On Your Own
One of the cornerstones of preparedness is storing food. No one argues the point of whether food is important. What I have found, though, is that not too many discussions occur about where these rations will be stored.
While the government recommended level of preparedness is currently three days, history tells us that people should really expect to be YOYO (You’re On Your Own) for about seven days.
After a major disaster like the earthquake in Japan or Hurricane Katrina, it takes about three to four days for first responders to get through the rubble and chaos. Then it takes another couple of days for them to deal with high-level emergencies such as those who are dying, rioters, nuclear meltdowns and the like. By the time government and nonprofit organizations can get to the basic needs of you and your family, you will likely find that you have been YOYO for almost a week.
There are all kinds of places to get survival items such as Goodwill Industries, Deseret Industries, thrift shops, estate sales, yard sales, garage sales, fundraisers, pawn shops, flea markets, moving sales and Internet sites such as Craigslist, Half.com, eBay and Amazon.
One of the most important things you can do to prepare for a crisis is to always be learning. I know that sounds like a tough thing to do, but in reality, you can learn new tricks and tips every day.
Building a comprehensive food stockpile is a daunting task, to say the least. I recommend you begin storing basic foods that will enable you to survive during a short-term emergency and then gradually expand your inventory to enable you to survive a long-term emergency.
The closer we get to Election Day, there will be distracters and folks trying to stop you from thinking freely so that the people in charge can stay in charge. Whether you believe in our system or not, you need to believe that you should vote and that every vote counts.
Food dehydrating is one of the oldest methods of food preservation. Drying fresh fruits and vegetables is quite simple. You will need a food dehydrator, or you can use your oven. Fruit and yogurt leathers, dried fruit, beef jerky, herb seasonings, tomato powder and many other great dried foods can be made at home and stored for use at a later time.
When the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI) happens, none of us will be ready. There is no amount of preparedness, storage or training that we can have that will have us ready in the blink of an eye for something that can literally happen just as fast.
Taking back our power means taking total responsibility for our own lives. We must never allowing ourselves to become victims and blame someone else because something happened to us. We must all be self-reliant, self-sufficient and responsible for ourselves first.
The prepper can take many lessons for the situation that developed in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. One lesson is that when the social order breaks down for a period of days or weeks, adequate medical care will disappear.