We have talked about emergency preparedness a lot on our site lately. We believe in kitchen self-sufficiency and traditional skills because they are healthy, economical, environmentally friendlier than packaged foods, and…because they ensure a greater sense of security in the face of disaster. Disaster preparedness is on our minds this time of year, knowing that we are just around the corner from Tornado Season and Hurricane Season in many parts of our country.
Snow storms, grid-down situations, extreme temperatures and social unrest, there are plenty of reasons you could be forced to stay inside your home for a few days, maybe even a week. Emergencies happen all the time and there’s no reason to assume they won’t affect you at some point, even though, until now, they were things that happened to “other people”. It’s time to get ready for short-term emergencies.
While planning a weekend getaway or a long vacation, you take care of all the things like clothes, shoes, passport, important documents, reservations and accommodation in advance. Once you are done with it, you roam around carefree, of course, it is a human nature. But, fail to think of worst case scenarios which could be in form of accidents or natural disaster. And, if something bad happens, you regret for not preparing yourself in advance. Emergencies can happen anytime and anywhere. Even if you are at home, you should be prepared for such situations to stay safe and ensure survival.
When my husband and I were sorting through my late mother-in-law’s final arrangements, I realized we hadn’t done nearly enough in our own future planning. It was scary to imagine a situation where my children would be on their own, and it brought up a lot of worst case scenarios I never wanted to think about. But preparing for any situation is crucial to my family’s well-being, especially to my children’s future, and in the end I feel a lot better knowing we’ve taken care of everything.
If a hose breaks under the hood, or as in Chaya’s case, a muffler fall off 30 miles from the nearest anything, do you know how to fix it in 2 minutes flat so that you’re back on the road?
Have you ever used oxygen absorbers at home, or are they just the thing you chuck from the bottom of the beef jerky bag? There seems to be some confusion about the point of oxygen absorbers, whether you need to use them, or under what circumstances. But your friendly kitchen self-sufficiency expert is going to help you out <waving—that’s me!>.
If the title wasn’t enough to offend you, keep reading. I’ll be getting nasty letters about our zombie-free zone for some time to come, I am certain.
Some technical difficulties range from “Wow, that was annoying,” to the type of events that can make you want to lose your religion. The constant prompts to “listen carefully as our voice menu options have changed” annoy me, because I am constantly caught up in the spin cycle of man’s evolution for automated phone answering systems. Compare that to having your hard drive fail on your laptop; this can bring you to the point of finding out whether you are as emotionally well adjusted as you think you are.
We talk a lot about kitchen “self-sufficiency” but I think we all know that there is no such thing, honestly, since I cannot produce and preserve 100% of my spices, produce, and meats. I want to make some clarifications as to our philosophy and what we are attempting to inspire in you. Self-sufficiency is not referring to the mountainside prepper with 12 children and concertina wire.