A few questions on preparation

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Sara Linna

I am a college student living in New England, and I have been preparing for the collapse that is occurring. My parents are not on board with such planning so I am basically on my own in terms of preparation apart from the covert help that I am supplying to those around me (such as buying practical tools and supplies, expanding gardens, spreading edible "weeds", etc.) However, I do have a few questions that I have been thinking about for a while.

In general, what were the most successful methods of food storage over the winters in Russia? Also, what kinds of foods stored best? The winters where I live are cold and snowy so it's obvious that I won't be able to do gardening and foraging and such during those months.

I will be able to live in the house that I grew up in (which is debt and mortgage free), but I am concerned that my house will be a target for thieves and other criminals. Although the entire area around me is pretty affluent at the moment, it is quite obvious that my family has bling in the bank just from looking at my house. Apart from making my property look like crap and getting rid of stuff that my parents like, what do you think are some good ways that I can deter criminals? I don't want to become a victim of any sort of violence.

Lastly, my parents have just bought an apartment in Manhattan and plan to live there for the next few decades. Do you think this is realistic on their part? (A broad question, I realize.)

Thanks so much for your help!

Friday 22 July 2011 02:32:07 pm

Dmitry Orlov

I grew up in a fairly affluent community in Russia where many families had dachas but some lived year-round. We had a root cellar and a big kitchen garden and orchard. Onions and potatoes keep well in a root cellar, as well as beets, garlic, carrots, parsnips, turnips and other root vegetables. We made preserves from strawberries, raspberries and currants (of assorted colors). Pickled a lot of mushrooms and cucumbers, dried mushrooms as well. This was considered quite normal.

Guarding your property against thieves is a matter of having enough people around, so don't have empty rooms — have people live there to provide security, do a bit of gardening, for companionship, etc., but don't just waste space.

As far as living in Manhattan, millions of people do it every day. But I don't know 99.9999% of them, and never will, and so I don't spend a lot of time thinking about what might happen to them. Notably, they show little to no concern for me, and so fair is fair.

Friday 22 July 2011 04:04:13 pm

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