SHTF Planning Gets You Ready for Life's Unexpected Emergencies

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Recently by Sarah Duncan: The PROs of PROTEINPOWDER


Most preppers stock up with an Armageddon-like disaster in mind, but your preps can help when a small-scale personal disaster strikes as well.

Consider the following, which could strike nearly anyone at any time:

  • Job loss
  • Weather disaster that takes down the grid
  • Unexpected financial obligation
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Pay cut
  • Illness
  • Loss of transportation

If you have been preparing for a year of grid-down after a civil collapse, take heart that you are likewise prepared for these events too.

I recently undertook a long-distance move with my child. We’ve been lucky enough to move to prepper heaven, surrounded by forests and lakes, but it came at a high cost financially. A surprise opportunity presented itself and, because I’m a prepper, I was able to jump at it.

We spent nearly every dime we had making this move, and, as always, when you arrive, there are unexpected expenses. I began to panic as I looked at my near-empty wallet, then I got a hold of myself – “What kind of prepper are you if this makes you panic? What are you going to do when a real disaster strikes?”

So, I got in touch with my inner prepper and we are sailing through the tight spot with flying colors. Not only is it a good test of my physical preps, like food, fuel and other supplies; but it is a test of my mindset and my can-do prepper spirit.

Here are some of the challenges we have met:

  • No washing machine: We’ve got to wait for a couple of weeks to purchase a washer. Instead of hanging it decoratively on the wall of the laundry room, we took down the washboard and used it in the bathtub to scrub some clothes clean. No wonder pioneer women were rarely fat – that is a heck of a workout! We’re hanging our clean clothes to dry and I think we will continue to air-dry instead of purchasing a tumble dryer right away.
  • No extra money for a grocery stock-up: While fresh fruits and veggies are nice, and always a preference, the goods that I canned from my garden this summer are also full of nutrients. We’ve hit up our prepper pantry and were able to spend less than $20 getting a few basics at the store to last us for another 2 weeks. The fun part is the creativity of making meals from the prepper pantry – I’m trying out some fantastic recipes and combining my home canned produce and meats with my stockpiles of rice, pasta and barley.

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