What if something major comes along that dwarfs Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy? What do we do when FEMA isn’t going to be there for days or weeks? Or what if they’re not going to be there at all?
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As I stated in my previous post about this book, when you get your copy , I recommend reading the Preface, the first three chapters and chapter 15 at the end. You’ll know best how to make best use of the book from there for your specific needs and interests.
Is there a contradiction?
He explained that foraging might become necessary, but it will take our bodies a while to adapt to eating new foods. Also, it’s possible to spend more energy getting that food than the food will provide.
Be careful you’re not tresspassing on someone’s land or in someone’s hunting territory. You could end up on unwanted conflict, to put it mildly.
One important tip–know the nuts that grow in your area. You know, the edible kind, like pecans. Nuts have protein and the good kind of fats.
When it comes to relying on nature for food, the operative word is caution.
What about sickness and death?
People will die. And we’ll have to become accustomed to that. The chapter about sanitation concludes wwith a section on properly disposing of dead bodies.
However, Rich says the greater threat is from those who are living and spreading germs or viruses. Thus, a detailed chapter on sanitation, which includes info about threats like diarrhea, cholera, influenza and other diseases. Naturally, you’ll find guidance on good hygiene practices.
What about being mentally prepared?
In the face of disaster we will each evolve and adapt. The thing is to start doing that now with regard to key areas like behavior and personal health. For example, Rich says he thought he was addicted to diet soda pop, until he stopped drinking it.
Then there’s other stuff
Defense and security–An appendix has distilled info about firearms. As with other parts of the book, it’s designed to help readers know how to talk with experts to get the knowledge appropriate for their particular situation. Chapter 14 looks at defense more broadly for community needs.
Nuclear radiation–According to Rich, there are greater and more numerous threats than radiation from Fukushima.
Is there icing on this prepper cake?
- Development of meaningful friendships
- Improved health
- Rekindling of previously learned skills
- Change of perspective on management of money and resources
- Thoughtfully made plans for relocation
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Your comments are always welcome. How has prepping changed your life? What benefits have you noticed?