Woohoo! A tribe for "paranoid" people like me!!!
We are somewhat prepared for a big crisis:
-generator: make sure to have plenty of fuel stored up!
-an alternative fuel-run vehicle: it's great not paying $50+ per tank of fuel!
-cloth dipes: yes, I consider them as part of the list.
-some canned goods: I'm not a big fan of store-bought canned goods, but was not able to grow a garden this spring (we were out of town), so my grand plans to do my own canning are by the wayside for now.
-cast iron cookware: in case of open-flame cooking...which I'm pretty good at!
-a fabulous husband who spent the first 8 years of his life living in an off-the-grid cabin in the mountains of Oregon, which "programmed" him for the rest of his life to do as much to get away from dependence upon others.
Things I'd like to do:
-learn how to can and build a super-stockpile
-get a small water-purifier that I can pack with me (like this one: Water Purifier
). Since the largest natural looming disaster here is a tornado, and since there are four of us, there's no way that we could haul around much water (yes, we have some smaller bottles stored that are easily toted).
-start working on our off-the-grid wind-powered home!!!!
If you're looking for more ideas, Countryside magazine is fantastic! Mother Earth News is okay, but I've found that most of their ideas are geared toward people of greater financial means than myself. Also, there's HomesteadingToday's forum...lots of people with self-sustaining ideas.
I'd like to suggest that people buy the wind-up flashlights and radios. They're about as expensive as the regular versions (once you include the cost of two sets of batteries), but aren't dependent on those batteries.