To Prep Or Not To Prep?

When it became apparent that the pandemic was going to reach our shores, I started doing research on prepping for disasters, natural and man made. After a couple of trips to the store at the beginning of COVID yielded no TP, paper towels or cleaning products, I didn’t necessarily hoard any of those items, but I did begin putting things aside that I might need if the first wave got really bad or we experienced a second wave.

It is now the first week of December and the second wave of COVID is looking bad. In New Mexico they are currently at 105% of capacity in ICU units in hospitals. States are experiencing record level high of positive test results as well as those getting sick. So, we are nine months into the pandemic, and it looks like the hoarding of some items has started again. Shelves that were finally full again with everyday essentials are coming up empty.

I am glad now that over the last several months I have been taking a portion of those essentials and setting them aside fully anticipating another run on these items.

One of the other things that I have invested in since my retirement has been survival food. In the event of strikes or shortages, having this survival food will prevent any issues if the country does experience either of these events.

Although I may never, ever need the survival food, I am at a position in life where being safe is much better than being sorry.

In regards to security, I won’t divulge how I am protecting my family, but needless to say, this is also not an issue at this point. Speaking of security, if you plan on using firearms as a method of defense, I would strongly recommend to you that you take some time to investigate the laws of the state, county and town you live in as to what is an acceptable amount of force if someone is breaking into your home. You certainly don’t want to end up in prison for committing the crime of defending your home. Use the 2nd Amendment to your advantage.

I know that even though where I live in New York is a suburban area, the road I live on is off the beaten path so I could potentially be a target for thieves in the event of a major food shortage or natural disaster. Not that I am inviting anyone to come for an illicit visit, but I wouldn’t suggest it!

With no real end in sight to the difficulties of the last year, I would also suggest to everyone that if you don’t purchase survival food, you buy a little extra every week and start a food bank. This will guarantee that you don’t have to rely on others for food in the even of an emergency, and with winter coming quickly, the possibility of strong and long lasting winter storms here in the Hudson Valley of New York increases with each passing day.

So, a short list of things to put aside to start prepping might include:

  1. Water
  2. Food/Survival (non perishables)
  3. Cleaning products
  4. Ammunition
  5. Sleeping bags/Extra blankets/quilts/warm clothes (this is all based on whether you rely on electricity to power your heating source)
  6. Extra Medicines-prescription and OTC

Of course, while this list is short, but I think it covers many of the immediate short term items that you might need for this time of the year.

While some folks have told me that I am a little crazy for worrying about things that may never happen, we have gone eleven days without electricity during one storm and eight days after another. This doesn’t even include the multiple storms where we didn’t have power for one to three days.

In my view, it is much better to be prepared than have something happen and have nothing!

What do you think? Is it worth the time and effort to have extra for you and your family in times of emergency?

More on prepping in later posts!

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