Try corona virus making me do some thinking

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  1. catman71

    catman71 Spewer of TROOF

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    Anyone else reconsidering their level of preparedness?

    I need at least 2 weeks of food and some sort of heat

    a few masks wouldn’t hurt either when the price comes down

    might buy a new gun, just for kicks
    any thoughts?
     
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  2. JArthurD

    JArthurD Silver Member

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    A pine box. (To take a “nap” in.)
     
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    Oldschooltube Flux Capacitor Technician

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    There are 3 basic needs for survival.

    Water - 3-5 days without and you’re done.

    Food - a relatively healthy person can go quite awhile with no food. A couple weeks if need be. Won’t be fun but probably won’t be fatal either.

    Shelter - kind of depends on environment. If it’s -20 you’re done in a matter of hours without shelter. If it’s 70 and sunny then it’s not much of a concern.

    Those are just the basic needs. There are others to be considered all depending on current situation. Some would be medical supplies, security measures, protective apparel & equipment, decontamination supplies, communication equipment (not cell phone, IMO a good CB would be a valuable thing to have.)

    The list of things one would likely need can go on for days. Once again what is needed and in what priority is totally dependent on current situation.

    YMMV
     
  4. Maine

    Maine

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    I have 60 days of food in storage, I hope I don't have to use it. My current city (Boston) is heavily Chinese..
     
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    ARP

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    I got 2 cases of MRE in the basement. It does not serve me much purpose to keep a lot of food on hand, I just took a look and I was finding stuff that was 3+ y/o. So I just cleaned house. Some meatballs, 2 steaks, some chicky breast, couple loaves of bread dough...that is it. Fridge side has some eggs and condiments galore and 6 bottles of wine that I don't drink and beer that has been in there for a few years.

    I am away for work so much and once in a while I do cook, like yesterday. Tonight I did soup. I might think about picking up one of those prepper buckets of food to supplement the MRE.

    Edit: I live solo, with 2 cats.
     
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  6. lazarus66

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    Grainger has coffins and body bags.
     
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  7. Maine

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    I have 2 of the 30 day buckets. I think they were about $120 each and good for 20 years.
     
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    sciolist On the Border

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    I spent all my food money on primers, but hey, at least I'm not fat!
     
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    jim goose "The Goose"

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    Everyone should 7 days of water. I live alone, and have 20 gallons in the closet, plus a couple of cases of older canned food. It will be better than knocking on the neighbors door.
     
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    Maccabeus

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    I try to keep a reasonable amount of the basics on hand.

    I did make a store run to top off all the essentials whether I had a full supply or not. Flour, sugar, oil, rice, beans, detergents, TP, napkins, paper towels, pasta & sauce, peanut butter, and a few other things.

    With a house full of kids, in the next few days, I'll probably add some more pain killers, cough medicines, vitamins, & powdered Gatorade to what we have on hand. Plague or no plague someone's always getting sick and we'll use it sooner or later.
     
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    spork Caffeinator

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    I like the idea of communications when the main systems are down. I have several decent quality walkie talkies that I can share with others so that we can communicate readily when the phones/power go out.
     
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    agtman 10mm Philosopher

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    This thread made me remember I'm hungry. :headscratch:

    Think I'll order take-out, ... a quart of the spicy Szechuan noodles 'wif egg roll' from Chu-Chu's chinese place.

    Tell 'em to hold the cooties. :whistling:

    :rofl:
     
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    IMO at a minimum you should be able to live inside your house for 30 days without leaving.

    Our well water (along with my neighbors) is very hard. Between fish tank evaporation and giving the fur kids only purified water I get in refillable jugs from the local market at any point I have 15 gallons of water on hand. Just refilled it tonight because it was time and not coronavirus related.

    I also got hooked on bottled water a few years ago and always have 4-6 cases around.

    Food? We have a pantry. I also keep 4 spare 20# tanks for the grill.

    As long as I have power we could live relatively like we do today for 6+ months.
     
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    Buying a new gun is a good idea. you won't be able to buy any more after you're dead.
     
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    'Ol Grandad Director of civil unrest

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    I got plenty of food. Been canning for years. Got a generator and extra gas to run the well pump too. I'm good.
     
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    The best way to fight off the virus is to chew garlic all the day. That will kill the virus and all the social life, and thus no virus infected person will approach you.
     
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    jim goose "The Goose"

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    Another thing to think about is medicine. I’m a type2 diabetic. And the silly doctors only give me a 30 day supply of medicine. So Although I don’t need it, I keep insulin on hand 3 months worth. Plus I’ll be eating garbage, so I’ll really need it.

    For those of who didn’t know, you can buy at Walmart with no prescription. Just use under a doctors direction.
     
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    Insulin?
     
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    larry_minn Silver Member Millennium Member

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    Thinking, bit of planning always good. Consider. Two weeks ago good n99 mask purge valve.. a dozen wouldn’t get free shipping $22.98 IIRC it needs to be $25.
    Now it’s great plenty for free shipping (in March)
    So (at least) look at cheap stuff you will use. Say fill gas cans next trip to gas station. Buy some stuff that does not need freezer, fridge, lots of cooking. What do you have to cook with?
    Your grill, unattached garage might work short term. Heck I almost bought a enclosed yard fire pit with chimney $20 local sold. Couple elbows, some tin it could have been useful.
    I’m still flying next week. But if things get worse my family have been warned. They will rough it for 14 days if they run here. Minimum.
     
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