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Are You Prepared

Often one hears in the news about "preppers", and more often then not they are regarded as a big joke. After all, what are these people afraid of? If you think like most people, then its fool hearty to be prepared in case of an emergency. After all, there is food at the grocery store and medications at the pharmacy, so what's the big deal.

The big deal is, if an emergency of any type hits your town or city, or area of the country, and your not prepared for lack of electricty or heat, you could be in big trouble. The government often says to have three days worth of supplies on hand, but in truth thats not nearly enough. You should have a month or more supply of extra food and water, and medications and paper goods, to keep you in your home to remain safe and healthy.

Many people buy extra food and other items at their local stores. Canned goods and needed bathroom supplies and water are good choices. If you get medications, try to get them in three months. It is handy to have extra flashights and a camp stove with fuel on hand to be able to at least boil water. Sometimes if you live in a colder climate, having wool blankets and a good sleeping bag and some type of heater will keep you warm and will ward of the dangers that come with no heat in your home.

If you prefer more long term food storage, it is recommended to buy freeze-dried foods. These come in packets and in cans, and can last from three to twenty-five years. Another choice is dehydrated foods that will keep for a year or more and MRE meals that will keep for extended periods of time.

Whatever you choose will provide you with the means to stay in your home, unless your home is damaged, and you move to a safe location, but you will have the food and water, and other personal items that will insure your survival until more help arrives.

There are books you can buy that will help in the use of dehydrated and freeze-dried foods and make it easier to deal with roughing it. One book is Pantry Cooking by Laura Robins and Apocalypse Chow by Jon Robertson.  Dare to Prepare by Holly Drennan and Survival With Style by Bradford Angier. Often these books as well as many others on this subject are found at used book stores or online at Amazon.

If your interested in buying food items in bulk the following websites will help you build a food supply quickly and several of the sites offer organic products.

These places will give you a place to start looking and thinking about your best choices in home survival and will give you peace of mind should any emergency come your way. It is aways good to get family members on board so that if needed there is always supplies on hand wherever you might end up.

One last tip. It is adviced to have a bug-out bag ready to go should you need to leave your home unexpectedly. This can contain a change of clothes and extra medication, copies of important papers and food items. You can pick and choose other items you might need in the bag, but having something started is much better than scrambling at the last minute trying to decide what the most important items you need to take are and did you take enough to last until your able to go home.

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  1. pftsusan
    This is a good blog. In NJ, we suffered the worst damage from Hurricane Sandy. We lost in the 900 billions! That's oswhy I'm with the American Red Cross Disaster Relief now. It seemed that someone just stuck the big shovel, in the State of NJ, and turned everything over on top of us! 6 people did die that we know of. Most survived and we are on our way back to normalcy. Most of us knewX to take this one seriously at the least, since most of our storms are bad with trees down crashing into houses. And yes Tital waves with high winds, With this one, there was more inland damage. What we learned is invest in a generator because the next storms are going to be worse. Get your gas and food three days before the arrival. Stock flashers, matches and flashlights. Update batteries. Have a cleaning kit handy. Your local red cross might give you a free one. Have towels on hand! Park your vehicles away from trees and X your windows with duct or masking tape, That protects them by taking the pressure off the point of impact...Voted
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    1. sweedly
      I have a relative that lives in NJ. She had prepared with food and water, but forgot to fill her gas tank. So after the storm was over she was stuck in NJ, because she did not have enough gas to get out of the state. Then to make matters worse she continued driving her car until her gas was almost gone. In a emergency it is better to stick close to home or get out before the storm arrives. I learned that while living in Fl, but then hurricanes give you ample time to leave, most disasters do not. Susan, I am glad you made it through that storm okay and that your area is recovering.
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  2. sweedly
    Another place I found to get books on this subject and more is at . Go to the website and order the catalog, it is free. Then to save money order the books through the catalog and through the regular mail and the postage for all you order will be $3.00. I believe if you order on-line it costs more for delivery.
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  3. Lil Nana
    Lil Nana
    #4 Thanks for the info
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