What is your purpose in having this website?

Though many people are concerned about the events going on in our world, and have concerns for the future, some are totally clueless and have made no provisions for themselves or their families. Weather, the economy, pandemic flu, terrorism, nuclear attack, are just a few of the things that could set us back to a period of time that we are not familiar with, and wouldn't know how to survive. It's my hope that someone, somewhere will read this information and find something that will help them survive the coming hard times.

Why do you think everyone should have a supply of food and don't you think that's a radical idea for this generation?

I guess that depends on your idea of radical. Our forefathers would have probably considered it radical to not have provisions on hand to tide them over through hard times. Though they certainly had their share of worries regarding weather and hoping their crops wouldn't be devastated by drought, monsoon, grasshoppers, or disease, the challenges we face today include the same ones our forefathers faced, and a lot more. One of the main differences between then and now, is that their lives were lived with the knowledge that if they didn't plan ahead, store supplies, and "make hay while the sun shone," they might not live to worry about planting, much less harvesting, next years hay. We've lost the skills they had, our priorities and values have changed, and we haven't been accustomed to worrying about providing for ourselves and our families over an extended time.

Why should I invest in food for an emergency? That's what the Government is for.

Unfortunately, many share your philosophy and I'm afraid some will find out the hard way that the Government is limited in what it will be able to do, and when they'll be able to do it. We've become accustomed to the idea that the Government will take care of us in an emergency. Hurricane Katrina made people more aware that there are situations that the government won't be able to help. The Government aid to the populace is also limited by budget considerations, and a long period of extended unemployment affects the Governments money and our security. Years ago we had tremendous grain reserves. Today, there simply is not enough to provide for the number of people who would require help. Many times aid offered by the Government comes with strings attached that many will not be willing, for differing reasons, to accept.

You mention nuclear attacks. If there's a nuclear attack, we'll all be dead anyway, so why bother?

That's a very common misconception. Though a nuclear attack would kill those in the immediate area, most of those who later died would be killed by radiation sickness. There are many things a person can do to prevent this. We'll have a section on tips and information that will hopefully increase your likelihood of making it through a nuclear event.

Why would I store food when I don't even cook?

If you don't cook, my suggestion would be that you begin. Quickly. Some either pick up food from the grocery, or go to a drive thru on the way home from work. If the power were out for an extended time, not only would the restaurants not be cooking, the grocery stores' stock would become depleted. And there would be no deli. Though it is hard for working families to think about cooking after working all day, planning and organizing will make it easier. Many recipes are suitable for crock-pot cooking. Meals can be cooked on weekends and frozen for the week ahead. I can't stress enough the importance of being able to cook a meal for your family. I hope you'll give it some thought as you browse the web site.

Even if I had a bucket of wheat, I wouldn't know what to do with it. Doesn't it take a lot of commercial equipment to make the wheat into bread?

No. A grain grinder would grind the wheat into flour. You'd need mixing bowls and baking pans. Though it's not something we're accustomed to doing, it's not difficult.

You seem awfully concerned with planning and details. Why would I want to alarm my family by suggesting we need a plan for shelter? We have a home, and if our power goes out, it would be bad, but we'd just call the electric company and if it was going to take a while to restore it, we'd go to friends or relatives.  

Planning is important. Details are important, and could make the difference between you living or dying. It needn't be an elaborate plan with minute details. You gave the example of going with friends or relatives. That shows that you are able to plan because you quickly had a solution. But, details are important. What if your friends and relatives have no power, no heat, and no food to feed you or water to drink?

You mentioned alarming the family. Would your husband be alarmed if you suggested he carry a bottle of water in case his car broke down, or that he make sure he has a spare tire? Would your child be alarmed if you suggested he/she take a sweater to school in case the classroom got cold? It doesn't seem likely. Alarming is when the lights go off in the middle of the night and a young child shivers in the dark as the house gets colder and colder, while Mom and Dad search in vain for a flashlight that they bought on clearance a couple years ago and wonder where they put it and whether or not it came with batteries. Unexpected and unplanned for events are much more alarming than taking the steps to minimize discomfort and panic. 

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