- Oct 17, 2005
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A couple of weeks ago, on a leisurely Sunday afternoon, 40 people gathered at a church in Washington Heights for a show-and-tell session sponsored by the New York City Preppers Network. One by one, they stood in front of the room and exhibited their “bug-out bags,” meticulously packed receptacles filled with equipment meant to see them through the collapse of civilization.
Aton Edwards, 51, teaching a class this month via Skype on disaster preparedness.
Onto a folding table came a breathtaking array of disaster swag: compasses and iodine pills, hand-cranked radios and solar-powered flashlights, magnesium fire-starters and a fully charged Kindle with digital road maps of the tristate region. Many of the items on display went far beyond the “10 Basic Pillars of Bug-Out Gear” that Jason Charles, the network’s leader, had passed out in advance through the Internet.
A good number were tweaked to fit their owners’ needs and interests. A locksmith in the group had a lock-picking set. A vegetarian had a stash of homemade dehydrated lentils. One man had a condom designed to serve as an emergency canteen; another had a rat trap — to catch and eat the rats.
Do you have a preppers continuity plan? And an inventory of necessary medicine, goods, water, and other survival goods? Do you also have semi-automatic rifles, hand guns, and other weapons are part of your inventory?
If someone does not own a firearm; should they consider buying a firearm? Also if you live in a restrictive gun environment? Should you consider moving to a more gun friendly state?