It seems emergency preparedness and survival skills are a hot topic right now. One does not have to be a prophecy watcher (as I am, thus the tag verse to this blog) to see that the world is on the edge of a cliff and things are about to drastically change. A friend and I were discussing it over Facebook just the other day. Today, she sent me a note asking what I personally think one should stock up on….just in case. In considering my response to her, I thought perhaps it would make for a good blog post, so here it goes.
What do I think a good stockpile for emergencies would include?
I’ve divided my own list into four main categories: Food Stuff, Hygiene & Personal Care, Survival Supplies and Health & First Aid.
These categories provide a basic outline when considering what you want to have on hand when (not if) the economy collapses or another catastrophic event happens. Each family is going to require or prefer different stuff based upon their needs and location. The following are mere suggestions:
Food Stuff is pretty self-explanatory. We want to have as much food as possible that has an extended shelf-life. I say shelf-life because you want stuff canned or dried-not frozen. If the power goes out for an extended period, frozen foods must be eaten quickly or they are useless. Some good options are of course canned fruits, veggies, meat as well as beans, rice, nuts, peanut butter etc. You also want to make sure you will have plenty of water on hand, both for drinking, preparing food and hygiene. I thank God we have an outdoor pump connected to an underground spring and that the water is drinkable! As you know, I am also dedicated to canning as much of our food as possible. Note: don’t forget your pets’ food as well!
Hygiene and Personal Care would include things like toilet paper, soap, deoderant, toothpaste and brushes, shampoo, lotion, feminine products, cotton balls etc.
Health and First Aid is also self explanatory. Medicines, bandages, rubbing alcohol, peroxide, neosporin, vitamins-and don’t forget to have both adult and children versions.
Survival Supplies pretty much encompasses everything else you might possibly need in case of an extended power outage or inability to get to a store. Paper towels, trash bags, flashlights, batteries, candles, matches, gasoline, a generator (perhaps), some way of cooking food, such as a propane camping stove or fire pit, aluminum foil, buckets, tarps, blankets, knives, fire extinguisher, weapons for both protection and hunting (if need be), charcoal, wood, pots, pans, shovel, tape, kerosene, kerosene lamps, scissors, staple gun and staples, hand saws, manual screwdriver, hammer, screws and nails………the list goes on and on!
There are some really good sites out there devoted entirely to survival prep and skills. One I follow in my reader is The Survival Place Blog. They pretty much cover everything.
Whether you face a collapsed economy where items are too expensive or the stores are emptied or the dollar is worth less than the dirt on the bottom of your shoe; whether there is an EMP attack and the grid goes down, or “just” a natural disaster or seasonal storm where you may be home bound (with power or not) for a week or so; It is a good idea to have some kind of stockpile ready. Be prepared. Yes, we need to trust God to supply our needs, but He says in Proverbs that a prudent person foresees danger and is prepared.
Of course, the most important thing to prepare for is your eternal security. If you already have an intimate relationship with the Savior Jesus Christ, keep Him close. Your Bible will see you through the toughest times, offering encouragement, wisdom and guidance. If you don’t know Jesus-what are you waiting for? He stands at the door and knocks, open the door. It’ll be a lot more difficult once this world turns upside down, so why not do it now?
Things are getting bad, and they will likely only get worse. Are you ready?