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Old 07-16-2005, 11:22 AM   #1
 
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I'm so proud of myself!

I've been reading all the survival forums for a while and actually did something about it today. While grocery shopping I picked up some foil packed tuna, peanut butter, beef jerky, and a first aid kit. This is only the beginning, much more to go. I'm going to put the purchase date on everything that is perishable so I can rotate my stores properly.

Question: Is the spring water that the grocery stores sell good for storage? It has a two year shelf life according to the label.
I'm a lone wolf, so I don't need a 55 gallon drum sitting in my apartment.
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Old 07-16-2005, 11:41 AM   #2
 
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Good for you.I've been stocking up and stashing a few ammo cans of supplies for a little while now.I have a water cooler at home that takes the 5 gallon jugs.I get 10 at a time and always have 2 stashed under the house.So far they look good with nothing growing in them.I've had the one jug there for over 3 years.I think as long as you have a good seal on your water,you should be all right.You could get some water purifier tablets to put with your stash too.
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Old 07-16-2005, 11:42 AM   #3
 
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Good for you.I've been stocking up and stashing a few ammo cans of supplies for a little while now.I have a water cooler at home that takes the 5 gallon jugs.I get 10 at a time and always have 2 stashed under the house.So far they look good with nothing growing in them.I've had the one jug there for over 3 years.I think as long as you have a good seal on your water,you should be all right.You could get some water purifier tablets to put with your stash too.
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Old 07-16-2005, 12:12 PM   #4
 
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Re: I'm so proud of myself!

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Question: Is the spring water that the grocery stores sell good for storage?
I hear it had a two year shelf life
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Old 07-16-2005, 02:29 PM   #5
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Ship Ahoy,
Good start, now consider some things. What kind of things might happen there in PA that might cause you to need to stock up on certain items. Get those items on the top of your list. Also, consider if you might have to move to another location in say the next couple years... you won't want to have to move a five year food supply if you'll only be in that location for two years. So buy wisely. You are doing good by dateing your stuff, we home can, dry and freeze stuff and always date the packages. We also stock up on store bought foods for the things we can't produce on our retreat. We date those purchases too.

If you're young and think you will be living in that area for several years, look for a home you can buy and make it one that has enough room to plant a small garden, fresh food tastes much better than the stuff you buy at the store.

I'm sure more will come to mind, like guns, ammo and medical supplies, but that should help... however as NY Pro and I would agree, don't forget the TP!

WT out!
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Old 07-16-2005, 03:10 PM   #6
 
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Welcome but remember it can be habit forming.
Wild Trapper is right buy what might be the hardest to get if something happens first. I am for buying the cheapest bottled drinking water you can get, after all water is water. I have been buying and rotating for 30 years.
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Old 07-16-2005, 04:11 PM   #7
 
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I've already got plenty of guns/ammo and TP. I live in the suburbs of Pittsburgh and hopefully I'll never have to bug out. If the situation calls for a quick departure, I would head far away from the city!!!
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Old 07-16-2005, 05:16 PM   #8
 
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You'll wish you had 20 55 gal drums if the SHTF! Water and air are the two things you absolutely have to have! :drunk: A couple of gallon jugs won't last you 2 days if the SHTF,especially if you're in a chase or firefight! You'll be needing more than those 2 jugs! But you won't be able to carry even 1 jug as water is 8lbs./gal less the container and that doesn't include your pack,food,web gear,ammo,and rifle!!!! Try walking a few miles with all your gear/rifle on some day and see what I mean! Then try it at a dead run as fast as you can( for the same few miles!!) to simulate actual conditions!!!!! You'll be wanting to ditch everything you can just to keep going! The only problem is figuring out which stuff is more important! Water or gun&ammo! Hmmmmmmmm! :drunk:
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Old 07-16-2005, 05:37 PM   #9
 
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Not encluding water that is destroyed in a lab or taken into space. Every drop of water that was ever on Earth is still here. Mother Nature is just an expert on recycling it.

Depending on what you think are your needs, store what you can. Then learn how to make polluted water potable. Eventually all storage will be expended, knowledge lasts forever. SB
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Old 07-16-2005, 06:23 PM   #10
 
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Not encluding water that is destroyed in a lab or taken into space. Every drop of water that was ever on Earth is still here. Mother Nature is just an expert on recycling it.

Depending on what you think are your needs, store what you can. Then learn how to make polluted water potable. Eventually all storage will be expended, knowledge lasts forever. SB
Very true Sbait! All this talk of bugging out is just talk! Where ever you run to you'd better have something more than stored goodies(food or water!). If you don't have the means to grow, reproduce more food or pump or purify more water, then you will die very soon or end up being one of the many roving scavengers that will be eligible for my very hard labor detail or my firing squad! A retreat had better be more than a place to camp out to eat ,drink and be merry or you'll soon become a grasshopper knocking on the ant's door for a free handout!

It's sad that many people who live in the cities and have plans to bug out to the rural areas when the SHTF. Some think they'll just strap on a ruck sack and survive off the land. If that were so easy then all the misfits and welfare people would be doing it too!Soon the land would stripped as if locusts came through leaving very little for the locals!! If those city dwellers don't sell their homes and move to the country soon and start setting up shop,then they won't be able to make it come hard times. It's just a fact of life! You'll be behind the 8-ball and soon will down and out. Then tons of newbies will be knocking on us country folks' doors looking for hand outs or worse...they'll have their "commando special weapons of the week" and try to take from us folks who've had the smarts to prepare way ahead of time!

If they stay in the cities then they'll have to put up with all the people used to gov't handouts meaning they'll be shooting it out with lots of misfits or with gov't jackboots who the misfits point towards your door because you're hoarding necessities(now outlawed by the powers that be!).

The times they are a comin' and they sure don't look good for all involved!
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