Wow, it's been two years and over 100,000 hits (my counter is almost 10,000 off since I didn't discover the counter until many months later). I thought I'd repost my first post. Since this blog was really for me to document what I am doing to prepare, I will spend the next few posts going over my progress. I think I will be pleased upon review, but maybe not. This review may show me I have some glaring deficiencies in my prepping.
From August 15, 2010 - Post #1
Two weeks ago I came home from my monthly grocery shopping at Costco and Winco and had a strange thought come over me. As I was putting everything in its place in my mini-Walmart of a garage, a question kept popping into my brain. Not quite popping, more like thunderous pounding. What If? Two simple words, yet really terrifying words when placed at the beginning of a whole list of questions.
What If today was the last day that the stores were open and full of supplies? What If the fuel supplies were cut? What If the electricity went out for good? What If I couldn’t get my propane tank filled? What If my family had to live on what I had on hand here at home? What If? What if I woke up tomorrow morning and realize TSHTF while I was sleeping? What if TOMORROW was the day? No advance warning…
When I broach the subject with my family or friends they just laugh it off, yet they’d all choose my house to shelter at when their ill preparations went sour. They would all congregate towards my property and expect that we’d all be able to survive together. They all naively assume that because I have a few acres we’d somehow all be fine. I know very few people that I would want to live with for the short term, let alone the long term and in a stressful situation. My What If scenario does not include adding people into our household who have nothing to offer. I don’t need someone whose only ability is to complain about having to follow household rules or who wants to sit around and play video games all day.
But bringing the What If back to this moment. I’m not ready. I’d like to think I am, but in reality life would be very difficult if the power went out and the stores shut down tomorrow morning. So since I admit I’m not ready, and to be fully prepared will take months, OK let’s get back to reality, years since I don’t have unlimited funds or unlimited time. Where does that leave you? Either you just give up and say you’ll just keep reading blogs and pray that TEOTWAWKI won’t happen where you live or you get serious about preparing for yourself and your family. NOW!
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