My first announcement is more like an apology. My family council has decided that we need to take more supplies to the mountains immediately so I have been preoccupied with that. I want to apologize to everyone but especially PIPER, SUNFLOWER, BEN, thePLANETPRISONER and others because I am sure that I am behind on my emails. I will leave tomorrow, March 5th, 2012 and be gone at least one week, possibly two. I doubt very seriously that I will have an opportunity to post another article during that time because of the remoteness of my location, i.e. no cell phone signal.
My family unanimously agreed that the seriousness of the developing world and national situations warranted another supply run. Normally, we take 2 one-ton trucks and 16′ trailers to the mountains. This time, because of snow and mud we will only take one truck and trailer. So we will be loaded to the gills (or “gunnels”, as my Navy buddies used to say.)
As I have mentioned earlier, I believe that we need to make our best efforts to complete as much of our preparations as possible between now and November 6, 2012.
Now, my next announcement is much happier in tone than the one above. In about 4-5 months I will be a virtual uncle. Gareth Watkinson and his lovely sweetie Leeanne are expecting a daughter. Since we are not related, nor have we ever met face to face but hopefully will one day, I get to be a VIRTUAL uncle. I met Gareth on the Don’t Tread On Me blog and we have continued to correspond ever since. CONGRATULATIONS.
Next, I don’t know how many of you are Sam Elliott fans, but I am. In the movie “THE QUICK AND THE DEAD” he helps a bunch of pioneers get to Montana to start a new life. While he is standing guard as the settler is cutting down a tree, the Settler stops and asked him if he had ever done a day’s work in his life. Sam Elliott’s reply, “I’ve worked hard everyday of my life.” The settler asked “Doing what?” Sam’s response is “Staying ALIVE.” I think this should be the motto of all preppers. We should work hard, everyday of our life, staying alive. By staying alive I am also referring to making sure your family survives what ever challenge comes your way.
Prepping is not about surviving the latest “Disaster du Jour” but meeting those unfortunate events in our lives that can turn a simple setback into a full-blown catastrophe. A business setback, loss of income, death in the family, divorce, home repossession, etc. can sometimes be unexpected and potentially disastrous. When you have a preparedness mindset, the problems don’t go away, but you now have tools at your disposal so that you will STAY ALIVE with a certain degree of comfort. Example: during hurricanes Rita, Ike and Gustav we had power to run our refrigerator and freezer. Everyone around us lost most, if not all, of their frozen foods because they failed to purchase a generator and store extra fuel. We were able to help some but not all of the people who asked for help. Most had to stand and wait in line for FEMA trucks and trailers to bring in water, ice and food. These items we had in abundance. When people who had moved to Houston to get better paying jobs were forced to evacuate they came back to this area because, “People in the country always have food put aside.” So the store shelves were stripped bare overnight. Gas stations were out of fuel or had no electricity to pump the fuel. Even then, gas stations would not accept credit cards because their satellite network was down and the same with other merchants as well.
So don’t wait for the latest disaster hype before you start your preparations. Work hard, everyday of your life, to improve your preparations.
Good luck and God bless you and yours in 2012.