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If you are not a prepper, the weather events of this past year should have given you fair warning that you need to stock up on a few things.

Hurricanes, fires, floods, snow, and ice storms are just some of the events that the country has experienced in the last year.

I feel pretty sure that a lot of folks that live up north have a good stock of provisions for the cold months. Flooding can really mess up things. I am not sure what good serious prepping would do to help when your house is flooded. Hurricanes and power outages can really cause havoc. No power for several days means no refrigeration unless you have a generator. And along those lines, modern appliances rely on electrical power to light burners on stoves. I know ours does. I haven't tried the old school way (match) but it should work (natural gas).

Being stuck on the highway in inclement weather is a real possibility. Without spare blankets, water and food, a couple of days could seem like a lifetime for some.

We haven't been stuck on the roads or even had to leave the house. Fortunately, we have food and water to get us through until things thaw out. Nothing fancy, just beans, and sausage, and today, it was shrimp gumbo! I still have several cans of SPAM, Chili, and yes, more beans to fall back on. When we first heard of the impending ice storm heading our way, we bought milk, bread, and water. And that was to go along with what is in the freezer.

This is just my two cents worth of opinion. I hope everyone is warm and safe. Spring is coming, I promise.
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You e made some great points Mike .
I’m terrible , as I have enough rations for about a day on a good day . I should really stock up someday , always say I’m going to but never do .
It’s probably a good idea to stash some cash to . If the internet goes down ,your in a heap of trouble buying last minute provisions if you don’t.
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The cash stash is really important. Small bills, only, and lots of change. Also need to stock up on your critical prescriptions. You have to get your doctor to write a separate Rx to get the pharmacy to issue the spares. As with canned and dry goods, you need rotate the stock, your pills and even canned goods do expire. You need to stock up on things you actually like to eat or you won't rotate them. I personally want to enjoy eating out of cans, so NO SPAM!

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I grew up in Northern Michigan. We always had plenty of food in the freezer, cellar, and canned goods, both bought and home made, on the shelves. Big garden and chickens and rabbits in the back yard. Always could get a duck, goose, or deer if needed at my grandfather's place. We didn't have much, but we ate. Winter was pretty much unemployment checks and whatever the old man could hustle. Lot of logging in the winter.

Married the farmer's daughter, and although she hated the farm, the shelves are stocked and the freezer is full. And I got a lot of wood to burn if needed for heat.

When i was on the road, I always had extra supplies. Food, arctic sleeping bag, and spare parts. Fed and warmed many a stranded motorist in my 44 years out there. Could also tell some stories when snowbound.

And I like Spam!!!

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That a great list you put together Mike. In Canada, we just put on our heavier jacket.

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If you are not a prepper, the weather events of this past year should have given you fair warning that you need to stock up on a few things.

Hurricanes, fires, floods, snow, and ice storms are just some of the events that the country has experienced in the last year.

I feel pretty sure that a lot of folks that live up north have a good stock of provisions for the cold months. Flooding can really mess up things. I am not sure what good serious prepping would do to help when your house is flooded. Hurricanes and power outages can really cause havoc. No power for several days means no refrigeration unless you have a generator. And along those lines, modern appliances rely on electrical power to light burners on stoves. I know ours does. I haven't tried the old school way (match) but it should work (natural gas).

Being stuck on the highway in inclement weather is a real possibility. Without spare blankets, water and food, a couple of days could seem like a lifetime for some.

We haven't been stuck on the roads or even had to leave the house. Fortunately, we have food and water to get us through until things thaw out. Nothing fancy, just beans, and sausage, and today, it was shrimp gumbo! I still have several cans of SPAM, Chili, and yes, more beans to fall back on. When we first heard of the impending ice storm heading our way, we bought milk, bread, and water. And that was to go along with what is in the freezer.

This is just my two cents worth of opinion. I hope everyone is warm and safe. Spring is coming, I promise.
I had a N gas range before where I lived and we were without power for 10 days and the oven had a safety shut off so we couldn't light is with a match, but the burners on top worked with a flame light. The furnace would not light either, The next time it happened I had a 10k generator and had the range and furnace circuits and refer and freezer circuits powered up. The first time we lost all the food in the refer and freezer .

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I forgot to mention the mass evacuation in 2005 as many people in the Houston area tried to escape Hurricane Rita. Dallas is about 250 miles north of Houston up I-45. The following day, after being on the road in bumper to bumper traffic for 15 hours, I saw a sign that said Dallas 52 miles!

Along with all that traffic was the fact that gas stations were running out right and left. People had left so fast they didn't take food or water, just left. With nothing to buy along the road, folks seemed desperate. And I didn't mention some needed to stop and take a restroom break wherever that might be.

And then the hurricane turned to the east and missed us for the most part.
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Keep it coming. Good info for all.

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Growing up in Guam and Hawaii in the 70s and 80s we had to have a decent supply on hand. Typhoons, shipping delays, etc. could leave you hurting in a pinch. Spam I enjoy, but Vienna sausages, corned beef hash, and stabilized milk are things I wouldn't wish on anyone.

I remember reading the lists of supplies recommended for Y2K and thinking,"who doesn't have all this on hand"

The hard part now is making sure the kids don't eat the spaghetti-os, those are for emergencies.

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