Preparation Is Key For Emergency Survival

For many years now I have been an advocate of a state of preparedness for unexpected emergencies.  Perhaps more than ever now, as we enter the third decade of the 21st century, such preparedness is something I personally consider to be an essential survival mechanism.  Not that being prepared, even to the extreme level taken by some – mostly Americans – is any guarantee of a safe passage through even the most rudimentary of disasters.  There is no guarantee of such and, as much as anything, that would be down to a large slice of luck.  But you can extend your ‘luck’ by judicial preparation.  And as this article from The Conversation (Australian version) says, that is a pretty rational way to look at things. 

“Stocking up to prepare for a crisis isn’t ‘panic buying’. It’s actually a pretty rational choice” – The Conversation

From a state of occasionally empty supermarket shelves to one of no more supermarket deliveries, ever, one day, and perhaps not too far away, you are going to wish you had done something about that. 

Note also the link in that article to Australia’s ABC ‘Survival Kit’ page.  It’s pretty basic and has not been updated in 5 years, but better than nothing.

Australians in general have a distaste for ‘panic buying’ and those who indulge in such activity. That is not a rational reaction and is born from two things. One is fear. Fear that they will be left without necessities as a result. The other is incapacity. An incapacity, due to living on the edge of lifestyle insolvency – a situation for which they feel no need to take responsibility to adjust – and an incapacity to actually make the temporarily additional purchases toward building an emergency kit. Even though, once built, such a kit would assuage the effects of both those things, and in addition provide a degree of comfort that possession of such even minor preparation secures. Both those conditions arise from the singularly false expectations that all needs will be provided for in a stable world. The world we are entering now will prove to be many things, but ‘stable’ is not on the list possibilities.

15 Essential Homestead Kitchen Tools

Get a load of this.  Excellent advice.  I can’t recommend this highly enough.

There are even a few pointers there for myself.  I don’t, for instance, have an Oil Press or a food mill.  Must look into that.

I also don’t have a meat grinder but, having been a vegetarian for the past twelve years, unless things get really bad and I get desperate, or lose my current sources of protein, I won’t be needing one.  Fingers crossed.

Oh, and I could use more food grade buckets.  They are easy to come by right now, but better get them while they are there.

This is just the sort of information that I wanted to include in my ‘Preparations’ blog, but never found the time or energy to really get going with.  Maybe one day.

How to Provide

High-quality, basic tools and equipment is the secret weapon of a homestead kitchen. More than anything else, kitchen tools will get the biggest workout; so go for quality over quantity which will last you a lifetime if well-cared for.

1. Canning Jars, Bottles, Jugs, Corks and Reusable LidsKitchen-Tools-2

Think ahead. Purchase a variety of volume-sized jars all with wide-mouths. Make sure you save all of your wine and beer bottles which have all the same sized mouth. Purchase corks instead of bottle caps

2. Stock Pots, Kettles, Cast Iron & Enamel CookwareKitchen-Tools-16

Think high quality and big, really big. When you begin to process all of your own meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, fruit and grain, you quickly understand that bigger is better in this instance.

3. Knife Set with Sharpener and Cutting Boards

A 10” Chef’s Knife, Bread Knife, Paring Knife, Butcher Cleaver, Boning Knife, Kitchen Scissors and a Carving…

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New Blog ‘Preparations’ Has Moved

I announced a new blog last week, called ‘Preparations’ on Blogger.  In the first post I used this image >>>>>

Plan Ahead

…but I didn’t take my own advice.

While I was writing the first post, the desired structure and purpose of the new blog firmed up in my mind.  Unfortunately, it proved impossible to build such a structure on Blogger, where no matter which theme you choose to display your work with, remains a pure and simple, single stream rolling log of post entries.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with being pure and simple and Blogger does have some very easy to use display options and characteristics.  It just wouldn’t do what I wanted to do, which turned out to be a more reference based, quick look-up site as opposed to a time stream of information.

I didn’t want to go for a normal web site, for various reasons, and already having a blog, this one, set up on WordPress I decided to see if I could do what I wanted to do on that blog hosting site.  Wordpress is considerably more difficult to use than Blogger mostly I think because it has so many more options and facilities to play with.

WordPress does warn that there are downsides to making a blog look more like a website. The downsides being in attracting traffic to the site when the blog list is hidden.  I hope I can counter this by still providing access to the actual blog roll and by aggressive tagging of the posts.  We will have to see how it works out.

So, I have now initiated the new ‘Preparations’ blog on WordPress, here and have just about finished setting up the structure as I want it, plus I have copied the original blog post over from the other site.

You won’t see a single post entry until you start poking around in the tab structure but all of the data that I intend to add, will be in posts dedicated to a single specific subject.  I will set about adding these data blog posts as soon as I can and as time permits.

Getting quite excited about this project.

New Blog

I have just started a new blog on Blogger called Preparations.  The concept is that I will there record my own experience as a ‘Prepper’ getting ready as far and fast as I can for whatever the future holds in store for us/me, locally, nationally, globally.

With a growing awareness of the forces shaping our world since the end of 2008 when the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) struck, I have been trying to organise my life around this new paradigm.  Putting a lot of thought and research time into how best to prepare for a wide range of possible futures, gathering resources and learning new skills.

It is my hope that this new blog may become a useful reference resource for many who are following or may yet start to follow a similar path.

I am a Prepper.  Just what that means, you can discover (or soon will be able to) on Preparations.