Glad you are back for another week of preparedness goals! Of course I have a tidbit of info for you, which includes a bit of trivia. Did you know this?
According to getprepared.ca …..At the end of October 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the Caribbean and the northeast of the North American continent. When the hurricane made landfall in the United States it blended with a continental cold front forming a storm described as the “Monsterstorm” by the media. We all know of the devastation caused from Sandy. She wasn’t very nice. Since Sandy there have been many different things in the media being called Monsters. Just take a quick look at the hurricanes, earthquakes and fires we have seen here on our own continent in recent times. Take a look at the devastation in other places. One of these monster fires was in my own Province in 2016 last year, the wildfire of Fort McMurray, it wasn’t called a monster, but a “beast”. “…….marvels no one perished in the blaze, nicknamed The Beast.”
On May 1, 2016, a wildfire began southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. On May 3, it swept through the community, forcing the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta’s history, with upwards of 88,000 people forced from their homes…………
After sweeping through Fort McMurray, the wildfire destroyed approximately 2,400 homes and buildings. Another 2,000 residents in three communities were displaced after their homes were declared unsafe for reoccupation due to contamination. It continued to spread across northern Alberta and into Saskatchewan, consuming forested areas and impacting Athabasca oil sands operations. It is the costliest disaster in Canadian history.
The fire spread across approximately 590,000 hectares (1,500,000 acres) before it was declared to be under control on July 5, 2016. It continues to smoulder, and may not be fully extinguished until later in 2017.
The fires became large enough to create a firestorm, creating its own weather in the form of wind influxes and lightning.
These monsters and beasts are the “big” things we need our preparedness goals for. They are the ones we see
in the news, and hear about for years to come. What we don’t see, are the homes that are affected by unemployment, the farms affected by drought, the home provider who suddenly passes away, the water that turns nasty in our taps due to some small issue, the young family who has themselves so deep in debt, they can’t afford to buy groceries, and so on. We don’t see these in the media, yet they happen a million times more than the big events. They are every day reasons why we need preparedness. They are the every day happenings and occurrences that push us to our limits, just so we can survive. They are in your home, and in mine, and it is our responsibility to work our way through them.
Preparedness goals, broken down week by week, inch by inch, one can, one item, one small job at a time, are what gets us prepared to deal with every day life. It is our insurance policy that when crap hits the fan, like it ALWAYS does, we will be able to deal with it, because we have a plan in place.
Having said all that, here are your weekly preparedness goals. Work hard and feel peace.
Once again, add $2 per person for this week, to your emergency cash fund. This fund is different than your emergency fund for your three month savings. This fund should contain cash anywhere from $200 to about $500 per person in your home, reserved specifically for times of disaster when you may need cash. It should not be in your bank, but in a safe location in your home. Cash in small denominations is preferable. You don’t want to pay $20 for an item that should only be $3, but if it comes down to the crunch, and you need that item, and the other party tells you they have no change, you may have to pay the $20 if that is all you have. Make sure your emergency cash fund is made up of small bills, and even change. Nothing should be bigger than a $20 bill.
For your water storage, add one water filter, or method of purification to your supplies. Not too long ago, last month, the
city where I live, was flushing some water lines, and this lovely picture is what the water looked like coming out of my tap for a couple of days. #1, they told me it was totally safe, and it wouldn’t hurt me, but it just looked bad, they were just flushing sediment out of the lines. So that crap is in my lines all the time? Another reason why I don’t drink tap water. #2, Not even a filter would make me want to drink that water or have a bath or shower in it. We pulled on our water storage resources to fill our water jug filtration unit. And we went without a shower for a day – or two – just because the thought of it, not because it was “bad” for us – until it was running clear! That is another reason why we store water. It doesn’t have to be a big disaster that gets us storing water. It could be just something small, but significant like this.
To your supplies this week, add fabric softeners, or dryer sheets, hand soaps, and hand sanitizers to your inventory. Remember that fabric softener, or home made dryer sheets can be made by simply spraying some watered down hair conditioner onto a rag and throwing it into the dryer with your laundry. You can pick up some yummy smelling hair conditioner from the dollar stores for a buck, and it goes a really long ways. Significantly cheaper than the store bought types. Just mix half and half water and conditioner in a spray bottle, find a rag to designate to your dryer, and before you dry a load, spray a half a dozen or so squirts onto the rag, and dry. Clothes smell great, and are static free!
If you live in an earthquake prone area, and you haven’t yet secured your large things, like water tanks, to your walls, please do that this week. Take a walk through your home and think about, if there were an earthquake what would that item do, then see what you can do to secure it.
Your inventory process for this week, will be to take an inventory of all of your canned meats, and other proteins you have stored. Make sure to update your inventory notebook, to keep a good record of what you have and what you think you need. In this notebook, you should also be able to keep track of how much you actually use, or don’t, which will give you some ideas of what you will buy more of next time it is on sale, and what you will not purchase again, because your family won’t eat it.
Have a Table Top Discussion with your family. What will you do if there is a power outage? What if it was a power outage that lasted longer than a few hours, or even a few days? How would you heat your home, or keep it cool? What would you do with your freezer items, or your fridge? How would you communicate, or use your water sources? Have a good discussion with your family and make a plan. Power can be gone in an instant, with devastating effects that can last months. Hurricane victims, earthquake victims, winter storm victims, all can lose power so quickly and it can stay gone for weeks, or months.
It will be a busy week, doing all of these preparedness goals, but each little step, inch by inch, you will be one step closer to having a secure home, and being prepared for not only the big disasters, but the little emergencies that happen every single day to most of us. Don’t lose sight of the big picture. It isn’t all about preparing for disasters; it is about having a way of life that allows a comfort and assurance that in the event something goes wrong, you will be able to just roll with it, and resume life as normal as possible. That is what being prepared is all about.
God speed in your preparedness efforts my friends! Keep moving forward!