As riots go, it was rather boring anyway. Looters were more interested in stealing toilet paper than Air Jordans. What’s up with that?
Let’s talk instead about how prepared you are to take care of yourself in an emergency situation.
Stuff happens all the time. I’m not talking about big stuff like a nuke dropping on you. I’m talking about ordinary everyday occurrences.
Let’s suppose the water main breaks and the repairs will take at least a week. You’re at work when it happens and upon returning home. you head out to your local grocery store to buy some water, only to discover the shelves are empty. Oh sure, you can head across town to another store, but is that really what you want to do after a grueling day at work? Do you have a weeks worth of water handy?
Of course, without water the toilet won’t work. Do you have a backup plan for waste disposal?
Another example: a bad storm knocks out the electricity for three weeks. Do you have batteries, candles, or a way to keep warm if it’s winter?
Do you have enough food in your pantry to last at least two weeks if needed? Look at any picture of a grocery store when a big storm is on the way, and you will see empty shelves. It only takes a few hours to wipe out the entire store. Is that how you want to spend your day; standing in lines to buy bread and milk?
I’ve found that one of the most satisfying elements of basic preparedness is the convenience of not having to live in a state of panic.
I started canning again last year after having given it up as “too much work.” Now, when I’m too tired or busy to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, I can waltz over to my pantry, grab a jar of canned chicken, and whip up chicken enchiladas or chicken salad in no time at all. Having a jar of homemade beef stew ready to go is soul satisfying.
There is not one shred of doubt that the economy is in the toilet. When the sale price for 80/20 ground beef is over $3.00, and the normal price is often close to $5.00, we’re in big trouble.
The difference between today and the Great Depression is that today the pain is hidden, so we can all go around being happy-clappy and think everything is just fine. No, it’s not. We have a record number of people on food stamps which is nothing more than our modern day soup lines. Food banks are overwhelmed, and the Medicaid rolls are bulging.
The chicken I canned last autumn was purchased at rock bottom prices. The beef stew was made with marked down roasts. The peaches and pears were canned by the case acquired during an annual sale a local store holds every year.
You can keep your money in the bank earning 0% interest, or you can invest it in durable goods where your return will be more like 10% or more.
There are plenty of sites to help you with your preparedness. Visit them and make your life more secure.
Adrienne blogs at Adrienne’s Corner. She is awaiting the release of her writing muse from purgatory. So far, it’s not looking good.