After several severe storms swept the eastern US scattering debris and downing power lines, many people are suffering from ‘power-withdrawal’ as well as from a heat wave.
This reminds me why I want to be more self-sufficient. A hundred years ago we wouldn’t have been so perplexed by the worry that the power might go out. The fact is that it does. People are reportedly aggravated, and with just cause, that there isn’t more preparation for this kind of event, especially when it continues to happen again and again.
This is how I envision preparedness for disasters in my life:
1. I need water. - I have a dugout but it’s exposed to contamination from the air. I have some extra bleach on hand and 40 gallons of stored water. I want to put a small cistern somewhere, but haven’t convinced Hubby yet because we can’t decide where to put it and how to rotate it.
2. I need
Chocolate Food. The essentials are salt, oil, wheat, honey and then whatever you can afford to add. I add everything I normally eat as far as it is possible. If you can afford only to have a week’s supply do that. If you can find room and money for a month it will make you much happier and less worried. Keep adding, rotating the supply, and extending the time frame you can cover. Diversify how you store it: Canned, frozen, dried,smoked,fresh (like my spagettit squash, fish in the pond, pasture chickens, garden, milk cow…). This all is a work in progress and can and should be done with time for thought and without panic.
3. I need to be warm. – especially in the winter. We have a wood cook stove and a wood supply. This has saved my butt and my canned food many times already! I have extra blankets for when some other soul is cold and wants to stay.
4. I need shelter. – I have a roof that doesn’t leak, a tent and plastic.
5. I need God. – …to help me accept what trials I need to learn from and to comfort me when things go wrong.
6. I need friends.- I hope to help my neighbours – one might have what the other lacks, and a hug will get us through a lot.
7. I need knowledge. – I am studying the wild plants around me to know what I can eat or can’t, and their medicinal uses.
What would you add to my list? Am I forgetting anything?
PS: Check out the comments below (some good ideas).