September Is National Preparedness Month 2023

Prepping webs from all over, just stumbled onto it. :+1:

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YT has some good videos of ppl hunting squirrels with air guns in urban areas. I used to watch this one guy who took a window on his enclosed patio, put a back stop and feeder. He has 75 year old oaks all around his house.

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A beautiful day in my neighborhood today, 68deg. and sunny.
A good day to work on sone of the hand tools, cleaning, repairing, sharpening and oiling.

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For those of us who live is a seasonal area, (winter) what are you and yours doing for backup heat source?

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I heard a Tesla can heat your home for a week. :grinning:

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Only if it’s burning in your garage. :thinking:

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Our primary heat source is a wood stove. No moving parts to fail and no electricity needed. Guess you could call our propane furnace the backup. We use it mostly to keep the house from freezing when we are away from home for a couple days.

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I have an NG 40,000 BTU fireplace that does not require electricity. It will heat at least half our house quite well.

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Primarily portable backup generators and some stored cans of gas (sta-bil or startron)

As long as the natural gas stays on I can heat the whole house (plus some lighting, device charging, internet, wifi, and fridge) on a little 2,200 watt suitcase style inverter generator that is quiet and sips gas nice and slow

If electric and natural gas are both out (extremely unlikely), I need to use the larger open frame inverter generator to power the two mini split heat pumps in the finished basement. Also have some electric space heaters that can be used to keep the chill off in one or two upstairs rooms in an everything-out situation

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You can buy the propane heaters for a home. Just remember those put out CO2 and you should/can get a CO2 detector.

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wood add on to forced air and wood cook stove on the main floor
house is about 1000 sqft so not a lot to heat

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We have natural gas as a main source, 1-large propane heater and several smaller ones with enough propane in 1#, 20# and 100# cylinders to last a whole winter + cooking. :crossed_fingers:
@William191 Good reminder on the detectors. :+1:
Gas and propane generators and larger powerpacks to run lights and smaller items.
We also have a small wood stove with all the fixings but not set up.

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A question to everyone… How well did your spouse and kids take to being a prepping?
Who was the first in your household to bring up the subject?

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I brought it up to my wife initially. She then proceeded to really get into it. This started for us in 2020.

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this is a pretty fair source for prepping if ya care to look… lots of articles n how to’s n such

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I’ve known about it for a long time but it was my son that started to really get the rest of us aware.

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Spouse accepted it but didn’t care very much outside of basic immediate stuff like first aid and realizing fire extinguishers are good.

But when Covid hit and everything shut down, she was breaking out the checklist

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fall of 1999 [Y2k] for those younger it is the time of the computer glitch
switching over from 1999 to 2000

after 2000 we just kept building our ‘‘self sufficient’’ life style
2008 we landed jobs here in the Keweenaw and never left

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We have two kerosene space heaters. They have come in handy on some long term power outages from ice storms.

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I had an LPG heater come in the mail yesterday. Seems like every few years our power goes out and we’re stuck without heat. Been thinking about getting a wood burning stove as a side kicker to the heat pump system. But that opens a different can of worms. Venting the smoke, powering a fan if the electric is out…

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