You will have no fear if you are prepared for survival, I promise. There is something about going to bed at night knowing I have water, food, and a few emergency items I can survive with. Now, this didn’t happen overnight for me, it was a little of this and a little of that collected over many years.
Sometimes we need a little push to be prepared for survival, or a pat on the back for being prepared to survive almost any situation. I sometimes have to sit back and say to myself, Linda all is well, God will take care of your neighborhood, you can’t do it all yourself.
I take a deep breath and say, thank you God for reminding me that I can’t do it all. Mark and I don’t have the room or money to provide for my entire neighborhood, I am prepared to take care of Mark and myself. And maybe a few others.
I do talk with one of my friends who lives a few streets over about what we will each do in case we have a disaster that hits our subdivision. We both talk about how this woman can help us cook after a disaster, this guy can fix anything we need, etc.
I’m asked to speak in several churches and homes so people know I’m prepared. I was asked to write a book, “Prepare Your Family For Survival.” You may have read some preppers caution others, saying, “Keep it a secret if you have food and water.” Trust me, if we have the internet anyone can find us.
Some preppers use a pseudonym name because they are paranoid about people knowing who they are, where they live, or whatever. We have to respect their feelings. But, I’m real and I live in Southern Utah. I have readers that email me and call me. Sometimes, they just need a hand to hold as they learn how to use a pressure cooker. I get it. I really do.
I grew up with a garden, having a pantry with food, sewing my own clothes, and making bread. We canned food and I taught my girls the same thing. Except, I regret I didn’t teach them to sew, but three have sewing machines. That counts, right? How can you mend if you don’t have a sewing machine?
When I go visit my daughters and their families usually someone has something that needs to be taken in or mended. That’s how we roll, every house has to have a sewing machine. I’m proud to say that three of my grandkids have taken sewing lessons, hooray!
I have a few items to help you think about what you may need to add to your emergency stash. These are the bare minimum, but hey, it’s better than nothing.
How To Be Prepared For Survival:
- Water: one gallon per person per day minimum. I prefer four gallons per person per day, but do what you can, ASAP.
- Food: today I am begging you to get a few extra cans of food, the government will not be there the day after any disaster. I know because I have lived through a few emergencies and we all know this is true. We must be self-reliant.
- Emergency stove: Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case you can cook just about anything on this little stove. Your gas barbecue uses too much fuel to boil water. Be sure and get extra fuel: GasOne Butane Fuel Canister (4pack)
- Flashlight: make sure you have batteries if you have a battery-powered flashlight. I prefer to have a solar one: Goal Zero Flashlight
- Blankets: never give away blankets that can keep you warm if the power goes out.
- Portable toilet: this means storing extra toilet paper, kitty litter, and 10-gallon bags for your portable emergency toilet. Food Storage Moms Emergency Toilet Please remember those “time of the month” items your girls may need.
- Portable washing machine: we all want clean underwear no matter what, right? Food Storage Moms Portable Washer
- Medical Needs: please have a first aid kit and a good medical book like this one: Medical Handbook. If your OTC medications are expired, please pick some up today, not tomorrow. If the pharmacies and stores are closed, they are closed. I can’t emphasize this enough, we must take care of ourselves. If we lose power the stores may close and so will the pharmacies. What you have in your home today is what you will have in one hour if we have a total power outage for days, weeks, or months. Please be prepared for the unexpected.
- Auto Gas: please keep your gas tank at 3/4 full. If you need to flee your area, you don’t want to wait in line at a gas station to find out the tanks do not work due to lack of power.
- Cash: keep small bills like ones and fives for cash. If the power goes out, the banks, the stores, the ATMs, etc. will not work.
- 72-Hour Kits or bug-out bag: these would be awesome. I can give you a list, but basically, it means gathering ALL those items you may need in the next 72 hours.
- Plans: make a plan for evacuation and talk it over with your family. Make a Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C since situations change and family members’ schedules need to be considered.
- Important Documents: don’t forget to gather all of your important documents in an emergency binder so it’s ready to grab and take with you. Here is my FREE Printable download. Please be patient, it takes time to download on your computer. Food Storage Moms Emergency Binder
This is a very short list to remind you to be prepared for the unexpected. May God bless you for doing what you can to be prepared. Please teach your family how to be prepared for survival. May God bless this world, Linda