Post # 1
I love my FI dearly for all his nerdy habits! I must admit his prepper habits are one of the nerdiest! He isn’t quite like the doomsday preppers but he loves survival shows and such things like that also. I spend a lot of time on here and he wanted to see if any fellow bees have prepper SO’s.
Post # 4
We are both into it and both have frequent reoccuring dreams about it so we often discuss and compare
Post # 5
Both fi & I find it hilarious.
Unless you have a bunker deep in the earth, you aren’t surviving. And even if you did survive.. what kind of life would that be? Eventually, when you ran out of food [considering everything ON the earths surface would be dead, such as wildlife], you’d basically be a caveman.
No thanks. Just kill me with everyone else.
But I do like to watch the doomsday specials, because some people have really great ideas, but they aren’t very well thought out.
For instance, this couple made bio hazard suits. Great idea in theory. But eventually they WILL be exposed to air.. I mean.. what about when you have to go #2?
Post # 6
@jenilynevette i agree some of the things on the show its like, really. but this one guy built a bunker underground and has literally been prepping for 35 years its so crazy. its kinda like a hobbit house built into the ground.. minus windows lol. and he will go stay there for like 3 months at a time and spend a few weeks underground without coming up, so he can like emotionally and mentally prepare if he had to be under there. he was prepping for a war with russia like against nuclear bombs and stuff.
I love my FI and his nerdy habits haha :]
Post # 7
@gpsp2B: See that makes sense! I can totally see an underground bunker keeping someone alive.
I watched one where basically, all they did was stockpile tons of rice & canned goods.
I was like.. erm.. Okay, IF you survive that’s great, but how are you going to survive it?
Post # 8
My FI is a Marine and we both are totally into the apocolypse theories! He has set me up with a bunch of first aid stuff, his kaybar and another very large knife, and a shovle so far. He is looking into a rifle and a pistol and we have set plans and stuff just incase something crazy were to happen. It’s fun!
Post # 9
Dh has a zombie apocalypse plan, but its more so goofy than any actual stock piles and such.
Post # 10
My SO isn’t a doomsday prepper, but we both think that emergency preparedness is really important. A lot of families don’t really have any kind of plan in case of a natural disaster or something like that that could knock out power and the like for a few days. He stores water and batteries and that sort of thing but we haven’t hit “fallout shelter” levels quite yet. 😉
Post # 11
I chose “We both do” on the poll, but maybe I should have chosen none of the above..
We both watch the shows. I think some of the people are a little off their rockers, but others are totally on to something. FH has been recently purchasing some more guns, he is going to begin stocking up on ammo(if we can ever find it!!). He wants to purchase full body armor for us as well as the preserved Food Insurance, or whatever it’s called, that lasts for 20 years. It’s mainly economic collapse or civil war type stuff that he wants to prepare for. With the state of this country and that fact that it’s only getting worse, I am all for it.
Post # 12
No…. I didn’t even know this was a “thing” lol
Post # 13
Nothing about doomsday… as a PP said, there’s no point in prepping for going back to pre-industrial times, because we can never go back. If we lose power to the electric grid, and/or there is societal breakdown, the nuclear power plants will start overheating…they need constant electricity from the grid and major people-power not to melt down. And they’re all over the US. There’s no way to escape that. And radioactive contamination never goes away (or not for hundreds of thousands of years) so even a bunker is worthless… you’ll never come out. Who wants to live like that? In that scenario, it would be better to maximize your last days on earth!
But we definitely do care about emergency preparedness. The usual natural disasters they tell you to prepare for, but also the man-made ones that usually the government doesn’t want to emphasise (bad PR for them). Like, when the Fukushima nuclear disaster happened, we realized, we live close to reactors just like the ones at Fukushima, and it’s just a matter of time before the next big reactor disaster. Scientists think it should happen within 10 yrs. Who knows which one it will be.
So, what would we do…in the first hour, in the next few days, etc…. how would we coordinate with each other…how would we get his mom…how would she know where we expect her to wait and what she should do if the phones are down? etc. How would we be ready… How can we make the best of any potential situation?
It’s not something we talk about more than any other topic… I mean, the vast majority of the time, life is normal, so no need to spend way too much time preparing for a disaster that may never happen to you… but it feels good to have these plans in place for this stuff too. It lets us not worry about it anymore. We have a game plan. We won’t be running around like chickens with our heads cut off if it ever happens. It’s kind of like the security of having insurance or a will. You know you’ve done what you can to make the best of it if something bad happens, now you can forget about it.
Post # 14
@batwoman: I guess I should have marked “prepared for emergency” rather than we’re both doomsday preppers.
We definitely like being prepared for as much as possible. Being raised in places like HI and CA; we were both raised with the idea that disaster could strike any place at any time (earthquakes, tsunamis) and so we have a bug in (staying at the house) and a bug out (evacuation) plan in place.
The both of us have been to disaster zones and have seen the chaos that arises from even the most minor imbalances in society and decided very early on in our relationship that we did not want to be caught unaware should anything (god forbid) happen.
I’d like to say that we’re prepared for anything (zombies or otherwise) but there is so much that we’ve been unable to do/prepare for for time reasons, money constraints (do you realize how much biohazard suits cost???) and well, the fact that some of the stuff is just plain weird. We do what we can though, within reason, to prepare to be completely self sufficient should we have to.
Post # 15
With North Korea being as jumpy as it is, who knows. Maybe the end is near. Radiation doesn’t stay for “hundreds of thousands of years” … just look at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 60 years after the incident, radiation is still detectable but it is immensely lower than before. Also, radiation is around you all the time. If you go into Grand Central Station, you’ll be recieving more radiation than a single xray because granite is naturally radiactive.
My husband’s job involves these sorts of scenarios, he’s an aircrewman in the Navy and in the event that a bomb falls, my husband has to be in the air to do his job. It’s a good idea to prepare for these sorts of things. Not wildly hoarding, but if North Korea actually follows through on their threats, however doubtful that may be, you can never be too prepared.
Post # 16
@Hyperventilate: Actually, it does.
The Fukushima disaster released about 100 times the radioactive contamination of Hiroshima (still releasing more too today…mostly into the Pacific… but at a rate that’s nothing like in the first few weeks). We have reactors in the US that are much much larger than Fukushima.
Oh, and we have about 400 reactors on earth… about 100 in the US alone!
This is not external radiation like from granite. Those particles are stuck in the granite only radiating around them… you can walk away…you do not eat or drink or inhale them. A nuclear disaster is massive amounts of tiny particles exploded into the air… contaminating the air, water, soil, food supply. It accumulates up the food chain. The danger is from the internal comtamination… as in inside us!
You can prep for an agrarian lifestyle under those circumstances if you want to… I’m going to have a feast with my loved ones…and maybe go surfing!