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If Not Now, Then When?

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If Not Now, Then When?

One of the most common things I encounter in discussions of emergency preparedness is resistance. Some people always have a reason why they should not prepare. Sometimes it comes from discussions with the spouse. One spouse sees the need and the other does not. While it comes in many forms, resistance is a reoccurring theme in emergency preparedness.


Money is tight. Tough decisions have to be made about spending. Preparing for an unknown event seems like a luxury when kids need school clothes and the car needs tires. This is a real, rational form of resistance. Do you track family spending so you know where all of the income goes? Most families do not. How many times per month do you find yourself in a fast food drive thru? Studies have shown that there is either wasteful or convenience spending in every family budget every month. I do not advocate going into debt for emergency spending, though I know several families who have.

What are the real costs? Proper planning can result in a sensible plan that will not break the family budget. Goals matter. In previous articles, I prioritized the different areas of human needs. For a few hundred dollars, a family can provide for water, shelter, and a month’s food supply. Spread this out over six months, and it means one less drive thru visit per week.


Generally, more than a lack of money, Americans complain most about a lack of free time in their lives. Many of us lead overscheduled lives, filled with our activities and those of our children. There just is not time to prepare for an unknown disaster. Is there?

In my experience, most people plan to stay home in the event of a crisis or disaster. This is a good plan, if possible, because all of your extended resources are likely at home. With that in mind, I advocate planning to eat ‘real’ food as much as possible and only using freeze-dried or MRE type foods when necessary. Regular food is what you are used to, which greatly reduces psychological stress, and it is much cheaper than emergency food. Start picking up a little extra food during every trip to the grocery store. Be sure to buy food that you typically eat so that you can use-and-replace the food in your storehouse. Focus on foods with long shelf lives such as canned foods.

Once the money questioned is solved, a visit to my store or website (www.kellerssurvival.com) will solve your water need. I am a strong believer in Berkey products (www.berkeywater.com). Used by aid agencies in the developing world, they really are the ‘Mercedes of water purification’. Removing all biological contaminants, pesticide residues, heavy metals and pharmaceutical resides, these units will even separate water from gasoline. Since the water crisis in the Kanawha Valley in January 2014, my family does not drink or cook with any water that has not first gone through a Berkey.


I am not a meteorologist but I am going to go on record saying that it will snow in West Virginia this winter. With that snowfall, I will further prognosticate that there will be poor road conditions and some power outages. How can I do this? Because of prior experience. A good kit in the car in case you have to spend the night beside the road and proper planning in the fall can put you in a state of readiness for these likely events.

Talking with old timers who lived through the Great Depression can have a solid impact on one’s concept of need. Because of prior experience, these folks have lived their lives ready for it to happen again.

Our world today is in a state of disrepair. There are so many threats to our society and our way of life, almost too many to mention. If there is a great upheaval, will you be ready? Will your family survive?

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