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Prepping for biological disaster


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I think that we got most of it right. We didn't run out of anything. I was a little worried about disinfectant wipes at one time but a friend who used to have a cleaning company called and said, "Can you take some of these off my hands" and I sure as hell did. So, that turned out to not be a problem at all. The freezers are a little leaner than they used to be but not by much. As long as Mineola Pack is functioning we have an unlimited source of good quality meat.

As I said earlier, our only shortage was in fresh vegetables, especially lettuce. My wife's Covid garden kept us supplied with an abundance of tomatoes and peppers all growing season. The quality of veg from the grocery store sucked. I don't know how long they had some of that stuff stuck in a warehouse somewhere but by the time it arrived in the store a large part of the package was spoiled and inedible. We still bought from our farmer friends but the snow from the big freeze collapsed his huge greenhouse and he lost everything. Eggs were missing from the grocery store for a while but it seems that everybody around here has a chicken coop. You could get eggs at the feed store and even at ACE Hardware. Our local farmer's hens produced all winter too.

No, lack of supplies was never a problem. I thought that we had enough stuff on hand to get by for 3 months. It turns out that we could have easily gone for a year and then some. Our biggest inconvenience came during the big freeze last month. We lost water for a while and when we got it back we were under a "boil water advisory". My wife noticed that the water pressure was dropping and I filled up our emergency water containers. We also harvested and melted icicles from the roof and used that for toilet flushing and other non potable uses. All in all, we pretty much scooted through Covid and the big freeze.


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Long before Covid, we were prepping. Our remote 80 acres in the Ozark is a banked deposit of last resort should the SHTF.

However, in any form of disaster, environmental, economic, or political, life in the suburbs will most likely continue in some form for most of us. To that end we are prepped to hunker down in suburbia for about 6 months.

Food in the form of frozen and dehydrated stored safely in the lower level of the house. 5800watt generators both Gasoline and diesel at the ready. An active green house for veggies on the southside of the structure, provides solar heating and green veggies. Our large southern roof drains to a barrel giving us potable water. Two hundred yards away is a large subdivision lake.

Of course the -15F temperatures put a real strain on all of it. Natural gas stayed on but had it failed we have two fireplaces, one on each level, and several chords of seasoned oak. I have banked medications, prescription, OTC's and supplements for at least six months. Paper products and ammo,,, enough said.

Keep in mind I live on a small 1/3 acre lot in metro west St Louis. With my wife and two teenagers, I'm as prepared to survive as if a remote mountain cabin.

The cold snap and blizzard was a test run. Stores were out of everything here in Eastern MO. Except for the grahams needed for smores, we were fine. Chocolate you say????? Plenty on hand. Also beer, wines and scotch. Along with food, shelter, and TP, One must also have the essentials of life.

BTW, what's the deal with Graham Crackers. It seems I haven't seen them on the shelf for months now.
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