Going along with a similar message from my last post, I thought we might continue on in the same vein as we did a couple of weeks ago — survival. With droughts in the south and midwest, flooding in our farmlands and northern states and with grain elevators gradually reduced to only about 3 months of food supply, it takes only a little foresight to see that we may be in for a long haul in the near future. To that end, I thought we might revisit some survival tactics. I’ll be giving away, by the way, a book on survival tactics (well sort of survival tactics) — LONG ARROW’S PRIDE to some lucky blogger. So be sure to come in and leave a message. (Note, this offer applies to the greater 50 States and to Canada only.)
In the old days, the Indians lived off the land and rarely starved. It wasn’t until reservation days that starvation became a real threat. Before that time, the Indians knew what plants to look for and where to look, what animals to kill, how to kill them for food, how to jerky the meat and how to survive and live off the land. In truth, before the last World War, most Americas were living on farms and so the Depression (I never call it the Great Depression, as I think of Great things as good things) — but the collaspe of the economy during the Depression – bad as it was, wasn’t as bad as it might be in our future because most people still lived on farms back then and knew how to grow their own food. So, as I used to learn in the Girl Scouts, let me ask you this. How prepared are you for a collapse if it were to come upon us?
Heaven forbid it ever happen. But as my mother used to say, “You prepare for the worst and enjoy those things you stored when it doesn’t happen.” So let’s go over a few things that might come in handy to have, just in case, okay?
1) Food — do you have a minimum of a 1 year supply for all members of your family on hand. These are storeable items like grains, dried fruits, canned organic veggies, nuts, baking soda, fish-liver oil, baking powder, and anything else that you can thing of to store — meat, etc. Get them for long storage — again that’s minimum 1 year supply for every member of your family and any member of your family that in a catastrophe might come home. : )
2) Medical supplies. You can’t have enough medical supplies. Bandages, bandaids, aspirin, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and any other medicine that you need. For me, because I don’t take drugs, this means a year’s supply minimum of vitamins and minerals, as well as any herbs needed for medical emergencies. And remember this is a 1 year supply for every member of your family — and those who might join you later on.
3) Seeds — organic seeds, if you please. The reason for heirloom, organic seeds is that the new Monsanto seeds and even the more common hybrid seeds don’t produce seeds for replanting — and keeping seeds from year to year is vital. Even is you live in the city, you can start a garden of some kind. My husband and I live in the city and instead of growing a lawn, we are now growing a garden. We are learning also that one needs to LEARN how to garden and how to keep out pests. So far squirrels and rabbits are benefitting from our new garden. : )
4) An herb garden is pretty essential. From an herb garden you can obtain many medicinal plants — like Echinacea and Goldenseal, as well as Oregano, sage and other herbs. And again, even if you live on the city, you can probably start a garden on the roof or on a window seal. You might even be able to make friends with local farmers who might be able to help you through a tough time, but I would advise you to plant as much as you can for yourself and for your family.
Now, while it might be fun to have these two men riding protection for you, probably it is a good idea to have a rifle or a gun of some kind as a form of self and family protection as well as protection of your food stores. Personally, I think our Founding Fathers were right in guaranteeing the natural God-given right to bear arms. Every creature will try to defend itself against any who seek to kill it. For people, this means guns and other means to protect yourself. After all, criminals and vandals are criminals and vandals because they can’t obey the law — therefore, they will always find a way to get guns. My huband and I belong to Frontsight, a shooting organization that teaches you not only self-protection and makes sure that you know how to place a good shot, but teaches you when to make that shot and when not to. But not only is protection important in emergencies — to protect the lives of your family and yourself — guns are important in keeping pests like rabbits and squirrels away from your garden — guns can also bring in fresh game in case of a food shortage. If you don’t like guns and will absolutely not have one in your household, then I would advise you to learn self-defense — hand-to-hand — and to learn to use a bow and arrow for hunting.
Okay, let’s see. What have I left out? There’s something that’s important that I’m not thinking of here.
6) Some sort of cash. Now what do I mean by cash? Some say silver or gold with lead to protect that silver or gold. : ) Some say to invest in the Euro — just in case the dollar falls. I will say right here and right now that this is not an area that I know much about. And if there is some kind of castastrophe — heaven forbid — or martial law — double heaven forbid — what might people use as money? Barter? Gold? Silver? Your guess is as good as mine. All I know is that you might want to have something on hand to barter with.
Well, now that’s all I can think of right now. You might be able to think of other things that one might to do be prepared. In the old days — the days of my grandparents, all families had either a full year’s supply of food on hand and/or a victory garden. When I was growing up, almost all of my neighbors had gardens of one kind or another — chicken coops, etc.
How about you? Can you think of something I’ve forgotten here in order to be prepared for any sort of economical or other kind of emergency? Do you remember the victory gardens? Families with supplies of food on hand, just in case? Or were you a Girl Scout and taught to always be prepared?
I’m not wishing for this — I hope a cause for this never happens — but just in case…