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idobelieveinfairies86 Sat 21-Apr-18 16:20:15

So with recent events making me slightly more worried than before, I've been trying to educated myself on what to do/What we need.
I have identified where in our small flat we would be safest in a nuclear attack considering I live only 12 miles from what is predicted to be a key target and 40 miles from another.

But in terms of supplies so far I've got: food that will keep (tins, rice, pasta etc), utensils, bottles of water (as well as buckets to fill from the taps last minute), Blankets/sleeping bags, some sort of disposal of human waste, toiletries, sheets of wood to block windows & outside doors, wind up radio & spare, candles, medicines/first aid stuff and a camping stove and gas.
Is there anything else?
Also, reg medicines, my dd has prescription meds like a blue and brown inhaler can I get spares of these (obvs don't mind paying)?

Space is an issue considering we don't have a basement we can have everything set up in and no outbuildings such as shed or garage that can be used for storage, so talking about bare minimum.

cozietoesie Mon 23-Apr-18 23:22:55

Forget about survival if nukes start going off. Concentrate on cyberattacks - eg loss of power and utilities. You seem quite well prepared for those?

idobelieveinfairies86 Tue 24-Apr-18 10:15:12

@cozie yes the nuke thing was of course worst case, I don't think it will be a nuclear apocolyps because every1 is aware of what will happen, but then we do seem to have too many silly egos in power atm who like to wave their willies at every1, so who knows.

Yes possibility cyber attack is what started me on being prepared so water, food, candles, radio, and cooking. I'm going for a month of food and water and always have plenty of candles anyway. Have plenty of experience with a small scale outage as we were cut off from electric for 3 days and water for almost 3 weeks due to floods a few years back (fun with a 2 week old baby lol).

Some people think I'm being stupidly paranoid (i probably am) but it helps me focus my anxiety over it all.

hoping and praying I win the lottery tonight so I can buy a house with a bunker/basement

cozietoesie Tue 24-Apr-18 16:37:55

I think that that's right. 'Preparing' is a way of focussing - and, hopefully, dispelling much of - anxiety. You just keep on going. smile

cozietoesie Tue 24-Apr-18 16:42:26

Myself, I think that a radio is going to be critical. People simply will not be prepared for the loneliness of it all - no phones, no Social Media, few people - no MN even ! grin A radio could be a sanity-saver.

TeeBee Tue 24-Apr-18 16:44:08

I've also got solar powered chargers, wind-up radio and wind-up phone chargers so I can stay in touch with the outside world. Also wind-up torches. Water purifying tablets. Water proof matches. I've also got survival food...probably taste like crap but it is nutritionally balanced. Same as you OP, it just allows me to put it all out of my mind on a daily basis knowing I'm as prepared as I can be.

idobelieveinfairies86 Tue 24-Apr-18 22:14:26

Thanks x

I didn't think about solar power banks. I have 1 for my phone at my dad's with my camping stuff.

will look into wind up torches as hadn't heard of them, safer than candles for light

I'm also thinking packets of soapy wipes for hygiene so not wasting water?

🤮🤮🤮 to the survival food, if it's anything like the pouches the army give out, I'd actually rather starve. Tried them once when my uncle took me proper 'wild' camping. I've got 2 gas stoves so tinned and packet foods will be fine for us.

BTW In case any1 wants to know, ASDA are doing 2 litre bottles of still spring water for 17p, will be hitting them up myself when dhs wage comes in Friday

cozietoesie Tue 24-Apr-18 22:21:57

I have four - source lights. (Wind-up, solar, mains and car plug-in.) The idea is that you can charge them up to capacity while there's mains available - then, you're on your own. They're not bad though.

cozietoesie Wed 25-Apr-18 02:03:28

Sorry. They also have a USB port. (I haven't tried that but I 'think' you can use that to semi-charge other things: whether it's via the battery on the main light, I don't know. )

Chinesecrested Wed 25-Apr-18 02:11:14

This whole thread is a wind-up, right?wink

Kursk Wed 25-Apr-18 03:28:06

You sound pretty well set up. The only things I would add are:
1. Duct tape to seal around your door,
2. Potassium iodide tablets
3. Make a faraday cage for your electronics

In the case of a nuclear attack, you should expect to be in your flat for 2 weeks before being able to leave for a max of 1 hour a day.

So make sure you have a plan for decontamination, you don’t want to bring radiation back into the flat. Secondly make a note of available local supplies. 1 hour isn’t long to scavenge what you need

Cavender Wed 25-Apr-18 03:52:37

Antibacterial gel because you will want to preserve water.
You have a month of food but do you have a month of gas for the stove? That’s quite a lot of gas to store in a flat.

I don’t prep for war or apocalypse but I do live in a hurricane zone.

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 25-Apr-18 03:57:02


Purifies water, disinfects wounds, use for radiation.

Covers all bases!

InfiniteSheldon Wed 25-Apr-18 07:04:51

A small crossbow like that woman used to fend off the gang of burglars. DH ordered one and we will be practicing at the weekend.

idobelieveinfairies86 Wed 25-Apr-18 11:59:26

@chinesecreasted yes of course my anxiety is a complete wind up🙄

thanks for all the suggestions. I have a full 15kg gas bottle. We only used half of that on a 2 week camping trip, cooking twice a day, so should be ample.
I've only allowed for a month as even if utilities are sorted at source quite quickly it could apparently take up to 2 weeks to get every1 connected back up.
Not sure what would happen in regards to water in a cyber attack as during some floods there were public water tanks put up within a week.

Don't feel the need for weapons like cross bow really (although if we are talking a zombie apocolyps then I know where I could go gets some lovely hunting knives 😁😁) I do have a ally bat though.

Just looked at my first aid kit and it is looking very sad so need to stock that up anyway.

InfiniteSheldon Wed 25-Apr-18 12:27:09


TeeBee Wed 25-Apr-18 13:12:24

Looting is most likely your biggest concern! I would definitely have things that could be used as weapons to hand. I have my DP, who used to work in high level personal protection. That and my cast iron candlesticks will do :-D

Kursk Wed 25-Apr-18 15:06:17

Yes you definitely need a weapon to defend your prep.

Never tell your neighbors you have supplies. Other people will try and loot you.

idobelieveinfairies86 Wed 25-Apr-18 19:17:25

oh god no I wouldn't tell any1 living near me what I was doing but a few friends further away know, (and think I'm barmy) however like pp I have dh who was a fighter, is now a weight lifter and freakishly strong, he also has never been knocked out despite many attempts (whole other thread) but I just call that thick headedness lmao.

Also have a couple of things that could be used if needed (cast iron chalice, silver candle stick holders) and then of course there's dd2 who thinks she's a pitbull and seriously sometimes she scares me more than the thought of looters, zombies and impending doom put together lol.

Completely off subject but can some1 please tell me why my paragraphs are being taken out? Must make it bloody impossible to read my posts. I'm on the app?

idobelieveinfairies86 Wed 25-Apr-18 19:18:04

Typically hasn't done it this time 😂😂😂

InfiniteSheldon Wed 25-Apr-18 19:18:40

They are showing up on your posts for me.

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