I want to share 50 of the best survival excuses I have heard over the years. The one thing I really need to get out to the world is that we must be responsible for our own families under all circumstances, including surviving emergencies. I realize that there isn’t much we can do if our home is blown away by a hurricane, gets totally flooded, burns down in a fire, etc. since those challenges come along with no fault on our part. So the key is to have a Plan B ready so you can protect your family during the emergency and then move on afterward.
I often joke with my neighbor across the street that if my house slides onto their front yard from flooding, I hope they have a nice guest room. I’ll dig for the food and water and take care of us. For those who prepare for unexpected disasters, it is a way of life.
As preppers, we’ve learned to approach our preparation with some consistency, whether we’re a buyer of self-sufficiency products, learned to control our emotions in tough times, spent time researching the best protection options, or applied lessons learned from our life experiences.
Since we spend so much time every day at work, it would be good to discuss some of these steps with your boss or upper management at your workplace so that in some unique situations they would have the rare opportunity to protect all employees, your colleagues, during a disaster scenario while they are at work. Believe me, they don’t want to have to take the blame if one of their own doesn’t survive the event.
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50 Of The Best Survival Excuses
Here’s the deal, sometimes I hear statements from people regarding WHY they haven’t planned ahead for possible unexpected challenges. I’ve listed 50 common comments below and my responses. I hope these prove helpful as you negotiate your life’s journey:
- I can’t afford food storage. I’ve always told my readers that being prepared doesn’t have to be expensive. My mantra has been to “buy one can at a time.” Consider buying my book, “Prepare Your Family For Survival”, it has some great ideas you can apply to efforts in being fully prepared.
- My neighbor has enough for all of us. Don’t count on your neighbor to save the day. They may have SOME surplus, but they’ve prepared to support their own family, not the whole neighborhood.
- My family will feed us. Why should your extended family have to step up when your behavior has put your family at risk? You need to gain the passion to be self-sufficient and do all that you can to protect your family.
- The school nearby is full of food if we have a disaster. Yes, schools have food, but that is designed for short-term meal preparation for students and it needs to be replenished frequently. You can’t rely on it for whole neighborhood meals.
- My church has food for everyone. Churches, in many cases, have food for the less fortunate, but not for everyone and in every situation.
- That mountain over there has a vault full of food and water. I’m not sure where people get the idea that there is some special storage area up in the mountains. Who fills it, or maintains the inventory? Not there, and not going to happen!
- The government will deliver food to us if we need it. We have seen through their agency FEMA that the government does try to step in when disasters strike. But as illustrated recently with hurricane Ian, the degree of devastation directly affects how quickly, efficiently, and to what extent each family can rely on the government. The people on Sanibel Island in Florida have no truck distribution access from the mainland to the island. Either people are being rescued and evacuated to the mainland, or foodstuffs are having to be delivered by air or boat. Something I wouldn’t want to have to rely on.
- The American Red Cross will bring food to a center so we can go get it. I get requests all the time to make donations so the Red Cross can perform its worthwhile relief efforts in situations like hurricane Ian. They can only do so much, and to try and help all the people in need in Florida right now is beyond their capacity.
- The __________Church always comes through with food and water on TV. Organizations like Catholic Charities and the humanitarian/welfare department of the LDS Church do so much for so many, but they can’t be expected to fund and supply relief for every family in every disaster. It’s not feasible.
- I’ll get around to it, sometime. The old saying, “No better time than the present” really applies to emergency prep, particularly food and water storage. Yes, weather forecasting has certainly improved over the years and we often get a few days’ notice of pending challenges. But that doesn’t apply to fires, earthquakes, or the loss of a job and accidents that can truly change our lives. Get started now and stick to it, it may mean the difference between life and death.
- My neighbor has more food than she needs, and she will share. Don’t count on families on your street to be your support group, they have their own families to take care of. Don’t experience the heartbreak of poor preparation, start now.
- I’m living paycheck to paycheck. With inflation, high housing costs, and supply chain issues, most Americans are struggling at some level right now. Like I’ve said above, one can at a time. Also, evaluate other expenses that may be reduced or done away with, or you may need to secure a second job for a while. Tight finances can bring on frustrations, but with some planning and sacrifice, we can all get through the tough times.
- I’m retired, and I can’t afford food storage. Being on a limited budget with few options is difficult. Maybe you need to make a few changes in behavior, like buying from discount stores, changing your loyalty from specific brands to store brands, taking advantage of case lot sales, etc. are necessary steps that can provide the piece of mind that comes from being prepared.
- I’m old, I’m going to die anyway. A defeatist attitude doesn’t ever help. Make sure part of your preparation plans includes proper health care. In these challenging times, mental health monitoring and treatment are especially important. We can’t give up, we have to keep trying, if for no other reason than the love we have for those close to us.
- If it gets that bad, I want to die. See #14 above.
- This is a sharing and giving neighborhood, they will all share with one another. When the food and water supply get short, friendly neighborhoods soon vanish. Do your part and have your own stash for survival.
- I believe in the Law of Consecration from the Bible. Being willing to share all you have is a noble ideal, but one that seldom comes to fruition in a disaster situation. More than likely it becomes “every man for himself.”
- I’m good, I have a tent, and I will trade room for food. I think bartering is a goal we can strive for, particularly if we have goods and services/skills we can share with others. Planning on sharing a tent so you can get food seems a little lame, but it might work in the right situation.
- I‘ll be okay, I have weapons and ammo to protect my food storage and water. Make sure you’ve got your food and water stored too. You’ll need something to protect. I understand you may not have a police officer nearby, but caution is suggested before you take action on your own!
- I donate to my church, they will take care of me. See #5 and #9.
- My four-wheelers/ATVs use up all the space in my garage, with no room for water storage. Isn’t it funny the different priorities we experience in others? I’m all for recreation, but having food and water for your family seems like a more important priority.
- I will move into my parent’s home, they will take care of me. See #3.
- My house is too small to store food and water. I’ve seen some pretty creative ways to store things. We had Water Brick containers under our bed for years. Water, with the right containers and preservatives, can be stored outdoors. Cases of canned goods can go in closets, under beds, and behind entertainment centers. You may find more space than you think.
- The stores will not be empty for long, the trucks will come quickly to replenish the shelves. Depending on the situation, roads may be closed, so trucks can’t get to those stores. Also, if we see hoarding like past disasters, you may still be out of luck. Be that smart human being your Mom has been so proud of, start stocking up now.
- If we lose power, it will come back on soon. If you haven’t read this book, you need to, “Lights Out” by Ted Koppel. It seems like the loss of power is the most common challenge in a disaster. You can’t count on it being available, or if gone, how long it might take to be restored. Why take the risk?
- The water in our community will not become contaminated, the government is paid to protect our water sources. Almost every week we hear of another community where the water has been tested and found to be contaminated, and that’s when there hasn’t been a disaster. We can’t always count on the government to come through, believe me.
- I don’t know where to start, or what I need to store. Getting started is always daunting. I have a bunch of posts to help you, and again, my book referenced in #1 can be very helpful.
- My family is on a special diet, and I am not sure what to store. Only you know what can be eaten by members of your family with special diet needs. I’m sure my posts can help, but you may need some guidance from your doctor if you are that concerned.
- I used to store extra food but it went rancid. Having a plan in place to inventory and rotate all your stored foods is critical. Some things like flour tend to spoil faster than others. Also, having the proper storage containers and a cool/dry environment is important too. I always try to keep the packaging intact until I plan to use a food item so I can follow the manufacturer’s “use by date” guidelines, and then use it as soon as possible once it’s opened.
- All I really need is a 72-hour kit. These kits are great and we all should have one for each member of the family, but they won’t get you through any extended time period. Back up those kits with a realistic supply of food and water for a few weeks or months as space and finances allow.
- I have so many weapons and ammo, I’ll get what I need. See #19.
- I don’t like food storage foods. Some types of food storage items have gotten a bad rap over the years. I tend to shy away from the big containers of storage foods you see in the big lot stores from time to time. I’ve always suggested you buy and store only items your family likes to eat.
- I will not eat any processed food. Processed food can come in many forms. If you follow my suggestions in #32, you should be ok.
- My kids wouldn’t eat that. Yes, kids can be pretty picky!! Take them with you to the store and look for things they will like that have a longer shelf life. You can find healthy and nutritious foodstuffs of all kinds. Don’t rush, take your time and do some family-oriented research, we all have to eat, disasters notwithstanding.
- I don’t know how to prepare food storage for my family. The time to figure that out is now. You should be planning to “prepare” the foods you normally eat each day.
- I have ten buckets of wheat, I will trade wheat for regular food. As mentioned above, I’m all for bartering, and the wheat may prove to be a lifesaver. Just don’t put all your eggs in one basket, so to speak. Have the food you and your family will eat, including ground wheat, but also store other items you normally eat all the time.
- I have a case of Vodka, I am prepared to barter. Good luck! You’re counting on the people with stored food to also be the ones who love Vodka. Yes, you’ll find some takers, but I’d suggest you have food on hand that you like and will use and not rely on the Vodka.
- My family will get tired of eating rice and beans. There are so many choices beyond rice and beans for a full pantry of longer-term foodstuffs. My posts give excellent examples of what I recommend. There are other sources for info too, like the American Red Cross. Do your research, there’s a ton of information available.
- Nothing is going to happen that’s so severe we won’t be able to get any food or water. Yup, some people will put their heads in the sand and ignore any warnings, no matter where those warnings come from.
- There is a preparedness chick that lives down the street, she’ll have enough for all of us. See #2.
- Do I have to buy food in bulk that my family won’t eat? Bulk purchases can at times save you money, but the key is to purchase foods your family likes with a decent shelf life, and hopefully, at a price that makes sense.
- I have 50 gallons of water in my water heater. Water heaters can provide some water storage, but you need to make sure that the city hasn’t announced a contaminated water alert. You may end up using it just for cleaning purposes and not for consumption. You should always have more than one source for water storage. And by the way, 50 gallons is fine, but won’t last your family very long.
- I’m on a very tight food budget. See #1, #12, & #13.
- I don’t know how to grow anything in a garden. For some people, gardening has become a lost art. Mark and I have been gardening our whole marriage and love having fresh food we’ve grown from scratch. I have numerous posts about gardening, including how to get started, what to grow when, and many other useful tips. Even if you live in an apartment, you can grow some things in pots. Give it a try, you’ll enjoy knowing it is fresh, healthy, and can help sustain you.
- I have silver and gold, I will trade them for food. Those metals will be useless if there isn’t any food on the store shelves. You can’t eat silver and gold. I hope you can barter, but I would make other plans as well for food and water.
- I forget to rotate what I have in the pantry. We all make mistakes from time to time. Don’t get discouraged, keep trying. It does pay to store a lot of canned goods that aren’t prone to spoil. It also helps to get into a routine of inventory, rotating, and replacing as needed.
- It’s overwhelming to think of how much food I need to store. Food storage and other prepping efforts can be daunting. That’s why I emphasize that you should start slow and small, just a can at a time. Have a game plan in place to meet certain goals over a period of time, and don’t feel you need it all at once. Get your whole family involved so they have a vested interest in making it work.
- I live in an apartment, with no space for storage. See #23.
- I’ve lived in the same area for years with no issues. You may feel you live in a safe area where disasters seldom happen. We all hope for the best, but really need to plan for some challenges, just in case. You never know what might happen when.
- I live alone and don’t have a family to worry about. Family prep is something most of us have to deal with, but even those living alone may have to “weather the storm”, so to speak. The advantage you have is not having the sheer volume of items to deal with, and you can store what is needed for your survival. Look out for yourself, possibly that’s your only chance for true survival.
You need the best survival tools, my friends, today not tomorrow. Please be prepared to take care of your family, no one else can. Please teach people to cook from scratch, no one needs to buy a cookbook to learn how to cook your food storage. Good old recipe books from the thrift store are the best. Give it a try, you’ll be very glad you did! May God Bless this world, Linda
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