Top Ten Reasons I Prep Saturday, Jan 2 2010 

“They who are well prepared have half-won the battle.”  Proverb

As much as I dislike the word “proactive” and think it’s horribly overused, all of my reasons for embracing emergency preparation are just that, proactive, not reactive or based in fear. So why do I do it?

*I do it because it makes good financial sense to stock up ahead of time when items are on sale instead of paying full price later (or more, when regular prices increase).

*I do it because it lets me have a larger variety of items on hand. I have more OTC meds to cover different home-care illnesses and injuries. I have more types of food from which to choose in the pantry. The kids love going to our ‘store.’

*I do it because I really hate going to the store for odds and ends; I like the simplicity of having things on hand. It helps with gas mileage, too, to not make multiple trips back and forth for just a few items.

*I do it because with “just in time shipping,” most stores’ inventory is only what is on their shelves. They don’t always have what I want when I want it. It just makes sense to buy extra while they have it in stock.

*I do it because of the larger ramifications of JIT inventories. Supply lines can be disrupted, for common reasons like weather or trucking issues but also less commonly from larger disasters. With no back stock, the stores’ already limited inventory is immediately depleted with no means of quickly replenishing.

*I do it because I’ve seen people panic in the stores and fight for precious resources like bottled water. (Yes, literally fight for bottled water, like they did before Hurricane Rita blew in on the heels of Katrina.) I don’t want to be caught in that mess, do you?!

*I do it because if I have water (or tuna or TP or batteries) already in my home, I can leave the few remaining on the shelves in those crisis situations for those who need them. It’s also one less cart in the aisles, one less car in the parking lot, one less person in the checkout line. All that is possible because I bought those items when they weren’t in high demand.

*I do it because I know that emergency responses are limited, stretched thin by budget cuts and natural constraints. When I prepare, those scarce resources can go to others who need it and the emergency responders and aid groups can focus their efforts more precisely.

*I do it because I have lived through emergencies, both short-term and long-term, where the steps I took in good times made the bad times more bearable.

*I do it for my children’s sake…but that would be an entry on its own (and probably will be).

I’m sure I could come up with a dozen more but would love to hear why YOU prep. 🙂

An Author, a Blog and a Reason for Writing Saturday, Jan 2 2010 

“If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”   Thomas Edison

Who am I? Nobody you’d recognize. You could walk right by me in the grocery store and not notice. I live in a tiny suburban house on a very tight budget. I don’t have acres of land, an underground shelter or a basement pantry (or even a basement, for that matter).

But I have a core role in my family. I am morally, legally, ethically, emotionally and spiritually obligated to take care of them to the best of my ability. I welcome that, embrace it. My family is a blessing to me and I want things to be good for them as much as possible.

For me that includes “prepping:”  stocking up on food, water, medicines, seeds and other necessities. It also means learning skills to become increasingly self-reliant and preparing myself and my family to deal with emergency situations.

Do I do this out of fear? No. A resounding “NO,” in fact.  And it’s not just for my own family: the more we are prepared within our household, the more that ripples out into our larger community, too.

I’ve run into many people who equate preparedness with fear. They focus on that fear, using it as either a reason to prep or a reason to avoid it. But it shouldn’t be that way. Doesn’t have to be that way. And that’s why I began this blog. I want to encourage people to step out, prepare wisely and be of good cheer going into the future.

I have to admit, I am a little nervous beginning this blog; this is totally new and different for me. But I also feel strongly that this needs to be said, that fear is not allowed to reign. So I am going to lead where I’m trying to encourage others to follow and step out on a new path. A life and a blog in progress. I hope you’ll come along.