September 21, 2009

Stockpiling, Emergency Preparedness, and Food Security

Wondering why you are seeing this post on a couponing site?  View my posts here and here to find out why I believe these issues are important.

StockpilingI won’t be updating the stockpiling list this week since I’m a little behind from a weekend in Memphis.  I suggest that you take $1-$5 from your weekly grocery budget to use for building your stockpile. 

Emergency PreparednessWith this being National Preparedness Month, this is a good time to get your 72 hour emergency kits, pet care kits, and car kits ready.  If you already have these, it might be a good time to check your packs and see if any items need rotating or changed out. 

This week, talk to your family about communication in the event of an emergency.  I recently heard a doctor recommending that in the event of an emergency, the family have one person outside of the area that they all phone to give updates.  With limited cell service and phone systems overwhelmed in emergency situations, you may only get one call and want to have that call serve a purpose.  He said that his mother in Wyoming often is at home, has an answering machine that she checks often, and is a central person for the family to phone.  Talk with your family about who the contact person might be and make sure that everyone has that telephone number memorized.  Make sure that your child’s school has that person’s name and contact information on record as well. 

Food SecurityLast week I talked about how our garden and food security go hand-in-hand for our family.  Kellene of Preparedness Pro was nice enough to comment and included her article on Gardening in an Emergency.  The article discusses gardening and energy expenditure when in an emergency or under duress.  I highly recommend you read it.  While I may not have articulated it as such last week, I hope you will think of your garden as a means of preparation.  Plant, harvest, and preserve foods while times are good so you’ll have the food when they aren’t.   Remember the story of the ant and the grasshopper?  Also, the garden can serve as a source of food security in situations other than major catastrophes.  I know many who have depended on their garden to help them through layoffs and long term employment.  In those situations, the energy expenditure was not as much an issue, and having a garden was a source of food security.  I hope this week, you’ll take time to read Kellene’s article and contemplate how you might conserve energy in times of stress and major emergencies.

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