Prepping for the economic collapse

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Prepping for the economic collapse
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Thu, 10-17-2013 - 11:54am

Do you "prep" for any kind of end of times or doomsday scenarios? If not, have you ever given thought to doing so? I just read this interesting article from Yahoo News about how the recent government shutdown has spurred an increase in "prepping". "...As of last night, both the preppers and the survivalists can breathe a bit easier. The fact that in Washington doomsday didn't come this time doesn't convince them they were wrong to fear it. As they see it, they now have a bit more time to get ready." more of the article

I personally know a few preppers and they are such normal, everyday people. No one thinks any of their shelters and odd survival trainings. I don't know if it is just more common because I live in a small town or if it is getting more popular. What do you think?

Karla
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Registered: 03-25-2013
Thu, 10-17-2013 - 12:59pm
I do not prep, but I've thought of doing so. Quite honestly it just sounds so expensive to prepare for a bit "what if" when we live on a budget as it is. However, it really seems like something we should do, to some extent anyway. I know a few preppers myself and I'm sure they feel a sense of relief knowing they are prepared should anything happen.
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Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 10-17-2013 - 1:14pm

When we lived in California, I prepped for earthquakes. But, after getting rid of supplies time and again because no quake hit, we stopped. As for an economic collapse?  No, I can't imagine being that paranoid but then again, I also didn't panic for Y2K.






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Registered: 05-08-2006
Thu, 10-17-2013 - 9:32pm
When I was you g, people were building fallout shelters against nuclear attack. We used to discuss 'would you give up your place in the shelter?'. I always said yes...I never wanted to survive the end of the world. I keep a flashlight with batteries, some bottled water, and a small amount of cash on hand. If I think the power might go out, I fill a thermos with hot water so I can have tea. And charge my electronics. When I go to bed at night, I know where my glasses and me keys are in case I have to leave in the middle of the night. After 9/11, my brother asked how iwould get 'home' (meaning to where he lived) if there was a big attack...I told him I would be going to work...I am essential personnel. I think the whole economic thing is a farce. Not that we can afford to keep spending what we don't have...did you ever watch Gail Vaz-Oxlade show 'til debt do us part'? I would like to send her to Washington...she tells couples 'you're spending x more per month than you make ' and points out the options are spend less or earn more. Congress needs to hear that...and she has a'Relationship Rescue' challenge where they learn to work together...Congress definitely needs that...our lives are so much easier than most of the world and anyone in the past...
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Registered: 09-25-2003
Thu, 10-17-2013 - 10:01pm
I guess I totally zoned out on this one. I didn't really think we would have an economic collapse. :O. I thought this was all a stall tactic...like two year olds having a temper tantrum with their arms crossed and boo boo lip. Hahaha on Y2K. With two young toddlers, I stocked up on water, and I had some extra firewood and extra packaged food. I figured that if it didn't happen, they were things I would eventually use. However, after working with software programmers in R & D for so long, I also knew about "bugs" that could have treacherous consequences.
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Registered: 06-16-1998
Thu, 10-17-2013 - 11:36pm

We prep for earthquake but I didn't make any additional prep for economic collapse. I don't know of anyone who is a "prepper" beyond the recommended 3 days worth of supplies in case of earthquake or similar emergency (but maybe they keep it quiet so their friends don't show up on their doorstep begging for help). It seems like more people are not prepared at all for an emergency.

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Registered: 09-25-2003
Fri, 10-18-2013 - 7:30am
At least one of my cousins has a toilet to be used if an earthquake hits. I can't remember the specifics, but if there is no water service, she and her family will at least have preparations for a toilet.
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Registered: 04-07-2008
Fri, 10-18-2013 - 11:36am

I stock up for the winter because I have seen all too well how easily snow can shut down my entire town for days but I am not a prepper for any kind of doomsday event. We do always keep some non-perishable food items, flashlights, and a few other items around for your average catastrophic emergency (tornado, etc).

Karla
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Registered: 04-07-2008
Fri, 10-18-2013 - 11:42am

lol Fresh, we stocked up a little extra (more so than our normal winter stockpile) for Y2K as well because we had 4 young kids and were concerned about what might happen if everyone else freaked out.

And as I was sitting here laughing about the toilet, I got to thinking a toilet is definitely a luxury I never want to have to do without. Where does one even go about looking for a personal port-a-potty?! lol

Karla
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Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Fri, 10-18-2013 - 11:44am

SJ I have seen that show and what a great idea to send her to Congress! LOL!!

Karla
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Registered: 06-16-1998
Fri, 10-18-2013 - 12:09pm

FSN, an earthquake toilet? Never heard of that. We have a shovel and a privacy-fenced backyard lol.

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