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The word prepper brings many thoughts to the front of our minds. We’ve all seen the shows of the people with rooms full of toilet paper and bunkers in their back yards. To each their own. I don’t feel the need to be that prepared in life. I’m not talking about that kind of prepper. I’m talking about the people who are prepared for life’s mishaps. I want people to know that you don’t have to have a bunker to be better prepared.
Right now we’re under a hurricane watch and mandatory evacuation. The evacuation started 4 days ago. The water shelves were empty 2 days before the lanes got reversed to get everybody out of Charleston. They were trying to restock as quickly as possible. Last Tuesday the lane reversal started. Trucks weren’t able to get into our area to fill the back stockrooms. It turned into chaos and mayhem.
Water is one of the first things to go if there is an emergency. Fights broke out over water in some of the stores last year during the days before a hurricane. It got a little scary. I can’t understand why people aren’t a little more prepared for these storms. We know there is a good chance in September or October we’ll see a hurricane. Why not start picking up an extra case of water in let’s say…June? I’ll never understand it.
Prepper is not a 4 letter word
I wish prepping didn’t have such a stigma of crazy. Not too long ago it was common for people to have chickens and a victory garden in their backyard. It wasn’t considered prepping. You were just preparing for the emergencies that life throws at you. Now if you have chickens in suburbia people think you’re a little bonkers.
I have no desire to have a bunker in my backyard. Having one here is near impossible anyway. You hit water if you dig down a few feet. I just want to make sure that if we have a hurricane watch we have food. We have water. We are able to get by or evacuate quickly if needed.
There’s Only 3 Days Of Food
Yep, that’s right. Grocery stores only carry 3-4 days worth of food. They don’t keep some magic stock of food in the back. Shelves can empty quickly if there is an emergency. It never ends well if half the town is looking for that last gallon of milk. I saw many posts on Facebook of moms desperately trying to find milk.
The other thing that is apparent very quickly is after an emergency event, the stores need a shipment or two to get stocked back up. I went today to Walmart to grab a couple things and the choices of milk & meat were very limited. There was no fresh produce available. They said it will take a few days to be back in full swing.
I plan to use what I’ve learned over this past week to very good use. Starting in June of next year I will be starting a series of emergency preparation tips & tricks. I’m hoping to learn a lot more over the next few months to be better prepared. I also want to make sure I’m a good resource for anyone looking for information!
What about you? Do you have any great preparation tips you’d like to share? Do you live in a place that has hurricanes, tornadoes, major snowfall or major flooding? Looking forward to hearing from you!