Anyone here live down south where they had the freak blizzard and all those poor people got stranded along the highway, and generally mass chaos broke out? Last week I noticed that all the news broadcasts were featuring stories on how you can prepare, what you should have in your car should you ever get stranded, etc etc etc.
Well, instead of listening to those stories for about ten minutes then forgetting everything you heard, maybe putting an extra bottle of water and de-icer in your trunk, just to be on the safe side, I want you to take a look at this website…
I first read her book (by the same name) while on maternity leave, and it’s inspiring, practical, straightforward, easy to read, and it just makes sense. She helps you get down what you need to have for ‘Everyday Disasters’ (not unlike what you saw in the south earlier this month) and gives you the basics for ‘Worse Case Scenarios.’ She saw that most of the ‘prepper’ material out there is geared toward the men, and has a tendency to lean toward preparing you for ONLY worse case scenarios, instead of simple things like long-term power outages, water supply issues, severe weather, and the like. That is, things that are MUCH more likely to go, and things that we’ve seen HAVE gone wrong. (E.g. Hurricane Katrina, the ‘Polar Vortex’, the WV water contamination, and the list goes on).
More and more we see how natural and man made disasters have caught people off guard. The Survival Mom book and website helps you to NOT be one of those people. I still have a long way to go myself, but at least now I know where to start. And if you’re a fool and think you live in a place that is ‘relatively safe,’ remember that ANYONE can lose power for 2 days or 2 weeks or more. I know of people who have lost their septic system, their heating and cooling, or their ability to leave the house suddenly in the worst weather possible.
The reason disasters catch people ‘off guard’ is exactly because they were off guard! There is no way you can be prepared for a disaster, because if you are prepared, it won’t become a disaster! Ok, it may still be a disaster, but it’s far less likely that you will become a victim of it. I’ll stop talking now, so you can visit this awesome resource of preparedness, THE SURVIVAL MOM!
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