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Old 05-28-2010, 11:58 PM   #21
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True, but my plan is to have at least a 30 day supply. That's not hard to do with dry and canned goods...
I would have to agree. A one month supply would be nice to have on hand. The problem that I have is that during the winter half of the year my supplies would freeze in my bus. I always have at least 72 hours worth of supplies on hand for both of us, including bottled water, but more than that would take too long to move from the house to the bus if we had to evacuate in a hurry.
Then go with dry goods. Buy in bulk and split up into mylar bags with an O2 absorber. Rice, beans, lentils, etc. Maybe store them in coolers to minimize the temp swings. I guess you could bring the water when you leave the house.
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Old 05-29-2010, 12:04 AM   #22
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72 HOURS? I WAS THINKIN AT LEAST 72 BEERS!keep some cash around also,keep that bus fueled up,batterys charged,good time to have solar for sure,have to keep in mind that the next evac may be guberment related...

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72 HOURS? I WAS THINKIN AT LEAST 72 BEERS!keep some cash around also,keep that bus fueled up,batterys charged,good time to have solar for sure,have to keep in mind that the next evac may be guberment related...
Yeah, I try to keep the bus completely fueled up (its propane so it won't go bad like gasoline could), and my batteries are always charged because I keep it plugged in when its parked at home and my converter takes care of that (storage mode). Solar would be nice...maybe in the future when I get some more $$ to work with. We each have a 60 day supply of dry food in a bucket, and I try to keep at least four 5 gallon bottles of water on hand along with a few cases of bottled water. My wife is all about being prepared. I also try to keep at least 2 or 3 propane tanks (20 lb) filled and ready to go along with our generator. Just in case...
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72 HOURS? I WAS THINKIN AT LEAST 72 BEERS!keep some cash around also,keep that bus fueled up,batterys charged,good time to have solar for sure,have to keep in mind that the next evac may be guberment related...
Will 72 beers LAST 72 hours?!?!?!?!?
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What do you need all that stuff for? You're giving a similar example-scenario as I did....but mine didn't fit the intent of this post? How about if you lose your job, and then your home. You're destitute, have nothing, and no where to go....could you provide food, water, and shelter for yourself? You mentioned "economic" disasters yourself.....

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Smitty, I don't know why you're getting upset. I didn't say what you said didn't fit the intent of this post. What you're speaking of could and does fill a forum 100 times the size of skoolie.net. My intent was to get people in the mindset of getting prepped for emergencies, not for every possible thing that could happen. Basically, I'm talking about setting up the bus as a Bug Out Vehicle.

Now you don't think listing ice cream, cheez-whiz, crackers and candles is poking fun? Like that is really going to solve the problem. I don't disagree with what you have proposed, but you know that could easily consume this site. I know you've heard the term sheeple and not everyone thinks there could be problems on the horizon. My intention was to plant the seed and open peoples eyes.

I started this thread 2 1/2 years ago and there was a total of 7 replies 2 1/2 years ago. It wasn't exactly a hot topic. I thought I would bring it up again but I'm not looking for a battle over it. If I want info and knowledge about prepping and survival, I go elsewhere. The same goes for needlepoint. If you want to teach everything you mentioned, go right ahead. I'm not going to stop you.
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Thinking about it, I was under the impression that water couldn't be stored where it could freeze. Why not? Because the container would break due to expansion? If that is it then just don't fill the containers as full, or use plastic jugs and compress them a little when you put the lid on, then when the water expands it wont burst the container.
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So what do you do with the cheez-whiz Smitty?
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Were you aware it contains neither cheez nor whiz?
I disagree. Last time I tasted it, it reminded me a lot of whiz. And that was years ago - I'd hate to think what they use for "filler" these days..


If it contained whiz it sure would be difficult to lite!
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Cheeze whiz candles eh? Well, Smitty, you do have a good point. A 72 hour emergency preparedness kit really is just packing for a long weekend camping trip. Of course, we usually take fresh food with us and have time to plan for the camping trip where by the time you evacuate for an emergency, the planning stage is past. 72 hours worth of non-perishable food is easy, as is water, fuel, and other necessities. Heck, I usually have 72 hours worth of propane stored in cylinders just for my generator! When we start talking about 30 days, things get a lot more complicated. But like I said, the most common emergency preparedness plan is targeted at 72 hours. As for the EOTWAWKI discussions, do you really want to survive something like that anyways? Fighting for your life day in and day out? Killing your neighbors just to save your own ass? If you did survive, how long until you go insane? Too many variables to try to fully prepare for the EOTWAWKI.
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I'll throw out... a supply of good quality (bic or better) lighters. As a plus, if the **** REALLY hits the fan, most people won't kill you for your bic- heehaw-, like they might for your bus, food, ammo, etc.... (no, I don't work for the Bic Corp.).
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