I don't like credit cards, only for the potential purpose of a last minute, go-to-town buy up of gear just before a SHTF situation if you cannot liquify enough assets quickly, but I have little will power and would probably rack up a big bill buying a new rifle or something
I prepare because I hate relying on others and feeling helpless, same reason I hate flying is I feel a lack of ability to control the situation.
Compared to some of you guys who have been in the game for a while, I'd only been into it for a few years(2-3?) when we had our earthquakes. To me that seemed like a pretty good return on investments
I didn't use much of what I had stored, as I decided to keep as much of what I had intact, and try beat the rush every few days to get additional groceries, in the event the situation deteriorated further and it really HTF.
Since then I've managed to convince a few of my friends to get at least minimal survival kits set up(Keep in mind we're all 21, so prepping ain't 'cool' haha), which is better than nothing. Immediately after I'd located all my close family and friends following the February 22nd earthquake, I assessed my property, told some dodgy looking people down my street to **** off(Potential looters, it was quite a problem for a while), I headed up the road to a different suburb where I work, and quite a lot of my friends lived, he had suffered some bad liquefaction on his property, breaking the foundations of his house and having it spout up in the hallway, bathroom, and 2 bedrooms, as well as COMPLETELY filling his lawn and garden. Shovel came out of the boot and I got stuck in helping him, after that went to my friends house(literally just around the corner) and his mother cooked us some dinner(this friend had been right in town when the earthquake had happened, his building in what was later deemed 'the fall zone' of the largest building in the CBD, the Hotel Grand Chancellor). After that I went home and settled in for the night, braving all the aftershocks continuing on, along with no power or running water, or functioning sewage system.
The following day was spent digging a latrine in the backyard, gathering some water from a nearby freshwater spring I had located previously, organising preps, getting all my stuff ready to leave in a hurry if I had to, and driving around checking on friends, family, neighbours, and helping them clean up.
That's the only real time I was greatful for having extra fuel in my preps. Luckily I'd filled my car up the night before, as well as having 40L(10 gallons?), which was an entire full tank worth of fuel in the garage. Giving me in my car about a 1200km range on the open road. Using it to cruise around the city doing my own thing, the fuel lasted quite a while.
Some of my friends who own larger 4x4s where having trouble acquiring fuel as they were also taking part in the recovery work in the city, my mate's V8 Range Rover was chewing through fuel, and some fuel stations were trying to limit the amount people were taking(Which was ridiculous, as he was emergency services), but there ya go.
After seeing all that carry-on, you need to supplement your long-term preps with preps able to be effective and keep you fed, mobile, and sheltered properly in the mean time.
I didn't have any huge problems, my house was still standing, although a little damaged, but I got off easy compared to some, especially in the eastern suburbs due to their sandy soils.
Earthquakes bring a whole new mindset into account. I can't walk near tall buildings now without looking for what way I might have to run, I don't stack any cans/bottles/jars within atleast 4 inches of the edge of a shelf if I can help it, I stack heavy things on the ground/low shelves, lighter things up top, etc etc.
Anyone else lived through any similar disasters??
Pro-tip: If you don't have a chemical toilet and you live somewhere urban, definitely look into getting one, with extra chemicals, bags, etc. Since the Quake 22nd Feb 2011(Yep, more than a year ago!) some people STILL don't have functioning sewage and water, I would have not been too happy if I didn't have a big backyard lol.
Not all who wander are lost
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