My Family Is Prepared For Anything Because I’m A ‘Doomsday Prepper’ Mom

gas-maskFor the longest time I was in denial, but recently my co-worker Eve Vawter helped me come to terms with the awful truth; I am a “Doomsday Prepper.” Well, maybe not so much “doomsday,” but a prepper most definitely.

Before y’all start pulling out your judgey-sticks to beat me with, hear me out. I live in Rockaway Beach (yes, like the Ramones song) which is located on a narrow peninsula  between Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Technically we are part of New York City, but we’re right on the beach and in some places our little peninsula is only four blocks wide. No, that is not hyperbole, see for yourself:

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The neighborhood where I’ve spent more than half my life had a unique topography that makes us vulnerable to the wilder whims of mother nature, which was made abundantly clear when superstorm Sandy flooded us with 12 feet of water last year. It destroyed homes, washed our boardwalk away and covered everything with raw sewage. We went from a beautiful little urban beach town to this:

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There are tons of misconceptions surrounding the whole “doomsday prepping” phenomenon. This is especially true when you have kids. People either think you’re paranoid and that you’re waiting for the apocalypse to come at any moment, or they think you’re a drama queen with unrealistic fears. This is pure bullshit.

Survivalists refer to an apocalypse-type situation as “the end of the world as you know it” or simply TEOTWAWKI. It’s true that most survivalists consider TEOTWAWKI in their plans, but it’s the same way you would consider the cord breaking if you go bungee jumping. Most preppers don’t base their entire preparation process on it happening because it’s the worst case scenario and you’re not likely to survive it anyway. TEOTWAWKI would be something on par with a zombie outbreak. It’s probably an unrealistic thing to seriously plan for.

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Now this on the other hand…

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Most of us are sane, normal people who are simply preparing for when the “shit hits the fan” or “SHTF.” Storms like superstorm Sandy and hurricane Katrina are good examples of this. The power went out for months, all normal forms of communication were hindered or knocked off-line, thousands of people were homeless and I missed WAY too many episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy”; the shit had most definitely hit the fan. But it was temporary. Our preparedness kept our kids, warm, fed and comfortable until order was restored. Because I doomsday prep like a goddamn BOSS.

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I wouldn’t categorize my family as serious preppers, especially after watching the “Doomsday Preppers” reality show. That being said, we DO have an impressive stockpile of emergency goods. We have enough canned goods and clean bottled water to feed an entire U.S. state. A real state too, not a lame state like Rhode Island. Fuck Rhode Island. We also have tons of non-perishable and/or long lasting boxed food, seeds for making an indoor garden if need be and even a stash of pet food. And vodka. Because no natural and/or man-made disaster would be complete without booze.

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These guys know what I’m talking about.

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I have three dictators children who are picky as hell, so I’ve worked to make sure there is enough kid-friendly food in our pile. This way, if another disaster strikes, the kids won’t go hungry because all we have are refried beans and creamed corn (because creamed corn is the Pinellas County, Florida of canned corns).

Having canned goods is all well and good, but there is nothing worse than eating them cold (cold raviolis are a crime against humanity). This is where a generator comes in (or as my husband calls it the “Genny,” because he likes to test my patience). We have a generator big enough to run most of the house, which is also useful for making sure my oldest child won’t go through Xbox withdrawal and try to sell her little brother for arcade money and a bus ticket to Atlantic City. This is great for keeping the fridge going (so we don’t necessarily have to dip into our reserved food), using my son’s nebulizer, running space heaters/fans for temperature control or any number of other tasks that require electricity.

The average Joe-6-pack has enough food and water to last for three days (or at least that’s the recommendation from the National Weather Center). My family has six months worth of live-saving goodness shoved under our beds and in our closets.

In all seriousness, the longer you can stay self-sufficient, the better. Especially when you have kids. There is this misconception that after a day or two someone will step in and help, whether it’s a charitable organization, FEMA, the Red Cross, etc. But you can’t count on it. Hurricane Katrina is a classic example,and I personally lived it after superstorm Sandy. Yes, there are state or federally run shelters that pop up during national emergencies, but they’re sometimes the worst place to go. Take a moment and Google “Hurricane Katrina Superdome” if you don’t believe me. Those people trusted the FEMA to help them and they got filthy, uncomfortable, sweltering, over-crowded, sewage filled mess in return.

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    • Tinyfaeri

      Now my two cans of Spam and 2 jars of shelf-stable peanut butter feel quite inadequate.

      • TngldBlue

        You’ve got me beat with my two bottles of water and one can of tuna. Both of which will be gone in a week anyway when I procrastinate on grocery shopping and the husband gets desperate.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        do you have pets?

      • TngldBlue

        One little dog!

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        That’s not gonan feed many peoples :(

      • TngldBlue

        I know right! And I wanted a big dog so when we’re starving there will be blame!

      • Paul White

        stockpiling food is the hard thing, particularly if you want it to be lightweight. We usually have some quinoa that would travel well but I’m looking for ways to buy larger quantities of it…but of course it takes water to cook which isn’t ideal.

      • Tinyfaeri

        You don’t need to cook quinoa – as long as you have clean water, you can get it to sprout in a couple of days and then eat it raw (there are a ton of internet guides to sprouting quinoa). Actually, you can sprout lots of stuff, for an alternative to cooking grains, legumes, etc: http://sproutpeople.org/

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      Creamed corn is the Pinellas county of canned corn. Do You know how much I love you?

      • Amber Starr

        Yeah, that little gem is the reason my wii u pad is now coated in Dunkin Donuts pumpkin spice coffee.

        God, I love this site.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        hahahah best comment ever

    • Annona

      I’m not judging you, though I’m a bit of a prepper myself. It’s common fucking sense. Nobody likes to think about disasters, but they DO happen. And the more self-sufficient you and your family can be, the better. I wish everyone would think the way you do…we’d all be better off for it. I live in an area that is fairly prone to hurricanes, and it seems like every time one comes through we’re left with droves of people who just had no idea that something was going to happen (even though they talked about it on the news for a week) freaking out at the last minute trying to stab someone at the grocery store over the last jar of peanut butter. I don’t judge people who have the common sense to think about providing for their own families in an emergency, and I don’t think it’s crazy reality TV nonsense either. Better to do all that stuff and never need it than to need it and not have it.

    • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

      You are so right. I have a garage now for storage, so I have no reason not to be more prepared. Going to stock it with water and things now that I live in a “hurricane state.”

    • Paul White

      I need to get back to work on my prepper stockpiling. I’ve got 2 large water containers, a basic set of camping gear, etc. Need a propane stove, matches, firestarter, a good water purifier that isn’t battery operated, etc

    • Alex Lee

      I think with these survival shelters, one common component that I’ve observed is…

      firearms.

      Because it is one thing to secret away six months of provisions and something else entirely keeping those provisions yours for six months. Also, do your supplies include medical needs for six months (not just prescription medications but everyday health care needs and first-aid supplies)? A hoard like that would make you a VERY popular neighbor.

      Then again, I suppose there aren’t many illnesses that can’t be cured with enough vodka.

      It’s reassuring to know your home survived the disaster that was Hurricane Sandy – that should give you confidence that you wouldn’t have to totally bug-out in a doomsday situation – and give you a sense of how you, your family, and your community reacted to a disaster.

      I’ll admit, I watch “Hoarders: Buried Alive” more than I watch “Doomsday Preppers” – but they are similar, aren’t they? Couldn’t you say that a Prepper was just a hoarder with a better excuse?

      • Paul White

        My list of supplies includes 2 large containers of water, 2 of gas, enough bicycles for the family (if you need to get out and gas isn’t obtainable)…and 200 rounds for my .308 and 200 rounds for my 9mm. Add in 100 of buckshot for the shotgun (that’d go to my wife).

        Yes, it seems weird but I’ve talked to enough people that worked SARS in Katrina that I want to have it.

      • Emmali Lucia

        Katrina was horrifying.

        We were studying it in sociology and how everything basically went to shit and ALL the violent crime broke out.

      • Thalia

        Guns are illegal where I live, and it’s not easy getting hold of one. However, I learned that a bow and arrow can be quite effective against uninvited guests…

      • Blueathena623

        See, the prescription medicine issue worries me. Because of some dumb issue I can’t even do the 90 day thing with my main med, so at all times I only have, at max, one month. So I just have to hope that nothing really bad happens after the end of the month, or if something bad enough happens that people loot pharmacies, they will leave mine alone. It sucks knowing that at the time when my family would need me most, I’d go from an asset to a liability pretty darn quickly.

      • Rachel Sea

        My dad is an epileptic who needs a very specific medication, can tolerate no substitutes, and they will only give him 30 days at a time. When we refill his prescription he is down to a half day’s dose. Any disaster had better come at the beginning of a month, or we’re screwed. If it comes to the point of serious looting, I’m arming myself and running to all the local pharmacies that carry his med.

      • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

        Is there anyway you could start keeping that 1/2 a day dose over and saving it, thus starting a stockpile? Another trick that works is telling your doctor or pharmacist that your dad lost his meds (say, on an airplane or cruise, or where ever else it would make sense that they would be gone for good) and sometimes you can get another month’s worth.

        It’s scary not knowing where your prescriptions will come from after a disaster. This happened to a neighbor of mine after Sandy, she was on some pretty strong pain meds due to a severe medical condition, and she had a hell of a time getting new meds, seeing as her doctor’s office was destroyed, her paperwork lost and pretty much anything she could use to prove her point under 6 feet of water.

      • Rachel Sea

        There is never any extra to hold back. He can’t miss a dose or he’ll seize. Because he’s disabled and on state medical they are insanely stingy. If he ever loses his pills he has to go to the hospital ER to get more from the on-call neurologist. It’s a crazy system. I have so many stories about why it’s bad to be poor with a chronic condition.

        PS: Vaccines rule.

      • Blueathena623

        Rachel answered this, but you don’t mess around with medications that work with the brain’s electrical system, so to speak. The other thing is that the brain can be so stupidly particular, so even if you were able to get extra pills, the tiny amount they degrade in the X years until the disaster comes means they might not be as effective. And while this may not be that big of a deal with some medications, there can be a super super fine line between seizure/no seizure.

      • MoD

        If you rotate your extra stock you are ok – I would assume these meds are okay for a few months? My husband takes a daily medication for a medical condition, and luckily he has been able to stockpile an extra three months. He just uses the oldest bottle first.

      • Blueathena623

        There is a decent chance your dad, my dad, and I are taking the same medications :). If the world ends, I’ll loot some extra for your dad.

      • Annie

        That puts a dent in my “prepping” (is it bad that I see that word and equate it to anal play rather than doomsday scenarios?) as well. I’m one of those people homeopaths see in their worst nightmares, and can’t go longer than a few hours without meds. Kinda reliant upon them to keep me from turning into a sobbing, jibbering mess.

      • Paul White

        For me it’s my respiratory problems. I get bronchitis every damn year and I”ve had full blown pneumonia 5-6 times in my life. If that happens during a time I can’t get good antibiotics and an inhaler? I’m probably dead.

      • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

        “there aren’t many illnesses that can’t be cured with enough vodka” WORD

        I do have medical supplies, including extra prescriptions, first aid supplies and even pet medical supplies, and I was lucky enough to be raised by a nurse so I have basic skills. I took CPR classes and was certified in college. I think the certification needs to be renewed, but other than that I’m good to go.

        “Couldn’t you say that a Prepper was just a hoarder with a better excuse?” – This cracked me up! I think yours is my fave comment.

      • Evelyn

        Fire arms? We are doomed here unless I can repel the zombie hoards and anarchistic scavengers with a Nerf gun. On the plus side nobody else will have much more than the very occasional air rifle come the end of days here in the UK.

    • Tea

      Just don’t start going on about the liberal-induced impending apocalypse like my father-in-law.

      I wish that was a joke.

      Anyway, I think that emergency readiness is a great thing. Most of our supplies double for camping aside from food backup, and we can’t afford a generator. We had a rude awakening when the 2011 october blizzard hit within 12 hours of us making a cross-country move, and then suddenly we had no power, or water for over a week.

      • Paul White

        The problem with generators is how much gasoline they go through. They’re also not usually sufficient to power more than 2-3 appliances (which can be a godsend but it isn’t like you’re running your whole house and A/C on it). In the aftermath of ANY significant disaster, gasoline supplies dry up so if it last longer than a few days you’d better have a TON of gasoline handy.

      • Tea

        I can go without electricity, the water was the problem since we were renting a house with a well. Now we’re on city water, so it’s not a big deal unless it’s mid-summer.

        The only time I really wished I had one was a bad outage in mid-summer, and we have a chinchilla. We had to improvise how to keep him cool during the day when we couldn’t find a place with power to board him.

      • Alex Lee

        I want Survivor-Chinchilla show.

      • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

        The generator was good to run at night, but even for most of the day too, on an 8500 WATT generator we only went through about 10 gallons, running our fridge, hot plate, some lamps, and when it was an option our router for the internet (the internet came back up within 48 hours, we were out of electricity for weeks).

        There is also a natural gas option that is VERY efficient, but I believe you have to hack a regular unit to make one.

      • Tea

        I know you have herps (Bugs too I think?) What’s your strategy for your exotics in case of power loss?

      • Paul White

        I don’t have a good one. Worse to worse I can run a wood stove for a few days in the event of a winter time loss, but for summer? I got nothing but opening the doors and windows

      • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

        Have you tried Craigslist for a generator? We got our little backup one on CL for $50 and it was like new. That had to be scary!

      • Tea

        We’re in an apartment now and can’t have one, but thankfully that also means having city water. The only risk is for our exotic pets, the bugs are in trouble if we lose power in winter, and the chinchilla could bake in the summer, but we have tricks up our sleeve.

      • freemane

        I’m not sure how well this would work for chinchillas (I’m not sure how they handle humidity) but I’ve used terra cotta tiles soaked in water for my ferrets during crazy heat with no electricity. I’ve got no ideas for bugs…

      • Ktz

        I have made my brother stick a lizard in his shirt to keep he warm when we lost power in the winter. Another time I carted the critters to a friend’s who had power, a few other people did the same ad so there were three dogs, three cats, a budgie, seven lizards, two fish tanks, and I think a guinea pig.

      • Emmali Lucia

        Did I tell you about the time my air conditioning broke? I was so scared my little chinchy was going to fry, it was almost 100 those days I had to wait until they could fix it. So I put a bunch of water in bottles in the freezer, she loved to play with the bottles, and so then I started panicking that she was going to ingest the plastic.

      • Tea

        We do that, too! And a million tiles as well, our fridge looks kind of stupid in the summer.

      • Emmali Lucia

        Yayy! We should be on a “Doomsday Preppers: Chinchilla”

    • Emmali Lucia

      So is your generator in your attic or in your basement? Considering you live by the ocean having any of your survival gear in the basement probably is a bad idea, that’s the first place that floods and then you can’t get to anything.

      I am not a doomsday prepper, but I have enough paranoia for everyone on this website

      • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

        We live on a tiny strip of land that was once mostly beach, so the majority of homes here have no basement at all (which I think was a good thing during Sandy). We keep ours in a homemade deck-box thingy on our terrace. The smaller one we keep in a shed in the back, but it’s small enough even I could get it up to our apartment if need be (and have).

        We actually live in a three family home, in a three bedroom apartment on the second floor, the first floor apartment was completely destroyed.

    • Paul White

      Disaster response has been part of my day job.
      I’d have to say good for you for being prepared; too many people aren’t.
      Be able to both shelter in place and evacuate yourself with basic essentials; don’t count on FEMA shelters being great places to stay. Have a bug out kit that you can carry or cart on a bicycle.

      • Shelly Lloyd

        I need to find these 5 gallon collapsible water jugs. I’m not a dooms-day prepper, but I live in hurricane central and while it has been quite this year I would love to have some collapsible water jugs. That way we can fill them up right before and not have to store so many water jugs.

      • Paul White

        WalMart and amazon both have them; they’re wonderful!

    • Amanda Rene Slinger

      Eh, your not so bad. I live on a farm in the Midwest, most of us stockpile food just because its what everyone does out here. Hell, my in laws have 3 deep freezes! There’s only the two of them! But at least when the zombies come all we have to do is go about our normal business just add a shotgun and we are good to go. We even have non gas powered transportation in the form of hay burners.

    • Ptownsteveschick

      This inspires me to get going at least on our bug out bags. Living inside the tsunami evac zone doesn’t much make me want to hoard tons of canned goods and prep my house since I will most likely have to leave it. I do need to get more camping gear though at trail supplies. Its a long walk back to civilization through the forest if the coast gets washed out.

      • Alex Lee

        I have to re-inventory which hard drive has all the *important files* on it…

    • LiteBrite

      Whenever I watch “Doomsday Preppers” with my husband, I admit I laugh right along with him. But secretly I admire their preparedness because, as you have found out, shit can most definitely hit the fan. And secretly I think our family is woefully under-prepared should some shit seriously hit the fan.

      What have I done about it? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Because despite my secret admiration of prepared people I’m lazy as hell.

    • Evelyn

      We are sort of accidentally prepared. For example we have a ridiculous amount of pasta but this is because my husband buys it in bulk when it is on special offer and it doesn’t go bad for a very long time. For that reason we have enough hand soap that it has to be stored in several small cupboards. If gas and lecy go we have a closed stove wood burner along with fuel to warm enough of the house to be livable for much of a bad winter. The problem is that because it isn’t really a preparation for disaster thing, but is an enough money to buy in bulk when things are cheap thriftiness thing, we are missing a lot of vital stuff and have huge amounts of some things we wouldn’t care about in an emergency. Basically my husband is the type who rushes out to buy loads of stamps the day before they hike the price rather than the kind who practically prepares for disaster and I lack even that forethought.

      • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

        I love buying in bulk because A.) I am thrifty as hell, and B.) It makes preparing for things like a blackout or a storm easier. I also just get a little thrill out of a good deal, which probably means I have some serious issues, lol.

    • Shelly Lloyd

      As a native Floridian I do not blame you for being prepared. Now I’m always up for a good hurricane party, but that doesn’t mean that I do not have my hurricane kit, my closest full of TP, water, canned goods, candles, matches, batteries and manual can opener. I even have one of these: http://www.benmeadows.com/energizer-weather-ready-weather-radio-lantern_s_184802/?gclid=CLqm3pmIybkCFSdk7Aode0wAjQ&CID=BMPL10&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=184802&ef_id=UJFZnwAAAObEK3u7:20130913190341:s Oh and lots of tequila. Can not survive a good storm without it.

      • matt30fl

        Back in 04 when we got hit by 4 of them in about 6 weeks we went from stocking up on water and canned goods for Charley, to my wife seeing Ivan on its way and deciding by then to do the supply shopping at a liquor store.

      • Shelly Lloyd

        LOL, I so remember that year. I think Charley was the only storm that year that we didn’t loose power with. That was one hurricane season I was glad to see the end of. If we ever see another year like that one I will be the first one lining up at the liquor store. I have lived here all my life and that was the first time I have ever seen ARMED GUARDS at the ice chest of almost all the local grocery stores that were able to open.

      • aliceblue

        I grew up in FL. Don’t forget have secure stoppers on the bathtubs so you can fill them to use the water to flush the toilets. Bad enough when the AC goes out but no toilets – that is Doomsday!

      • Shelly Lloyd

        Yep, we do that too. And the sinks.

    • TwentiSomething Mom

      I have a crapload of family out in Rockaway Beach, some right on Shore Front Pkwy so they now know you need to be prepared for ANYTHING after what they experienced during Sandy. They had lots of tuna, water and cold Chef Boyardee until they were able to siphon gas out of another car and put into theirs and drive to Brooklyn to get some real food.

      • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

        I wish I had been writing for Mommyish them, and you were a reader, maybe we could have talked and I could have helped! I live legit a block from Shorefront PKWY, I know exactly what you’re talking about. My husband is the MASTER at siphoning gas, lol!

    • G.E. Phillips

      Sing it, sister. Sandy was one of the worst things I’d ever seen in terms of damage. I live on the central power grid in my city, and got VERY, VERY lucky, but so many people I know lost power and water for over a week. I don’t blame you at all for being super prepared.

      Also, kind of random, but I once saw this episode of “I Survived” where this guy got stuck in his car in an avalanche for 13 days. So I always keep bottled water and granola bars in my car now. In case I’m ever, you know, stuck in an avalanche….in southwestern CT.

      • Blueathena623

        I do that. I don’t care if I’m always driving within a mile of people, I have bottles of water and food in my car at all times. When I vacationed in Arizona and rented a car, my husband said I made the car tilt I had so many gallons of water in there.

      • Emmali Lucia

        I live in Oregon and occasionally I have to drive through the mountains (We have Mt. Hood, famous for killing at least five people a year, that’s the mountain I have to drive through every now and then). I have five quick-light logs and I always bring so much extra food and water people think I’m donating it to a food bank, that and warm clothes with a blanket.

    • Muggle

      I lived through both Hurricane Isabel and Hurricane Irene, in North Carolina, taking a direct hit with both. Isabel knocked out power for a week in my neighborhood. Three days worth of food isn’t nearly enough in that case, I’d recommend getting enough food for at least a week. AT LEAST. Along with batteries, candles, flashlights, radios, and water.

    • lizinthelibrary

      I don’t even have kids (yet) and I’m a doomsday prepper. I live in Alaska, in an earthquake zone, with several volcanoes that can go off between us and the rest of the world stopping air traffic (almost happened a few years ago). So yeah we have more than the usual amounts of preparedness stuff. If something happens bad and we are cut off, we are CUT OFF in a very real and scary way from the rest of the world. We’re the largest city around for thousands of miles, literally thousands of miles. But I will be fine for months from my house alone without having to eat pets or neighbors.

      • logica

        Me too! I think most people in Alaska are preppers in some sense, because like you said, in an emergency we could get cut off from the world in very literal way. I am not sure where you live, but I am up in central Alaska and in the winter temperatures can get down so low that it is nearly impossible to leave the house. It always good to be prepared, as long as you aren’t forcing your kids to run around in hazmat gear and having weekly bio-attack drills.

    • Annie

      idk if that’s really doomsday prepping. I live in one of those states you see on the news bi-annually for getting leveled by tornadoes and keep a fair amount of canned goods, water, that kinda thing. It’s just commonsense, especially when you live somewhere prone to environmental hazards.

    • Audrey

      This does not seem outrageous for living in the Far Rockaways. Bottom line, people need to be prepared for natural disaster type situations that are possible in their area of the world. While I don’t have much in the way of hurricane preparedness, I grew up in Buffalo, and you better believe that most people I know had a pretty substantial survival kit in their car just in case a blizzard hit. Especially the oldies who lived through the blizzard of 77, where my parents remember being able to climb out of their second story windows onto the snowbanks.

      • AP

        I agree, too. I just moved to an earthquake zone, and half of my emergency supplies are still buried in boxes. I’m just crossing my fingers nothing bad happens before I can take the time to put stuff together.

    • LET

      Hubby & I have discussed this. I actually think it’s a good idea, but we honestly don’t have the time/money/space for a canned food stock pile (we do have a fair amount of rice/pasta/dried beans, but that’s just because Costco has good prices :) ). That said, I honestly think we’re pretty emergency prepared, even without the canned goods. We lived in our house a month without a shower & proper electricity (long story…), so I know we can be creative & make do. Our heat source is a wood stove (we have tons of trees on the property). We could easily hunt & forage for food to survive quite a while on our property (we have killed & butchered a deer on the property & we plenty of other wildlife, including a flock of wild turkeys, though we haven’t eaten one yet because neither of us wants the responsibility of plucking). I’m actually surprised by my ability to be comfortable in situations I never considered before. I grew up very metropolitan, and even my girlfriends think I’m a bit crazy. We do live a very comfortable life, and are foodies who love culture, but I have learned a lot about where I live & how to be prepared & I love having the confidence that we would do okay, for at least a while, in a disaster.

    • rccola

      aw man. I’m from Rhode Island and we are most certainly a real state.

    • MoD

      I’m also a (secret) prepper! I have a wonderful tall cabinet in my basement with all sorts of fun things in it. I even have a couple packed bugout bags. The most we’ve gotten to actually utilize is the camplight when we lost power for a couple hours. But now my husband actually appreciates my prepping!

      Back in the day, prepping was just common sense. I come from a long line of farmers. My grandma had an actual bedroom just full of shelves of food – beyond a stocked kitchen, two big deep freezes, and a cellar stocked full. Granted, she was out in the middle of nowhere and a lot of the food went past expirations.

      So I’m a little more careful to rotate through my food and try to be realistic, since I live in a city and don’t have unending storage space in my house.

      I still want to get a generator and am on the fence with getting a firearm. I’m not super comfortable with a firearm in the house with my son. My husband has a bow, but up against a gun…

      • aliceblue

        If you were a prepper before prepping was cool are you a hipster prepper? :) Seriously though, I’m that way too although I call it a “hospital bag” rather than bugout (never again will I be in a hospital with nothing to read and then have to pay $6 for generic Pepto Bismal!) I like the title “prepper” — at least if you compare it to “hoarder.”

    • http://maitribathbody.com/ Maitri

      I make my own soap so at the very least we’ll be the cleanest family on the block, if not the most well fed. In my old house I had a food storage area, but in my new one I don’t. Gotta get on that…

    • Jamie Clemons

      My wife don’t know that I have a bucket of food stashed.

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    • Thalia

      Perhaps even more important: medication! I have raging ADHD and without my meds, I will can’t concentrate long enough to eat a meal, let alone cook one!

      Also, think about your pets. You really don’t want to fight kitty over that last can of spam, do you? ;)

      Final tip: SOLAR OVEN. BUILD ONE.

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