Over the past twenty years, I have taught many self-reliance classes, written a few ebooks and of course written for Meridian Magazine and other publications. When talking to people or reading responses, the most common excuse for not engaging in emergency preparedness is lack of money. That should never stop anyone from beginning. Preparing is possible for everyone determined to succeed.
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Recently Pacific Gas and Electric announced to its customers in California they will be shutting off power for up to five days whenever weather conditions such as high winds could cause damage to lines and ignite a fire. This year PG&E was forced into bankruptcy after being found responsible for the Camp Fire last fall, which destroyed 14,000 homes. You may not live in California but how soon will this be the norm for power companies everywhere seeking to protect themselves? How can we prepare to deal with having no power during the heat of summer?
Natural disasters do happen. Hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanoes, and floods destroy property and can cost the lives and health of those in their path. A household inventory will move you to the front of the line when applying for government aid or filing an insurance claim. Instead of waiting years to rebuild a home inventory can move the process along so you can be resettled in a much shorter time.
Portions of the United States, especially in the upper Mississippi and Missouri River basins including Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa have already experienced record flooding. Flooding is expected in many other parts of the country, including centers of agriculture. What will this do to the price of your food and what can you do to prepare?
I’m surprised by how many of those I speak with when teaching or communicating over social media have told me they just can’t afford food storage or preparing kits. There are many ways we can control what we spend when we prioritize. If your excuse for not preparing is lack of money, let me help.
There is a change in the wind. Yes, at workplaces, on the web, and in the media, people are talking about food storage. People from all walks of life, all economic strata and all parts of the country are now heard saying they "just have a feeling" they should be preparing - and first and foremost that they should be storing food. And now a government study gives some important reasons why.