Revisiting Rational Preparedness

At the end of May 2013 my DestinySurvival Radio guest was Jane-Alexandra Krehbiel, aka Jane of Virginia. We started a discussion that stemmed from her book Rational Preparedness. Read about that first conversation here.

I decided it was time for revisiting rational preparedness, so Jane was my guest again yesterday. And she’ll be on in the future because she has considerable expertise as a registered nurse and former college instructor. Besides, my list of questions is always longer than what we can cover in the time allotted to us.


The Tooth of the Matter

We recorded our interview several days ago, and on that day Jane had just experienced a broken tooth. It was necessary to have it surgically extracted later, and she says it’s fine now. But she observes the lesson is to take good care of your teeth now, before catastrophe strikes.

Dentistry is a subject we don’t always think of right away as part of prepping, but the health of our mouth affects more than we realize. Without exaggeration, neglecting your teeth could conceivably have fatal results if medical help isn’t available.

Consider adding a couple of books to your survival library to have on hand when you need guidance. They are Where There Is No Dentist and The Survival Medicine Handbook. The second book is by Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy. It includes a section on dental issues. Plus, Joe and Amy have medical kits which include supplies for dentistry at


What About the Animals?

If you have a homestead with a few animals, such as chickens, rabbits and horses, have you made provision for taking care of them when disaster strikes? What would you do in the event of a forest fire? Jane has a chapter about this in her book, and we talked about it a few minutes.

It may be necessary to evacuate your critters. But much hinges on your relationship with neighbors and your local vet. Do you have adequate transportation to move your animals? Or could you arrange for it? Do you have a written farm evacuation plan to guide you through?


Not Your Ordinary Self Defense

What about self defense for the ill or disabled? Situational awareness is critical. And the use of a cane or umbrella shouldn’t be overlooked as weapons. Also, no matter what your physical abilities, never be afraid to ask someone to escort you in questionable situations. Retreat from a confrontation any time you can.


Surviving Grief and Loss

Jane wrote about the sudden death of her 12-year-old son in 2008 in What I Learned from Daniel. She also writes in her What I Learned from Daniel blog. Therefore, I asked her about dealing with grief and death. Let’s face it. Surviving grief and loss is a reality we can’t escape.

Disasters happen. We’re overdue for a pandemic. Obamacare will change the availability of medical services we’ve become accustomed to. We could be in for large numbers of deaths due to other monumental events.

Nonetheless, we don’t have to wait for disaster to experience grief and loss. At some point in our lives we’ll lose someone close to us. We lose pets and favorite farm animals, too. Death is a normal part of life, in spite of society’s efforts to avoid it and push it back.. Your life and mine on this earth are finite. Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.

Jane says the key to preparing for grief and loss is to have an operational faith. Know what you believe. In the face of loss, will you be able to compartmentalize your thinking and focus on saving others who are in your care? As with other areas of prepping, think ahead and be as ready as you know how to be.


If the Unthinkable Happens…

Many things we prepare for won’t happen, but you and I must think of the possibilities. For example, do you have life insurance to cover expenditures incurred by the loss of a spouse? Or on a larger scale of things, would you be ready if a catastrophic flu outbreak confined you to your home for a month?


Find Out More

As with my first visit with Jane, we covered more than I can do justice to in this post. For example, why might Canada not be a good place to bbug out to? I encourage you to listen to DestinySurvival Radio for August 1, 2013. Check out her Rational Preparedness blog . It includes such posts as one on an outbreak of cyclosporiasis, which you can see here.

Get Rational Preparedness by clicking on its title in this post. It’s a DestinySurvival Pick.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.