Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Dangers of Modern Living and What You Can Do Now

As a society we have become dependent on oil, electricity, grocery stores, and clothing manufacturers (modern living). We no longer know how to provide for ourselves. This is dangerous, folks!

Terror can strike anywhere and at any time. The best thing we can do is be as prepared as we can and learn the skills needed to survive what comes our way. 

We can't depend on the government for help. We must be prepared to fend for ourselves and defend what is ours. Reskill yourself. Build your confidence and begin to create a new way of life. Start today!

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

~ Start a small vegetable garden. Learn to preserve the harvest. Expand the garden little by little each year. 

~ Shop sales and match coupons so you can stockpile food, non-perishables, and personal hygiene items.

~ Keep a supply of cash on hand at home. Money in the bank will be of no use if you can't get to it in a widespread power outage.

~ Reduce expenses wherever possible and save as much as you can.

~ Create a plan to pay off debt, particularly unsecured debt (credit cards).

~ Have a source for light if the power goes out. Flashlights, lanterns, candles, etc.

~ Have a source for cooking: camp stove, grill, over a camp fire. Do you know how to start a fire? That would be a good skill to learn.

~ Water: save 2 liter soda bottles and fill with water. Know how to purify water if needed.

~ Have first aid supplies and OTC medicines well stocked. Take a CPR and/or first aid class.

~ Know how to mend clothing and linens to make them last longer.

~ Buy everything you can secondhand at yard sales and thrift stores.

~ Buy used books, board games, puzzles and a deck of cards to provide entertainment for children and adults alike.

~ Have an idea of what you are preparing for. What most concerns you? What natural disasters do you face? Prepare for those. Job loss? There's no such thing as job security anymore, sadly.

There is no way you can be fully prepared for any given situation, but what preps you make now will certainly help you in the long run. Start small if you must, but start now.


Echoes From the Hill said...

It's hard to believe that we might need to face something that would require such preparedness, but it is definitely a possibility. It is far better to be prepared than not, and we can keep using and replenishing our supplies.

Precious said...

These are great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Laura said...

If you can, keep a few hens. They provide eggs, insect control in the warm months, etc. We do a lot of gardening and I can, freeze and dehydrate a lot of what we eat. When there is a sale/coupon deal on something I can't easily make (say, toothbrushes) I stock up. I have a treadle sewing machine, but that's more because I love them than anything. :) Still, it is a useful, woman-powered tool.

For me, the real biggie is faith, prayer, and a relationship with and a trust in God that tells me I am loved, cared for, watched over. That is the comfort that keeps me from being frightened....and the pantry is what keeps me from being hungry, lol.

-Laura at TenThingsFarm

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

Amen! I would add share your bounties and help one another!