What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2015-07-11)

July 11, 2015, by Ken Jorgustin

shelves-of-canned-food

The most read new article from this past week was,
When The System Crashes, What Item Will You Have Most Difficulty Re-Supplying?

…which resulted in lots of comments and thoughts which boiled down to a ‘top-three’ of medications, fuel, and food.

Medications being #1 led me to think that although some people have no choice but to take their medications (a survival requirement for them), and although it may be possible (but difficult) to stock up on prescription meds, for others it may be prudent to do what one can to focus on becoming healthier and wean off meds. This basically amounts to diet and exercise – the things that are in our control. Easier said than done though…

Fuel being #2 led to the article, Gasoline Terminal Locations And Their Refineries, where I pointed out the locations of gasoline terminals around the country – which illustrates your own proximity to one – which in turn might illustrate your own potential risk to supply chain disruption (distance from). While it makes sense to prepare for fuel disruptions (have some fuel storage), over the long term this would require quite different preparations (alternatives to transportation or any fuel-powered device). Although I was not directly affected, I recall Hurricane Sandy where fuel had become a precious commodity for people’s generators. People did not have enough (or any) fuel storage…

Food turned out to be #3 (which included food of any category) and it emphasizes the fact that our grocery stores are set up with ‘just in time’ inventory (JIT) which will run out in days if not resupplied (supply chain breakdown). Developing a supply of food storage is so very easy that there should be no excuse for anyone who’s into preparedness to not have enough…

 
Okay, with that said, let’s get on to what we all did for our preparedness this week:


 
For me, again I spent time (and sweat and sore muscles!) processing quite a number of trees from an area of the property here. My Stihl chainsaw is getting quite a workout… there will be more of this today and next week…

We resupplied (topped off) some of our canned food storage. Side note: be sure to rotate your canned food using a system of first-in , first-out. I always put the new product in the back (of a front-back row) or the left side of a left-right row. So I always take from the front or from the furthest right…

I spent an amount of time (more than usual) investigating the on-going financial situation between Greece and the EU. The situation has still not been resolved (the only resolution is Greece taking more debt – which they cannot afford – and accepting more austerity measures from the EU). The world is reaching a point of ‘peak debt’ and we’re in for a rough ride ahead.

 
Okay your turn:
This post discussion is open-forum…