Very First Prepping Step-Warning! It ain't pretty!

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Very First Prepping Step-Warning! It ain't pretty!

Post by Red Two » Tue Nov 01, 2011 2:49 am

Greetings to all Disaster Preparers:

A little background: I've always lived peacefully however after ready many of the posts and forums here I've decided to start preparing for some eventuality. Not for the extremely unlikely asteroid strike or a nuclear war, as alluded to in a thread I've started recently, but rather for the more likely scenarios. I've lived in the same place for 13 years. I think I've locked my doors a total of 5 times in those 13 years. I have no security system. I DO live in a very peaceful neighborhood where folks are rather independent by nature and just want to be left alone.
However, I think I will take some of the suggestions in this forum to heart. Things like setting up a home security system. It's good to know how to to set up your own security system, even in you never use it. I agree that it's good to be prepared. Becoming generally cognizant of things that "could happen", i.e. a long term power loss is high on the list-and how to work around it or adapt would be pretty darn useful. Basic stuff like, setting up food and supply stores, equipping my daily driver car with some sort of "break down kit" in case of inclement weather and so on. Having said that, here is a picture of my backpack and my camping supplies. This picture serves as the start....yeah, start....of my whole prepping hobby, to eventually include my BOV, emergency car supply kit, BOB and so far. I warn the feint of heart, it ain't pretty, but its a start.

Here is what I have in the house, dumped in a pile, so far, with no organization. That comes next! :roll:

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Re: Very First Prepping Step-Warning! It ain't pretty!

Post by Kutter_0311 » Tue Nov 01, 2011 4:10 am

Everyone starts somewhere. I found ZS when I needed to upgrade my issued battle dressing that failed spectacularly at an SUV rollover...
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Re: Very First Prepping Step-Warning! It ain't pretty!

Post by Draco » Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:14 pm

I wouldn't worry about it not being pretty Red Two. I just recently found my way to ZS & thought I was in fair shape for Buggin' In just because I had the weapons & ammo I wanted on hand. Then started reading the forums here & realized that I had not yet begun to prep. :P
But this is a great place to learn & a great bunch of folks that are willing to share.
Like Kutter_0311 said: We all got to start somewhere
In fact it had not even occurred to me that I might need some gear in my car just so I could get home if SHTF.
That is a situation that wouldn't be pretty
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Re: Very First Prepping Step-Warning! It ain't pretty!

Post by SiXiam » Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:17 pm

Did the picture disappear?

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Re: Very First Prepping Step-Warning! It ain't pretty!

Post by duodecima » Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:41 pm

Pics or it didn't happen! :lol:

Seriously, there are no points for "pretty" in the ZPAW (or your other garden-variety disaster). And if you're my neighbor, I'd rather you had ANYTHING at all, rather than nothing. I'm the other side of the equation - I've had food stored for some time. I now know I need more of it and at least a couple firearms, among many many other things.

Having said that, I'm planning to get the pantry organized and "hot" enough for the food storage porn thread. Just 'cause there's no points for pride either doesn't mean we don't have some anyway. :roll: :lol:
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Re: Very First Prepping Step-Warning! It ain't pretty!

Post by Red Two » Sat Nov 05, 2011 3:07 am

Hi there Draco!

I always attempt to cram all my responses on to on big long post rather than 10 lil bitty posts! I think I've heard your phrase "I have not yet begun to prep!" somewhere before....Revolutionary war era? It's a good proactive, positive phrase, if taken in the right way. Just this evening I dumped about 90 bucks worth of "Car Emergency Supplies". I was really alarmed at what I didn't have. When I was married, we had a 19' camper and a fully outfitted 2005 Trailblazer that woulda made Mad Max envious. Post divorce my BOV is a 2000 Dodge Stratus. Long story short, I was surprised at how lazy I had become with basic car preparedness. Some other time I will list all the stuff I have in my Emergency Bag in the proper forum.

Hey Sixiam-yes I cannot figgure out how to make the pic appear and stay appeared in the forum post. What the picture *was* of was a pile of all my camping supplies, food,tent,backpack all piled up. The sorting and neat n tidy organization comes when I can clear off a table and spread it all out. Stay Tuned! :oops:

Hey Duodecima! Yeah, I get what yer saying about the pantry being organized. I just got my Emergency Car Kit 80% organized, so that's a start. I own my own house again ( after a divorce ) so I can now fool around with some of the house "features" I'd wanted for so long-some of that shatter resistant window glass film on the windows-stuff like a basic security system, just because. A couple of pretty obvious cameras shooting down the driveway. I think I'd like the fakie ones. I'm sure they are cheaper than running a whole outside security setup. I'm not tryin' to go all Ruby Ridge on folks! :lol:

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Re: Very First Prepping Step-Warning! It ain't pretty!

Post by BrowncoatCaptain » Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:19 pm

omg... I'm got to have all this stuff and have it look pretty too?!?!?

That's it. I'm out. Done. I quit. Put me on the list of the dead.

hahaha j/k. I'm with the rest. I say, as long as you have it, then you're better than the ones caught unprepared.
Some folks can't handle being totally organized, some can. If you can find what you need, when you need it... then you're good to go in my book. Having said that.... I have to have stuff organized. We're in the process of cleaning out the basement so... naturally atm we're not so organized, but by the end of the year we hope to be again. I'm not going to lose sleep over the current state of affairs down there, but I will feel much better when I can see it all ata glance. ;)

Good luck with your efforts.

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Re: Very First Prepping Step-Warning! It ain't pretty!

Post by echowit » Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:29 pm

Good stuff all.

Reading these post, I realized I've been in "first step" mode for a long, long time.

I decided to really get organized after SWMBO & I both had surgery this summer, she in Sept, me in Oct (Both fine thank you, but the hair in my nether regions is growing back in now and I'm bleeping miserable!)

Major post-op revelations:
1) ... 4 or 5 gauze dressings per FAK (as per several 'recommended' lists) is woefully inadequate if your incision is still healing.
2) ... being unable to run to either the big-box or local mini-mart at will or whim is really frustrating (I'd guess life-threatening in a PAW).

So time to get it together. And of course, being a retired geek I started an Excel spreadsheet. Bleep! What a shocker! ("It ain't pretty" is an understatement)

As of this a.m. (11/10/11)
1) ... of the 147 "necessary" items I came up with, I need to add to or replace 101.
2) ... my ideal 40 pound pack weight is at 64 lbs.
3) ... My 1990 Cu. In. pack needs to hold 2689.97 cubic inches -- And NO winter specific clothes and gear have been added yet.
Worse yet, SWMBO's 900 Cu. In. girlie-pack is at 2308.84! Guess I'd better re-evaluate and lighten her load or toughen her up. (Guess which I'll "choose"?)
Good news, my 900 Cu.In. EDC-FAK-combo shoulder bag is only at 318 per the new plan, so I guess there's some hope.

Anyone know of a good (read Free & Safe) host site where I can post the spreadsheet for access & comment by ZS types? I'd really like critique and comment on both content and calculations as to weight & volume from experienced preppers/packers.

Just remembered something I read here at ZS to the effect of: "... fit your pack (bag/whatever) to the kit -- not your kit to the bag". Sound like good advice. Anybody know how to sew heavy duty ...????

Kidding, sort of, although I've found a couple of DIY gear threads here and it looks interesting. Again, being a little geeky I'll CAD model a bag or two first. Oughta be interesting in itself. Anyone have expertise or at least experience in the cost/quality of DIY v. Store-bought? 'spose it, like everything, depends on the doer.

Gotta get to doing rather than just planning (read fantasizing). December 21, 2012 is getting close. LOL! (I hope)

Pix & link to follow (if anyone is interested)

Thanks to all you ZSers for the motivation and all the great info.

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Re: Very First Prepping Step-Warning! It ain't pretty!

Post by BrowncoatCaptain » Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:57 pm

There's a DIY PVC ALICE pack frame thread on the forums that I am thinking about jumping off from... I think that model can be modified to fit a duffel or something as needed. It looked quite verastile. You might check it out, then see if you can find a bag to suit your needs that doesn't necessarily have shoulder straps. (I think they're part of the frame.)

http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopi ... ilit=alice

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Re: Very First Prepping Step-Warning! It ain't pretty!

Post by echowit » Thu Nov 10, 2011 9:55 pm

Checked out the DIY Pack Frame thread. I kinda like the way this guy thinks, thanks for the link. Note to self: Learn what a Search button is!!

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Post by BrowncoatCaptain » Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:42 pm

Hahahah. Looking up links for you a.) gives me a sense of purpose and b.) makes all the hours I spend reading the forums worthwhile. Someday you'll point me to a groovy thread and it'll all work itself around.

Glad I could help, although the other guy actually did all the hard work. ;)

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Re: Very First Prepping Step-Warning! It ain't pretty!

Post by FrANkNstEin » Fri Nov 11, 2011 7:51 am

Hey Sixiam-yes I cannot figgure out how to make the pic appear and stay appeared in the forum post. What the picture *was* of was a pile of all my camping supplies, food,tent,backpack all piled up. The sorting and neat n tidy organization comes when I can clear off a table and spread it all out. Stay Tuned! :oops:
You will have to upload your image on a external host like http://www.photobucket.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;, http://www.flickr.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;, or similar and then hotlink it to ZS, by putting the HTML address between "IMG" brackets. should look like this before you post it and you can preview it with the "preview" button you see next to the submit button on ZS to verify it´s working correctly:

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[img]www.photobucket.com/RedTwospictures/picture87213658162[/img]

There´s a third big one of those hosters that i can´t remember from the top of my head right now. (and a massive amount of less known ones)

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Post by duodecima » Fri Nov 11, 2011 1:07 pm

^ shutterfly. You have to load to your site and then to the "share" site. It's what I use (but this is all I use it for, never tried the others...)
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Re: Very First Prepping Step-Warning! It ain't pretty!

Post by iridium » Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:53 pm

Sounds like you are well on your way to being better prepared :)

Heck, I started with a cardboard box with some extra canned food and a first aid kit. Now I have solar, generator, a full store room full of preps, weapons and such.. came a long way in those years.

Its less of a hobby and more of a lifestyle.. and you are never "done" prepping. Even myself, as well prepped as I am see stuff and go "Ok I need to stock that now" :)

Welcome to the world of being ready and prepared!

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Post by EODguy » Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:44 pm

You are doing fine, start small, but do something every day. Read, study, pack, can, plant, stock, research, do something everyday. Find "like minded" individuals, don't go alone. Develop you prepper persona. (Stand and fight, run and gun, hide and seek, hunker down) Make small obtainable goals based on a plan. I am in the 1% of earners according to the Occupy Wall Street crowd, no need to be rich, just a "LIFETIME" commitment to you and your families survival. Plan for realistic safety /survival scenarios first then get exotic. Store food as budget allows. Pick up gear as determined by your plan. Work towards essentials (Water, Food, Shelter, Security, Medical, Commo, Weapons) first. Hope this helped... Search here for great topics and learn from others success and failures. I do do refugee well!
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Re: Very First Prepping Step-Warning! It ain't pretty!

Post by EODguy » Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:49 pm

Read all the "Gunny" Series on here in equipment, BOB etc, greta stuff
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