August 09, 2011

The Fit Has Hit The Shan

The economy is going so well that the host of one of the most popular radio morning shows in our rather large market area spent at least a good half hour this morning talking about his disaster preparation plans, and stocking up for survival with like-minded families.

The few callers to the show had an interesting mix of reactions. Some thought he had clearly gone off the deep end, and very bluntly stated—almost directly—that " it can't happen here." Others thought he was very much on the right track.

It was interesting to listen to the host calmly insist such preparation is a form of insurance, which is a sentiment I share. You have home insurance, car insurance, medical insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, flood insurance... all designed around the theory that it just makes sense to be prepared as you can be for those eventualities. Disaster preparation is nothing more than an insurance to make sure that your family has access to food, water, and shelter in the even of natural disaster or economic turmoil that could interrupt our normal just-in-time supply chain.

Quite frankly, you're rather a bad provider if you don't think ahead for your family's security. I think he made the right call.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at August 9, 2011 08:20 AM

I try, but my wife sabotages my efforts. I bought a 50 pound bag of rice. She wants to give it to the food bank.

Her: I don't like that kind of rice.
Me: That is the point.
Her: we should replace it with Uncle Ben's because we like that kind.
Me: Not getting the whole "for emergency use" are you?
Her: God will provide.
Me: He already did, we're keeping it.

Posted by: Professor Hale at August 9, 2011 10:19 AM

I am 62 and will likely die in 10 years. My wife is 57 and will live into her 90's. What is bad is that I am planning for her care once I am gone, insurance won't cover the situation at our age.

Posted by: david7134 at August 9, 2011 10:58 AM

I have been getting, storing, and canning food for a few years. Friends and family went from "you're nuts" to "where did you get those nuts, and what is the best way to store them?". I bought wheat berries and a top of the line electric grain mill a few years back, 6 months ago I "upgraded" to the non-electric, manual mill. I have also spent the last year learning how to cook with all this new stuff, don't want to make the already traumatized family have to eat stuff they hate. Yeah, I expect the fit to hit the shan, and I do not expect The Feds to want do anything/be able to do anything to stop it.

Posted by: ChrisInKentucky at August 9, 2011 11:00 AM

I've also been putting back beans and rice every time I get groceries (up to a couple hundred pounds of each) but I'm shifting now to the other stuff. The parts for my blowout kits are arriving over the week, and I'm getting a Big Berkey for my refuge destination (kinfolk who don't live in a metropolis like me).

Posted by: Phelps at August 9, 2011 11:17 AM

In the 60's we had to have fall out shelters and stored food in case the Russians invaded. Now we have a communist in the WH.

Posted by: david7134 at August 9, 2011 11:27 AM

Its good to hear that others are prepping. I've been a prepper since the early 1980s. When push comes to shove you have to rely on yourself, your family, and your neighbors.

Posted by: Parker at August 9, 2011 04:00 PM