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  •  Cost of this project? (none)
    This project must cost a bunch of $???

    What is a recommended min amount to spend? and what would the high end (I one were to cost out this entire recommendation) be?

    •  As little or as much as you want (none)
      Seriously, depending on circumstances you could put together a functional basic kit for under $100, spread out over the course of a couple of months.  That's excluding stocks of food that you would consume anyway, assuming that you would build up your reserve gradually with a few extra cans every week.

      Without seeing your risk assessment and preparedness plan, I would not presume to know what you would need in your particular situation.


      You are so evolved it boggles my fragile little mind. Now give me a 4, fucker. (Bill In Portland Maine, to Meteor Blades)

      by AlphaGeek on Tue Sep 20, 2005 at 10:18:05 AM PDT

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      •  I think I am there, (none)
        as I live in the country and this series was (I am guessing) "intended" mainly for city folks.

        I have back ups for the only thing supplied by outsiders and that's electricity. My generator is run 2x per year, my house is all brick, plenty of local food (heck I have to give away my extra potatoes this year), clean flowing water is from my deep well or my old shallow artesian well with a bucket, back up heat comes from a wood stove.

        My point here is that we need to be Self sufficient, and not depend of someone to bail us out, which is mainly what your point is as well.

        Out here in the country, it called "Get-R-Dun".

    •  $900 so far (4.00)
      My husband, who hates to shop, but loves to spend money, went out this weekend to put together a bunch of supples.  We just moved back to the SF Bay Area after a year on the east coast so we were starting from scratch on a lot of this.  Some of it will be included with our camping equipment so it will come in handy in any case. Being the responsible shopper in the family, we had a few arguments about the expense and necessity of some items, but it's hard to argue about something that our lives could depend on.  

      Looking at the receipts so far:
      Home Depot $250
        Tools, crow bar, large Rubbermaid storage bins, gloves, duct tape, heavy duty trash bags, lots of batteries, flashlights, fire extinguisher, hatchet, shovel, and multi-purpose emergency light (w/ hand crank, radio, weather station, etc.)

      Longs Drugs $125
        Hand wipes, hand sanitizer, latex gloves, peroxide, alcohol, antibiotic ointment, sunscreen, bandages, various medicines, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper

      REI $325
        Water filter unit, purification tablets, cooking pans, propane cook stove, 3 5-gallon water jugs, 20 packs of dehydrated foods ($3-$5 each), propane tanks, wool socks

      Plus another $200 for an outdoor storage shed to put all this stuff in.

      Hopefully, we are done buying stuff [sneaks into hubby's wallet and hides credit cards]. I think the rest of the supplies we will do with what we have - tent, clothing, sleeping bags, cat kennels, etc.

      •  thanks Bus (none)
        What we need now are real examples. Just like what you provided.

        Can some folks from the NO area provide comment's on what items they actually used, or would have used if they had them.

        In my case we had a bad winter storm, and lost electricity for 5 days. Running the generator 6 hrs max each day (yea I am cheep) only cost me 2 Gallons of gas per day, so I did just fine. Now I use the boat as my backup gas supply (It has a 10 gallon gas tank).

      •  People should buy cans of condensed soup (none)
        instead of dehydrated food. Cans of soup are cheaper and they'll also keep a few years.
        •  Disagree on the 'condensed' part (none)
          For shelf-stable foods, I strongly recommend fully-constituted soup and stew products.  Keep in mind that in many situations, fresh water will be a scarce commodity.  You do not want to have your next meal dependent on the availability of drinkable water.

          It's not like you're storing any more calories per unit volume with condensed soups, after all.  I'd rather take up the same amount of space with twice as many calories worth of chili or beef stew with veg.


          You are so evolved it boggles my fragile little mind. Now give me a 4, fucker. (Bill In Portland Maine, to Meteor Blades)

          by AlphaGeek on Tue Sep 20, 2005 at 02:51:51 PM PDT

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