Saturday, September 13, 2014

Well... That was a little uneventful

Well it is September 9/13 at the time I am writing this. With the hype that some people were building over this recent 9/11. We did nothing! We didn't bug in, or bug out, or freak out. We kept our ear out for anything happening, but we didn't change our daily plans at all. Why not?  Because we didn't have too!  I wanna call this our first success as a prepping family. We had general plans in place for any kind of disaster, supplies for executing the plans, and skills to do so. It was a relief, and comfort for everything to be in place.

So even though nothing happen. We now know how it feels to not have anything to stress about when there is a chance of some event could occur.

Update of what our current projects are....

Me - Studying for my Amateur Radio License, looking into getting my EMT-B license in the spring, building food stores, learning Fire,Water,Food,Shelter in the wilderness skills.

Wife- Learning basics of homesteading, refining the kids and her own BOBs, refining bug out protocols for her and the kiddos, budget to make us more financially secure.

Kiddos - Getting them use to being outdoors more, exploring strange foods, exploring farm like lifestyles and getting them more disconnected from TV, Games, Etc.

I think this is going to become a weekly or bi-weekly blog and I will try to be more frequent but I don't know how often I will have meaningful info. I will also look into writing my first guide to a skill or prep that we have in the next couple weeks.

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Check back for a new post soon!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Where am I going with this.

I have woken up! For several years I have wondered what would happen if everything went to hell. Its always been a theme we see in TV, movies, and video games. It's in books and a thought I would hope everyone has had at one time or another. But what woke me up to it all is not the likely hood that nuclear war, natural disasters, or social and or economical downfall could occur. The end of the world as we know it can be much more smaller on a global scale and just as devastating to the individual.

That's what got me into prepping. No tin foil hats, no bunker in the backyard, no Illuminati or aliens. Don't get me wrong, my family was in the 2009 ice storm, I have seen how quickly things can escalate by simply turning the lights off for a region. But, what I am looking at is preparing for more than that. What about a job loss, car accident, personal financial fallout, or house fire. These can all be just as devastating to the individual as martial law being declared due to the collapse of the US dollar. The Yellowstone super volcano doesn't have to blow to throw your world upside down.

So even though I would like to be ready for a terrorist attack our nuclear war. I plan to start my journey in the prepping world with the disasters closest to me. So as I go about this crazy plan. I would like to chronicle what I learn, do, and plan (vaguely for security purposes) here, so that others can learn from my successes and mistakes.

So what can be expected next?

I have gotten the first hurdle many prepper's face in there journey's down. Convincing the spouse! She is on board, though not as adamant, but a green light from the wife is always helpful, and healthier.

So as a family we have started bug out bags (BOB) for everyone and began coming up with plans of when to bug in and bug out. We have printed out directions to places we could go that avoid highways. This was hard since living in a larger city, the streets can be just as bad as highways.

I plan to post examples of what we have and encourage others to adapt these and use what you would like in your own preps.

More to come soon. Thanks everyone.