I introduced myself in the ZSC:020 thread but figured I should post here too. I live in a house in the 'burbs with my husband and two (much-beloved, so no hasenpfeffer jokes - only I get to do that!
) pet rabbits. After watching friends deal with things like bugging out from Katrina (little damage to their place, thank goodness)/friends offering shelter to other friends from the Colorado fires this year, and dealing with some big power outages last summer ourselves, I got more serious about preparing for SHTF-type situations. My husband isn't as dedicated as I am, but after explaining that we know how crappy the power grid is, and what if there's some bad storm/train derailment (we live about a block and a half from major railroad tracks)/whatever that we either have to hunker down for a bit or get out, he's more understanding. I told him I don't believe there's going to be a post-apocalyptic scenario but we've had to deal with utility outages and the like, and it pays to be prepared in case things get bad.
So we've probably got more stuff for "bugging in" rather than bugging out - about 30 liters of water stashed in the basement so far, about a month's worth of long-term-freeze-dried food (thanks Costco!), a few dozen quarts worth of home-canned goods (mostly tomato stuff, pickled veggies, a few canned veggies/fruits), and I'm working on stashing both (commercially) canned and dried beans, pasta, and rice. We've got probably a month and a half worth of hay stored for the rabbits as well. We have a bunch of old camping stuff in the basement that I have to sort through, so we should have a decent tent in there, Coleman camp stove (needs fuel, I suspect), that kind of thing. Probably sleeping bags. For alternate home cooking methods, we have a gas stove (and furnace), and a propane grill, and I know how to make a solar oven. He also hunts, and owns a rifle-barreled shotgun plus some ammo.
I have a rudimentary 72-hr BOB internal frame backpack with an Esbit stove and fuel, Datrex water and food bars, some freeze-dried meals, small mess kit, a very basic first aid kit (which needs work), a Nalgene bottle/collapsible bottle/Bobble filter bottle, water purification tabs, LED flashlight. LED headlamp, glowsticks, "space blankets", sunscreen and bug spray, a cheap AM/FM radio (got a solar/crank Eton NOAA radio w. USB port coming this week, plus a filtration straw), fire-making stuff (waterproof matches in ziplocs and in a waterproof case, beeswax-soaked cotton pads, a magnesium stick and flint), small Swiss Army knife, hydration tablets, camp soap sheets, and pelleted hay for the rabbits. Some spare clothing for me, a few hygiene items. We have a couple sizes of pet carrier in case we have to bug out in various ways (car vs. not) and intend to haul the rabbits out with us if at all possible. Next I think I have to start on a BOB for my husband to tote, and I can redistribute some of the general stuff into his pack.
Oh, and I have some minor stuff in my "daily carry"; I carry a business-style shoulder bag to and from my job in the city of Chicago, and commute via the commuter rail trains (diesel, not subway). Among my usual stuff, I tote a Swiss Army knife, pepper spray, hand sanitizer, N95 mask, small LED flashlight, a couple energy bars, a pill box with Aleve/Imodium/Zyrtec/aspirin, thin emergency poncho, and work gloves with thick rubberized gripping palms. I keep forgetting to add a small bottle of water to my bag and should really do that, but sometimes I'm carrying water anyway. I wear heels at work but wear more "sensible" shoes during the commute and carry the heels in a bag.
Other random stuff:
- I'm an ovo-lacto vegetarian. I don't proselytize or debate on the topic. (My husband is a true omnivore, and I do make meat for him.) I'm willing to chuck that out the window in a desperate situation, but for now, I prefer to stick with how I eat. I bought veg meals for the BOB pack, but plan on adding jerky and stuff for those meat cravings/extra protein (he's almost twice my weight!) for him.
- I'm a good cook, do home canning, homebrewing, knitting, food dehydration, and have some minor medical knowledge. I'm currently knitting a gray 100% wool balaclava for myself, for when the colder weather returns to Chicago.
- Oh yeah, I found ZS via Google! I was looking for a more "fun" prepper group that was a better fit for my own opinions and attitude. I know I mentioned a ton of "domestic" skills in my last point but I'm not exactly a "Suzie Homemaker" type, and a lot of prepper groups really don't exactly jive with how I am. And being in the medical field, I can get behind the idea of disease-related disasters being a real threat! Plus I love the Evil Dead/Army of Darkness series, as well as Shaun of the Dead.