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General Preparedness and Homesteading

I grew up in Oklahoma and talk about your natural disasters! Tornadoes are horrible!

If you live through them, one thing you are sure to learn is how to prepare for anything possible. There are smart, sensible ways to prepare and foolish ways as well.  If you want to spend and waste a lot of money, then just jump on in and start buying things, but if you want to use your money wisely and be positive you’re prepared, then there are a few good tips to remember. In this blog I will discuss some of them in hopes to get ya thinking.

The first step is to research, research and research!! You can never do enough of that. It can be overwhelming at first, because generally you realize rather quickly how unprepared you really are, but don’t give up or think it will be impossible for you to do because of low income or other difficulties in your life. The trick is to set a goal and slowly build to it.

After you research, you will want to make a list of items you need that will *fit your family.* I can’t stress that enough.  You will get tons of good advice on the net and people with basic list of items you may need. You will also see lots of websites with ready-made packs for sale. I would advise against purchasing these until you make a list of what is suitable for your family to avoid wasting money.

It has been my experience that you will get more bang for your buck if you design your own BOB. (Bug out bag) For those who don’t know what this is, it is a pack for each family member with a minimum of 72 hours’ worth of supplies to sustain you and your family in an emergency situation. I usually have at least a months’ worth, verses 72 hours, because you never really know what might happen and going to the doctor for a prescription should be the last thing on your mind during any sort of disaster. One good item to add is any medications each member may need as well as extra copies of social security cards, birth certificates and passports.

Being Generally prepared for emergency and long term situations such as job loss, economy collapse, or anything that will make life difficult is not only smart, but will make you feel more all around secure.  Knowing your family is taken care of no matter what is comforting and takes off a lot of stress.

In this series of blogs, I plan on telling you all what I have done to prepare my family and the steps I took to get there.  Topics such as food storage, explaining preparedness to family and friends, medicinal herbs, Solar/wind power, financial issues, prepping for toddlers and teens and other general preparedness issues.

I will also dedicate time to the topic of homesteading.  Homesteading can have many different definitions.  We will discuss growing food indoors, homemade products, solar cooking, gardening for city dwellers, country living, livestock, and more.  I look forward to comments and suggestions because learning from one another is the best way to be prepared!! Doing this should be fun and I hope I can help make it that way.

Keep it Spicy,

Jalapeno Gal

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About the Author:

Cari is an editor and author for American Preppers Network. Her family currently live in Georgia. Cari spends her free time gardening, canning, testing products for review, helping others prepare and going to the gym. She believes preparedness is about love and taking care of your family. Cari also has her own website where she shares all of her preparedness articles and her recipes for canning, dehydrating, juicing, basic cooking. To have a look and hopefully follow her: Click Here! Please Join My New Blog!

11 Comments on "General Preparedness and Homesteading"

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  1. Daniel Hayes says:

    good article. i havent started my bug out preps yet, was hopeing you could possibly do a step by step of what yur bug out bag contains and why. i am an oklahoman too and new to this lifestyle so the bug out bag is one of our next things to conquer. thanks for sharing your experiences

    • I sure will!! That is my plan for the next blog article :) For now, I would start with preparing a list of important items you feel you need for your BOB. Are you looking for a long term survival bag or a disaster bag with items to sustain you for a few days. If you are looking for a long term survival BOB, the items will be completely different from those suggested in this article. What sort of bag are you wanting to prepare?


  2. Daniel Hayes says:

    well i am homesteading actually but i still feel the importance of having a BOL and a BOB. if you read my article you can see where i am at as well. i feel that in essence i should probably have one of each i dont know quite yet still researching my needs and my families needs so we will see thanks for the reply

  3. I will read it, do you have a link you can post here? I’m still learning how to find things on the site and am not doing a great job of locating the other bloggers :(
    I am in full agreement in having a bag for each. They are both equally important and I would be happy to help with both. :)

  4. Hey Daniel, here is my second article which goes into more detail about your first bag. I hope this helps you some.

  5. Janet Peace says:

    Anybody have any tips on creating an inexpensive fish pond?