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11th Hour Preparedness - Making Choices While We Can

"The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble;
and He knoweth them that trust in Him." - Nahum 1:7
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The sequel to Days of Ragnarok is almost here. It should be available by the time your taxes are due in 2016. Look for it at your favorite book seller. Remember, you can order it at any bookstore and if that's Mardels or Barnes and Noble, shipping is free.

Blessing from a storm:

The East Coast blizzard of 2016 wasn't all it was warned to be but it still sent a wake up call for the masses. Flights were canceled, grocery shelves emptied, roads rendered impassible, and thousands of homes are without power. Without heat, household plumbing will freeze, perhaps burst pipes and extend the misery much longer for some. We'll no doubt hear of looting as law enforcement is stretched too thin to respond quickly.

This is a good time to assess your readiness to weather the weather.

1. What alternate means do you have to heat your home if the power fails?
2. How much bottled water do you have on hand right now?
3. Do you have working flashlights and do you know where they are?
4. Where is you battery powered radio?
5. Do you have extra batteries for all your flashlights and radios?
6. Is there enough canned food in your house to feed everyone for several days?
7. What alternate means do you have to cook/heat food if the power goes out?
8. Do you have a supply of games, cards, and books to help pass the time waiting?
9. Just before a typical shopping day, how many meals could you serve?
10. How long do you expect it might take before services are restored after an outage?

In February 1979, my wife and I were staying with her mother in the D.C. Metro area when nearly two feet of snow shut down everything for nearly four days. Grocery shelves emptied in anticipation of the storm and abandoned cars hampered snow removal on major highways. It was a mess for many but we did all right with supplies we had.

In September of that year, hurricane Frederic shut down power to our home in Southern Maryland for four days and being on a community well, it meant we had no water. With a four month old and powdered formula, water is vital. Again, we got through with plenty of stored resource.

Those who fall victim to storms and outages do so because they expect goods and services to be always available. They fail to plan for disruptions. Don't let it happen to you. You can turn a snowstorm into a bonus vacation. -----

A new preparedness novel is published and available through every major bookstore. Days of Ragnarok is the gripping story of Jason and Anna Connors who return from a reverse sail from Hawaii to discover their world has changed. Sneaking back into their own country, they face the challenge of making provision and shelter designed for ten, expand to serve fifty! Faith and fortitude are important tools in facing uncertain times. If you ask for it at your bookstore you can avoid Amazon's shipping and handling. Here's a link: Days of Ragnarok.

A preparedness lifestyle is a progressive journey that moves a person to depend less on the national institution of supply and creates a more controlled and simple way of life. I have identified four areas of attention: Food, Fuel, First-aid, and Firearms. There are other groupings and certainly some areas that fall outside of these four but the “Four -F's” are a good start.

America holds a fragile grip on its system of infrastructure. Like a 'house of cards,' if one element falls, the rest will tumble. Think about how much of our world is dependent on electricity, yet the system of generation and distribution of that power (called a grid) has become overloaded and in many areas has fallen into disrepair. The grid is showing its age as we experience seasonal 'roving blackouts,' peak usage surcharges, and more frequent equipment failure outages. Electricity runs our bank, grocery store, gas pump, and Internet. Every system of supply and social order is dependent on electricity to hold it all together. What if it failed?

Urban homes keep an average four day food supply on hand. That grows to about ten days for suburban homes and two weeks to a month for more remote rural locations. It's clear that were our national food distribution halted, social order would start to crumble within a week.

There is a reason why preparedness has moved from a fringe following to one of the top ten subjects for books, television series, and business.