I started about 18 months ago, but not just for avian flu, or avian flu alone. I try to use a 5 year window, because it takes so long to prepp and so much money. I looked at what has happened over the last 5 years and the threats we have accumulated. Then I added them to what could happen over the next 5 years. I'm still not convinced it will be avian flu, or avian flu alone. I leave open the chance that it could open a pandorah's box. I have excepted being prepped as a part of life, unless things change in a big way for the better. I am down to fine tuning now.
 
Something I have noticed is that being prepped gives me a safety net. Because I rotate food, and a lot of my food is about a year old before I eat it. Any news of it being bad, (and we are getting a lot), will have already come out.
 
I wish everybody the best, and hope we see some good things in 2007.
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I started prepping as a child in the hills of Kentucky. There was no option. If we were going to make it thru the winter we had to can,pickle,preserve the garden abundance. On my own 1999. solar at that point for as much as possible. I've been adding to the solar slowly. Sure helped during the hurricanes.
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We started prepping around here for Y2K. Things fell by the wayside for awhile since our growing family took most of our attention. Then it dawned on me one day with all the little mouths to feed, we needed preps more than ever. Fast forward to 9-11 and that was a real motivator. Then I realized, I think for the first time, there were people out there that hated America and everything it stands for. Once you start seeing different news articles about so many things that can affect you directly or indirectly you just keep prepping. Then about 2 years ago I started reading about the 1918 flu. From that point on we have been focused on trying to be ready for whatever comes our way.

I'm sure I'll be asking questions that have already been answered. I sure appreciate the warm welcome I've received from all my posts.
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I started 18 months ago and then found this site. Itmade me realized that I needed more. We purchased a generator for the whole and added solar for heating the house and hot water. We just put solar on our well , which I feel is a good idea. We live in the mountains of north carolina and it wooks well for us. We have turned a spare bedroom into a large pantry which makes it easier to keep track of everything. I feel with all that is going on in this world it was the right thing to do. Our neighbors clear cut some of the woods behind their house and we purchased the wood and how have 23 cords. So i hope we are ready for just about anything. I could not imagine trying to get this all done on the flip of a dime. It really taked alot of time to get this all done. I just hope the newbee's realize this and take there time , it can be over the top when you first start out.
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LOL, I guess Iím the definition of a prep-per. I started prepping in East Los Angeles during the 70ís when I got out of a First Responders Unit in the Military.

 

I learned the importance to be ready for an Earthquake. How quickly you could be cut off or without common conveniences. I slept with a large crow bar under the bed, which came in handy during the Whittier Narrows Earthquake to pry open the bedroom door.

 

I moved from Los Angeles to Kansas with my two plastic containers labeled Earthquake kit. Yes, everyone laughed in Kansas, so I changed the name of the kit to Tornado Kit when I learned I had moved into Tornado Alley, yep a real lane.

 

Iíve since moved to Texas. Yes, I expanded my kit big time for Y2K. Now with Bird Flu Iíve expanded my kit to include an extensive medical aspect. I now have a well, acreage, and Iíve split up my supplies, placing them in different locations, hidden away from home with weapons, ammo, and cash.

 

Iím very concerned with Bird Flu. I lived in Los Angeles during Earthquakes, floods, fires, and riots. I know first hand how crazy neighbors can get when panicked. I have a comfortable six months of preps and basic one-year supply of food.

 

I hope anyone reading this buys more beans, rice, and medical needs. Iím not an expert even with all these years, I still learn and add to my preps. Get organized make lists of what you have, what you need, and what youíre working towards getting. Prep-on.

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I'm a 52 year old registered nurse. About a year ago I started reading more about avian flu. I was educating myself, but also getting very anxious. I heard about this website on the radio and from the minute I logged on I felt at home. I have learned so much from the folks that share on this site, and I feel much less anxious. I have slowly been building up my preps, but have a long way to go. More than anything I feel that my concerns about possible future catasrophies and my desire to prepare for them are not met with ridicule here, as in my conversations with my siblings or friends. I no longer feel silly prepping, I feel wise. I will continue to prep and organize, and continue to learn so much from all the other preppers here. Many thanks!
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how deep is your well? lots of questions for you hope you don't mind.I have talked with two well drillers they know next to nothing about the solar I want on my well.
 
How deep is your well,what horsepower does the pump have and is the pump A/C or D/C . how much solar did you have to install? inverter and amp controller sizes too pls...
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tigger, I have one thing to say. You are a good son and brother. No wonder your mother buys you flannel sheets.    
You have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. If you hear of snow my way rest assured I'll be sitting by the wood heater sipping my "fireside coffee".

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.
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