Anyone Else Bringing Their Y2K Emergency Supplies Out of Mothballs?

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  1. Jay Taylor

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    Is anyone else bringing the emergency supplies they purchased for Y2K out of mothballs?
    I’ve restocked the emergency food & water, & checked out the ‘wind-up’ radio & generators.
    Still no gas masks though.
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    Nope...business as usual here.
    Not gonna let them get the best of me and turn me into a paranoid survivalist.
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    The only Y2k emergency supplies I bought were some 10 gallon water jugs and a couple of 5 gallon plastic gas cans.
    Neither were used for Y2K. I just never got around to filling them up. Heh. [​IMG] I did pull out my gas cans shortly after the attacks (when stations were raising prices to $5 a gallon) & filled them up at the gas station down the street. Emptied them both into my RV two days later when prices stayed the same...
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    y2k survival supplies? Did people actually do that? Oh all ye of little faith.
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    My only Y2K survival supply was a 6-pack of Coors Light. [​IMG]
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    "What do you people have against being prepared?"
    I'm currently buying more water than usual, but that's because I had an accident with my previous supply. I buy 5 gallons packaged in 2 2-1/2 gal containers in a cardboard box and one of them leaked. Naturally, it was one on the bottom and one stack tipped and took out the rest. 75 gallons spread all over my garage floor [​IMG]
    But Bill has it right (and thanks for the idea about dust masks!). People should have supplies to last through a natural disaster. Personally, I feel three days of supplies is a bit too short, but whatever you have is better than nothing. But whatever you do, don't get food and water that you might have to "dust off". Get stuff you use and rotate it. I drink a lot of water, so I like to keep a good amount on hand.
    Oh, there was one thing I bought for Y2K but that was really just a lame excuse. This was just so darn cute: www.rmvolcano.com I use it a lot actually.
    BTW, my quote at the start, and indeed in my .sig, are from my favorite paranoid survivalist - Burt Gummer from the incredible Tremors series. Seriously, it's a shame that being prepared is somehow equated to being a paranoid nutjob fighting off giant sandworms or the like...
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    BTW, is Anthrax a spore or a bacteria? I've seen it described as both as you can breathe it in, absorb it through the skin, eat it in raw meat, or drink it.
    Being a spore and passable through the skin, I imagine a water filter wont really work on it, say a .2micron water filter... Am I correct?
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    Y2K gave many people the incentive to purchase the emergency supplies they’ve always needed for tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes and other disasters. It became a practice exercise in emergency preparedness.
    For many like myself, acquiring emergency supplies is fun and makes us feel and actually be more secure. After all, when you live in tornado alley, waiting for an F5 tornado to bear down on you is a bad time to decide to dig a storm cellar.
    Now a possible disaster near the bottom of the list has been moved to the top: Terrorism.
    Deciding whether or not to have emergency supplies on hand is a personal decision. All we have to do is look around the living room at our family and decide will we be Mr. Macho, ignore the threat, and therefore jeopardize the safety and security of our family? Or will we increase our family's safety and security by being prepared?
    For my family it’s a no brainer, we’re prepared and will increase our preparedness now that chemical/biological attack is more feasible.
    Lets see, what was that line from ‘The Godfather’? Something about ‘women & children can be careless, but men must not....’
    In our society, women like Julie K and my wife are among the most well prepared, but I think you can get my point.
    Being prepared is a sign of strength, not paranoia.
    It makes our country stronger, not weaker.
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    The only threat of disaster here is getting snowed in. And in the winter we have canned food ready for an emergency. If the power goes out we could use one of the fifty candle the woman keeps in the bedroom and a camp stove is always downstairs. As far as terrorism here, in the middle of nowhere, I don't think we'll be a target. More people worked in the WTC than in this tiny town.
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    I stocked up on gasoline and propane the day the planes hit the WTC. Went to buy gas masks today...none to be found at all!!!!!!
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    So... besides a gas mask, how would one protect against injesting it via the water supply? Iodine, filter, purifier? I would think that anything that can be absorbed through the skin is smaller than any water filter can filter, but I'm not sure. How would iodine supposedly handlesviruses in addition to the nasty Giardia, Cryptospirosis. I'm not sure if the labs would be testing filters/purifiers to things like Anthrax as the intended application is not terrorism, but backpackers and stuff...
    Makes one wonder so I'm curious...
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    As a backpacker I'd bet that those iodine tabs would kill just about anything. They make the water taste liks total ass though. Boiling would work better probably.
    Do a little searching online about chemical and biological weapons to start think about what you could do about them. (hint: the answer is nothing)
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