National Preparedness Month
September has been declared National Preparedness Month. Many State and Federal Agencies have special programs and some even have give-aways to help people prepare for any local, regional, and national emergencies. Many states even have special “tax-free” sale days. Check with your various government entities to see if anything is available of which you may take advantage.
Meantime, for those of you who are long time readers of Catholic Rural Solutions and have heeded the constant call to set aside stores, now would be a good time to take inventory and to also check to see how your supplies are faring in short and long-term storage in your basements, garages, and attics.
Opening a sampling of the food stores is most important just to be assured that all is well and that time and vermin have not gotten to your food reserves. Now might also be an opportunity for the whole family to sample some of those stores and get a taste of what MRE’s and other meals, made from the reserves, taste like, so as not to be surprised during a hurricane induced 5 day power outage. You can make an adventure out of it if you have young and even teenage children.
This is also a good time to take inventory of what you have and what you may yet need to add not only to the food stores but also some other things which could be of value in the event of a long range and widespread power shortage. Camp stoves, camp toilets, water, both potable and grey for washing, and many other things should be at the ready, in good working order, and conveniently located. In addition, now is the time to check your Bug-Out-Bags (BOB) in case you need to evacuate your home.
Always remember to check your electronics, most especially those with batteries to be sure that they have not leaked in the battery compartment or otherwise rusted. A trusted flashlight or NOAA radio is of no use in an emergency if it is damaged. Don’t forget to check your emergency medical supplies. Ordinary things like over the counter medicines, Band-Aids, and other necessary meds should be up to date and ready in case of illness or accident.
So take advantage of this month before winter storms roll through to keep your emergency supplies in usable order.
Here is a web citation to the Declaration of National Preparedness Month:
A Word of Warning
Is it safe: is it secret?
By Executive Order, President Obama in March of 2012 mandated the confiscation and commandeering of individual, family, and commercial private stores of resources for “the public good”. This order is written so vaguely that resources can be anything from oil in your home heating tank, to food supplies, local transportation, (your family car), to even non-volunteer inductions into government programs and organizations to fill manpower requirements. Through this order you and yours are considered “resources” of the state and subject to their needs as a priority above those of your family. This is truly a frightening development in the land of the free and the home of the brave. In view of this keep all your resources secret and safe. Do not disclose to anyone what you have and where it is stored.
Here is the web citation to this Executive Order:
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.