Monday, 17 January 2011
Be Prepared Challenge - Organise #1
Written by Gavin Webber
Here is the event that happened to me. A work accident occurred resulting in a nasty back injury, and I was fully incapacitated for two months. This meant limited movement, flat on my back most of the time, I could not drive or ride, and my wife did not drive (unless there were a gaggle of zombies chasing her). So we were kind of stuck up the creek without a paddle. Sure we could have logged onto home shopping and ordered our groceries and the like, but those services come with a premium attached, and as my pay was cut by 66%, we struggled just to pay the mortgage. So what did we do? We used our stockpile and emergency supplies to tide us over through this difficult period and came through it well fed and happy in the knowledge that we survived intact. This scenario was not the only time we have utilised our 'be prepared' skills which will become evident during the course of the challenge.
So I hope this simple experience will help throughout this challenge having used the skills I built up in anger so to speak. Now this type of scenario is not the only one that requires forethought and planning. Natural disasters, political unrest, and resource scarcity could occur anywhere and any time to anyone.
So on with the challenge. As I said in the intro post for the challenge, these tasks are not going to be difficult, and will be step by step actions that everyone can take without too much fuss.
What I would like you all to do over the next couple of days is to set aside a place in your home that will become your designated place for your stockpile and emergency supplies. It can be a cupboard that is currently cluttered with stuff that you may no longer need, and if that is the case either reuse or hand it in to your local charity shop or Freecycle it. You may have to reorganise your entire kitchen, which is what we first did to make enough space that we thought was necessary.
What ever you choose to do, just make some space. It needs to be relatively cool in summer so food stuffs do not prematurely age, like preserves and the like and it needs to be readily accessible, and not in some out of the way part of the house unless that is all you have. We get to put stuff in your stockpile space in week two, so really you have all of week one to complete this task.
Just for reference, my stockpile cupboard is directly as you come in the front door, a) so it is easy to unload bulk items from the shops, and b) it is directly across from our pantry which makes it easy to restock it from stockpile. The stockpile is in your face so to speak and easily accessible by all family members.
Once you have your space assigned, let me know via a comment or if you already have a space already allocated, share your story with everyone. I dare say we will all learn a lot from each other during the 4 weeks of the challenge.
Enjoy task number 1!