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    I am 61 years young,( yes some do live that long), and have on occasion tried to talk with my neighbors about prepping.
    They are around the same age as I am and upon me bringing up the subject, they look at me like I have a third eye in the middle of my forehead.
    I am trying to prep but the thought that when the SHTF and I am all alone how will I be able to sustain what I have.

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    Sounds like the story of Noah the original prepper. I myself am surrounded by knotheads. I have plans to get out of town or keep everything as secretive as possible.
    SQUARE PEG IN A ROUND HOLE

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    • #3
      Originally posted by tbkbtk123 View Post
      I am 61 years young,( yes some do live that long), and have on occasion tried to talk with my neighbors about prepping.
      They are around the same age as I am and upon me bringing up the subject, they look at me like I have a third eye in the middle of my forehead.
      I am trying to prep but the thought that when the SHTF and I am all alone how will I be able to sustain what I have.
      Proceed with Caution:
      That part about you being alone won't be the case if the SH_T truly hits the fan. Those neighbors of yours may be coming for your stuff since they may now have a pretty good idea your a prepper/survivalist. OPSEC:

      Operations Security, or OPSEC, is keeping potential adversaries from discovering our/your critical information. As the name suggests, it protects our/your operations, prepardness status, plans etc, in progress, and those completed. Success depends on secrecy and surprise, so that no one can take away what you have worked so hard to achiveve or collect to accomplish the mission (SURVIVE!!!) with less risk. Our adversaries (possibly your neighbors) may want our/your information, supplies etc., if the need should arise and they don't prep!!! Their is strength in numbers, but in this case it might work to your disadvantage. The strength may come from the neighbors massing against you to take what you got!

      Protecting Critical Information

      Even though information may not be secret, it can be what we call critical information. Critical information deals with specific facts about your intentions, capabilities, supplies, operations or activities. If an adversary (possible neighbor) knew this detailed information, your mission accomplishment (to survive) and personnel safety could be jeopardized/compromized. It must be protected to ensure an possible adversary doesn't gain a significant advantage.

      By the way you never responded back to your own post concerning a possible SKS rifle purchase, makes me wonder if I'm wasting my time sir responding to your inquiry? Kinda rude, maybe that's one of the reasons participation suffers?
      Last edited by Bayou Blaster; 10-29-2010, 09:25 PM. Reason: Additional Info/Typo

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      • #4
        Originally posted by tbkbtk123 View Post
        .... have on occasion tried to talk with my neighbors about prepping .... they look at me like I have a third eye in the middle of my forehead.
        I don't initiate prep discussions .... ever. If the situation warrants I will initiate dialogue reference ongoing events that led the rest of us to where we are. If taking precautions comes up I stay with it but I do not go into any detail of my personal arraignments. You're looking for allies .... DON'T!!!! When the time is right we'll find each other ....

        Bayou .... + 1000


        O.W.
        Things are seldom what they seem.

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        • #5
          In regard to Bayou Blaster, You are right and I am wrong about not responding to my question about an SKS. I am fairly new to this type of communication,(Blogs), but that does not excuse rudeness.
          I will go to that post and add information and thank you for telling me of my error.
          Last edited by tbkbtk123; 10-30-2010, 08:07 PM. Reason: Misspellings

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          • #6
            No Problem Sir. Hope you are enjoying the SKS and it provides you with safe and reliable service. If you ever have any problems with it or have additional questions please don't hesitate to ask. One other thing; crisis situations either bring out the best or the worse in people. Hopefully you will be able to encounter those "Best" people quickly once the panic button has been pushed.

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            • #7
              I have not told anyone about what I have or what I might do when SHTF but I just was talking about the current situations and that I had heard that some had done this or that.
              I am very security minded with what I say or do but I do appricate the advice.
              Last edited by tbkbtk123; 10-31-2010, 01:41 AM. Reason: Mispellings

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              • #8
                This has been on my mind a lot lately. As BB and OW have pointed out, I would never want to show my hand to anyone, unless I'm fully prepared and willing to take them in, or fight them off when it crashes. At the same time it would be awesome to have a few families if not all in my neighborhood putting back a few days/months/years worth of supplies. I've been toying around a bit with this idea:
                I was thinking about printing off a page or two from the FEMA website concerning disaster prep for events that may pertain to my area. They have different sections for different disasters (Since different areas are prone to different events)



                Once I get these info packets printed, I was thinking I might, under the cover of darkness, tuck a few behind the mailbox flags of a few neighbors (including my own to avoid getting identified). Now I wouldn't expect a cheesey flier from FEMA to set my neighbors on fire for prepping, but it would open the door for conversation with out it looking as though it was my idea. Something like:

                Hey George! Nice weather today. How's the family? Say... Did you get some crazy FEMA flier on your mailbox the other day? Yeah, me too. Thought it was some kind of joke at first, but some of it actually made sense. I remember that ice storm a few years ago when the power was out for a few days. I guess it would have been nice to have some extra food on hand. Did you give it any thought George?

                Just an idea...
                The 12ga.... It's not just for rabbits anymore.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by slowz1k View Post
                  ....I was thinking about printing off a page or two from the FEMA website concerning disaster prep for events that may pertain to my area. I was thinking I might, under the cover of darkness, tuck a few behind the mailbox flags of a few neighbors (including my own to avoid getting identified).
                  .... but it would open the door for conversation with out it looking as though it was my idea. Something like: "Hey George! Nice weather today. How's the family? Say... Did you get some crazy FEMA flier on your mailbox the other day? Yeah, me too. Thought it was some kind of joke at first, but some of it actually made sense. I remember that ice storm a few years ago when the power was out for a few days. I guess it would have been nice to have some extra food on hand. Did you give it any thought George?"

                  Just an idea...
                  Great idea Slowz.

                  O.W.
                  Things are seldom what they seem.

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                  • #10
                    I was once confronted with serious and large channeling of funds out of a large corperation into an off shore account. The company I worked for delt in Billions of dollars and this was $100,000 a month, over many years, a small percentage and covered in the LP statments issued every 3 months, no one noticed, no one cared as long as 'they' felt comfortable'.
                    I was told to" Ignore it" I was told that it was a slush fund to bribe corrupt goverments,,becuse they were corrupt and that was how the world was.
                    I decided to relocate to a place that was less corrupt. That was 19 years ago, and now it is all starting again. The corruption, and soon, the oppression, and next the counter revolution that stands for Freedom against Tyranry and the nation torn apart so that the real axis of evile shows itself.
                    No; do not warn your neighbors; do not tell them of your preps! They are adults, they have seen the politcal signs, they have laid thier plans for thier children's futures.
                    Try to tell your neighbor that his family will die soon, in the near future or even 4 months from 'now' No, humanity does not work that way!
                    Last edited by kenno; 11-01-2010, 08:07 AM.
                    The road to serfdom is paved with free electric golf carts.

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                    • #11
                      I still bring up the subject when it seems fitting, and find the same old response. It's incredibly stupid that even today, when we're being hit right between the eyes with the handwriting on the wall, most refuse to recognize what's coming. So, I speak about it to those who matter to me and forget about the others. And yes, I too get weary of being considered 'that' weirdo who thinks the world as we know it will soon "end".... and those ignorant people who say, "Well I'm coming to your place if there's trouble." will have a rude awakening. Lady B

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                      • #12
                        Not in this life time. The only people that know anything are the family members. I share nada with strangers and most of my neighbors are just that, strangers.
                        As Zombie Axe would say...
                        "Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty."

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Skyowl View Post
                          Not in this life time. The only people that know anything are the family members. I share nada with strangers and most of my neighbors are just that, strangers.
                          I guess that I am going to have to adapt the same policy, segrigate myself from my neighbors. I like most my age range was taught to get to know your neighbors and give help as needed but with the coming situation, I believe that it might be best to taking care of me and mine alone.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bayou Blaster View Post
                            OPSEC: Operations Security
                            We've juggled this too. We unload mass groceries quietly after dark w/o lights.

                            At work, I just tell them that I'm worried because all the economists are advising stocking up on food.

                            I don't tell them that we've been stocking beans and bullets for about 2 years.
                            "If Howdy Doody runs against him, I'm voting for the puppet." - SkyOwl's Wife, 2012

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