There is no secret that along with many of my beliefs of a “life lived simple is a life worth living”, I also consider myself to be somewhat of a prepper. Not a prepper in the sense of a “Doomsday Apocalypse” stereo typical warrior, but one who believes that as a man it is my responsibility to ensure that my family is safe in the event of an emergency by being “prepared” in advance.
I live in what is considered to be an earth quake zone and there are news features I see on the TV probably once every several months about how scientists are predicting that we are due to see an earthquake in our region of the world. This is just one case scenario and I can think of at least a dozen more for being prepared.
As always my perspective on these thoughts are those of a man over the age of 50 and in many ways may be different from those who are younger than I. My children are grown and many live in different parts for the country than I, but it is my personal belief that it would be impossible to help anyone if I were dead. As a Nurse Practitioner my wife would be a huge asset to contributing to the saving of lives in such an event, but again, she would be no help to anyone should we not survive.
Survival is a human basic instinct and the one thing that increases our chances of survival is being prepared. Many folks who live out in rural area’s of our country in most cases I believe are living a life which requires many skills for survival that I don’t currently possess. As a city dweller my options are certainly limited to my geographical location and I have to keep this in mind. I don’t have chickens laying eggs each day for breakfast but I do have a small victory garden where I have produced a great deal of edible vegetables that can be canned over the winter. This brings in the most active thought of mankind. Something that we verbalize internally each day and sometimes outwardly, “What do we Eat?”. To answer this question and many more it is my intention to spend the next year creating a sequence of articles on the things I am doing to be more prepared in the event of an emergency. I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences that you have had to assist me on building this plan of readiness and hope and pray that there will never be a reason to act on it. I do enjoy living a simple life and starting today I am taking actions to make sure that I can continue to live this way for a lifetime.