I was listening to Glenn Beck one day in 2009 and he was talking about the Perfect Storm was coming and that we should get things ready and make lifeboats for our families and to get as many people on board as we could. Have food, water and clothes to last an extra year or as long as you could manage. That has been something we worked on for a long time for ourselves.
But what could I do to spread the message of preparedness? I wasn’t anybody with any kind of platform like he had. So I did what was obvious at the time, start a blog. About the same time my church leader asked me to help them with an emergency plan to help the membership and the community.
Like any change, you have to start with yourself, expand to your family and then to the community. The most important thing to learn about prepping is that it only revolves around a few basic needs. No matter where you are you have to provide for food, water, shelter, medical supplies, energy and communications.
Most people think that prepping is expensive and wasteful since you don’t use it. That doesn’t have to be true. Not to say you can’t dump $1000 on wheatberries but that makes no sense if you don’t also get a grinder to turn it into flour, or fuel for an oven to bake the dough. So if you don’t have those things all in place then the wheat would be wasteful.
Or you could start more minimally. A few bags of flour, and an extra tank of propane for the grill in the backyard. As long as you have a lid for your grill you can bake bread.
Lots of things are like that. A little thought and a few key items that you can use often is much better then a big pile of stuff you don’t know how to use.
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