Creating An Emergency Preparedness Blueprint

Emergency Preparedness.  Food Storage. Water.  Flash Lights. Batteries.   When I first began prepping, I thought about earthquakes and fires and droughts,  which are the usual concerns for my state.  I prepped more for short term than long term emergencies.

Life changed.  My family’s preparedness needs changed.  I found myself learning a lot of lessons on how to be prepared for an unexpected emergency the hard way; smack dab in the midst of it.

Emergency Preparedness Planning

What will YOUR emergency preparedness need be?

Our emergency came in the form of a tiny, premature, 5 pound baby boy.  Along with my 6th child came Life Flights, oxygen bottles, a list of diagnoses I’d never heard of before, 15 medications, so many surgeries we’ve lost count, durable medical equipment that would rival a PICU, and a list of specialists a mile long.

Even though we had savings and insurance, we found ourselves in sort of a no-man’s land between what our insurance paid out, what we were responsible for out of pocket, and what we brought home each month.

Grocery shopping didn’t make it as one of the line items of where our paycheck would go for months at a time.

Good thing I had my food storage, right?

Except.

In the midst of my emergency I discovered :  

 

*There simply wasn’t enough time to grind my wheat and make my own bread.

*My family HATED the brand of powered milk I had purchased.   We’ve since switched to Thrive’s powdered milk and will be using the other for baking and other products.

*My family needed more protein, yet  I had no where near enough protein stored.

*I couldn’t make everything from scratch and still have the time and strength keep my kid alive.  More quick and easy recipes would have come in handy.   While I prefer homemade chicken noodle soup, the canned stuff at least kept my kids happy.  And  why hadn’t I ever found the time to can some of my own homemade soups  before?  That would have been the perfect solution.

*If you don’t keep stuff rotated, it will, indeed, go rancid on you.

*Going down to my food storage room only to discover that I had most of the ingredients for a lot of different meals, but not all of the ingredients for any of them was frustrating.  This is especially discouraging when you don’t have the money to go to the store to purchase the remaining ingredients you need for your food storage menu plan.

*No matter how much my family has always loved rice, they WILL get tired of it and refuse to eat it if I serve it every single day.

*It makes NO difference how hungry my family is, they will never, ever, ever, ever eat oatmeal.  Yet I had 100 pounds of the stuff.  Why?  That money could have gone to other food items in my pantry that my family would have eaten.

Emergency Preparedness brings peace of mind.

What emergencies could you face?

-Job Loss

-Extended Illness

-Skyrocketing Prices

-Earthquake

-Flooding

-Snow Storms

-World Affairs
These are just a few of the unexpected types of emergencies a family could find themselves in the midst of.  I’m sure that if you think about it you’ll come up with a few more ways your family needs to prepared for the unexpected.

Create An Emergency Preparedness Blueprint That Meets Your Family’s Unique Needs

Sit down and make a list of the potential emergencies you and your family could face.  Start with the most important and the most probable and work your way down that list.   How would you make it through each scenario?

Envision yourself in the midst of the emergency and what you would need to make it through successfully.   Next, create a blueprint that will see your family safely through a time of need.

While my family prepares for an earthquake with great attention to detail, an atomic bomb attack is much further down on our list.  However, our biggest emergency preparedness plans center around our medically fragile child with special needs. 

While it’s great to read about what all of the ‘experts’ say, remember that your emergency needs are going to be unique.   Taking the time to identify what your emergency might be will help you focus on how to prepare for it.  A good place to find a basic emergency supply checklist is ready.gov.   Of course,  you’ll also want to check back here, as well as follow us on Pinterest and Facebook, to learn other great preparedness strategies.

What is your Number One Emergency Preparedness concern right now?  What plans are you making to successfully get your family through your emergency?

 

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Buying Junk Silver As Part of Your Prepping

When people talk about buying junk silver they are referring to US dimes, quarters, half dollars and dollars minted through 1964. These coins were produced with 90% silver and 10% copper. They have an “intrinsic value” which means the metal to produce them actually has value unlike a paper dollar bill. The penny has always been copper or steel (for one or two war years) and the nickel is made of nickel and copper so they are not being referred to when people discuss the $1 face valuation of junk silver. A dollars worth (4 quarters, 10 dimes, etc.) of coins add up to .75 of a Troy ounce of silver, but because of wear it is accepted to use .715 as the multiplier. Generally you get the most silver for your money when buying junk silver as the premiums typically are the cheapest.

junk silver dollar signDon’t let the name “junk silver” fool you. They are designated “junk” because they don’t have value to a collector. They do however have melt value as a precious metal and that is what makes buying junk silver a great investment for emergency preparedness. Precious metals will always have value, even when the paper dollar does not. Most financial experts agree that everyone should have 10% of their investment portfolios in precious metals. People that feel we are on the very edge of the fiscal cliff believe in keeping a much higher percentage of their money in something as reliable as precious metals.

The Process of Buying Junk Silver

Junk silver is typically sold in $1 face value increments. The easiest way to learn the value of junk silver is to use a silver coin calculator since the price fluctuates. You can go to your local coin shop or buy online at places like APMEX, Gainesville Coins, or Provident Metals. All three have good reputations among preppers. Right now APMEX is selling $1 silver coin bags for $25.84 with a credit card and Provident is selling it for $25.28. Gainesville appears to be sold out at the moment. The more you can buy the better price you will get.  They all ship usually USPS in inconspicuous packaging and you will likely have to sign for your shipment.

Do you have junk silver laying around your house?

Keeping junk silver is something that most Depression-era people tended to do so it is not uncommon to find old quarter and nickles tucked away in drawers at Grandma’s house. She wasn’t nutty for keeping random nickles and dimes.

Also, there are still pre-1964 coins in everyday circulation. Always check your change in hopes of finding a little silver. It’s getting harder and harder to do but it happens. Some people even go to the bank and get $100 in quarter rolls, check them and cash back in all the silver they didn’t find and start over. Its a treasure hunt for them.

But for emergency preparedness, you are better off buying junk silver and then adding anything you find to your bags.

*Thank you to Beau for help with some of the research and wording for this article.

 

 

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