Be Prepared

The future is unknown; therefore, it behooves us to prepare for uncertainties.

“Be Prepared.”

“Be prepared for what?”

“Why, for any old thing.”

– Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting.  [as quoted in the Boy Scout Handbook]

Daily, we witness widely fluctuating inflation; wars; interpersonal conflicts; national disasters; variances in weather conditions; innumerable forces of immorality, crime, and violence; attacks and pressures on churches, families and individuals; technological advances that make occupations obsolete; and so on.  To me anyway this makes the need for preparation abundantly clear.  I’ve always found that one of the greatest blessings of being prepared is that it gives us freedom from fear.  The Boy Scouts have it right…Be Prepared!

How many times have we watched someone on the news who has been of victim of a disaster?  What is the theme?  Oh, I’m so glad I was totally prepared for this and my family and I are doing great?  NO!  It’s always “I never thought something like this would happen to me.” or “I thought I had more time to get ready for something like this.” or “If only I had been more prepared for the unexpected!”  If only…how sad are those two words?  It’s too late to prepare for an emergency when you’re right in the middle of it!  I’m not saying this because I’m some overachiever prepper who has never faced want or need.  No, this organization came from a deep-seated need to help others avoid the pitfalls I myself have fallen into.

I grew up in a community that was very big into preparedness.  Not quite the Nat Geo Preppers types, but close!  Everyone I knew seemed to have at least a years’ worth of food, and a 72-hour pack for each family member, and a bug out plan, and camping equipment, and a vegetable garden.  I’m afraid I was one of the “nothing” people on the prepared for the unexpected scale.  It wasn’t that I didn’t think preparedness was I great idea, I did.  I just never seemed to find the time to do it.  Boy was I sorry…

About five years ago, through a short but horrible chain of bad luck and natural, financial and medical disasters I found myself sitting on the bed surveying the train wreck that was my life.  I had lost my job, used all my savings, and my ancient car was broken down 2 miles away in a parking lot…never to run again.  Now I’m not saying food storage and an emergency plan would have ultimately changed the outcome of my “disaster”. I am saying it would have helped.

It took two more years to get back to some semblance of normalcy.  During that time, I learned some wonderful lessons about charity and gratitude and true friendship and the joy of minimalism and the wonders of the barter system. But most of all, I came to appreciate the need to prepare for the unexpected “disasters” in life before you are smack dab in the middle of one!

That’s why I started this organization.   I can’t prevent others from facing the same trials my family and I did…but I can help as many people as possible be a little more prepared for them when they do happen.

Millions of Americans have done nothing to assemble emergency supplies to support themselves in case of local civil unrest, economic collapse or regional weather disaster.  Tens of Thousands of Christian congregations are completely unprepared to assists their members in times of need.  Multiple surveys show us that only around 30% of Americans say their emergency preparedness is adequate.  I assume their plan must be to depend on the generosity of those who support the Red Cross and FEMA (all us taxpayers).  That will work (maybe) if you are hit by a tornado or hurricane, but what happens if you lose your job or a family member is hit by a serious illness, or a drunk driver with no insurance runs through the wall of your family room?  Can’t happen to you?  Think again.  Most emergencies in our lives won’t be covered by insurance or some government program!  We’re on our own folks, and we need to be prepared for our very own personal “disasters”.  Even something as simple as the power going out for a few days can make our lives very uncomfortable if we aren’t prepared!

I’m not saying you should go nuts and become fanatical, Gilly Suit wearing doomsday preppers living in an underground bug out shelter in the high mountains.  What I am saying though is that there is a place between fanatical and nothing, and that is a good place to live.  This organization strives to outline concepts that provide measured and reasonable responses to preparing for impending emergencies or disasters.  I want to teach you how to protect yourself and your family from the unexpected.  There are a LOT of doomsday and SHTF prepper “experts” out there.  There is an entire culture build around it.  I’m not one of those people.  While most of these survivalists and preppers require top of the line survival gear, I’m going to show you what kind of reasonable, quality gear and supplies you will need to survive the unexpected.  Where they give you lists of how many hundreds of pounds of wheat you need, and the fancy grinders you need to prepare it, I’m going to show you how to be more prepared without having too much stress.  I’ll teach you about all the options out there and then lead you to the supplies and gear you and your family will need during what we all hope is a once in a lifetime emergency.

I want your preparations to make life easier, not more stressful, but I want you to actually BE prepared.  I want you to know all your options so that you can make an educated decision about your preparations too.  I tried, and liked, a lot of new foods when I started my storage preparations.  Some, because I couldn’t eat the “usual” items people store, and some because the more I researched them I just wanted to try something new.

Most of all I want you to avoid the food storage pitfalls some of my friends and acquaintances have fallen into.  Trust me, you don’t want to try feeding your toddler rice and beans for a week.  It won’t go well!  OK, here’s the thing.  I’m not young.  Or thin.  Or in very good physical shape.  I’m not a ripped ex-navy seal with a six pack and camo face paint.  The only six pack I have are Twinkies, and my only experience in face painting consists of flowers on my cheek at an apple butter festival.  I’m not your average “prepper”.  I AM however, your average disaster victim.  This means that nothing I tell you is impossible.  You can do everything I suggest.  How do I know this?  Easy.  If I can do it, YOU can do it!

But, preparedness isn’t just a case or two of extra food in the house. It’s being prepared financially to weather unemployment or illness. It’s being mentally and emotionally prepared to make the hard choices of life and it’s being ready to take your career and your future into your own hands.  All of these things are “preparedness”. All of these things are equally important and that’s why we’re going to talk about more than just food storage.  The Resources section of this site is full of links and other helpful information.

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