More Emergency Preparedness Info and Blogs

I love Homestead Revival’s Preparedness Challenges.

This entry has some quick and inexpensive ideas for food storage for a serious emergency.  It’s inexpensive, because she has you buy things you probably already use anyway, and this allows you to stock up and then replenish as you use the items.

Many blogs and entries vary in their emphasis.  Some are more for stocking up in case you are forced to stay put in your home for a time.  So in that situation, you can use some of your frozen, stored foods, and if you have a heat source, you can cook your food.  Others assume that you may have to leave your home and may not have a way to cook.  I think it’s important to consider both scenarios and have at least a little food stored for either situation.

Some focus on the importance of taking care of your family (and simply feeding your own during an emergency), while others focus on also being able to share with others in need.  Of course, this depends on how much money you can dedicate to food storage and how much time you have to put into planning your storage.

Some are more focused on healthy, nutritious foods, while others figure in a crisis, it’s going to be ok to use less-than-ideal foods.

Some plans are more for temporary crises, while others assume a long-term crisis, and the preparations are very different.

I think, first of all, there’s never a need to panic or to do these things out of fear, but simply to BE prepared in case of some sort of emergency.  We can only do what we are able to do, and sometimes finances, space, and time hinder us from doing all we think we “should” do.

Secondly, I think each family needs to decide what type of situation they feel is most likely to occur.  If you live in coastal FL, NC, GA, or wherever, then you’re probably going to be thinking of a hurricane and having to leave your home.  Portable foods will probably be your top priority.  For us, it’s more likely that storms will take out power for a few days, so “hunkering down” is more likely.   We have to use caution, then, that all of our food is not in the freezer, because if we lose power for too long, we’ll end up losing food (as a generator is not in the budget!).

In the back of our mind is, of course, a huge catastrophe…. maybe less likely, but still a possibility, where maybe no one can get food for some period of time.  As we plan for more likely possibilities, we’re also moving towards being more prepared for that as well.  After more likely scenarios are prepared for, we can focus more on the less likely, but more far-reaching impact of a huge (think Japan) type of disaster.

I think of this verse:

2 Timothy 1:7… For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. …

Fear definitely takes away our “soundness of mind” and causes us to become frantic and not think straight or keep our priorities straight.  That kind of thinking does not come from God.  Power, love, and a sound mind….. that’s what I want my life to be characterized by.  🙂

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About micandme

Homeschool mommy to three munchkins, ages 9, 7, and 5. Christ-follower, nurse, wife, knitter, spinner, crafter, camper, hiker, people-pleaser, homesteader-wanna-be!
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7 Responses to More Emergency Preparedness Info and Blogs

  1. Louise says:

    Even in Ohio a hurricane can cause problems. We were without power for 4 days in September 2008 from a wind storm stemming from what was called a “tropical storm”. So thankful for the generator that kept my refrigerator and freezer cold and allowed us to pump water from our well. As long as you can get gasoline, a generator is nice to have, but is a big investment that we have only used once. We purchased it after the bad ice storms that caused several of our family members to be without electric from 3 to 7 days during the winter of 2004-2005. A generator can also kill you if used improperly and you need a dry place to store it.

    • micandme says:

      Definitely! Spin-off storms from hurricanes are always what affect us. Although, the straight-line winds from the storm a week and a half ago were so strong (look what they did to trampolines and trees in our area!) that I can’t believe we DIDN’T lose power. Good to hear from you, Louise! 🙂

  2. Jill says:

    We were invited by an aquaintance to visit a LDS food storage / cannery, and participate / purchase what we wanted, AND invited to come back as needed.
    This group of people gave us some helpful information on food storage (of mountainous proportions 🙂 ) by putting shelves in garages, closets, a spare room, etc…
    If we store food in this way, we will lose it all if the disaster is a tornado or flooding. Afterall, a 50lb bucket of wheat berries is feather-weight to a tornado. 😉

    We just need to do what we can to be prepared and keep trusting in our Heavenly Father to be with us in the event that a crisis does hit us.

    • micandme says:

      Very true (about tornadoes), but I always tell my kids, not only is God watching over us, tornadoes at least have a fairly narrow path and chances are, it’s not going to hit us anyway. 😀 Flooding, hurricanes, ice storms, earthquakes, and strong summer storms are so much more widespread. I do worry occasionally about structure fire and tornadoes, but generally, they’re limited in their destruction and help would come in other forms (Red Cross, etc.).

      I’d love to visit a cannery….. there are supposed to be a few not far from here, but I haven’t been able to get info about them.

      Have a great day! 🙂

      • Jill says:

        We’ve already had tornadoes visit this area.
        Mother’s Day, a few years ago, we weren’t hit directly, but one *bounced* over head … moved things around abit and damaged a tree. Very freaky!
        The storm / tornado that hit Atlanta a couple of years ago, passed too close to us, too. Our sirens were blaring, the lightning was like a strobe light. My neighbor called me to make sure I knew what was happening and told me to look outside. We watched the storm pass just on the other side of our neighborhood.
        Last year we had straightline winds take out a tree. Thank God it fell away from the house.
        So, yes, we’ve had our share of close-calls … protected by our Heavenly Father!!!

      • groovysuzy says:

        The LDS cannery in our region is in Tucker, GA. I was invited to can there last month and ended up with a great start to our long-term storage pantry! You can look it up on their website.

  3. Jennifer says:

    WOW! Just stopped by to thank you for visiting my blog today, looks like we have so much in common! And one of the first things I see is that verse in 2Timothy….a verse that God is continually emphasizing to me! Great blog! And you have a beautiful place, I can’t wait until we see more of the fruits of our labor! God bless, look forward to reading more!
    Jennifer

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