Prepping for normal people

There are shows on telly dedicated to preppers. They are talented in their skill sets and I wish I could start a fire with only two sticks and a cotton ball but alas, I find it tricky with the matches and lighters and prepared fuels because I am a novice. 

Last week our water went out. There was no pressure in the pipes. We were waterless.

I have been told a hundred times to have water storage on hand but I didn’t have any.  I used to but we drank it when we were camping a while back.

People I know have water butts, others have Evian or store bought bottles.  Others have stored tap water and have purification methods on hand.  We had nothing to hand but we did have wet wipes for hygiene. 

Mormons are strongly advised to have a quantity of food storage, a quantity of water, a quantity of financial saving, a comfortable level of self-reliance (camping or cooking outdoors) and to have suitable kit and copies of documents for if you had to leave your home in a hurry for a day or so.  

This is mainly so that if you were to fall upon hard times with a job loss or big bills, or your water goes out, or there is a gas leak or forest fire near your home or something similar and you were evacuated for a while, or if your neighbour falls upon hard times you’ll have something to share or something to sustain you and your family.

I have had food storage several times, and in the past 4 years there have been times of scarcity and I had to rely upon it frequently rather than going to the grocery store/shop and at the moment it is at a nearly all time low of a weeks supply – unless I want us to eat plain rice for months in which case we are set. 

Luckily I was advised by the water board that the problem was at the pumping station and being seen to as we spoke and water would be back on by the morning, and they were true to their word.

But it has got me thinking about how half hooved I am in readiness terms.  Our house is tiny, it is a rental so I cannot make changes, we are pretty strapped for cash while I undertake this divorce proceeding so whatever we do is going to have to be frugally undertaken. 

However, with a couple of wake up calls I have had recently, I am hereby committing to figuring this out and getting back up to speed with whatever I can do to follow the advice so well prepared for me. 

From nearly zero, let’s see what we can get organised over the next few months. 


Author: Pollyanna Whyte

Single LDS Mormon Mum/Mom living in England. This is my blog on emotional health, fun, parenting, life, divorce, starting over, friends, family, church things, and budgeting. Stop by, tell us what you think, feel free to share (but credit the source please).

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