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Bending the Preparedness Rules … A Little

[intro2]It seems that with suggestions of panic, rationing, food shortages, intermingling with war, politics, etc. resounding through news, the interest in being prepared is once again on the rise.[/intro2]

I’m here to share ideas and concepts about Practical, Personal Preparedness. In this column. You will soon discover that sometimes the “personal” facet will be me, sharing my personal attitudes or experiences.  Such is the case with sharing why I, of all people, would consider bending the rules.

It seems with suggestions of panic, rationing, food shortages, and economic collapse, intermingling with war, politics, etc., resounding throughout the news, the interest in being prepared is definitely on the rise again.. The “Arena of Preparedness” is almost always cyclical. The more the panic, along with the PR that can prompt sales of preparedness products, the more the interest escalates. Having good resources for good products can be a good thing.  Of course, purchasing products is an integral part of your preparedness program.  (More about this subject later.)  However, finding sufficient funds as well as sufficient pantry space are major factors that allow you to succeed in creating your preparedness program.

 Having lived through many  events that validate the need for preparedness, and having taught preparedness and written many books about it, I have a firm belief that your faith is one of the prime factors allowing you to succeed – or not.

Since many of you may not know me very well yet, it is important for you to understand where I am coming from as I voice opinions and teach preparedness principles and concepts through my articles

As you read these articles and evaluate some of the suggestions, you must keep in mind that being able to care for my family at all times and in all situations may have warped my perspective somewhat.

For many years my family didn’t always have the funds or facilities to have the ideal products or pantry.  Through the years, faith and desperation have combined to persuade me that I could find pantry space, and I could make it work, no matter what the proper storage rules said should or shouldn’t work. I learned that if I had enough faith combined with a lot of effort, I could bend the rules to make what I had to work with function – even though they said it shouldn’t have. (Of course, you know who “they” are.)

Should you mistakenly think it was all coincidence or luck, I need to share an underlying belief. We prayed over our meager home storage a lot.  We gave thanks that we had it and then prayed it would be protected and we wouldn’t lose it. And then we prayed to be able to find ways to stretch our meager funds to be able to obtain more. You see most of the time (for a long time) our preparedness was sort of seasonal. The season being that there was a paycheck coming

Always trying to better our situation, we moved a lot. Many times due to less than ideal pantry conditions our supplies fried in the summer and froze in the winter.  Once after a hurricane (in Utah!), we tracked down our storage and the shed it had been stored in. We found it down the street in a neighbor’s yard.  And then we needed to pray some more.  In fact, we prayed for our “survival” year round.

One year, we moved back to California, after having moved to Utah.  Our preparedness supplies, always a priority, were moved as well. This time it had been several years of preparedness supplies being stashed in much less than perfect pantry conditions. Now back in a rental home in California it was time to unpack our supplies and put them away on shelves that Larry had just finished constructing in the garage.  It was my intent to sort and discard much of it, because, “after all it wouldn’t be good”.  How could it have survived through such instability and extreme temperature fluctuations?”  Then, I sat on that garage floor and cried. Not tears of frustration, but tears of gratitude!  Very little had to be discarded, including hundreds of quart bottles filled with home canned fruit that were not broken.

Therefore, one of my personal guidelines, that I’m willing to share, is that not only do you do the best you can with what you have, you have to rely on your faith!

With that foundation you will discover in future articles more details and attention given to those pantry ideas and areas that might not ordinarily be considered as “traditional pantry space.”

I share these thoughts and experiences to encourage you as the news continues to drone on in negativity. You can continue in a positive way – even if you think that your “funds or facilities” are not ideal.

Begin in a small way … and gradually build toward a reasonable objective, not necessarily perfection.  As you assess what to do and how, continue to stay connected with APN, its resources and remember to have faith in your plans and projections.

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6 Comments on "Bending the Preparedness Rules … A Little"

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  1. Great lil bit of inspiration through hardship, here. A good reminder that doing what you can, with what you have, is enough. As well as having faith and graditude in tough times, can remind you to be thankful for what you have achieved. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Paul Crocker says:

    Having faith and not giving up. Amen!

    • jedi1111 says:

      Um, yeah, you actually don’t have to have any faith to get through hard times or prepare. I am an Atheist and have been through my share of hard times.  Zero faith is required for either one.
      You are right about working with what you have, and expanding as conditions improve. I am not able to work because of health problems and I live in an old house with very little storage space, so I have multiple factors working against me. But I just do the little bit that I can, as it is better than nothing.  What I can do is use my mind. Reading lots of preppers blogs to get information that I can use later. Everybody can do that.  I was also lucky enough, well maybe not lucky but I sort of had a test run when we had the freak snowstorm last October that devastated the state.  It showed me where our weaknesses were both on lack of supplies and most importantly my mindset.  I’ll admit I did shut down a little bit.  It’s hard to concentrate when you are freezing to death.   It was about 22 degrees outside and we had no alternate heat source when our electricity went out for 5 days.  I pretty much pulled the covers over my head and slept a lot.  We lived on Burger King, pizza and Halloween candy. It was also depressing because Halloween was cancelled and I enjoy it.  No one got to see the Jackolantern I had carved. But there were some good parts too.  Sitting around listening to talk radio, getting bits of information from people calling in telling if the electric company was in the area and status of repairs.  It also showed me what a lifeline  my iPad was.  I was able to stream my local news station to get important information. I was never on Twitter before but that was also vital for passing along information about what gas stations and food stores were open, who was selling generators etc and that info was in real time, not delayed like the news. I was very upset when my iPad battery ran out of juice and I had no way to recharge it.  I felt like I had been cut off from the world. I now have a couple of new devices to recharge it. That storm was better than any practice drill you could run on your own. I like to learn from other people’s experiences during storms.  There are usually many examples of things you wouldn’t anticipate, and how they solved the problems. There should be a whole section on this site dedicated to real life survival stories.  I think it would be extremely educational.  And they don’t have to be storms of utter destruction either. Mine was just a freak snowstorm and a long power outage, but it was harder than you think and I think I went through a little bit of pot traumatic stress disorder after that.

  3. jedi1111 says:

    That should read post traumatic stress disorder.  No pot was smoked in the making of this post.