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Preparing for Emergencies on the Homestead

We don’t like to think about emergencies on the homestead, but they can arise at any moment. Last year we had a slight health scare, and it caused me to think about emergencies a lot more seriously than I had before. You see, emergencies on your homestead can be anything from a natural disaster, to a health crisis that puts a homesteader out of commission. A dual income family that drops down to a single income family (or worse, a no income family), can be just as detrimental as a natural disaster or government fallout.

Either way, there are some preventatives and systems you can put into place, and products that you can have on hand, in order to make your emergency go a little bit more smoothly—no matter what the emergency is.

Systems to Have In Place for Emergencies

You’ll have a greater peace of mind if you start putting systems in place on your homestead in case of an emergency. Remember, not only does your family depend on  you, but so does your livestock. Here are a few extremely important systems to have in place. Make sure this information is readily available for your family members on the homestead at all times.

Escape Route

While this may seem a little awkward to talk about for some, it is essential to most homesteaders. This is a conversation that you need to have. When you have livestock and a family that depends on  you, an escape route from a natural disaster or even a home intruder could be a matter of life or death.

  • If you are surrounded by woods or prairie and it catches fire, where will you go? How will you escape?
  • Where will you meet up with your family?
  • What if cell phones aren’t working and your kids are at school—where should they find you?
  • How will you get your livestock off of the property?
  • What if you can’t get off the property? Where should you bunker down?
  • Where should you go in case war breaks out or a nuclear bomb detonates and you’re in the radiation radius?

These are all questions that can be tough to think about, but they need to be answered in case an emergency arises, especially if you have a family or young children. Less casualties happen in natural disasters and warfare when people are prepared in advance.

Emergency Contact List

Make an emergency contact list with home phone numbers, cell phone numbers, physical addresses, and email addresses for your family members in the home, outside of the home, and for people you’ll need to get in contact with in case of an emergency. Make sure you list people that can come and help you on the property if and when necessary.

Nearest Trusted Neighbor or Friend Contact

This is an extremely important contact to have on hand. Should you have an intruder situation, or should something happen to you as a parent,  your children or loved ones may need help quickly. The average ambulance can take 15 to 30 minutes to arrive on scene, depending on where you live. Make sure you have at least one or two contacts that live within walking distance of you that are trusted sources in case your child needs to run for help quickly after contacting 911.

 

Extra Feed and Water Source

We always think about how to get off of the homestead, but what about if we have to stay on the homestead? What happens if our livestock run out of feed or water? If you  make your own chicken feed, do you have enough ingredients on hand to last you through? It’s best to put a feed and water system in place for your livestock now, rather than try to figure it out later. This can look like adding a manual well pump to the property should the electric be out. Or by having a clean stream or pond that the animals can drink from.

It’s also best to have back-up feed at all times. We feed our smaller livestock raw feed as much as possible (scraps, leftovers, pasture ranging, fodder) so that they can get used to eating raw feed should we ever suddenly not have access to their pelleted feed.

Savings

It’s easy to save when you have money, right? But whether you bring in a substantial amount of money, or  a small amount of money, it’s important to put aside cash or extra savings in a separate bank account or home safe every month. You may even want to have a separate bank account at a separate bank than your regular account. In early 2018, our nationally known bank lost access to their online banking system for over 48 hours. People couldn’t use their debit cards or get into their bank accounts, and your bank account total was left up to people you didn’t even know. What happens if you can’t get to your bank account but need to pay bills or need food?

One of the most important things to understand is how much money you would need on a monthly basis should you suddenly find that your spouse cannot work, or you become a zero income family. Knowing how much you need to bring in, and then setting up a diversified income that can help bring at least half of that in each month will help put your mind at ease. Your savings account will make up for the rest.

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A Diversified Income

Now days people tend to put all of their eggs in one basket, even though we’ve been told not to for centuries. Homesteaders tend to rely on once source of income in the modern age, and that normally comes down to YouTube or another online revenue stream. What people don’t realize is that, at any time, if YouTube or the online service doesn’t like what you’re putting out into the world, they can take it away from you and close up shop. It’s best to diversify your income.

  • Sell products directly from your homestead to your local community, like extra produce, eggs, meat, herbal remedies, and handmade goods.
  • Start bartering with locals to save money and so that you have that relationship if ever you need it in an emergency situation.
  • Place sustainable products and services for sale on your website, like simple eBooks, videos and webinars, website building services, homestead education services, and other things that people can purchase, but don’t have to rely on you to create something every time they purchase the item. If ever you’re in a situation where you can’t work, these products will be a lifesaver.
  • Offer your services to your local community. Start your own handyman services business, mow lawns, build structures, do farm setting or animal boarding, and more.

Whatever it may be, make sure you have plenty of baskets, and eggs in each one!

Grow Your Own Food

Growing your own food is liberating. Preserving your own food is even more liberating. Having a seasonal garden system on hand and learning how to preserve your own food in case that’s all you have one day is an essential key to survival. Learn those skills now. Put those systems in place now so that if one day, gardening is all you have, then you know exactly how to do it!

 

 

Products to Have on Hand Before an Emergency Happens

While having systems in place is extremely important, they can take awhile to put into action. Until then, you’ll need some vital products in place before an emergency happens. Here is a list that you should consider on your homestead.

  • Legacy Food Storage— If you don’t already grow your own food, and even if you do, having a sustainable food storage system on hand is ideal. We really enjoy the Legacy Food Storage emergency food systems that they offer. They also offer Grab-and-Go systems that are ideal if you have to pick up and leave your homestead in a crisis situation. The best part about Legacy? Their food storage is 100% NON-GMO and has a shelf life of 25 years. They even have gluten free options for those with sensitivities and allergies.These emergency food systems are prepackaged freeze-dried foods that you simply add water to in order to re-hydrate. These are great if you’re without power, on the go, camping, or just need a quick nutritious and delicious meal. Not only are they handy, but they taste excellent as well.

  • Herbal Remedies— Having your own healthcare system in place is so important in times of need. A vet might not be handy, or the hospital could be 50 miles away. Preparing ahead of time by having essential oils, a medical kit, and herbal remedies on hand could literally save your life. I have an emergency essential oils kit in each bug out bag, simply for the fact that unopened EOs last a lifetime, and opened EOs, if cared for properly, can have up to a 15 year shelf life!
  • Emergency Seed Vault— You might have that garden system in place, but what if you have to pick up and go and can’t order seeds again? That’s where an emergency seed vault comes in. These products are important to have on hand. The Legacy Premium Ultimate Storage Seed Vault provides seeds for 55+ varieties of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. The seed vault includes hardy, open-pollinated seeds that are able to be stored long-term and are dependable in all growing regions.
  • Water Filters and Storage— You won’t be able to run to the store every time you need water, so make sure you have that water system in place, or purchase water filters to keep in your home should the need arise. You might even consider purchasing a Mini Water Filtration System for when you’re on the go. Plenty of first-respondents keep these in their bags when working forest fires so that they don’t have to lug water bottles with them. They can simply drink from a nearby water source.
  • Cages and Extra Harnesses— If ever you have to leave your homestead in a hurry, you should keep these items on hand so that you can quickly pack up pets and any livestock that you can take with you.
  • Survival Kits— Survival kits are very valuable, whether it’s for the home or the car. Keeping these kits on hand by putting them together yourself, or by purchasing pre-made kits, will help put your mind at ease.

  • Bug-Out Bag— We have two bug-out bags ready to go if ever we should need them. It’s not always about government fall out. In fact, most of the time you’ll need a bug out bag due to a natural disaster. Create one for yourself, or purchase one pre-made like we did! These kits typically include 24-72 hour food and water rations, fire starters, medical kits, ponchos, a tent, a sleeping blanket, forestry tools, make shift camp fires, and more.
  • Potassium Iodide— I’m not a doom and gloom person, but I have a family to keep in mind, and in this day and age,  you can never be too careful. Potassium Iodate (Ki03) tablets will shield or block the thyroid and prevent it from absorbing radioactive Iodine, should a nuclear fallout or emergency occur. Perfect for a first aid kit or 72 hour kit, these tablets can protect those you love most. With an 8-year shelf life, you can purchase them now and have them on hand for at least 8 years.
  • Generator— You have the option to purchase a gas-powered generator or a solar generator. Should the electric go out and you need to run pumps, internet, air conditioning, heat, or more, you’ll thank yourself for putting this in place now.
  • Cast Iron— Cast iron will last you for generations if taken care of properly. Make sure you have a few skillets or a dutch oven on hand so that you can easily cook on the wood stove or over a campfire if you’re without electricity or on the go.
  • Wood Heat Source— I cannot tell you how many times we’ve lost power in the cold months and didn’t even pay much attention to it other than not having running water. With a wood heat source, we could still cook and live daily life, as if it were a regular day! Don’t have space for a woodstove? Try keeping a kerosene heater on hand.
  • Portable Propane Stove— We use these all the time, even if just to keep in the car when we need a quick warm lunch while working. But keeping a few of these in your car, or even on the homestead, that you can grab when necessary, will be a major life saver when you can’t build a fire.
  • Kerosene Lamps— Candles can be dangerous, and flashlights only last for so long. Keep a few of these lanterns on hand so that you can have plenty of light inside of your home when needed.

While we all hope that we will never find ourselves in a situation where we have to leave our homesteads abruptly, anything can happen. We have many of these systems and products already in place or on hand. We expand and decrease where we see necessary as our lives and homestead change. If nothing more, make sure you have an emergency escape route and phone numbers in place and on hand at all times. Make sure the members of your household know what to do when a emergency arises on the homestead. And more than anything, make sure you are able to reconnect with loved ones, or have enough income on hand should you lose an additional income.

Putting these systems and products in place—whether you have to stay on the property, or leave the property—really take that stress off of you when wondering “what if”. And if I know one thing that’s for sure, it’s that if any stress can be relieved easily and before a situation arises, it’s well worth the investment.

 

Quick and Easy Prepper Backpack and Tools

We aren’t doom and gloom people. Let’s just start with that.
However, we are smart and educated, and we know that at any time a natural disaster, government fall out, civil war, or nuclear warfare could happen. That’s just something that’s possible anywhere in the world. Therefore, we choose to be prepared to a certain extent, without being fearful.
You won’t find rooms full of 5 gallon food storage buckets in our home, but you will find two backpacks and an in home prepper kit that sit in an easily accessible location. Because the reality is, whether you have to pick up and go, or you are trapped in your home until help comes or water resides, being prepared is just plain smart.
There are some things in life that are just easier to have other people do for you. A prepper bag is great, but it can be extremely expensive to put together a prepper backpack. Not to mention, time consuming. And, where do you even begin?
In today’s busy world, I wanted to take care of this portion of life for my family, but I didn’t even know where to begin. So I reached out to our friends at Preparewise Products, and they helped me out tremendously.
Even more than that, however, I was able to purchase a product that I needed, but I was also able to add my own products into the kits. We’ll go over that after we walk through the kits we received.

The Bug Out Bag

The first kit we received was the Premium 2-Person Survival Off Grid Bug Out Bag. What a lifesaver, and a money saver. There were things in this bag that I didn’t have to buy or pay shipping on for multiple things. It can take a lot of time to prepare a bug-out bag, and a whole lot of money. You can save hundreds of dollars by ordering (free shipping!) this pre-made bug-out kit.
Many of the products within the kit are good, quality products. The tool kits alone would cost you a fortune. There are over 30 different products in this kit, including food and water rations for two people.

Here’s what it includes

  • 1 – Tactical Backpack with built-in Water Pouch
  • 1 – CREE Tactical Flashlight
  • 1 – 174 Pc First Aid Kit
  • 2 – Food Bars – 3600 Calories
  • 12 – Water Pouches
  • 3 – AAA Batteries
  • 1 – Work Gloves
  • 1 – Fire Bracelet
  • 1 – Credit Card Knife
  • 2 – ThermaSave Sleeping Bag
  • 2 – HeatStore Blanket
  • 2 – Hand Warmer
  • 2 – Vinyl Poncho
  • 1 – 2 Person Dome Tent
  • 2 – Light Stick
  • 1 – 5 in 1 Survival Whistle
  • 1 – 5mm x 50′ Rope, Olive Green
  • 1 – Duct Tape
  • 1 – Work Gloves
  • 1 – Multitool Knife
  • 1 – Playing Cards
  • 1 – GI Can Opener
  • 1 – Emergency Preparedness Guide
  • 1 – Pencil
  • 1 – Weatherproof Zip Bag
  • 1 – Candles-6 Pack
  • 1 – Waterproof Matches
  • 1 – GI Can Opener
  • 1 – Mountain Meal Mess Kit
  • 2 – ThermaFuel
  • 1 – Bobcat Stove
  • 2 – Spork
  • 1 – Folding Saw
  • 1 – Folding Shovel
It was an incredible relief off of my shoulders to be able to order one of these (it’s a 2 person kit!) for us, and still have room to add a few more things if necessary. Which of course, I did. We have 2 backpacks that we keep, because we also have our child. But this backpack is superior in all ways. It is durable, efficient, and let’s face it—we saved hundreds not only in product, but in time and shipping as well. I wouldn’t have even thought of half of these things for a bug-out bag.

So what did I add to the bag? Glad you asked…

  • Essential Oils Kit
    While a first aid kit is fine and dandy, what about the hard reality that there could be zero medical care within a 20 mile walking radius? What then? With the Family Essentials Kit, there are my top 10 go-to EOs included in the kit—Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Oregano, Frankincense, and blends like Deep Blue, Breathe, DigestZen, and On Guard. These oils have different things that they help with, obviously, but overall it supports the immune system, inflammation, anti-septic, respiratory, natural purifier, natural antibiotic. I also add two other very important EOs to this kit that I have to buy separately—Helichrysum (stops bleeding) and Thyme (infections/bacteria). This is a great package to just purchase, drop into your bag, and leave it alone. EOs can last up to 15 years or more, what a beneficial thing to have in a bug out bag! If you’re serious about prepping, you can learn more about these oils HERE and get discounted pricing through me.
  • Medications & Vitamins — Remembering to take your meds and vitamins with you is essential. Thankfully, we aren’t on any medications. But we do take vitamins, and when in a crisis situation, you want vitamins when there’s no telling when you’ll be eating next.
  • Lifestraw Mini-Filtration System — Because clean water is serious business.
  • Personal things that help us feel comfortable, like little candies, extra clothing, soap bar, brush, feel good items we can bring with us that are small.
  • Homemade Bug Spray — I use the THIS repellent blend and apply directly to the skin. It’s a lifesaver, my friends, and all  natural, too.
  • Personal and Feminine Hygiene — Toothbrush, mouthwash, feminine hygiene products like the Diva Cup, etc.
  • Probiotics — Preparewise has a sister company called Silver Fern Brand, and we were able to get some of the most amazing Probiotics I’ve ever tried. We use these probiotics often, and in fact, they saved us from one of the nastiest stomach bugs we’ve ever had not that long ago.
  • An Extra Back Pack — We love the backpack that the kit came with, but we do keep an extra one just in case we need to split the backpack up. While the backpack is durable, it’s heavy with all of the product in it for two people. We bought military grade backpacks for this reason. This was a personal preference on back back brand and product, but these military grade ones that we bought are over $35 each. We bought 2 of them. They are more durable that the backpack that came with the kit, but the kit backpack is still fabulous.
We could add other things to this list, but ultimately, now that the necessities are taken care of, you’ll really need to adjust the bags to your own family. The most important things are already in the bag, now, you just tailor it to your personal needs.

The Bug In Kit

While the bug out bag is amazing, and we could use it for a bug-in situation, I really wanted to find a good bug-in kit as well. What if we have to bug in and THEN bug out. Yikes, I don’t want to use my bug out kit up before I even have to bug out!
In this case, the Disaster Sanitation Survival Bug In Kit  really helped me out a lot. Not only that, but it’s a great product to have in a disaster relief situation. This product is great for people who live in city dwellings (we don’t) and locations that are often scorn by natural disasters.

Here’s What It Includes

  • 1 – Extra Sturdy Toilet Box
  • 1 – Toilet Sanitation Pack
  • 1 – Folding Aluminum Bobcat Stove
  • 6 – ThermaFuel 4-Hour Burn Canisters
  • 1 – 1 L Tristan BPA Free Bottle
  • 1 – 15 Inch Pry Bar
  • 1 – 4 in 1 Emergency Tool
  • 1 – Dynamo Radio/Flashlight/Charger
  • 1 – 6-Pack Emergency Candles
  • 1 – Waterproof Match Set
  • 2 – GI Can Opener
  • 1 – 4 pack Spork Utensils
  • 1 – Folding 1 L Water Container
  • 5 – Water Purification Tablet w/instructions
  • 1 – 60 pc. Advanced First Aid Kit(15 bandages 3/8″x1.5″, 15 bandages .75″x3″, 2 Sterile Sponge Dressings 2″x2″, 6 Antiseptic Towelettes, 2 Butterfly Closures, 10 Cotton Tip Applicators, 3 Safety Pins), 2 Foldable N95 Masks, 1 Self Stick Bandage
  • 2 – Light Stick
  • 1 – 5 in 1 Survival Whistle
  • 1 – 50 Ft 5mm Survival Rope
  • 1 – Roll of Duct Tape
  • 1 – Pair of Utility Gloves
  • 1 – Multitool Knife
  • 1 – Deck of Playing Cards
  • 1 – Deluxe Hygiene Kit (2 toothbrushes, 1 toothpaste tube, 1 Comb, 1 Razor, 1 bar of soap, 1 shampoo, 1 shaving cream, 2 feminine pads, 1 washcloth, 1 Small Sewing Kit, 1 hand sanitizer, 1 Toilet Paper Roll)
  • 1 – Emgcy. Prep. Guide in Waterproof Zip Bag with pencil
This kit is a really fabulous kit for people who live in apartments or in town. Out here in the country, we already know how to deal with bug-in situations. We experience them often during harsh weather. But if you’re in the city or an apartment high rise, I cannot stress this kit to you enough. It’s really a fabulous option to have, and the comfort it will give you is priceless.
Even with living in the country, it’s nice to have a kit like this all ready to go in one box so that you aren’t trying to find everything you need around the house.
While bug-in kits are great, there are other things that are equally as important to bugging in—such as having a stocked pantry, plenty or bottled water, and things that you can purchase monthly at your grocery store. This kit gives you necessities, but it can’t give you a stocked pantry and medical cabinet. Those things are completely up to you and are equally as important.
Preparewise has several products and kits you can choose from. Some are more pricey than others, but what it boils down to is having something that’s quick and easy to purchase, stick in a closet, and then take out when you’re ready. You’re able to save money on products and shipping, and the peace of mind that it brings to you is irreplaceable. Not to mention, you aren’t spending weeks and months putting something together that you could need tomorrow.
Many people are just now starting to see the importance of these types of kits, and with the urgency they feel, they simply never put a kit together because it becomes too overwhelming. Preparewise took all of that stress and overwhelming feeling away for me and placed in my hands two amazing kits that I could further personalize now that the necessities are taken care of.
I encourage you to consider adding these products to your list of things to purchase, or at least try and put one together yourself.
Overall, we’ve been extremely pleased with these two kits and I cannot recommend them enough! The entire process was seemingly flawless, and we had our kits in just a few days!
To learn more, visit the Preparewise and Silver Fern Brand websites.
To learn more about a holistic approach with Essential Oils, please reach out to me!
I’d love to help you.

Are You Prepared For Disaster on Your Homestead?

photo credit: Dawn Bradshaw
Whether it’s rains and flooding, a hurricane or tornado, a snow storm, fire, or some other natural disaster — the biggest question is, are you prepared for it?
 
We can never base our lives off of the “what-ifs”, but when the threat of the “what-ifs” become a reality, you should never be caught off guard, especially on your homestead with animals that depend on you for their care.
Preparing for disaster isn’t something I thought I would have to do when my husband and I first got married. Farm animals weren’t even something we saw in our future, as we laid peacefully in our small one-bedroom town apartment. Now, living out here, it’s something that we have to think about. We have livestock that depend on us, a child that depends on us, a river in the back, and a basement that could flood at any moment.
Here are some things that we do to help prepare ahead of a disaster. 


Prepare Your Household
Before all other things, you need to make sure that your family and household are in order. Animals and barns are replaceable, the people you love are not. Your family should have a routine. Who does what when threats of storms and natural disasters loom? Each person should have a job that they know how to do and do it well. Yes, this might mean you have to practice, but it’s well worth it.
If you have small children, this might be even more of a job for you. You are solely responsible for the safety and well being of those little ones.
Make sure you have the following things on hand at all times in case a disaster takes you off guard.
  • A generator. If you have the funds, it’s well worth the investment. You can even find them inexpensively on social media yard sale sites, farm barter sites, and craigslist. If you have freezers full of meat, this is especially necessary.
  • Canned and non-perishable food items. Those Summer veggies come in handy in the Winter time if you lose power during a snow storm. Otherwise, stock up on organic items, such as veggies and broth. No need to go all “end of the world”, but it’s good to be prepared.
  • A wood stove and air conditioning unit. This isn’t possible for everyone, but if it is, I highly suggest investing in heating with wood. This comes in extra handy during the winter months if you lose power or have a large snow storm come through. It’s even great during those fall hurricane days. Wood stoves can heat your home as little or as much as you’d like, but it’s also a necessary heat element for cooking. We always say that we would rather lose power in the cold months rather than the hot months. It’s extremely easy to cook on a wood stove. As far as an air-conditioning unit, it’s not necessary, but if you have a generator, you’ll thank yourself!
  • Cell phones charged and good service. Your home phone is bound to go, make sure you have your cell phones charged and ready. If you don’t have good service, invest in a cell phone booster or know a good spot where you can get service.
  • Weapons and ammo. You might have to protect  yourself, but chances are, you’ll need it more for hunting your own food should you run out or need it in a pinch.
  • Prepare for flooding. This is something we do every single time the threat of hurricanes or heavy rains come. If you have a basement or area of your property that is prone to flooding, get this under control before the rain comes. Ask me how we know –insert eye roll–. If you do not prepare, you will regret it. Create ditches around your home to direct water away from it. Put in french drains if necessary (before the threats come). Whatever you do, make sure your house doesn’t flood in the middle of a disaster. Sandbags might be necessary if you live in a low country area. And ultimately, you just might have to make the decision to leave your home after everything is battened down. Your life is worth far more.
  • Have plenty of flash lights, candles, batteries, and oil lamps. These are things you can prepare for well in advance. Make sure you have a good source of light, and more than one.
  • Blankets, hats, coats, extra clothes. Enough said.
  • Medicine & first aid kit. Make sure your herbal remedies, medicines, and first aid items are easily at hand. Make sure you are never on the verge of needing a refill — always have it on hand.
  • Games and entertainment….especially if you have children. Have a “game crate” around so it’s easy to find.
  • An escape route. Sometimes, you can do everything possible and it’s still not enough. Make sure you have a plan of escape. We have rivers on all sides of us, we can only get so far before we hit flooded roads should that type of disaster happen. Make sure you have a plan in place, not only for your family together, but for your family apart. Sometimes a disaster may hit when someone isn’t home. How will you get to them? Where is your meeting point? These are things each of you should know ahead of time.
Prepare Your Homestead
There are also things you need to think about when it comes to ensuring the safety of your homestead and animals.
  • Water source. You need to know where their water is going to come from at all times. If it’s winter time and you lose power or the ability to get water from the hose, what will you do? A manual well pump is something you should highly consider.
  • Feed and treats. These are things you should never be on the verge of running out of. Always make sure you have enough for a weeks supply.
  • What if your homestead floods? Where will your animals go? This is probably one of the hardest things to think about. Many people won’t have to think about it, but for those of us who live near a water source, it’s a necessity. For small livestock, move them as close to the house or furthest away from the water source as possible. Yes, this means you need to plan in the heat of the moment. For larger livestock, that’s something that will depend on your property. Make proper plans ahead of time so that you don’t have to “think” about it when disaster strikes.
  • Wind and Rain. Wrap those hutches up (and any open areas) with plastic. Make sure that any animals in open spaces have ample shelter and security. A wet animal isn’t always a happy animal. Make sure all animals have a “higher shelter” that they can get to if necessary that is easily accessible.
  • Snow and Winter. Winter time is the worst for homesteaders, in my opinion. I have seen too many homesteaders lose animals because of extremely cold conditions or Winter storms, simply because they did not prepare for them. Have plenty of straw on hand. Make sure all animals are in a draft free shelter. Hutches should be wrapped and stuffed full of straw. Stalls should be warm too. Please do not use a heat lamp, it is not necessary and it is extremely dangerous. The one year we used a heat lamp, it did more harm than good. Also, if you lose power, you don’t want your animals to be accustomed to heat and then suddenly have to adjust to extremely cold temps. Make sure you have a “plowing” plan. Have the tractor or ATV ready to plow everyone out, but keep on top of it while it’s snowing. Don’t think you can be a hero and tackle it when it’s all over with. It’s not easy plowing 18 inches of snow.
  • Have the necessities. An animal first aid kit. Halters and leads. Extra mending tools and fencing for fences and anything else that might go wrong. Gloves, extra boots, and your vets number on hand.
Prepare Yourself — Physically and Spiritually
Most of these things mentioned above are just common sense. We all know how to take care of our animals and families. Though, some of us suck at preparing in advance. This isn’t a blog promoting freeze dried foods and doomsday prepping. It’s a blog to help you prepare with common sense tactics. Learn what’s around you and how to use it or overcome it, because doomsday prepping could certainly not work in your benefit at times. People and things can take your food, but they cannot take your knowledge and strength.
The final thing, and one that is least prepared in advance — prepare yourself. Physically, mentally and spiritually.
You must be able to keep your family together in a disaster. You can lose your mind after it’s all over with, but in the moment, it’s not an option.
  • Get in shape and know your body. You need to understand that your health is important, not just for your sake, but for other peoples sake should something happen on your homestead. This isn’t something you can go out to the store and buy the day before a disaster. This is something that you should work on constantly. What are you limits? Could you pull yourself out of rushing water if you got caught in it? Could you pick your child up and run for your life if necessary? It’s not something we like to think about, but it’s something we have to think about.
  • Hide His word in your heart. Because that Bible might not be close by in a freak situation.
  • Learn how to completely rely on Him. And understand that every single thing in this world happens for a reason. It might not be directly “God” all of the time, but He certainly makes all things work for His good and for the good of those who love Him.(Romans 8:28)
  • Encourage yourself so that you can encourage your family. This might look different to you than it does to me. But you  must be mentally able to keep your family going through it all. If you start flailing about in a tantrum or stress or fear, so will they. This also goes along with relying on God, because there’s absolutely no way you can do it alone. Keeping calm and peaceful in a situation that is anything but — it’s a pretty big deal.
There are so many things that we, as individuals, would do differently and must prepare differently. We are all different and have unique characteristics and homesteads. Whatever it may be, make sure you are prepared, whether you know the disaster is coming, or whether you’re completely taken off guard. It’s not a fear tactic, it’s your responsibility. Our ancestors and people in the Bible were prepared for these things most of the time (Ecclesiastes 11; Proverbs 6; Proverbs 13:16; and more) . Why shouldn’t we be?


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