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Title: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: ModernSurvival on October 16, 2008, 08:45:29 PM
Why did you get into being prepared, living a different life, etc.  Was it one thing that opened up a new view or many?  I want to serve my audience better and while about 50% of my emails are from women there is about a 90% domination by males on the forum, so I want to know gals, what made you stand up and take charge of your life and begin living in a different way.
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: susan1957 on October 16, 2008, 09:56:33 PM
I dont' think you get into survivalism...I think you're pushed there.  I have always tried to plan ahead.  At the time I started truthfully I was afraid.  Afraid that Armegeddon was going to happen when my kids were little and how on earth could I live and see them starve to death if there were no food.  What to do if they were injured and I couldn't get help... I think alot of survivalist are people that say "What IF". :) 
I learned that knowledge and answers to those "What if's" would be beneficial.  I learned how to can, sew clothes, quilt, garden, hunt, clean fish, cut hair, make soap, leather work (making belts, mocassins) Fear is a great motivator or a quick killer.  I chose for it to motivate.   
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Aunt Bee on October 17, 2008, 12:46:25 PM
I could never stand to run out of anything or need something and not have the money when things were tight so I started out as a young wife with a hefty pantry.  DH's family has to go to the grocery to cook anything and they rediculed me to no end when I would buy three packages of bacon when it was on sale.  As the years went on and we became self employed with a seasonal business, I started keeping enough food for several months and kept that up for years but finally one day a few years back a post on an unrelated board about the possibilty of a flu pandemic became my motivation to take it up a notch.  I knew the possibilty was there but the poster really struck a chord with me.  It's amazing what you can accomplish in a few years even with a modest budget.  I still have a ways to go but I'm prepping as time and money allows.

One person that inspired me early on was a Mormon woman who came to my mother's beauty shop.  I was intrigued with the fact that she kept a year's worth of food.  My mother canned tons of food from the garden and kept a freezer full of meat but this was different and I couldn't even imagine it but I liked the idea even as a young teenager so I guess I've always had this mindset.
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Crosstimbers on October 17, 2008, 01:08:22 PM
For as long as I can remember, from childhood on, I have been interested in self-sufficiency.  Not sure why...maybe one too many "duck & cover" films in my formative years during the Cold War!  But I didn't really get on board in a serious way until Hurricane Katrina.  That was an eye-opener!  Then I started learning about peak oil and have gone on from there.  I stumbled upon simplylivingsmart.com  (http://simplylivingsmart.com) last year and have learned a lot from them as well.

Nancy
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: lablank on October 17, 2008, 04:32:10 PM
About three weeks ago when Fannie Mae and Freddy bellied up I started to feel uncomfortable. Then the AIG bailout and the rumors of banks failing. That weekend, I went to Costco and Sams Club, for food, batteries, first aid supplies, charcoal, lighter fluid, paper goods and much more. From the internet, I ordered heirloom seeds,  oil lamps, oil and lanterns, bulk supplies from an organic food company, six months of dog food and food storage containers. Each week I intend to expand the inventory in all critical areas by adding  something to each of my areas of concern - education, food, first aid, manual cooking and food prep utensils, heating, safety and security.

I've got quite a way to go since I just started but the best move I made was to find this site. I visit daily when I can.

Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: DarkEyes on October 20, 2008, 08:34:27 PM
Nothing will make you self sufficient like going through a divorce 700 miles away from your family and realizing that your kids are depending on you.  Then I remarried, had 2 more kids, (the two babies are 13 years apart) and my husband got injured at work, took Vioxx for pain, had a heart attack, and hasn't worked in 7 years.  Once again, if it's to be, it's up to me.  Life is full of all sorts of uncertainties.  There could be pandemic flu, economic collapse, recession, depression, terrorist attack, earthquake, fire or flood, and I KNOW that my family will make it.  I work full time, I am an expert marksman, I can fish, I can grow a garden, and I have tried to teach my children that we do this because "we don't ever want to be caught on a dark night with our pants down. "
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Mrs. ElyasWolff on October 20, 2008, 09:28:54 PM
This is the short version:
I grew up on 10 acres and since I was real little helped with gardening, building, taking care of animals. (none of these things I wanted to do) After I grew up and moved out of the parents and into town it gave me a better perspective of the world and realized how gardening and prepping are really essential. Right now I am renting in a smaller city but can't wait to buy my own land and start making a homestead. Another change that also brought me into survivalism is my husband now and boyfriend back then. I didn't really have survivalist friends so even though I was always a survivalist in my heart it was sort of hidden and hungry. (with this forum and jacks podcast I am finding my new friends and lots of good info)

-C :D
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: claytonpiano on October 21, 2008, 10:38:22 AM
Survivalism=money in the bank. We were poor by Houston standards. DH was a pastor and we just had to save every penny to make ends meet. I started by a small garden in the back yard. It had to be small. The yard was small. That was 30 years ago. I discovered that because I could garden in Houston year round, I could feed my family of 4 on the equivalent of a 4 foot by 3 car garage length and an additional 2 foot by 3 foot garage length. I have no idea how much a 3 car garage is in feet so I have to list it like that. That meant that every time a plant came out, something different went in. We composted everything and kept feeding the soil. I was amazed at how much I could grow in that little area. We haven't done as well here in NC. The growing season is shorter, but I have more room.

Later, it became almost a game. How much could I save here by stocking up here? Let's see if I can buy a year's supply of TP in January for half price, how much do I save for the year? So, how much can I save by hanging my laundry instead of drying it in the dryer.

Then, I had a colon tumor. The doctor was stunned that it was bigger than a grapefruit and yet not cancerous. "Eat organic and raw," he said. I couldn't afford to buy organic so I raised it. We expanded into chickens and then onto 5 acres. Canning and dehydrating became my way of life. It was the ultimate instant food and SO GOOD!! You never fixed just one serving of anything....always 2.....one to eat and one for the canner. I learned to can most of my left overs. If I either froze them or canned them, they never ruined in the refrigerator.

All of this to say, as females, we often are the ones who purchase the food, buy the TP, carry kids to soccer practice and piano lessons. The pressure to make ends meet and juggle all of the balls becomes serious pressure to those of us who were never rich.

So, after 36 years of marriage.........because of the survival mode for years.......raising our own food, buying on sale, clipping coupons to get most things for free, taking advantage of CVS and Walmart free toothpaste and toothbrushes.......we are debt free and have money in the bank. It became a way of life. It wasn't really difficult. In fact, it has been fun. There was a new challenge at every turn. How do you pay for the kid's college and on and on? God has been good. They went to college for free and we just kept plugging away.

I have a friend in the mountains of NC. Her husband is out of a job and they are struggling to make the mortgage payment. Yet, they are able to make the payment with his odd jobs. She buys groceries almost every week, but only gets what she can get for free with coupons. She has a huge stockpile in her basement of cereal she got for free with triple coupon week. No, they don't eat all of that cereal, but she can't afford feed for her chickens......so.......the cereal is chicken feed. She has a closet full of free toothpaste, free toothbrushes, free tylenol, free dental floss, free TP and on and on and on. She spends 4 hours a week scouring the coupon forums and web sites. Yes, she spends that kind of time, but her family lives for cheap, cheap, cheap. The extra Walgreens and CVS bucks pay for her milk and on and on. I've learned so much from her. You can live for nothing if you will take the time and advantage of things that are out there for us. She turned off the TV long ago and spends time trying to cut corners for her family. By next summer, hopefully, her husband will have another job. If not, they will survive. It will be tough and she'll have to rely on government insurance for the kids, but you can do it. You can live on almost nothing if you are willing to sacrifice and find the deals. On the side of a mountain she is raising herbs. In her area there is a free tailgate market where folks will pay top dollar for fresh herbs. She hopes to sell next spring again adding to their income. She is amazing. Most women are just as ingenious and industrious as this lady. That's why we are interested in survivalism.
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: DarkEyes on October 21, 2008, 05:44:59 PM
I'm giving you a Karma Point!! You GO Girl!!!
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: susan1957 on October 26, 2008, 09:13:24 PM
Claytonpiano you really inspired me to do more.  As Dark Eyes stated!  You go girl!  Thanks for posting.  Maybe you can share some tricks for those just beginning on the site. 
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: coffecat on November 09, 2008, 07:40:51 PM
Saw plans for a Horno Oven.  Discovered Backwoods home Magazine.  Built the oven because we had tons of red clay.  Loved baking stuff outside. Learned to can.  C.
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Shadowrider on November 10, 2008, 12:36:18 PM
We always stocked up when items were on sale. That was the start of the pantry after we married. Then we moved into the woods with generator power only and 1/2 mile driveway. When it snowed, we hiked out to our jeep on the road to get to work, then used a toboggan to haul groceries home. After hauling home heavy items, we made it a practice to stock up on everything possible before winter, then only hauled home fresh groceries (milk, eggs, etc) when it snowed. We have a propane fridge with an itty bitty freezer that didn't freeze foods solid, so I canned everything I could. After we had electricity brought to the house, we bought a larger freezer. I still can as much as possible because our power goes out regularly for at least a week at a time every winter.

When business slowed down, we ate from the pantry and I decided our pantry was the equivalent of a savings account, especially since we were buying on sale only. We consider our wood pile another savings account and try to have at least one year's wood ahead in case we aren't able to cut wood next year because of health or whatever. When my husband had a stroke 8 years ago, we had enough wood on hand to get us through 2 extra winters while he recovered. (As an aside, today he continues to cut and split by hand all our firewood even though his left side will never be what it was before the stroke. Amazing.)

We use a credit card to purchase online, but pay that off every month. If we know we can't pay it off, we don't use the card. We use 90 days (or similar time frames) same as cash on Home Depot credit card to pay off larger items like replacement appliances when necessary and never pay interest because the bill is paid off well before the 90 days. If we can't do that, then we do without the item until we can. (Cash is best of course, but doing it this way means we aren't taking from a savings account, but still aren't paying highway robbery interest to the credit company.) We keep our expenses as low as possible. Our mortgage is very low. If we had bought a "dream home" before my husband's stroke, we would have lost the home by now because we were down to one income. Don't get me wrong, we have a lovely home. I just know too many people who bought the largest house possible that they couldn't afford or lost because of illness, loss of job, etc.

We live a very different life from almost everyone we know, but we love it. Stocking up is just part of that and is second nature now.



Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: DarkEyes on November 10, 2008, 06:58:59 PM
I'd can too if I had to depend on a toboggan to get my groceries in.  What part of the country do you live in? 
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Shadowrider on November 10, 2008, 07:59:36 PM
DarkEyes, we are in Northern California. 3,500 ft elevation.
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: edibleyards on November 12, 2008, 06:59:15 PM
I guess I have long been interested in how things were done before it was all done for us. I wondered who tried the foods first, and how they came up with things and just how they did things. I was always fascinated with wild edibles, but didn't really do much to learn more.

When Y2K started being discussed, I became interested in the SHTF aspects of it. As I read more about it, I became comfortable that this wasn't going to be the event, but at some point while I was researching it, I knew something was going to happen years down the road. I didn't know what or when, but I knew something was going to get to the breaking point and things were going to change.

2000 came and went without a hitch, and that was great, because I felt like I now really had some time to prepare for whatever the big deal down the road was. Then we moved into a ridiculously bad financial situation for a couple of years, had another baby, etc. More years went by, in 2005 we moved to this 1/2 acre suburban lot (which I was outvoted on. I had selected the less expensive, more rural house on 2 acres, which we could still afford to pay for when the construction industry subsequently crapped out and hubby would lose his job, which it did and we knew it would, and now we can't afford to pay for the house we are in, though I do have some beautiful soil I have built up).

Anyway, later that year, Katrina hit and it sent me over the edge. I immediately planted some herbs and got into heavy-duty research, neglecting almost everything else. But I learned quite a lot over that time, and have substantially reduced my gardening learning curve, and we are fairly well-prepped. There are still so many things I would like to learn about, though, which I don't really feel prepared for, but I am keeping a list of categories that I want more info on, and printing out info about those subjects.

Sorry this is so long!
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Mr.Riley on November 13, 2008, 12:31:17 AM
Since I was a kid I have been interested in making the best of the situation I was in. That morphed into a fixation on what needs to be done in an emergency then Zombies came along (movies that is) and I was like, "Holy crap, what would I have to do to survive if zombies attacked right now." Then Y2K came and I was the only pot head out of about 20 that was smart enough to stock pile water (cuz nobody wants cotton mouth when the world as we know it is going to end). A year or two after Y2K came and past I got saved and became a Christian. Felt a responsibility to take care of the flock if times got hard or even if they didnt. Started stock piling water and food in the event that I have to first take care of my family then my church. And here I am now.
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Pokethis on November 24, 2008, 05:39:35 PM
I can remember a feeling of urgency sometimes as I was growing up and would often "be prepared" in case of a small emergency.  As a teen I was into backpacking and still enjoy camping so one does have to be prepared when doing that. 

But it wasn't until this financial meltdown that I really felt any urgency, not even as Y2K came and went did I feel any urgency as I just didn't see any "signs".  But this feels different.  So for quite some time I have been buying gold and silver, not much but enough to have an edge and maybe even make a buck when things settle down.  I've moved some money into Swiss francs as an edge if the dollar does actually plunge. 

I have almost six months worth of food for my family of four so if food does go sky high we can eat for a while, this will be a good return even if food only goes up by 20% or so.  I keep adding to it.  I will be raising vegetables this growing season (North Texas).  First Aid supplies, extra supplies of feminine products and hygiene products.  My goal is to live comfortably and not reduce my lifestyle drastically.  Bought an econoblue water machine thing that condenses water from the humidity and filters it.  It can make up to seven gallons of water a day.  I'm also going to make a solar power plant in case I need some power.

I don't have a place to bug out to so I have to be an urban survivalist.  I bought a shot gun (12 g) and have a hand gun and ammo, not because I'm afraid Obama will take them away (I am a liberal), only because if crime does become bad if the economy keeps going south I'll be able hopefully to keep people away from my area.  My husband thinks I'm paranoid but he is also aware that we may be sliding into a depression and doesn't give me a whole lot of ribbing about it.  Captial preservation is also a concern so the more I can store now the better off I'll be if inflation or hyperinflation hits.

If the economists I listen to are correct we're in for a long run down turn in the economy but we will come out of it eventually.  We all will just need to be able to weather the long night ahead of us.  They say we are along in it enough that Obama won't be able to do much about it and may make it worse or prolong it with stimulation programs.  I don't know, it's just good to be prepared and yes, this time it is different.
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Honorbound on November 28, 2008, 12:24:34 PM
It was 1998 and I had an infant son.  I started having these recurrent dreams, well nightmares actually, about the world financial system collapsing, and my son was looking up at me saying, "but mommy I'm hungry".  I would wake up in a cold sweat. After about a week or two of this, I started praying earnestly asking God, what this was all about.  I started doing some research on the internet and came upon a few survival sites.  I read everything I could about it and started  planning.  At the time we lived in a condo in town with no storage space, little yard with "restricitions" about gardening and city water and sewer.  I talked to my DH about it and he of course thought I was nuts.

Well as the years,and hours and hours of prayer went by, we now live out in a more rural area, somewhat self-sustained and have the necessary things should something "come up".  My husband is still not what I would call a "prepper" but he tolerates me all the same  ;D

Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: flagtag on November 28, 2008, 10:06:07 PM
I work a part-time/seasonal job. (The job market here is dying! We have lost so many employers just in the 10 years, the town where I work looks like a ghost town.)

I will be out of work for a couple weeks to several months at a time.  I had to learn to "stock up" during those times when I was working to cover the layoffs.
Watching the news, I realized (some time ago) that things were getting worse. (The price of gas was so high that I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to afford it and would be fired if I couldn't get to work.)

The crime rate in the town where I work has "exploded", and I live only 6 1/2 miles from that town. (Crime rate = "transplants" from Chicago)
No longer can I leave the doors/windows open when I go to bed.

Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: mrs gator on December 01, 2008, 05:50:25 PM
Honestly, my husband is the reason I got into survivalism. He made me realize that I was not prepared in the least if something happened  :(
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: TXChikk on December 01, 2008, 08:17:01 PM
I've had nightmares too, since I was very young. Being prepared has always been on the back burner of my mind but it all came roaring back when I realized 'bama would likely become our next president and tax us all to oblivion. Of course this financial mess had a lot to do with it, how would I eat? What would I eat? How would I pay my bills? All of those things coupled with a fear that was instilled in me since childhood have me prepping as best and as fast as I can.

 I also have to add a footnote or two here, I think it will all be in vain as I think things will get very terrible in my lifetime and stored food and guns won't help me out of any shackles...on the flip side despite having that innate fear of helplessness I am wired to do everything in my power to fight (aka prepare) so I am.....
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Pokethis on December 01, 2008, 08:24:55 PM
I wouldn't worry about 'bama but I do worry about the criminals getting away with the destruction of America culminating in this financial mess that is threatening all of our lives.  It will get much worse before it gets better and they made sure 'bama couldn't do anything about it.
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: MamaGator on December 02, 2008, 05:55:46 PM
I've always been fascinated by the personal part of history - how the Romans cooked, how the Normans fixed roads - just about everything.   Since I have a deep-seated urge to figure things out myself (a trait my son also bears) I taught myself to sew, knit, embroider, preserve food and do lots of other things.  At that point it was just for personal satisfaction.  My favorite book when I was a teen was Reader's Digest's "Back to Basics".

In 1999 my employer put me on the Y2K committee and my prepping interests were stoked.  I started prepping with 2 liter bottles of water and never looked back.

Prepping is an ingrained behavior now, but I try to keep everything in perspective.

Luckily, my son (Tash) has a comparable mindset.   My DIL (Mrs Tash) has jumped in feet first.  I feel so much better knowing I'm not alone.
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: firetoad on December 02, 2008, 06:31:05 PM
Not trying to hijack the thread, but I do have to say one thing.  This forum is like none other that I have ever been on!  I can't think of any other forum where we have had entire families on the roster of members.  This is one community that is so unique but yet so open-minded and widely accepting of many things!  It is just great!

Long live TSP!   ;D
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: MamaGator on December 02, 2008, 06:48:09 PM
This is one of the most positive forums I've experienced.  It truly is a community of people helping people.  Tash said something the other day that rang true - prep topics are often buried in a subsection of the message board, subject to occasional trolling and ridicule by the general membership. 

However, this message board is all about prepping.  It's the entree, not a side dish.  That ensures that the general membership have a common bond and keeps things civil. 

What do you think?
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Pokethis on December 02, 2008, 06:53:22 PM
Totally agree with my three negative karma points.

DarkEyes:  I remember being toted on a sled to the grocery store in mid winter in Ohio.  It was great fun and the only way we could get to the store.  Great fun!
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: flagtag on December 03, 2008, 08:48:58 AM
I wouldn't worry about 'bama but I do worry about the criminals getting away with the destruction of America culminating in this financial mess that is threatening all of our lives.  It will get much worse before it gets better and they made sure 'bama couldn't do anything about it.

Obama is one of those "criminals" also.  He not only voted FOR the bailout, he got money from one of those responsible. (One of the RARE times he didn't vote "Present".)
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Pokethis on December 03, 2008, 10:06:50 AM
Yeah.  I really don't know about these big spending plans....  These companies need to be let go, they must show and clear their books and default if necessary but we can't keep covering it with TARPs etc.  This economy stuff is really something else and I'm not sure what I think about the plans to take care of it.
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: TXChikk on December 04, 2008, 09:11:20 AM
I don't know what to think about all these bailout plans either but after contacting my congressman more than once and witnessing what the government is doing in spite of what We The People have to say is making me feel very much left out. Out government does not care what we think in fact they are telling us what to think and what we should do when we know it smells to high heaven and is the opposite of common sense. Our economy is owned by foreign interests and steered by bandits. We as a nation are in deep doo-doo and We The People are being hijacked for the ride.....

I'm pissed because my government doesn't care what I think. I succinctly pointed out to my congressman that I am an active voter (I'm certain many of my fellow constituents did as well based on the press) and he just went along with what his bosses said to do....Needless to say I voted for someone else this time around.

There isn't really much else to say, I'm just trying to take care of my business but it angers me that I'm on a ride I can't get off of....I'm getting motion sickness.....
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Pokethis on December 04, 2008, 10:41:51 PM
I know how you feel.  I voted against Cornyn just as I voted against every incumbent.  But alas...  And Hutchinson wants the "hardly ever work" job of Texas Governor....
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: TXChikk on December 05, 2008, 06:20:33 AM
We may go from 'Lame Duck' gov'ner to 'Downright Creepy of a Woman' gov'ner.....*sigh*
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Pokethis on December 06, 2008, 12:03:41 AM
LOL! :D  We'll just have to wait and see!
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: bonnie on December 23, 2008, 04:11:24 PM
I started thinking about this prior to Y2K.  I did some stocking up just prior to that.  I was single and still lived in town.  I actually didn't know much about what to do with the stuff I got but had instructions and could have figured it out if I would have had to. 

Since then I got married and we moved out of town on 30 acres that we inherited/purchased from his father's estate.  So it's where he lived since he was 5 years old. 

He ridicules my Y2K stash and is not interested in prepping but he is well prepared and self-sufficient anyway.  It's his nature.  He can fix or build anything.  He has a complete machine shop since he's worked a lot as a machinist.  He also has a complete woodshop and welding equipment.  We have 2 generators and he has a welder/generator on the back of his pickup.  We just survived a 52-hour power outage with 1 1/2 feet of snow, the most snow and coldest weather in Western Oregon in 40 years.  He spent most of his days running around on his 4-trax helping all the neighbors fix things and charge things.  Everyone on our road calls him when they need help, whether it's medical help (he was a volunteer fire fighter/1st responder for 18 years), repair help and  more.  He helped one of the farmers replace a bridge over the creek between two of his fields so his welder on the back of the pickup came in handy.  Another neighbor called him when his significant other's mom (who was also a neighbor), had fallen off a chair taking down some decorations, had bled a lot from her head and was refusing to go to the ER.  He grabbed his EMT kit, saying what do they think I am, a doctor?, and headed up there.

I buy and stash extra food without mentioning it to him so he won't make fun of me.

I do need lessons on taking care of things around here because if something happened to him, I'm not sure I could live here by myself.  I'm trying to get him to help me chose my own guns that are light enough for me.  I want a hand gun, a shotgun and a rifle.  I did get a lesson on turning the pumps and water heater back on after the power came back on.  We had a generator hooked up pumping water for awhile but then he took it off line and loaned it to a neighbor that needed it worse than us.
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Lucretius on December 26, 2008, 09:27:41 AM
I'm surprised that I'm #1 to mention this:

The zombies.  ::)
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: 19kilo on January 04, 2009, 07:57:57 PM
I'm surprised that I'm #1 to mention this:

The zombies.  ::)

Funny +1

I actually got serious into prepping from zombiesquad.  Those guys are pretty squared away.  Every forum I would go to seemed like it was a little too crazy for me. But somehow Zombiehunters.org got me hooked. ;)
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: libertymom on January 07, 2009, 09:33:45 PM
Hi-brand new here.  I guess what got me into survivalism was just feeling like "something wasn't right" this summer in the news.  I'm not sure if it was any one event or just the idea that our liberties are quickly being taken away from us.  So, I started attending my local John Birch meetings and found out I'm not the only one who thinks this way.  Then, as the bailouts have been happening I just feel like we're in a spiral downward and I don't want to be caught in it.  Our family homeschools mainly for political reasons anyway so I guess recent events have just sent me 'over the edge'.
Now, I just feel like I can't prepare fast enough and need to figure out what to tackle next.
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Taylor3006 on January 07, 2009, 09:39:28 PM
I am with Lucretius, it was the impending zombie plague. Well that and the godless commies...
 
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Foxy Huntress on February 01, 2009, 04:01:05 PM
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I guess I started as a kid with four brothers living in the pine barrens of New Jersey.  I loved playing "army" & cowboys & Indians.  I use to help make forts & hid in the woods.  I learned to shoot from an old boy friend & an ex-husband use to take me hunting.  My present husband is a big outdoor kind of guy & we both hunt, plant a garden & store food.
   The thing that pushed us over was the Y2K.  We bought 45 acres in Pa. (the free state) with a pond & plenty of woods around.  When we 1st moved here you could walk around naked & see no body for days on end.  That was 1999 & we now have two neighbors about a mile away >:(   no more days naked in the sun...oh well.
    We have solar, a wind tower, a compost toilet, use a dutch oven & for heat, the wood stove does just fine.  We are TOTALLY independent & can stand alone when the s**t hits the fan.
     Now with the present power in Washington, we are stock piling food & ammo.  Took all the money out of the bank, paid off our credit cards & will plant a bigger garden & wait ti out.  YOU BETTER BE IN MY "FOX-HOLE" STATE OF MIND BEFORE YOU VENTURE UP MY HILL!!   I need people that can watch my back & I likewise without a hesitation.
   It's only going to get worse before it gets better....prepare Now!!   Foxy Huntress
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: flagtag on February 01, 2009, 09:36:39 PM
You got that right, Huntress!  There are a lot of nonbelievers out there and they will be the ones hurt the most.  They think that Obama is going to work miracles and that everything will be Rosy.  Although, I believe, that now some are "seeing the light".
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: 19kilo on February 01, 2009, 10:51:10 PM
What part of PA do you live in?
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Grasshopper2Ant on February 12, 2009, 03:49:51 PM
I have been trying to move my family towards being more frugal for years, but my husband REALLY resisted and each time I just gave up.  Back in Sept/Oct when the economy really started tanking and when it seemed inevitable that Obama was going to become president, I really started to worry.  Once I started reading survival topics, I started feeling better.  I still think that it's going to get really bad, but I feel more in control.

My husband is now coming on board and is talking about spending our money on preps instead of gadgets. WOOHOO! ;D  The first thing I bought when I started were 10 Swedish Firesteels for starting fires.  I had read that one of the most important skills is to be able to start a fire.  I've bought a 50lb bag of Pinto Beans, 25lb bag of rice, 25lb bag of flour, etc.  I've started baking bread (kneading by hand) and I just received my Pressure Canner today, so I'm going to start canning meat - probably this weekend.  The next thing I want to get is a dehydrator and start drying foods.
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: ebonearth on February 15, 2009, 08:29:02 PM
My parents were always into doing things themselves while I was growing up. Then when I moved out of my own I forgot some of those lessons until right around Y2K when being smack in the true heart of Manhattan was probably the last place an Ant ever wanted to be. In February of 2000 I was sitting in my office when my bosses phone rang, I got up from my desk to answer the call, moments later a pipe bomb went off across the street blowing in an eight foot sheet of glass right where I was sitting moments before. I was the only one on the entire floor and my window was only one of two that got blown in. Considering those odds it's a wonder that save some tiny cuts and some debris in my eyes I emerged unscathed. That was my wakeup call.

Mind you in comparison to what happened in September of the following year up the street from where I worked, a small bomb is a drop in the bucket. On that morning I had a flight booked into LaGuardia but I had decided on a whim to take a bus the night before and visit some friends in Cleveland then bus into NYC from there. Guess where I was when the first plane hit? In the middle of Lincoln Tunnel about to arrive at Port Authority. It was interesting trying to hike down into the Financial District to get home with my duffel bag, I realized that home was a poor choice so I made it to work instead, slept under my desk for three days. At least I packed!

After that I figured whoever was watching over me was probably getting tired of saving my bacon and I better get ready to save my own. So here I am, saving my own bacon.

Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: sneauxball on February 19, 2009, 06:27:05 PM
I grew up on the farm, grandma had 200 acres and my parents bought some of that land.  I was able to ride my horse to my grandmother's house and play in the woods every day.  I helped out in the garden, with the cattle, horses, pigs, chickens, rabbits, etc.  while my sister stayed inside and "played school."  she's a teacher now, I turned 18 and had to "see the world."   I spent a decade in surrounding cities and met me a city boy from Alabama.  We got married and had a baby while still in Birmingham, but something about having a child made me NEED to come back home.  We are now living on a portion of that original 200 acres.  He is adapting quite well, but is resisting a bit regarding the chickens ;D   For a number of years I've had the desire to get back to basics and he prepared for anything, but it's only recently that I've felt such an urgency, and luckily had the space to act upon it.   

It also helps that every year during hurricane season, my region of southeast Louisiana turns into a mini "survivor minded community."  It's completely normal for folks to stock up and prep for the storms and the aftermath of no power, water pressure or possibly no access to roads.  Last year during Gustav was a bit nuts.  My folk's generator went out and they took a run to brookhaven, MS to find one....and i'm getting off topic. 

have i said that i really like this forum and it's great to be here?
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: eph2 on February 28, 2009, 09:57:26 AM
I remember my grandfather talking about the Great Depression and how the only things they purchased were sugar and salt.  Everything else was grown or made on the homestead.  He might have exagerated some, but not much.  My extended family continued to live on a communal piece of property where they produced their own food.  That always appealed to my very independent nature.  That, and all of the edible goodies just a hand's reach away! :D

Also, I lived on the island of Guam for 7 years.  The power went off almost every day.  In the early years, decent produce was only available right after a shipment came in.  After typhoons water would be off for weeks and power for months.  People groaned a bit but were mostly prepared to deal with the situation.  When you're on an island you realize that consumer goods are always in limited supply.

I like the freedom that comes with being self-sufficient.

Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Bowieschewtoy on February 28, 2009, 05:31:42 PM
For me it started with my husband.  I thought 'OK it won't hurt to stock up a little on certain things.'  He has had a history with buying twenty cans of something nobody in the house will eat just because it's on sale.  So as long as he buys stuff we eat OK.  After seeing the aftermath of Katrina it couldn't hurt to have extra water etc........After Obama was elected I went a little nuts with paranoia.  I came across websites such as infowars.com and worldnetdaily and came to the realisation that our government could care less about us as citizens. I feel things are going to get way worse before they even think of getting better and I am going to do everything within my ability to keep my family safe and fed. ;D
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: amberwolf on March 05, 2009, 10:55:16 AM
It's always been on my mind to stock up. I did grow up in northern Indiana were we had plenty of snow fall and plenty of days of not being able to get out. But my dad would have plenty of herbs and roots, pickles, dried meat, mushrooms etc...Mom was more of a if-it-doesn't-say-Libby's-it ain't-edible. Mom didn't trust our wild mushroom picking for sure! It's the feeling of having something to eat and drink when the power is off, or something keeping you warm when the furnace breaks. I'm just not relying on anything to continue working- I've broke any dependency I may have developed and have a plan B in place for just about everything now.
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: MightyRunt on March 05, 2009, 01:06:15 PM
My parents were teenagers during the depression and young adults during WW2, then newlyweds in 1945 right after the war. They were natural preppers from those experiences. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of 'disaster' periods like a 3' snowfall that knocked out the electricity for a week when I was 6. Daddy had gathered 2x4 scraps from all the new home construction in the neighborhood for a woodpile, and we ate on the cardtable in front of the fireplace and did puzzles and read by candlelight. I'd guess it didn't seem anywhere near as fun for my parents, but I loved the adventure of it.  Snow still makes me all warm and fuzzy.
     Later in life I subscribed to "The Tightwad Gazette" for years, then Backwoods Home magazine. Frugality and self-sufficiency just seemed like the intelligent nature of things. And I could have taught Martha Stewart a thing or 2 back in my superwoman twenties.  It was all a great adventure to be as independent as possible - to be a grown up. It was an adventure to learn new things like shooting and hunting and fishing.  Every new step forward made me realize tht I am responsible for me and mine. No one else is responsible for me and my well-being.  And it kind of takes me by surprise that all women don't have that ingrained bitch-wolf-mother instinct to persevere at all costs. But then, one of my favorite t-shirts says "Why be normal?"
     In 1996 DH and I built a house off-grid and off-road and got livestock, and by Y2K we couldnt' have cared less about Y2K.  In 2002 there was a major wildfire that started 1/2 mi from us and lots of friends got evacuated, with 10-15 min notice and police escorts. Some ended up crashing here.  I guess it was that event that turned just common sense stocking up into Survivalism.   That was  my personal first-hand introduction to the idea that TPTB could turn an otherwise relatively minor event into a major fustercluck of a disaster.  9/11 had planted the seed, but until  there's eyewitness proof in your own backyard, one tends not to want to believe the worst.  After Katrina, any tiny smidgeon of doubt about the future was erased. In 2005 I discovered survivalblog.com and haven't looked back. We are on our own fellow travelers.
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: TXChikk on March 05, 2009, 02:44:48 PM
ingrained bitch-wolf-mother instinct

Yeah, I noticed a general lack of this too......
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: mrs gator on March 05, 2009, 04:46:44 PM
Yeah, I noticed a general lack of this too......

I will be the first to admit, I'm lacking this.

I have intuition with people close to me, but not on a grand scale. I'm not sure why that is though.

I don't feel a sudden fear or urge, but I am still prepping...

I dunno. Maybe I'm not a real woman  :'(
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: MightyRunt on March 05, 2009, 05:03:08 PM
I dunno. Maybe I'm not a real woman  :'(
Please forgive me if I made any such implication with my post! It wasn't meant as criticism of anyone or to be hurtful.  I do think that with generations of prosperity and security it has been largely bred out of us in the civilized world.  Most of us have never known any reason for deep seated fear of the world around us.  I think I'm the one out-of-step with what's been called my "apocalyptic thinking". But, you see, I'm so darned ordinary that it still comes as a surprise to me that everyone isn't like me.  :-[
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: fngrlickingood on March 15, 2009, 01:46:11 AM
My husband is who/what got me started with the survivalist mindset. To be honest in the beginning I got scared, really scared... we kept listening to these really doom and gloom scary type "the end is coming" podcasts (not this one) and reading horrible stuff about our corrupt government, etc. etc. I got so scared and upset with the feeling of not being in control of my life and not knowing who I could trust, etc. etc. that I just stopped listening to it all and kind of crawled under a rock for a month or two (I know, lame). Then my husband came across The Survival Podcast and all that changed. I got excited about someone who didn't strike fear into my heart (thanks Jack!) but still taught the importance of prepping, stocking up, and always being as prepared as possible whether SHTF or not.
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: mrs gator on March 16, 2009, 11:16:46 AM
Please forgive me if I made any such implication with my post! It wasn't meant as criticism of anyone or to be hurtful.  I do think that with generations of prosperity and security it has been largely bred out of us in the civilized world.  Most of us have never known any reason for deep seated fear of the world around us.  I think I'm the one out-of-step with what's been called my "apocalyptic thinking". But, you see, I'm so darned ordinary that it still comes as a surprise to me that everyone isn't like me.  :-[

Haha, I think a lot of has to do with the way I was raised. I'll be the first to admit that I was a spoiled brat who didn't have a care in the world...

Fast forward quite a few years and now I do realize that things are quite peachy like I grew up thinking they were. I know things are going bad in the world right now, but I don't get the warning bells going off. I guess in my head, it will happen when it happens. Could be gradual, or it could be sudden. I don't know  :-\
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: monkeyboyf on March 18, 2009, 01:52:09 PM
I'm really trying to think and learn from all of you.  It is such a good source for info.  Maybe someone will help me solve a dilemma have been wrestling with for a while.  I have some liquid assets,lol, but should I turn them into SHTF supplies beyond food,fuel, ammo,and other necessities? Mainly, filling the propane tank (250 gal) when it is down in price since I only use it for a blueflame heater in the winter instead of central(electric)heat.  It's at $1.90 right now, and will probably go up if I don't fill.  Just hate to spend my rathole if I don't have to right now.  Any suggestions? You are all the greatest!
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: lady_carpediem on March 20, 2009, 08:37:55 PM
Why I got into survivalism....
 I did my practicum at the American Red Cross. Talk about learning from others preperations and some unfortunate mistakes. 
And it is my husband and my dream of living off the grid. I love to start looking at other people's suggestions. This is my first post and don't have a lot of spare time. (My husband is on her a lot more often!) I usually listen to the podcasts while working! Thanks Jack! You Rock!
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Darkwinter on March 20, 2009, 08:40:40 PM
I actually got into prepping after 911 because our government told us to

www.ready.gov

Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: ebonearth on March 20, 2009, 09:42:45 PM
I'm really trying to think and learn from all of you.  It is such a good source for info.  Maybe someone will help me solve a dilemma have been wrestling with for a while.  I have some liquid assets,lol, but should I turn them into SHTF supplies beyond food,fuel, ammo,and other necessities? Mainly, filling the propane tank (250 gal) when it is down in price since I only use it for a blueflame heater in the winter instead of central(electric)heat.  It's at $1.90 right now, and will probably go up if I don't fill.  Just hate to spend my rathole if I don't have to right now.  Any suggestions? You are all the greatest!
Boy I don't know what to tell you, considering what the economical prognosticators say (not that they are always right) and the way things are I would certainly consider fueling up. I know I am about to purchase my first LP tank and I have been shopping around for propane and it all seems to be right about $1.899 here as well. Why they insist on the tenth of a penny I'll never understand. I know I'm filling up to full and I only use it for cooking and the dryer, although we are installing the clothesline next week so the latter will be used less. I have to say that getting a tank put in is a pain, the local LP providers will not fill a new tank without a bill of sale or if it is theirs. If I do have a bill of sale I have to still pay them to check it (which I don't mind). Before I digress completely off the rails, I say fill up if you can. If you cannot, try requesting a partial fill, that way you hedge your bets against price hikes and future inflation but don't completely drain your currency stores. Good luck!


Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: monkeyboyf on March 21, 2009, 02:48:01 PM
Thanks for th reply, ebonearth. Think I put this in the wrong topic to begin with.  The thread was what made us get into survivalism, well, it's just common sense if you listen and see what is going on around us.  This is the most informative forum , and Jack is great!
Judi
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Morning Sunshine on March 21, 2009, 04:29:24 PM
On stocking up on food: I am LDS/Mormon, and stocking up has always just been a way of life with me.  Growing up, we always had a large store of food downstairs - store bought and home-canned, depending on the item.  About 2 years ago when we moved to a larger house (and a larger income), I started buying that 1-yr supply I have always been told to have by my church.  i remember I bought 6-gal buckets of wheat oats and rice for 13.99.  10 months later those SAME buckets were $46 (they have since dropped back down to $26... definitely more reasonable, but still twice what I paid).  I kicked myself for not having bought more at the cheaper price, but I felt rather extravagant with 8 buckets as it was!  But for all the talk in the LDS church about being stocked up, I do not think too many members are ready for a year.  No one talks about their supplies, just how to do it, sometimes what you can make with beans or wheat, but to admit that you have your year's supply is almost to say that you are holier than someone else who does not.

On the coming Depression: I am a reader and a student of history.  And anyone who has read even fiction books about the 20/30's can (or could, if they wanted to) see the similarities between then and now.  In college, one of the best classes I ever took was a semester-long study of the decade 1890s.  Holy Cats!  the similarities between then and now (or rather, the late 90's when I was there) is staggering.  and it was in the 1890s that the groundwork was laid for the crash in the 20s.  That helped a lot.
Something that struck me as a girl was how many people lost their homes to foreclosure in the depression, and when we bought our first house, it was with the understanding that we would pay it off quickly.  We were there 5 years, and had it all but paid for (would have in 5 more months) when we moved for work.  Silly us, we bought a bigger mortgage.  But, positive - it is on 12 acres in the middle of nowhere on a dead end 5-house road with good, independent-minded neighbors.  But, although we have the house 1/3 paid for (Thanks to our previous house sale), the mortgage we have keeps me up at night thinking of those families in the depression.

On gardening and being self-sufficient: the food recalls, the stories of teeth/fingers/ etc in cans of soup.  Also Upton Sinclair's novel _The Jungle_  that makes me say "I want to know what I am eating and where it came from."    I also know that food grown at home tastes better.  I just wish I could actually get some food from a garden!!!  my last 4 gardens have been dismal failures for one reason or another.  But hope springs eternal, and I am planting again this year. The idea of looking at my children and saying "I have no food for you, and no way to procure any" keeps me trying.  And dh has softened on the chicken stance.  Now I just need a coop.   :)
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: rustyknife on March 21, 2009, 10:39:17 PM
As a kid I grew up on the Crow Indian Reservation in SE Montana. Survivalism seemed to be everywhere. Early on I became fascinated with the American Indian way of life. After that it seemed that there were too many duck and cover things going on and I started thinking about how can I survive without access to normal stuff. Hunting, fishing and general bushcraft played at big part also.
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Gloria on April 24, 2009, 02:10:41 PM
I was a young wife in the California delta and the National Guard came to the house and said that the levy up the road was starting to break could we feed the workers?  My thought was with what?  the rain continued and the levels all around us started to give way.  Then I was toted out of the house and my new life by the National guard unit that was trying to save the islands and the delta area.  I didn't have a toothbrush even.  That was in 1975.  I have lived through five floods, one tornado (driving truck), freezing rain that caused a power out and I was in the truck on the freeway for hours in one spot, earthquakes, divorce, death of family members, and being ran over and then backed over by a semi truck during desert storm.  I have learned prepping a little at a time.  I didn't know I was into survivalism until someone else told me that I was.  I ran into my husband crying and asked him do you think I am a survivalist?  Yes dear you are, but dear that is not a bad think.  After all we eat when the electric goes off, and we have blankets on the beds when the heat goes off and we have other things when the other people don't care about doing something until it's to late.  Oh!  The next day an article on MSN news about survivalist and the economy came up and I read it and found a whole world of pepole like me.  I carry a potty purse in the car and truck because you never know where the urge might strike and with little kids... I have the Bug out bags in the car as well as a tent and folding chairs.  The boys, now grown and the grand babies which have now each have a PMSS bag. I put a lunch basket in the vehilclel each time we go somewhere just in case we get stuck in where ever... like three weeks ago in a traffic jam because a truck caught on fire and his load went over the side of the mountain and the freeway was closed for six hours...I found the ready gov site for the FFAK and filled it out and sent one copy to each of the family members I am trying to convert to being prepared.  Then I read that passports were going to be necessary so I have the papers ready and will be getting them soon you never can tell if you might need them.  I never really thought about the things I can do until I read this site and the list is I can,  I learned because that is what my grandmothers, mother and aunts did during the summer so we could eat in the winter, I haven't learned to meat can but I have a mentor that is couching me, I went to cooking school and learned a long time ago how to bake bread by hand and how to feed people on next to nothing.  That was the restaurant cooking classes for catering.  Then I learned how to sew, tailor, knit, crochet, take photographs in black and white and develop them and how to do leather and make this from nothing.  I was the head of a group that did trash to treasure before all this green stuff came about.  I learned how to drive, fly, sail, fish, and camp.  I camped ever summer all summer when I started at the age of 7.  I would hike and backpack during the other parts of the year.  I had to learn to shoot for my job driving truck.  I was trained in self defence mainly because they wanted the loads protected.  I grew up gardening and lived on the family farms until I was married and we lived on his families grounds in the middle of nowhere.  I now live with my second husband on three plus some off a long dirt road and into the hill side.  We moved out of the mobile home part to here because we have horses.  We planted fruit trees and have tried gardening here.  This area of the desert is not forgiving but my small plants have sprouted up and they like the containers.  This year I am praying for more than the dogs getting to eat the fruit of the berries and the tops of the plants, like it's made for them. LOL  I also have had my own business for years since 1975 altering and making clothes.  I prepare because the alternative is going hungry, thirsty, and no clothes.  I hang the clothes outside on the line.  I have camping equipment and I'm looking into turning my exercise bike into how to power the sewing machine.  Thanks Jack you rock  To the others helping you rock too.  I am continuing to prep because I want to be like the five of the ten virgins who were ready when the bridegroom came and they got in, also She looks well to the ways of her house. 
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: flagtag on April 24, 2009, 02:31:56 PM
Gloria:
Welcome to the site.  It sounds like you have had a very "full" life.  I bet YOU can teach US much more than most of us can teach you.  (I'm sure of it in my case)
Glad to have you on board.
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Sister Ant on April 25, 2009, 08:27:36 AM
Geez, I will try to answer this without writing a book. I am the youngest of 5 children, by 8 years. I have memories of growing up as the daughter of a widowed mother and her having to work. My older siblings have memories of life with both parents on a farm in NY state and I have often heard the stories of how it was, both good and bad. It is like I am from a different family as they grew up with these memories and I did not. Shortly before my father died, we moved to Florida and those are what my memories consist of: living the Florida lifestyle and my mother scrapping by to get us grown... No vegetable gardens, no farms, just working hard to live hand to mouth. That is what I learned and admittedly patterned for myself. Not pretty but more typical than not.

I met a good friend years ago who was born prepping. She never lived on a farm but knows how to pinch a penny. In fact, she says her father said he could hear the buffalo cry when she pinched the nickels!  ::) I am up to my eyeballs in debt and she lives without a mortgage and so on... how did THAT happen? She's shown me how she lives below the poverty line, not great but making it better than myself on maybe four times as much income. Hmm.   8) What is wrong with this picture?

2004 was a sentinel year for myself and my friend, women living alone who basically fell through the cracks. That was the year four hurricanes hit Florida and 3 out of 4 came close to a direct hit for myself. I sat here without a phone as both landlines and cell towers went down. Not enough ice. No generator. No worries on the food as I could buy more but miserable just the same. My above mentioned friend had to sleep with her gun as the police advised her that they were searching for someone in the woods behind her house, considered armed and dangerous. She could not call for help or even to just vent. Like siting ducks. Later, married couples bragged to me how they helped each other, shared generator power to keep their food and so on. I was not amused and I don't know if they realized how that hurt to hear. My fault. I take responsibility for that. Need to learn to do better, I thought.

I know personally I have got to do better than I have in the past. No children to turn to in my old age, it's not going to be pretty for myself if I don't adjust what I am doing - disaster or no disaster. I have had a nagging thought and also dreams (before 2004) that the future is not going to be as the past. Time to honor those thoughts and dreams. I could go on but that is it for me in a (big) nutshell.  ;)
D
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: eph2 on May 08, 2009, 02:26:02 PM
There are a lot of really cool women on this forum!  I wish we all lived next door...
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: TXChikk on May 08, 2009, 02:42:19 PM
There are a lot of really cool women on this forum!  I wish we all lived next door...

Wouldn't that be grand? Sister Ant if we had that kind of community women like you and I (childless) would (ideally) have fewer concerns  :)

Welcome everyone  :)
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: FreeSpirit on May 15, 2009, 01:08:32 PM
A fascinating thread. Many common bonds, some unique between us.

For me, it can be easily summarized:
I grew up in a large family. It was necessary to be resourceful. My grand-parents passed on a lot of great wisdom from their earlier days. Watching my parents struggle gave me insight and motivation to prep. I have been trapped by my own lifestyle too many times. Experience says that you cannot truly count on very many things in life. Your own faith and determination go a long way. I make it a daily routine to prepare in some way. Mental, physical, spirtual - very important to cover the bases and deal with the WHOLE man/woman.

My life experiences have exposed me to a large variety of survival skills and interests. (If most people took the time to study their own lives, they would see a similar thing with their lives) I am an insatiable learner. When my knowledge is put into practice, it becomes sealed to my being and is truly a part of my life. Practice makes perfect!

Most that know me, would say - "he is a survivor", but have no idea what they are really revealing about my person. ;)

The reason I posted here is BECAUSE, WOMEN have had the most influence in my life with respect to preparation. Not to slight men, but WOMEN seem to have an intuition about these things. I try to listen often.
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Kellib on May 15, 2009, 07:59:35 PM
My life is my own that is why I prepare. My husband is my strength. But what if something was to happen to him. I need to know how to survive on my own if it comes to that. And if it doesn't, I will have prepared and be able to contribute to the survival of us both.
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: “Mark” on May 16, 2009, 01:58:22 PM
For me, it's two-fold. First, it's the arriving economic collapse. Second, I want to be more self-reliant. I've become such a huge fan of freedom in the last year.
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: monkeyboyf on May 16, 2009, 07:52:41 PM
My life is my own that is why I prepare. My husband is my strength. But what if something was to happen to him. I need to know how to survive on my own if it comes to that. And if it doesn't, I will have prepared and be able to contribute to the survival of us both.
I love your first sentence.  I lost my husband two years ago, and my years of prepping are really coming in handy.  It's a lonely journey; however, you have a great outlook on survival.
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: LvsChant on May 18, 2009, 08:37:03 PM
I'm really pretty new to this... but have to say that, for years, we (husband and self) have not been happy with the Fed Reserve system, taxation, continual erosion of our freedoms... intrusion of the govt into personal lives...

But, life has been good to us... and we've lived a soft life for many years -- not really as badly prepared as the majority of Americans, but not really thinking in terms of survivalism. We invested in gold many years ago as a hedge against disaster... have plenty of weaponry and ammo, have no debt except mortgage (but now wish it were also nonexistent).

I think this recent economic situation has really brought our thinking to a more survivalistic mindset. We are now thinking more in terms of food storage and gardening... and have been sharing the warnings with friends and family. We are not even nearly close to being ready for any sort of major disaster but are at least making strides in that direction. [ I know that many folks out there would think we are a bunch of nutrolls, but I don't so much tell them all the things I think could go wrong when I am trying to get them to stock up on food supplies... I just tell them that inflation is probably going to kick in and they should stock up on the food they eat as an economic measure, if nothing else... ]

Positives:  Grew up in a large family... learned to can and preserve as a kid... know all sorts of homemaking stuff (quilting, knitting, crocheting, sock-darning, sewing, baking, cooking from basic ingredients -- no mixes here). Husband has a military background and knows lots about survival techniques, weaponry, defense, military tactics, etc. We homeschool our kids and have enough acreage that we could most definitely survive on the land we have if need be...

thanks for all the tips and support!

I'm hoping for the best and trying to plan for the worst.
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Kellib on May 20, 2009, 05:51:34 PM
Life is so full of unexpected turns that we owe it to ourselves to take the time and cherish our family every minute and to prepare for a possible life without them. Pets are a great comfort also in times on a lonely journey. I wish you all the best.
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: sage0925 on June 01, 2009, 11:45:44 PM
President O-dingbat. The way he carries on has scared the crap out of me. As soon as he got elected, we started collecting food and trying to figure out ways to get by without electricity. Started working on our greenhouse this spring, so we could work out the bugs (no pun intended) on growing food in the Idaho mountains. It's not easy...lots of rocks and sand, extreme highs and lows of temperatures in the summer. Have to have heirloom plants that are heat AND cold resistant, and that mature early.

I have felt for about 15 years that something bad was going to happen. When Obama got elected, I was certain that he was going to be the catalyst. *shrug* I might be wrong, could be an EMP, or swine flu...no way to know for sure...just a feeling, you know? Anyway, better to be safe than sorry. And with this many people feeling the same way, you gotta wonder. I am of the opinion that some people have better intuition than others. Let the sheep get along best they can.

One thing I can say for certain, run-away inflation is on the way...best get prepared for it now. Food riots are on the way. I'm certain of that, too. A good part of America's food basket has been shut down (central CA) due to some 2 inch fish that's supposedly endangered. For those who don't know, they shut off the pumps from N. CA that irrigated that area. Food shortages this winter, unless you're prepared. We're shorter on ammo than I'd like, and still haven't figured out how to operate the well without electricity, but we have a good start.

And a big thanks to the creators of this website. It's turning out to be invaluable.
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Darkwinter on June 02, 2009, 11:44:10 AM
I have been a prepper since the towers fell.  I started by utilizing the Red Cross website.  They focus on Food, Clothing, Shelter, and Water.  It was a great resource and I began to stock the home.  I set aside flashlights, candles, food for about three weeks, batteries, and a radio.  The website was very realistic, and wanted you to prepare for natural disasters in your area.

 

It felt good to do something for myself in light of the situation in New York. I stocked up, gave some blood and about a week after the towers fell, I slept calmly for the first time.

 

Then, the government started hyping READY.GOV.  This time the focus was on man made disasters and acts of evil men.  I stocked up again, this time buying plastic sheeting to cover the windows, dust masks, and duct tape.  I had an emergency contact list made.  And for the first time, I put together an EVAC plan. I felt I was prepared for the imminent attack.

 

But then I started reading.  I picked up a book by Richard Preston called the Demon in the Freezer.  Then gobbled up his book, Hot Zone.  I read some books by C.J Peters about being a virus hunter.  I hit the CDC website.  For months, I read and chewed my fingernails.  What was plastic sheeting going to do in case of a bio hit?  What good is a dust mask?  I looked at all my preps and shook my head. 

 

I went out and got several N95’s, Hand sanitizer, Bleach, Lysol, chemical gloves, rubber boots, glasses and face shields.  I researched Positive air pressure rooms.  I priced out heap filtration systems.  I started building a room in my home that was SAFE.

 

I was ready for a tornado.  I could survive the typical annoying flood. I am almost ready for a bio or chem situation. But I realized that all of my preps were just to sustain me until someone came to help me.  I no longer wanted to be helped.  I wanted to put my fate in my hands.  I wanted to become a survivor, not just a prepper.

 

So I went to an outdoor survival camp.  Great instructor and if you ever want to do an interview I would highly recommend him.  The Midwest Survival School with  Tom Laskowski .  His classes are really focused on people new to survival.  I learned about my local edible wild plants. But something hit me when taking the class.  I asked Tom, “How long do you think you could live off of all these plants?”.

 

His response shocked me.  “Not Long” he said.  How in the world could you NOT be able to survive on the plants in the area?  I mean, the deer live off the plants, and they are as big as we are.  People had to live off the plants before agriculture.  But Tom told me, you have to hunt. You eat protein or you stop eating for good.

 

So now I headed to Dicks and purchased a 12 ga.  It is a cheap model, but I have never operated one before so I started off with a less expensive option.  I did research on different loads and capabilities and settled with this option.  I live in the suburbs, and I can’t hunt locally.  I am not very worried about home defense.  But with this option, between bird shot, buck shot, and slugs . . . I can handle almost anything.  I grabbed several boxes of different ammos, and I signed up for a hunters education class.

 

So now I am thinking . . . I am ready for anything.  Then I started reading again.  Two books come to mind when I look back on my preps.  Lights Out by Halffast  and One Second After by William R. Forstchen.  If you haven’t read them, please do.  Both are the story of a group of people surviving an EMP burst (or I should say the effects of the burst).  Again, I looked at my preps and discovered; I am not ready.

 

So, back to the sporting goods store for a 10 22 this time.  Thousands of rounds.  Home Depot for a generator.  More food, this time better organized.  Meats in blue Rubbermaid’s;  Carbs in Grey Rubbermaid’s;  Cans in green ones.  I am up to about six to nine months depending on the calorie sized rations.  I got flower pots and started growing lettuce, blackberry bushes, onions, and strawberries.  I got some seeds, a few shovels, and some steel rakes. 

 

And now, just when I think I might be ready; What about bugging out?  I can’t take all this stuff . . . :)

i am very thankful for this forum as a resouce.  i wish I had found it years ago!
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: HelenWheels on July 09, 2009, 12:07:38 AM
Wouldn't that be grand? Sister Ant if we had that kind of community women like you and I (childless) would (ideally) have fewer concerns  :)

Welcome everyone  :)

I wonder how many of us single women are out here, with no "tribe" or "group"...

It sure would be nice to share the prepping load, ya know?
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: JeanetteW on July 09, 2009, 09:43:56 AM
I wonder how many of us single women are out here, with no "tribe" or "group"...

It sure would be nice to share the prepping load, ya know?

I am single, but it seems I have a tribe coming together quite nicely. Most of my neighbors are coming around - albeit slowly. I even have a few friends that are starting to take a good hard look at basic emergency preparations.

If you are single, or even if you are not, you should be doing your best to build a tribe. We can't all do the lone camo-clad survivalist in the woods thing. For those of us who cannot, building a solid community is a super option
 --
 Jeanette
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: JeanetteW on July 09, 2009, 05:09:44 PM
What made the hubs and I get into this lifestyle? Wow!


Ok, that's my story, What's yours?
 --
 Jeanette
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on July 09, 2009, 05:32:22 PM
...I think it was Buckminster Fuller who defined wealth as the number of days you could live if you never worked again. ...
 --
 Jeanette


Wow!
A Bucky quote!
+1 (+10 if I could)
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Hellchick on July 30, 2009, 11:20:10 AM
As I posted in another thread, I've always had a self-sufficiency bent...when I was a kid I was fascinated with learning to fish, making my own bows and arrows or fishing poles from branches and junk, trap animals, etc. No one in my family did this and I think they all thought I was a pretty crazy kid. I still don't know where I really got that from. I attribute it to having read "My Side of the Mountain" when I was a kid. I want to buy every kid a copy of this book. :)

As an adult, I've continued to be really interested in self-sufficiency skills: hand spinning, knitting, gardening, canning, etc. But what I HAVEN'T been good at doing until just now is actual prepping. And I'm finally starting to do it. I'm trying not to feel panicked when I look around me and realize that I don't have things like a 30 day supply of food, an emergency kit, a contact list, water stored, etc. But I'm starting to do these things -- yesterday I sat down and created an emergency contact list and felt like I'd done at least one positive thing to ease my mind in case of emergency. I'm also starting to finally free myself from massive amounts of debt -- I was married to a man for 14 years until two years ago and through that marriage we accumulated a TON of debt, partially because of some very poor, large decisions he made and partially because I didn't wise up and take enough control of our finances and instead let him control everything. What's worse, what little savings we had in the last year of our marriage were wiped out through some poor decisions he made. That was one of the last straws for me.

But I'm on the road to financial recovery now -- I just got laid off from my job BUT I have enough money to last three months if need be without one. That may seem shaky to some but it's a far better place than I was two years ago. I regret not having wised up years ago (I'm 37 now), but you can't change the past and I'm willing to put in the work to make up for it now.

Fortunately, my boyfriend that I've been with for the last year is a natural-born prepper. He's debt-free except for the house he bought last year -- wisely, putting in a huge down payment and doing a fixed-rate mortgage -- he could easily live for a year without a job if necessary, he's a hunter and fisherman, and his elderly dad is an expert gunsmith, fisherman, and hunter. (And he's 6 years younger than me...just galls me that he had the smarts to be that way long before I did! Hrrmph! :) ) His family has a cabin on land that's been in the family for a couple of generations out in the boonies (but accessible to us) that they've done the work on building, so with that and the fact that my family also lives an hour away on a large place with chickens and a huge garden, there's always somewhere to go if a local emergency happened and we needed to relocate. It's a comforting feeling.

He's as much into self-sufficiency as I am and we had a conversation a couple of months ago about how it seemed like a good idea to store some food and water for emergencies, so we're starting to build up our stores now. He's the best guy in the world to go hike with: always prepared with things I just don't think about (the last time we went hiking water leaked into my boots from a stream we crossed, but we still had four miles to hike back...he whipped out a dry pair of socks from his bag, something I didn't pack for myself, and saved my feet a LOT of potential pain and anguish). I'm learning a lot from him!

We've begun our small garden this year and we're expanding it at the end of this summer in preparation for next year. We have alpacas now so that I have fiber to spin yarn from (an alternate revenue stream for me as well as just having the source be controlled by me), and we're planning on getting chickens sometime this year as well. We've got plans to do rain barrels before the rainy season here in Washington kicks in. Our long-term plans are to install alternate forms of energy like solar power (we have a house, barn, and large toolshed with roofs that are begging to be used for it).

Our philosophy is pretty simple: we want our lives to be in our control, not someone else's. We're not big believers that The End of the World is happening any time soon but we don't like the idea of having any important facet of our lives being in someone else's hands. If we're living totally on the grid then our lives are at the mercy of the power company. If we buy all our food from the grocery store then our lives are at the mercy of stores and agricultural companies. Anything we can do to be in control of anything that touches are lives is just one less worry about someone else's potential panic or incompetence.
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: HelenWheels on July 30, 2009, 02:17:05 PM
The seeds of survivalism were planted early in me. Unfortunately, I didn't take very good care of those seeds for a long time. I've always had some natural survivalism tendencies but nothing organized, thought-out or even really acknowledged.

Then 9/11 happened.

I was supposed to be working at a customer site in the Sears Tower that afternoon. As I was getting ready for work, the Today show was on as part of my normal morning routine. I couldn't believe it... an accident at the WTC - some poor pilot hit the tower. Figured it was bound to happen sooner or later, having lived in NYC and seen the craziness of how close everything was to 3 major airports..

OMG, the other tower was hit. No accident after all.

WTF, the Pentagon. Definitely no accident.

Time to circle the wagons.

I took off my "work clothes" and put on more rugged clothes, including my work boots. I headed to the grocery store a few blocks from my home. I was really surprised that there weren't more people there ... guess they were still glued to their TVs. I stocked up on beans, rice, pasta, canned meat, canned fruits and veggies, crackers, salt, oil, dog food, tin foil, matches and gallons of water. Got the maximum cash back allowed with purchase.

Then I headed across the street to the gas station, thankful that it wasn't busy and that they hadn't raised the prices. Filled up the tank as full as I could get it.

Back home, I started mentally planning what was getting loaded in the car and which ways I would use to get out of Chicago. Didn't matter where my eventual destination was, I was heading west because that was the most expedient way and I lived in the western suburbs, so I had a good headstart for open land if needed.
Got as far as getting it all written down on paper so I wouldn't forget.

I didn't have to bug out then, thankfully. But I started thinking about what would happen if I did have to?

Slowly but surely I am refining my ideas and decisions... and my preparation methods and contents.

Thanks to everyone who helps all of us along the way with good ideas, constructive criticisms, alternate views and just plain ole good friendship!
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Houstonmom on August 01, 2009, 10:21:35 AM
I thought we were prepared until Ike hit.  It was a good test and proved how much we needed to do.  We've done more prepping to get ready for the next event and are better off than one year ago.

I also think we're headed into terrible political and financial times.  Wars, worldwide economic depression and hyperinflation.  We have 3 little ones and want to protect them.

I HATE STANDING IN LINES!!!!!  So I'm doing everything I can to avoid future lines.

We still need to find a bug out location or similar minded group to prepare with.  Those two are harder to knock out.
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: MrsBarber on August 01, 2009, 12:15:54 PM
I worked in public safety for most of my life.....in law enforcement and firefighting. In those fields P&P helps you plan for the worst.....at work. I had to retire from public service 5 years ago due to a back injury. My husband and I started prepping just by gathering supplies in our basement for severe weather warnings since we live in Ohio's Tornado Alley.

Then last September, Hurricane Ike blew thru Ohio and caused wide spread loss of electric power throughout the State. Some people were without power for weeks. We were lucky and were only without power for 24 hours. But it was long enough to let us see how unprepared we were for a situation like that.

We started prepping hard core after that. Gardening, Food Storage, Water Storage, Home Security and more. We are always reading and researching to learn more and to prepare better.

So that is our story. Looking forward to seeing what all the other ladies have to say.

Carolyn
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: mamabear on August 14, 2009, 12:54:58 PM
I started stockpiling food and HBA items as a means to save money about 1 1/2 ago. Then I decided I need to make sure I had enough on hand to make it through and extended unemployment period as things were not looking so good at work. That then led to thinking about how would I heat my house, water for showers, pay for the water....On and on and on. I found this website and am now looking into more than stockpiling food. I am hoping to get some kind of place out in the rural areas to have sustainable living. I have miles and miles to go, but I have taken the first step. I am on my way.
Title: Re: What made you get into survivalism
Post by: Ann on September 27, 2009, 05:33:25 PM
My husband and I really started our "prepping" by deciding we would be better serving ourselves and our lives by getting out of debt.  We are out of debt except for the house, and some recent (but relatively small) medical debt.

Towards the end of our "debt free journey", we visited a friend and had a chat about how things in general were "going to hell inna handbasket".  She made a glib remark about, "if you want to read about life in hell, read Lucifers Hammer.  Well, THAT lit a fire, lemme tell ya!  It's not that I really think the world is going to be mostly destroyed tomorrow.  However, it gets more and more tense at work, because of the economy and layoffs.  My dept is ok, and so is my job, for NOW.

It just got me thinking what we could start to do if things got REALLY bad.  We could probably scrape by on one income.  But basically we're also thinking about the early flu.  I get the report from the local health organization that lists the number of flu cases.  They are literally increasing exponentially weekly.  We're really worried NOW about being quarantined.

We have a friend that works with the CDC.  She and her husband ARE STOCKPILING.  It's scary.

I'm also trying to prep for the idea that we have good stores and good habits for when we retire.  I want to get experience at a garden that will feed us.  I don't want to have to depend on BUYING all of my food.

We have a good month's worth of food.  We're working on more.  We have a week's worth of drinking water, and 3 wks of rain water that we can filter outside in the rain barrels.

I have MORE HOPE for our future being a "prepper" than I did over a year ago when we were just looking at paying down debt.