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Americans get set for disaster day
BBC News ^ | March 26, 2010 | Madeleine Morris

Posted on 03/30/2010 1:52:49 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie

If there was ever a major disaster in northern Virginia, Chuck Izzo's house is Greenville is where you would want to be. Tucked away in his pantry are enough tinned food and water to last for two months. In the basement an inverter hums quietly, charging batteries that could easily power most of his three-storey home's lights and appliances for nine hours. And for when that runs out, he has a wood-burning stove with a two-month supply of fuel pellets so he can cook and heat the whole house. Mr Izzo is a "prepper", one of a growing number of Americans who are preparing their homes and families to survive a major disaster they believe could arrive at any time. "We realise the frailty of infrastructure so if it fails, we're prepared to deal with a crisis like that," he explains. "It could be electricity, it could be a medical emergency. It could be something caused by a man-made disaster or a natural disaster."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: preparedness; preppers; prepping; survivalists; virginia
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There's also a video at the link.

I am willing to put together another Preparedness Ping List, since our last official pinger hasn't been around in ages. If you would like to be on the Preparedness/Survival ping list, let me know.

1 posted on 03/30/2010 1:52:50 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie
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To: ChocChipCookie

Disaster Day is when you run out of ammo. Especially when UN blue helmets stroll in your neighborhood..


2 posted on 03/30/2010 1:57:32 PM PDT by max americana
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To: max americana

“Disaster Day is when you run out of ammo. Especially when UN blue helmets stroll in your neighborhood..”

Good one. That disaster won’t befall me for a very, very, very long time.


3 posted on 03/30/2010 2:00:13 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: ChocChipCookie
Preppers are keen not to be seen as survivalists - the stereotypically anti-government, wood-dwelling, gun-toting hermits of past decades. Rather than isolating themselves in preparation for Armageddon, preppers tend to have normal jobs, mingle with their communities and take a more relaxed view about looming disasters.

Egads, talk about slanted reporting. Wanna bet Chuckie's place will be the first one ransacked if/when there is an emergency? Add me to your ping list, please.

4 posted on 03/30/2010 2:00:51 PM PDT by bgill (The framers of the US Constitution established an entire federal government in 18 pages.)
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To: max americana

But that’s why people should have at least one Mosin-Nagant in their armory...it can be used as a club!


5 posted on 03/30/2010 2:00:53 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: ChocChipCookie
If there was ever a major disaster in northern Virginia, Chuck Izzo's house is Greenville is where you would want to be.

Very, very, very, very BAD advice for my neighborhood. And our place. We have an unwelcoming committee.

6 posted on 03/30/2010 2:01:14 PM PDT by Noumenon ("Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?" - Julius Caesar)
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To: max americana

When UN troops occupy this country I pray for the craftiness necessary to take at least five of them.


7 posted on 03/30/2010 2:04:52 PM PDT by rsobin
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To: Oldpuppymax

I believe ya’. Did I say UN helmets? I also meant SEIU-OBAMA Reserve Army..


8 posted on 03/30/2010 2:06:12 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Noumenon
The day I'd tell some reporter our preparations would be the day you could diagnose me with senile dementia.

Loose lips get your ass killed.

9 posted on 03/30/2010 2:06:44 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: ChocChipCookie

I would like to be on your ping list. Thank you!


10 posted on 03/30/2010 2:06:59 PM PDT by Siouxz
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To: max americana
Especially when UN blue helmets stroll in your neighborhood...


11 posted on 03/30/2010 2:08:35 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.)
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To: Mrs. B.S. Roberts

Alrighty then...ping.


12 posted on 03/30/2010 2:09:31 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.)
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To: ChocChipCookie; GregB
Hi there, CCC - please place me on your official preppers ping list.

Thanks.

13 posted on 03/30/2010 2:10:28 PM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: ChocChipCookie

Food, water, fuel, coffee, plenty of cigars, and ammo. The basics.


14 posted on 03/30/2010 2:12:02 PM PDT by rbosque (11 year Freeper! Combat Economist.)
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To: ChocChipCookie

On Please!

Thanks

Lurking’


15 posted on 03/30/2010 2:12:44 PM PDT by LurkingSince'98 (Catholics=John 6:53-58 Everyone else=John 6:60-66)
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To: ChocChipCookie

...so he’ll be the last house on the block with the lights out. that shouldn’t generate too much attention (rage). Should have purchased 10,000 rounds of 7.62 x 39 that was on sale at the Dulles Expo Center last month and a couple of Russian sks battle rifles and some stripper clips.


16 posted on 03/30/2010 2:14:57 PM PDT by KingLudd
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To: ChocChipCookie

That guy is an idiot. Please put me on your ping list. I just like...uh...reading about survival topics.


17 posted on 03/30/2010 2:16:24 PM PDT by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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To: ChocChipCookie

“If you would like to be on the Preparedness/Survival ping list, let me know. “
Yes, please!


18 posted on 03/30/2010 2:16:48 PM PDT by vanilla swirl (To argue witha person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead)
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To: Noumenon

What’s the password for well equipped FReepers that make it to your neighborhood? ;)


19 posted on 03/30/2010 2:18:30 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: ChocChipCookie

Self-reliance - who’d’a thought?

Colonel, USAFR


20 posted on 03/30/2010 2:19:49 PM PDT by jagusafr (Kill the red lizard, Lord! - nod to C.S. Lewis)
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To: meowmeow

Yeah, if the guy believes he’s “off the grid” with his “pellet stove”, he’s an idiot. But, it’s better than nothing.

BTW, 9 hours of battery is not sufficient, either.
You should have 2-3 days where your batteries will keep you going with no sun or wind.


21 posted on 03/30/2010 2:20:05 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Lurker

Yep.


22 posted on 03/30/2010 2:20:42 PM PDT by Noumenon ("Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?" - Julius Caesar)
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To: max americana

No problem! Whatever I don’t have on hand will be taken from a “blue helmet”...


23 posted on 03/30/2010 2:20:55 PM PDT by chadwimc (Proud to be an infidel ! Allah fubar !!!)
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To: ChocChipCookie

Could you put me on the ping list?


24 posted on 03/30/2010 2:21:33 PM PDT by Bitsy
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To: MrB

“We have cash...”


25 posted on 03/30/2010 2:21:37 PM PDT by Noumenon ("Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?" - Julius Caesar)
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To: ChocChipCookie
Please ping me.I'm a prepper, trying to sleath organize my neighborhood. I invited eight families to share ideas and plans, mostly to raise consciousness, so I wouldn’
t have to be the go-to gal, like I usually am. No one attended. I had couple over the weekend for dinner and the wife refuses to store food.

With my family, I just ship things to them just so I can quit worrying that they'll do it themselves. Also basic requirement of guests staying at my house, is watching
online Spike TV’s Surviving Disaster.

I also make the families' of the dogs I volunteer to babysit when they are on a vacation, bring an empty five gallon water jug that I fill when they get here, to be emptied when they leave, and enough dog food two weeks past the time they are returning as part of their stay-over kit. They maybe unprepared for themselves, but at least, I can prep for their dogs.

26 posted on 03/30/2010 2:21:37 PM PDT by lulu16
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To: vanilla swirl; ChocChipCookie
Please disseminate:
Preparedness Capabilities Checklist
27 posted on 03/30/2010 2:22:02 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Noumenon

“Very, very, very, very BAD advice for my neighborhood. And our place. We have an unwelcoming committee.”

hehehehe

At my old house, my mom lives there now, in El Paso we have a bomb shelter. The guy that built the house was an engineer at White Sands Missile range during the 50’s.

The room is 18’ by 20’ by 8 feet high. It has 4 fresh air vents with air exchangers and filters. A 100 gallon water tank that the pipes for the sprinkler system run through so its always fresh. The top of the shelter is 20 feet below ground level. The top entrance is a steel box with a roll back lid made from concrete reinforced 1” steel plate.

At the bottom of the stairs is the main door which is lead lined concrete encased in 2” steel plate. By my calculations the door weighs in at about 1.7 tons. The hinge on the door is a sealed unit about as big around as my fore arm.

I say let em come...


28 posted on 03/30/2010 2:22:47 PM PDT by Syntyr (Mace, Kirk, Thomson, Griffin, Scusa, Martin, Gallegos, Hart - Remember the fallen of Kamdesh)
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To: rbosque

You left out the single malt. Medicine, you know.


29 posted on 03/30/2010 2:22:56 PM PDT by Noumenon ("Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?" - Julius Caesar)
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To: ChocChipCookie
The UN can't handle Rwanda, do you really think they can take over the US?
30 posted on 03/30/2010 2:23:12 PM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: Noumenon

Cash will be worthless, I believe.
Food, ammo, “jack of all trades” skills...
That’s the ticket.


31 posted on 03/30/2010 2:23:25 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Syntyr

nice. Just don’t get bottled up.


32 posted on 03/30/2010 2:24:32 PM PDT by Noumenon ("Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?" - Julius Caesar)
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To: bgill

We had a hurricane hit town a year and a half ago. No power for 3days-2months for some people in one of the 5 largest cities in this nation.

We were told to have supplies on hand. Some even had to get generators to have limited power.

It’s difficult to plan for hurricane season 2 days out.


33 posted on 03/30/2010 2:28:11 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (VP Biden on Obamacare's passage: "This is a big f-ing deal". grumpygresh: "Repeal the f-ing deal")
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To: ChocChipCookie

Please add me to your ping list.


34 posted on 03/30/2010 2:29:28 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Noumenon

“Very, very, very, very BAD advice for my neighborhood. And our place. We have an unwelcoming committee. “

You know your not welcome when the claymores are in bloom in the front yard.


35 posted on 03/30/2010 2:31:26 PM PDT by Pajama Blogger
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To: Noumenon

Oh yeah! Too true, a little sauce never hurts anybody!


36 posted on 03/30/2010 2:33:49 PM PDT by rbosque (11 year Freeper! Combat Economist.)
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To: Noumenon

If the northern VA they refer to is anywhere near the sprawling ghetto that is D.C., then this guys house, especially if he has no firearms, is most assuredly NOT the place to be.


37 posted on 03/30/2010 2:36:21 PM PDT by DocH (Official Right-Wing Extremist Veteran Seal Of Approval)
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To: ChocChipCookie
disaster day?

Doris evil twin?

38 posted on 03/30/2010 2:36:43 PM PDT by jaz.357 (~Luke 6:43-45~)
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To: ChocChipCookie

That guy is a fool for alerting everyone that he has stockpiled food. What is he going to do when his whole neighborhood shows up at his door looking for a handout? The first time they may ask politely, the second time it will be a mob scene.


39 posted on 03/30/2010 2:38:36 PM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: ChocChipCookie

Please add me to your ping list.


40 posted on 03/30/2010 2:39:04 PM PDT by Gritty (Today the future lies between the certainty of decline and the probability of catastrophe-Mark Steyn)
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To: ChocChipCookie

A BTT. You can either be self-sufficient or you’re stuck hoping that the folks who are running Amtrak and the Post Office can feed you. Best of luck with that.


41 posted on 03/30/2010 2:46:25 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Especially when UN blue helmets stroll in your neighborhood...

You need to lower your x ring about 2 inches. It takes one heck of a bullet to penetrate a genuine kevlar helmet.


42 posted on 03/30/2010 2:48:01 PM PDT by Lion Den Dan
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To: Hacklehead

My thoughts exactly. No one except my wife is aware of my preps.

OPSEC all the way, baby.


43 posted on 03/30/2010 3:01:21 PM PDT by snowrip (Liberal? YOU ARE A SOCIALIST WITH NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT.)
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To: ChocChipCookie

Please add me to the list. Thanks!


44 posted on 03/30/2010 3:01:46 PM PDT by snowrip (Liberal? YOU ARE A SOCIALIST WITH NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT.)
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To: ChocChipCookie

Store or Starve

http://nationalexpositor.com/News/2133.html


45 posted on 03/30/2010 3:02:02 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: rbosque

You missed good liquor


46 posted on 03/30/2010 3:02:11 PM PDT by OregonTide
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To: Domandred
I have a Mosin, and a 2A Mk1 #3 Enfield, too. Both are reliable out to 150 yds with iron sights, are great for rifle PT, and yes, would make great clubs should I ever run out of ammo. But, being that both are in common military calibers, that's not likely.

Here's hoping I never shoot aything but targets, milk jugs and the occasional deer or elk with 'em.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

47 posted on 03/30/2010 3:03:29 PM PDT by wku man (Who says conservatives don't rock? Go to www.myspace.com/rockfromtheright)
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To: Domandred

At $120.00 for 1080 rds. of 5.45X39 it will be a while before I run out!


48 posted on 03/30/2010 3:04:26 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: lulu16
They maybe unprepared for themselves, but at least, I can prep for their dogs.

You're a good woman.

49 posted on 03/30/2010 3:04:41 PM PDT by bgill (The framers of the US Constitution established an entire federal government in 18 pages.)
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To: Noumenon

He need a sign that says come get my money food and energy..right here no sense traveling to rural areas...


50 posted on 03/30/2010 3:04:44 PM PDT by GregB (I am a broken glass supporter of Sarah Palin.)
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