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Saturday, April 2, 2011


"This week, for the Preparedness Challenge, I _____________________..."

Thanks to Mama's Mission Blog (see my blog list, you all know about my challenges with linking) I found  this website:  .  Each week the have a challenge where you list what you are doing to get prepared  for emergencies.
 Last week someone left a question in the comment box about why be prepared because all the work might be fruitless and were we just feeding into Glenn Beck's paranoia?  I'd like to answer these questions.

First, I've been canning and stocking up for emergencies since I married in 1978.  I don't think Glenn Beck was even old enough to have a career back then.  My mother always canned, and I'm sure generations before her  preserved their harvest also.  It just makes good sense financially to  grow and preserve your own food.  Period.  Even people that have known me for decades will say something snide about my canning and gardening, referring to  Mr. Beck or Chicken Little.  Back in the olden days it was considered a wise and thrifty thing to do, now it's ridiculed.

Secondly, this commenter asked what's the use, if like the people in Japan, a tsunami washes away your house and all of your emergency supplies with it? Well the tsunami didn't wash away all of the houses.  Maybe yours would have been spared, and your supplies could have helped those that were without.  I live in a safe area of the country.  We have no, earthquakes, hurricanes, or tsunamis, we rarely have tornadoes. But in the thirty plus years I've been married, twice a tornado has downed enough power lines to cause us to be without electricity for over five days.  We also had an ice storm that took down the electrical lines for three days. We live in snow country and often it is impossible to travel the 17 miles to the city to get food and trucks cannot make it to our little grocery store in the village. We used to live in an area that had a community well, on more than one occasion the well malfunctioned and we needed to boil our water and buy drinking water.  Wouldn't it have been nice to have had some kind of water filtration system?  We had to travel out of town to buy water because the shelves at our local grocery store were cleaned out.   All it takes is one small catastrophe, that probably won't even make the national news, for you to understand how nice it is to have a well-stocked pantry, kerosene lamps, a full tank of gas and an alternative way to heat your home and cook.  During those times, I've offered food and shelter for those that didn't plan for emergencies.  It is nice to be a helper rather than a victim. An emergency can arise, no matter how safe you think you are.

Also, there have been times, too numerous to count, where an unexpected emergency, such as a costly car repair or expensive medical bill have arisen.  It is nice to know that at least you don't have to worry about where your next meal is coming from because you have a well-stocked larder.  What about the rising cost of food and gasoline?  Do you see anything on the horizon that will make those costs go down?  I just saw a item on the news that the U.S. will be exporting 20% more food this year.  The  formula of supply and demand is a basic  economic truism.  Not to mention what rising costs in gasoline does to the cost of production, as well  as well as trucking it to the groceries stores.  A quote from the Bible:

24 Four things on earth are small,
    yet they are extremely wise:
    25the ants are not a strong people,
    yet they store up their food in the summer;

~Proverbs 30:24-25~


  1. Jane,
    You're post is wonderful and so true! I keep thinking, what is wrong with us as a nation that we ridicule people for being prepared? I keep thinking how the pilgrims or original colonist would have looked at us in the 21st century. (The word fool comes to mind).

    Sorry you had trouble with the Linky! Please let me know if I can help so you are able to use it. My email is homesteadrevival at sbcglobal dot net.

  2. Thanks Amy! My troubles with linking lie with me. My son says there's something about the computer and me doesn't mix. I have problems that no one else ever has!

  3. Hi Jane...I love that Proverb...

    And thank you for visiting my blog...what an excellent idea to can water! I NEVER would have thought of that...ever. Ever!

    Nice to meet you...I'll be back soon!

  4. Hello, Jane, I think your post today is timely and extremely important. I am so sorry that you have been ridiculed for your canning and efforts to prepare your family. It is the mark of a good wife, mother, and citizen. I too have come across those who claim it is useless to prepare for emergencies. I think a lot of it stems from fear, anxiety and being overwhelmed by the images and the media. It can become paralyzing. When we take actions to prepare suddenly the possibilities can become very "real".

    I have also met others recently who act as if preparing for the future is somehow an act of"unfaithfulness". Yet, as my mother always used to say: "We need to give the Lord something to bless."

    Preparing also makes us a good citizen, and puts us in a better position to help our neighbors, if need arises. Thank you for your wise and balanced council Jane, like throwing out a handful of seeds, these words may take root in the heart of someone and change their lives. Delisa

  5. Good post, I have had many uses to use my pantry and emergency supplies over the years as well, I have been at it for about 15 years, and snow storms, power outages, as well as tight money situations now and again, have caused my pantry to be much appreciated. I have always had a use for my supplies- I focus on things I can rotate through, so nothing goes bad and gets wasted. I too have had people think I was a little nutty for my preparedness efforts over the years- but with all the disasters over the last few years they are starting to like the idea. It is nice to read other like minded ideas. I am enjoying The Preparedness challenge as well. I look forward to reading more of your blog. -April

  6. Hi Michelle! I can't take credit for the canning idea. The old-timers that had wells used to do this all the time.

    Hi Delisa! I've learned to ignore the critics. Some have even been recipients of those very same canned goods when they were going through rough times!

    Hi April! Yes, it's important to rotate your supplies. I'm loving the Preparedness Challeng also. Lots of good ideas!

  7. Jane--how do you 'can' water? Do you fill the jar with water and then waterbath it? Do you boil it first to rid it of impurities?

  8. What a great post, Jane! I am perpetually amazed that the shelves empty at the mere mention of a " ----- storm". We have enough food for probably close to six months or longer. I worry more about the dogs and cats, frankly, and even they can eat most of what we have! LOL

    Good for you for standing up and nicely pointing out the fallacy of not preparing!