Her book was recently published as she awaits her second book - her memories of her young son who passed away too young, and too soon - to hit the press.
This woman will take your breath away by her very will to succeed through some of life's blows that would leave a weaker (ie: normal) person huddled in a corner for life.
I was surprised when I started reading her 81 page book. I had wrongly assumed it would be one of those Armageddon prep books, detailing how to build an underground bunker and gather enough supplies for ten years. (Not counting goats, chickens and 30 assault rifles)
Instead, she calmed my fears and talked RATIONALLY. Get it? RATIONAL preparedness.
Not once did she mention anything I can't do. She listed a few things I wouldn't WANT to do, or NEED to do: such as a better way to get my well water to the surface if the electricity goes out.
She lists areas of the country, and what you could need, might need, probably would need, if worse came to worse.
If you're thinking the day is going just fine and god is in heaven overseeing your safety, just think back to the many areas of the US you are relieved NOT to have been living in lately.
Consider the upcoming ban on certain weapons, the possible ban on purchasing ammo, the rising cost of food. Plain and simple.
The world is tilted, the pendulum has swung farther than any of us (especially our forefathers) expected and it will swing farther before it finds a balance.
Our charge card experienced some fraudulent activity while we were shopping last week, and it was locked down. So that the thief couldn't use it, we couldn't use it either.
Imagine if that happened to you due to a computer glitch - or a bunch of immense glitches .... imagine going to the store and the shelves were emptied during the night. No charge card. Money can't buy what isn't there, and you have to go home to. . . . what. . . no electricity? Rioting in the streets?
Now that I feel better about my feeble attempts to prep, the following instructions on what I HAVE done might give you a more manageable grip on RATIONAL PREPAREDNESS by Jane-Alexandra Krehbiel.
FIRST UP: WATER
While trying to convince Stud that we're sadly lacking in all areas of self-sufficiency, I've been hauling in bottled water. It's hard to rotate stock as in: replace what you use, and make sure the oldest date is to the front.
I don't want just enough water stored for a week. I want endless water without an expiration date.
Fill a tub? Buy extra and hide it from Stud in our basement? Don't have one. Garage? It gets pretty damn hot in that garage, and water is in PLASTIC containers and. . .
Then I looked outside and saw. . . .
Hmmmm. There's chemicals in there...... but I'm sure they'd be okay to drink.... but what if.....
See? It's the "what ifs" that paralyze us.
I did some investigating where water filters are concerned and discovered the BERKEY water filter system!!!
This system was recommended by Jane and several other preppers I talk with regularly.
The gallon of water on the left would last a day. The BERKEY will supply us with 3,000 gallons of pure water !! It also included a BERKEY water bottle that also purifies water on the go.
I ordered the small one, because it produces pure water at the rate of one gallon per hour. For two people and one dog, that is plenty.
It removes viruses, pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites entirely and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces unhealthy heavy metals such as lead and mercury. This system is so powerful it can remove red food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs. Virtually no other system can duplicate this performance.
It can also be used creekside if an evacuation is in order.
Needless to say, but I will: I wanted my own demonstration.
I asked Stud to go outside and make some mud. Do you know that sand does not make mud? Nor does it hold water very well. So I ended up using some potting soil from a houseplant.
That looks pretty "creekside" to me. urg ick bleck
But that BERKEY does what it says it will do. And it didn't smell!!!
I also didn't taste it.
Hey, screw you!!! And don't sneer.
I'll save that moment for when I have no choice but to chug it down.
But having a small pool that holds 3,000 gallons of water, and a BERKEY that filters 3,000 gallons, does not sound coincidental to me.
SECOND UP: FOOD
I've been doing the "If you're going to buy two cans for use, buy FOUR cans and store two of them" for a while.
We have Spam, canned chicken, tuna, ham. . .
I've also got TANG and various Koolaid to ease the boredom of water....
And we have canned veggies. . .
But I also started thinking of what I do on a daily basis and how I could implement it for FOOD PREPPING.
Enter, the FOOD SAVER. This is a demonstration of what I have been doing for 20 years!!
(this particular segment on raw meat would not work for prepping without electricity, but this is how it functions)
When I hit a twoferone sale, I buy four.
This is how I store the fresh meat.
I obscenely poke a hole in the plastic so that ALL the oxygen will be removed.
You can now kill anyone by hitting them with a roast.
Because after the air has been removed, it becomes a solid weapon.
I also place plates of fully cooked meals into the freezer. The minute it becomes frozen, I'll do the "suck out the oxygen" trick, return the sealed meal to the freezer and SIX MONTHS LATER, nuke it and it's as fresh as day one.
(You MUST allow it to freeze beforehand or the sucking action will remove all moisture from the cooked food)
When I used to work outside the home, I'd cook several different types of meat ahead of time, quick freeze and seal them.
Roast and gravy anyone?
Chicken and dumplings?
Within MINUTES in the microwave? Yes!
SO, how can this apply to prepping?
This has a shelf life of one year....unopened.
What about now?
THE TRICK is to prepare individual amounts ahead of time!!
Suck out the air and it becomes completely flat and easily stacked.
Expiration date? Fo-evah!
On those long nights without electricity and television,
you can entertain yourself by balancing your breakfast
(which is now hard as a board)
On a more practical level, I do this to the INSTANT BREAKFAST oatmeal. I pop the little pre-sealed bag into a small FOOD SEALER bag, such the air out, and viola! A breakfast for one that can be made using water from the BERKEY.
I also go the extra mile and seal store-bought jerky.
Yes, the store-bought jerky is already in an air sealed bag, but I want it in individual portions.
You can also air seal marshmallows.
They become flat as a fritter, but when you break the seal,
air rushes IN and re-puffs the marshmallows!
THIRD UP: SELF-PROTECTION
There is already a list of weapons due to be labelled "illegal" to purchase or own. When it will be announced is up for debate, but the list has already been leaked.
It's mostly assault weapons, and since those are already on the street, the rest of us need to do what we can, WHILE we can.
Then there's the problem with ammunition.
Our access to ammunition can be quickly eliminated.
Rumor has it that Walmart will soon
stop selling arms or ammunition.
They do not care to be looted for these items.
While purchasing 9mm and .357 shells, Walmart's shelves were nearly bare and I had to pay a higher rate at a gun store.
Other than these suggestions, you have to look to higher authorities regarding rational preparedness, and Jane's book is the perfect place to start.