Survival and Self-sufficiency
There is no way we can know exactly what emergency situations might occur. If you break down the short-term and long-term emergencies and prepare for them in sequence, it will be easier and less overwhelming to put together emergency survival foods and other supplies just in case you encounter a power outage, tornado, hurricane, flooding, civil unrest or any other type of local disaster.
Over the years, I’ve gotten into the habit of writing notes on paper or on my phone whenever I hear news stories that relate to preparedness. When I’m having a conversation with someone, I sometimes step away to look at the notes on my phone to figure out a current story from the news that I can use to introduce the topic of preparedness.
Will an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) occurrence affect everything with electrical wiring? I have a new metal roof and two barns with lightning rods with 6 foot solid copper rods for grounding. Would an EMP destroy this? Will my automobiles that have computers be worthless after an EMP? Could I take the batteries out of my 1980 and 1987 vehicles and transfer them?
Drying excess produce is one of the easiest, most inexpensive and oldest preservation methods available. I really like the fact that my homegrown food does not go to waste. I also like that that it has no chemicals, additives or preservatives in it.
I sometimes close a column with a reminder to store water, food, guns, ammo and gold. Inevitably, that remark will spark a rejoinder pointing out the folly of preparedness.
Some people just don’t get it, and apparently no amount of “preaching” to them on the subject will get through. Boy Scouts, apparently, they aren’t. For them, normalcy bias (the belief that things will always be just like they are) is just too tough to overcome.
What will economic destruction look like? When will it happen? All we can do is guess. What can you do? Prepare. The simplest and most powerful thing you can do is to stock up on the items you regularly use.
Canning and preserving your own food is a great way to save money and ensure that your family consumes only healthy foods that contain no harmful preservatives, additives or pesticides. Preserving food at home is becoming popular as more and more people are realizing that home-canned food is far superior to that of store-bought.
It’s always bizarre to me when I hear people talk about wanting to deport only those illegal aliens who are criminals. The Department of Homeland Security said it will start focusing on deporting illegals with criminal records and leaving alone illegals without criminal records. Call me crazy, but if someone breaks our immigration laws and is in the United States illegally, he is a criminal.
I have heard people jokingly say that they don’t need extra food reserves because they have guns. They casually say, “I will just come to your house.” I believe that people will do whatever they have to do to get food for their family. How will we protect the food reserves we have worked so hard to purchase, store and secure?
A recent storm that tore through the New England dumped more than a foot of snow in some areas and left hundreds of thousands without power for several days.