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  Sunday, February 15, 2015
Preparedness

My husband is very much into emergency survival planning. This means that he spends his free time preparing the following and that we have the below items on hand at all times:

• Enough food for two people and a dog for a month
• Canned goods or dehydrated food with expiration dates at least two to three years in the future
• Five gallons of water
• Five gallons of rice
• An alternate meeting place five minutes from our house in the chance we can’t get home
• An extra pair of sneakers in our car in the chance that we have to walk home

I am grateful to my husband for preparing us despite my often teasing him about his “hobby”. Before I met him, I never knew there were so many people creating products, solutions, and preparations for “what if”.
This made me think some about what is needed mentally if something were to happen such as an earthquake or riot. In my opinion, preparing to react is just as important to ensure we can put all the goods to use. For me, I put this on my list:

• Be in the now

I realize it is a single thing, but I feel it is the one thing necessary. I foresee many people forecasting what could happen or stress because of so many unknowns. We could run a million scenarios in our head, but it’s important to stay present.

At the same time, if people around you start to panic, it’s important not to get pulled in that direction. It will be important to stay up-to-date on the media, but not to let it overwhelm us.
Since all of his friends also are aware of his pastime, if something ever happens, I am sure our house will become a headquarters for many people who haven’t planned. My plan is to help them stay here and be present. If you find yourself in an emergency situation, I hope you can find a way to stay calm too.


Posted by Ingrid on 02/15 at 10:36 PM
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