The winner of the Survival Mom of the Month (July) is Lisa R. Lisa wins a copy of Survival Mom, a $25 Amazon gift card, the DVD set of, “Grow Your Own Groceries,” and a PurifiCup Portable Water Purifier. Congratulations, Lisa!
If you haven’t entered yet, or haven’t been selected, don’t give up! We’ll start accepting entries for our next Survival Mom of the Month the first week of August!
What Possible Emergencies are You Preparing For?
In the grand scheme of things we feel that we need to be prepared for a financial collapse but we also try to be prepared for short term disasters. We live in tornado alley, so spring is not only a time to get your garden going
but to keep an eye on the sky. We take severe weather seriously because you never know what may happen and this year was a prime example. We have been subject to tornadoes, flood, drought, uncontrolled fires, severe hail, and the occasional winter storm in our state.
What have you done to prepare your home and family for these possible emergencies?
When we first began to prep we were in panic mode. When you realize how precarious your position is, your initial thought is you have to do everything and you have too do it now. We realized quickly that we had to reign it in and take on one task at a time.
Our first step was to get ourselves into a position where we could do the things we wanted to do to become more self sufficient. We found some land that we liked and took the plunge to move out to the country on six acres.
Now I have to admit we are not doing things the easy way and we are building our homestead from scratch. We have spent the last three years living in our temporary home of 350 sq ft while we try to get things ready to build our house.
We have a well but no pump so we have been without running water since moving here. It’s not as bad as it sounds. We have a system worked out for taking showers and washing dishes although I do long for the day that I can soak in a tub again. Since we don’t have running water, we opted for a composting toilet system which has worked very well and gives us the security of knowing we don’t have to have power to run a pump just so we can go to the bathroom.
We made a torpedo bucket from PVC pipe so we can draw water up from the well for the garden and the animals. We plan on buying a hand pump soon to make that easier. We decided to get a hand pump before buying a submersible pump so we will have a back up in case the power was off. The hand pump will actually draw the water up under pressure so it can be used to fill a pressure tank for water in the home.
We got tired of having to go wash clothes every week so when I came across a little device called the Breathable Mobile Washer, I thought we would try it out. It looks sort of like a blue plastic plunger but I was amazed at well it worked! My husband liked it so much that he started to wash all of our clothes by hand using this little device. To say the least it has saved us a lot of money on laundry and we also know we can still have clean clothes in a pinch.
We have also learned how to garden and how to can. We have chickens and geese for meat and eggs, and in the last few months we have added a goat. We are currently waiting on her to have her first baby so we can begin to take advantage of having our own milk supply. We aren’t producing nearly as much of our own food as we would like but we are making progress and that is the most important thing.
We have also been building up our supplies of dry goods such as rice, beans, tea, coffee, sugar, etc. I try to store some comfort items for the kids such as cookies and M&M’s so if we were in a grid down situation it would make things a little easier for them.
We always keep our bug out bags handy so if we need to we can grab them and go. With all of the severe weather that we have had recently, we made sure that we had our bags in the car. During the May storms we did leave twice to go to our neighbors storm shelter and we had the comfort of knowing if the worst happened we at least had a few things with us.
Many people think we are crazy and we have definitely not chosen an easy road but it makes me feel better knowing that we are taking steps to be less dependent on the systems that society has put in place.
What resources have helped you prepare?
I have found Mother Earth News to be a valuable resource as well as Backwoods Home Magazine. Two new magazines that I have discovered recently are Self Reliance Illustrated and The New Pioneer: The Complete Guide to Self Reliant Living.
I spend a lot of time in the car so I like to listen to podcasts to help pass the time. Two of my favorites are The Survival Podcast and Homesteading and Permaculture by Paul Wheaton.
What advice do you have for New Survival Moms who want to prepare their families as well?
Just start small. Don’t think you have to buy the whole store all at once no matter how tempting it may be. Take the priorities of food, water, and shelter and see where you stand. If all you can do is to buy some extra cans of food or dry goods then start there. If you buy 2 liter drinks start saving them to store water in. That is cheap and easy and gives you a sense of security knowing you have a back up. Examine where you live and see what you can do to make your home more secure and sustainable.
The biggest thing I can suggest is to simply start reading. Start to learn everything you can and put it into practice whenever possible so you can hone your skills. Having stuff is great but having knowledge is better. The things you buy can be stolen, burned or blown away but what you carry in your head is yours forever.
Want to learn more about homesteading? Visit our radio website for shows such as, Cooke’s Frontier, New Life on a Homestead, Mountain Woman Journals, and The Mind to Homestead. Also on iTunes and Blog Talk Radio!
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