We all know how important it is to prepare for the
future. We teach our children how important it is to pay attention in
school, so they can enjoy a bright future. We plan for our future by
saving money, and contributing to retirement funds. Should we not also
plan for natural disasters?
I believe it is ridiculous not to plan for every
eventuality. We need only look at recent events for evidence of the
importance of planning for the unthinkable. You are probably like most
people, and feel that nothing can happen to you. I would be willing to bet
the people of Haiti, New Orleans, and New York thought the same thing.
Whether we like it or not, disasters happen all the time. Are you going to
leave your family unprotected?
The US Government recommends that every American have
3 days food and water on hand at all times. I am here to tell you that
following our government's instructions will leave you grossly unprepared.
If something happens to disrupt the infrastructure of our country, how
long do you think it will take to restock your local grocery store?
The federal government commissioned a study on what
would happen to our grid in the event of a CME, or Coronal Mass Ejection.
Basically a huge radiation blast from the sun. Our sun goes through an 11
year solar cycle. According to NASA, we are in solar cycle 24, and 2013
will be the year of the cycle with the highest solar activity. This means
large numbers of solar flares, and CME's. The government commissioned a
study of the effects a large CME would have on our country. The results
showed that when, not if, but when we are hit, it will permanently damage
much of our power grid. transformers and sub stations will be virtually
melted. It further found that at current production levels, each
substation would take 1 year to rebuild. Mind you that current production
levels depend upon electricity that we will not have if the grid goes
down. I am not trying to be a harbinger of doom. I hope like hell nothing
bad ever happens to us. I am merely trying to get you to understand that
anything can happen at anytime. It is up to each of us to protect
ourselves and our families.
How do we do this? First of all, I recommend that you
have a minimum of 6 months of food and water on hand for each member of
your family. I further recommend that you have a stockpile of necessary
fuel for cooking, heat, and your vehicle. This may sound like a daunting
undertaking; it certainly is. There is also the subject of security. Just
as everyone does not plan for their retirement, not everyone will have 6
months food and water stored. What do you think they will do when they go
to their tap and find that there is no electricity to power the pumps that
push the water to their house; or when they open their cupboard to find
nothing left? They will either starve, or find somewhere to get food and
water. I guarantee you they will not be above taking it from those of us
who planned ahead. Protecting yourself and your property will quite
literally become a matter of life and death.
Lets say for the sake of argument, that you have set
aside enough supplies to get you through 6 months of panic and civil
unrest. What if it lasts longer than 6 months, or you are driven from your
supplies, or they are taken from you? What will you do to take care of
yourself and your family when you lose everything? That is where my
philosophy comes into play. I believe in learning to live from the land.
Mother Nature provides us with everything we need to live healthy and