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It seams the more I do and the more I learn the less time I have to prepare. Do you feel like that? Prepping can be overwhelming. I create a list and then refine it, mark off a few accomplished tasks and then rewrite the list again. Thank goodness for the computer. I personally would have cleaned out an entire 40 acre patch of 75 year old timber by modifying my many lists. I have list for bug out bags or G.O.O.D. (Get out of Dodge) bags as Rawlesian followers call them. I have a fire list, water list and garden list and first aid list. Heck I have several lists just for food… 3 day food list, 3 month food list and a long term food list. You can literally list yourself into a trance if not careful.
While lists sometimes seem to be a waste of time it is actually the only we can be organized and prepared. By nature if we are not rewriting and modifying our lists then we are not on the path of constant learning. As preppers if we are not constantly learning and adding to our skill bank then we truly are not giving ourselves the best advantage. Which brings me to the next list… My “Lists of Skills” which may very well be the most important list I create as long as it’s the list with the most items checked off!
“Stuff” is important but skills are where long term survival and the ability to flourish is nurtured. Give me a #10 can of Mountain House today or use my skills to harvest from my garden for months and months, year after year. We should be spending every hour we can find seeking knowledge and skill sets to give us the advantage for the future. The time will not be wasted. Many of the activities can become family projects. Some of my fondest memories were following my Dad, looking over his shoulder as he repaired a plumbing leak, wired a new electrical switch, overhauled a carburetor or planted our garden. It wasn’t all work either, he also taught me to find a squirrel in a tall hickory tree or run a trot line from an aluminum boat and the pleasure gained from sitting still and observing a deer make its way up a fence row just before it was harvested for our table. All skills I cherish today.
I leave you with these thoughts…
- make lists to remind you of the tasks at hand
- refine your lists as you check off accomplishments and learn prepper methods
- master as many primitive skills as possible throughout your lifetime
Prepare as though your life depended on it! Because it very well may!
Prepping is not something you do, it is the way you live. In everything you do you have to think to yourself… “am I prepared for…?” that dot, dot, dot, may mean, did I bring the lawn chairs for the kids ball game? What about a first aid kit in case there is a skinned knee. It may also mean do I have my family emergency kit in the car in case something happens and I can’t get back home immediately. For others “am I prepared for…?” may mean, have I done anything toward storing extra food and water in case an earthquake or hurricane hits near my home.
Reasons to be prepared
Personal Events: could be, short-term power outage, loss of a job, death in the family, sickness or injury, major auto accident, anything that would considerably alter your lifestyle.
Natural Disasters: refer to such natural occurrences as earthquakes, extreme heat, floods, hurricanes, landslides and mudslides, tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanoes, wildfires, and extreme winter weather.
Chemical Emergencies: occur when a hazardous chemical is released and the release has the potential for harming people’s health. Chemical releases can be unintentional such as an industrial accident, or intentional such as in the case of a terrorist attack.
Mass Casualties refer to incidents such as fires, explosions, mass transit accidents such as train crashes or bridge collapses that cause numerous deaths and injuries.
Outbreaks or Pandemics: refer to flu epidemics, viruses, or other contagious diseases; also could include food-borne outbreaks such as salmonella or E. coli.
Radiation Emergency could be a nuclear power plant accident or a terrorist event such as a dirty bomb or nuclear attack, which would expose people to significantly higher levels of radiation than are typical in daily life, leading to health problems such as cancer or even death.
Terrorism refers to a deliberate act of murder and destruction which disrupts infrastructure and is directed towards civilians with the aim of meeting political ends.
Bioterrorism refers to the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other agents used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants. These agents can be spread through the air, water, or in food.