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Feeling more prepared

Not sure I’ll ever feel completely prepared. But we have food stores, some water, prescription meds and glasses, survival books, some gear and such. Probably a generator, more supplies, and a car kit would be wise for an earthquake. I’m going look into those and mark this done for now while I focus on other goals.



Tetanus shot

I got a tetanus shot this week (ow, they didn’t warn me it would be sore for days), so now I’m set for 10 years.



Camping gear

Finances have stopped me from working on this goal. And have actually caused a backslide since we’ve been using up all our stored food. But I’m not going to let that get me down, I’m just going to hope the disaster can hold off!

We did get the boys a bunch of camping gear for Christmas. We’re looking forward to doing some camping this year, but it’s also good to have just in case.

We put it out in the shed today, out of the way until it warms up and safer in case an earthquake hits the house.



Disaster Expo

Walked through the disaster expo today at the street fair. They had kits for sale in 5 gallon buckets and in big fanny packs. I don’t think I’d want to be walking the streets after a disaster with a big black fanny pack embroidered with “SURVIVIAL KIT” in yellow. (May as well read “steal my fanny pack.”) Made me think about this goal and how I should take another step toward it. Finances are holding me up.



Started the square foot garden

Yesterday I read the whole square foot gardening book from the library. Then I spent $40 and bought the cedar planks, garden twine, composted soil, wire, swiss chard plants, and some seeds. I’ll need to order more seeds. Today I built the wooden frame. I’m not sure if we’re past the last frost yet and can put in the seeds/plants. The boys are interested. We’ll see for how long since it will take a couple months to grow vegetables from seeds.

I decided to start small: this planter will hold 12 squares and should be a good salad garden right near the back door. We’ll see if we’ll need another planter when we start new seeds 4 weeks later for an ongoing harvest. So far so good!



Step One: developing my own view

One thing the Crisis Prep Hndbk emphasises is developing your own view of the potential crisis so you can make appropriate preparations. I really like that it doesn’t use any scare tactics, it just helps you define what you think could happen, and decide how to plan for that possibility.

So, I am going to first focus on preparing for severe economic downturn. Even if we don’t face a great depression like my great grandparents did, we will be better off by reducing expenses and becoming more self-reliant.

I will also prepare for a large earthquake and resulting short-term breakdown of essential services.

Then, it’ll be easy to build on that and expand. I think this goal is broad and flexible enough to cover my plan.



Read Crisis Preparedness Handbook

I don’t recommend what I did: sitting down and reading the whole thing and getting overwhelmed. There is so much to do! It would have been better to read the intro, then pick a section and work on it.

I think I will start my preparations by putting together Emergency Evacuation Kits (EEKs). I will probably put them in backpacks for each family member. And until I get to the next level, they are good mini crisis kits even without evacuation.

I’d also like to look into gardening. One of the suggestions was square foot gardening and I am really drawn to investigating this further. www.squarefootgardening.com



Notes from Survival Manual

“Survival planning is nothing more than realizing that something could happen that would put you in a survival situation and, with that realization, taking steps to increase your chances of survival. In other words, survival planning is being prepared.”

“Even the smallest survival kit if properly prepared, is invaluable when you are faced with a survival problem.”

“you should always be on the lookout for wild foods and live off the land whenever possible. Save your rations, if any, for emergencies.”
Ha, I though a survival situation would be considered an emergency!



Reading Lucifer's Hammer

This is a good book if you like Sci Fi. It’s about a comet hitting the earth and the few people who survived. It’s somewhat discouraging from a preparation standpoint, because it was so much more important to be strong and lucky than to be prepared.



Found the manual

I located my US Army Survival Manual (isbn 1566190223). Originally written to train the Army special forces in all-climate, all-terrain survival tactics, this edition is “a civillian’s best guide for toughing it… anyplace in the world.” It “describes and clearly illustrates the techniques of survival medicine, tool making, food and water procurement, shelter building, direction finding, signaling, and many others that could mean the difference between life and death in remote areas.”

This seems to focus on what to do when in a survival situation and will be a good compliment to the preparation handbook that I ordered.



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