Oh those crazy preppers!!

“Oh boy Jona… don’t tell me you are one of those crazy preppers!!” – every person before they start prepping.
First, let me get started on this subject as a sane person… 😛  In 2012 a series come out on television; currently available on Netflix, called Doomsday Preppers and I watched the first few episodes and thought to myself “WOWWW! THESE RICH PEOPLE ARE NUTS!!”. Although, I must confess that I was totally intrigued that people spend thousands; sometimes millions of dollars preparing for what most preppers call “TEOTWAWKI” (The End Of The World As We Know It).  I did watch the episodes week after week and thought, what if they are onto something? I mean everyone should be prepared right?  I’ve heard stories about bunkers all my life being a history buff.  Also, bunkers are frequently mentioned on the news when people purchase a property and attempt to create a garden only to find a heavy metal cover, dig out around it and unearth a door! Surprise!! There’s a bomb shelter or bunker just below the surface! Oh, so jealous! Where‘s the bunker in JonaLand (insert sad face here).
Fast forward to the Fall of 2013 when I went through some hard times financially and mentally Just so you know in the case I crash at your house -I am a sleepwalker and heavy dreamer during the nighttime hours. Subsequently my dreams become more intense when I am stressed! Talk about craziness 👀! I had a dream that changed my life!! THE DREAM: I woke up to a news cast clearly showing submarines coming out of the water onto the beach 10 blocks from my home with loads of foreign invader pouring out of them with war time firearms and armor! I ran down from my bedroom to my first floor and my ex-stepfather was boarding up the house for me from the outside and I was in complete shock with my heart pumping out of my chest!! Next a knock at the front door – people bringing their children and infants to keep them safe – crying and thanking me… I kept bringing them to my basement which had camping cots, food and water storage. My basement and storage area were completely prepared for this. — When I finally woke up, I was dripping with sweat, and it took me a good while to calm down and assure myself by tuning on the tv that nothing was happening IN REAL LIFE. That was the turning point for me… a completely life altering dream. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I only shared it with 3 friends, and it blew their minds. Though only one family began prepping after hearing my dream I feel like it triggered me to jump right into a more sustainable lifestyle.
Ok, ok – Bear with me!! I know I’m about to sound like a CRAZY PREPPING MOMMA but I surely need you to know that there are many levels to preparedness, and you should at least do the minimum to ensure that during a crisis you and your household including pets are not going to lose your mind with panic. Prepping DEFINITELY has given me an awkward calmness when I see the news about the economy crashing or natural disaster type weather heading my way.
A quote that struck me the first time I looked up, “prepping for a disaster” was:

“By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

I was hit with SOOOOOO much info from Google and Pinterest that it actually gave me a good amount of anxiety reading all of the scenarios I could possibly prepare for! One lonely night, cold sleepless night I decided to sift through a few well written articles and find out where to start.  As I read, I thought to myself —> INTO THE RABBIT HOLE I GO… These scenarios listed below are what I found to be very broad but put a lot into perceptive for me personally.

  • Family disruption or family disturbance – a stressful time in an individual’s life when they experience a breakdown or disruption in their usual or normal daily activities or family functioning
  • Natural disasters – flooding, tornadoes, weather-related incidents, fires, or any incident that is created by a weather disaster
  • Economic changes – loss of a job, medical bills, theft of a purse or cash, or utilities being shut off
  • Community resources – a lack of housing resources, food resources, or inadequate crime protection
  • Life events – the birth of a child, loss of a loved one, a child moving out, an irrational child, or any disturbance to daily activities
After reading more and more info night after night I decided that I would prepare in a general manner with telling myself “Preparedness can never truly be accomplish but can be worked at until you meet small goals.” What do you think you can NOT handle I thought to myself…? Well, I can definitely handle being broke as hell, been there done that. I can definitely handle being without electricity, been there been that I can definitely handle an economic crisis on a national level because I already know money doesn’t matter much when the world around you goes to crap. What I definitely could NOT handle would be not having food and water for both my family, which at the time was just me and my daughter, and my dog. So that’s where I started.
Every time we drank a gallon of iced tea or bottled water I would rinse it well, let it air dry and refill it all the way to the top leaving no air, put the fill date on it and put it on a a shelving unit in the basement. Then I wrote down a list of things that we actually eat that I would always want to have in bulk. That list included rice, instant potatoes, pasta, Ramen noodles, all kinds of dried beans and lentils and lots and lots of spices. Large cans of vegetable soups and tomato sauces. I learned that sugar, salt and honey really don’t have an expiration date if you keep it in airtight containers. I figured out that I would need so much water per day for my family in a gallon or two per day for my dog. And let’s not forget the water that we would need for hygiene and possibly for manually flushing the toilets!! There’s so much more to the story but I have an always changing list that I have created from many different sources.
I also learned quickly that there are BUG IN and BUG OUT situations. Bug in meaning you hunker down at your home and bug out meaning you are hitting the road and you may be headed to a place to make temporary shelter or a designated bug out location. I will talk more about this in another blog.
Below is a list of 100 things that disappear rapidly during a National Crisis… primarily for bugging in. This isn’t including food and water.
THE QUESTION: about what percentage do you think you have on hand if it was a Bug In situation??

1. Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. Noisy…target of thieves; maintenance etc.)
2. Water Filters/Purifiers
3. Portable Toilets
4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 – 12 months to become dried, for home uses.
5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Oil Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)
6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.
7. ***Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots. ***
8. Hand crank can openers, & hand eggbeaters, whisks, kitchen utensils.
9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
10. Rice – Beans – Wheat
11. Vegetable Oil (for cooking) Without it food burns/must be boiled etc.,)
12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid (Will become scarce suddenly)
13. Water Containers (Urgent Item to obtain.) Any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY – note – food grade if for drinking.
16. Propane Cylinders (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur.)
17. Survival Guidebook.
18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc. (Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult.)
19. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, etc.
20. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
21. Cook Stoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
22. Vitamins
23. Propane Cylinders and Handle-Holders (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item)
24. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.
25. Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil)
27. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)
28. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)
29. Garbage Bags (Impossible to Have Too Many).
30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels
31. Milk – Powdered & Condensed (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)
32. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid) (A MUST)
33. Clothes pins/line/hangers (A MUST)
34. Coleman’s Pump Repair Kit
35. Tuna Fish (in oil)
36. Fire Extinguishers (or..large box of Baking Soda in every room)
37. First aid kits
38. Batteries (all sizes…buy furthest-out for Expiration Dates)
39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
40. Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food)
41. Flour, yeast & salt
42. Matches. {“Strike Anywhere” preferred.) Boxed, wooden matches will go first
43. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
44. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime.)
45. Heavy Duty Work Boots, belts, Levis & durable shirts
46. Flashlights/LIGHTSTICKS & torches, “No. 76 Dietz” Lanterns
47. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience; Historic Times)
48. Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting – if with wheels)
49. Men’s Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc
50. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
51. Fishing supplies/tools
52. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
53. Duct Tape
54. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes
55. Candles
56. Laundry Detergent (liquid)
57. Backpacks, Duffel Bags
58. Garden tools & supplies
59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
61. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
62. Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)
63. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
64. Bicycles…Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc
65. Sleeping Bags& blankets/pillows/mats
66. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
67. Board Games, Cards, Dice
68. d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
69. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
70. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)
71. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
73. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)
74. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
75. Soysauce, vinegar, bullions/gravy/soupbase
76. Reading glasses
77. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
78. “Survival-in-a-Can”
79. Woolen clothing: socks, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
80. Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog
81. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
83. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
84. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)
85. Lumber (all types)
86. Wagons & utility carts (for transport to and from)
87. Cots & Inflatable mattress’s
88. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
89. Lantern Hangers
90. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws, nuts & bolts
91. Teas
92. Coffee
93. Cigarettes (for
94. Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc,)
95. Paraffin Wax
96. Chickens
97. Chewing gum/candies
98. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs (bandanas)
100. Livestock

All you can do is YOUR BEST! I purchase a “prep” or two a month. Some months I spend $10 some months up to $100.

Best advice I can give is to keep accurate lists of anything you are storing. Be sure to read about rotating your food storage so that you are not letting anything go to waste by expiring and also keeping food sealed properly.

P.s. I am an administrator on Facebook for Connecticut Preppers Network. If you are Facebook you can find a prepper network for your State or area. In America we have a national website: http://americanpreppersnetwork.com/

Happy prepping! I hope I’ve had an impact on your thoughts on THOSE CRAZY PREPPERS!

-Jona Marie

📸 You can do it 💪🏽

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