While watching the television learning of what is going on in Japan it really drives home the need to be ready if a natural disaster occurred or if something caused a collapse of our current system. While I don’t believe that some sort of financial apocalypse is going to occur I do believe that a depression is possible in our future again.
I watch of the struggles going on in Japan and I realized that if a natural disaster occurred such as there and what the US experienced in New Orleans am I prepared? The answer is a huge NO. While I am happy with the progression of the items that I am storing in my pantry I am in no way prepared to sustain us on what is in there.
I have canned vegetables and some fruit but very little meat. If a disaster occurred I am sure that electricity would be gone and what meat is in my fridge would go bad very quickly. When my children were small I often canned meat to take with us camping. When other campers were struggling to make hotdogs over the fire we had elaborate meals that were very well-balanced and tasty. I plan to buy some meat in bulk soon and can that to keep for emergencies.
Do you have enough medication to last if suddenly you couldn’t get to the pharmacy? I think I am going to get a 3 month supply next time that I fill my prescriptions. What about medical supplies such as bandages and antiseptics?
What other items do you think we need?
- Source of lighting such as oil lanterns
- Source of heat- fireplaces, kerosene heaters
- Source of water- rain barrels and bottled water
- Source of money- banks and ATM machines might not be available. Do you have cash on hand?
- Source of alternative shelter? What if your house was inhabitable? Do you have a tent or alternative camp sight that you can go to?
I realized that I am no where near ready for a disaster and I need to rectify this. What other things can you think of that we might need to get?