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Emergency Preparedness

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 happy lives.

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