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What's all the excitment about? "Preppers" Here in Southern LA we've all prepped in some way or another. Ever stocked up for that advancing Hurricane? Of course we all have. But I have a confession to make.... I'm bumping it up a level. The memories of Katrine have been stirred up by the scenes of the aftermath of Sandy. The government can only do so much and when they do it usually becomes a cluster *. I would rather be in my home than standing in line waiting for a bottle of water. I would rather rely on myself. Here in LA we know that you need to stock up. You need to fill those water jugs and your bathtubs with extra water. You need to have your BBQ pit supplies ready. Only in LA can we turn hurricane recovery into a block party. See! you're a prepper. I'm learning how to pickle and can from my mother-in-law. Now she's my best friend! Never saw that coming! I don't think I'm a "Doomsday Prepper" but I do see the wisdom. I'm seeing being prepared as being smart. All that talk about falling off the "Fiscal Cliff" applies to my family too. Just this week the Twinkle became no more and more people got laid off. The unemployment rose by A LOT this week (go figure). I'm concern about my job, my husband's job and my boys' jobs... it can all go away so quickly now. Yea, I'm taking it to the next level...

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Comment by Jai on August 6, 2013 at 7:36am

Feeding the pups is important mainly because they can become a source of protection, a great alarm system and if train right a guard dog. Even "ankle biters" serve a purpose. When the SHTF you will need all the advantages you can get. Plus dogs can fend for themselves when worst comes to worse. Don't freak out but like in the movie "The Patriot", "Let's burn the papers and eat the dogs!" OMG! I love my little furry friend and that thought makes me sick but we won't be living in the same world. Part of my prep supply is dry & canned dog food. Vacuum seal the dry food and it'll last forever and won't take up much room. 

Comment by Kellie Petitfils on August 6, 2013 at 1:42am

I may be crazy, but I also worry about being able to feed my dogs when all of this goes down.  I don't  know if I should be buying dry and trying to stash it...I just don't know...I know there are wild hogs everywhere...but to process one and to dry it or preserve it....just seems overwhelming.

Comment by Jai on August 3, 2013 at 6:09am

I heard that Stuller is hiring! They are looking for 10 people to do special events and telemarketing. The pay is good too. Check it out. The best advice is "READ and READ some more when it comes to preppering. Stay focused and try not to buy into all the commerical side of preppering because it can get expensive. There's a Gun Show in Lafayette Aug. 10 - 11. If you can check that out because there's always some guys that sell neat stuff there. The biggest key to this is Secret... if everyone knows what you are doing, when the SHTF and people get hungry you become a target. Helping your neighbor is a good thing but your neighbor can become your enemy real quick. This is the dark side that no one likes to talk about. Think about taking your name off this site and choose your friends wisely. There are prepper groups you can join but they tend to be close knit. If you can get AOC Open Channel in Lafayette check out Freedom Forum on Wednesday night

Comment by Sonya LeBlanc Pickett on July 31, 2013 at 4:33pm

I just finished college and cannot find a job. Thank God my husband still has a job. We are doing the same thing, when we go shopping we by extra and put it away. We are always checking dates on can goods and buy the 2015 and above dates on can goods. I have not learned how to can yet but intend on trying. We are trying to prepare for the next disaster(hurricane Obama)!! any extra advise on preparing would be helpful.

Comment by Jai on July 30, 2013 at 4:52am

No, but I have tried it out with food dye and it filtered out the color.  I tried it out with some water from the rain barrel and it tasted good.

Comment by Kellie Petitfils on July 29, 2013 at 4:24pm

 That's  the brand I was looking at getting.  Glad to hear it works.  Have you tried it on lake or bayou water?

Comment by Jai on July 25, 2013 at 7:36am

We have a Berkey Watering System that will purifly about 8 gallons of water in about an hour and a hand held backup system for camping, not to mention drinking straws (filters that fit in your pocket) that you can drink free running water thru

Comment by Kellie Petitfils on July 24, 2013 at 11:33pm

What kind of water filtration system are you all looking at?  I want to get one, but am not sure what to go for. 

Comment by BL on November 18, 2012 at 4:29pm

You're so right - only in La. can we turn hurricane recovery into a block party!  And too often people think "bottled water" and forget they can fill the tub, all the pots in the kitchen, the washing machine, etc.  Having supplies in advance of events means you're not fighting the crowds at Wal-Mart or trying to find "D" batteries at the last minute - things sell out quickly.  As for that "Fiscal Cliff"....buying food on sale and stocking up makes sense!

Comment by Monica L. Scott on November 18, 2012 at 2:22pm
I'm with ya sister!!

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