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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Five Free Things You can Do Now to Be More Prepared

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The most obvious aspect of being prepared is the acquisition of supplies and gear.  But that is not all there is to it.  These activities are actually very important and should not be skipped in favor of the more exciting activities of buying beans, bullets or band-aids.  Better yet, they are all free.
1.  Take a close inventory of everything you already have in terms of emergency supplies.  Get a notebook and check all your hiding places.  Separate your items into various categories:

  • Water
  • Food
  • First Aid
  • Lighting
  • Fuel
  • Cooking backup
  • Safety/Defense
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Communications
  • Go-Bag
  • Cash
You might find you are already well prepared in one area such as First Aid, but lacking in others.  How many days worth of water do you have?  What backup water purification do you have? How much ammo do you have?  Do you have a backup can opener?  This is not an all-inclusive list but meant to get you thinking about where you are, so you can continue in your progress.

2.  Make a list of all important phone numbers and addresses both online and on a paper backup.  Most people rely on their cell phones to look up any phone number, including their closest loved ones.  It is the easiest thing to do.  But what if you can’t access your phone’s address list for some reason?  I realized this when my phone got completely drained one day.   I wanted to make a phone call from the work phone but the number was stored in the cell phone, which refused to turn on until it was sufficiently charged.  After that incident, I resolved to have backup sources for contact information.  Plan to update your backup lists at least twice a year:  such as soon after New Years Day and around Independence Day or any dates that are easy for you to remember.

3.  Make a detailed family emergency plan.  This involves some information gathering as well as planning.  Do you know your spouse’s schedule, as well as the kids’ school schedules?  Find out your office or schools’ emergency plans.  If an emergency happens in the middle of the day, make a plan on who will pick up whom and where the family will meet.  Write down the plan and post it on the bulletin board or refrigerator within easy reach.
4.  Plan on learning one preparedness skill every month: start with basics such as water purification, fire starting, etc.   Many of these processes can be done with items you already have around the house.

5.   Evaluate the current security and safety plans in your home or apartment.  Go outside your home on a random day and look for weaknesses.  Are the windows wide open and anyone can see your belongings inside?  If a stranger approaches the door, will one of the children open it without checking with an adult?  There was an incident in the local area not too long ago when a teenage girl opened the door without checking when the doorbell rang.  Three thugs rushed her; she screamed, the mom rushed out and ended up getting shot.    It is never too early to teach kids to be wary of strangers.   Get the family together and discuss safety plans.

I know this list is not the most exciting part of prepping but they are important activities nonetheless.  It does not always have to cost money to become more prepared.






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"In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable." - General Dwight D. Eisenhower


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An Old Farmer's Advice

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I saw this on the Van Dwellers group. 
I think I've seen it before, somewhere else. 
Anyway, it's a worthwhile read.
 
* Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight, 
and bull-strong.

* Keep skunks and bankers and lawyers at a distance.

* Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

* A bumble bee is considerably faster than a 
John Deere tractor.

* Words that soak into your ears are whispered
...not yelled.

* Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.

* Forgive your enemies.  It messes up their heads.

* Do not corner something that you know is 
meaner than you.

* It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.

* You cannot unsay a cruel word.

* Every path has a few puddles.

* When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

* The best sermons are lived, not preached.

* Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never 
gonna happen, anyway.

* Don't judge folks by their relatives.

* Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

* Live a good, honorable life. 
Then when you get older and think back, you'll 
enjoy it a second time.

* Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't botherin' 
you none.

* Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

* If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is 
stop diggin'.

* Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

* The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to 
deal with, 
watches you from 
the mirror every mornin'."

* Always drink upstream from the herd.

* Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that 
comes from bad judgment.

* Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than 
puttin' it back in.

* If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some 
influence, try orderin' somebody 
else's dog around.