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Are You A Paranoid Prepper?

August 8, 2011 by  

Are You A Paranoid Prepper?

It’s amazing how many emails I get that start with either “I might be paranoid” or “My family thinks I’m paranoid.” The simple fact is, if you think that it’s smart to prepare for likely disasters, some people will call you prudent and others will call you paranoid.

In reality, the passage of time is all that will shed light on whether someone is being paranoid. For example, Joel Rosenberg wrote about terrorists flying planes into a skyscraper before 9/11. (It was after al-Qaida had started preparing, so he didn’t give them the idea.)

Many thought that idea was the creation of a fiction writer with an overactive imagination. And those who thought it was possible were considered merely paranoid — until it actually happened.

That’s the way it is with many threats. Some in New Orleans thought that preparing for a levee break was being paranoid — until it actually happened. For a while after Hurricane Katrina, there was only one operational hospital in the entire city. Ochsner Medical Center had been taking practical steps to prepare for a levee break since the 1950s.

Other threats never pan out… like Y2K. People who were myopic and focused on Y2K ended up looking paranoid after the dust settled. But those who kept their supplies and training up to speed look pretty smart right about now. They may have been paranoid about Y2K, but their understanding of the need to be prepared was practical and timeless.

“Paranoia,” if you want to call it that, isn’t necessarily a bad thing… unless it starts affecting your sleep, your relationships with others and your mood. Fortunately, there are some simple things that you can do to look at the threats we’re facing in a way that will allow you to keep balance in your life.

Here are some truisms about being paranoid/prepared:

  1. There will always be a “new threat” to worry about. They are kind of like waves in the surf zone. If you focus all of your energy on one, there’s always another one coming. Your best bet is to power through, keep moving and keep your eyes on the big picture.
  2. General preparedness will help keep you from the emotional roller coaster of going from one probable disaster to the next. EMPs, bio attacks, economic collapse and infrastructure attacks all share common elements. Focusing on these common elements will give you a broad preparedness base.
  3. TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it) may or may not happen during your lifetime, so don’t waste all your time on Earth focusing on it. Someday, you’re going to look back on how you spent your life. Spend your time today in a way that you’ll be happy about tomorrow.
  4. If things do collapse, life will get really stressful, so don’t forget to stop and smell the roses while things are relatively stable.
  5. If you’re losing sleep now because of what might happen, you should learn how to get your mind under control for when things actually do happen.
  6. Spending time making forward progress on your preparations will always beat spending time reading about every possible disaster that could happen.
  7. Unless your plan is to live in a cave, completely isolated and alone, make sure to spend time on relationships with family and friends. They will make your life richer if disaster never happens, and they will make life livable if disaster does happen.
  8. Many of the things you worry about will never happen. Some might. But, as Matthew 6:27 says: “Who by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Try to convert worry into action and/or prayer.

Calm Down

The first thing you need to do is take a deep breath. In a survival situation, panic can kill you more quickly than a lack of oxygen. One of the best ways to prepare for the stress of a survival situation is to learn how to handle stressful situations in everyday life as efficiently as possible. This isn’t a switch you can flip… it’s a skill that’s developed over time — and a skill you can start developing today.

Practice calming down while driving, while talking with customer support that doesn’t speak English, and while spending time with friends and relatives. There are some situations where escalating conflict helps, but in most cases it doesn’t.

If you’re frantically preparing, you might also want to calm down a little. I believe preparedness is both urgent and a way of life. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. It’s easy to prepare at such a frantic pace that you quickly burn out or make expensive mistakes. But when you make it a part of your life, it becomes quite fun and enriches every day in addition to preparing you for disasters.

Make A Plan

The next thing you need to do is make a plan. What threats are you most concerned about? What preparations can you do that will help you no matter what kind of disaster you face? What skills and supplies do you currently have? Which skills do you need to develop and what supplies do you need to start getting? What if you have to bug out? What if you can’t bug out and you have to survive in place?

You will continually be modifying your plan based on opportunities and your unique situation, so don’t feel like the plan you make today will be set in stone.

Control Your Time, Control Your Mind

It’s easy to spend hours and hours reading, watching or listening about the next worst thing that’s going to happen. It’s also intoxicating to read about other people’s survival plans and about other people’s survival skills instead of actually doing stuff yourself.

I encourage you to control what you watch, listen and read. There’s no shortage of information out there about all of the threats we face. And it’s not a bad thing to be aware of them. But think about every potential disaster you hear about as encouraging your decision to be prepared rather than as something new to worry about.

One of the best illustrations of this is helicopter pilots. Helicopter pilots are a unique breed. Airplane pilots know that if their engines go out, their plane will naturally glide some distance and they have a good shot at being able to land safely.

Helicopter pilots, on the other hand, are basically flying a rock through the air. If the engine goes out, autorotation will buy some grace, but landing a dead helicopter becomes more like landing a rock than landing an airplane.

As a result, helicopter pilots are very aware of all of the threats they face and everything that could go wrong at any given moment and cause a series of cascading disasters. The ability to accept and deal with all of these potential threats, embrace them and enjoy finding solutions to them is what makes for great helicopter pilots. They learn that at some point you have to stop overthinking what might happen and just start flying.

Similarly, the more aware you are about the political, natural and terrorist threats that we face, the more you’ll want to develop the mind of a helicopter pilot… always aware of what could happen, but never dwelling on any one thing and letting it paralyze you.

Along this same line of thought, we used to watch Glenn Beck’s show every night. It was solid information, but it was overwhelming. I still listen to Glenn’s radio show and really appreciate his waking people up. But at the same time, I have to limit myself to how much I listen to his show. It’s the same with many blogs, forums and books. Every day, I would read about the end results of somebody’s lifetime of prepping. But I wouldn’t have time to do anything about it, and I found myself just as unprepared the next time I watched or read.

Fortunately, there’s a balance.

What I encourage you to do is watch and read just enough to spur you to action. Then, actually spend time doing things to get prepared.

That’s a big reason why I am so focused on not only writing about vulnerabilities that we face and big-picture preparedness, but also simple, fundamental things that people can do on a daily basis to get themselves prepared. I want every article I write to have actionable steps you can take immediately so that you become more prepared every day.

Take Action!

Once you’re aware of the threats we face, both in the U.S. and globally, the best thing you can do to get prepared and stay sane is to take action.

“It’s a marathon, not a sprint.” “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” “Slow and steady wins the race.” These are all good sayings to remind you to pace yourself. If you have to sprint, then look at your preparedness as interval training and plan for time to catch your breath and regroup.

Do something on a daily basis to get more prepared. Don’t just read about skills, practice them. Do things that will earn you the right to sleep soundly because you’ve made forward progress.

Don’t kick yourself for waiting to get prepared. It’ll only waste mental energy. Learn the lesson and get moving.

Don’t think you’re going to go from newbie to expert in every facet of survival overnight. It’s a process — and any progress that you make will give you that much more of an advantage over the general public.

Pray

For my wife and me, prayer is the biggest thing that gives us peace and strength. We’re facing some pretty huge threats to our way of life, and talking with God is the biggest thing that helps keep our heads from spinning around in frustration with what’s going on in the world. We’re living in crazy times, and we’re thankful to have a rock that we can hold onto.

What To Do Next?

Still don’t know what to do next? That’s a big reason why I wrote the SurviveInPlace.com Urban Survival Course. It’s a step-by-step guide to get you and your family ready for breakdowns in civil order after disasters. To read more about it and see if it’s right for you, please go to SurviveInPlace.com.

Do you have any stories about how you went from being paralyzed or panicked by what is going on in the world to feeling more at peace? How about how you won over relatives who once thought you were paranoid? Please share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below.

Dr. David Eifrig Jr.

is the editor of two of Stansberry's best advisory services. One of his advisories, Retirement Millionaire, is a monthly letter showing readers how to live a millionaire lifestyle on less than you'd imagine possible. He travels around the U.S. looking for bargains, deals and great investment ideas. Already his average reader has saved $2,793 since 2008 (documented in each Retirement Millionaire issue). He also writes Retirement Trader, a bi-monthly advisory that explains simple techniques to make large, but very safe, gains in the stock and bond markets. This is a pure finance play and the reason Porter Stansberry loves having "Doc" on the team. Doc holds an MBA from Kellogg and has worked in arbitrage and trading groups with major Wall Street investment banks (Goldman Sachs). In 1995, he retired from the "Street," went to UNC-Chapel Hill for medical school and became an ophthalmologist. Now, in his latest "retirement," he joined Stansberry & Associates full-time to share with readers his experiences and ideas.

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  • http://mmfbsa@centurylink.net twix

    I began stock piling while listening to Glenn Beck.
    I Started with canned foods,paper items etc.
    I have since gotten four large boxes from efoodsglobal.com
    With the water I have stored along with the other
    many items I think that if we were to have any
    kind of disaster I would be prepared. Better safe then sorry.

    • home boy

      i hope for your sake that you live in the middle of know where because when it hits the fan you will be robbed and maybe killed. that’s how bad it is going to be. the bible calls it the great tribulation. and if you think that you will be wisked away by god think again. hope you make it .

      • Bob from Calif.

        We are not in “The Great Tribulation” yet. The prophicies of Ezekiel 38-39 need to take place first. And if you do not believe in the Rapture you should really do an intensive study of the subject. The Rapture is real my friend, I’ll see you there.

        • home boy

          the only ones being raptured, to use your word, are the 144,000 mentioned in the book of revelation. that’;s it . so show me where in the bible it says you will be raptured. oh one other question , what if your wrong?

          • Jay

            Are you a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, home boy?

          • guest

            Please read thessalonian’s! Also..Our Lord need’s to take His church out of the world so as to deal with Isarel alone. And remember the tribulation is God’s judgement on an unbeleiving corrupt world. Those who have accepted by grace through faith Jesus Christ as their savior will never be judged for past sin’s as Jesus took our sins upon Himself on the cross. I have read much on why there won’t be a rapture..it did at the time make sense and yes my heart sank because i hate the evil in this world. Then i remembered Noah and Lot.Just as it started raining God instructed noah and his family to get into ark; and before God destroyed Sodom..His angels literally had to drag Lot and his family out of their city before God destroyed it. So both times rt. before God destroyed cities and land He delivered His ppl. before the destruction.

    • Old Henry

      twix:

      homeboy is more right than wrong. So, buy gold, silver and lead…

      Oh, and a “dispenser”.

      • DurangoKid

        Good advice, Old Henry. I started prepping about 18 months ago. Have lots of dehydrated and freeze dried food as well as water. Have bought a 55 gal. drum for water storage and water treatment to keep it drinkable. Also, purchased a Katadyn water filter good for 1000 gals of filtered water. Also have several ‘dispensers of lead’ when the zombies come to take the other stuff. We are approaching financial collapse spurred on by Obama bin Lyin, so get prepared!!

      • BimBam

        Hmmm…. gold and silver delicious! Lead is the perfect “killer” dessert.

        Saving some chrome bumpers as (wink) side dish.

  • Joyce from Loris

    We started putting food up, water, fuel and ammo. We have converted a great deal of our cash into silver. The most important thing that I have stockpiled is my SEEDS. They are all heirloom and tucked safely away in the freezer (good for 10 years), in jars in dark, dry places, etc. I put the most value in them, for I believe the day will come that you will not be able to find those seeds. I have also taught myself to identify wild food in our woods. Wild carrots, cherries, blueberries, etc. We have several nut trees that we can store the nuts from. I also know which “weeds” are good sources of nutrients and vitamins. Knowledge is power, but it takes a while to learn these things.

    • treasuregem

      Hi Joyce, thanks for the great suggestions. Storing seeds isn’t something I’d thought about Could you please explain what heirloom seeds are? Also, you freeze them? I know you can eat dandelions, but where do you find out what else you can eat? I live in Western NY. Again, thank you for sharing!

      • Joyce from Loris

        Heirloom seeds are the one’s that reproduce themselves. Monasanto seeds are hybrids, meaning that once you plant them, that’s it, because they can not reproduce themselves. In my garden, I always set aside at least two bushes of, say, butter beans. The beans that grow on that bush will not be picked or eaten. They will be allowed to grow and dry out, to reserve for next year’s crop. I never buy any hybrid seeds except I do plant a row of Silver Queen corn, which is a hybrid. I love the corn! But I make sure that I plant the Silver Queen far away from my heirloom garden, so as to not contaminate it. Once the heirloom seeds are completely dried out, I package them, identify them and place them in the freezer, where they will be just fine for up to 10 years. Seeds for next year’s crop are usually placed in a clean, dry jar and placed in a cool, dry place, like the back of a kitchen cabinet or in a closet.
        As far as the edible plants, your county extension service should have a great deal of info on that. I used the internet to find out about the foods that the Indians in my area ate, and how they stored them. I live in South Carolina, so what I have in my woods will differ some to what you have. Learn about mushrooms, berries, cattails and nuts. White Oak acorns are delicious and easy to store. You can make flour from them, as you can the roots of cattails. There is so much info out there, but the most important thing is to learn how the Indians lived. They survived everything except the white man invasion, LOL. So, we can too.

        • crystal

          Thank you for the seed information. I’ve always kept 6 months worth of food stored that I rotate, so it doesn’t get really old and stays about 6 months old all of the time.

        • independant thinker

          “because they can not reproduce themselves.”

          A small correction. While many hybrids cannot reproduce some can but being a hybrid they do not reproduce true.

          • Joyce from Loris

            Same thing. Can not reproduce themselves, and can not reproduce true, is the same statement, just using different words.

          • granny mae

            I would just like to add one thing to all this excellant advice. If you are looking to eat from nature, you need to start now and get an idea of how things taste and how to cook them. Nature can be tricky at times and you may not like the taste of the plants you picked ! Get adventurous and give them a try now before you have to and you are not feeling too good or you have been already starving for a while. Especially your kids. Just because it is edible does not mean you are going to like it . How many foods that you don’t like right now do you eat ? Give them a try first ! God Bless

      • http://www.diyyardandhome.com Dan

        I might also add that a majority of seeds you buy in packets at your local store are usually not heirloom either. The major seed companies produce hybrid or genetically altered seeds. Many hybrid seeds will not produce a viable seed that can be planted the following year. Genetically altered seeds will not produce viable seeds. If you are caught using seeds that are genetically altered and do not have a purchase receipt for them you can and will be taken to court. It does not matter that you knew about it or not.

        • Arecee

          Thank you all for such great advice. All of those suggestions are amazing. However:There are still so many people that have not yet started to prepare and here is a web site that has a great list of everything you could need and I hope that each of you will go there and make a copy of it. Getting started with anything new is the hardest step but for your benefit and the benefit of your families it’s a must.

          http://www.thepowerhour.com/news/items_disappearfirst.htm

          Also, if you are in the city, get to know your neighbors, give them a copy of this list because in an emergency the gov. will not be responding very quickly if at all, and the more people that are prepared around you, the better you will be as I know I don’t want my neighbors totally dependent on me though I would share, I don’t have enough to sustain their families and mine. Start a neighborhood preparedness group. That is my next step.
          God bless all of you. As David Morris says in his article, PRAY!!! I pray that God will give you wisdom and a peace as you put your trust in HIM.

          • granny mae

            This is some of the best advice I have seen in a long time !
            God Bless

    • bucksnort

      Seeds are a good idea.But what if you are low on water?Then all the seeds in the world wont do you any good.Plants take time and space to grow.What if you dont have time or space to grow them in?Now if you do have all the ingredients what about vandals animals insects other pestilences?When the stores go away so does the pest removal.Many things can combine to make growing hard or even improbable.Take these things in consideration and then you will be WELL prepared.

      • Joyce from Loris

        Bucksnort, these are issues that farmers face daily. You will always have these issues. As far as pest control, I haven’t used chemicals for pest control for years. I don’t want to eat those chemicals! Ash works very well. Some produce grows extremely well during dry conditions. Listen, when you do have a bumper crop, you put up every bit of it, by canning most of it. Some use the freeze, but I am afraid that frozen food will not be any good, because we may lose electricity. These are not hard habits to learn, growing food. People have been doing it for thousands of years, using only Mother Nature.

        • Christin

          Joyce,

          Electricity…

          Aren’t those who are self-sufficient and off the electrical grid going to fair well???

          Why are not more of us building our own solar energy systems as the Sun Energy is FREE??

          What do you think about inexpensive home built solar panels…

          http://www.homemadeenergy.org/special/mb/video.php

          Found this video on Glenn Beck’s web-site.

          I’ll bet a lot of you guys could do this.

        • granny mae

          Joyce from Loris,
          I agree with you. We have been growing gardens for years and we don’t use chemicals either. Sometimes we loose a few things but that seems to be the way things are. I hope people don’t consider all the negatives and then don’t even try. The best advice I can give anyone is to read ahead of time (meaning now) and start in your back yard in the early spring and till up the ground. Many people don’t have a clue how difficult this can be, especially if you have to do everything with a shovel and a rake ! It is hard work, so if you can and you believe you will be doing the garden thing I suggest that you get some kind of a tiller now. We like the Mantis, but we have a lot of sand, others may need something different. Make those plans now and look for second hand if you are straped for cash. Be prepared for some hard work, and also be prepared to take care of you food after you have it. You can’t eat it all right away so be sure to be able to freeze, can or dehydrate it. I suggest you can it and dehydrate it for longer term storage because if you put it all in the freezer and you loose power you will also loose your food. Do not take your food supply for granted or you may just starve. Be prepared to protect your food also.

  • treasuregem

    I, too, have been preparing. I’ve hot water-bath canned for years, but last year we purchased a pressure canner. I absolutely love it! Now I can meats, veggies, stewed tomatoes, soups, plus the hot water bath foods of pickles, fruits, tomatoes. I’ve also packed an emergency kit such as scissors, small sewing kit, matches, antibiotic cream, alcohol, peroxide, soap, shampoo, gauze, tape-surgical, black, masking, rope, file, nippers, small mirror, plus many other items. I’ve put all IMPORTANT documents such as marriage license, birth certificates, etc in a large water proof zip lock bag. Some think I’m paranoid but by having these tasks done, I rest easy in knowing its less I’d have to worry/think about in a crisis.

    • Joyce from Loris

      Remember to also stockpile fire wood and learn how to MAKE soap, candles, etc. It’s fun, and you never know when you will need to know these things. As far as the wood, it can keep you warm, you can use it to cook with, and the ashes can be use to extract the lye you would need to make soap. Learn a few things about raising animals as well, and smoking and salting meat. Knowledge is power.

      • treasuregem

        Its funny you mentioned wood. We burn it so I forget to tell people that we stockpile for three years ahead. Anymore than that and the wood starts decaying and burns poorly. And the candles-lol-I own without a doubt 300-400 candles and have candle making kits. Also lamp oil and plenty of kerosene lanterns. Extra batteries I rotate yearly. Flint, lots of wood matches, water, BLEACH-keep lots of it handy-1 tble per gal water-let sit 1 hour to purify, charcoal, coffee filters, sand-can all be used to strain debris from water. We also are buying more bullets. We live in a rural area and police don’t get to our neck of the woods quickly enough. My husband was in Nam and is one crack shot! I pray we’ll never have to use the gun, but better safe than sorry. Thank you for getting back to me about the seeds!

        I also have a home remedy book I forgot I had. TY Eleven for reminding me about it!

        Richard, I had to smile at what you wrote. As I mentioned, I live in a rural area and often (TOO often) our electric just goes out for no apparent reason, so we’ve grown pretty used to it. We always keep a jug of drinking water drawn and a bucket of water to flush the toilet. Flashlights, candles, batteries, lanterns are kept in the same location so we can find them in the dark. Its amazing how much we do depend on electric and we forget how much doesn’t work without it. Fortunately our cook stove is natural gas so we can still heat food or coffee.

        • Joyce from Loris

          Great minds work alike, LOL.

          • granny mae

            Wow, I haven’t been on for a while, been busy canning etc. It is so good to see so many people getting prepared. Good for ya’ll ! Keep thinking out of the box, do everything you can for yourself in your own situation. Make use of all the advise you can, and one more thing, no matter how much food you have stored , store some more. You have no idea how fast you will go through it when that is all there is. Keep stock piling and don’t stop until TSHTF ! All of you have great ideas and sharing them is wonderful. There will always be some that feel they can’t do anything because of one excuse after the other but just keep encouraging them to do all they can.
            God Bless you all.

        • TIME

          Hi T,

          JFTR, you can get a ton of Vit C out of Pine needles you soak them in water or make a tea out of them. Also Pine cones have Pine nuts in them, just leave them out in the sun and they open up and are easy to pull out then. These cooked with some basil in olive oil with pasta are killer.

          • Old Henry

            Howdy TIME:

            Any particular kind of pine needles? I have several White Pine and have planted some Norway Spruce and Dougls Fir.

          • TIME

            Hi OH,
            Just standard old Pine Trees, they are loaded with Vit C, Its a trick I learned years ago. Also pine oil from the needles is a great natural bug repelant.

            Also Rosemary, its also high in Vit C, and you can make tea from it to, its also super if your nose gets stuffed up from a cold, dry some and burn it like an insence. you can also use the oils as a deodorant.

            If you live where the dirt has clay in it, you can use the clay with ash to make skin camo, and it also works as a bug repelant too.

            Sand makes for a great water filter, use a piece of PVC 4″ wide pipe about 20″ long, place a screan on one end with duck tape – and then pack it with sand, fix it so it stays in place and pour your water through, have something to catch the water under it.
            You will have to change the sand every 10th time to avoid any possible crap that may stay in the sand.

            You can also make a HOT SHOWER by taking a plastic bag and a hose with Pine sap and nylon string and a pair of vise grips if you have nothing else to clamp the hose closed.
            Hang the bag of water in the sun for two hours, then unclamp the hose as needed.

            You may want to look into finding an SAS Hand book.

          • jibbs

            Time
            Thanks for the great info., we have a few pines, but over a hundred oaks and walnuts. I’ve used walnut oil for cooking, it works great on high heat. We just purchased a second dehydrator and a 300 gal. potable water tank….great deal @ $178.00 from http://www.ntotank.com/vefablta.html, shipping was close to $180.00, but cut it down to $90.00 having it shipped direct to UPS Cust. Service Center and picked it up there.
            Picked up and RV water filter @ Wal-mart for $17.99(made in USA) to filter as we fill, then use the Berkey if needed when we use the tank water.
            The garden planted with heirlooms has been producing like crazy, we’ll be busy for the next couple months canning & dehydrating.
            If nothing else, we are ready for the yearly ice storms we get in Missouri…..and lots of other essentials.

        • Drawer22

          TreasureGem -

          ‘Nother ‘Nam Vet here, currently teaching firearms skills & safety in the Great Northwest. Your husband probably knows it, but a popular – and good! – rule of thumb with regard to firearms is: 2 is 1; 1 is none. Mechanical devices break; with a 2d (or more) firearm of the same type, one can immediately switch when urgently needed. An added benefit is that, when time allows, like firearms can be cannibalized.

          Another reminder y’all probably already know, assuming your State permits it (or even if your State doesn’t): As one never knows when the balloon will go up, it is ALWAYS wise to carry “insurance.” Don’t leave home without it!

          Đại Úy Paul
          Cogito, ergo armatus sum.

    • Old Henry

      treasuregem:

      Being prepared is not paranoid, it’s Biblical.

      Up unitl a couple of months ago we had a poster (acutlly he was at least 3 posters) here who was a lib, naturally, and he continually poked fun at those who talked of prepping. One day I simply told him that everything we preppers bought / stored were items we would use. So there was no waste and we usually bought at sale prices or in bulk which kept us ahead of inflation. He made no response.

      So as they used to say back in the 60s: “Keep on keepin’ on”.

      • Void1972

        I say we take all of this knowledge and fight for America before we lose her!

  • Richard

    Great article! Reminds me, saturday we had a power out and it made me ralize our power out supplies were not working and we count’s even get to some. It’s good to do drills and test ourselves. We need to use different inconveniences like power outs as reminders of how dependent we really are on modern services. Try some solar etc.. Since we have an electric well, we coundn’t even flush a toilet and had to rely on water in a water tank. Many people have tankless water heaters, that won’t give you any stored fresh water. Hope you all have a great day..

  • dan

    I’ve been a prepper since 1985…..well, if you don’t count when I was a Boy Scout . Preparedness is mostly a state of mind….then a bit of knoweledge,training and resourcefulness to improvise and overcome.

  • bob wire

    “August 8, 2011 by David Morris
    Are You A Paranoid Prepper?

    It’s amazing how many emails I get that start with either “I might be paranoid” or “My family thinks I’m paranoid.” The simple fact is, if you think that it’s smart to prepare for likely disasters, some people will call you prudent and others will call you paranoid.”

    Hmmm? amazed? How so? paranoia and the fight for control seems to be your stock and trade.

    I’m in that HVAC business myself and project some of your readers AC will do the dying cockroach today. Quit! Stop!, Cease to blow cold air.

    Did you have it serviced for the season? What should you do?

    What you do David Morris is a good thing, but don’t be amazed that people scoff and delay. That’s just the way people are.

    30 days worth of stored previsions is a minimum.

    Like a good fisherman, you should never depend on just one pole rigged and ready. The minimum is two and three is best for a seasoned sportsman.

    That said, 80% of people worries never happen, 8% are unavoidable and nothing can be done to prevent, leaving a 12% inside your control.

    12% is a lot! but not eminent.

    • Old Henry

      Yep Bob Wire, remember how the Bible talks of people laughing at Noah?

      He had the last laugh…

  • Elevenarrows

    My husband and I have been slowly preparing as best we can. We have a very large family and our business has suffered these last two years so we have limited funds for everyday needs let alone, emergency supplies. One of the things we’ve been thinking about is the fact that if things really bottom out, there will be safety in numbers. However, we’ve been a little uneasy with the family members who joke about not having to prepare because they know we are doing it and they’ll just come stay with us. My husband and I find ourselves evaluating which family members and friends would be assets and which would be liabilities. Being Christians we could not turn family away, but we have been talking about rules that would need to be in place in any emergency retreat-type situation. I know most people don’t think about this type of preparation, but it is every bit as important as stockpiling. If you can’t maintain control over your supplies with mutually-agreed upon rules, it won’t matter how many bags of beans you’ve saved. Just a thought.

    One last suggestion: my husband has delivered several of our babies at home and as a result of educating ourselves in that area, we’ve also learned to rely more and more on herbal and natural remedies. Most of our children have never had an antibiotic or over the counter medication. Most have never been vaccinated. They are exceptionally healthy people. Taking the time to learn how to treat our own health needs has been a great benefit to our family. I strongly urge everyone to do the same. If things as we know it end, you might not be able to run to the doctor over every cough and sore throat or even more serious needs. I highly recommend owning a copy of PRESCRIPTION FOR HERBAL HEALING and PRESCRIPTION FOR NUTRITIONAL HEALING. These are large, reference type books with a lot of great information in them. For those facing childbirth, I recommend HEART AND HANDS and ACTIVE CHILDBIRTH. Both are excellent resources.

    • Carlee

      You should start setting those rules now with those family members who want to depend on you. They should also have to contribute to “the Pot”.
      They will use up all your supplies and your children will be left with
      nothing. We have relatives like this, we are Christians, but they do not
      know what we are doing and how much we have ‘squirreled’ away. We will be in control of who we take in and who we have to turn away.

      • granny mae

        Carlee,
        You are right , now is the time to set the rules. I would point out that the extended family has the time right now to prepare. Point out what is going on in the country and where it could lead, then tell the rest of the family, this is where you draw the line. If they don’t prepare then they need to be ready! Ready to be shot if they come around thinking they are going to take away from what you have tried to put aside for your family! If they have the nerve to say such a thing to you , you should certainly have the nerve to lay it out straight for them. I would never dream of putting up with those kinds of remarks. Let me tell you of a personal experience ! I adopted two boys 40 years ago and took them into my home with the rest of my family and they became my children. They were a part of every thing in this family. Since they grew up and left home the one son has become real different and has developed thoughts not of his upbringing. I had not seen or heard from him in about 7 years and the other day I discovered him on Facebook using his original name. I over looked the pain of that and talked to him about the times and the need for him to do a food storage for himself and his family. His remarks to me were I don’t need a food supply as long as I have a gun I can get all the food and water I need ! I then reminded him that his answer may sound and seem simple to him but he needed to remember one thing. The people with the food are the preppers and they have prepared for every event they might encounter including someone trying to take their food. These people will shoot to kill to protect what they have for their families, and they have some pretty big guns and they know how to use them, including his mother, father, and brothers. If you are not with us you are against us so don’t think we will just be sitting here waiting for you to steal from us and get away with it! You will walk up that drive way but you won’t walk out ! Now I had to tell that to my own son and mean it! He is now rethinking his answer. I hope he comes to change his thoughts because if he doesn’t he will come up against someone that will shorten his life, even if it isn’t his family. I know his answer was just being flip, but mine wasn’t and he has to know that he may not die from starvation, he may just die a lot sooner from a bullet ! In the comming hard times there will be no place for stupidity of any kind. Get that straight with you smart alec family members now when there is still time to be civil !

        • granny mae

          By the way I am a devout Christian too, but being a good Christian doesn’t mean I have let anyone walk over me, steal from me or take my life without fighting back !

    • OB1

      Me too. And yes, you’re right. My scripture verse for the day is “Be wise ans serpents and gently as doves.” I have back packed and hiked for years. When rattle snakes are cool, they coil and DO NOT STRIKE. When the sun comes out, they coil and wait, and test the air with their tounges (that is how they smell and fell changes in the immediate environment. Will post later. Am working on this.

  • KJQ

    “Just because you’re not paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you” ;-)

    I don’t tell anyone other than like minded people about any preparations I have made. Every person you told who has called you paranoid and can get to you will be lined up at your door (if not kicking it down) to get your supplies if the do-do hits the blades. Remember, modern man believes they have the right to live off the avails of others, so those who haven’t prepared for bad times will demand that those who have prepared give up what they have, or at best ‘share’.

    • 45caliber

      The opposite is also true:

      “You aren’t paranoid if people really are out to get you.”

      • Old Henry

        Absolutely 45, absolutely! LOL!

        I have been think’ of you floks down thee in TX as we have been getting a wonderful rain most of the afternoon. We needed it badly, but you folks need it desperatley.

        • jibbs

          Same here OH, have been getting plenty of rain in south central Mo. since last Thursday, and the pond is once again full. My brother has been getting down pours back up north in Wheaton also.

          • independant thinker

            Glad yall are getting some rain. Where I live in Arkansas we have not had a rain in 8 weeks and haven’t had a good soaking rain for much longer.

          • Grandma Rosie

            Nice to see someone from Mo on here. Thought I was the only one in Mo trying to get prepared!

        • Christin

          Old Henry,

          I live in East Texas now and Yes, we need rain very badly. We are surrounded by tall hardwoods and pines, but big and old or small and young the trees are dying everywhere even some of those that are getting watered on our property. We lost two young peach trees and an Eastern Red Bud I planted last spring last year… and four tall native trees have fallen in the front and back… and many more have brown leaves and will die soon.

          The grass, garden plants, and young and old trees are having a hard time not only with the scarce rain fall, but with the hot temps and the glaring sun in the cloudless skies. It has been 100 degrees in the shade on most days and we have had 99 up to 107 degree temps.

          So much for my outdoor preparedness with my fruit orchard and my garden vegetables and fruit. Some of my garden plants are hanging on but it is too hot for them to produce. Some are still flowering, but bees are scarce in this heat and we are contending with the insects ( orange flying grasshoppers like the dried tree leaves) this hot summer as they too are thirsty for the leaves on my watered plants. My family a few miles away says the ants are eating much of what they have.

          The wild muscadine grapes that grow on our property have already shriviled up and their will not be any for the Sept harvest. The huckleberries are drying up, too. We were going to make jam this fall, but that probably won’t happen.

          We continue to pray for rain and cooler temperatures… we welcome your, too.

          • granny mae

            Christin,
            Hello! Haven’t been around in a while because I have been doing a lot of preping ! I have certainly been thinking of you in Texas and several others and Have prayed for rain for the folks in your area. You have really had it this year. You might want to try a couple fig trees ! I understand they put down roots until they find water no matter how far that may be ! Just a thought ! I hope people don’t put all their confidence in being able to eat what they can grow because that can be dicey when it comes to weather and bugs and then there is fire too ! Be ready for anything, and that includes a poor harvest ! I have canned till I’m blue in the face this year and now I’m dehydrating everything I can. I’m in need of space ! I hope you haven’t put all your eggs in one basket ! I’m sure you haven’t. I will keep you in my prayers !

    • http://?? Joe H.

      KJQ,
      actually the phrase is “just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean people aren’t out to get you!”

  • Elevenarrows

    KJQ, I agree. I highly recommend everyone read Patriots by James Wesley, Rawles. It really makes you mentally run through all the scenarios that can occur when society is broken down. Sometimes seeing the dangers helps to alleviate the fears.

    • eddie47d

      I always respect those who have their act together even if I disagree with a few issues. Elevenarrows is such a person who is prepared and usually civil about life. That’s a good combination so thanks for sharing your stories.

  • TIME

    Look Paranoid is fine as long as you grasp that it can’t over run your thinking. Thus always keep an eye on who gains from actions taken.

    Do all the above, stockpile hey if everything fails to come about so be it. You have stuff that you can use when ever you need it at a lower cost than it will be in a few months. keep in mind that just Sugar alone has gone up about 70% in just two years.

    As it stands today anyone with even a single brain cell can clearly see that the world is coming undone. Crops have failed all over the world so its obvious that food shortages are in the very near Future.

    Natrual energy such as coal, our current admin, has all but shut down most coal production other than GE’s interest, ask why that is?

    Crude Oil, we have no efforts to find and use our own, Why is that?

    Natural Gas, our current admin, frowns on its use, Why is that?

    Then do yourselfs a big favor and look into NASA’S findings on the events of 2012. In so far as whats effects the Earth could in fact encounted with such issues as “EMP’s.”
    If you think thats crazy, then you also think that Really SMART people are crazy too.
    Question is so why are they building underground bunkers and stockpiling foods, etc.? ** Keep in mind thay stand to profit not a single cent.
    So why would anyone say what NASA has found to be true, as crazy?

    If we are hit by even a small “EMP” through the window in our outer stratosphere the facts are it will triger a total black out for many years, as well take out all of the known satellites ~ keep in mind with out Electric power we can’t build nor send new ones up.

    Oh and while your at it, look into the CIA moving its BOO to Denver, also look into the mass amount of Government spending on building under ground bunkers. From all of this you perhaps will open many new doors to your thinking.
    Or perhaps not, its your life do what ever you think is in your best interest.

    Don’t take my word on any of this, (Prove it to yourself)

    **(As to Y 2K) that was all so much extra BS spun by the media Prostitutes, If you would be honest with yourselfs YOU all knew it was total BS. And they were pumping you with it.
    But oddly not a peep out of them about the above noted, why is that? Thats should be your question not to me, but to your Governments no matter where you live. All is not quite so well in OZ.

    • eddie47d

      They are stockpiling food because those products have to be rushed to disaster areas rather quickly. That is part of being prepared which is being emphasized right here in this article. During the Joseph McCarthy era fear was rampant and the government also built underground bunkers and shelters. Missile silos were the in thing as a deterrent. As our economy sputters maybe we could be ripe for financial take over (China?) and those government bunkers may come in handy. I believe we should spend less time galloping around the world with our military and spend more in being internally prepared. Government and individuals should be vigilant but not paranoid on every front.

    • Joyce from Loris

      Have you watched the John R. Moore videos, by any chance?

      • TIME

        Joyce,

        Mr. John Moore done his homework as have I as well countless others like myself who went to extreme’s to find the Intel on the noted EMP’s, as well the break in our stratosphere and other NATURAL events that could quite well happen due to these Natural Events.

        Such as the New Madrid fault line of what Mr. Moore breaks the ice on so if one were to explore land mass changes during such noted events then they will come to only one conclusion.
        Just as all long lost cultures have come and gone we to are slated for such due mostly to “Agressive Arrogance as well utter stupidity.”

        I am not everyones Mommie so please – look up the intel to perform your own work product to the level that allows you to sleep at night.

        If all these “”very smart people”” are wrong, then so be it.
        I would rather be on the side of caution, thus stock pile foods and meds etc.. Also to learn everything one can about being 100% Independant from any form of Government.

        ** Joyce – Your ideas of {seed storage} is a very smart idea, afterall the very people I noted in my first post have started a seed bank in an wall of Ice as well within the underground bunkers they are building.

        • Joyce from Loris

          Yes, I have watched them all, and studying them very intensively. It is scary stuff, but some things just can’t be changed. Where I live is only 99 feet above sea level. We have a two hundred acre farm, and have it all prepared. This new info has thrown a wrench in the cogs of my plan. New plans to make… maybe.

        • 45caliber

          Time:

          What gets me is that these “very smart people” all insist that I’m wrong to prepare and then insist that if I’m right I should share with them. After all, good people would always help their neighbors, right?

          I help people from my surplus; I have no intention of giving from my necessities because someone is too stupid (or has other priorities like that new iPod rather than food storage) to take care of himself.

        • granny mae

          Time, I agree with you. I looked into EMP’s a long time ago and that is when I discovered we were not just in danger from Iran using such a thing but also we stood a good chance of getting it from the sun. It is hard to try to tell people about things like that because a lot of people don’t want to hear about things that scare them ! I have always been of the thought that I can live with the certanties of life because I can find a way to prepare for that as much as possible, it is the uncertainties that worry me. So many people don’t want to think about those things, they don’t know what to do about it so they think there is nothing they can do ! I am teaching my family the only way I know how, just what is out there and how to be ready for anything ! Most are getting it, but some still are not ! You would be surprised at what you can find out that is going on in the outside world just by looking and listening ! My one son works at one of the rest areas in my state , and he has been telling us for two months that something strange was going on because he was seeing bus loads of people going through and when asked where they were headed they wouldn’t answer. He over heard a couple talking and they wee saying that their lodging and food was all take care of. I told him I believed they were being bussed some where for a demonstration ! Guess what ? I was right ! These people are being paid for demostrating ! There is also another thing strange going on. The movement of some very large military equipment and rocket launchers to the east coast ! When asked where they were headed they also said they couldn’t tell! Keep your eyes and ears open for anything. Something is not right ! I’m just saying !

      • ValDM

        I’ve watched all 12 of them. Then, I watched them again with my husband. Pretty scary, but it strngthened my resolve to prepare. Currently, I’m trying to locate & dig a reinforced hole to store my fermented foods. I have to do most of this surreptitiously, since I have neighbors that would strip me of my provisions with little compunction.

      • eddie47d

        Joyce; Finished watching 2 of John R. Moore’s video’s on Global Warming. At least a few see the seriousness of these events. The one on solar flares lasting longer than within the normal 11 year cycle and the other on the fresh water ice blocks(bergs) breaking away from Antarctica. Which is and will continue to effect the Gulf Stream and the countries of Ireland and England. They will get colder winters because the fresh water will dilute the salt water and the now warming Gulf Stream may get colder and no longer function within the next few years.

        • TIME

          Eddie,

          I think if you do some digging you will find that the Gulf Stream has in fact stopped. As in its not doing its normal cycle and has not done so now in many months.

          As thats the motor that runs the ocean cycles, when its hit with anti gravity; AKA as in the EM Pulse’s that will start the shock waves within the earths core, then the outer balance will fail.
          Thus moving the poles and starting a wave of water that as a number of NASA Scientest stated could be well over 800 Feet tall, if not twice that size.
          What that means for people on the coastal areas it will be the end of life as they know it.
          Keep in mind that what hit Japan early this year was only 80′ – to 100′ tall wall of water. Now think about that wall of water being 10 x’s that high. And yes this will effect all nations, many will just be gone for ever, as in 75% of all of Europe, 65% of Africia, nearly 70% of China. But there will be a bright side to this, new land mass’s will rise from the ocean.

          • 45caliber

            TIME:

            I think you are off on your height of the wave in Japan. If I’m not mistaken, it was about 20 feet high. I’ll let someone else look it up, though.

          • TIME

            45,
            I have family who live in Japan they sent me many pictures, the first wave was only about 25′ the second one was about 45′ the third was well over 80′.
            As it is there really is very little Intel that is first hand so most of whats been stated is speculation. The damage went in on the land two + miles in many areas.
            Whole areas are now completely gone where there were hundreds of homes.

        • Joyce from Loris

          Eddie, there were three sun explosions last week, according to the news headlines. The first wave hit on Thursday, the second this past weekend, and the third is expected sometime this weekend. The amazing thing is that, according again to the news headlines, last Thursday a small area of Alaska work up to find a strange yellow/orange goo covering their village and all their water supply. They have sent samples to the University of Alaska for identification, but have yet been unsuccessful. Amazing, huh?

    • KJQ

      Sorry, TIME, but the danger of Y2K was real. I’m an IT professional with 30 years in the industry. I led the team that ‘fixed’ all the ‘broken’ (i.e. 2 digit year) code in military systems for the east coast Canadian Navy. The reality is that the diligent work by millions of IT professionals re-writing millions (billions?) of lines of code prevented all but a few minor problems. The problem is that the media fomented worry long after we had begun work to fix the myriad of systems that would have been affected.

      • Joyce from Loris

        Many thanks to you and those others who successfully took care of that problem!

      • TIME

        KJQ,
        I stand by what I said rather you were born with a Computer in your hand or not. I too have worked with computers since the 70′s I just ues them in a differant venue than you.

        A quick question for KJQ; whats the first number of any form of measurment?

        • KJQ

          Zero.

          “There are 10 types of people in the world, those who understand binary, and those who don’t” :-)

          • TIME

            KJQ – Thanks, your right, I have found out most people are 100% clueless about that simple question.
            So Thats how I find posers from those that have a clue. Thank you for making my day a tad brighter.

            Have a Great Day. ;-)

      • OB1

        Thank you for your post. Bob L needs a bunch of thumb drives and a couple of host servers. Please look into this. I do know about this. Am very concerned.

    • Arwen

      Sigh. Y2K was not a disaster because the IT community PREPARED and spent a lot of time and money getting ready for it. It had the potential to be disastrous.

  • Cecilio Mendez

    Preparedness and situational awareness “look like” paranoia to the general public. So it it best to speak in terms people know and accept, rather than telling them they are wrong from the get-go. Nobody likes to be told they are wrong (on anything) and then try to lead them into learning a better way. This article recognizes that fact and deals with it masterfully.

    • bucksnort

      Dont forget to practice loading and unloading weapons in the dark.Just a little piece of advise from the peanut gallery.

  • Elevenarrows

    Even if we never have to use our supplies in an emergency situation, stockpiling is great. One year, I did “Once-a-Year” shopping. Basically, I purchased (during one week)everything we would need for the year, except clothing, dairy or fresh produce. We had ample room for a “grocery store” in our home. Purchasing this way saves you a lot of money and time. People laughed when they came into our home during the shopping process. “Are you afraid there will be a shortage of toilet paper?” was a frequent question while TP was stocked to the ceiling of our dining room…waiting to be organized in the downstairs pantry. The rest of the year, I only had to dash to the store for whatever produce the garden didn’t yield and the little bit of dairy we used. We have laying hens so we had a steady supply of fresh eggs. We butcher our beef and pork. By not spending much time in the grocery store the remainder of the year, I was able to eliminate those trips to the store for one item that quickly grows into five items. The only thing I would have done differently is to comparison shop more before the big shopping day. I asked for a discount from the local store manager, but he wouldn’t play ball. I spent over $6000 in his store in one day and he couldn’t give me a single discount. Ridiculous.

    The other advantage to once-a-year shopping is that I was able to see on paper what I was spending for certain items. For example, when I realized how many bottles of cranberry-grape juice I was purchasing over a year’s time and what it cost, I was able to eliminate that from my budget and immediately saved $600 for the year. It is better to eat your fruit than to drink it anyway! Paper towels were also eliminated once I saw what we were spending on them. It helped to get the budget lean and mean by ridding ourselves of the somewhat unnecessary items we mindlessly purchase throughout the year.

    Hope this helps someone else!

    • 45caliber

      I know what you mean about how one items grows to five items at the store!

      We used to live about a mile from a small convienience store that also stocked a lot of groceries. I was balancing the check book one day and noticed that my wife had written a check to the store for ten days in a row for approximately $15 each time. I asked what she was getting there.

      “Milk.” I asked if milk had gone to $15 a gallon. She said, “Well, I hate to write a check for only a dollar or so, so I always get a few other things we need too.”

      I told her to buy three gallons at a time since we were using a gallon a day (3 small kids plus me). And make only one trip buying only milk.

    • granny mae

      Elevenarrows,
      That was amazing that you could do that ! It is an eye opener. I shop for just a month at a time and have discovered if I make a very good budget list and send my husband only with the list, he is most always real good at coming home with only what is on the list! I usually have to send him back once for milk, and he encludes that when he goes for chicken feed and rabit feed! Never tried it for a year, don’t know if I have a vehicle large enough to carry it all home! Good show ! Also don’t shop if you are hungry! Yikes ! That will run the bill up big time !

  • Barbara

    With the way jobs are these days I put fourth my preparing if my husband lost his job. We’ve been down that road a few times and never been prepared for it but this time we are. Paying off debt, saving money, buying silver storing food, some extra socks and underware, three payments ahead in mortage payments.
    As well as preparing for other problems that we may face.

    • granny mae

      Barbara,
      Good for you. We have been down that road too, and about 30 years ago we started getting ready for anything. We did the same thing that you are doing. We paid off the house first. I wanted a roof over my head at all times, since we had five kids, and people that own rental houses don’t want to rent to families with a lot of kids ! We did it all and prepared and I have never been sorry ! Keep up the good work ! You will be glad you did.

  • Cliffystones

    A little side observation to add from my personal experience. My wife and I lived in Simi Valley, CA during the Northridge earthquake. Simi is right over the hill from Northridge. We had most of the general preparations in place for property damage, and a 55 gallon drum of water stored. We only lost some crystal from the hutch and a couple bottles of wine while neighbors lost TV sets, hot water heaters, etc. due to lack of preparedness.

    Now all that being said, when you’re awakened at 4:30 in the morning by the feeling that your house is suddenly sitting on a giant jackhammer, you tend to have trouble with logical thinking (unless you are Vulcan). I found a flashlight, turned off the gas, and checked on the neighbors. My mother lived several blocks away and I couldn’t get the garage door open to drive over to check on her. I spent 10-15 minutes of fiddling around and even started to ride over on a bicycle. Then I snapped out of it and realized I had a perfectly good pickup truck parked out on the street! Doh!!!

    My point is no matter how “prepped” you are, you can and will succumb to your anxiety at some point and to some degree. The more you take care of the “hardware” of preparing before something happens, the easier it will be to concentrate on the “software” (your wits) when something does happen.

    • 45caliber

      I agree completely.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Cliffystones,
      check out your owners manual to see what that rope hanging down from the opener about at the motor is for!!

  • Elevenarrows

    I know it sound trite, but for those of us unable to convert to gold and silver, there still are items that can be used for barter should things get really bad. As a mother, I think small jars of peanut butter would make good bartering. Also, first aid supplies, matches, etc. are good bartering items. If the sky doesn’t fall, you can just rotate these items through everyday usage. Ammo would be in high demand, too.

    • crystal

      Thank a whole lot. I’m definitely making a note of these items.

    • texastwin827

      Eleven…ANYthing that is sterling silver may be of value to you. Go to garage sales and specifically look for one or two pieces of sterling silver (NOT silver plated) flatware. Those who have entire sets, already know how valuable they are but many who dump one or two pieces into the garage sale do not realize that sterling silverware, is required, by law, to be 92.5% silver.

      Another suggestion that I’ve seen before (although I doubt you will find many pieces) is to buy $10 rolls of 1/2 dollars at your bank. Go through them looking for any 1/2 dollare made 1964 or BEFORE, as the bulk of it is silver. Those minted after 1964 are NOT. You can always re-roll the coins and sell back to the bank, if you find nothing.

      • 45caliber

        TT:

        Looking for the silver coins is basically a waste of time now. The tellers are trained to look for such and take them out. The only way you might get some is if someone rolls them and takes them in. My wife told me that our bank won’t even accept them now if you roll them yourself.

    • 45caliber

      You are correct. Aspirin also is a good trade item – and despite the expiration date, it remains good for many years. My mother had canned goods she’d put up herself that were still useable ten to fifteen years later although it wasn’t as good as fresh. As long as the container is still sealed, it will remain fairly good.

    • OB1

      Matches, Kerosene, mantles, wood, charcoal. Don’t get too fancy to start.

  • texastwin827

    While I am attempting to do some of all of the stockpiling, there is one thing I wanted to mention, mainly because I sew (yeah, I’m old so I’m one of the dying breed that still knows how too sew :-))

    If you have clothes that are not suitable for donations, cut the buttons and zippers out of them, for future use. I also have a large, colorful supply of thread. I know that sounds like an item that wouldn’t be necessary, but given we have no idea how long we might need items to last, the ability to repair your clothing or refashion it into more durable items, could effect your ability to survive. Keep in mind, that even an electric sewing machine can be operated manually, if necessary (and it would definitely beat the hand sewing that the pioneer women did). I learned to sew on on old Singer treadle machine…how I wish I still have my mother’s old machine!

    As for “fabric”…sheets are a good option for summer clothes, curtains, or even repairing a household item like a comforter. You can find inexpensive sheet sets at Walmart or garage sales…the larger the sheet, the larger the clothing item you can make. My preference is solid colors, rather than prints.

    I also have numerous patterns that are multi sized that have multiple “views” (aka mulitiple styles). If you have children, these types of patterns make it good for their growth spurts. I have stocked up on white tissue paper (like wrapping paper) so that I can reproduce a pattern without cutting the original sizing down.

    I know this may sound “extreme” to some, however, clothing will be just as critical as food and other items.

    • independant thinker

      “I learned to sew on on old Singer treadle machine…how I wish I still have my mother’s old machine!”

      While it would not have the same sentimental attachment as your mothers machine you can occasionaly find old treadle machines at flea markets and antique stores. We are fortunate that my mother kept hers and we have it now. Need to get a new belt for it though.

  • Elevenarrows

    I don’t think you sound extreme, Texas Twin. I would; however, recommend that people think about how strong their fabric choices need to be. If we get to the point where we are all making our own clothing, we won’t need delicate fabrics. We’ll need good ol’ denim, etc. I have a friend who makes work pants for her farmer-husband and she uses the old timey “lace up” type closure in the front of the pants. They are actually very practical and quite fetching and you don’t have to worry about a zipper. I suppose the guys would have to not wait until the last minute for bathroom trips…the lacing might take time to get used to!

    Since we have so many kids, we watch the clearance sales everywhere. Once we were able to purchase leather work boots in almost every size imaginable for only $2/pair. A man actually came up to us and accused us of buying the boots to re-sale at a flea market to make a profit. He was quite vocal in his disgust for people who do that. That was one time I wished I had all eleven kids with me so I could prove to him that I really was buying them for personal use…not that it was any of his business anyway! You gotta love people like that!

    • 45caliber

      I agree about not using delicate fabrics for clothing. Levi got his start making work clothing for miners in the gold rush days. He first made his own of light canvas and they lasted. The word got around that if you want good work clothing that didn’t tear easily or wear out to “get Levi’s”.

      My mother used to always get us Levi’s for school. A pair would last all school year without a problem.

      Now? They are light weight cloth and tear as easily as anyone else’s. Further, they are made overseas (I think the Philippines) and the cloth and thread aren’t the best in the world. I’ve had new pants tear open on me. I don’t bother to buy them any more because they are made for looks and not durability.

      One thing many of us will probably remember are flour sacks. That included some feed sacks. The cloth was meant for someone to make something from it. Many of the flour sacks were already printed with some pattern. And the cloth was good sturdy cloth that lasted.

      • OB1

        Thrift stores and second hand shops. Split the seams and they can be made into lengths of fabric. Or to be simpler, just split the inside seams and they can be made into skirts (non longer fashionable but really cool. A length of fabric can be made simply by splitting seams and joining the fabric pieces together. This can be done with any type of fabric. I always recommend cotton and certain blends. Old levis now demand high value.

  • texastwin827

    forgot to add….for “fabric” you can also buy very large size clothing at garage sales and use the fabric. My daughter had a beautiful red satin bridesmaid dress, with a train, that she wore in a wedding, then hung it in her closet, never to wear again.

    I recently bought a pattern with views for both a formal long dress and a cocktail length dress. The train was so large that I was able to get most of the cocktail dress cut out of the train fabric. The dress was fully lined, so I didn’t have to buy any lining and can use the same zipper that was in the dress, for the cocktail dress. The dress also had boning in it (to make the strapless top stay up) and that also will be used in the cocktail dress.

    So, basically, my daughter will have a NEW cocktail dress, that she will wear, rather than a bridesmaid dress that would have hung in her closet, never to be worn again.

    • Old Henry

      Cocktail dress. Now there is a term I have not heard since I can’t remember when…

  • Gordon in Texas

    I’m getting there. I’ve got freeze-dried food for a year and have stocked up on personal defense items, fuel (diesel, gasoline & kerosene), heirloom seeds (vegetable and herbs) and water. We also have bug-out bags with 2 weeks of supplies, trauma & first responder kits, and I have prepared myself financially with tangible assets: things that I will still have if TSHTF. I also recently purchased land way off the beaten path and am preparing it to be our survival property (weekend retreat for now).

    Some things many people don’t think about are: books, magazines, playing cards and board games—if there is an EMP or other disaster, you might have lots of time on your hands; how-to manuals—very handy if you’re on your own; treats—hard candy and freeze-dried fruits; pet food; pain killers and supplies to fight viruses and other medical conditions; hygiene and sanitation items; tools—build and repair (hand tools are preferred to those that require electricity); barter items (paracord, fish hooks, ammo, tools, books, and hard-to find items). Also remember that if you have any special skills they can also be bartered. The most important thing you can do is prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Let the lemmings call you paranoid; it’s the naysayer that will be banging on your door, asking for help. I suggest that you keep your preparations under your hat unless you want the entire neighborhood at your door demanding that you also provide for them. Remember, civility goes out the door when people are scared.

  • texastwin827

    Eleven…LOL @ the man who accused you of buying them for resale! What business of his, would it have been, if you were? hehe He had just as much opportunity to buy that many, as you did, but apparently opted to not do so. I have 3 girls so I have to say, you must be one very brave woman to have eleven children!

    As for denim…definitely a good choice. For someone who sews, you can turn a large adult pair of jeans, bought at a garage sale for very little, into denim pants for a small child. The legs alone have enough fabric in them! If the person who had them is very large, they might even yield TWO pair of pants! LOL

    My parents both went through the Great Depression so they knew the value of being wise with money. Because my twin & I had awesome metabolisms, we were always thin (regardless of how much we ate) so it was easier for my mother to make our clothes rather than remake store bought clothes. I was 5’5″ in high school but couldn’t gain beyond 104 lbs, which made finding “skinny” clothes almost impossible because of my being average height. While my sister was 5’4″ and weighed 108, she was just as hard to fit with ready made clothes. Fortunately, my mother sewed beautifully. In our high school years, she made us each two wool suits that were just as beautiful as any suit we could have found in a store. While she taught both of us to sew, my sister doesn’t have the patience to do so…but she knows how if she ever had to. LOL

    • OB1

      Back BEFORE college, many made large sheets of fabric from sewing pieces of cloth together. (Better artistic and durability designs). Nay body can make a pattern after experimenting with newspaper! (Which is also a great item to store for many purposes). Don’t have to have a sewing machine; pins and needles and thread. Grandfather was a taylor (grew up with this stuff).

  • Dr. Dan

    The comment about Y2K being a “threat that did not pan out. . .”: it didn’t pan out because we fixed and repaired the technical issues before the “threat panned out.” The company that I work for spent hundreds of thousands of dollars updating and correcting the Y2K threat before it happened. It was real.

  • texastwin827

    True Dr Dan. I worked for a software developement company (for American Airlines & travel agencies) that worked for several years, prior to Y2K, on their software to make sure it functioned properly.

  • 45caliber

    It isn’t paranoid if people really ARE out to get you. And it isn’t paranoid to be prepared for a disaster that you know will come sooner or later. As a resident of the Texas Gulf Coast, we KNOW that a hurricane will hit us sooner or later. The key is to be ready if hit happens tomorrow.

    • texastwin827

      So true 45! I rode out Alicia in Houston…that was enough for me! I do not nor will I ever live close to the Texas coast again. hehe

  • Ma Kettle

    In a preparedness situation one thingI don’t see mentioned often enough is SALT. It is cheap, it is useful in many more ways than just seasoning food and it is something too many people don’t think about. It functions as a sanitizer, cleaner, and presevative.

    Percale sheets, now there is a product that is well worth having, it is sturdy for its weight, is close woven so it makes a good “barricade”, can be used to help keep a room warmer by reducing the size of the room, and cooler by hanging damp sheets over open windows or doors to act as an evaporative when there is a breeze. They can also be cut down to make cloth napkins, hankies and any number of other useful objects.

    • texastwin827

      During the Civil War, salt was critical and in short supply, in the South. It was used for so much that we tend to forget it is useful for things other than a seasoning.

    • OB1

      That is true. I’ve worked in finance and technology for years. However, My grandparents were immigrants who broke their backs becoming citizens! Boy, were they proud of that; reading and writing English and learning the Constitution and The Bill of Rights. But, yes, salt and percale (I think it’s compound is called Dacron and is used in heart repair because it is the only man made fiber compound that the human body will not reject…check me out on this but this is what I experienced and was told).

  • PINKGIN

    I our locality, There has been quite a great deal of job loss,,,People are not even prepared for that, so I can’t think they will prepare for into the future, Indeed, there is a Church a stones throw away, don’t know the origin, but they have Chinese type lettering outside..Anyway, I digress..This Church runs a very small food bank and distributes to anyone in need. Problem is, from my observation, judging by the number of really nice cars driving up, That these “people in need” didn’t prepare one little bit for any emergency and turn up each day for their daily groceries.So, how could anyone imagine that they would be prepared for a more tragic emergency.
    My wife and I, both in our 70′s, are very frugal and do store cans of soup and other food-stuffs that won’t perish, but to be honest, we are also not afraid of death,,,so survival is not in any way at the top of our priority list.

    • 45caliber

      PINKGIN:

      My wife helps out at a local food bank along with members of our church. They hand out food and clothing as needed.

      One of the main things they have to watch for are people who have no intention of working but simply want things given to them. They have a long questionare to fill out and most of the answers are checked. They only give out food once a month to a family and they keep track of it. The main trouble are those who feel that they should be able to pick out a wardrobe and then sell it at a garage sale. Those caught are cut off. The churches in our area do the same. In fact, they will no longer give you funds if you are in need; they will take you to a store or go to a business to pay for you but you don’t get the money. Too many crooks with a hand out.

      The ones that really annoy the locals are those who want the help groups like churches to go to a convenience store and leave money there that they can use – to buy lottery tickets.

      • OB1

        Our churches and food banks are overloaded. We all are working to bring in more participation. Maybe a good time to strengthen your family, church and neighborhoods???????

    • granny mae

      PINKGIN,
      You may not be afraid to die, but are you afraid to live? I’m not afraid to die either, it seems to come with old age, but I do like my life and my family so I would rather prepare to live ! Dying from starvation doesn’t look to me to be an easy way to exit this world ! Not pleasant at all. I suggest you prepare so your family will have you around a while longer. You have a lot of wisdom stored in your head from past experiences that you might need to share with someone else for their survival.

  • Traci

    ok Im on the verge of paranoia…I was just a happy prepper/gardener/now after watching too many youtube videos about agenda21, fema camps,plans to drag people on the patriot list out of bed at 4:00am….guillotines…freaks me out!!!and makes me feel like a momma grizzly bear!!!!my most troubling dilema now is would my family be more safe in the cultural district of ft worth in a house that is paid for and within my means or on 40acres 10miles from a nuclear plant??????if I store my stuff in the wrong place Im skrewed!!!!!I spend most of my time at work which is in the middle of both places (in the town where I grew up)what would you do?

    • Joyce from Loris

      Sweet Traci, first thing is not to panic. There are so many decisions to make, but the first decision to make is this… accept the things that you can do something about, and accept the things that you can do NOTHING about. There is so much info out there, and not all of it is true. I do know how you feel. I have spent so much time on prepping, and we live on a two hundred acre farm, way out in the woods. I felt really good bout everything until I say the you tube videos by John R. Moore, and now realize that where I live is only 99 feet above sea level. Will all of my efforts be for nothing if this man’s predictions come true? I don’t know. I know I have Jesus with me, and he will guide me. Pray, if you can do anything or nothing, you can always pray. And I pray for you and your family as well.

      • Traci

        Thank You!

    • Christin

      Traci,

      I know what you mean!!!

      We started ‘digging’ on the computer in 2008 (when we saw the demo candidates who were running for pres) and found all those sites and topics you mentioned in your post and we were stunned and sick for a month or two about the impending evil that they plan to thrust on the rest on us.

      After the shock started to wear off we started to prepare… bought dried food and stored water, used 401K to purchase our land, made a clearing, hocked our suburban house to build our farm house, planted fruit trees, built raised garden beds and planted fruits and vegetables, learned about seeds, made a medical kit, stored up on paper items, batteries & matches, can goods, dried goods (sugar, beans, rice, legumes,…) and moved to our farm a year later.

      Now, though we are still slowly adding to our preparations and still learning new things we can do to survive, but our focus has changed a bit from learning all the evil plans that the Elites and TPTB want to do to us, to more serving God and drawing close to Him. Jesus is our only hope.
      God Bless You.

      • Joyce from Loris

        Good for you Christin. That is probably the most valuable thing you will achieve through your whole learning process. Isn’t it wonderful? There is a kind of peace in it all, knowing that God will take care of us, and what will be, will be. It’s all in God’s hands. I am very prepared for most things, but as I mentioned, the new info that I received from the John R. Moore videos has thrown me for a loop, as my farm is only 99 feet above sea level. I don’t quite know what to do about that, but God will take care of the things that I can’t. But through it all, I have learned so much, and I am thankful. There is nothing more grounding than to watch a huge tall stalk grow from a tiny little seed, to put the perspective of live in order. God bless and protect us all!

  • FreedomFighter

    Considering events both here in America, and in the world are unfolding just as all those crazy paranoidical nutbags said…

    maybe they had a good reason to be that way.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

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