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I did lose your PM and the links and was hoping that you’d post again. 🙂
It is interesting that the family preparedness pamphlet recommends 3 months of storage. The orignal requirement was 2 years, then it dropped to 1 year. I guess they de-tuned it again.
I did some work with the local mormon church many years ago (Mrs Wombat was a member) and one of the blokes and I would go around and help people plant for their 12 months supply of food and stuff. Even though they it was a religious requirement, we could tell that only half (at most) of the members were interested. I guess things haven’t changed that much….
I think the Scouts motto of “be prepared” is just as applicable. Irrespective of how we come to these views (through church, through life experience, through peak oil, through ALS etc) I think they are all valid and if one person reads this manual (or the web links, or this site, or one of the articles) and says to themselves “I’m not prepared and I want to be” than we’ve done our job. Then we need to provide further resources and information for people to build up their confidence and knowledge and become prepared. If we (the site) can do this then we can give ourselves a pat on the back for a job well done.
Wombat I agree with you over the proportion of people who are interested in being prepared versus the people who aren’t. It’s a little sad to see that, but it all boils down to choice. We can give people information from many different sources as shown above and if a person makes a choice to be informed, prepared and committed to being prepared, well that’s just fantastic in my eyes….
So to my eyes, the keys to being prepared are:
[li]Have a reason to be prepared.[/li]
[li]Get informed, see how other people sort their preparedness out[/li]
[li]Draw up a plan that suits you and your circumstances.[/li]
[li]Put it into action.[/li]
[li]Review your plan regularly and stick to it.[/li]
[li]Wallow in the feelings of satisfaction of having prepared for the unknown.[/li]
Dunno if this little “essay” belongs here…I might copy it and put it on my blog actually…
I want to buy form the LDS website mylar and oxygen absorbers but you have to be a member to buy from the web site 🙁