by Ken B
My wife thinks that I am a paranoid schizophrenic.
Because I want to stock up on food and emergency supplies. I currently have a small stock of supplies, and I am in the process of adding to my supplies.
My current supplies include (not a full list):
● First Aid Kit (http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/product.jsp?productId=prod901044)
● Food for 2 weeks (Canned, shelf life of at least 2 years)
● Water for 2 weeks (Only if we stay put – I’m including our ~50 gal water heater)
● Emergency Blankets (Free from a company picnic, thanks guys!)
● Matches, lots of them.
● Homemade Sterno Stove (Elevated pot burner grate from a propane grill)
● Sterno Fuel – 3 pack
● Denatured Alcohol – 1 gallon
● Cooking pots/pans with copper bottom for better heat transfer
● Fire Extinguisher
● Aluminum Baseball Bat (Self Defense)
● Machete (Self Defense)
I’m also about to renovate an old camping trailer so that it can be attached to our Jeep and be used as a long-term bug-out vehicle. This includes adding a solar panel system so that the electric in the camper is self-sustaining.
After some lengthy discussion, I have finally convinced my wife why this is important, along with alternative justification for some of the preparedness steps I have taken/want to take.
First of all, why stock up? Why prepare? What are we preparing for? It’s important to cover all the bases, starting with the “not so critical” to “Shit Hits the Fan”. The recent disaster in Japan may be a good “ice breaker” topic.
Scenarios for my area include:
● Major storm knocks out the electricity
● Blizzard knocks out electric, closes roads
● Flu Pandemic/Epidemic
● Food supply becomes contaminated (Mad Cow Disease anyone?)
● City water becomes contaminated
● Nearby Nuclear Plant has a leak
● US gets invaded by China/North Korea
Other scenarios (depending on location) include:
Unfortunately, her willingness to believe that some of these events can happen and create serious problems in our lives is very low. So, it was necessary to provide alternative justification. Please feel free to use these ideas with your loved ones to help convince them how important preparedness really is…
● If I get laid off, we can save money on food by using our stored supplies until I get a job.
● We can use the camper for vacations. We love to go camping, and wouldn’t it be nice to sleep on a REAL mattress instead of an air mattress.
● The first aid kit is nice if we ever get hurt, such as getting cut or burned while cooking. Accidents DO happen.
● The fire extinguisher will keep the house from burning down if there’s ever a fire in the kitchen.
● I can use the machete to cut down the overgrowth at the edges of the yard
● The baseball bat will be good if anyone ever tries to break in. (Trying to convince her we need a rifle as well – I should probably start hunting I guess).
With these alternate justification reasons, I have managed to convince her to okay the camper, as well as increasing how much supplies we have stored. The key is to convince your loved ones that you’re not simply stockpiling “junk” that you’ll probably never use…show them the benefits of having this stuff on hand.
Here is a list of links which can provide reinforcement to why it is necessary to prepare for emergencies:
Finally, here are a few “official” links which might help with discussing preparedness:
About the author:
Ken currently maintains a humor blog called “The Beachball List”, a collection of wacky and off the wall phrases said by co-workers. http://beachballlist.blogspot.com/