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The ManOfMany Thingz came over for a visit and a discussion about the need for being prepared. Not just for an end of the world scenario, but for any sort of disaster than can and does happen all the time. Hurricane, earthquake, tornado, flood, blizzard, fire, job loss, power outage and other things that can hit us and take way our homes or source of income.
People need to be prepared. Most people go through their daily lives without giving even a single thought to any sort of disaster plan. But, even in grade school we had tornado and fire drills all the time. Why do we so soon forget this early training?
People grow up, leave the home of their parents to start a family of their own. They get their own home but forget the training they had as a child. No fire or tornado drills and no emergency food supplies put away.
There are many preppers out there. Most of the prepper community has received a bad reputation as being some sort of doomsday freaks. You imaging a gun toting wild man ranting about the end of the world coming so you better be prepared.
But this should not turn you off from being prepared for emergency or disaster.
Every single family or household should have a disaster plan in place. Especially if you have children you should practice a fire drill and a tornado drill with your family regularly. You should also have fire alarms in place and make sure to check the batteries often. Every family should have at least two weeks worth of emergency food rations and water. According to FEMA, a government agency which provides emergency and disaster support, you should have two weeks worth of water and food for every single member of your household. If you take medications you should also keep extra meds on hand and keep them rotated. Women also have needs that should be stocked up.
Most people simply wait and think this will not happen to them. Windham, New York probably did not think that their town would be completely devastated by a hurricane. They are about 150 miles inland from the nearest ocean. But Hurricane Irene wiped out their town and many homes and businesses are still recovering today.
In 12 months time New York lived through two hurricanes. This is a rare occurrence but somehow we got hit with two of them in a short time. People were still recovering from the first hurricane when just a year later the second one hit.
The strange thing is that it seemed like people were not prepared for the second one after going through the first.
All drinking water, instant meals, gas cans, batteries, generators, kerosene, portable heaters, gasoline, camping supplies and more were totally stripped from the shelves of all stores within 100 miles of us here in Upstate New York after each hurricane.
It seems that people wait for the last minute to prepare for any emergency or coming disaster. Even with advance warning, people are flooding the stores on the day before the storm and for a week afterward trying to get needed supplies. In the mean time, preppers are sitting comfortably at home waiting it out.
Hurricane Irene destroyed my business and the home I was living in. My antique shop got flooded under 5 feet of water. It was a total loss. FEMA would not help me and insurance would not cover it because it was not located in a normal recognized flood zone. The beautiful old colonial home I shared with 4 other people at that time suffered intensive mold damage which drove me out of the place for health reasons. The place was not fixed up after the flooding and mold set in. The mold climbs up inside the walls and causes health problems plus damage to the house.
I was otherwise prepared well in advance of Hurricane Irene by having enough water, food, camp stove and fuel to survive an extended time without any utilities. I had actually planned to move into my survival truck camper if we lost power for a long time. My survival truck camper remains stocked up and ready to bug out at any time due to disaster, if needed. If I do not have to bug out, such as during the hurricane or a blizzard, I am all set for bugging into my truck camper to live in comfort until the utilities are restored.
Being a prepper I have lived through many power outages due to blizzard or ice storms in the past years. Often I remain in my truck camper in perfect comfort while others sadly suffer with no heat, food, water or power.
In the back of my car is a bug out bag. This is a bag packed with enough supplies to survive any foreseen emergency for three days. I have basic medical supplies, food, water purification methods and other survival needs. If you live in a colder climate you need warm clothes and a source of heat. My bug out bag is meant to keep me alive if I get stranded in winter or to get me home to my main bug out bag in case of emergency or disaster.
The ManOfMany Thingz has a bug out jeep which he calls the “SJ” which stands for Survival Jeep. His jeep is a self contained stealth bug out vehicle. He plans to bug in. This means that in the event of a disaster he will stay put at home. His jeep is decked out with everything he needs to get back home in the event of an emergency. It has tools, medical supplies, solar panel and batteries, AC power and much more. He can repair his jeep on the fly if something happens and get back home.
Be prepared! Get some water, food and other important supplies stocked up not to keep you and your loved ones safe in the event of an emergency. Practice a fire and tornado drill often if you have children. Make sure you have supplies on hand to survive loss of income, home or power.
Stocking up for survival or disaster readiness does not need to cost an arm and a leg. You can stock up on a budget, if you apply the ideas I will show you here. Stocking up is not necessarily only for “Survival” either. You never know if you might loose your job, your car or home one day due to nature or the economy. Having a supply of food is very important if that ever comes.
I know first hand. Having recently gone through a period with no income, I ate through some of my stock that I have been building up for years now. I am thankful to have had the three months food supply on hand that I used. Fortunately, I still have a lot of food put away, even after living off it for three months. But the point is that it was there and it helped. Anyone can end up in the same situation at any time.
When you go shopping, take a few dollars extra with you. Also, if you go shopping for the sales, and not just what is on your list, you can come home with a whole lot more food for your money. When I go shopping, I do not take a list. I get what is on sale that I like. I just got about 30 cans of vegetables at 50 cents a can. Where I live, that is pretty cheap right now. And they have a shelf life until about 2014. If you keep your cans underground, cool and dry, you can keep them for many more years past the sell date. I know that from experience as well. One time a friend gave me a few cases (5-6) of canned fish that was expired. There were tomato, mustard and other types of flavors added to the fish. Various types. Anyway, I ate those cans of fish for three years after that. They had been kept underground, in a cool, dry place and were perfectly edible, three years past the expiration date.
Back to shopping. Look for deals. When you get paid, go shopping for sales and specials. You will be amazed how much you can stock up in a short time. The dollar stores (the real ones) are very good as well. I get canned fruits and treats that normally cost two to three times as much, all for a dollar each. Sometimes you can get brand name foods for a dollar there. Frozen fruit and veggies are dirt cheap at a dollar per pound at the dollar store. Anywhere else, unless you manage to catch a rare sale, are over $2 per pound where I live. I get the dollar store frozen foods and dehydrate them to be vacuum sealed and put away for later.
Another important point. Get food you like to eat. It will do you no good at all to have a huge surplus of food that you don’t like. I once bought a ton of canned string beans. Good stuff. But for a single person, those huge cans are hard to use up at one time. Beans, corn and tomatoes are great to toss into a pot together and have a sort of Mexican soup. But a huge can of green beans is just not easy to use up. I still have a lot of them.
If you have a sweet tooth, visit your local grocery store the day after a huge holiday. Easter, Christmas, Valentines Day are some of the ones with special shaped and colored chocolates and candies. They are deeply discounted after the holiday.
Shop the discount racks at the grocery store. They usually have 50% off an item that is out of production, or nearing the sale date. If kept cool, it will last many more years.
Start stocking up for your family next time you go shopping. It will add up soon.