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You never know when a job might end, the electricity might go off, or an F6 tornado wipes everything for 8 miles out. If you have extra, maybe one day you can bless someone with a meal.

The truth is that there are good, solid reasons why millions of Americans have been storing up food, water filters and other supplies.

Our world is becoming increasingly unstable, and all of us need to get educated about how to prepare for the difficult years that are coming.

One nightmarish event can change everything that we take for granted in a single moment. Just remember what happened after Hurricane Katrina.  Even though that was only a regional disaster, millions of people had their lives completely turned upside down by that tragedy.

Don’t make the mistake of assuming that just because the U.S. has always known tremendous peace and prosperity since World War II that things will always be that way.

Our lives will only continue to be “normal” as long as the trucks continue running. When the trucks stop running in America, there will be mass chaos. Are you ready for that?

Prepare for today, be ready for tomorrow. Avoid looking toward a single specific event for which you’re going to prepare. Self-reliance applies very personally to each person’s life. If you can prepare for the everyday, then you’ll find yourself prepared for future events as well. Instead of dwelling on the myriad of horrible possibilities, take it one step at a time. As you go through your daily routine, challenge yourself with questions that make you think differently about the access and freedoms you presently enjoy that make your daily routine possible. For example, as you’re driving ask yourself what you would do if your ability to drive that particular route was compromised. “What if” scenarios give our brain the resources to use in the future when we are suddenly faced with a challenge, allowing us the chance to better function when faced with stressful situations. Also, allowing yourself to think of the “what if “scenarios, will naturally help you to take measures to be ready with countermeasures when you’re thrown a curveball.

WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHERE, WHY, HOW

Step 1. Answer the “Who?”
If you’re married, you need to convince your spouse to get on board. If you have kids, you should get them involved. Make a gentle attempt, and if they don’t come along, prep for them anyway. Lead by example and quit preaching. It is my responsibility to make sure my family is cared for. I have life insurance, medical insurance, car insurance, and now I’m building food insurance. My kids can see the wisdom in that. My friends and family, for the most part, don’t think I wear a tinfoil hat (except when I get on my soapbox about GMO foods and organic stuff).

My son and I nurture time well spent and nourish our bodies as well.

Step 2. Answer the “What?”
Have an honest conversation with yourself about what you are preparing for. Preppers/survivalists prepare for lots of different reasons, and it’s not my place to judge any of them. Personally though, I have a family to feed and I’m responsible for them. If I stop working or lose my job, my family goes hungry. That’s a lot of responsibility. Before we started prepping, we had maybe a 2 week’s worth of food in the pantry. It’s scary to think about your family going hungry. I work hard at my job, but I also feel like I’m expendable in the long run. Having money in your savings account isn’t enough. Money is no good if there is no food to buy. To me, these are the most realistic threats faced by my family. Therefore, we store food, we find ways to keep ourselves warm if there is no heat, and we try to save money. That’s just good common sense right? Bartering a loaf of bread will be worth more because you can’t eat money or gold.

These are some of my Mountain Montessori school students.

Step 3. Answer the “Where?”
Where do you plan to be? You need two answers. The terminology is bugging-in and bugging-out. Plan for staying put, and plan for getting out if you need to. If a tree falls on your house or your place burns down, all the preps in the world in your garage might become useless. Keep that in mind and have a backup plan. HAVE AT LEAST TWO BUG-OUT LOCATIONS.
Step 4. Answer the “When?”
There is only one answer to when do I start – NOW! Set incremental goals: 1 month of cash safe at home somewhere. At least 3 weeks worth of meals in the pantry. 2 months of cash in the bank, assuming you can get to the bank. If a major disaster does hit there won’t be any use for money. More on that later.  Just a note: when you’re buying foods to store – buy foods you actually eat. Eat what you store and store what you eat. That’s really rule #1.

If you hunt or fish, take the kids. Getting back to basics is not only a good idea but it may be a necessary one. Besides, it’s fun for the whole family and it “teaches our children well.”

This is my son, and yes, he caught the big one!

Step 5. Answer the “Why?”

Why does it make sense to prep? I think I covered most of the answer to this in step 1, but here is another reason. In the long run, storing food saves you money. The price of food has gone up consistently over time at a much higher rate than the stock market. Converting money into food is a good investment.

Yep, that’s my son. Whether you agree or not, kids that know how to safely use a firearm are far less likely to get hurt by one.

Step 6. Answer the “How?”
Once you’ve done the first three steps it’s time to plan your approach. You’ve got to deal with a few things: shelter, medicine, water, food, transportation, alternate plans, and home defense. The things you consider threats will have a great impact on your priority of work. The first step is to figure out what you already have and get organized. Put all of your medical supplies in one place, take an inventory, identify needs, and then store them in a way that makes them easy to find if its dark and you’re under stress. Then do the same for winter clothes. Food. Water supplies, etc… You’ll identify a list of needs, and then it wont seem as overwhelming. Seek help and be helpful. Get to know your neighbors, consider the elderly, disabled, special needs, etc.. Collaborate!!! Consider a community garden, or a co-op where you can exchange resources, skills, barter and trade.

One of the most important things to do is PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!

Having a bug-out bag packed with survival supplies needs to be on the ready, but can you walk 20 miles with it on your back? My bug-out bag weighs 30 lbs, my sons is 20 lbs. One of the ways we practice is by going for long hikes with our backpacks.

Join CERT –Community Emergency Response Teams

CERT members carrying a disaster survivor

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

My family and I are all CERT certified. It’s a great way to learn essential skills and meet like-minded people. And it’s FREE!

There are books, forums, blogs, DVDs, and even chat rooms full of information. Here are places I’d recommend that are loaded with resources: www.americanpreppersnetwork.comwww.thesurvivalpodcast.com. –www.preparednesspro.com –http://pinterest.com/dixievicki/wouldn-t-you-like-to-be-a-prepper-too/ – An article by Tess Pennington entitled “Emergency Items: What Will Disappear First” contains a list of 100 things that are likely to disappear from store shelves first. – “When Trucks Stop, America Stops“.

There are people participating in these resources who are HIGHLY political and who you may disagree on many subjects (myself included). There are also people that most would consider as being on the fringe of sanity. That doesn’t make them bad people. It also doesn’t mean you can’t learn from them. I have many friends in these communities, some of whom I disagree with. I’ve learned from all of them. Look for people who are actually doing and ask them for advice – but as always on the internet – think critically about what you read. Their solutions may work for you or they may not.

Prioritize. There’s a natural progression of events that unfold in the face of a trial. Understanding this natural progression is key to properly preparing and will ensure that you don’t ignore a key principle or overemphasize another. History provides us with an abundance of these examples. For example, while most people think about stocking up on food, when it comes to “preppers” such a principle is no where near as critical as access to proper medical care. No one gets into a car accident and immediately dials for pizza delivery, right? So strengthen your self-reliance efforts by focusing on the natural way that vulnerabilities will unfold in times of distress and take actions according to the level of importance to such priorities.

Here’s a list of 10 Principles of Preparedness in the order of their prioritization. Try as you may, you’ll be hard pressed to switch their order of influence in your life. Ensuring that you address all of them with the proper level of prioritization, will give you a balanced self-reliance result:

1: Spiritual Preparedness: Your core values and belief system will be the first point of strength in the face of any challenge and will no doubt determine how you respond to those challenges.

2: Mental Preparedness: Your level of knowledge, skills, and fortitude to endure a challenge will be closely linked with the first Principle of Preparedness. All of the tools and supplies and protections in the world won’t help a person without the mental ability to exercise the use thereof.

3: Physical Preparedness: Your level of physical mobility, fitness, and how you’ve prepared to address your physical vulnerabilities is crucial. A fitness guru can be just as compromised as a person who’s seriously overweight if they lack the muscle memory, dexterity, and physical skills needed to travel or defend themselves in the face of a challenge.

4: Medical Preparedness: Something as simple as a hang-nail, minor scrape, or running out of critical medication has killed a person more than once. Preparing for such instances in the form of first-aid knowledge, alternative methods of care, battle field triage skills, and stocking up on essential first aid supplies can eliminate a host of unpleasant possibilities.

5: Clothing/Shelter Preparedness: Personal and structural soundness, safety, and protection. You may think of water as more important than most anything, but you can perish from heat exhaustion or freezing to death much sooner than you will thirst. How will you control your environment if you lack the luxury of electricity or gas?

6: Fuel Preparedness: Light, heat, travel, cooking, sanitizing, and environmental control all require some form or another of fuel—whether it be your own physical energy or that provided by a resource such as propane, batteries, or wood.  Do you have alternative resources along with the equipment to use such resources?

7: Water Preparedness: While it’s not accurate that 72 hours without water will kill a person, it is accurate that 72 hours without water will begin to damage vital organs in the body. Be sure you have reliable water sources in your shelter, easily accessed, as well as plans for filtering and treating other resources of water.

8: Food Preparedness: Be sure that you also have the knowledge and resources to prepare and serve food with absorbable nutrition. Simply storing food is only the first step. True self-reliance only comes in this area when you’re able to produce food as well. Also, don’t underestimate the need for familiar foods for your family, as well as comfort food.

9: Financial Preparedness: Ridding yourself of debt and having the ability to purchase what you need under a wide set of circumstances is critical, as is having 6 months reserve of your monthly income and setting aside items with which to barter.

10: Communication Preparedness: When trouble strikes, the first thing you want to know is that your friends and loved ones are well, however, there are many circumstances in which your traditions communication methods are compromised, so prepare for alternatives. Coordinating efforts, commerce, and safety are also compromised without sufficient low-tech communication alternatives.

In case INTERNET GOES DOWN: Have a laptop, modem or a phone that has bluetooth.. 1-Connect the phone to the laptop via bluetooth then right click and choose “use as modem” if you didn’t have modem. 2-Go to Network and choose “create new dial up connection” 3-When asked to enter a phone number, user name and password, use one of the following. They can’t cut them off 00494923197844321 User:Telecomix Pass:Telecomix 00597110844 User:freeisp@internet Pass:internet 00537110844 User:isp@dialup Pass:connect

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I’m not a religious person, I’m more of spiritual atheist, but there does seem to be a connections between prophecy and how things seem to be playing out. Question is, who’s pulling the strings?

The Four Horseman Apocalypse | lisaleaks

What’s the connection between
gun control… a recent executive order…
and the coming food crisis?

There’s a reason why the US government is so eager to disarm the American people. It’s got little to do with crime rates or mass murders… but everything to do with the very reason the 2nd Amendment was created for: to protect the people from a tyrannical government.

A devastating “once in 60 years” event… along with corporate greed and corruption are setting the stage for a social and economic “time bomb” that will detonate right in the middle of the US…

https://lisaleaks.com/2013/03/04/the-four-horseman-apocalypse/

Thanks for reading. Now get started!

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