Saturday, October 1, 2016

Newsletter #1 - October 2016

Today While The Sun Shines
Issue #1

REMEMBER: October 29th, at the Stake Center in Medicine Hat, the Emergency Preparedness Fair. We have a lineup of great presenters, displays, and tasters. Here is a short list:
Shelter in Place by CF
Notify Me Now by City of Medicine Hat
Wills FAQ's by Darren Cahoon
Emergency Binders, 72 hour kits and Digitizing your home by Talia Zemp
Red Cross – Emergency Preparedness in the home
LDS Employment from Lethbridge
Thrive – freeze dried foods by Troy and Janae Hale
and so much more.....
with our tasters focused around everything possible to do with beans!

Quite a few years ago, I started a blog called Today While The Sun Shines. I chose this title, specifically for this words to the song that we often sing at church. Here are the words to the chorus:

Today, today, work with a will;
Today, today, your duties fulfill.
Today, today, work while you may;
Prepare for tomorrow by working today.

As I was thinking what I would title this newsletter, I had to go back to that theme, because I believe it is even more relevant now than it was ten years ago. We need to work with a will, fulfill our duties, and prepare for tomorrow, today!

A recent talk by Elder Ballard, in a large regional conference in Utah, he stated this:

"My beloved brothers and sisters, we are charged to prepare the Church for those days that will surely come if the people in the world continue to ignore and disregard God our Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Scriptures are clear on the consequences of turning away from God." by Elder Ballard

I say Amen to his talk. We need to prepare today, for what tomorrow will bring, for it is surely coming. We are not going to be able to escape it. We must prepare for it.

Each monthly newsletter I send from here on out will have a monthly checklists, or a weekly checklist, depending on what works for you, both contain the same information, just broken down a bit more. With all of them, I hope to give you a comprehensive yet basic look at preparedness in the home.

Where do I even begin? It is so overwhelming!

Whether you are an avid preparedness guru, or are just at the beginnings, or somewhere in between, advice is always the same, just start, or just start again, or just keep moving forward. For we all have times where we just forget, or get tired, or get sidetracked. The steps to starting, regardless where you are in your journey of preparedness, can be simple and inexpensive. They don't need to be huge or extravagant.

Below are a few ways to get your family started on the road to preparedness, which will soon become a way of life if you continue to do:
  • Take a deep breath, allow your knees to hit the floor, (the starting position), and ask for help. Then get up and start doing something. It is easier for the Lord to help you when you are moving forward. Let me tell you a short story. I have always been one who believes in being prepared. It has been a way of life for me since I was a little girl. One day, about ten or so years ago, I had been to the Temple in Cardston, after which I stopped at the book store and picked up a book about dehydrating. I was keenly feeling it. I need to kick my preparedness efforts into high gear again, but I just didn't know how I was going to accomplish it, as we didn't have the financial resources to buy a lot of stuff. BUT, I had a willing heart! On the way home, I said a small prayer, mostly to myself and told Heavenly Father if He would put food in front of me, I would do all I could, to preserve it, and make use of it for my family. Seriously, not two minutes after I said that prayer my cell phone rang with a dear friend telling me she had more apples than she needed, and would I come and pick them. The calls continued almost daily. To this day, the resources He places in front of me have never stopped. However, I must note..... I do the work, I often do the research to find sources, and I must add in again, I AM WILLING TO DO THE WORK, no matter how exhausting it might be, I work today, to prepare for tomorrow, always. It is just a way of life. If opportunities come about, I work.
  • Stop with the wailing and gnashing of teeth, yes we all do it to some degree. We find every excuse possible to not do what we are supposed to be doing. He can't open the windows of Heaven and pour out blessings on us, if we are excusing away those blessings. I hear them all of the time, so I am here today, and tomorrow, to help you take away those excuses. Work today, to prepare for tomorrow, because when the world chooses wickedness, WE need to be prepared, for “swiftly cometh the judgments of God.” If you have an extra room in your house full of junk, wahoo for you! Get rid of the junk and turn it into a useful storage room. If you have an empty closet, space under a bed, a heated garage, cupboards up high full of useless stuff, well you get my meaning, then you have space. If you don't have the financial means, then see where you can cut back and make it a priority in your home. We all have cell phones, large tv bills, eating out habits, etc etc, all which can be juggled to find the means. It is a matter of priorities. If you want it, make it a matter of prayer and figure out how to do it. I promise you I have heard all the excuses, and there isn't one that I can't help you overcome in some way. YOU CAN DO IT! Just decide.
  • The empty pop bottles that are kicking around your house.... see them all? You know the ones that some day you are going to take in for that ten cent return? Wash them out and fill them with water. Find an empty spot in your closet, or under a bed, or in the laundry room, or behind a tv, or up in the top corner of a cupboard that nobody can reach and has been filled with stuff that never gets used. We all have spaces like that, so make those dead, empty spaces useful. Pop bottles will last for years filled with water. Just go do it, and forget about them. There, now you have started! It is a simple step, so just do it. If you don't have empty pop bottles, every other week, buy a case of bottled water and stash it. Go to Costco and pick up one of their 3L blue jugs of water and stash it. If you do that every other week, you will soon see your water supply building. And considering an average person goes through about 80 gallons of water per day with all of their washing, drinking, cooking, etc, that 14 gallons you should have stored for emergencies, isn't going to last very long.
  • Next, from now on when you go shopping, instead of buying one can of corn, one can of tomato soup, or one box of something, buy two and tuck one away on your food storage shelf. If you will do this as often as money permits, you will soon see your storage start to grow. You will also begin to change your mindset to thinking more to shopping sales, and thinking ahead. Be a prayerful shopper and see what a difference that makes. Your job is to ask, listen, then go and do. I recall keenly when I started shopping the sales. I only had a small amount of money, but I remember pasta coming on sale for like .50 cents a bag, (unheard of any more), and I bought 50 bags of it. Yes, I am that person. That meant I didn't get a few other things on my list that particular time, but I didn't have to buy pasta until it came on sale again. I would watch the sales, and buy in large quantities, and eventually got to where I only had to buy certain things when they came on sale. I find the cheapest places to buy things in bulk, and I buy them in bulk. Get creative in your containers, ask people to save you large glass jars, plastic ones, or buckets. Ice cream stores always give away buckets. There are ways to make it happen if you start to look for them.
That is how you begin. We will talk more on emergencies and how to prepare for them in future issues, but for now, I hope you just begin with what you can, these simple steps that anyone can do. I promise you will be blessed because you are being obedient.

October To Do List
  • Each week set aside $2 for every person in your home. This is just for having emergency cash on hand. I have a large jar with the lid glued on, which all of my change and everyone else's change often goes in this jar. Each week I add to it, at least $2 for each person in my family.
  • 14 gallons of water per person. Put it somewhere. Be creative. I know you can do it.
  • This month, focus on gathering some extra cleaning supplies. Things like a gallon of bleach, an extra bottle of dish soap, an extra bottle or box of laundry soap, some latex gloves, an extra box of trash bags (sturdy ones). An extra bottle of all purpose cleaner like Mr. Clean or something. 12 cleaning cloths (reusable ones), any other cleaning supplies you regularly use, buy one extra of each and set them aside on your food storage shelves. Now you are one step closer and your shelves are looking good!
  • Test smoke alarms, test fire extinguisher, test carbon mono alarm, have a mock fire drill with your family. If you have water storage that may need rotating, do it now to keep it fresh for the winter months. I usually would rotate mine every April and October, if I do it, which I don't always. I have used water that has been store in bottles for a few years and it is totally fine. Just remember never store these bottles on a cement floor. I will get into that more in another newsletter, but just know not to do it. Any toxins from the cement will leach into the plastic and then into the water. Not good.

Simplified Monthly October Check list:

  • set aside $2 / person / week for emergency cash on hand
  • store 14 gallons of water per person in your household
  • Food storage: canned meats – chicken, tuna, salmon, beef, etc., vegetable oil, coconut oil, shortening, peanut butter, chocolate chips, cocoa for baking
  • Home storage items: 5 gallon bucket with lid, household cleaners, bleach, dish soap, laundry detergent, Mr. Clean, latex gloves, work gloves, cloth rags and cleaning cloths, garbage bags, clothes pins, scouring pads, sponges, air fresheners, n95 masks, other cleaning supplies
  • Preparedness goals: test smoke alarms, test fire extinguishers, test carbon monoxide alarms, have mock fire and evac drill, rotate water storage if needed
  • Equipment goals: smoke alarms, other alarms and detectors, home escape ladders, things needed to escape rooms if fires etc.
  • Inventory: oils and fats, snacks, freezer, and toiletries

Weekly Check List for October:

Week 1
  • $2 per person tuck away for emergency cash on hand
  • figure out how much water per week you will need to get 14 gallons per person
  • canned meats, beef, chicken, tuna, salmon
  • 5 gallon bucket with lid, bleach, dish soap, laundry soap
  • test smoke alarms
  • purchase smoke alarms if needed
  • Inventory oils and fats

Week 2
  • $2 per person cash on hand
  • divide amount of water needed into three and get that much stored
  • vegetable oil, coconut oil, shortening / lard
  • household cleaners, latex gloves, work gloves, cleaning cloths re-usable
  • test fire extinguishers
  • purchase fire extinguisher
  • inventory snacks

Week 3
  • $2 per person cash on hand
  • add another amount of water needed to work up to your 14 gallons per person
  • peanut butter
  • garbage bags, clothes pins,
  • test carbon monoxide alarms, or purchase one if needed
  • inventory your freezer goods and organize if needed

Week 4
  • $2 per person cash on hand
  • finish getting together your 14 gallons of water per person
  • chocolate chips and cocoa for baking
  • scouring pads, sponges, air fresheners, n95 masks and other cleaning supplies
  • have a mock fire drill and mock evacuation drill
  • purchase home escape ladder or other tools needed to make evac smoother, like something to break windows, or whatever it might be
  • inventory toiletries

I am not going to tell you how much of any one particular thing you should purchase. It will be different for every household and family. Think through what your family uses regularly and purchase and store accordingly. Watch for sales, and if a good sale comes about, even if it isn't on the list, purchase it. Each circumstance is different, just plan and work accordingly.

Home Made Tortillas
2 cups flour – could be white, whole wheat, or add in powdered dried vegetables, bean flour, flax, or other ground grains. Black beans give a nice blackish blue color, powdered tomatoes a nice red, and powdered spinach a green. Adding in herbs and spices give nice freckled colors. Be creative with what you have on hand and experiment.
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup oil
2/3 cup warm water
additional flour
Rub flour, salt and oil together with your fingers until completely incorporated and fine crumbs form. Pour water into dry ingredients and work it in with a fork. Dough will be in large clumps. Sprinkle flour and knead until smooth, about 2 minutes. Divide dough into 12 – 15 small balls about 2 inches in diameter. Set balls on a plate and cover with plastic wrap, and let rest for 30 minutes or so. Roll out until thin, rolling from the center to the outside. It may be helpful to toll between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Bake on very hot, un-greased griddle or fry pan until freckled, about 20 seconds on each side. Serve warm.

Price comparison is about 1/10 of the price of purchasing these in the grocery store. Significant savings, much more healthy, and one step closer to being self reliant.

Buckets of Sprouts!!!
Opportunity to prepare in January, a five gallon bucket of grains and seeds for sprouting. We will be doing a bulk purchase and assembly of these. I am working on a price and a list of what will be in it for sure, and by next newsletter I will have this ready for certain, but for now here is what it might look like.

A five gallon bucket of sprouting grains and seeds for approximately $50. It might include: alfalfa seeds, wheat kernels, rye grain, green lentils, green peas, adzuki beans, mung beans, fenugreek seeds, broccoli seeds.

I am working on this, but will let you know more details on when, where, and what exactly will be in it and how much it will be. Just plan for it in January's budge if you are interested. And let me know if you have a source for something specific or would like something specific in it. It will be an opportunity for us all to come together to create them and take them home.

Friday, September 2, 2016

User Friendly Foods

One of the first things I like to teach people when it comes to food storage is:  learn to make things for yourself.  This is one of the key things to using your food storage.  Running to the store every time you are out of a food item, gets really pricey, and really time consuming.  There is a wonderful, fantastic tool called GOOGLE!  I can find a recipe for almost anything I can imagine, by using google.  Here are some of the things I have learned how to make on my own:
  • all kinds of breads
  • all kinds of noodles
  • sauces
  • desserts
  • wheat meat
  • tofu
  • canning
  • freeze drying
  • dehydrating
and so much more!  In fact I will always look up a recipe or a way to do something, before I go and buy it.  I must confess, people are always calling me for ideas, on this or that preparedness or food storage, and if I am not sure of the answer, while I have them on the phone, I will whip open my computer, and search for the answer while I am talking to them, and voila - they have their answer, when in all reality, they could have done the same thing.  Now don't get me wrong, I love talking to people and solving problems, but google is a fantastic tool.  I also have binders and books full of information that I have printed off, because I don't believe I will always have access to the computer.

So back to user friendly foods.  Thanks Jocelyn for bringing it to my attention that most people don't think like I do.  I know a few who do, and you know who you are, that's why we work well together.  For example, I was asking a friend if she would share something made from beans for the preparedness fair coming up in October.  Right there, she whipped out her phone and pinterest, and discovered you can make yummy smoothies using blended up white beans!  Guess what we get to try at the preparedness fair? 

Beans can be a daunting thing for some people to cook.  They take a little preparation and time.  Most people don't want to take that time.  I love beans - being a vegetarian, I eat them often.  I will spend a couple of days canning beans in jars, so they are ready to use at a moments notice.  You do need to pressure can them, so not everyone can do this, but they can easily be cooked and slipped into ziploc baggies and frozen for quick use as well. A bottle of beans on my shelf maybe costs .20 cents compared to a can of beans from the store that is $2 or $3.  Pretty cost saving.

I have made home made soups, stews, and meats canned in jars for quick meals.  Seriously if my family went into my storage room and looked at buckets, bags or bins, they would starve before they figured out what to do with it all.  When these things are ready made on the shelf, they beat any canned soups or stews hands down, and the nutritional value is by far better, with less preservatives and additives.  Again, a bottle of soup for well under $1 to make will be over $3 again on the shelf.  Groceries are not cheap, but home made things sure can be.

I have dried soups, rices, meals, and mixes in jars and large containers, with the recipes taped on the
outsides, for easy use as well.  It also helps me at times I need a quick batch of cookies or muffins or whatever.  I did the math one time for home made tortillas I made.  30 of them I guessed cost me about maybe 15 cents to make, and at the grocery store, over $2 for a pack of 10.  Sure they take a bit of work and time, but save a lot of money.

User friendly foods take a little time to prepare, but save a ton of money, and use up your long term food storage.  I can't express enough, how important it is for us to learn to use our food storage and learn to make things for ourselves.  I am pretty confident that when the time comes for my family to live off our life sustaining foods, we will be able to do okay.  Our meals won't change too much, and in fact it might be fun to see what else we can create.

Keep posted because I am going to do a series on User Friendly Foods, using Long Term Food Storage.  I am working on it right now.  Any thoughts?  I will post recipes to share.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Long term vs three months......

What a world we are living in right now!  I honestly don't know how someone can go through their days and not see signs of the times all around them, everywhere they look.  But, sadly, many don't see it.  I guess in some ways they choose not to see it.  That makes life easier when they don't have to worry about it, or do anything about it.

I see it, and thus have been working on a project.  We took out a set of stairs in our house, which created a
closet for a basement bedroom and this.....a pantry!
We are not finished it yet, but I am so excited to fill these shelves.  It ought to go a long ways to holding my three month supply of food.

I also should share with you, what I have been working on with creating my three month supply of food.  See you can create your own three month supply out of short term foods or longer term foods.

Short term foods, like fresh tomatoes, can turn into three month supply by canning them.  Long term foods like dried beans can turn into three month supply foods, by canning them.  Frozen
chicken is a short term food, but when freeze dried, can turn into along term storage food. Flour on the shelf, when combined with the right ingredients, can turn into a mix that is easy to use, a three month supply food, instead of a longer term storage food.

Why would I go through the work to do all of this?  Because as a mother, and the chief cook in the house, I realize that I am pretty much the only one that can walk into my storage room full of beans and flour, and figure out a great tasting meal out of all the stuff on the shelves.  Everyone else would stand there with their mouths open, and watering, and not know what to do with all of the longer term food storage items.

Thus, a three month supply of ready to eat, or easy to prepare meals.  You know when you go to
dried beans vs canned ready to use
a craft store (ladies), and they have all the patterns free, stuck to the sides of the shelves, where you can take it and add to your collection, so you come back and buy their stuff?  Well, I am also going to do that in my new pantry and long term storage room, only with recipes on how to do what.  I am going to have recipes taped to the walls, or shelves, on how to use certain items.  I think that is a big part of turning a long term storage item, into a three month storage item.  Somebody has got to know what to do with it other than myself, in my household.  Now I should give some of them credit, they could do it, but in all reality, they probably wouldn't want to.  It takes work, thinking, and planning to use long term food storage items.  So I turn them into more user friendly items.

So next time you are working on pantry items, or long term storage items, think........"How can I turn this into an item that will be more user friendly for my family?"  "How can I make it something that they can open and use instead of running to the store to buy it?"

Long term storage - not so user friendly - unless you have some knowledge and training

Three month storage - user friendly for anyone in the family

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Let's Be Realistic...

You got it!  Let's be realistic, in a few things today!  I can no longer sit still and not write what I am thinking, than I could go sky diving.  And believe me I would never go sky diving, I am terrified of heights!  There is just too much going on in the world to sit still and pretend that we can just sit back and enjoy life, when the fact is, inside of me is screaming out to people to get prepared!  Look around!  Get prepared!

Another thing to be realistic about, is that I love my blog Today While The Sun Shines, it being the first ever blog I started writing.  It has been a great place for me to learn and grow, not only in preparedness, but in my writing and blogging hobby as well.  It has spread far and wide and has been read in many places in the world, and I can't just quit and ignore her.  Chuckles here.  So I need to keep writing on Today, about what is happening Today!

But let's get realistic about what is going on in the world, for just a minute here okay?  Do you watch the news?  I know it is kind of depressing watching it, but perhaps next time you watch it, look at it with eyes to see the signs of the times.  Watch it with the attitude of watching for those signs, you know the ones that tell us what is to shortly come to pass.

Only a few short years ago, I used to like to sit down every few months and look back and make a list of all the crazy things that were going on in the world, and I could actually do it.  Now, being realistic there is so much chaos and destruction, and war, and everything going on, I would have to do it on a daily basis, just to try and keep up with what is happening, and there is just no possible way I would be able to do it.  

Every day we hear of wars, natural disasters, terrorism, disease, civil unrest, economic collapse, famine, wonders in the sky, and everywhere in the world, you name it, you will hear about it.  Without a doubt if you can think of it, you will likely hear about it happening that day, either on the news, or by a google search that would show you.  Without a doubt, we are seriously a world that is in chaos, a world that has reached a tipping point, a world that has ripened. That's realistic.  

Yet, still there are those whom I talk to who seem to want to turn a blind eye to it all and pretend it isn't really as bad as it is.  Open the blinders people, and look around!  It is as bad as it seems, and we had better get prepared, and quick!

Let's be realistic about history for a minute.   Throughout the history of the world, we follow civilizations that have followed the pride cycle, that's what I call it.  It is a rise and fall of civilizations.  Once a civilization has become so wicked and prideful, they get destroyed, either
Let's Be Realistic - Today
by war, famine, or some other way of the Lord cleansing them and compelling them to be humbled.  Then, they go on and live their lives for a few generations, doing pretty good, until all of a sudden they become prideful, selfish, and generally a wicked people again, and BAM!  They get humbled again.   

If you look at this cycle, it has happened over and over throughout the history of the world as we know it.  Now...........let's be realistic and take a big step back and look at the bigger picture of the world.  Where do we sit, not only as a civilization, but the bigger step back, as the world.  As a world of people where are we sitting in that pride cycle?  And.... more importantly.... what happened when civilizations became so wicked and prideful, selfish and corrupt?  They were compelled to be humbled by whatever means the Lord saw fit.  BAM!

As a world civilization, I believe we are there.  We are going to be compelled to be humble.  He is going to take care of it, if we won't do it ourselves, He will bring us to our knees.  And it is happening everywhere we look around us.  THAT'S REALISTIC!  The scriptures warn us of many things.  Some call it "judgement day" (I talked to someone just a couple of days ago that said this), some call it "the end of the world as we know it".  I don't really care what you call it, as long as you see it happening, and do something about it.  We are being warned, over and over.  

Mark 13:8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

 D&C88: 89 For after your testimony cometh the testimony of earthquakes, that shall cause groanings in the midst of her, and men shall fall upon the ground and shall not be able to stand.
 90 And also cometh the testimony of the voice of thunderings, and the voice of lightnings, and the voice of tempests, and the voice of the waves of the sea heaving themselves beyond their bounds.
 91 And all things shall be in commotion; and surely, men’s hearts shall fail them; for fear shall come upon all people.

Let's Be Realistic!
Get prepared!  Get ready!  And quit procrastinating, because it is happening with or without you!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

New Site

I am still posting on all things Preparedness, but have recently started a new site, for the purposes of my new church volunteer position, and to do it properly, it required that I start a new site.  I may occasionally return to post here on my very first and much loved "Today While The Sun Shines", but for now, you can find some great info, and much help, here on Inch by Inch Preparedness.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

My Family Preparedness

So excited to be gathering my extended family together over the next week to discuss preparedness.  I have been feeling it keenly, the need to get organized, and I am not sure where I am going with this post, but I am hoping to get some insight.  You see, I want to organize my family in such a way that when disaster or need strikes, we are all prepared to act, not react.

I am hoping that we can each take on a different role in the arena of preparedness.  There are several main areas like:  food storage, heating, lighting, shelter, water, financial, communications, safety, and a few sub categories. What I would like to see is each adult take one area, do all of the research they can, and report back with information, bulk buys, how to projects we can do together, and this kind of thing.  In my mind I can see great work days, with bonding experiences ahead.  I am really actually stoked to be doing it.

I remember a few years back, I found a website of a family who had been doing a similar thing.  I have wanted to do it since that time, but never really got around to it.  Now it is time, and I have lost the website, so I am winging it.  Therefore, any ideas or suggestions would be of great help.

I want to create a blog or website where we can each share our information with each other and with any whom want to join or learn from us.

I am not sure where this is all going to lead, but as soon as I get it figured out, I will post it here and share. 

Seriously, any input or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Some Things to Think About

I know in the world today, extremes are the norm.  Extremes in preparedness are no different.  You have those who are extreme preppers, who believe in the zombie apocalypse, the end times, and all things that are extreme.  They have their bunkers, their closets full of munitions, and all thing doomsday.  I have been accused at time of being a fanatic about preparedness, but I won't go as far as saying I am an extremist.  But hey, I guess it depends on what you are comparing to.

There are those at the opposite end of the spectrum and are extreme the other way.  They don't believe
anything disastrous is ever going to happen.  Nothing will strike where they live, no natural disasters, no economic related stuff, no terrorist related stuff, no man made disasters, or anything.  I like to call these ones extremists too, because they believe all is well in zion and they don't have anything to worry about.

There are those who fall into the unprepared category on a different level, because they just go on living their lives, oblivious to what is happening in the world around them, and think that money will buy their way out of anything, or they don't see the need to prepare for anything.  These people are actually more the norm than not.  They count on the government to bail them out of disasters.  They think if they live with their blinders over their eyes, then they won't see it, and won't have to prepare for it. 

In all cases, these are extremes to some degree.  Then there are those of us, who live in the real world.  We see what is happening around us, through the entire world, and we are preparing for what will inevitably come our way, even though we don't know exactly what that might be.  We see a variety of scenarios playing out, and worst case scenario, they will all happen at the same time.  That is actually more likely.  Kind of like the ripple effect, one thing will cause another, then another, and before you know it, we have some pretty big issues on our hands.  I don't need to go into details on these things that are going to play out.  Just watch the news with open eyes, and you will see them.  Look around you at governments, economies, and life, and you will see them.  They are lining up to be a perfect storm of ginormous proportions!  Oh it is coming!

Where do you fit into the above groups of people?  Are you prepared for emergencies to evacuate your home?  I know people who have had to do this.  Are you prepared for unemployment?  Wowzers, that could happen to any of us at any time in today's economy.  Are you prepared to feed your family, if there is no food, or if the prices of food get so stinkin high we can't buy it?  Are you prepared for any medical emergencies your family may have?  I could go on and on, but sometimes I feel like I am beating this one to death.  Just get ready.

What if your water pipes break?  Or freeze?  Or the power goes out for a few days?  Or if there is a tornado and you need to get downstairs fast?  Or you should have a flashlight by your bed, but don't?  Or you forgot to charge your cell phone and now there is no power?  Or you forgot to keep your tank of gas on the top half full instead of the bottom half and now because of gas prices, there is a run on gas, or the trucks are not running so gas stations are running out of gas?  Or you kept thinking about calling a family meeting to plan a bug out location or meeting location outside your home in case of fire or emergencies, but you kept putting it off, and now your home is on fire, what is everyone going to do?  Or.....what if?

When you are falling, it is too late!
I could probably sit here and write for a couple of hours some of the scenarios that could play our in your life today, but I think I would be preaching to the choir.  The choir is already converted.  How to we get those we love to get involved, and get prepared, without sounding like those extremists?  I don't know but I am going to be working on it from my end.  I am organizing family groups, and meetings.  We need a family plan, and I mean extended plan, not just my own little fam.  What do you need?  I need, for my own motivation, a group of like minded individuals that will work with me on things.  I will need to organize that as well.  It will help me keep motivated.

What can you do today to get motivated?  Do whatever it takes my friends.  Before it is too late and we no longer have time.  When the emergency or disaster, or event is upon us, it is too late to get prepared, it is time to act.  And how can we act if we are not ready for it?