March 19, 2014
By Gaye Levy
In the course of my travels, I am often asked about Backdoor Survival. The most common question is “What is the website about?”. The answer is always the same: Backdoor Survival is lifestyle website that shares tips, tools and information for creating a preparedness lifestyle. This usually leads to the next question: “Why prepare?”
The answer to that question can vary, depending on circumstances. For many, being prepared means having the tools, skills and mindset to deal with a natural disaster in a sane, and dare I say, comfortable manner. For others, being prepared also means having the ability to deal with a less tangible event, such as illness, loss of employment, economic collapse, or civil unrest. In all cases, being prepared means having the ability to be self-sufficient and avoiding a trip to Camp FEMA.
Whatever the reason, chances are you have come to this website to seek ideas, answers and encouragement as you pick your way along the preparedness path. To make things easy, I have chosen to embrace the theme, 12 Months of Prepping, One Month at a Time where I define monthly tasks that break down the overwhelming chore of preparing for an emergency – however it is defined – in manageable and affordable chunks.
In 12 Months of Prepping: Month One, I talked about the Survival Mindset and got you started with water and food storage. I also had you perform a walk-around inventory so that you could assess any gaps in your gear and begin thinking about the purchases you will need to make in future months. Today, I present some strategies and tasks for Month Two.
But first, let me step back and remind you of one of the most easily justifiable reasons to prepare: unpredictable weather or what I like to call “the whims and fancies of Mother Nature”. Storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and other wonky weather patterns can disrupt you, your home, your life, and your family in a heartbeat. Preparing for such events – however unpredictable – simply makes sense.
As the 2014 ice storms taught us, you do not have to be a conspiracy theorist, a political dissenter or even a dissatisfied and disillusioned citizen to know that the forces of Mother Nature will, at one time or another, require you to tuck in and rely on your own resources to get by. If you are lucky, you will only need to get by for a few days but alas, the aftermath of some disasters may be so catastrophic that they will require you to fend for yourself without power, heat and the niceties of life for a week or longer.
And so, in this month by month preparedness series, I ask you to continually evaluate the risk for a natural disaster in your geographical area. What are the types of natural disasters that could turn your life upside down? After thinking that through – and I will help you with that a bit later- review your existing preparations, if any, to ensure that the basics are covered.