They never learn

WILMINGTON, N.C. (CBS/AP) — Coastal residents fleeing a potentially devastating blow from Hurricane Florence encountered empty gasoline pumps and depleted store shelves as the monster storm neared the Carolina coast with 125 mph winds and drenching rain that could last for days.
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How damned hard is it to put a week’s worth of canned goods (vegetables, canned meats) potatoes, and rice back for emergencies? How hard is it to maintain stock on those items?
Same thing with dog food. Buy 4-5 cases or a 40 pound bag of dried dog food and rotate that shit out. Dogs have to eat too.
People are screaming because they can’t find bottled water on the shelves. How about going to Tractor Supply and buying 2-3 of those blue 5 gallon cans and filling them up? Tap water may not taste that great but it ain’t going to kill you unless you live in Eastern Kentucky or West Virginia. I’ve got mine out in my shed.

What about gas? I never ever let myself get below a tank’s worth of gas in cans in the shed and a half a tank in the truck. That pipeline mess in Alabama a while back taught me a lesson – you couldn’t find gas in Macon County for several days after that happened and I didn’t have but 10 gallons in cans.
Now I try to keep my truck full and I’ve got 30 gallons in cans that I rotate out monthly, plus I’ve got a full tank in my generator.
If I had to jump in the truck and escape some emergency right now, I could drive 800 miles before I even had to start thinking about getting gas.

If we were stuck here and couldn’t get away, I could survive for months with the food we’ve got here. My biggest inconvenience would be running out of Copenhagen because I only keep a roll on hand at any given time, but that’ll last me a month.

Gotta think ahead, people. Sure, you may not be able to afford to buy all that stuff at once, so piecemeal it together by buying a little at a time.
Go to the Save-a-lot or some other discount store and buy off-brand canned goods at half the price of Del Monte and other name brands. It’ll taste just fine when you’re hungry.
I’ve always preached buying a box of ammo every week to build up a stockpile. The same thing applies to food and other essentials.

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40 Responses to They never learn

  1. drjim says:

    Preach it, Brother!

    My wife always had an “Earthquake Kit” back in Kommiefornia, and I sloooowly expanded it to include a lot of things she hadn’t thought about, like a camp stove with fuel, a bunch of freeze-dried food, and a whole lot of other stuff, like the water filters you clued me in on.

  2. Tsquared says:

    I don’t have that many prepps at the house because they are at the BOL. However I do keep 2 five gallon fuel cans in the garage along with my yard work 2.5 gal can. The first time I need to fill up my truck every month they get emptied into my truck, I will top off the truck, and refill the gas cans.

  3. Paul S says:

    Excellent advice. I do the same, although I do need to refill gas cans tomorrow. In our house we enjoy it when the power goes out as we are totally set up with food, LED lights, batt radio, etc. We’ll play cards, read, and listen to Outlaw country. I like to sip rum in the evening. Generator if we need to charge up batts or the freezers. When we figure we’ll lose hydro and the ability to pump water without using the generator we make sure the bathtub is full for flushing toilets and we have a large drum filled with fresh rain water. Boiled coffee and bacon and eggs for breakfast. These guys are going to get rain in feet. How hard is it to set a bucket outside with a brick or some steel in it, or dig it in. Nothing sweeter than fresh rainwater. Woodstove for heat, year round. Life is good.

    • Wirecutter says:

      Yup, I’ve got an emergency bottle of bourbon myself.
      Damn, I just realized I’m out of lamp oil – I need to pick up a gallon tomorrow.
      We heat the living area with wood in the winter but I’m seriously considering buying a kerosene heater for the bedroom end of the house. Seeing as it’s not a necessity I could probably get by with stockpiling 10 gallons of coal oil for it. Unlike gas, that shit doesn’t go bad.

      • drjim says:

        Have you looked into pellet stoves? Some of our in-laws have them and love them. You can heat the house nice and warm all winter here for about $300 worth of pellets. Home Depot sells a “Pallet ‘O Pellets” and gives free delivery.

        • Wirecutter says:

          I thought about it but I didn’t have to pay for wood last year, and I’ve got enough cut and split to last a couple more years.

        • Bacon says:

          Pellet stoves are nice and cozy when everything is working but they are relatively high maintenance and very few of them work when the electricity goes out.

          Also, in theory you can buy a pellet press, but in theory it’s impractical to feed one with homemade pellets, so they’re almost useless once you run out of factory made fuel.

      • Jeffery in Alabma says:

        As most know, diesel fuel can be burned in coal oil (kerosene) lamps. I burn it all the time in tiki torches and hurricane lamps outside. The smell indoors is a little stronger than a high grade of kerosene, but in pinch it will work. Speaking of kerosene, I have found that if it can be found at a filling station, it usually is much cheaper than WalMart or other retail stores. A gallon of kerosene or diesel will provide a lot of light for pennies. Don’t forget spare wicks!

  4. Jeffery in Alabama says:

    Those are words to live by Ken.

    Learn it, know it, live it.

  5. Aesop says:

    Word!
    That was rant-tastic!

    Well said.

  6. arc says:

    Had to scream at someone in NC earlier in the week. “We NEVER get hit with storms!!!” Link to wikipedia states that NC has been affected by 413 storms in the last 100 years.

    “Dad sold all the tools off and we can’t afford plywood…” then Go to the recycling center and get some oven racks, break up an old washing machine for sheet metal, old roofing tin, Its free too. not that difficult. Sacrifice a bloody book shelf if you got nothing else.

    I have an uncanny sense that I was speaking to a minority that wants everything done for them. Nothing can be done for these people.

  7. Gator says:

    I don’t get it either, you live in a fucking hurricane prone area. How do you not have all this shit already? A sterno stove with some extra fuel, soap, plastic forks, spoons, knives, plates, bowls, etc, plus paper towels and everything necessary to prepare canned/freeze dried food for a couple weeks all fits neatly in a big rubbermaid bin. Best part is none of that stuff really goes bad so it can just sit there in the garage. And how the hell do you not have a generator? We wouldn’t even be touching the canned foods and would be eating like kings for a few days just getting rid of the best of the meats in the freezer before the genny ran out of fuel.

    Same with gas. A place down the street sells 91 octane ethanol free. Its like 3.15 a gallon right now (I think) and I keep at least 4 5 gallon cans of it in the shed. I have another 15 gallon can on wheels with a pump I can put in a little trailer hitch basket too. I can go 750-800 miles on that plus whts in the vehicle. People are fucking stupid. Apparently none of them saw those people stuck on I75/95 trying to leave FL when all the gas stations were empty. That shoudl have served as a wake up call to people, but apparently it did not.

  8. Skipperdaddy says:

    I had the pleasure of driving thru both North and South Caroline today heading to Jax to crew on. Whatta goat fuck. They had I26 westbound only in all 4 lanes so from Columbia on had to take two lane detours all the way to I95. Troopers everyfuckin where keeping everyone to the backroad speed limits. Got to Jax and the hotel Iusually stay at had doubled the rate. I told the old sandnigger he was jacking the hurricane folks and that was fucked up. Went down the road to a shithole and saved 50. I am prepped to the fucking gills. Thier failure to plan does not constitute an emergency on my part.

  9. Terry says:

    I store ethanol free gas with stabilizer in it for the generator. Find it here https://www.pure-gas.org/
    I see at least three places near you.

    • Wirecutter says:

      Yeah, I buy mine for my small engines at Swifty’s there on 52. It’s not even listed on the site.
      I rotate my gas out between my mower (5 gallons a week) and my truck, so it never sits for more than a month. I still go through a hell of a lot of StaBil just in case.

      • drjim says:

        5 gallons a week for your mower? Sheesh…how much area do you have to mow?

        • Wirecutter says:

          3 acres of my own and a half acre of the property next door so I can see around the bend in the road, otherwise I’ll get creamed pulling out of my driveway because the grass blocks the view once it gets above a foot tall.
          It’s actually closer to 4 gallons, but still…

  10. brighteyes says:

    I have always had a pantry. Why have a pantry half full? I keep it stocked. I run only non ethanol gas in my small engines so always have about thirty gal. on hand. I also have whole house solar but no battery back up so have a generator. In Va. I did a bored well instead of a drilled. It was 36″ across and 50′ deep. Pull the top and drop a bucket with a rope and I had water. Piss on a drilled 6″ or 9″ well. I forget what the drilled are in diameter cuz I wouldn’t have one if if I didn’t need it.

  11. Roger says:

    Same thing here in Florida. Two kinds of people, thems that take care of themselves and thems that expect to be taken care of. We’ve been through a bunch of hurricanes and the worst problems have been putting up and taking down the hurricane shutters. (royal pain in the ass)
    Keep plenty of fuel, food & water.
    All you good folks in the Carolinas remember to make sure your genny is secure with a chain, a big nasty chain, your fuel too. Things can get pretty interesting when the unprepared decide that your preps are “community property”

  12. Sedition says:

    In the Florida panhandle, we call fuckers like that FEMA Bitches…They’ll be drinking water and eating PB&Js while I’m out back grilling chicken and drinking either Gatorade or beer.

  13. Skip says:

    Called my sister in Waynesville, NC and she thinks they’ll only get 2-3″ of rain.
    Hope she’s right.

  14. Orville Pounder says:

    Don’t forget Toilet Paper. Take time to fill the washing machine and bath tub/s. Helps for flushing.

  15. fjord says:

    That sounds like work./s

  16. Kenny the Scot says:

    I had to do a little “prepping” just now before I went in for surgery. I knew I’d be fucked up when I came out, not able to drive to the shops or anything like that, so I did some big shops beforehand, got loads of tinned stuff, and made sure I had plenty toilet roll, haha …

    I have to say that once again, I’ve seen that there are some really good people around, still. Some of my neighbours have been great, taking me over to the health centre, getting stuff for me, visiting, etc. It’s when you’re in a tough spot that you see what people are really made of, I find.

    • MT says:

      Too right! That’s when you know who your friends are. Hope you are feeling better. Best wishes from Montana, USA.

  17. NewVegasBadger says:

    This restores my lack of faith in humanity. I have zero sympathy for people who live in a low flat land that is KNOWN to have hurricanes and then when one hits them, wait to last minute to prepare for it. Mucking Forons!

    A big AMEN to you brother Wirecutter! Think. Plan ahead. Buy a little extra of an item when you do your shopping. Little interest on money, supplies do add up over time. YOYO: You’re on your own BTW, great rant there. On target

  18. MT says:

    Just a way of life up here, especially from September to, well, August.

  19. Shark says:

    “How hard is it to…” Yeah, well, I do what I can, to store emergency supplies in my 730 square foot apartment, but it’s tough.

    • Wirecutter says:

      A week’s worth of food consists of 7 cans of meat, 14 cans of vegetables, 4 cases of water, maybe some rice and beans and some eggs. Ramen stores easily in very little space.
      We’re not talking gourmet meals here, just enough to get you through.

      • 2ABill says:

        I’m in Virginia and have been trying to get the wife into the mindset. Told her we were going to be sampling freeze-dried food for a while. Her response? No need! I have leftovers.

        D’oh! NOT THE POINT WOMAN!!!!! THE POINT IS TO SEE WHAT YOU CAN TOLERATE SO THAT I CAN HAVE CASES OF IT ON HAND FOR WHEN THE SHTF!!!!!!!

        She Just. Does. Not. Get. It.

        Drives me nuts.

        • Wirecutter says:

          Most of the modern dehydrated foods like Mountain House are pretty damned good, so buy what sounds good and put it back. She’ll eat it when she gets hungry.

    • Mac says:

      I walk in the mountains with 5 days food at least annually all on my back and stove, sleeping bag, etc stop whining.

  20. UH1H CE says:

    Don’t forget that rice and most beans don’t need heat to make edible. You can soak them for several hours in water and they’ll be fine; heating only speeds up the process. So if you want to save cooking fuel, do that, and warm your SPAM on the generator manifold like C-rats in the Army.

    And WaterBOB!

  21. Gryphon says:

    If you can Afford it, Propane-Powered Backup Generator, 20-Kilowatt on a Transfer Switch to Critical Circuits – Well, Refrigerator, Furnace, Window A/C unit in one Room. Units are no Louder than a big whole-House A/C Compressor, run for Weeks on a 1,000-Gallon Tank. Propane Never ‘goes bad’ like Gas or Diesel.

  22. drjim says:

    Ahhhhh….nice spread! Helped our daughter-in-laws brother do his eight acres, but some of that he did with the brush mower on his tractor, while I did the one acre front yard on his riding mower.

    We had 5300sqft in Long Beach, and have around 11,000 now, so while it’s a nice sized yard, it ain’t nuttin’ like yours!

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