After The Call

(This is just the mind doing its job. No real action happens yet).

Sunday at 6:00 am the phone goes off. Family emergency, do
something! We are free, aside from monetary difficulties, to help. So
let’s get this show on the road. We will drive, airfare and departure
schedules don’t work for us.

What about all of the home projects, unfinished tent-like structures,
the garden, the dogs and cat? Firewood enough for a few weeks,
but winter is almost here! The generators, and rigs that need fixing
before snow, will they just fix themselves?
Don’t panic. Do what you can do, ask someone to help with some of the rest. Figure out what we absolutely need and pack light, don’t get carried away with over-packing, after all, what do you really need with you when you go to a hospital to learn of their condition?

The garden isn’t quite ready for harvest. Still lots of beans, radishes, peas, and squash. The tomatoes aren’t even close to ripe, and the cucumbers are still growing. Should have planted much earlier in the season. The gourds are almost there, and soon the onions will be ready for picking too. The peppers need more time too….

Make sure the fence is solid so the steer don’t help themselves to dinner. Tie down tarps better, move obvious stealable things. Tools, machinery, small carryable things people like to walk away with, the guitar, the old computer, the inverter, all of those little things, stash them all.

The dogs and cat? Memphis, the cat can take care of himself, just leave food out, hopefully he will eat the mice and pack-rats that try to eat his dinner. The dogs? Another can of worms! ( you may find this was posted in the worm category)

The dogs would rather be stuck in a hot small enclosed space with us, than be left behind. The trouble with that is we have to go to California, and those folks are not happy with people who are doing what they have to do. Cruelty to animals, letting them waste away in a small, hot stuffy car. We can’t even think of the cost of boarding them, that just isn’t in the budget we still have to borrow to do this thing.

A neighbor said he would look after the dogs, after all, it’s only going to be a few days, right? There’s plenty of food, two 50 pound bags we bought just the other day. The neighbor will hang out while we leave, and then check on the place daily, and feed water the animals and garden as required. That should cover it. No stone left unturned?

The car? Well it just got back from a 700 mile trip, over the course of 2 days, but it will probably make it just fine. (more worms) Just clean it out, and pack it. Tools in case something breaks, no dogs on this trip, we can put some stuff in the back seat for easy retrieval. What are we forgetting? I guess that should cover it, we’ll see what we really need, or should do after the fact. Wish we had hindsight before we need it!


Actually it’s survival. I just wanted to see if google would give that title some page. Are you able to survive if the lights go out? How about when the next flood hits? Earthquake? Lost in the wilderness? Airplane crash? Car accident?

Whatever the case, can you do what’s needed to keep things right? Are you prepared for whatever happens? Do you know basic first aid? Do you have an emergency plan? A kit for times of disaster? Food, water, shelter, spare batteries and a flashlight?
When the Zombie Apocalypse comes about, do you have weapons, or fighting skills? Are you prepared for trouble when it comes knocking at your door? Do you have emergency numbers at your fingertips when you need them?
Preparedness is more than having an idea of what to do. It’s knowing you can do what’s needed. Surgery skills, fire making, water location and filtration or the ability to find food and decent shelter are all items on the list.

This site above is one of the best sites for preparedness I have found online. The webmaster is an ex combat veteran with years of training and experience, and knowledge. He has the answers to all of the questions I asked earlier.

Graywolf also has an extensive book collection to help you learn “what to do when the SHTF”. The previous acronym stands for shit hits the fan.

I have included some of the ebooks with most of the basic information you may need when times call for Survival or else.
1881_Household_Cyclopedia: This book has nearly everything you need to sustain a living.
Complete-Guide-To-Home-Canning: Pretty much self-explanatory.
How-to-make-Black-Powder: Again, the title gives it away.
Making_Soap: This is easy and straight forward.
Preservation_of_Fish_and_Meat_2004: An important part of your possible future.
Rural_Tanning_Techniques_No-68_1974: In case you have to preserve leather and skins.
The_Handbook_For_Practical_Farmers_1920s: So you can grow edibles and usables.
The-Complete-Book-of-Self-Sufficiency-John-Seymour: Just like the title suggests.
Tricks-of-Trapping: In case you can’t shoot them.
Ultimate-Guide-to-Wilderness-Living: Shows you how to live without…
USMC-Summer-Survival-Course-Handbook-_6_february-2005: Handy and useful information.
Water_-_Water_Treatment: How to get a drink without going to a bar.
Preparedness LDS: Many ways to be prepared.
Anyway this list can just keep getting longer, and most of you probably won’t want what I’ve offered up. Check out the site and get ready for whatever happens.