Is Doomsday Approaching? Ready or Not!
When you see people buying carts full of water at the grocery store, what comes to mind? Are they hoarders or just plain weird? These days my first inclination is that they’re prepping for “doomsday”.
What is it? It’s a phenomenon sweeping the Internet, the National Geographic Channel, and cupboards and bunkers throughout the nation. Many of us may have seen the show “Doomsday Preppers” on the National Geographic Channel. The show highlights everyday Americans who go through great lengths to prepare their families for catastrophes and peril. Although for some the show may seem far-fetched because the folks are preparing for the end of the world as we know it.
It may not be a full financial crisis, electric power grid meltdown or a terrorist attack but people who have experienced natural disasters, long-term power outages and a lack of accessibility to goods and services like gas and food make this idea of prepping of high importance for families and moms everywhere.
What can we do to prepare our families for the unknowns of life?
Study other preppers. The range of preparedness is quite extensive. Some may choose to just have a few MREs (meals ready to eat) and a couple gallons of water while others create bunkers under their garages, have drills and spend a small fortune on goods.
Create a plan to keep your family safe. There is nothing wrong with signing up for an urban survival class or buying extra non-perishable items each shopping trip. And taking up canning or learning water conservation strategies may support your family in a time of uncertainty.
Make self-sufficiency a non-negotiable. Do you remember Mama’s cabinets and pantries stocked with essentials? Do you have a surplus at your home? How about water (one gallon per person for three days) and food (non-perishable items for three days per person)?
FEMA and others have created lists for basic survival. For more information, check out ready.gov and channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/doomsday-preppers/.
Words By: Nicole Peltier-Lewis