Become self-sufficient. Start today and build your own security that you can count on. One that you are in charge of.
Here in the northeast quadrant of the United States there can be different types of weather events. Preparing for the worst and expecting the best is a positive yet realistic outlook.
For me, potential weather disasters that could take place would be; a tornado, flooding, snowstorm, ice storm, and power outages with some lasting for days.
However, there are not only natural weather disasters happening today but also job loss, food shortages, famine, food contamination, fires, water contamination, water shortages, fuel shortages and rapid decline of health.
Any one of these events puts additional stress on your body. Having preparations in place before the need arises will allow clarity of mind. Difficult situations now become easier to navigate through.
ASSESS YOUR PARTICULAR SITUATION
For the area you are currently living in, determine which natural weather situation is more likely to happen. Then turn your focus to which non weather-related event is most relevant. Plan accordingly for those particular situations.
In 2020, civil unrest is sweeping across the United States and much of the world.
A presumed virus is causing cleaning supplies, toilet paper, Kleenex, paper towels, plastic gloves and hand sanitizer to be in short supply.
Several meat processing plants have closed while animals are being slaughtered needlessly. This will eventually cause a shortage of meat.
Farmers have been told to dump their milk. Yes, a complete waste of food. And, with this comes an eventual shortage of dairy products including milk, cheese, butter, ice cream and yogurt.
Vegetables have also been left to rot in the fields rather than feed the people. Sound bizarre for a supposedly first world country to do this to their people? It’s true. The food supply in the United States is not stable and can no longer be relied upon.
WHO REALLY CARES???
Do you think that your government or the Globalists are concerned about your well-being? Do you think that they will be there to provide for you, with no strings attached, when the chips are down?
The fact is, they have never cared about YOU, but rather only about taking your money.
The deeper issue at hand is not whether you believe the multitude of stories being told or not, but rather our current economic situation and what is yet to come with force and without your knowledge or consent.
Taking a realistic point of view seems only fitting. You must take care of your own needs and that of your family first. Being prepared to weather the storm, no matter the cause; a natural disaster or an economic disaster is how to be self-sufficient.
ONE WAY TO BECOME SELF-SUFFICIENT
Before you begin to determine what supplies will be needed, go through your pantry and kitchen cupboards to see what is no longer eaten, liked or is outdated.
Check local food banks in your area, and if possible, donate any unopened food where the expiration date is still good.
Once the clutter is cleaned, determine what your family eats the most of. What do they like and what do they hate? You would not want to buy a surplus of canned fish on sale, if your family despises fish.
Next, determine what pantry staples you regularly use. These are things like flour, sugar, butter, eggs, oil, spices etc. They are the ingredients that are regularly used in the recipes you make. They are the backbone of the meals you prepare.
Check the grocery stores sales circulars before shopping. Make a shopping list of sale items and make a point to always buy at least three. One for now and the rest for later. This will help you begin building food security for your family.
Gardening and putting up your own food is another way of preserving the harvest for a later time. Check out my post Homemade Tomato Juice from Scratch. I love to use it when making tomato soup or tomato sauce.
HELPFUL TIPS FOR INDEPENDENCE
- Keep in mind, as you are working towards self-sufficiency, to choose foods that are high in protein and rich in nutrients. ie salmon and other fish, nuts, nut butters, seeds, bone broth etc. The fat and protein in the whole food will keep you satisfied longer.
- Be sure to include some frozen items, canned items and dehydrated or freeze-dried items. I find this is the best way to diversify.
- If you like and can properly digest beans having some canned beans along with dried beans extends your supply.
- If you like shrimp, keep some frozen and the rest canned. This works for chicken as well. Buy the best canned, organic if possible, chicken.
- Tuck away some high-quality chocolate, 70% cacao or higher. Chocolate always calms a stressful situation.
- Don’t forget to include water for everyone in the household plus animals.
- Include pet food.
- This is not the best time to begin eating differently. Remember the food you put in storage, will be rotated periodically as expiration dates dictate. And, if you have to begin eating what you have stored, you want to really like it.
For further information on preparing for all types of emergencies, I would suggest the book Dare to Prepare! By Holly Drennan Deyo.