Friday, June 23, 2017

What Are You Preparing For?

In trying to finish off the disaster preparedness series and classes I've been doing the last few months, I found this article that Vicky from the Vicky Challenge wrote for this series.  I forgot all about it due to my recent unexpected blogging break but now that I'm back to blogging I want to include it in this series before I close it out.

There are two kinds of preparedness (1) short term preparedness for things like natural disasters and (2) long term preparedness for situations where you need to think sustainability.  So, the question is, what are you preparing for …. now, over to Vicky …

I have been asked this question again, but I think this time from a serious interest aspect. To have to answer that question isn't as simple as the non preparers think. I get a lot of, "Oh your one of those nutty Dooms day, SHTF prepper people!" Not this time this person expressed a true interest, but also confusion. Many newbies feel pressure and are not really sure what they're preparing for, all they hear is the word prepare! Really you can't help someone unless you know what your main goal is and a clear plan as to getting there.

The biggest pitfall to preparing is ‘not really knowing’ what is going to happen when and the outcome of it. We have a history that is rich with lessons to learn from.  We also have a nation that has changed much by each governing hand. The air crackles these days with what looks to be an upcoming conflict that could very well effect us all and other countries as well. We can't really know at the moment if this will come to fruition, but can we at least take a step back from saying that'll never happen.

I have seen a lot of people who prepare and then stop because "nothing happened." That is very common; people will go full force into stockpiling and adding this and that and then get burned out and stop because they feel it takes over their life. That is a mistake! It is not about always being gung ho and living in fear! We have lives, we live them. We go places, we have fun, we have jobs and families. The preparing part is part of a lifestyle not a life.

Now to change topics for a bit here, if you have a 3 month supply and you are happy with that that is really good, but I always suggest at least a year's supply in the pantry of as many things you use as you can get. Many of those things are economical items or foods that are easy to stock a year's supply of in one way or another such as through couponing, sales or gardening.  Think about it and how easy that is.

Say you stock a 3 month supply and something happens and it runs out what do you do?  Before it runs out I would start rationing to make what you have last longer and making sure you’re getting the most out of the ingredients you have. If you don't have a lot of food even though a pork chop is tasty how can you stretch it? What are the foods that you have in your 3 month supply? Are they good filling foods so that you’re not hungry again in a short time?

When the food starts running out do you intend on growing a garden? They take months before you can harvest from them.

Do you know how to forage and what wild edibles you have near that you can pick. Do you know what the nutritional value is and would your family be willing to eat "weeds"? There are so many of them that have more nutritional benefits than what we grow in our gardens.

Can you catch and eat any kind of wild game? During the Depression the pigeon population was almost wiped out because that is what people were able to catch and eat in the city.

Do you have anything you could barter for food?

When the food runs out these are the options we have.

We each have to make our own decisions, but the reason I go beyond a 3 month supply is I can tell you for a fact a long term loss of income and you make a big dent in a year's supply for us a 3 month supply would have been a band aid and not the bandage that we needed.  And also paying attention to history and times of conflict, supplies were cut off, rationing occurred and black markets developed.

No preparing isn't burning yourself out on stockpiling and then stopping it is a continual process that is a part of life, taking advantage of any information we can get and using it to our benefit, being prepared, not scared of situations as they come and using what we have to make the best of them.

I think for older people it can be a bit hard because they have seen so many things and feel they have had enough worry in their life and don't care to worry anymore. If you can, help them out. The time may come where we will really need each other.



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She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

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