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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Time to check out your Supplies

By Joseph Parish

Well, we recently changed our clocks and at the same time we were advised to replace the batteries in our smoke detectors. Although this is sensible recommendations, I think that it should have been extended just a wee bit more and ought to have incorporated inspecting our preparedness supplies as well.

Over the past year many of us have supplemented various things to our bug out kits or bug out bags and simply forgot all about the extra objects. We may have wholly forgotten about the new light that we purchased months ago. What about the seed packs that was carefully stuffed away for the day when we would need such items. They too were totally forgotten about.

Preparation in anticipation for potential emergencies and disasters is an ongoing process. I myself have accomplished many things this past year however I feel there are always tasks which can be concluded to compensate for upcoming situations.

II have a new generator, although it is strictly a stand alone power plant and is not connected to switch automatically into the usual power circuitry. It will however serve its purpose well.

* I are continually taking various survival related classes in an effort to be better prepared for those unfortunate events when they occur. I have taken the liberty to ensure that all my first aid kits and medical bags are stocked and there are extra supplies available. Let’s face it; one can always add more to top off the medical supplies.

* I have personally introduced myself to many of the local emergency personnel and try to cultivate a good relationship with various emergency agencies such as the local Red Cross, Emergency Management and the local Homeland Security people.

* All of my families shots are current and our papers are in order.

* Our home has been slightly modified to include a safe room with battery operated lighting and radio communications while remote camera viewing is being installed soon.

* We are currently in the process of covering all the windows in the safe room to preclude both light coming in as well as going out.

* I have deposited a copy of our important papers in several locations and have sufficient coins hidden to get us through emergencies.

* Planning to add a dual-battery system to the BOV along with a heavy duty winch

* We currently have one chest freezer full as well as an upright that is packed with food in case of an extended period of emergency times.

* All my children are welcome to meet at my home and I have made provisions to take care of them in the event that they do arrive. Specific friends are also welcome with the understanding that they bring food, first aid supplies and weapons if they have them.

* All people involved are expected to take some sort of survival classes to enhance their value to the group as a whole.

There are still many things left on my “to do list” that is for sure. These mostly center on preparing the garage for emergencies and the basement crawlspace for specific storage options. I still need to perform a good inventory of all the supplies. Much of my survival equipment dates back to the Y2K era and need to be carefully inspected.

Our short term plans include a victory garden. We currently have many plants started in our home and will naturally have a garden when we get over the last frost of the year. When the price is right we visit one of the local farmers markets and stock up on produce which we then either freeze or can.

Although I feel more prepared then most of my friends and relatives I still lack a lot of the necessities that I would like to have. I guess one is never totally prepared for disasters.

Copyright @ 2009 Joseph Parish

Original: http://survival-training.blogspot.com/2009/03/time-to-check-out-your-supplies.html

Audio Podcast: The Difference Between Survival and Hobby Gardening

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Once again I am speaking to you from the past. This show was recorded on the afternoon of March 10th 2009 but will is being published on March 12th while I am away at my bug out location in Hot Springs Arkansas. Well, not exactly in Hot Springs but in an undisclosed location north of the area.

Today’s show covers the concept of survival gardening and how it differs in both practice and in motivation from typical hobbyist gardening. Today’s show notes are brief so tune in to get the full story.

Original: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/survivalpcast/~3/Oz95lv8DWis/the-difference-between-survival-and-hobby-gardening

Self reliance includes using what you have at hand to make bread

Pure Whole Wheat Bread with Sunflower and Flax Seeds by sierravalleygirl on FlickrOften, a prominent aspect of self reliance is innovation—such as using what you have at hand to make bread, even if you are a little short of regular white flour. Or perhaps you would just like a bit of a change. If you have mastered the basic concept of bread baking as we covered last week you might see about changing up the recipe ingredients and baking procedure to get different sorts of bread suitable for different uses.

Perhaps the easiest way to change the basic receipt, as presented last Tuesday, would be to make a sweet egg dough. When you gather your tools and ingredients to start the bread, pull about a half a dozen eggs out of the fridge and set them on the counter to warm a bit. Proof your yeast; set your sponge, and when you get to the third step where you turn it into dough, first add all the eggs. Also add about a half a cup of sugar, honey…some sweetener. You might throw in a bit more ginger; a tablespoon wouldn’t be too much. Now, go ahead and mix in the fat and salt as directed before. You’ll want a little less water as the eggs count towards liquid. Mix it all up well with your hand, and start adding flour. Proceed as the original directions indicate. If you’ll be making small things, you can use the dough after the first rise; if you’ll be making things closer to the shape of a loaf then let it rise twice. Use this dough to make;

  • Cinnamon pull-apart. Pull small bits of dough off (smaller than a teaspoon), dip in melted butter then in a cinnamon and sugar mixture. Drop randomly into a well greased pan. Let rise in pan, bake. This is a messy procedure, but oh! so tasty!
  • Cinnamon rolls. Take a quantity of the dough (or, all of it if you want a lot of cinnamon rolls!) and roll it out on a clean, floured counter till it is about a quarter of an inch thick, evenly. Butter the whole thing with soft butter. Sprinkle heavily with half brown sugar and half white sugar. Overlay it with cinnamon to taste. Some folks like raisins in their cinnamon rolls. Now comes the fun; starting at one long edge, begin rolling it up. Try to sort of tuck it into itself as you roll, so you get it as tight as you can without stretching it; this helps keep all the goodies from falling to the bottom of the pan while they rise and bake. Now slice the roll as thick as you want your cinnamon rolls high—remember they will rise, too. Place cut sides up in a well greased pan with sides not quite touching each other. Let rise in pan, bake. Flip them out of the pan as soon as you can manage; if they cool in the pan, the sugars will solidify and you’ll have to prise them out in chunks. You may drizzle something like honey or corn syrup over them once they are dumped out of the pan if you like yours extra sticky.
  • Norwegian brown sugar rolls. At least, I think that’s what they’re called. My Dad always called the diapers, so we did too LOL! Roll out your dough as for cinnamon rolls; butter it well with soft butter. Cut the dough into approximately 4 inch by 4 inch square. Put a good scoop of brown sugar in the center of each one…a heaping tablespoon full or so. Works better if you pack it in some way, like squeezing it into a ball. Flip the corners of each square into the center, making sure they all over lap each other. Secure with a toothpick. Place in greased pan, let rise and bake. Butter the tops when they come out. You’ll see why Dad called them diapers when you eat them (I know, that’s fully horrible….LOL!)
  • Swedish tea ring. Roll the dough out as before; butter well with soft butter. Spread with half white sugar and half brown sugar, a bit less than you’d use for cinnamon rolls. Spread spices on it—cinnamon, mace, cloves, nutmeg…anything you find good. Now cover well with diced dried fruit…raisins, golden raisins, currants, diced dried apples, dried cranberries, dried apricots…whatever suites your fancy. Add a kind of sparse layer of sliced almonds—I prefer sliced as they cook soft, but you may use slivered I suppose. Lace with honey or corn syrup. Roll up as for cinnamon rolls. Now; cut the uneven ends off, and bring them together so you have a doughnut shape. Pinch the edges on the inside of the doughnut shape together and smooth as well as you can. Get the beast onto a greased flat baking pan; obviously, a pizza pan would work well here. With sharp kitchen shears or a very sharp knife, slice the doughnut shape every inch or so—but not all the way through; leave the center intact. Carefully turn or slightly twist each still connected slice so that it lays a bit flat, and shows the tasty goodness in beautiful swirls inside. Let rise and bake. Butter well when it comes out of the oven, and sprinkle with white sugar. Beautiful! This is a standard feature at our Yule feast every year.

You can also replace a portion of the regular white flour with almost any other flour. Until you are familiar with how the different flours react and interact with the bread baking process, I would recommend that you don’t replace more than half of the regular flour with some other flour. Try whole wheat flour first, as it’s very similar to the finely ground regular flour you’re using. Any time you use a different flour, add it when you make the sponge into dough. Spelt flour would be another good flour to experiment with. Spelt is a relative of wheat, but behaves differently in the dough.

One of my favorites is oatmeal bread. You may be able to find oatmeal flour, but you can also use quick oats or even Gerber Oatmeal baby cereal—a whole box for one batch of bread. Use nutmeg instead of ginger for a tasty twist. When you grease the pans, grease them extra well and shake regular rolls oats all over in the pan before you put the loaf in to rise. You can also add very finely minced hazelnuts for a marvelous tasting bread with a protein boost!

Check your local grocery’s baking aisle and see what flours they carry. In my local, Bob’s Red Mill is the hot tip and the small bags of interesting flours are just about right for making one batch of bread that is different from plain old white bread. Remember that gluten, the long chain protein molecule that gives your bread its texture, only comes from wheat. The farther you get from wheat, the less yeast-bread-like texture you’re going to have…so, if you use bean flour, for instance, you may want to add some straight gluten. You’re likely to find it in the same area of the baking aisle that you find different flours.

Humans have been baking bread in one form or another for millenia. You can bet that it didn’t turn out the same every time, so if you create a batch of bread that isn’t what you expected it to be, remember that animals have less educated palates than we do and your dog, chickens and goats will probably love it. If all else fails, take it down to a public park that has a pond and ducks and spend a contemplative half hour feeding it to them. Developing self reliance skills like baking your own bread is definitely a learning curve—don’t be afraid to experiment!

Original: http://ourright2selfreliance.today.com/2009/03/03/self-reliance-includes-using-what-you-have-at-hand-to-make-bread/

Bugging In

Itzl Monitoring the Hall

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Most survivalists talk about bugging out. They make plans, plot routes, buy land, build compounds – at least in their dreams if not in fact. Most of them are heading for one of 4 or 5 places:

1. “The hills” somewhere to live off the land, but no real, scoped out location
2. A state park, because there’s bound to be lots of game, right?
3. A friend’s house – never mind that friend may have lots of other friends and family who will also be descending upon him, many with no gear or training
4. The family farm
5. A survivalist’s compound

Hard-core, Bug-Out, Survival-Compound survivalists think I’m insane for planning to “bug in”, or shelter in place, or hunker down where I am, but you see, they all think they can get to those remote locations. I only plan to leave if there’s a high probability my place will be flooded, burned, buried, or blasted out of existence. I selected my location carefully to provide me with both a modern citified lifestyle and the ability to adapt to a survival situation. In the 10 years I’ve been here, it’s proven to be capable of surviving most of the disasters that come this way. It’s far out of a flood zone, distant from most geological fault lines, and not too near any potential enemy targets. It’s near a well-stocked pond, and walking distance from 2 huge lakes (assuming you consider under 5 miles waling distance – I do). The location is fringe: not quite city, not quite rural, not really suburb. We still have horses, goats, cows, chickens, and rabbits in people’s backyards around here. It remembers being farmland and the soil is fertile. Of course, it helps that the city I live closest to is large, sprawling and still considers itself country. We have tractors rolling down the highway during rush hour.

Now, this isn’t to say I’m not prepared to bug out if evacuation becomes necessary. I’ve set up caches and marked the location on GPS as well as by landmarks – but you can’t always depend upon landmarks. I can locate them with a sextant if I have to – and I’ve practiced locating them by sextant and landmark just in case, when I go out to refresh the caches and add to them. I just prefer to consider sheltering in place, or what is snidely referred to as “bugging in”.

There are stages of survivalism. I’ve read lists in survival magazines and on survivalist websites and blogs, and I sort of agree with them, but I feel they leave out all the stages of survivalism for those of us who choose to shelter in place, to survive in our urban and suburban settings. So I’m going to present the stages of survivalism for those of us who choose to hunker down where we are.

1. Beginner – This is the “I should be doing something but I really have no clue what” phase. They may have a week’s worth of water stashed and a month’s worth of food. They may have thought about buying a generator, and have some basic camping equipment. They really don’t know how to start or what to do, and many give up.
2. Stocking up – If they’ve made it past stage 1, they’ve read a few sites about survival and they’ve gotten a bit serious. They have 6 months’ of stock, mostly canned food, bullets, and toilet paper, but no guns. They peruse the paper for land to buy “in case”. They’re indoctrinated by the End-of-the-World-as-We-Know-It survivalists, and may feel stressed and worried. The news is full of talk about terrorists and bombings and they want to be safe. They’re alone and lonely and worried, and their spouse or family doesn’t care about the same things. They may just leave it at this, a niggling worry that’s really too much effort to pursue.
3. Informed – If they made it past stage 2, they’ve read more than a few sites, purchased a few books, stocked up on food, water, and medical supplies for a year, gotten their CPR and concealed carry certifications, taken a few classes they hope will help them, and started a food garden. They’re connecting with others and discovering that most survivalists think they’re crazy to try to survive in their own home. A lot of the survivalists they meet will point out how they can’t make a nuclear shelter, or properly conceal what they are doing, how they’ll be mobbed in the event of an emergency, and they’re crazy to try to make long term plans where they are. Most city folk give up at this point, convinced they are doomed and can’t do anything about it.
4. Well-rounded – If they make it past the nay-sayers in stage 3, they’ve started to reach out and get the support of family and friends, formed long term plans and developed a back-up bug-out-if-we-must plan, and started sustainable practices that will help them in long term sub/urban survival. They’ve checked city ordinances and regulations about raising livestock, planted gardens not just in their yard, but in waste spaces and abandoned lots, may have convinced neighbors to go along with them (which will reduce the worries about being mobbed), and developed alternate energy sources and back-up plans. They’ve established caches just in case they need to evacuate. They’ve taken classes to increase their barterable skills, and learned advanced first aid skills. They’ve pooled their abilities with neighbors and family members to increase their odds of surviving in place. They’ve scoped out where things are and have plans for a number of long shot survival scenarios as well as most of the most common ones.
5. Sub/urban Homesteader – They’ve gone beyond the well-rounded by proving to themselves and their family they can live in the city off their own in most situations. Obviously, a direct nuclear strike isn’t going to be survivable, but they’ve created the necessary environment for near and remote nuclear strikes to be survivable. They can live off their gardens and backyard barnyards. They have a collective of people dedicated to surviving in their homes. They’ve seeded the waste spaces with food crops. They know how to save seed for their next crop and have been doing so for several years. They’ve created a barter co-op, and are teaching their skills as well as learning new ones. They are encouraging their neighbors to reach at least the informed stage. Barring a direct nuclear strike, a serious natural disaster, or a ruthless military invasion, they are pretty confident they can survive long term in their own home. There are a few of these people scattered around already.
6. Sub/urban Survival Compound – They’ve gone beyond the sub/urban homesteader and have created a neighbor watch that is skilled in weaponry and can be armed at a moment’s notice. They are prepared to defend their turf, so they have people with military skills as well as those with gardening, medical, mechanical, carpentry, veterinarian, and masonry skills. They’ve planted dwarf orchards in their backyards and replaced trees in the neighborhood park with standard fruit and nut trees. They have recycling, greywater, alternate energy, and sewage provisions in place in case the city fails to provide them, and may have already been selling their surplus energy to the city for a few years. To the casual driver, their neighborhood looks normal: houses, trees, maybe a lot of extra plants, kids on bikes or shooting hoops in driveways, parents keeping an eye on the kids, nice, well-kept and used neighborhood park. What they don’t see are the barricades ready to block the streets and the boundary houses with sturdy fencing that can be extended to lock off the neighborhood, and those kids’ treehouses that are everywhere? Those are the watchtowers. Granted, I only know of 2 such places, and am working on making my personal neighborhood such a place, but it is possible to do this. I’m at stage 5 and working on stage 6. An apartment complex with a large pond would be an excellent survival compound, as would any neighborhood with a limited access – perhaps only 2 to 5 main roads into the area

Survival compounds don’t have to be in a remote wooded area. With foresight, planning, and persuasive skills, almost any place can become a survival compound. So, if it makes you feel more secure to have a remote wilderness survival compound, go for it. Just know that you have viable alternatives. The city and its environs are imminently survivable for long periods of time, too.

Original: http://gallimaufree.wordpress.com/2009/03/02/bugging-in-4/

Of Course You Can

New Fence

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There have been recent articles in places like Salon.com, the New York Times, and CNN about DIY activities in a down economy. In a broken economy, such skills are even more important. In the prosperous past, people paid other people to do things for them – wash their cars, color their hair, mend their roof, install a fence, build shelves, even to do their laundry and care for their children. With job losses hitting every income level, paying someone else to so these things may not be possible anymore. If the “end of the world as we know it” arrives, it may be even less possible to hire someone else to care for your children, let alone raise and butcher your pig, or milk your cow.

I hear a lot of excuses for not doing things yourself: “no time”, “want it done right”, “dunno how”, “no tools”, “all thumbs”, and so on. These are mostly excuses. How are spending your time now? Reading blogs, eh? Playing computer games? Watching Hulu? None of these are going to help you if you lose your job or society collapses. And folks like me, who do know the business end of a knife, well, we may be willing to teach now, while things are still good, but when it becomes a survival matter, I’m sorry, but I will not be as willing to spend my time and resources on someone who refused to prepare themselves for living a life outside of a prosperous cocoon. All those reason above are excuses, not reasons. A valid reason might be “I have no arms” or “I’ve gotten old and frail and lack the strength to do what I once did.” Everyone else needs to learn at least the basics of the things they use on a regular basis.

We currently live in a highly consumerist society, and our former presidents did us no favors by encouraging us to continue in a consumerist lifestyle. The goal has been to make ever more money so we can pay people to do things for us, presumably to give us more free time. In reality, though, we’ve had to work longer hours to afford all those things, so that mythical free time remains elusive. That’s why we think we can’t spend time doing or learning to do things for ourselves – we so busy chasing the money.

Unless we make a lot of money, it really can’t buy us time. We still have to drive to a restaurant, wait for the meal to be prepared and served, wait to pay for, and drive back – in a time slot that we could have used to cook a nice meal from scratch at home for less money and been able to do other things at the same time. There are a lot of things that, once you learn how to do them, will take much less time to do yourself than to hire someone else to do for you.

What those DIY skills are varies depending upon where you live and what kind of lifestyle you hope to keep. Cooking your own meals is only one of a number of DIY skills we could easily have. Doing basic auto maintenance like oil changes, putting in new air filters, checking the anti-freeze/coolant levels, and keeping tires properly inflated will give you a familiarity with your car so if you do have to take it in for more advanced care, you’ll be able to describe what’s wrong to the mechanic and resolve the issue faster.

Sure it may take you longer than a pro to get it done, and it might not be quite as tidy, but on the other hand, you won’t stress over a fencing company trampling your carefully tended gardens, and your bookshelves may be not be as pretty, but they’ll be sturdy and they’ll be the right size to hold your books. You’ll never learn how to do something if you never allow yourself to do it. Of course you’ll make mistakes; that’s what learning is about. You learn from your mistakes, make corrections, and move forward, whether it’s a math paper or building a chicken coop. You can help neighbors build their chicken coops before you build yours and learn from those experiences so your coop is built the best you can, plus, having helped your neighbor, they’d be inclined to lend you their tools or help you build your coop.

What do I think people need to have as their basic DIY skills? I have 12 categories I think each person should be capable of doing so they don’t have to rely on others for it.

Cookery. Don’t let the fancy French words discourage you. The basic techniques are simple. Most people rely on the same few dishes for daily eating and only a few extra ones for holidays. The skills you learn for everyday cookery translate easily into festive holiday cookery – for example, think of that Thanksgiving turkey as just a bigger chicken and voila! You know how to cook a turkey. Make a list of the foods you eat frequently, weekly or monthly, and add in those foods that you find to be comfort foods. Use this list to start learning how to cook. You don’t need a lot of tools to cook, either. With a cooking pot, a frying pan, and a knife, you can cook practically anything.

Laundry. It’s much simpler than it looks and if reluctant teens can do their own laundry, so can you. Try doing part of your laundry by hand once in a while, and hang your laundry to dry outside on nice days just to keep practiced at it so if you end up having to do laundry by hand, you will already know how. You can save a lot of money laundering your own clothes.

Auto maintenance. Do as much as you can yourself. Not only is it cheaper, but you’ll be more familiar with your car and when something goes wrong, you’ll be more likely to know what it is. Changing a flat, doing the oil change, putting in a new air filter, topping the windshield washer fluid, changing windshield wiper blades, jumpstarting a car, and checking the anti-freeze/coolant are the bare minimum to know.

Grow something to eat. It doesn’t have to be a full 5 acre garden of independence, but try growing salad greens, for instance. Those can be grown indoors as well as outdoors, and you can eat them straight from the pot they grew in.

Start a fire. Whether it’s laying a fire in a fireplace or starting a BBQ, firestarting is a basic skill we should all know how to do.

Basic CPR, the Heimlich Maneuver, and basic first aid. You never know when these will come in handy and everyone should be able to do basic CPR, the Heimlich Manuever, stabilize a broken bone (not necessarily set it, that more advanced), staunch a deep cut, wrap a sprain, remove a bee stinger or splinter, check a fever, apply a poultice, ice a swelling or bruise, measure out medications, and other such basic things.

Basic sewing. You don’t have to be a couture seamstress, but knowing how to thread a needle, sew on a button, darn a sock, stitch a hem or a split seam, or sew on a patch are skills every man, woman, and even child should know how to do.

Tying knots. You don’t need to know many, but a double half hitch and a square knot will get you through most things.

Using basic handyman tools. Hammer, saw, screw drivers, staple gun, wire cutters, pliers, level. These tools will allow you to do most small and basic home repairs, from repairing a leaky roof to hanging a straight shelf. I built a chicken coop once with a hammer, staple gun, and wire cutters out of 1×2s, 2 little brass hinges, and some chicken wire. It lasted 14 years longer than I ever expected it to, and now it’s still useful for holding tree trimmings in one place until I can chop and chip them down. You’ll use these tools to repair roofs, doors, windows, shelves, drawers, vacuum cleaners, DVD players, TVs, computers, dripping faucets, and all kinds of small tasks about the house.

Housekeeping. How to clean your house from making beds to washing dishes, from rug beating (or vacuuming) to washing windows, from hanging curtains to organizing closets and pantries. Most of it’s pretty simple and very little of it takes more than a few minutes at a time to do, so these can be done during commercial breaks, while you’re talking on the phone, or waiting for your pasta water to boil or your page to load on your computer.

Basic lawn care. Mowing and trimming trees and hedges are the barest things you need to know. I’d include simple gardening and the care of lawn and garden equipment – and being familiar with manual tools like reel mowers, and scissor style clippers will be useful if power is a problem.

Basic self-defense. This is a wide category for me because I include things like learning basic manners and courtesy as part of one’s self defense strategy. I find I can defuse a lot of testy situations by being nice. And when nice fails, other methods need to be well practiced and in place. I don’t particularly care if it’s martial arts, guns, knives, fisticuffs or improvised weaponry, so long as you are better than merely competent in at least one – enough to save yourself (and your family) if you need to.

The bonus about any of these skills is that if the economy goes south and your money isn’t worth the linen it’s printed on, you can trade these skills for other things and expand upon them to make your life more comfortable.

There are, of course, a great many more things you can learn to do for yourself: knitting, house painting, small engine repairs, fencing, become expert at any of these things, budgeting, prioritizing, inventory, animal husbandry, veterinary care, medicine making, etc. There’s no reason for any of us to be incompetent and clueless about how our lives operate. We don’t get operating manuals for life and living, so we have to rely upon those who learned these lessons before us and passed them on to us. Reading and writing are excellent skills to have – longhand writing, not text-speak or l33t so there will be no confusion about what you wrote. You certainly wouldn’t want some pharmacist puzzling over a prescription written in l33t, would you?

And there are a number of other skills I think we should all have acquired as children, either from schooling or our parents. Budgeting, household finances, balancing a check book, job interview skills, driving, buying a house, negotiating skills, buying a car, and so on. Some people would include things like opening a bottle of champagne, and choosing the right wine, and tying a necktie, so on, but while those are certainly useful skills, you can survive just fine without them.

Original: http://gallimaufree.wordpress.com/2009/03/02/of-course-you-can/

How your spouse feels about your preparedness efforts

By Joseph Parish

Years ago as I began to store up on food my family looked at me with strange glances. They really thought I had lost my marbles. Along came Y2K and as I increased my preparedness efforts the looks increased drastically. The going joke in the home was that the food being stored was my children’s inheritance. (Think about that statement for a few minutes and you will see the true value in it).

As the years past by and the current events began to unfold I started to witness a change in my spouses attitude towards preparedness. She began to take the concept more serious and even encouraged me in my efforts. She has contributes greatly towards the food room organization.

We both now try to learn as much as we can in the event that a disaster occurs. She has encouraged me to get involved with various classes for survival such as those which are offered by FEMA or CERTS. We both had taken several first aid and CPR classes in the past and encourage participation in such classes. In fact I eventually became a Red Cross Instructor in the classes.

You may be asking how one would go about converting a non-believing husband or wife into a viable partner in survival preparing. The first thing you will need to do is convince your partner that it is one of those necessary things. They have to see with their own eyes what changes are occurring in the world today. They must see the changes as they are occurring by watching the evening news broadcasts on television, listening to the morning radio talk shows or merely by glancing at the daily newspaper. This I feel is the way that most spouses come to realize the importance of emergency preparations.

Being in the military with me my spouse has always been a bit on the prepared side. When we resided overseas it was necessary for her to maintain a ready bag in the event that she had to be evacuated from the area where I was located. She had to keep specific documents in a secure place and updated at all times in the event they were required.

There are some features of our life that we have always worked on even before we seriously considered the need for survive preps. Such a thing was food canning. We did this many years ago mostly out of curiosity as we wanted to experiment with it. The same for things such as wine making, making sodas at home and other useful skills. With today’s world the way it is we certainly appreciate learning these things many years ago.

It took a little longer for her to realize the value of my bug out bags as I always tend to pack a bit too much in them. She couldn’t figure out why I needed so many things in the first place. Her family would always go camping using tents, etc so they basically roughed it when they went into the wild. Me on the other hand like the benefits of 12 volt coffee pots and 12 volt frying pans. I had plenty of tent sleeping in the military and really would prefer to spend my evenings in a motor home or conversion van if necessary. Roughing it for me is certainly a last resort.

In conclusion, I would have to say that in order to convince your spouse of the need for preparations you must first get her to realize that a problem first exists. Laughingly, with tongue in cheek I suggest you place the morning newspaper in front of him or her as they eat their breakfast – they will quickly see the value of being ready.

Copyright @ 2009 Joseph Parish

Original: http://survival-training.blogspot.com/2009/03/how-your-spouse-feels-about-your.html