The term “prepper” evokes images of wild eyed wanna be commandos in fatigues with guns slung over their shoulders, muttering about the government takeover perpetrated by a secret society. While there’s nothing wrong with holding these beliefs (I entertain them myself from time to time), that pervasive image turns off many people from emergency preparedness. This is a huge problem because emergencies can happen at any time, without warning, and don’t have to be of epically catastrophic proportions. Everyone needs to have some sort of back up plan because s8&^ happens, even it doesn’t hit the fan. And it ranges from the personal to events on a global level.
Job loss- The economy being what it is, job loss is not an uncommon event. If you have a stocked pantry, you will have one less bill to worry about. Speaking from experience, I can tell you it will be a blessing to be able to feed your family regardless of whether you have a regular pay check. In 2013, I was maneuvered into resigning my position teaching. (It’s a long, dastardly story that I won’t share right now). My teaching salary had been a major portion of our income. Matt had his tree business and hoped to pick up the slack. Unfortunately, his partner left the business, taking the chipper with him, limiting the jobs Matt could do. Then, the economy took another hit, and the calls quit coming. During this period, cash became more and more scarce. However, all we had to do for food was go to our huge pantry downstairs or one of the freezers. We had more than enough to see us through. If we hadn’t had that stockpile, I’m not sure what we would have done.
Loss of a spouse- This event is far more unsettling to consider, but it must be done. If you are part of a couple who depends on two incomes, you need to think about what you might do if they passed away suddenly. If you have food stockpiled, you wouldn’t have to worry about a grocery bill. Moreover, you wouldn’t have to drag yourself into the public, grocery shopping, when you should really be at home, taking care of yourself and children if you have any.
Natural disaster- As many of us watched, during Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy, people were grossly unprepared for living without electricity. Potable water became a precious commodity as the emergency progressed. If you live on the east coast, hurricanes are a very real threat, but other parts of the country have their own natural disasters. Considering they are difficult to predict and often strike without warning, it is best to keep supplies on hand at all times.
Governmental collapse- I hesitated to put this reason in here, since it sounds so crazy. However, if you have been paying attention to places like Greece and Valenzuela, it’s not that far out of the realm of possibility. Okay, some of you may think my crazy is showing, and maybe it is, but I”d rather throw this out there than not. Better for you to have supplies and me be wrong, than the other way around.
This list is just a few reasons to start your own stockpile of supplies. You can start small and work your way up, but just get started. It’s better to be proactive and feel like you’re doing something rather than feel helpless later.
I know you’ve all been waiting with bated breath for the winner of our newsletter drawing. In a very scientifically random fashion, we put all the names on a slip of paper and put them in a pickle jar.
When we went to draw a name for the 72 hour kit from Patriot Pantry, the boys fought over who got to draw. In order to keep the peace, we decided to add a bonus drawing. The grand prize winner will get the 72 hour kit while the runner up will win some homemade soaps. And the winners are…. drumroll please…..
For the homemade soap:
And the 72 hour kit goes to…..
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