I lived through Hurricane Andrew in 1992. I was living in Louisiana at the time and so we did not experience the full force of the storm like Florida did. We didn't have much besides a loss of power for three days and downed tree limbs. I honestly don't remember if my parents prepared for Andrew ahead of time or not. I was a freshman in high school and I cared much more about my hair and my senior boyfriend than I did anything else!
I don't live in hurricane country these days, but I do live in flash flood, ice storm, blizzard, and tornado country. I also live in unemployment, inflation, food supply disruption, and grid failure country. You do, too, if you live on planet earth.
The people on the east coast are lucky that they have gotten several days warning for this particular crisis. That is not something you can count on having.
Disasters DO happen. They will happen to YOU. It's just a matter of WHEN and WHAT.
Let's make sure that we're not going to be among the rabble scrambling for last minute preparations. Think about the potential disasters that you are at risk for - be they natural, economic or what have you - and get ready now.
I feel inspired to get cracking on my prepping plan, how about you?
I was once pretty clueless when it came to "prepping". Follow my journey towards self-reliance as I explore gardening, food storage, canning, animal husbandry and other homesteading and survival-related topics.
Our Sad Harvest stats for 2012 - The Year of the Big Drought
1,645 chicken eggs & 124 duck eggs
-4 large bundles of oregano
-40 heads of garlic, some of which I dehydrated and processed into garlic powder
-1 bushel of onions
13 half-pints of blackberry jam
1 gallon of green bell peppers
4 pints of frozen blackberries
2 heritage turkeys (and after we ate them 8 pints of turkey bone broth)
Harvest 2011 (not counting what we ate fresh)
16 family-sized packages of green beans 4 gallons of green peppers 1 gallon of jalapenos 1 gallon of poblano peppers
9 pints of blackberries
Several batches of basil pesto
5 c. pumpkin puree
24 half -pints of blackberry jam 5 pints of dilled green beans 1 half-pint of dried parsley 3 pints of dried oregano leaves 8 quarts and a pint of spaghetti sauce 5 half-pints of salsa jam 5 pints of salsa