Today I was reading on one of the news pages and it was something to the effect that preppers have endured years of mockery but now, preppers are being asked to help others with their plans.
Just a couple of days ago on another news channel, a lady was talking about people stocking up and one of the other ladies said “oh, the hoarders” and kinda laughed about it. I thought . . She who laughs last laughs best! I did feel she was being very condescending, as well as uninformed.
I was thinking – what if it was a mindset that had been taught – to be as self-reliant as possible? What if something happened like what’s happening now and there were no rushes on the grocery stores and big box stores? What if we all had at least a couple of weeks worth of food and personal care products at home?
I am aware that there are religious groups that teach to have certain amounts of supplies stored. I think that’s great!
For those who are worried about the coronavirus – are they more worried about not being able to get food/supplies if they end up stuck at home for weeks? Or, are they more concerned about what will happen if they get the virus? Maybe some of both but I wonder.
I’ve heard from some who say they don’t have the room to store supplies, and some who don’t have the money to buy extra supplies. I understand that totally. I’ve been in both positions and in both instances, having supplies for the next two weeks was the least of my concerns. Feeding myself and a hungry 6 year old boy was about all that mattered. So if you find yourself with no spare room and no spare money, you’re not alone. I’m sure there are others in that same position but hopefully, once all this has passed, and it will, you can keep that thought of getting more prepared in the back of your mind and when circumstances allow, slowly start adding the items that will make you feel more confident and secure in your abilities to make it through something like this or worse.
While I have no idea about anyone else’s circumstances, I have plenty of friends who have the room and have the finances and couldn’t cobble together meals for a few days from their pantries and probably buy toilet paper only after they’ve put their last roll in the bathroom.
I don’t have answers . . just thoughts and questions. If one good thing can come out of this . . well, at least two things! I hope (1) more manufacturing moves back to the U. S. or at least several countries and so much of what we depend on isn’t manufactured in one location and (2) people do figure out a way to be more self-reliant, whether it’s growing some portion of their own foods and/or deciding to be a little more vigilant about keeping more necessary supplies at home under their own control.
Just a reminder – remember when we moved here and couldn’t find a house? We about drove ourselves over the brink but we knew what we wanted and held out, through having to store most of our belongings in a storage unit while living in a rental and moving twice, all to get what we wanted.
- We knew water was expensive here and there were often water restrictions so if we wanted vegetables and fruit trees, we needed a well.
- We wanted land. We knew the approximate price per acre in the area, knew what we could afford to pay so set our sights on finding “x” number of acres.
- We wanted a gas stove so we could cook if the power was out.
- We wanted a fireplace for heat if the propane was running low or we couldn’t afford to fill the tanks or the power was out (even gas heat needs electricity for the unit/blowers to run).
We weren’t concerned with huge, luxurious bathrooms, though that would have been nice, or the size of the house – just so it fit within our budget. We ended up with less than half the square feet we’d had in MO and half the number of bathrooms we had there.
We finally found the place that had everything on our list and despite wanting to be nearer to Chad, this is a place we haven’t been able to leave behind yet.
We’re older and probably would have made totally different decisions 20 or 30 years ago. I’ve been the one in line at grocery stores to buy things when a hurricane was headed our way or an ice storm was predicted. I’m not criticizing anyone. I just feel like overall, we all need to take a look at how we live our lives. Basically, if you can face the lines at the grocery store, the fear of running out of things, and not wish you had done things differently, then you’re probably good (and probably no longer reading anyway). But, if you’re thinking . . dang it, I should have stocked up on toilet paper and canned tuna a month ago . . all we can do is look forward and be more prepared next time.