We don’t consider ourselves extreme preppers who are preparing for a zombie apocalypse or some other doomsday scenario. We also aren’t interested in shunning all technology and living as one with the land. We do consider ourselves practical people, being prepared for general everyday and sometimes unexpected emergencies. We don’t have a hidden bunker somewhere, but we do want to make sure that in the event of situations beyond our control, we can easily take care of most of our needs. For example, I was very thankful for a well stocked pantry when we suddenly found ourselves on unemployment. Another example was an unexpected and prolonged power outage in the middle of winter. We had everything we needed for lighting and heat. And lastly, when they forecasted big snow storms, we didn’t have to worry about fighting crowds that were emptying the grocery store shelves for last minute shopping.
Our main concern this year is the ability for Hubby to get back and forth to work. He has a long commute on windy rural roads, and since our truck died we only have a small car to rely on. If we have a winter this year that is anything close to last winter, this could be problematic. All we can do at this point is to make sure that he has everything he needs in case something happens, such as getting stuck in the snow, sliding off the road, having roads closed, etc. Our biggest concern was if he has to wait in the car for help, or walk out in the cold to get help.
Another concern of ours is making sure I have foods that can be fixed even in the event of a power outage. We do not have a fireplace or a wood stove. While the gas stove generally works during a power outage, our oven will not so I need to prepare accordingly. And should the stove stop working, having our propane camp stove handy as well as a supply of propane serves as a back up. And we have used our outdoor grill in the winter, when our oven stopped working. I think Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys are better on the grill!
Our last major concern is water. Last winter saw many, many people here with frozen pipes. Even pipes that are insulated can freeze. Yes, snow can be used for non-potable water, and even drinking water if it is boiled, but it was so cold last year that the snow turned to ice which makes it more of a challenge to use. Better to make sure you have a sufficient supply of water on hand.
In the end, we want first and foremost to fully rely on God. We cannot prepare for everything, but with our trust in Him we can get through anything.
Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Romans 8:- And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.