March 25, 2014 at 5:47 pm #2821
Welcome! Please introduce yourself? (Name, age, gender, location for example)
I am late 50’s, overweight, but I do ride my recumbent bicycle several miles per day. Retired Coast Guard Reserve officer, experience examples in-charge of shipboard damage control training team, maritime law enforcement/boarding officer, & supply/logistics officer for 378’ military vessel. Expert M-16 rifle & Colt 1911 pistol. Retired civil service attorney, experience example advisor within Emergency Operations Center, drafted emergency plans for facility legal office. Way back I spent 6+ years as a tool & die draftsman for a metal casting factory. B.S. Economics, Financial Counseling, law degree. Arizona “Master Gardener”. Raised in the hills of Pennsylvania, where the power frequently went out for long periods, and the water lines froze.
My wife is early 50’s, a current civil service employee. Philippine military training. Raised in a small community in the Philippines.
Our daughter is early 20’s, a “live at home” college student in the nursing program. Martial arts training, scuba diver.
All three trained in first aid & CPR.
Our 6 years old Shi Tzu (tiny fur-ball of a dog) hears and alerts on things I cannot, eating less than 1 cup of food per day. She demands extensive attention, but has no special medical needs so far.
We live in a rented home of cast concrete, even the roof, around 30 miles outside of Yuma, Arizona, intending to retire in Tucson. I credit the thermal buffering for keeping our electrical bill lower than neighboring smaller wood frame homes. Although a tenant, I garden as much as the landlord will tolerate…
Since when are you into survival and preparedness and what made you get into it?
“Preparedness” is not something that I “got into”. I grew up on the “edge” of a small town, grandparents were neighbors, uncle’s families a short walk, most of the lot used for some type of food production. It was not unusual for the power to go off, especially in the middle of the winter when the snow and ice pulled down electrical lines, and stay off for quite awhile. Waterlines often froze…
Unfortunately, I do NOT yet feel able to pass on to my heirs the security I used to feel back in the 50’s at my grandparents home back then in the hills of PA. Basement full of home canned foods, chickens and rabbits, wood stove, backing up grid utilities a well, “old” septic system, and oil lamps…
I have often wished I could have recorded all that my grandfather knew, and hope that I can leave my heirs some part of what I have learned over the years…
Why is survival and preparedness important or interesting for you? What scenario are you preparing for?
The global economic web and “just in time” supply system depends on the continued operation of a myriad of people and components, all essentially dependent not only on the perfect operation of aging components & infrastructure, but no disruptions from unfavorable weather, interruption of labor, or the ongoing input of cheap and abundant fossil fuels.
It would not necessarily take any particular big event to disrupt “life support” for a great deal of people. My core goal is to be able to continue to live reasonably well regardless of what gets interrupted. Besides, it also amounts to an investment / retirement program when you realize you can keep going without the need to go out and spend money.
While I’m not preparing for any particular big event, I like to think I’ve taken some reasonable steps to address the likely impact on my family.
That said, thoughts re specific events that “threaten” our area:
Earthquake. Buildings are on sand, NOT to earthquake code. Living ½ mile from the Colorado River, a cracked dam upstream could flood us.
– Water tank & tall/heavy items bolted to the wall. Two vehicles could make it up the dirt path to high enough ground if a dam broke.
Freight trains a few miles away risk (accident, deliberate, earthquake) release of dangerous gases.
– Duct tape is your friend! Keep enough rolls to put seal wall penetrations. Supposedly a person can survive for about an hour for every 22.5 cubic feet of air. With four sealed in we should be ok to breathe for 3+ days.
Extended loss of electrical power could be disastrous. For much of the year, temperatures over 100 Fahrenheit with bright sun are normal. Many homes & other structures rapidly become essentially un-inhabitable with the loss of electricity & therefore the air conditioning.
– We spend more time outside than most. We have a trickle of electricity from an old battery lawn mower onto which I’ve mounted a photovoltaic panel I got at a flea market.
Local military. Years ago an armed Harrier jet crashed in a residential neighborhood, ending up in a family pool.
– Not much to be done if a plane load of bombs drops on you.
Economic. Perhaps soon the dollar buying power will plummet, and ending the glut of “cheap” imports and strangling the economy.
– Minimize dollar dependency and expand homestead aspects.
*Prepare for your ongoing needs vs particular disasters.
How would you describe your prepping / survival philosophy? What matters for you?
My overall personal philosophy is “live & let live”. I don’t see it as survivalism, more like homesteading. The apparent major paradigm is that of use and throw away. We need to transition to a heirloom paradigm, where “stuff” is made to endure and can function as a base for improvement.
A relatively up to date version of my overall thoughts is at:
For anyone interested, my gardening notes are online at:
Do you have some favorite quotes or words of wisdom you like?
In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations
– From the Great Law of the Iroquois Nation
When you are attacked, you have to deck your opponent.
– Hillary Clinton (Presidential Candidate)
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
– General Colin Powell
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
Sir Winston Churchill
Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock and he will turn it into a garden; give him a nine year lease of a garden and he will convert it into a desert.
Arthur Young – English Writer.
If the rest of them can survive only by destroying us, then why should we wish them to survive?
– Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
The combined skills of technologists, economists, and ecologists are needed. A back-to-nature approach will not work – there are too many of us for that.
– Eric A. Davidson, You Can’t Eat GNP
The economy is not coming back. The economy has moved on, and the people asking if it’s coming back are being left behind.”
— Robert Kiyosaki
You are dying and have 30 seconds left, what do you do or say?
Tell the family I love them.March 25, 2014 at 5:55 pm #2833
I really enjoyed reading your profile – good information in there, and it is nice to have you on the forums! Welcome!March 25, 2014 at 5:57 pm #2846
Welcome!March 25, 2014 at 6:03 pm #2851
Welcome, and thanks for sharing this with us!March 26, 2014 at 12:06 am #3187
Gypsy Wanderer HuskySurvivalist
Welcome from the cold wet world called Newfoundland Canada.
Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.
George S. Patton
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