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  1. Thankyou for your story. It’s taken me a bit of prodding to get my spouse on board. I am the one with all the “back-ups”, first aid kits in every building along with extinguishers, always filling the gas cans that he empties into his tractor/atv/etc. Every trip to the grocery store entails refilling 5 gallon and 1 gallon containers (our well water sucks even though we have a filtration system). Now we’ve got wood stacked, canning done, 1 large and 2 small generators (came with an old camp trailer we bought). Hopefully it will all never be needed but you never know. Better to be prepared than scurrying around when everyone else is.

    1. Thank you, Roger. I love and respect my husband (I chose a very smart, loving man), so I pushed any doubts about prepping out of my mind from the beginning. This recent experience though really helped me understand the ‘how to” and wisdom of it all.

  2. I thank JWR and HJL for providing “Prepper Central” along with many, many hours of entertaining and enlightning reading. Thank you for lessons in everything from firearms to firewood. You guys are awesome and have the gratitude of many thousands of like-minded folks!

  3. Thank you for the comment on exercising and keeping your muscles in a ready state for a catastrophe. Many Survivalist/Preppers overlook this from time to time.

    A huge shout out to you….
    Finally a woman that includes her husband into her Prepping story. I would hate to see some of these women/feminists stand before God someday and give an account — “Well Lord, I fought tooth and nail for gender equality– implementing many corporate lawsuits demanding my equality, marched in pro abortion camps, divorced many times taking half my man’s kingdom, used law enforcement to subdue manhood as when manhood was down… that elevated my womanhood to equality… ”

    You get the point….

    Thank you for being family focused and including your husband! It’s never about gender equality as that is of the Devil–it’s always about family equality whereby the man fights for his bride and the woman fights for her husband. God bless!

      1. ThoDan

        Good to know your writing complete English sentences.

        Many of us men in America go to foreign countries to select wives and import them in. Just so we can be married and have children.

        it Ha nothing to do with manhood not being what it used too in actuality. It has everything to do with manhood not being what it used to in a woman’s feministic

        Does this make sense ?

        In other words manhood didn’t change with a men’s rights movement over the last generation. However womanhood did change through a woman’s rights movement.

        Are we making sense to you foreign people that might. It have a thumbprint in American cutler.

  4. I had to chuckle at your #3 lesson learned. Pockets rule! Why is it that guys can wear the biggest, baggiest clothes, with the crotch of their pants hanging nearly to their knees, and lots of bulging cargo pockets on them, but women are supposed to wear only skin-tight clothing with no bulges allowed, and instead carry handbags to hold their EDC items? To that I say, “Bah, humbug!”

    I’m not saying that clothing has to be gender neutral, but women’s clothing could certainly be made more practical. That includes insanely high heels on women’s shoes (Melania Trump, please take note).

    1. Agreed. I’d like to see someone in the fashion business design cargo pants that actually fit a woman’s body. The tactical brands I have tried never fit right. The best pants I’ve found for carrying some items (not EDC) are ones I purchased from Duluth Trading for the purpose of gardening and doing yard work.

      1. Hi, Anonymous. Why the severe shock reaction and exclamation point? I mentioned her because she’s a public figure that everyone would recognize, that’s all. I used to wear high heels quite often. As I got older, it caused me to get tendinitis in my feet. I don’t wear them anymore. Have you seen some of the stiletto heels Mrs. Trump wears? She and the president don’t often hold hands, and she doesn’t often take his arm when they walk in public. I’m concerned she may severely injure herself by turning her ankle and falling. Of course, the angle isn’t quite as drastic for her, because her feet are longer than mine, but still, these are things to take into consideration as we age. “Practical” starts to take precedence over “fashionable.”

  5. Jefferson Davis
    Please proof read your own comments before criticizing others.

    to the author,
    Awesome article. I have been blessed with a wonderful wife who is completely on board with prepping.
    We are fortunate to have a well with pure, clean water. We have a 4K gallon cistern and a small solar/12v pump that will provide water to the house during an outage. The flow is about a gallon a minute, but it is sufficient.
    We also keep several “Water bobs” to place in the tub, providing several days worth of clean water.
    for flushing, we will dip a bucket in the pool and use the pool water to flush.
    We also installed a 500 gallon propane tank to run the propane generator. This will power the house for almost 30 days, being selective with what we use..
    Keep up the great work!

  6. I am fairly certain we reside in the same state and so I would like to add a few things that I have learned from both of these short term situations. First the hurricane. It was posted to be a Cat. 4 or higher. While we are use to hurricanes, we are not use to 4’s. Living in the interior of the state we normally don’t have too much difficulty but several years ago experienced a cat. 3 and had a lot of eye opening experience with that one. Lucky for us it hit with only a Cat. 1, but the deluge was incredible. I visited the southeast part of the state a couple of weeks ago and those poor people are still dealing with flooding issues. I purchased a small honda generator as well as a kodiac solar generator. While I did not lose power, I realized that I have very little protection for the Honda generator outside. The only shelter is the front door stoop and who wants to have their generator sitting in plan view to be stolen. The solar would have been perfect during the rain but when the battery ran out, there would have been no power available due to lack of sunlight. It is hard to believe you can have that many days with pouring rain. Also, I realized that the screens on my windows did not allow power cords to pass through when using the Honda. The second storm which was snow only left me without power for two hours. All my preps worked including the kerosene heat. There is a situation that I have noticed happening though. I know of three incidents where overhanging shelters and a free standing car port collapsed from the weight of the snow. We are not use to that much snow and as we go into the Grand solar minimum, all of those of us living in the south need to take note. My greatest take away from these two situations is that you need to practice using your preps, and start thinking about what ifs. For instant, what to do if it rains for more than a week without power, or what happens to shelters, roofs etc. if we get several feet of snow, or is your hoop houses able to stand hurricane force winds. Thanks for the tip about wearing the flashlight. I had not thought of that one. Now my tip for those of you who may not have a tub with a dependable stopper. I use my empty storage bins.They hold a lot of water for flushing etc. i am very grateful for this site and the ability to learn from each other.

    1. Sewnurse, I was grateful for this experience if only because it enabled us to practice using our preps. My husband is far more confidence in his survivalist abilities, so for him it was kind of ho hum. Seeing and doing the preps for myself was really good experience. Now, about keeping that generator dry: We placed our generator under a 6-foot folding table and then draped a tarp over the table being careful to leave a path for exhaust to flow out and air to flow in. We popped the screens out of two windows so we could feed the power cords from the generator outside to the appliances inside.

  7. For those interested, there is a switch (named s transfer switch) that can be installed near your main breaker. After it’s installed, you connect your generator an run whatever circuits you want to. They make it very safe to run a generator.

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