preparedness

Preparedness

When you listen to the news from around the world, does it make you wonder when society will fall apart? You can sit and worry or you can look at the situation and understand that you are responsible for your own survival, if the social order as we now know it falls apart. So being self reliant means second guessing what might happen and devising a plan on how to handle it. We call it preparedness, but where do you start? Sometimes the thought of getting prepared can be overwhelming. Procrastination leads to paralysis, so doing nothing is not an option. We’re advised to make a 72 hour kit,have 90 days, then a whole year’s worth of supplies – WHOA!!

Where do you start and what do you put together? Let’s start here: take those empty 2-liter juice containers, wash them out and fill them with water. Or, buy a case of water from your grocer and put them in the closet. Now you’ve started on your water storage! We need 2 gallons per person per day.

Next, when you go to the market, instead of buying one can of corn, spaghetti sauce, or canned meat, buy three and tuck the extras away on a shelf set aside for food storage. If you do this each time your budget allows, you will see your food storage grow.
Do the same with non-perishables like toilet paper, alcohol and bandages, and soap. Gradually as you collect extras of the things you use every day, you can begin to look critically at what life would be like without services like running water and electricity. You will learn to prioritize what is important for you and you’re off.

Billie Nicholson, editor
August 2015

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