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Start Small, Work Consistently

July 15, 2010 by  

“Too many people make the mistake in thinking emergencies only happen to ‘other folks,’” writes Larry Barkdull in his book, Emergency Essentials’ Tips For Preparedness. “Beyond the subject of disaster, being prepared should be a part of your normal provident living. Don’t become overwhelmed. Start with small goals and work consistently.”

Barkdull gives the following ideas to help you get started on your preparedness plan:

  • Establish a modest preparedness budget. Make it a priority and work at it the best you can. Start with a few items, such as: a 72-hour kit, emergency candles, a sleeping bag and a first aid kit or an emergency bag. Then budget enough money monthly to keep adding to your stores of emergency supplies.
  • Get your information from reliable sources. Most sensible programs will coincide with other reputable sources such as books, community preparation and church or government programs. Don’t let anyone scare you into thinking that has to be done all at once or that you must incur heavy debt to achieve your goals.
  • That which would be required to sustain life for three days can be easily multiplied for planning long-term storage needs.
  • Be consistent. Within a short time you will have the necessary supplies and equipment to take care of yourself, family members and others.
  • Think investment not expense. Think practically when it comes to assembling a food storage program. Buy the basics and learn to use them. Buy foods that you can rotate and eat regularly instead of storing foods that are unknowns to you that you have never eaten. Buy emergency materials that can be used for other activities such as Scouting events, camping adventures and family road trips. Take care of what you purchase and learn not to waste. The point is, do something and do not procrastinate.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American who has been writing a newsletter since 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Jim H.

    Sportsmen and campers already have much of this equipment. Shelter is priority one in a survival situation. Water is 2nd. A good water filter that backpackers use would be good. Food would be the next priority.

  • Kitty

    My conundrum is I have diabetes and I use a low carb diet. have you ever tried to store meat? and fat? That’s what I need instead of the high carb diet that most people store for survival/emergencies. my desire is to make some venison jerky without salt, and store it as pemmican so it will keep quite a while and be portable. as for trading it in and out of storage, I do require something like that for travel and for keeping with me for times when I can’t get a a meal conveniently.

    Commercial products have to much salt for me to eat consistently in a survival situation. I eat meat and green vegetables and berries. Berries can be dried, and the vegetables as well, I hear. Water is a necessity of course, whether you have health issues or not, and more so when you do, or rather more of it so a Katydyn water filter should be my first purchase.

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