The news over the last few days seems to be filled with chaos and mayhem. Whether it is the abandonment of vehicles in Atlanta or cryptic statements being made by journalists, it seems as though we are experiencing interesting times in America. To me, this further reinforces the need to be prepared and have a plan. Here are a few of my thoughts on recent events:
1. The gridlocked traffic in Georgia, Alabama, and other southern states reinforces the need to have a bag packed with appropriate items to help sustain your life in the event of an emergency. What if the businesses like Home Depot were not willing to harbor refugees from the weather? What would you do? Where would you go? It is possible to remain in your vehicle and protect yourself from the elements with the right equipment. Make sure to go out with a plan and not blindly hope that other will look out for you. Even if you do nothing else, put the following items in a bag in your car at the minimum:
- A blanket for each person in the vehicle.
- A one quart bottle of water for each seat in the vehicle. (Wrap these up in the blankets to keep them from freezing.
- Food – Stable food that does not require special treatment (refrigeration) and that needs no resources to prepare. Think about items like jerky, granola bars, MRE’s, etc.
- A first aid kit.
- Hand Warmers
- A light source (flashlight w/ batteries or chemical lightsticks).
- Hat & gloves for each person.
- A roll of toilet paper.
- A disposable poncho for each person.
This is just a short list of the minimum items. These are all items that can be purchased at the dollar store. Put all this stuff in a plastic tote and keep it in the trunk. It could save your life!
2. Matt Drudge recently made a cryptic statement on Twitter about needing an exit plan. His exact tweet was, “Have an exit plan…” Many have taken this to the extreme and speculated about economic and stock crashes as well as other ideas. I take it as another reminder that we should all be preparing for the tough times that are likely ahead of us. It is not a bad idea to have an exit plan about how we would live our lives if we only had ourselves to rely on. (FYI-In the end, you can only count on yourself anyway.) Think about these points to assist you in your exit strategy:
- Get out of debt.
- Store enough food and water to sustain you and your loved ones for a predetermined amount of time (a MINIMUM of 7 days).
- Have a plan on how you would acquire more food and water once you run out.
- Establish a way to secure yourself and your property. Have a gun and know how to use it!
- Always be able to provide yourself shelter, even if it means just having a tent and a plan on where it can be safely set up.
- Talk to your family, friends, and neighbors about what you would all do if something were to happen. The solution to difficult times is to band together, pooling your resources and planning the path to recovery.
- Pray, meditate, or do whatever you have to in order to seek wisdom and guidance as to how to deal with challenges. This is a daily task and does not have to only apply to an end of the world scenario.
These are a few of my thoughts. Take them for what they are. Remember that it is better to have something and not need it, then to need something and not have it!