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  1. I was a Haz Mar Tech in my former life. Just a word of caution. Entering a storm drain is considered entering a confined space. There are a great many dangers when doing so. The greatest of which would be air quality, or lack therof. We would never enter without proper air monitoring. It may look good but depending on how much O2 is available makes the difference between life and death. Please proceed with utmost caution. I realize this situation we are talking about is SHTF, but be warned.

  2. While I’m all for options, relying on local squirrel or bream to keep a family fed is a gamble at best.
    It’s much, much easier to store ahead of time and is not prohibitively expensive. It costs right at $30 to buy enough rice (20lbs), pinto beans (10lbs) and lentils(4lbs) to provide enough food for one person for one month(including the 5 gallon bucket and mylar bag to store it in).
    So, 3 months of food for a family of 4 will cost you $360. That is a steal-of-a-deal when the alternative is scrounging for squirrel and catfish.

  3. Relying on local game or fishing resources is folly at best and at the worst it could sentence your family to doom. Not only will all of your neighbors and the rest of the local populace have the same idea but so will any of the “Golden Horde” coming to or through your area unless you are fairly remote. Game large and small will be hunted to near extenction levels and ponds and streams will Bemba fished out short order Sam families try to feed their families.

    It costs almost nothing to buy a little at a time. Can’t afford this? Look at what you can give up. How may “double disgustings” from star yucks do you have a week? Give thst up and you. Can easily feed one person for a month or a family of 4 for a week with the basics to stay alive.

    1. While you and Jay raise valid points, I believe the author was suggesting hunting and fishing as supplentary strategies to stored food, not as a replacement. Storage, hunting/fishing/foraging, and subsistence level agriculture should be complimentary tactics, not competing ones.

  4. Ok Did anyone else see this…
    After much reading on the subject, I realized there was no way our budget would support hard-core disaster prepping.
    In my current home, we have a boat in the garage that I keep topped off with fuel.
    Does this not strike anyone else as odd…We have enough money in our budget for recreational items but not enough for our survival…
    This is why I am always skeptical when people say we are just to poor to prep all the while smoking their cigarettes and drinking their beer and diet sodas…Then complaining that you need to take care of them since it says to give to the poor…Does anyone else at all see the irony…Sad That…

    1. Lineman, also noticed that,but what if you lived in flood prone area? A old rugged(aluminium or fiberglass) rowboat,canoe or jonboat can be had for free or close to it and be considered necessary. We don’t have enough information but a good budget would likely help.

  5. The last addition to our BO bags probably should have been our first: LifeStraws

    Each LifeStraw ($14.75 Amazon) can convert up to 4,000 liters (1,056 gallons) of contaminated water into safe drinking water.

    1. Relying on Lifestraws to filter your water is a good way to get beaver fever; I know from experience. They clog after one of two uses and simply don’t work after that.

  6. Every situation is different, storm drains, bunkers, tornado shelters, etc are good, but what happens if you have a flood? No plan lasts beyond the first engagement. While physical assets are nice, mindset and adaptability are the most important things. Wild fires, floods, the flu, can overwhelm any preps you may have made.

  7. There are always different way to react to events small incidents or major ones. I’m thankful to all my brothers and sisters i have yet to meet who are prepping and supporting each other by reading this blog, giving up the latte, trading supplies and information. Keep our heads held high.

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