Monday, October 5, 2009

J.S. from Nampa: Prepping is a Mindset, Not About What You Have or Don't Have

Prepping is kind of like eating an elephant.
How do you eat an elephant? 1 bite at a time.

Everything needs a start point. I am not sure what drives you. Now maybe it’s I want to prep for whatever comes. Or it might be I’m not sure what I can afford power or food this winter. It maybe you live in Earthquake, tornado, hurricane, flood country. FEMA has been less than stellar in response. Winter is coming up, are you ready? Trust me guys all you have to depend on is yourselves, friends, family and neighbors.
FEMA and DHS have stated they will not be around to help, anywhere for 3 days to 2 weeks. Go to the FEMA or DHS websites, and check out what they are saying about their own “emergency response”.
So if you are depending on the US Government to help you. You will get mighty thirsty and hungry.

Go to the Google or ask how much help folks got in the Dakotas during flooding, or during the ice storm that cut across mid-Appalachia last winter. Power was not out for a day, but for weeks. Do you have water/food for 2 weeks? Trust me all stores will run out of everything in 3 days.

Now this is about preparing. Take care of yourself 1st then you can help others. You can’t get into a “Bunker Mentality” you have to be ready to help and be help by folks. Get to know them before any emergency.

You will save on your food budget. You will have peace of mind. You are ready.

Get ready boys and girls it will be a bumpy ride. But it can be fun as well.
Rethink your lifestyle:
1. I love nothing better than sending back those credit card offers I get in the mail and stuffing as much paper and weight as I can back in their pre-paid envelopes. Funny I don’t seem to receive very many offers from them anymore.
2. Do you know what is going on in the world? Its global economy, what happens in Russia or China or Saudi Arabia, Australia, Brazil or the US or any country will have an effect on the whole world. This isn’t about politics, it’s about the power of information.
3. Prioritize: Remember the rule of 3’s. 3 minutes without air, 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food.

I believe Food is a great investment. You will need it no matter what. Once you have your basics covered you may want to look at other options.

And courtesy of Kellene Bishop at Preparedness Pro:

HINT: Do you have meat that is freezer burned? Use a pressure cooker to cook it, will re-hydrate the meat and you won’t waste it.

From Marie: Thanks, J.S., for another great post!


Anonymous said...

Good post JS. A lot of being a prepper is the mindset, not necessarily what you have or don't have (although it's nice to have some food and preps put back :D)

Kentucky Preppers Network

Aloha2U said...

Great Post. The mindset of a prepper revolves around self-reliant living and expanding in all areas of preparedness mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially.
Allowing each of us to help ourselves as well as others to the full capacity in all areas of life.

Preparedness Pro said...

Great post! Food IS an invaluable investment -- can't eat gold, right? Excellent point on using freezer burned meat in the pressure cooker. It's a great cooking alternative in an emergency.