When my son, Stephen came by to get Caleb last weekend he told me about a TV show that he loves called Doomsday Preppers. Now Stephen doesn’t prep but he did find the reality show interesting. I have to admit that I was intrigued and I set my DVR to record any of the episodes. After watching a couple of episodes I became intrigued.
People prep for many different reasons. So far I have seen people prep on the show for:
- economic disaster
- polar shift
- natural disasters
I am sure there are many more reasons to prepare for a disaster but what comes to mind for me was seeing how people reacted when the storm came through on June 29th and so many people across several states lost their power. Many people in WV did not have power for 2 weeks. People were gracious but many people had their homes broken into and struggled to find food and gasoline.
While watching people in New Jersey and New York following Sandy coming through and causing such extreme devastation I couldn’t help but notice how many people were without food. What if they were Diabetics on top of this and unable to get medication as well?
As you know I have always tried to keep a well stocked pantry but with these storms I have to ask myself if we are truly prepared. The answer to that is no. If there were a natural disaster and trucks were unable to get to the stores with new merchandise there would be no food in three days.
While watching the Doomsday Preppers show I had to notice that they all stockpiled foods which were high in carbs. They had plenty of corn, wheat, legumes and pastas. What if you are a Diabetic? How would you handle being able to eat low carb? If you are running low on your medications for your Diabetes you REALLY need to eat low carb.
I would love to start an actual conversation with everyone and have you participate in how you prepare for a disaster if you were to lose power for several days. What items do you have on hand to eat that are low carb? Do you have enough water? Protein? Vegetables?
I had to take stock of my own pantry today and look to see exactly how prepared I am if a disaster were to come through and I needed to have enough food for us for a month. I of course would want to make sure that my family had food and necessary supplies as well. I was not as prepared as I want to be. For this reason I went shopping today and bought several flats of vegetables.
Yesterday, Mike asked me if I would can beef stew for him like I used to do. I also bought everything to make his stew and to can pinto beans as well. If we have this on hand it will make eating much easier for him.
I plan to can some of the beef roasts that I have in my freezer too. Several years ago I canned beef roasts and we loved them. I had completely forgotten about it until Mike reminded me yesterday. It really came in handy when I worked late and didn’t have the time or energy to cook dinner. I was able to open a jar of beef roast and heat a can of vegetables and add a side salad and dinner was ready in 5 minutes. This saved money and time and the roast was very good.
Would you all be interested in my sharing how to can items for preparedness in order to eat low carb? Now I am not wanting to start a debate about politics or the economy. Granted I do have VERY strong opinions on this but I choose to keep my beliefs on this separate from the blog. Lets just keep this to preparing for if a storm comes through and you need to be prepared for if a mass power outage were to occur and you needed to be ready beforehand.
Do you stockpile? Are you prepared? Would you like to share pictures of your stockpile? I will share pictures of mine over the next couple of weeks while I build mine.