Skip to comments.Oklahomans from all walks of life prepare for emergencies
Posted on 03/30/2012 9:08:35 PM PDT by Kartographer
As a New Orleans police officer in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Kevin Diel learned how quickly a disastrous event can bring a city to its knees and bring out the worst part of human nature.
Within about a week of it hitting, it completely changed my mind. This was a whole new world, and there was nobody to help, Diel said.
He used his wits, the few supplies he had on hand and what he could scavenge to survive the ordeal until order was restored.
Diel, now a private corporate security officer, considers himself a member of a community that focuses on emergency preparedness, or preppers as they call themselves.
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As for me the Smith’s Grocery Change is having a case lot sale, so I am stocking up on sugar, canned beans and god old Spam!
Exactly. You have to know what kind of “emergency” you want to be prepared for. For some, that’s two weeks. For some it’s a few days. For some, a couple months. For others, half a year, or year, or several years. But it has to make sense to you and what you consider what you are considering and even whether you’re staying where you are, or going somewhere else, or staying a little while then leaving, etc. And also what makes sense to prepare for given your current housing and financial situation.
Beans, rice, can of tomatoes, old coffee, old beer, and a few things out of the garden along with packaged Masa Harina de Maize. Cheap meal.
The ingredients are simple but the skillsets to turn that into a primo Tex-Mex meal take practice.
Cook what you store. Store what you cook.
Our prepper group here in Tampa is starting to get into group-buys for a wide range of things. Tomorrow I’m going out shopping at a new wholesale outlet for bulk peanut butter.
You’re probably gonna get some free gas out of that meal too.
Actually, I pre-soak the beans to begin breaking up the tri-saccharides that produce the gas. Training is as important as gear and product.
A guy sent me an email today about something I’ve never thought of. Those solar powered landscape lights are cheap and stay on all night. The light isn’t very bright but it would beat candles in the house. Bring ‘em at night then take ‘em back out the next day to be recharged.
I recently helped a geriatric neighbor with her lights. She had all the panels pointing North. ;)
Stay away from sugar as it is bad for your health. Spam, beans, rice, flour ok.
Stay away from sugar as it is bad for your health. Spam, beans, rice, flour ok.
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Obviously you don’t know a thing about southern boys and their sweet tea!
We are preparing for a “new reality”. There won’t BE an end. What is coming won’t last a few weeks or months.
We don’t have case lot sales in my area. The stores here know they can pretty much get whatever price they set.
I have noticed the cost of food out West is much cheaper than it is here. Well at least fruits and vegetables.
I check out what Aldi’s advertises everyweek, online. When you first check it out, it is on default of Texas. You can look at that ad, then compared against the area where I am, the price difference is huge.
But I mostly grow my own. (Except citrus). That helps tremendously.
We are putting together a bulk food co-op but this is only for people within driving distance of North Georgia. We order from Walton Feed. The prices will be discounted some with a large order but where we really realize our savings is on the shipping. We must get together a LARGE order, $20,000 or 20,000 pounds. It is all shipped by large truck to one location, unloaded, distributed and picked up on the same day (hence the need for anyone ordering to be in close proximity). If you are interested in joining, please message me privately. We hope to get this together in the next 4 weeks.
That's my fear, slow, grinding and brutal, years.
They will have the thought in their head they can just leave their home for awhile and go to a motel in another city for a few days or couple of weeks, then come back when everything settles down.
Their first reality will hit when they find out other cities aren't any better than what they just left, so they will leave and look for another place.
Then the second reality is going to hit them. They can't stay in the best motel and eat in the best restaurants anymore because they are running out of money.
After this is repeated several times, desperation will start to set in because they realize without their money they don't have the skills to take care of themselves.
Desperate people will do anything to survive.
Thanks for the tip on the Smith’s case lot sale! I must have missed the circular.
I know some here will disagree with me, but we don’t worry about what kind of emergency or disaster may happen. Rather we prepare according to the duration of it, or how long things may be “down”.
Bear with me for a minute.
For instance we don’t say “we are preparing for the zombie apacolypse” or “an 8.0 New Madrid quake”. Rather we put supplies together for lengths of time. We even have a snappy color code to go with it:
Green event: 24-72 hours
Yellow event: 72 hours to 30 days
Red event: more than 30 days
Then we take our geographic location, skill sets, financial resources, etc into account as we procure supplies for each event level. Now IMO every Freeper family should be able to do a Green event standing on their heads whether the circumstance dictates shelter in place or bug out.
We have found, and this is just us of course, that each event level builds on the previous thus making the planning and procurement decisions a bit more logical and less intimidating. At least to us anyway. Does that make sense?
I think of you do your needs assessment and planning in this manner you’ll find it works pretty well. I haven’t mentioned this before but I’m a trained and experienced Emergency Manager type and this the recommended process for those who work in that industry.
Each step builds on the previous one in a logical, orderly manner.
Strictly my opinion, YMMV, and all the usual caveats. Best to all.
Cooked in coffee?
Do you make coffeecake out of coffee as well?
I’ll have to try that.
NOT with Darksheare’s coffee.
I wouldn’t want anything to reanimate...
I use Tres Rios Costa Rican coffee that I buy bulk as green beans, and roast myself. Good coffee.
Had to do a search to find out what hot pepper butter is. Ok, just a mustard. Like for hotdogs or what? Good luck with your canning. That’s a good deal on lids but can’t help with the brand. Yes, once you get garlic going it’ll keep growing without any effort.
On his way out a little while ago, the service guy stopped to admire my garden. Asked about this and that plant.
From another FR thread. Is anyone looking for a good looking German Sheppard? These people need help and this dog looks like a great German Prepper to have.
Sacrifice one of the lights to figure out what battery you need, and get a few spares. You absolutely know that the day you need to use the light will be one week after the battery dies.
Note on that note: put them up and hide them! My dogs have destroyed most of mine chasing critters by day and things that go bump in the night. My grandkids think they are for playing... the statue of liberty, frankenstein torches, etc.
I don't get any commission or any such thing. I'm just a happy customer.
The powers that be are expecting MASSIVE riots if Zero loses the election. The gov’t doesn’t have nearly enough resouces to control what’s coming.
Folks, have your preps complete by October if at all possible.
Great information and planning strategy. Thanks for posting this...it makes the process seem much less daunting.
I hope you find the advice useful. I also hope that you never need to dip into those resources you put away.