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Peaceful Preparedness

 

I know- the alliteration could already make you gag, but “p”s are nice and Preparedness always seems so harsh, scary and dull…

but let’s face it:

The inevitable is inevitable.

The rains will come, the snow will fall, the ice will weigh heavy, the winds will blow, the sun will scorch, the ground will shake, the creek will rise.

What happens then?

I sat in church on Sunday here in sunny southern California, and a good little shaker woke us all up [ahem- figuratively- no one was sleeping. I repeat NO ONE was sleeping.  We were all listening very attentively, really. You’d get some good preachin’ at church].

It went as fast as it came and nothing was affected.

But the questions flooded my mind:

How would I get to my kids?

Did they know I’d find them and to trust their teachers?

What if the ceiling was caving in and bits of this and that was falling on our heads? How would I respond? Do I have a plan? Does my husband know it? Do my children? Do my fellow gatherers?

On and on, right?

If you have ever considered or even begun to prepare for whatever emergencies you  might potentially face, you know as well as I , that preparing for them can be overwhelming.

The lists are long, the details many, the scenarios countless, the stuff is expensive all added up, and where, really do you start?

Since THINKING doesn’t cost a thing, lets start there. We’ll get to the flashlights, food, financial disasters and firefighting later.

Hands Only CPR

A nice Jive beat to learn hands- only CPR!

 

Start a fire simply

Fire starting is probably not my forte—I go through a lot of newspapers trying to get the fireplace going.

I found my trick though.

Cotton balls dipped in petroleum jelly!

I have learned several tricks, which I’ll share in the coming weeks, but lets look at this simple, practically free way to have a fire easily started: camping, in an emergency for warmth or cooking, or just that nice little fireplace fire.

…and do try it at home! [with parental supervision, and safe fire handling, and your ABC fire extinguisher nearby, of course]

Store your prepared cotton balls in a Ziploc baggie! You just did something that you may be rejoicing over in that next rolling blackout, hurricane, ice storm, or rainy camping trip!

Win a 72 hour Emergency kit for 2!!!

Its Emergency Preparedness Month!!!

Send the most people to sign up for the CHALLENGE, and win! Go to the home page to start yourself , and spread the word!

Make sure people tell that YOU sent them!!

Get started taking baby steps toward preparedness!

Successful Survival Skills

Take the Survival Skill Savvy CHALLENGE!

Believe me, I wasn’t thinking about survival skill savvy and preparing for an emergency as I wheeled my 3 young daughters through our neighborhood Walmart.

As we shopped, an earthquake rocked the aisle shelving and caused the hanging tires and bicycles to sway wildly on the display.

My first thought was that some creepy kid was shaking the shelving, climbing it or some other nonsense.  When the reality of what was really happening struck me – the passing moment became a frozen moment.

Thoughts flooded my head.

  • What do I do right now?
  • How do I shelter my baby and toddlers?
  • What is the best way out of here?
  • Where is my husband and how will I find him?

I happened to have been in the camping section, so when it all settled down and I had my wits about me again, I surveyed some of the emergency supplies available in front of me.

Right then I decided I ought to do better planning for any unforeseen disaster or emergency.

But … did little to follow through.

NASHVILLE FLOOD of 2010

Until a year or so ago.                                                      

Even then, I have lollied about, not really equipping my family for that dreaded, perhaps inevitable event.

I wonder if you might be the same way.

Now that I have looked at preparation for the various emergencies I could face in my locale [ including the food price emergency that I am looking at with each trip to the grocer]  I find myself a bit overwhelmed.

Then I thought, “What if I did one or two little things at a time?”

Could we start little by little and soon find that we are equipped to handle at least a temporary power-outage, maybe even a major disaster? Could we address critical issues like the following?

  • Adequate food supplies
  • Proper clothing
  • Protection from the elements
  • Emergency First Aid Kits
  • Communication and signaling equipment
  • Necessary medications

I think so!

So lets get started.

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.“

~Mark Twain

Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.

Peter F. Drucker