We have exciting plans for you in 2018. In fact, we’re so stoked about what’s coming that we just had to end this year with a sneak peek at January.
In 2017 we saw some pretty serious natural events cause massive problems for people in different parts of the U.S.
Hurricane Harvey devastated many people in Texas.
And although Hurricane Irma was not as bad as had been predicted (The news was talking about having to add a new category for this chic — they said she would decimate cities. Thankfully that wasn’t the case.), many people were still without power for weeks and suffered extensive property damage. And we saw a number of devastating wildfires in California, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Washington state.
A Wake Up Call
Hurricane Irma was the first serious storm that my family faced since we moved to Florida nine years ago. The good thing about a hurricane is that you can see it coming, which meant we had some time to prepare, but while we were preparing, so was everyone else. At one point, every store in the state of Florida was out of bottled water. Stores also ran out of bread, peanut butter and jelly, batteries — pretty much everything and anything people needed. My husband and one of our sons waited in line for more than four hours to get plywood sheets to board up our windows. It was crazy!
When all was said and done, our family decided it’s time to get serious about emergency preparation. Lucky for us, we happen to have to have a true expert in our back pocket to help us along the way.
Emergency prep takes planning, money and time.There is a lot to think about, especially with a family our size. Matt and I have seven kids. One is on the autism spectrum and one is still a baby, which adds some extra variables to the preparation equation. We also have a dog.
Lucky for us, Jody and her family live six houses down the street. So the Stahlmanns and Hagamans are doing survival prep together as one big team, and we decided to kick off 2018 with a month series on this topic.
A Sneak Peek
Throughout January we will have weekly blogs, radio shows and newspaper columns all about emergency preparation and survival. And to help us with this, we have a very special guest who will join us on air and will contribute a weekly blog post that goes much deeper into each topic. You will meet him next week. Be sure to check back the day after Christmas.
Then, each Monday morning for the first four Mondays in January, you will receive a link in your email to an in-depth post from our guest blogger.
Here are the topics we will cover in January.
- Why am I preparing?
- What am I preparing for?
- Who am I preparing for?
- How do I get started?
Week 2 — Meeting Your Basic Needs
- Rule of Threes
- Sheltering in place
- Mandatory evacuation
- Getting home
- Food, water and shelter
- Health, Hygiene, Sanitation and Fire Suppression
Week 3 — Extended Preparedness
- Scenarios that would require extended preparedness
- Food, water and other considerations
Week 4 — Wilderness Survival
- Scenarios that could leave you stranded in the wilderness
- The 7 Priorities of Wilderness Survival
- Making portable survival kits