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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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Have You Made Any Extra Security Preparations?
Faced with the potential threats of terrorism and/or war, many governments have asked their citizenry to ‘be prepared’. Have you stocked up on any items? Do you have a first aid kit? How’s your plastic to duct tape ratio?
Should you ever have to vacate your home and you could only take ten (10) items with you, what would these items be?
If you are trained in outdoor survival skills, medical emergencies or in other related areas, what advice can you share with us on how to be prepared in case the unthinkable does come to pass? What ten things do you think everyone should have on hand?
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| Duct Tape Is Pretty Pointless, Really... ||Mar 4th. at 8:56:18 pm EST|
|Meghan (Vienna, Virginia) ||Age: 15 - Email |
I think it's a good idea for everyone to have a first aid kit lying around somewhere, but other than that, I haven't made any special precautions for terrorist activities. Think about it - being cautious will not help unless someone puts a ticking suitcase right in front of you. It's not like you're going to be able to see a bomb coming and run away. Chemical attacks? If you seal a room with that plastic and duct tape they keep telling you to buy, you'll only have enough air for about five hours. Unless you plan to avoid cars, roads, tall buildings, amusement parks, and all public places until terrorism is non-existant, there is no way being 'prepared' will really help you. Terrorism is not a conventional way of fighting - it's unpredictable. You can't be prepared for something that you can't predict, unless you create an hermetically sealed underground shelter to hide in for the next decade. Buy a first aid kit and some spring water and stop worrying about it.
| There's No Point In Fussing ||Mar 5th. at 6:28:51 am EST|
|Silver Raven (Jo Marriott) (Nottingham, England) ||Age: 20 - Email - Web|
There is no point in getting so worked up about terrorist attacks. We are all going to die one day and none of us know when, so how is the threat of terrorism any different? I actually envy people who have terminal illnesses - obviously they are suffering greatly, but they actually have some idea of when they are going to die, they can stop worrying about life and just make the most of what time they have. Far too many people suffer from stress, because they worry about everything and anything, making mountains out of molehills. LIFE IS TOO SHORT. And too precious. Everyone just enjoy what you have, enjoy life in the here and now. Make plans for tomorrow, but don't obsess about what MIGHT happen!! Blessed Be. xx
| Use Ancient Pagan Knowledge! ||Mar 5th. at 8:17:27 am EST|
|Jay Rufus (Ireland) ||Age: 50 - Email |
If you are a committed pagan and not just a fluffy-bunny 'into' it for fun, you will have spent years studying the ancient knowledge gained by humankind over thousands of years of survival on this planet. Whether we get virtually wiped out by a sudden nuclear strike in war or by a comet strike from space, any humans remaining on Earth will need the skills of the stone age to survive. In oter words, the skills and knowledge of our pagan ancestors are super-important. Battery radios - fine as long as the batteries last and someone out there is transmitting & transmitting the truth - but .........will that REALLY help your survival? Yes, by all means put by as much SENSIBLE stuff as you can, but also take care to guard The Ancient Knowledge. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. If you, as a good pagan, are skilled in herbal knowledge, growing things etc., you could literally save humankind as well as your own family, if civilisation itself breaks down in your area. Start revising your backwoods skills NOW. Learn what the witches, druids and shamans of old knew and remember those facts. In the chaos of war, the government & the army of your own homeland won't be looking after you, you'll have to do it yourself. To them, civilians are just a nuisance. THE MOST USEFUL SURVIVAL AIDS OF ALL ARE COMMON SENSE AND THE VITAL KNOWLEDGE STORED IN YOUR OWN BRAIN - IT'S PORTABLE AND DOESN'T NEED A BATTERY! Best advice I can think of in a disaster situation is STAY OUT OF SIGHT AND KEEP SAFE! Good luck to us all!
| Prepared For What? ||Mar 5th. at 9:14:10 am EST|
|Mada Rua (peggy) (Council Bluffs IA) ||Age: 42 - Email |
Why should any body do anything ever again? We are reacting just as they hoped. We are running around with Alert Colors, duct tape and plastic wrap, constant coverage of "The Attack on Iraq" and The Goddess knows what else. We must be very entertaining to our kin in Northern Ireland or Isreal. I don't mean that in a negative way, folks. Just an observation. I, for one, feel like we are hamsters in one of those plastic tube things running around in circles.
My Mate is a "Survivalist" and we have food and other supplies laid in. We will be able to defend ourselves and feed ourselves if need be. But we have always been that way. If we have a roll of duct tape, I don't know where it is. That's a "Guy Thing"! hehe As was already pointed out, what will you do if the hunting grounds at Wal-Mart and Albertsons are closed? Do you know an edible plant outside of the Produce Department? Or an herb outside of a bottle? I'm not trying to sound wiser then anyone else, I'm not 100% certain of most of that myself! Remember the old phrase "Nuke 'em back to the Stone Age"? That keeps running through my head. Can we survive that lifestyle? Or will we have to? There were rumors going around my place of employment yesterday about how we need to pull our money out of the bank. We will destroy ourselves in our fear of being destroyed. Take out the finanical system and the country will fold. Hope all this makes sense, it's still to early in the morning for me.
| My Family's Preps ||Mar 5th. at 10:41:07 am EST|
|Raven Nightwing (San Antonio, TX) ||Age: 36 - Email |
So far we have stocked up on extra medical supplies, brought in food to be stored like water in gallon jugs, food that can be eaten without cooking, and just some general supplies like flashlight batteries, oil for the oil lamps etc.. we are also working on a better food storage program so that we could feasibly live off of it for at least 6 months if need be. Since we are a family of 9 that makes for a lot of food and first aid supplies, so we are tackling it in small amounts each time we go to the store. I know it sounds a little paranoid to be stocking up for 6 months, but the Mormon church requires at least a years worth of supplies per family, so I can't think of why a pagan family can't do something similar:)
I have been trained in emergency medical response, communications, and am working on a nuclear response program through the self-study program from FEMA. I have also worked on learning some skills that might be helpful in the event of loss of power, like building a generator from an old lawnmower, and some pioneer-type skills like making leather, candlemaking, and herbal medicine.
As to the ten things:
1. food- includes pets too :)
2. water- 1 gallon per person per day (don't forget the animals :)
3. medical supplies and any prescription meds you might be taking (at least a month's worth, if you can get it)
4. flashlights, lamps, oil and batteries
5. extra warm or cool clothing (depending on the season)
6. duct tape (the million-use item)
7. plastic sheeting (won't filter out everything, but some is better that none)
8. some sort of air and water filtration (HEPA filters are expensive but worth every penny)
9. I hate to say it, because so many of us here are against it, but some sort of home defense item, be it a firearm or a club. In the event of looters, you want to be able to meet them with something other that your ritual knife (harsh reality folks.. THEY won't be unarmed)
10. if you get a gun and learn how to properly use it- ammunition. Ask at the shop what has the best stopping power. You want something that isn't going to just hack off the perpetrator so he comes back even worse that he was before. Remember, this is your home and family you are protecting:)
Well, that's about it for us. Hope I didn't step on anyone's toes, but if the worst happens, I for one am going to be prepared.
| Not Afraid ||Mar 5th. at 11:08:30 am EST|
|Etain (Ohio) ||Age: 31 - Email |
My family has not made any special preparations and will not in the future. We have a first aid kit & we know first aid, but that's about the extent of it. I'm studying herbology and plants but thats out of enjoyment and self knowledge....not as a survivalist skill. There's a new movie that opened up a couple of days ago called "Bowling For Columbine" by Michael Moore. I think every American should see it. It's about Americans and how we have become a paranoid, fearful society. The media has a lot to do with our fears being perpetuated. But in the end, it seems that we've done it to ourselves. Although I'm not in denial about the power and destruction of bio-chemical warfare, I choose not to live in fear. I live my life day to day and I am happy I have the priveledge to do so.
| Doing Without... ||Mar 5th. at 1:42:34 pm EST|
|lyric (Virginia) ||Age: 49 - Email |
I live midway between Richmond and Charlottesville. I live on a very small farm and on it (no need to sing along) I have horses, hens, rabbits, a greenhouse, tons of seeds, a well, a pond, woods that can be utilized for heat, a woodstove and a fairly good working knowledge of how to use these things to live and live well. My greatest concern is not bombs, or viruses, my greatest concern is that the supply lines could be destroyed, grocery stores emptied out and utilities interrupted. My guess is that the cities would self destruct in a matter of days if these basic things were not provided. Then what? Does everyone migrate to the outlying areas? Could I possibly find myself in the position of defending a chicken with a shotgun? Could I possibly find myself having to decide whether to turn someone away or let them in? Could I possibly be forced to turn over the resources I have for the "greater good"? I really can't dismiss anything as a possibility. I have seen the way people have reacted in the past to natural disasters that have left homes and businesses open to looting. I have seen people become very nasty when the local grocery is out of their favorite brand of something. People have been known to kill each other over possession of the television remote. I think that in the event of the type of disaster that would force us to use survival skills, the greatest threat we would face would be each other. Anyone read "Alas Babylon"? We would probably react just about like those characters do, sane and nuts. Stocking up: first aid kits are necessary, but don't forget aspirin, antihistamines, cough medicine, antacids, alcohol and peroxide. A simple cut could be a disaster if not treated. How about prescription meds? Can you get an extra? It's one thing to say that if it's going to happen, it's going to happen, quite another to have a sick child and nowhere to go for medicine. During the Y2K thing, one person said that if all of the stocking up she was doing was a mistake, at least it was a mistake she could eat. Finally, speaking as the mother of three who has spent years stocking up on underwear, socks, notebook paper and pencils, this thing just sort of comes naturally to me!
| I Wonder ||Mar 5th. at 6:51:13 pm EST|
|Skeggi (NZ) ||Age: 32 - Email |
I wonder what security precautions the people of Iraq are taking to protect themselves from the up comming Terrorist attacks.
| Homeland Security? ||Mar 5th. at 7:37:58 pm EST|
|PC Crone (Gainesville, Florida) ||Age: 56 - Email |
Am I the only person in the United States that thinks stocking up on duct tape is possibly the most idiotic idea our government has proposed since I was advised to "duck and cover" in the event of a nuclear war when I was a small child? Yes, folks: I remember those "air raid drills" from Elementary School. Even at age seven or eight, I realized that in the unlikely event that the Commies dropped the atomic bomb on Berkeley, California cowering under my desk with my hands covering the back of my neck would do squat to enhance my chances of survival.
I *refuse* to buy into this administrations scare tactics. The only thing I'm stocking in case of a terrorist attack is a case of cognac.
Any government that spends gazillions of bucks "fighting terrorism" and ignores REAL threats to this nation's security like poverty, racism, rotten education, racism, sexism and preventable disease is a government proudly marching back into the dark ages.
"I voted for universal health care and education, and all I got was this lousy stealth bomber"
| Waste Of Time ||Mar 5th. at 8:51:17 pm EST|
|TarA (mass) ||Age: 13 - Email |
Who really wants to waste their time taping up their house and stocking up on canned goods?
"not to worry because worry is wasteful and useless in times like these."-Jewel
people should stop worrying and make the best of their days, living in light and peace, not paranoia.
| What To Do ||Mar 6th. at 5:47:05 am EST|
I suppose if Scotland did get hit I would be dead as I live within the 50 mile radius of the BP plant in grangemouth so we have made no extra percautions.
But i have started to say sorry to all my friends Ive hurt and all have forgiven me bar 1 who wont even talk to me.
BUT if I did have to take 10 things.
1. My Dog Sloopy. I love my dog he means everything to me
2. Canned food ( tomatto soup) even if i dont have a fire I could eat it cold.
3. My Duvet and pillow . I love sleeping
4. Everyone I care for and in this country that would be 3 people. My Gran, My cousin Becky and my best friend HoZ
5.clothes . hey what ya expect me to live in
6. my flute. Even though I love the sound of the flute its so relaxing
7. paper and pen. I could start myself a journal and draw pictures
8. hatered. well would you be full of hate anger etc
9. My Tarrot Cards. I need to keep my faith up somehow
10. my memories. so many bad times that many people would love to hear
| Preparation? ||Mar 6th. at 10:59:00 am EST|
|G. Thomas Trammell Jr. (Indiana, USA) ||Age: 25 - Email |
What have I done for emergency planning?
I think I still have some bandaids, cotton balls, and rubbing alcohol in my medicine cabinet.
I have a flashlight with no extra batteries, a sewing kit, and my regular food stuffs...
No first aid kit, no canned food, no plastic or whatnot, although I *always* have duct tape handy (I am a tech) ...
I don't own any guns, but I do have a sword, a knife, a set of throwing spikes, and an old novelty bullwhip :) So I like collecting archaic weaponry, they look pretty... not that i actually know how to use anything other than the whip.
And survival skills: Learn to build a fire under any conditions, and... well, know what is poisonous and not. :)
Seriously though I am not any more paranoid nor alert than normal... I like life to much to worry about it ;)
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