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I'm responding from a "Smalltown, USA" location. Where do I begin? It's been one year since I first come to grips with the enormity of the bug problem. Feeling "fanatic" out here doesn't disturb me as much as how much time we have to prepare. Any 'first step' comments would be appreciated. P.S. My only sensible response to this situation is to be prepared spiritually. Thanks. Bill
-- Bill Krejci (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 06, 1998
Bill, you have the right starting point.....spiritual preparation. After that, begin by taking inventory of those things your absolutely can't do without.
Water.......above all else
Food........ next in importance
Shelter..... including heat if you live in a cold winter area
Light......gets depressing without it.
and so on and so forth. Then, determine how to make certain you have what you need. Let's look at just one item in this list.
Water: you can store it, you might have access to a creek or river or pond, or you might have a well. If you have a well, how do you get the water if power goes out? How do you make certain water is fit for drinking?
Just work down each item on the list and determine what you have to do. Then do it.
Keep checking in on this site and asking questions. Also, check out Gary North's Forums at
These will give you good insight on individual topics.....food & storage, gardening, power, tools, etc.
Others will give you their favorit sites. Learn all you can, and apply it to your situation.
good luck, and don't wait another year to start.
-- rocky knolls (email@example.com), October 06, 1998.
Good comments, I would add:
Light... it gets dark without it.
Ironing board...can't get depressed without power for it. 8<)
-- Robert A. Cook, P.E. (Kennesaw, GA) (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 06, 1998.
Hi Bill - another small town person here - 2,000 people here (more pigs than people, and more flies than pigs, is what we say) and NO stop light. I just recently got the book "Making the Best of Basics - Family Preparedness Handbook" by James Talmadge Stevens, ISBN # 1-882723-25-2. Been plugging it for 2 days. I recommend it because, in a very no-nonsense way, it lists essential items (in order of essential-ness), the amounts you need based on the size and composition of your family (teenage boys get more than adult females - go figure) and makes a VERY overwhelming task manageable and bite-able, for me at least.
I might also add, at this late date, it probably won't do a lot of good to spend a lot of energy trying to discuss the matter from ground zero wuth others if they are as...um..."in the dark" as they are uin MY small town. Get yourself and your family ready first.
-- Melissa (email@example.com), October 06, 1998.