I traveled to Idaho and found the mindset of Idahoans clearly focussed on preparation and survival. In fact I went to a couple of "Preparedness" stores and saw that even Walmart is in on the action.
I found a "Preparedness Center" at the local Walmart.It may be because of the fairly large LDS (Mormon) population in the area, however, it is interesting since "Preppers" and "Survivalists" outside the Rocky Mountain states probably don't see this in the Walmart stores in their areas. There are buckets of grains, canned goods, freeze-dried food items and blue water drums. Walmart isn't the only store I visited in my quest to stock up.
I stopped into the local "Army Surplus" store and it was like a kid in a candy store. So much I wanted but focussed mostly on my prep needs.
More Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) were on display as were the blue water drums. I bought six 55-gallon drums for one of my alternative E&E sites. I passed on the MREs as I personally prefer the freeze-dried foods with the indefinite shelf life. Next I went to Home Depot and got some shelve units that I set up and started to load with food and survival gear.
I loaded one set of shelves with cases of Mountain House freeze-dried and cases of spices, canned Red Feather butter and canned Red Feather cheese. I have a few buckets of grains and will pick up a few "Gamma Lids" later.
My next project was to build shelves for ammo and firearm accessories. I put a case of 7.65 Argentine, one case of Czech milsurp and four cases of milsurp Russian 7.62x54R on the floor, pistol and shotgun ammo on the middle shelves and 7.62x39 ammo on the upper shelf with the loaded AK-47 magazines in the green vinyl five-cell pouches.
Of course I had to get a decent 40-gun safe (Heritage) to hold a variety of handguns, shotguns and rifles. In all, it has been a decent holiday break and I did get a few things accomplished.
- Black Blade