Ask The Survival Mom: What if you can’t bug out of a city, my smoothie recipe, and inexpensive Christmas gift ideas
From Judy on Facebook: I just saw a re-run of Doomsday Preppers, a New York City fireman & his family. As always at the end of the segment the prepper experts gave their opinions & suggestions: more water, get a bug out place away from the city, same old Blah Blah Blah. It angers me because the NYC apartment dweller may not be able to bug out with his/her kids. So why not give realistic info, like how does a family of 4, that have to “bug in”, maintain sanitary toilet conditions??? I mean they can’t run out and takes care of their “toilet” behind a tree.
SURVIVAL MOM: This is a pet peeve of mine. Many survival experts have a template they apply to every circumstance they encounter, and they trust that template so fully that it never seems to occur to them that they might be wrong.
Case in point, my own Doomsday Preppers experience. My family and I agreed to be in the pilot episode. When we were asked about our bug out (evacuation) plans, we said there was no bugging out of Phoenix. It’s an island of 3 million people surrounded by hundreds of miles of desert and only 3 main freeways. Unless you have plenty of notice, trying to get out in a big enough crisis to warrant evacuation will be signing your own death notice.
We explained to the producer the reality of living here, on the episode they showed a map of Phoenix highlighting the 3 highways and still their expert complained that we didn’t have a bug out route, a bug out location, etc.
The fact is, most Americans, by far, will have to hunker down and figure out creative ways to survive. Citizens of war-torn nations around the world have had to do this. It’s nothing new, and neither will it be easy. If Doomsday Preppers was in business to provide real help to people instead of attracting viewers and ad revenue, they would devote time to your questions.
One way for city-bound folks to prepare is to make connections with trusted people. This will be an absolute must. If you don’t have a network of family and friends who are also preparedness minded, that is something that can’t wait. It takes time, a lot of time, to establish mutual trust. Start with people you already trust and bring up prepper-related topics, such as growing your own food, concerns about current events, the plight of the victims of Hurricane Sandy, and even ask if they watch Doomsday Preppers. Since you already have a strong relationship, they will be more likely to confide in you their concerns, and you may discover they already have begun storing food and other supplies.
Another thought is to research parts of your city or town that will probably be safer than your neighborhood. It might be an area that is on higher ground or on the edge of town, where you might be able to stay with friends or relatives. Perhaps a good friend lives in a gated community and might be able to provide a roof for you and your family for a while. Some preppers are even planning on staying in commercial buildings, rather than their crime-prone neighborhoods. Think creatively, but be sure to talk about your plans with anyone you might be hoping will help you out and be more than prepared to “pay” your way via stored food, practical skills, ability to protect the household, etc.
Here are more suggestions for people who have no choice but to bug in. Click here.
From Kim: Just read your book. It’s great. I would like the recipe to your morning smoothie that you mentioned in your book with the powdered peanut butter and coconut oil. I think it would be refreshing while ponder my next step in preparedness.
SURVIVAL MOM: I haven’t made that smoothie in quite a while, but it’s plenty good! Here’s the recipe.
1-2 scoops of chocolate protein powder (vanilla is good, too)
3/4 c. almond milk (regular milk or even water are fine as well)
2 T. coconut oil
1 T. flaxseed oil
1 c. ice cubes
Put all this together in a blender and blend the heck out of it until smooth!
From Teri N.: I am looking to buy a few things for family members for Christmas to get them prepping (whether they like it or not). I have about $100 to spend. I was wondering if you had a list of top 3-5 items that I may be able to pick up for them to get them started.
SURVIVAL MOM: How about a light stick, emergency blanket, and a box of water? You could also add one of those SOS emergency food bars — they come in packages of 6. Dollar stores should have inexpensive nylon backpacks or other type of bag, one per person. Add a roll of toilet paper and a little bottle of hand sanitzer, and you’ll have a homemade emergency kit for each person!
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