Emergency Preparedness-How Prepared Are You

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If I talk about emergency preparedness-how prepared are you is the logical question? I have asked a few people how they feel about preparedness. Some of my questions to friends were like “do you store water?” Other questions have been “how do you feel about food storage” or “how long could your family survive on the food you have stored?” Well, as you may imagine, the answers were all over the board. Here’s the deal, I really try not to be on a soapbox screaming from the rooftops to tell everyone to get prepared. We have to be realistic and recognize the government can’t take care of all of us after a minor or major disaster, at least right away. The local American Red Cross may help in a week or two, possibly a month. We must be self-reliant, that’s it. Period.

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I’m not a doomsday prepper and I don’t believe in zombies. I know a lot of people do, I don’t. My life has always been prepared for whatever comes my way. I have been lucky, my husband has never lost his job. We have never had to live on government help. Mark worked three jobs so we didn’t have to take out student loans to get him through college. I ironed clothes (I doubt my daughters even own an iron) I’m thinking this as I write this statement. I babysat kids and cleaned homes to help with income with four daughters under tow. Mark and I never thought anything about it. We just worked hard, and we still do to this day. It’s a way of life for us. I understand people need occasional help from the government. I get it. As long as it’s short term and doesn’t become a way of life or lifestyle, as I call it, I understand. It’s when I hear about families who have been living off the government for ten or more years when they could have tried to do it on their own that I get ticked off.

As you know Facebook sometimes tells us more than we want to hear. Some people almost boast about the fact they are living off the government going on 10-12 years now. Wow, my mom could have used some help as a young single mom with three daughters. She was too proud, she worked and we worked to help her. This is why it’s so critical to have food storage stored. If you or someone in your family loses a job or becomes ill such that they can’t work, are you prepared to feed your family?

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Being prepared is a way of life for me and for my daughters. I can boast about my daughters because they are all hard workers and survivors. They are also self-reliant. Of course, all families have a few hiccups, and I have had a few as well. I love the saying from Texas, “I put my boots on and got back in the saddle.” I don’t know where I heard that quote, I believe it was a movie. I use it all the time because I know I have had to put my boots on and get back in the saddle a few times. It’s life, but I know I can survive anything. My daughters can survive anything because they are strong women.

I swear, it was from other’s example to us, but also we grew a garden and we “canned” every food we could get our hands on that was free or cheap. I know work teaches kids how to be self-reliant. Please note this past year I “pressure canned” chicken for the first time while earning my Master Preserver Canning Certificate. It was a really fun class!!

If you have a disaster or unforeseen emergency in your neighborhood is anyone prepared with water, food, gardens, first aid kits, cooking devices, fuel or general preparedness skills? I am extremely worried where I live. I can’t take care of everyone, it’s not going to happen. I will be willing to cook meals with help and shared food and water. My fear is the lack of both on my street. I know possibly seven families out of 1200 families that are prepared for a disaster in my subdivision. I would love to move where there are like-minded people, but economically it’s not going to happen.

I’m concerned for the truckers and their safety if the roads are shut down and the people are trying to loot the trucks because the grocery store shelves are empty. People get mean and crazy when they are hungry and their kids are crying for a drink and something to eat. For the survival of your family, please get prepared for the unexpected.

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Preparedness:

I quote from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: Preparedness is “A state of adequate preparation.” The key word here is “adequate,” meaning enough supplies stored to keep your family hydrated with water, fed with food, blankets and fuel sources to keep them warm, and having first aid supplies at the very minimum so your family can be prepared for the unexpected.

Please start today if you haven’t already:

  1. Water, one to four gallons per person per day minimum WaterBrick 3.5 gallon with water preserver.
  2. Food
  3. First Aid supplies
  4. Blankets
  5. Cooking devices with fuel stored
  6. Emergency binder holding your important documents
  7. 72 hour-kits, at the very least
  8. Pictures of family members so you can post pictures if you get separated after a disaster
  9. Make a plan with your family today so all members know where to meet if you are not home when a disaster hits
  10. Buy 90-day prescriptions, if possible (they are usually cheaper if you pay cash, ask your doctors for refills)
  11. Communication, talk with your neighbors to have a walkie talkie on the same channel. I only have three families linked with my channel. No one else sees the need or has the desire to get walkie talkies (think Pandemic, I will not leave my house) Motorola MR350R 35-Mile Range 22-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair)
  12. Flashlights, please get one for every family member. Trust me, you will need them. These are my favorite because they don’t need batteries: Goal Zero 90109 Solo V2 Solar Flashlight

Sometimes you have to see, read or hear articles before it really hits you that these needs are real and may save lives. This is the article I hope helps just one family do what they should be doing. Make a preparedness plan, today, not tomorrow and make sure all your family knows and understands what needs to be done, don’t take it all on yourself. May God bless those who have prepared for the unexpected. If you can move where there are like minded people, seriously consider it. Do it now!

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13 thoughts on “Emergency Preparedness-How Prepared Are You

  • February 7, 2017 at 9:49 am
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    Ever wonder why there are very few comments on articles like this one? My experience is that disaster awareness and preparation are only popular with disaster victims. The problem with that, is that it is too late for preparation at that time. So, how do we make disaster awareness popular. How do we create the illusive “Culture of Preparedness”, the feds have tried to create for decades? We do it by involving the general public. But what’s in it for them? ‘Equity’. Preparation is conditioning real property for mitigation. And that is The Building Industry, primarily.

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  • February 7, 2017 at 2:17 pm
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    Dear Linda, I feel that I am very well prepared THANKS TO YOU!

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    • February 7, 2017 at 2:28 pm
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      Hi Roxanne, WOW, thank you from the bottom of my heart, you made my day! Love you! Linda

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  • February 8, 2017 at 8:42 am
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    Linda, that is not a soapbox. That is common sense! We all need to be prepared in case of emergencies. Every student of history, can tell you about the economic problems, earthquakes, the famines, the droughts, the wars that have plagued the Earth since the beginning of time. To think that none of these could happen to us is pure arrogance. Grocery stores now have “just in time” deliveries. If there is even a snowstorm, these can be disrupted. Unfortunately, most people no longer know how to cook from scratch. Canning and preserving of food is a soon to be lost art. Gardening isn’t something most people do. We eat things with unknown ingredients that aren’t good for us, and wonder why we are sick.

    Quite a while ago, I learned to make soap because I was desperate. Commercial soaps made my skin into alligator flesh. After I realized how bad commercial soap was for me, I started thinking about what is in our food. Next step gardening. I already knew how to can from my mother. Now when we buy 40 lbs of chicken from Zaycon, I pressure can 1/2 of it. When I make soup, or chicken pot pie, it is a snap.

    Sorry, I wrote a book there, but I think our lack of foresight is going to bite us sometime.

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    • February 8, 2017 at 1:26 pm
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      Janet, man oh man, I needed to hear this today. I feel sometimes I’m trying to teach the world and no one is listening. I am very worried that some people think cooking from scratch is hitting one of those tubes with biscuits and the tube splits open! Then you bake them! I wrote another post that was supposed to post today but I had the wrong date. I got a new puppy and that cute little guy has made my writing time limited! But he is so worth it! I’ll be glad when he gets past the teething and house training. Thanks for commenting Janet, I needed a hug through the internet! Hugs! Linda

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      • February 8, 2017 at 2:17 pm
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        Thanks for putting the message out. It is really important.

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  • February 15, 2017 at 2:34 am
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    In any emergency a family member or you yourself may suffer an injury. If you have these basic first aid supplies you are better prepared to help your loved ones when they are hurt.

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    • February 15, 2017 at 12:50 pm
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      Hi, AmericanIamboard, you are so right! Now if we can all of neighbors prepared….we will be in great shape! Linda

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  • June 7, 2017 at 2:26 pm
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    I have been preparing for a about 9 years now since my eyes opened wide. I still don’t have all I need or want. I have paid off my home and got a 4X4 vehicle that I love mudding in.  I learned how to garden and let me tell you it’s NOT easy at all, even with a rototiller. Learning what you need to add into the dirt in the way of minerals is very difficult. I envy farmers every time I see an old movie where they take a pinch of dirt and taste it and can tell you what you need to add to it. I also learned to (pressure can) what we grow. Lots of videos on you-tube can give you the gist of it plus you’ll learn the terminology. I’m a very visual person but the directions were (very easy to follow)in the canner booklet and the BlueBall booklet and I LOVE doing it. I hear so many want to learn but are afraid. Just DO it. I also look at it this way, if I see my kids starving I’ve got food for them. If they’re sick I’ve got Tylenol and ibuprofen and etc for them. If we are gone (the casch) will be here for whomever God choses to find it.

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    • June 7, 2017 at 2:31 pm
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      Now I’m trying to talk my hubby into getting an small to medium sized RV. If you ever have to bug out it’s easier in an RV. Not over rough terrain but roads. A quick go would be on motor/dirt bikes with back packs. Those are expensive for sure. I just got the paper for my wall from the guys who went to an expo. I couldn’t read the lil one that was free, so I had to order it online it’s called the ((from shelf Reliance expo, the Homesteaders Master Plan pdf.)) Yes it’s over priced but they’ll give you a code to take ½ off. It’s huge and I can read it. 🙂 Its has everything you can think of prep wise on it. I could even stand to have it be even bigger. Lol But then it would get in the way of my shelves. LOL

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      • June 7, 2017 at 8:28 pm
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        I’m soo glad to hear you have a plan, that’s more than most people. I used to think I would bug out but have since researched it may not work. We may be targets for those that have not planned. I am working on a task force in my neighborhood. Strength is good in numbers. Weapons, etc. God help us all when the SHTF, who knows what will happen. We can only imagine and it’s not good. I wish Mark and I had a small RV, but the problem is if we have an EMP our car would not work. We would be bugging in for sure. Love your plan…keep it up! Linda

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    • June 7, 2017 at 8:22 pm
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      You are amazing! I love the Ball canning book, getting the soil just right has been a struggle for me in this clay dirt!! I am a visual person as well. Amen to who God will choose who needs to find it! Linda

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  • June 8, 2017 at 12:41 pm
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    Its a lot of work that’s for sure Linda. Yes we may be targets, but we plan for that too. All we can do is the best we can. We plan on bugging in mostly. Because where would we go otherwise.? We aren’t rich. It’s just us and our older kids. All our kids would come home since we have the room for each of them. But they would have to help with physical labor. Plus we have a great neighbors who think the same way we do. We lucked out there. 🙂 We would have each other’s back for sure. Our neighbor on the right has 30 acres and he raises cows and sometimes chickens. I raise Chickens, ducks, geese but am taking a few years off. That took all my time. You can’t go visiting relatives when you have a bunch of livestock. Lol The neighbor behind us has horses. Our neighbor on the left has trees he chopped (into tons of firewood) due to a tornado we all lived thru that came thru here a few years back. We would need a supply of grain though. I tried growing flax & wheat. No go. It wouldn’t even come up. We must be in the wrong area for that. People who think you just throw the seeds on the dirt and think it’ll grow, will be hurting big time. Many Blessings.

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