Most people hope it won’t ever happen, but there may come a time when you’ll be called on to care for yourself and your family in the face of economic or governmental collapse or widespread natural disasters. Are you ready to keep your family safe and secure during such chaos? Five simple steps can help ensure your family’s survival.
The most recent economic downturn has spotlighted the problems that arise when you overextend yourself and live paycheck to paycheck. If you’re in this situation, you need to begin working now to become as financially self-sufficient as possible. Starting an emergency fund, getting out of debt and investing in gold and silver will provide you with the financial means to survive. Whether you’re in Ontario Canada or Austin TX, financial ruin is unbiased and can hit you when you least expect it.
Stock up on supplies
People who live in hurricane or earthquake-prone areas understand how important it is to have food and bottled water on hand after a natural disaster hits. If you and your family find yourself in this situation, knowing how to grow your own food as well as properly storing it is essential. It’s also a good idea to have other supplies on hand, such as personal hygiene supplies and medicines you need. It’s possible you won’t have any other access to them.
Be prepared for loss of power
Your refrigerated and frozen food will spoil If the electrical grid goes down for days or even weeks. You’ll also lose the ability to prepare it unless you have a non-electric source for cooking. You should have an alternate energy source for heating and cooking as well as warm clothing and blankets available for your family.
Plan to protect yourself
Unfortunately, long-term disruptions in normal daily life often lead to danger from strangers or even neighbors searching for food, other supplies or valuables. If your home’s electrical system is working on alternate power, a home security system can give you the extra protection you need. You also will want to be ready to defend your family when necessary, whether that’s through self-defense or with the help of firearms.
Stay quiet about your plans
When an economic collapse or long-term natural disaster occurs, people affected become desperate for food, water and other supplies. Many of them are willing to do whatever it takes to get them. For this reason, it’s a good idea to keep your preparation plans quiet. However, if there are friends or neighbors you trust, work with them to build a community relationship that can withstand the difficult times ahead.
Preparing for impending danger can be intimidating, but it can also feel liberating. Plan now to take the preparatory steps to assure your family’s safety and security.
April Labarron is a native of Southern California. She has her BA in English/Literature from MSJC in Menifee, Ca. She views her freelance writing, not only as a career, but as her passion. Other areas of interest include; movies, food, singing, soccer, traveling, shopping and a continuous desire for learning. She lives on her own and is accompanied by her Pomeranian named, Elvis. She currently resides in Temecula, CA.