September was National Preparedness Month
Well, I had PLANNED on using the “September is Preparedness” month platform to talk about what our family is doing/has done in our preparation efforts.
We try to live a prepared way of life every day… growing our food, reducing our consumption, conserving and using alternative water and energy sources.
What would we do if the power does go out – could we go about our daily lives — cooking, cleaning and surviving? I think we could today, a little bit better than a few years ago.
During discussions, some interesting questions were poised: Why stock up on disposable stuff, i.e., toilet paper, shavers, etc? Once it runs out, then what happens? Once your food stockpile goes, what will you eat? Once all your supplies are gone, what will you do? Where will you find the items you need for daily survival?
Weather – could you tell / forecast the weather without the weatherman?
Medicine–can you take care of your family without a doctor or pharmaceutical drugs?
Water–can you store water or do you know of a water source nearby? Could you filter the natural water source for safety, to make it potable?
Security — interesting subject, of course, and makes for very heated discussions.
Fuel/Energy – could you function without it? Cook, clean, wash without modern appliances?
Food – having a stockpile of food is good but think about long term – after the food runs out,could you grow or be able to get local foods?
Currency – focus on alternative currency options…. Think beyond gold, can you barter goods or services?
Communications – you’re cut off. No cell phones, no computers… now what?
Sanitation – what to do with trash and human waste?
Some suggestions – save old sheets, t shirt make great rags, bandages and even TP! For ladies, think about alternative to store bought pads that can be reused. Anything that is THROW AWAY can not be replaced when disaster strikes. Instead of stocking up on thousands of rolls of TP, look for alternatives than can be used over again. Anything STORED can and will run out. Guys, learn to use a straight edge razor…. or none at all. *grin*
Instead of worrying about having enough batteries or stored energy on hand. How about going UNPLUGGED? Hand-powered kitchen appliances, typewriter, sewing machine. Learn to think like past generations, even third world countries, if you want to be a survivor!
After the NZ quake, we made sure to give our house a once over, making sure things were secure if the earth decided to shake us around.
To keep the cabinets from popping open and all the canned goods splattering on the floor. we attached a hook and latch on our kitchen cabinets. Also, in every room, all the “knick knacks” were anchored with museum putty.
We also made sure there was a wrench nearby to shut off the gas. Water, batteries and other emergency goodies were checked to see if we had enough on hand.
Talking about preparing for this or that disaster, we have a bit of a different take – it’s about a daily survival lifestyle. Live this way, disaster or no disaster.
As we see it, we are preparing for a future way of life and not just for a disaster that may come our way, thereby forcing us to change.
We are trying to find the answers. We believe that the true answer to this dilemma is to to change your mindset and to change yourself. Think differently and acquire the survival skills that you need to to make a go of it when the world is changing around you. Know how to grow your own food, save seeds, build a fire, can your own food, make your own clothes, be self-sufficient. The world may change, supplies may be gone, but you will have the skills needed to start over. The best way to prepare for the future is to prepare YOURSELF with survival skills, not just store up your home with supplies.
Is there a goal you are hoping to reach with your preparations? What’s the next step?
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