Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Getting Prepared Month 11: Stock Up on Disposables & Build a Neighborhood Contact List

Gaye Levy, Contributor
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In North America, we are enjoying the final months of summer. This is a time for family activities, picnics, BBQs with friends and perhaps a weekend camping trip. There is also the usual rash of summer chores: mowing the lawn, washing the car, weeding the garden and the more mundane tasks of laundry and housecleaning.

I don’t know about you, but I would much rather be enjoying the fun in the sun than serious prepping this month. For that reason, this month we are going to do things that are a natural outtake from our summer activities. That said, we are not going to slough off and disregard the tasks at hand as frivolous. For even though they seem rather menial, they are as important and as necessary as the prepping tasks in each of the previous months – and in some ways even more.

And for those of you that are just joining us? Last September, I laid out a calendar of preparedness tasks entitled “12 Months of Prepping, One Month at a Time”. Each month since then, I have outlined a reasonable and doable number of tasks to accomplish during the monthly period with the intent of gradually building up to a point of self-reliance in the event of a major disaster or crisis.

Even though we are now at month 11, you can still use this month as a starting point or, if you prefer, you can go back to the beginning and start with the first month in the series “Getting Prepared Month 1: Supplies, Gear and Tasks to Get You Started”.

Whatever you decide, I hope you will follow along and do what you can be prepared. Are you ready to get started? Let’s go to work on getting prepared in month #11.

  • Package of paper plates
  • Package of napkins
  • Package of eating utensils
  • Package of paper cups
  • Garbage bags and ties for disposal of used items
As much as I hate to use disposables, the there is a strong likelihood that water for cleaning will become quite precious following a disaster. Even if you normally shun paper goods, it is prudent – in fact necessary – to put aside a supply of paper plates, napkins, cups an plastic eating utensils for emergency purposes. And what better time to do so than during the summer months when these items are likely to be on sale?

You are also going to want to purchase a supply of garbage bags so that you have someplace to store the garbage and the used and dirtied items until things get back to normal. Personally, I prefer tall, kitchen type bags but others may prefer the large, garbage can sized bags. Whatever you decide, be sure to take the time now to look around your home and property and to identify a location where you can store excess garbage if normal collection methods are shut down for awhile.

These are the basics. And although we have covered these items in the past, double check that you do indeed have a manual can opener, a sharp, all purpose knife and some paper towels as well.

But there is more. For extra credit, think about what you would need if you had to cook outdoors. Perhaps a rocket stove or grill that burns wood or biomass? How about some waterproof matches or a zippo lighter? We will get in to these in greater detail down the road, but if you have the budget, think about these things now, and perhaps add them to your month 11 purchases.

Shall we move on to tasks?


Exchange work, home and emergency contact phone numbers and email addresses with neighbors for use during an emergency

Neighbors helping neighbors is an important part emergency and disaster preparedness. This is not to say that you are going to have to provide for your neighbors – after all, they need to provide for their own basics such a food, water and first aid supplies. On the other hand, when something bad happens – you will want to get in touch with your neighbors and of course, you would want them to get in touch with you as well.

Think about this: You are at work and you receive a news alert indicating that there is a fire in what appears to be your neighborhood. Who do you call? Is it your house? Is it the house next door? What about your pets? Are they safe?

Although this is a simplistic (yet still dreadful) example, having neighbors that are able to contact you directly or that can pass your contact information on to first responders will go a long way toward keeping panic and fear at bay.

Your only task this month is to contact your neighbors so that you can exchange emergency contact information for use in an emergency. Telephone numbers, cell phone numbers and email addresses should be gathered and stored in a safe place in both printed and electronic format on a hard disk, smart phone (if you have one) or flash drive.

Now I know that these days, with OPSEC and all, the idea of neighbors helping neighbors is becoming unpopular. I challenge you, though, this month, to look at this from the standpoint of YOU being the one in need. Wouldn’t you want someone to contact you?

The Final Word

Although the purchases and tasks this month seem like no-brainers, they are critical to putting together a complete preparedness plan for you and your loved ones. Disasters can and do happen to ordinary folks. They happen to anyone and everyone, rich or poor, young or old.

The best we can do is take steps now to prepared for the unexpected. Remember: You are responsible for your own preparedness. No one else will do it for you.

Read other articles by Gaye Levy here.

In case you missed any of the articles in this series:

Month 10: Practice Going Off Grid
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Gaye Levy, the SurvivalWoman, grew up and attended school in the Greater Seattle area. After spending many years as an executive in the software industry, she started a specialized accounting practice offering contract CFO work to emerging high tech and service industries. She has now abandoned city life and moved to a serenely beautiful rural area on an island in NW Washington State. She lives and teaches the principles of a sustainable, self-reliant and stylish lifestyle through emergency preparation and disaster planning through her website at BackdoorSurvival.com. SurvivalWoman speaks her mind and delivers her message with optimism and grace, regardless of mayhem swirling around us.  Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!




Anonymous said...

The Americanos have taken what is to happen and their preparations as a hobby......hi, my name is Ponce and I am from Cuba.....as you know WTSHTF has now lasted in Cuba for over FIFTY years.

Sorry to say that what will happen here in the states will be, at least, ten times worse than in Cuba and the reason for this are many, but the main one is that many don't believe in what is about to happen.

I came up with a quote now being used my many talking heads and precious metal companies...
"If you don't hold it, you don't own it"... Ponce................this now applys not only to PM but about everything that you now have and that you will not be able to get in the future.

I like to think of it as "No Export = No Recovery"... Ponce.........we will never be again what we were fifty years ago because now days everything can be made overseas cheaper, better and faster.....and as soon as WTSHTF goes into affect then many overseas companies will no longer be willing to export to the US and those who do it will do it for a very high price.

In the pass I was sending money from the US to my family in Cuba and , as I see it, those living in the US with families overseas will be getting money from them.....I hope as hell that I am wrong....but I KNOW that I am not.

"Get ready today for the way that you want to live tomorrow"... Ponce

This is Ponce.

Anonymous said...

As a side note but applicable to the subject - Authentic Catholic Prophecy warns of a coming chastisement very soon - I will skip much of the reasons, happenings, etc and just give you this: Total Economic Collapse, Civil Wars and Revolutions in "former" Catholic Europe and former Christian America, no electricity for over a year, no food, gas, no stores, and water/gas/oil pipelines will all be shut down that will eventually include natural gas lines too, near two years of civil war and revolution.
Most of the prophecies say to get out of the cities as near every single one will be destroyed by war, revolution or nature. Find a cabin, relative, farm, somewhere way out or at least out of the city or town where you and your family can go, make plans now. Total anarchy, chaos, murder, etc for over a year, so you must have some weapons of sorts to protect yourself and your family. Start storing foods, canned goods last over 15 years according to three recent studies, contrary to what the can date says. Make your list. My recommendation for firearms: A semi-pistol 9mm which is best for all in the family to use and sufficient for all self defensive needs, with at least four spare magazines min. and a few thousand rounds. A twelve Guage Shotgun with lots of 00Buck (500rds) and lots of #2 and up shot for later small game survival. An AK-47, the weapon, its ammo, all its spare parts, its accessories, are all cheap and its absolutely dependable and sufficient for your defense. (At least a few thousand rds min. and at least 20 magazines minimum. It takes approx. 500 rds to break in a weapon and another min. of 500 rds to have both a familiarity and some min. proficiency with your weapons. If you refuse to arm yourself, just pray and get ready to be raped or killed or to watch someone close or in your family to have the same done while you watch.

Anonymous said...

Society was supposed to crumble into ruin years ago.
It ain't happening. The fascist filth have got it under control.
So you play with your canned food, but STFU.

Anonymous said...

Many of you visit this site every day and see what is coming. Prepare as best as you can for your family. One thing people often overlook is the importance of having a way to boil water and cook your food. Generators are a good idea… as long as you have fuel! But what do you do when both electricity fail and your out of fuel for your generator?

We got a Sun Oven. What a neat idea and it really works! All you need is a little sunshine and you’re good to go. It even works on cloudy days. Hot enough to make baked beans at our Memorial Day BBQ! My wife got a great deal too at http://www.shelfreliancesanantonio.co. Not only do they sell the oven we also bought a lot of freeze dried stuff from them. Love the freeze dried pineapple and the cheese!!! Hmm…, we’ll have to try to make pizza in my Sun Oven next time.

Anonymous said...

communications are also very important. our local lifeboat group all got ham radios and licenses.

storing food and other essentials should be only considered a bridge. plant an orchard, garden and build your soil fertility with permaculture techniques. 15 year old canned food will be loaded with harmful bpa's. dried food lasts basically forever and does not contain the toxins canned food does.

that's my .02

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