A Little Ray of Sunshine

Thursday, October 11, 2007

A thought on preparing

Those of you who've 'known' me a while know that preparedness is one of my 'things'. Some of you it makes squirm, (Hi, Pretty Lady!) some, it's one of your 'things' too (Hi, Desert Cat!).

So many of the potential scenarios for trouble these days require similar responses. Depression? Peak Oil? Results run much the same. You know? We can almost put together a one-size-fits-all sort of plan. A one-size-fits-most plan, anyway. Or maybe it's a several-sizes-fit-all. There's the 'run away' class plans. It doesn't make much difference if it's a wildfire or a chemical spill, evacuation is pretty much evacuation. There's the 'long collapse' plan (that would be your generic economic collapse, peak oil). There's the 'hide-thru-the-worst' plan (pandemic or civil unrest), which in general is just an addition to the front end of the 'long collapse'. There's the 'personal disaster' (lost job) plan, where the rest of the world goes on functioning but your part stops. But aside from the run-aways, the preperations for the other three pretty much look the same.

I find that really interesting, and really a rather persuasive reason to prepare. Because while all of the above can't possibly happen, or would make others moot points if they did happen, the odds are pretty good that one of them will. And you don't have to do all that much to adapt from one to another.

So hop on out to the store and pick up some extra beans and grains. Food prices have already gone up, folks, and whether you prefer taxes, ethenol, crop failures, or greed as your cause, you can make a pretty good case that they'll keep going up. If nothing else happens, your food investment will save your money value for six months, right?

BTW, if you haven't had buckwheat, you're missing out. Yummy!


  • At 8:05 AM, October 12, 2007, Blogger Arielle said…

    I know I need a lot of improvement in planning, organizing and preparing for normal life, so the idea of trying to prepare for serious trouble seems a little overwhelming.

    I think your ideas are sound, though - just as long as you don't get morbidly fixated on potential crises. =)

  • At 8:27 PM, November 06, 2007, Anonymous Kendall said…

    I was on a blog a woman had and saw she had a whole list on her side bar of places to go for disaster awarness things and of course I cannot find her at all now...have any idea whos site it was? Thanks for the ideas. I have heard some people say they keep an old toilet seat to use on that bucket for comfort. Thanks for the information.

  • At 11:44 AM, December 03, 2007, Blogger BoysMom said…

    Kendall, not a clue who that would've been, but I find some very good information at www.survivalblog.com


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