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« Reply #15 on: February 18, 2008, 10:15:58 AM »

Money.  Would we need money or would it be worthless?

Uh oh.  Cat litter, lots of it.

I think I could only be prepared for a week or 2 at most in the event of severe weather (winter).  The most I've ever gone through is 3 days without power during/after a blizzard and 3 days after a hurricane.

(time to move to a tropical isle)
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« Reply #16 on: February 18, 2008, 11:16:37 AM »

I'm not sure what happens with money.  I know paper is no good, but haven't ever understood the gold thing--if you have gold it will be worth a lot after paper money crashes.  Then what--you take a gold coin into the store to buy food?  Bartering will probably become the norm.

Cat litter supply is a biiig problem.  But I suppose we could always go out & dig dirt if needed.  I tried sand once (went through years of testing everything out there) & it gets soaked in a few days & becomes a horrible packed wet smelly mess.  Leaf litter, shredded newspaper (save some for the bathroom though if you forgot to stock TP!).

Trudy, this magazine often has articles written by people that lived through the depression or other hard times:

http://www.countrysidemag.com/

Maybe you can find an issue at library or store & check it out.  It's really good because most articles are written by the readers themselves & it has tons of info in it.  Lots of people living simpler more self-sufficient lives.  Also has articles by people that can't get out of the city & how they still find ways to reduce costs & become more self-sufficient.

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« Reply #17 on: February 18, 2008, 11:18:07 AM »

Movies and books sometimes make a lot of sense. I have seen 2 movies and read a book about what would happen after?? whatever happens. People were fighting each other and it was just horrible.
Too bad Wal Mart- We really don't "need" the things you think We do.
We need survival things.
Will need blankets- Plenty of them, for us and the pets.
If you live in the country, at least dirt will fill a litter box if you have to.
But the same thing applies that keeps us alive.
A roof over our heads, food to eat, heat if We can get it. We might need something to wear. Wink If We can't find meds. at least they say Brandy works for some things.
We really should store up on toiletries [sp?]
But food is the most important.
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« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2008, 11:23:44 AM »

Petslave, thanks, I might get that mag.
Something else I just thought of-
Herbs. You can grow herbs, even on a very small space, and learn how to make meds and things with them. i keep a couple of Aloe plants here all the time. It's great for burns, cuts, etc.
I have a couple of books on herbs if I can find them.
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« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2008, 11:59:41 AM »

Good point Trudy.  I just bought a nutritional healing book that has a lot of herb uses, good investment when docs & $$ are scarce & we have to deal with health issues in more 'traditional' ways.
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« Reply #20 on: February 19, 2008, 02:18:39 PM »

I like this company's catalog, keep meaning to order a couple of things from them. 
www.beprepared.com

Good check lists, pet preparedness too at the following:
http://www.ready.gov/america/index.html
http://www.prepare.org/index.htm  (in several languages, tips for seniors, disabled, pets, kit check lists, food and water safety, really worth poking around the website)
http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=disaster
http://www.redcross.org/services/prepare/0,1082,0_239_,00.html
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« Reply #21 on: February 19, 2008, 10:07:32 PM »

great links, kb, thanks!  I like the beprepared site, lots of info & products.  Reading these types of sites gives people the info needed to prepare for rough times, whaever form they come in. 
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« Reply #22 on: February 19, 2008, 10:17:06 PM »

I found the emergency pet food - would you feed this to your pets not knowing what it is & what it has in it?  $5 for 10 oz.  Wow.

http://www.quakekare.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=106
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« Reply #23 on: February 20, 2008, 09:23:29 AM »

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would you feed this to your pets not knowing what it is & what it has in it?

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NO, not without knowing what is in it, although it does last 5 years. Not sure what to do about the pets in a disaster situation. Probably eat the same as we are eating.

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« Reply #24 on: April 04, 2008, 12:15:35 PM »

April is Disaster Preparedness month & they sent out an email at work with questions & some links (two I couldn't open because file size is too big for my dialup, but they are gov sites so should be OK)

Their list of questions to see if you're prepared:

Do you have:

A family disaster plan?
An out-of-area contact?
A 3-day supply of water, food and other supplies?
A flashlight, battery operated radio and extra batteries?
A fire extinguisher?

Have you considered purchasing a NOAA weather radio to receive Emergency Alert Broadcasts in your home?

Do you know how to turn off your utilities if you have a gas or propane leak, a water leak, or an electrical problem?

Do your children know what to do and who to contact if a disaster should occur?

Do you have a plan and supplies for caring for your pets and animals?

Have you considered joining with your neighbors to prepare for disasters together?


Websites:

http://emd.wa.gov/preparedness/documents/PE_PIY_Booklet.pdf

http://emd.wa.gov/preparedness/prep_pets.shtml

http://www.doh.wa.gov/phepr/handbook/hbk_pdf/Emer_Res_Guide07.pdf

https://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/


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« Reply #25 on: April 04, 2008, 05:53:56 PM »

Wish this topic didn't need to be considered seriously. Friends even emailed
about the pending truck strike recently. Don't forget charcol and lighter fluid.
Thank you for the links.
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« Reply #26 on: April 04, 2008, 08:46:23 PM »

Yes, all those alternate ways of getting things done that you don't consider in every day life.  Kind of like camping - what would you need to go camping.  (sure not as fun a topic & situation though!)
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« Reply #27 on: April 04, 2008, 08:55:12 PM »

     I remember hearing something about a truckers' strike happening April 1, but have honestly not seen anything on the local or national news that leads me to believe that there is actually a "strike" going on.  Some truckers have had their protests, etc., but there doesn't seem to be an interruption of anything going on.  I live in Maryland.  Has anyone else heard of anything big going on in their area of the country?  I do remember a trucker strike years ago and it really affected delivery of merchandise and food that was readily apparent and was all over the news.
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« Reply #28 on: April 04, 2008, 09:19:04 PM »

Mandycat - Trudy posted some info about the strike.  She's seen it in her area.  I haven't seen it in the NW, but I think it is somewhat localized in areas of the east and midwest. 
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« Reply #29 on: April 05, 2008, 05:28:50 AM »

Mandycat-the truckers did a slow down all along the NJ turnpike & Garden state parkway on the 1 st. Caused really bad traffic backups. I don't blame them though,they need to do something to get attention.
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