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Years ago I was a moderator on the Self Reliance Illustrated discussion board. It was a really neat board that covered all sorts of topics on self reliance, DIY projects, emergency preparedness and all the related topics. That board (and the magazine it was associated with) eventually went defunct. I thought that was too bad because a lot of information was lost. So I started a little free board which wasn’t bad and a few people came along for the ride. I got talking about it here one day and one of the members offered to help me with a much better board (he was a tech guy and webmaster). That went great and we had a thriving board for many years with a lot of good members and a ton of information. Unfortunately, the server that board was on got hacked back around Thanksgiving. The board wasn’t the target but it was collateral damage and went off-line. Kinda sucked..a lot.

Well, I made the decision to begin again with an even better board (phpBB) and a secure, paid server. A bit of $ out of my pocket but I felt it was worth it in the long run. So I started it up again and so far we’ve got most of our contributing members back and posting strong. Nice to have a fan base. It always seemed to be a hit with many folks here so if it’s of interest, join up or simply lurk.

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A range of topics on BOB’s/EDC’s/GHB’s as well as DIY projects, hunting, gardening, hiking, camping, research and resources. Ways to make water safe to drink, start fires, defense, gear and all sorts of stuff like that. A lot of stuff that is simply yet could help mitigate an emergency or even save a life.

Cheers. Smile

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I love the prepper topic, the better prepared people are the more secure the nation, and the people are stronger, more confident, and better prepared to help and restore their communities and neighbors to normalcy and calm.

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Nice site !

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Looks like a cool site. I tried to join, but it didn’t go through.

A knife/multitool section would be a nice addition.

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… prepared for imaginary threat never come. Have fun Smile

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sp5it wrote:
… prepared for imaginary threat never come. Have fun Smile

So, you’re saying that the earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, power outages, loss of employment, and other emergencies I’ve actually experienced were all just my imagination? Truly, your intellect is dizzying.

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Emergencies are a constant part of life, try living in California or the Gulf coast, or getting snowed in for a week or two in the Midwest, or Alaska, Florida, or being self employed and hitting a bad stretch.

Even car preparedness is important.

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Living in USA seems to be hopeless than. Sad to hear that.
No earthquakes, hurricanes, floods here. Not bad economy, I don’t remember power outage longer than 30 min.
Just curious how you prepare for loss of employment? Collect food stamps, blackmail your boss, marry rich or…?
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Why try to kill this thread on preparedness?

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sp5it wrote:
Just curious how you prepare for loss of employment? Collect food stamps, blackmail your boss, marry rich or…? Mike

Put money aside obviously.

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Being self employed my preparedness stock kept me going when work was slow or I was sick or injured and couldn’t accept work, mostly it was good for those very long slow periods where any money made went to other bills, at least my food was already bought and paid for.

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brad wrote:
I love the prepper topic, the better prepared people are the more secure the nation, and the people are stronger, more confident, and better prepared to help and restore their communities and neighbors to normalcy and calm.

Thank you sir Smile

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bikenber73 wrote:
Nice site !

Thank you sir Smile

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xxo wrote:
Looks like a cool site. I tried to join, but it didn’t go through.

A knife/multitool section would be a nice addition.

Your account is active. And that was a great idea for a blade forum so it has been added as a sub-forum under the Top Gear section.

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sp5it wrote:
Living in USA seems to be hopeless than. Sad to hear that.
No earthquakes, hurricanes, floods here. Not bad economy, I don’t remember power outage longer than 30 min.
Just curious how you prepare for loss of employment? Collect food stamps, blackmail your boss, marry rich or…?
Mike

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sp5it wrote:
Living in USA seems to be hopeless than. Sad to hear that. No earthquakes, hurricanes, floods here. Not bad economy, I don’t remember power outage longer than 30 min. Just curious how you prepare for loss of employment? Collect food stamps, blackmail your boss, marry rich or…? Mike

I don’t think your being particularly honest. Although Poland does have a low incident of earthquakes, various parts of Poland have had six just in the last year. Additionally, Poland has a vast history of warfare. Poland can and does have harsh winters with snow in many parts, usually from November till March. Add to that regular storms and about 16% of the total forest fires in Europe. People get flat tires and they have their homes broken into.

Any and all of these things are topics of discussion on the SEP board i.e being prepared to avoid or mitigate an emergency situation though personal preparedness. Could be as simple as carrying a spare tire and a pair of sneakers in the trunk to tossing a mylar space blanket in the glove compartment.

If you don’t think common sense personal preparedness is a good thing, or of interest to many people then I don’t really understand why your posting in this thread?

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My dad helped free Poland from the Germans, I helped free Poland from the Russians, Poland does seem to have disasters even above nature and weather, plus, I hear that history isn’t over, which is a part of preparedness.

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Deputydave wrote:
sp5it wrote:
Living in USA seems to be hopeless than. Sad to hear that. No earthquakes, hurricanes, floods here. Not bad economy, I don’t remember power outage longer than 30 min. Just curious how you prepare for loss of employment? Collect food stamps, blackmail your boss, marry rich or…? Mike

I don’t think your being particularly honest. Although Poland does have a low incident of earthquakes, various parts of Poland have had six just in the last year. Additionally, Poland has a vast history of warfare. Poland can and does have harsh winters with snow in many parts, usually from November till March. Add to that regular storms and about 16% of the total forest fires in Europe. People get flat tires and they have their homes broken into.

Any and all of these things are topics of discussion on the SEP board i.e being prepared to avoid or mitigate an emergency situation though personal preparedness. Could be as simple as carrying a spare tire and a pair of sneakers in the trunk to tossing a mylar space blanket in the glove compartment.

If you don’t think common sense personal preparedness is a good thing, or of interest to many people then I don’t really understand why your posting in this thread?

You said that much nicer than I would have. Well done sir.

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My next door neighbor is a well known polish fella. He’s close to a definition of what a prepper is, and he’s happy to be living in the states where he feels much more secure after having personally worked with the USA to free Poland from the USSR.

For myself, I woke up the other day in the early hours not long after midnight, The power was off everywhere and a strange stillness was in effect. I thought to myself: “ you dumb mother fu**er, the US Dept of Homeland security announced just a few months back that all US citizens should prepare for 2 to 6 months with no power. At the time, it didn’t make headlines and didn’t cause a stir but I reflected that I’d suspected that they had actual evidence of a huge issue about to hit the country. Yet I did nothing more or specific to this cautionary tale (I’m close to fully prepped, more than 95% more than my fellow citizens anyway). I was later relieved to learn that a drunk had smacked a power pole and the whole area was out. Whew. But yet this issue and the DHS warning remains in the background:

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“In a new report that warns that the electric grid is the “prime target” of terrorists, Americans are being urged prepare for the up to six months without electricity, transportation, fuel, money, and healthcare. “

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/start-prepping-electric-grid-prime-target-of-terrorists-profound-threat-says-dhs

I suppose we all can’t live in a stable country like Poland that has no threats or potential issues.

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toddcshoe wrote:
Deputydave wrote:
sp5it wrote:
Living in USA seems to be hopeless than. Sad to hear that. No earthquakes, hurricanes, floods here. Not bad economy, I don’t remember power outage longer than 30 min. Just curious how you prepare for loss of employment? Collect food stamps, blackmail your boss, marry rich or…? Mike

I don’t think your being particularly honest. Although Poland does have a low incident of earthquakes, various parts of Poland have had six just in the last year. Additionally, Poland has a vast history of warfare. Poland can and does have harsh winters with snow in many parts, usually from November till March. Add to that regular storms and about 16% of the total forest fires in Europe. People get flat tires and they have their homes broken into.

Any and all of these things are topics of discussion on the SEP board i.e being prepared to avoid or mitigate an emergency situation though personal preparedness. Could be as simple as carrying a spare tire and a pair of sneakers in the trunk to tossing a mylar space blanket in the glove compartment.

If you don’t think common sense personal preparedness is a good thing, or of interest to many people then I don’t really understand why your posting in this thread?

You said that much nicer than I would have. Well done sir.

Thank you sir.

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On it; great site.

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This looks like a nice forum. I am gonna check what they have under first aid. First topic: essential oils.

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lotrbfme wrote:
This looks like a nice forum. I am gonna check what they have under first aid. First topic: essential oils.

Me: Tired

You’d be surprised at how useful essential oils can be Smile

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On it; great site.

Thank you sir.

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Essential oils are great! I use them in my Levoit humidifier. I particularly like Sweet Orange, Lavender, Ecalyptus, Tea Tree…
What oils you use DeputyDade??

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Nothing wrong in being prepared even though my stuff comes from camping hobby, but its nice to have sleeping bags that will get me through even the coldest nights this country has, enough gas to boil water for maybe two weeks of use and food maybe atleast for a month. Just normal bushcraft stuff. Wink

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Campers and backpackers are way ahead in the prepper game no matter what happens, if we are prepared for living in the outdoors then we can survive in our own homes, kitchen, and bedrooms for awhile, even in the worst of winter.

Being a camper/backpacker also gives us an excuse to buy a lot of prepper stuff that we can justify as camping gear.

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I just want to get ready for this! YOu never know...

 

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brad wrote:
Campers and backpackers are way ahead in the prepper game no matter what happens, if we are prepared for living in the outdoors then we can survive in our own homes, kitchen, and bedrooms for awhile, even in the worst of winter.

Being a camper/backpacker also gives us an excuse to buy a lot of prepper stuff that we can justify as camping gear.

A hunter-gatherer likes to gather.
I think I have atleast two Carinthia sleeping bags + US modular sleeping bag 5 pcs, nice and roomy summer sleeping bag and that goretex bivy which has seen some use at winter when sleeping under open sky, but otherwise big, bulky and not really that warm at winter even with full set. Got it under 200$ few years ago so it was a bargain and works well until winter. Then collection of different size tarps maybe 5, few tents and two hammocks. Then all the other stuff like packraft, skis, backpacks + other accessories like these flashlights. Spending time outdoors regardless of the weather is time well spent. You feel like really living and stuff.

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For myself, I woke up the other day in the early hours not long after midnight, The power was off everywhere and a strange stillness was in effect. I thought to myself: “ you dumb mother fu**er, the US Dept of Homeland security announced just a few months back that all US citizens should prepare for 2 to 6 months with no power. At the time, it didn’t make headlines and didn’t cause a stir but I reflected that I’d suspected that they had actual evidence of a huge issue about to hit the country. Yet I did nothing more or specific to this cautionary tale (I’m close to fully prepped, more than 95% more than my fellow citizens anyway). I was later relieved to learn that a drunk had smacked a power pole and the whole area was out. Whew. But yet this issue and the DHS warning remains in the background:
Quote:
“In a new report that warns that the electric grid is the “prime target” of terrorists, Americans are being urged prepare for the up to six months without electricity, transportation, fuel, money, and healthcare. “

That is a really alarmist article. The report itself appears to recommend adopting 14 days of food and water as the standard for state and federal individual preparedness campaigns. They say a “catastrophic power outage of a magnitude beyond modern experience” could affect up to 75 million people for 2-6 months, but that’s one step removed from the complete collapse of society, and most people are not going to prep for anything like that. The report is certainly not evidence terrorists are about to take down the United States power grid for half the year.

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Hank33 wrote:
Essential oils are great! I use them in my Levoit humidifier. I particularly like Sweet Orange, Lavender, Ecalyptus, Tea Tree… What oils you use DeputyDade??

I use a LOT of different one’s including blends. My personal favorites are Ylang Ylang, Wintergreen and Lemon Grass. I’ve had good success with blends as well:

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