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Glowinginthedark Sun 13-Aug-17 00:31:27

I'm new to this and with the current state of the world I have been thinking about prepping for certain events.

Mainly thinking about keeping car filled with fuel, stocking up on tinned/frozen food and bottled water incase of panic buying caused by any major events that could occur rather than prepping for actual events, I'm more anticipating being affected by shops running out with panic buying rather than being directly affected, should ww3 kick off for example! Does this sound sensible?

What about everyone else?

gamerchick Sun 13-Aug-17 00:33:54

What's your storage like?

Glowinginthedark Sun 13-Aug-17 00:37:04

Not a great deal of storage unfortunately, cupboard under stairs and garden shed!

onemorerose Sun 13-Aug-17 00:43:36

What? Is this another thing I should be worried about?

Timetobookaholiday Sun 13-Aug-17 00:45:36

I want to be prepped...I have a family meeting point if the zombie apocalypse happens...though I have nothing to take with me!

gamerchick Sun 13-Aug-17 00:50:33

If you take your bath panel off you have storage under there.

Use the garden shed by all means but bring it into the house in the event that shit happens. Be prepared to protect it also.

Cupboards under stairs are usually pretty deep, is yours?

Glowinginthedark Sun 13-Aug-17 01:00:05

There's enough storage for a few boxes of food under the stairs, talk of protecting supplies is scary! Like i said I'm new to all this, can't decide if I'm in denial about what could happen or I'm being paranoid by even thinking about prepping!

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sun 13-Aug-17 07:03:21

I originally started prepping in a financial way because I'm expecting a catastrophic economic collapse, like the credit crunch but much worse. So the last 10 years I've been trying to get our mortgage down and out of debt. Have only been partly successful.

Then I started stockpiling food a bit, just seems sensible. Even more so now with threats of nuclear attacks etc. This is easy to do. I just buy a few tins, dried food etc weekly and store them. I think it's important to only buy what you want to eat. There's no point buying tons of baked beans if you hate them! It's important to rotate them and use them up within the use by date, so you aren't wasting money by buying them.

I've bought little things such as a cheap camping stove so we can still cook or heat things up if the power goes out. This was inspired by a power cut lasting for three days over Christmas one year! I would given a lot for a warming tin of soup especially as heating was out and house freezing.

I've bought candies, wind up torches, wind up radio as well.

This year I've upped my game a bit and growing loads of fruit and vegetables in the garden. This has turned out to be a good move as supermarket prices have gone up so much.

Prepping doesn't have to be a drastic move. You can build up little by little, and will be grateful for spare food even for small things like money being a bit tight one month.

Glowinginthedark Sun 13-Aug-17 09:38:48

Thanks that's exactly the kind of thing I was thinking, nothing drastic just being sensibly prepared for different eventualities.

cozietoesie Mon 14-Aug-17 13:36:13

I'm prepared - ish - for power outages. Wind up (well multi-source really) lights and a wind up radio. And drinking water. ( I tend to keep a fairly full cupboard of tins anyway.)

And lots of good whisky. grin

Kursk Mon 14-Aug-17 20:27:04

We are reasonably well prepped.

General: veg garden, food, seeds, water, fire arms and the ability to make ammo. Generator, spare parts, first aid kits.

EMP: faraday cage with backup electronics.
Nuclear: Geiger counters, masks, gloves.
Civil unrest: Covered under general

Economic collapse is something we are short on.

PricklyBall Wed 16-Aug-17 21:35:58

A few days power outage, because I think re. cyber attack taking out critical infrastructure, it's a question of when, not if. So tins, bottled water, wind up lamp, camping stove and gas.

More than that I'm stuffed.

Economic collapse - likewise. (I'm actually pretty well placed with v. small mortgage and quite a lot of savings, but economic collapse presumably means run on the banks, hyperinflation, that kind of thing - so again, beyond food stocks, not a lot I could do).

Nuclear strike - well, I live/work quite close to what's got to be a first strike target on anyone's list, so I'm not walking away from that one, so no point worrying about it.

cozietoesie Wed 16-Aug-17 22:07:59

We live in a first-strike target as well. (And very close to one of the Ground Zeros. Hey Ho. wink

KeiraKnightleyActsWithHerTeeth Thu 17-Aug-17 22:56:45

Water purifier of some kind - we have tablets and a filter.
Seeds for growing veg.
Stocks of tins and water.
First aid and hygiene supplies (tissues, SAN pro, loo roll, nappies). I'm not a fan of wipes but I figure they will be good in a bind.
Maps of local area
Foraging book
Candles/wind up torches/oil lamps and oil
Camp stove and kettle
Wood and axe

Cyber attack is a very real threat.

KeiraKnightleyActsWithHerTeeth Thu 17-Aug-17 22:57:47

Skills are essential too

First aid
Knitting
Fishing
General household skills
Foraging
Just a few

cozietoesie Thu 17-Aug-17 22:59:49

Skills are critical, I think. smile

If you have a prospect or an interest, practise!

Newtssuitcase Sun 03-Sep-17 07:40:20

We are prepped for general emergency and short term issues eg short term cash flow problem or bad winter weather but in terms of what I think is most likely as a serious issue its economic crisis or power outage.

We are well on the way to paying off the mortgage and we would then be far more secure financially. DH's job is very much dependent on the economy being fairly strong and so this is something that would affect us more than some other people. DH is quite worried atm though from talking to lots of bankers and accountants and is seriously talking about downsizing due to the impact of brexit on the horizon. If that becomes necessary I have my eye on a smaller property not far away with a very impressive solar panel array in the garden.

We have food and water to last a couple of months. I also now have a vegetable garden which takes up time but is worthwhile. The DSs dug up 60 potatoes from just three potato plants yesterday and If the zombies can be killed with courgettes then we've got it covered! We don't have chickens at the moment but will be getting more shortly once I've sorted out their coop.

We have woodburners which we can cook on if the power is out and then all the general camping type stuff, candles, oil lanterns, solar chargers, solar radio, water filter straw and purifying tablets etc. We also always have a couple of hundred pounds in the house in case of emergency.

I need to sort out the first aid supplies since they're run down and we're low on processed wood but need to get that sorted anyway.

bangingmyheadoffabrickwall Sun 03-Sep-17 09:36:23

Well
Considering NK have apparently set off a hydrogen bomb, I will be having a discussion with DH about the state of our 'Zombie Cupboard' - something that started off as a joke but actually we have a few things in there.

Our tinned stick is getting low and TBH I am thinking of popping out to stock up.

I saw a man stock up with giant bottles of water the day after NK's last nuclear test.

I think people ARE concerned and they are worried about viewing their feelings for fear of being laughed at as so many people don't think it's an issue.

My 'fears' are quietly and slowly growing and has went up a notch this morning.

That despot needs to be rid of but doing so would probably cause massive issues with China and Russia who would deal with the refugee fall out and with Teump being a bit lack with the tongue, who knows what could happen.

Nostradamus said the third anti christ would come from the east (NK!) and with the supposed destruction of our planet due to Planet X or whatever according to these mathematician come religious nutters, I actually don't think they are that far off from a good prediction.

There is a good chance Christmas could be spent at war, the world contaminated by radiation dust etc and everything going to pot!

Goldenbug Wed 06-Sep-17 10:25:57

Bad weather and power cuts.

I'm a keen camper so have the gas stove for cooking, torches, etc. Always have some tea lights about. Cupboards never exactly bare. Always lots of tins, rice and pasta. I reckon I could go a week easily, apart from water. I must get some purifying system/thing.

cozietoesie Sat 16-Sep-17 13:32:12

Could you actually cook rice and pasta, though? Have you practised it?

HerOtherHalf Sat 16-Sep-17 13:38:41

Hope you've all got a few jerry cans of vehicle fuel set aside. In any disaster scenario, it is invariably the petrol stations that experience a run and shortages first. If you end up having to bug out to domewhere safer having fuel in reserve will be a lifesaver.

cozietoesie Sat 16-Sep-17 13:43:24

And don't TALK about it to friends and neighbours if you have.

Cavender Sat 16-Sep-17 13:43:38

Having just been through one, I'm prepped for a hurricane.

cozietoesie Sat 16-Sep-17 13:44:53

Lordy, Cavender. Which one?

PickleSarnie Sat 16-Sep-17 13:58:12

I have 9 bottles of gin, 13 bottles of white wine and 6 bottles of red. I am prepped to drink myself into oblivion if required.

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