We are living in a time many of us are not ready for. After all, every generation is supposed to surpass the quality of life of the previous one, right? Weren't we supposed to be the generation that prospered above and beyond what anyone expected? We're Americans, and nothing can stop our progress; at least that's been our arrogant mindset up until now.
I am blessed that I have lived during the greatest explosion of American ingenuity, inventiveness, and entrepreneurship. None have equaled us. I have enjoyed more creature comforts than my parents or grandparents. I have known the heights of working for a great company, and the even more valuable benefits of working with my husband in our own business. Yes, life in America has been all that anyone in the free world could hope for. But there are storm clouds threatening to rain on our parade, and some of us will be caught without an umbrella.
The latest whispers of impending upheaval and disorder center on the vulnerability of our national grid system; or a possible terrorist attack upsetting the normal balance of everyday life. Last week, SHTFPlan had a great article asking the question, "What If You Had A Week To Prepare For the End of the World?" I highly recommend that you read this article -- it asks some pretty serious questions that I think you need to answer for yourself, if you have not done so already. Whether massive mayhem and pandemonium are the result of an extended power outage, or something more devastating and destructive, I want you to ask yourself these basic questions:
How would I get food if the grocery stores are closed? First of all, a grid-down scenario means food in the stores will start spoiling, cash registers won't work, and every shelf will be emptied within hours. You don't know how long you'll be without power. Are you prepared for days or weeks, or even months, without a source for buying food? The food in your own refrigerator will only last so long, and how much do you have on your own shelves? Right now, I have a freezer full of meat, but I'm prepared if we lose power for any length of time. My American Canner will get a good work-out canning all that thawed-out beef, and I'll have quarts of savory meat to last for months. If you don't know how to can food, or bake bread from ground wheat (which I hope you've considered storing), then I suggest you learn those skills soon.
How will you cook food, even if you've got it? Do you know how to start a cook fire? Do you have the necessary tools and cast iron cookware you will need? What about a solar oven or a rocket stove? You will get real tired of eating cold beans out of a can; I promise you that.
Are you prepared for extreme heat and cold if there is no power for months? I know that our grandparents and great-grandparents managed to survive without central air and heat, but this generation of Americans will suffer without their conveniences. You will need to adjust your activities and have a plan for coping with the debilitating effects of extreme temperatures.
Can you cope with no lights? Your scented candles won't last long and won't provide much light when there is no electricity. How is your provision of flashlights and batteries; matches, kerosene for lanterns, etc.? You will be surprised how important a little light can be in the darkness of calamity.
No transportation? How fit are you? If there is no power due to an EMP, your car's computers will be destroyed and the gas pumps won't be working. Do you have a good pair of shoes (think several pairs)? How far can you walk? Our sedentary population will suffer greatly if they are not prepared for physical activity.
What will you do for water? If you live in the city, municipal water facilities will no longer be able to provide you water. And if you live in the country, your water well is run by electricity, so you'll be out of luck. Water, food and shelter are necessary for life, so without water you are in serious trouble. The old-fashioned hand pump is the way to go in the country, and city dwellers will have to find a way to store water, both for cooking and sanitation.
Speaking of sanitation ... Human waste will become a huge problem and a recipe for disease. In the country, an old-fashioned outhouse would be an option; or a product like the Luggable Loo, a portable 5-gallon toilet. Either way, sanitation will be an important issue that must be addressed.
There is so much more that you should have a plan for ... medical needs, self-defense, and how you plan on serving others, yet not putting the health and safety of your own family in jeopardy. I think we all have a sense that something is coming ... and sooner, rather than later. If you have been avoiding taking the necessary steps that will give your family a chance to survive a variety of crises, then I would ask you to first pray ... ask God to give you a sense of peace and calm as He directs you on how to prepare. Ask Him for spiritual strength and knowledge to teach you what you need to do in this physical world. I don't want to unduly scare you, but I urge you to make haste ... I sincerely believe that time is short. You can do this, and you can accomplish it in the shelter of His protective presence.
Psalm 91:1-2 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”