Prepping after retirement is not a whole lot different than prepping for a large family. The difference mainly is storing less of everything. Or is it? Here’s the deal, if you are totally stocked with just enough of the items listed below for you and your spouse you are set, right?
But, what if some of your kids and grandkids are visiting and we have a pandemic break out. Maybe a hurricane, tornado or major flooding hit your community. The roads may be washed away from extreme rainfall, we have seen this in Southern Utah.
Or maybe the power grid is compromised, this is my biggest fear. I can control my food stash, water, and many other things, but our government is about 40 years behind in upgrading our power system across the board. To me, this is deplorable.
Some of you may say, well, I have a generator. Well, that’s great until the fuel runs out. I’m not saying I’m afraid of living without electricity, I could do it. It wouldn’t be fun but I could manage it because I have a few solar devices.
The worst case scenario would be no electricity for days, weeks, months and possibly years. Some of you may have read the book “One Second After.” That book gave some insights into what will happen after an EMP (ElectroMagnetic Impulse) such as the cars with electronic equipment would no longer work.
Scratch that big new Suburban, it would flat out not work. The stores would be empty because the trucks that need to deliver the medicines to pharmacies or the food to the grocery stores will not operate either.
Three Books I Recommend
As a reminder, there are three books (not the Kindle version) you need to in order to be prepared for the unexpected. Remember we may be on our own for days, weeks or months, possibly years after a major disaster. We need to have a few basic medical skills to perform ourselves. I applaud you if you know CPR or you are trained as an EMT, and better yet, a Paramedic. Bravo to you!
The First Book:
This is my book. If you are teaching classes on food storage or emergency preparedness this is the only book you need, I promise. If you want to be prepared for the unexpected, my book covers it all. It’s a family friendly book, no weapons discussed. Prepare Your Family For Survival
The Second Book:
If you read “One Second After,” you understand about insulin and cars that won’t work after an EMP. But, this book “Lights Out,” is not fictional. I highly recommend you read this book. Ted Koppel lays out how unprepared our government is for a grid-down. No one talks about this, we assume our government is on top of things. Think again, my friends. “Lights Out” by Ted Koppel.
The Third Book:
This is a great book for using now or after a major disaster hits your neighborhood. Here’s the deal, if you have nurses or doctors living in your neighborhood, they will be needed at hospitals or emergency care centers that will be set up after an unforeseen disaster.
We will not see them sitting around their kitchen table sipping coffee after a major issue on your street. They will more than likely be needed for severe injuries outside your neighborhood. It’s very likely they will be contacted to head to an emergency location to help those who are critically hurt. Please purchase this book and learn the skills you need now before you must know them later. “Survival Medicine Handbook”
Prepping After Retirement
- Put an evacuation plan in place that outlines which roads or highways you will exit and where you will try and meet if you are separated from family members.
- Water, you know the drill, I prefer 4-gallons per day per person. The American Red Cross suggests 1-gallon person per day. I live in the desert, there is no way 1-gallon will be enough water for one person per day.
- Food, I do not count calories in the food I store. I store what I will eat and rotate it.
- Cooking devices, get a butane stove with butane tanks so you can at least boil water and cook a few hot meals.
- Fuel for your cooking devices, choose the ones you feel comfortable using in the appropriate stoves.
- Solar oven, as long as you have some sunshine where you live these are great to boil water and cook meals.
- First aid kit, picture all pharmacies and stores closed for days or weeks. Do you have enough supplies in your home today to cover you for say six months or one year? Please gather all the supplies and put them in one location. Keep an audit as needed. First Aid Kit by Food Storage Moms
- Walkie talkies, these are the ones a local search and rescue team suggested to talk to neighbors through the walls of houses. This is critical so you can check on your friends, neighbors, and family near your home.
- Task force in your neighborhood, this would be an organized group with like-minded people on a mission to help one another. Our neighborhood could actually do a prepping for retirement task force because we are mostly retirement age.
- Flashlights, batteries or solar flashlights.
- An ample supply of prescriptions, if you need to pay cash for those critical ones, do it, sell something to buy them if required.
- 72-hour kits, these are fine but we need so much more. These are a good start but we need so much more if evacuated for an extended length of time.
- Cash, small bills, the banks may be closed and the ATM’s will not work. You better forget about those automatic deposits in the bank, the banks will not be operating after a grid down. The power may not be restored for days, weeks, months or years. Ted Koppel nailed it on what will happen when the power grids are sabotaged. Our country is not prepared in any way to survive the aftermath of one. We must be self-reliant. If we are prepared we will not be fearful.
- Garden seeds, only Heirloom, Organic Non-GMO ones because those are the only seeds that will produce year after year.
- Water purifier, I prefer the Big Berkey because it can purify so many gallons, depending on how many cartridges you have stored. The black cartridges remove more bacteria than the white ones.
- Portable hand washing machine, don’t forget to stalk up on laundry detergent.
- Portable toilet, complete with a shovel, kitty litter, and garbage bags, lots of garbage bags.
- Hand operated kitchen and cooking essentials such as hand-cranked beaters and can openers are a must-have item(s).
- Menstrual supplies, trust me, a neighbor may need them, make some reusable ones. They may be gross to some people, but they work.
- Kitchen soap and a stainless steel pan that could be heated to wash dishes. Once the paper plates and cups are gone we will need a way to wash plates, bowls, cups, silverware, etc. Don’t forget to stock up on dish soap.
- Paper towels, toilet paper and hand towels that can be washed and dried.
- Get a clothesline with clothespins that work. Please practice hanging up wet clothes, I am using some cheap wood ones as firewood now. My motto is to buy right the first time.
- Tools, please keep your tools, you will need them, that guy down the street with a chainsaw may be your new best friend.
- Emergency binder, filled with important documents, ready to grab and evacuate with. Be sure and include two pictures in the binder. One to keep and one to share on a missing person board.
- Emergency contact names, phone numbers, and email addresses for your neighborhood task force. Hopefully, some part of the country will still have power.
Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected, especially prepping after retirement. We must be able to take care of ourselves, let’s hope our neighbors understand the need for prepping. Please look out for the elderly in your neighborhood, they may have limited resources and physical limitations. May God bless this world, Linda