Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My Thoughts On the Crisis in Japan

As I have been reading the headlines and watching the reports of what is happening in Japan I have had  4 thoughts that have been strongest in my mind..

1. First and foremost my heart breaks for the citizens of Japan, for their loss of loved ones, their homes, businesses and economy. Just watching the videos looks like something out a horror movie, not anything that could be a reality yet it is. And I hurt and I pray for them.

2. Second how impressed I am with the way they are handling such a difficult crisis...  with such HONOR.
NO looting of stores, homes. No extreme violence against those who have been devastated and who are helpless. No rapes of women who are without protection. No thinking of just ones wants and putting the good of the community at risk. They are such a beautiful example of how to come together and make the best of a horrible situation.

3. The government has not had to come in and take over with force any of their rights. They are not being treated like cattle as they are moved from one place to another.. At least if they are it is not yet being reported.


4. How would I handle this if it were me? 
My family? My community? How prepared am I? 
and
How prepared are my dear extended family and friends?

Now I grant you that if a wave of water drug away my home my preparedness might not matter, but what if my home was spared? Could I take care of my family on my own, no outside help? My extended family? My friends and neighbors? I would like to think that I have a better start then many but it makes me want to work harder.I don't want to be a burden to my community, my church and for sure not my friends or extended family. I want to be able to reach out at such a horrible time and offer my love and support. BUT how can I do that if I am not prepared?  
How can I be that light in the darkness to lead others  if I have no oil to burn? 

 So with that being said I have a survey I have been putting together that I would like to challenge each of you to take. Please look it over... please I promise it won't take all night and it might just get you started on something that could very well save your life someday if not the lives of your children...  
(now is that a dramatic plea or what? 
but seriously it might be us instead of Japan someday!)

 For just a week imagine NO STORES, no Wally Worlds, no Target, No Kroger, No Q-shops.
How ready are you??? 
Take it to two weeks, a month.
How long can you keep your family going right now on what you have?
No one will see your answers so you don't need to cheat! Answer Honestly!
  Ok  go grab your pen and paper 



 MY PREPAREDNESS SURVEY
 
Debt
(1) Are you debt-free? Y N

(If "yes", skip to section "Food Storage".)
And Congratulations!!! You so rock! And please share you stories and secrets of success.. Really I want to know!

(2) Please complete questions indicating what type of debt you have;

a) home mortgage Y N
b) car Y N
c) credit card Y N
d) recreational vehicle(s) Y N
e) other Y N
(3) Approximately, what is the total monetary amount of debt you currently carry? ________ be honest only you are going to see your answers! ;)
(4) Are you actively following a plan to become debt-free? Y N if not maybe it is time to find one. Here is a great place to start. Dave Ramsey Baby Steps
(5) Estimate how many years/months before you become debt-free._____ Mortgage Calculator

Food Storage
(6) Do you have a functioning home food storage program? Y N
(7) How many gallons of water do you have stored (not including water heater, toilet tanks)? _______
How long do you think any of your family can survive without clean water?
(8) How many pounds of grain and/or legumes do you have stored (rice, wheat, etc)? ______
(9) Are you using your storage items on at least a weekly basis? Y N
(10) How many rotating food supplies?
a) cans (soup, vegetables, etc.)________
b) powdered milk _____________
c) other (list item & amount) _____________
d) other (list item & amount) _____________
e) other (list item & amount) _____________
f) other (list item & amount) _____________
g) other (list item & amount) _____________
(1 l)Estimate how many months your family could survive on your overall food storage if you had to: __________
Here is a great link to figure out how much you need for your family Food Storage Calculator



Fuel Storage
Please answer the following as if electricity/natural gas service is disrupted:
(12) Do you have an alternative heating source (wood burning stove, propane, etc.) Y N
(13) Estimate how many days of fuel for such heating you have stored: _____
(14) Estimate how many hours lighting you have stored (candles, lanterns, generator, etc.): _______
(15) Do you own an alternate cooking device? Y N
(16) Do you own dutch oven/outdoor cookware? Y N Do you know how to use a Dutch oven or outdoor cookware if you have it? Y N
Medical Supplies
(17) Do you have a family first aid kit? Y N Where is it?______ Do you have one in each car? Y N
Personal Hygiene
(18) Do you have a chemical toilet? Y N
(19) How many pounds of soap/detergent do you have stored? ________
(Do you have water to clean your clothing , body, and surroundings?) Y N
(20) How many bars of hand/bath soap do you have stored? ___________
(21) How many boxes of Kleenex tissues do you have stored? _________
(22) How many rolls of toilet paper do you have stored? __________
(23) How many rolls of paper towels do you have stored? _________
(24) How many packages of baby wipes do you have stored?_________
(25) How many packages of female necessities do you have stored?_________
(And do you have a  sanitary  way to depose of them?) Y N

Alternative Dwelling
(26 ) Do you have an alternative dwelling if house became unlivable? (tent, camper, trailer, etc.)? Y N
(27) Do you have a 72-hour kit for each family member? Y N Is it up to date and ready to go with things that will fit? You can use? You can eat? Water to drink?
(28) Do have a 72 hour kit for your car? Y N

Well I could go on and on but I don't want to bore you, and I don't want to scare you. I want to help you think of those things that often go to the wayside until it is to late. I hope you find this helpful and it gets you to taking those baby steps to preparedness.
And if you could give me some feed back I am thinking about teaching some classes on this so I would love to know what you think!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Food Storage on $5.00 a week

 Wanting to build your Food Storage BUT you think it just cost too MUCH? IF you can spare $5.00 per week you will have this by the end of the year.
You will end up with:
500 pounds of wheat
180 pounds of sugar
40 pounds of powdered milk
12 pounds of salt
10 pounds of honey
5 pounds of peanut butter
45 cans of tomato soup
15 cans of cream of mushroom soup
15 cans of cream of chicken soup
20 lbs. sugar
24 cans of tuna
21 boxes of macaroni and cheese
500 aspirin
1000 multi-vitamins
 6 pounds of yeast
 6 pounds of shortening
 12 pounds of macaroni


Some weeks you will have leftover change. Save the change
each week in a kitty to be used for the weeks you may exceed $5.00 (for example, as when purchasing wheat or milk)

Week 1 : 6 lbs. salt
Week 2 : 5 cans of chicken soup
Week 3 : 20 lbs. of sugar
Week 4 : 8 cans tomato soup
Week 5 : 50 lbs wheat
Week 6 : 6 lbs. macaroni
Week 7 : 20 lbs. sugar
Week 8 : 8 cans tuna
Week 9 : 6 lbs. yeast
Week 10 : 50 lbs. wheat
Week 11 : 8 cans tomato soup
Week 12 : 20 lbs. sugar
Week 13 : 10 lbs. powdered milk
Week 14 : 7 boxes macaroni and cheese
Week 15 : 50 lbs. wheat
Week 16 : 5 cans cream of chicken soup
Week 17 : 1 bottle 500 multi-vitamins
Week 18 : 10 lbs. powdered milk
Week 19 : 5 cans cream of mushroom soup
Week 20 : 50 lbs. wheat
Week 21 : 8 cans tomato soup
Week 22 : 20 lbs. sugar
Week 23 : 8 cans tuna
Week 24 : 6 lbs. shortening
Week 25 : 50 lbs wheat
Week 26 : 5 lbs. honey
Week 27 : 10 lbs. powdered milk
Week 28 : 20 lbs. sugar
Week 29 : 5 lbs. peanut butter
Week 30 : 50 lbs. wheat
Week 31 : 7 boxes macaroni and cheese
Week 32 : 10 lbs. powdered milk
Week 33 : 1 bottle 500 aspirin
Week 34 : 5 cans cream of chicken soup
Week 35 : 50 lbs wheat
Week 36 : 7 boxes macaroni and cheese
Week 37 : 6 lbs. salt
Week 38 : 20 lbs. sugar
Week 39 : 8 cans tomato soup
Week 40 : 50 lbs. wheat
Week 41 : 5 cans cream of chicken soup
Week 42 : 20 lbs. sugar
Week 43 : 1 bottle 500 multi-vitamins
Week 44 : 8 cans tuna
Week 45 : 50 lbs. wheat
Week 46 : 6 lbs. macaroni
Week 47 : 20 lbs. sugar
Week 48 : 5 cans cream of mushroom soup
Week 49 : 5 lbs. honey
Week 50 : 20 lbs. sugar
Week 51 : 8 cans tomato soup
Week 52 : 50 lbs. wheat



This should be enough to sustain 2 people for 1 year. For every 2 people in your family, add $5 more and double or triple the
amount of the item you are buying for that week.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Who Is a Modern Day Survivalist?

Who Is a Modern Day Survivalist?

sur viv al ist [ist]
n.
1. someone strongly determined to survive
2. a person who takes measures, as storing food and weapons, living in a wilderness, etc., to ensure survival after an expected economic collapse, nuclear war, etc.


Check out this AMAZING BLOG...Living Prepared 

Hope you find it as helpful as I did :)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Why Food Storage

So a few questions I am often asked are:
"Why bother with food storage?"

"Where am I supposed to put it once I get it?"

"How can I possibly buy food storage when I have enough trouble just buying what I need for now?"

"How much do I need"

"If I don't know how to use it what good is it?"

Honestly those are all great questions. They are the same questions I had. I mean honestly, what good is storing "wheat" if you don't know how to use it! I guess you could barter with it but more then likely it is going to sit and go bad and turn out to be a waste of $$$$ and no one want that.

So lets start with the first question: Why bother with food storage?   Well the simplest reason I can give is because you don't want to starve! And if you have a family the last thing you want to do is watch your family starve! Shoot me in the head please... if I have to watch my children go hungry I am done for! I can imagine no worse feeling then that!

Second reasons are easy too, Job layoff, sickness, weather, gives you a sense of security and safety knowing you are still in control. Having to depend on others for the basic needs is a horrible feeling when you don't know "who" those others are or "if"   they are worthy of your trust! Knowing that you can stay put in a time of emergency will give you more peace of mind then you can imagine. I have been lucky that I have had the privilege of being with people when they have had some unseen disaster hit, and from doing so I have learned a few things and one is that being in ones home makes a world of difference!

Second question: "Where am I supposed to put it when I get it?" This is a big one! Space for a lot of us is limited but you can easily store 3 months of food storage. And that is a starting point! I have some great articles I am going to post later on where and how you can disguise your food storage. You can even make it look like furniture (I promise) . And what kind of peace would you have knowing that you have yourself and family taken care of for 3 months! 90 days can be a the difference between life and death, going insane with worry or knowing that you have time to figure out your next step, and just knowing that you have time gives you the control you are going to need to handle the situation.

Third question: "How can I possibly buy food storage when I have enough trouble just buying what I need now?" This question is actually very easy... You start one can at a time. If you have a goal you don't start at the end of where you want to go, you start at the beginning and the beginning of food storage is one extra "whatever" at a time. Not many of us have lots of $$$$$ sitting around but each of us has an extra $ or two. And with that extra dollar we buy one or two cans of something we know we are going to eat. It might be a can of tuna, a bag of beans or maybe a chocolate bar of two (yes you must have chocolate or I MUST have chocolate) and you sit aside for the future. You put it in your cabinet knowing that one extra is your first "baby step" and that you have started your journey! Now some other great ways is coupons! OK I know not everyone like or wants or has the time for coupons however( but I swear) they are worth the energy! Every 50 cent coupon you use put 50 cents back in your pocket. And if you shop at Kroger or Dillons they have made it so easy! But I will have a different post on that. More to come....but we need to get back to the questions...

Fourth question: "How much do I need?" Start small, baby steps but set a goal. 3 months is a great start.  I have some great info I will share that will help you create a step by step plan so you know that you have 90 days of food in storage taking one step at a time.

Ok last quetion: ""If I don't know how to use it what good is it?" Here is where you use the plan. BUY what you eat! Eat what you buy. Simple ..."no?"  Don't get all caught up in the "food storage" trap. Food storage is not 50lbs of wheat unless you know how to cook it, you like eating it, and you are comfortable using it. Now I will tell you through time and test you can be that person. I am that person, my family eats wheat all the time and they don't know it. But that takes time (something I have a lot of) and some talent (something I have little of but am getting better at).
Ok so there are the questions answered. Hope that helps and that you are ready to get started.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Ok so how do you know where to start..." I remember thinking are you kidding this all so OVERWHELMING so where do I start"


 My answer is take "baby steps"
So that is where "you" need to start.


The list here are the basic's every family will need to have in their own food storage. I give you this list so you can figure out what you need, what you have, and how to  begin to acquire those items.
Right now don't worry about how much you need just make a basic list so you can figure out what you need. What items in the grain will your family already eat? These are the basics that will keep your family feed in hard times (if and when they come) Ok so tonight just write these down somewhere. Make a list so that when you shop you have these things in the front of you mind... We will work on the next step in a day or two.

 Food Storage your family will need:
Grains
Wheat
 lbs
Flour
 lbs
Corn Meal
 lbs
Oats
 lbs
Rice
 lbs
Pasta
 lbs
Total Grains
 lbs

Fats and Oils
Shortening
 lbs
Vegetable Oil
 gal
Mayonnaise
 qts
Salad Dressing
 qts
Peanut Butter
 lbs
Total Fats
 lbs

Legumes
Beans, dry
 lbs
Lima Beans
 lbs
Soy Beans
 lbs
Split Peas
 lbs
Lentils
 lbs
Dry Soup Mix
 lbs
Total Legumes
 lbs
 
Sugars
Honey
 lbs
Sugar
 lbs
Brown Sugar
 lbs
Molasses
 lbs
Corn Syrup
 lbs
Jams
 lbs
Fruit drink powdered
 lbs
Flavored Gelatin
 lbs
Total Sugars
 lbs

Milk
Dry Milk
 lbs
Evaporated Milk
 can
Other
 lbs
Total Dairy
 lbs

Cooking Essentials
Baking Powder
 lbs
Baking Soda
 lbs
Yeast
 lbs
Salt
 lbs
Vinegar
 gal

Water
Water
 gal
Bleach
 gal

Introduction

This blog is here to lend a voice of warning, to call out to all those who will heed the warning that I feel burns deep within my heart. This blog will serve as my way to share what I learn, what I gather, and what I can teach to those who are willing to hear. This blog is not here for the stories of my life but for the learning I do. I hope the Lord will guide each key I type. I hope that this information will give at least one family a chance to better survive the trials that are coming. I am not someone who has seen visions, or believes that life is nothing but doom and gloom BUT I do see the warning signs and I am listening and seeing what is going on around me and refuse to sit back and do nothing when there are so many amazing people out there I care about. I am preparing because I don't want my family to suffer and I am sharing because I don't want your family to suffer. But my family can not take care of all the families out there so it is... My CRY from the watchtower.