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Aug 8

In our quest...


In our quest to be as prepared as we can, i see many of us are at least headed in the right direction. Finding/maintaining a BOL/Homestead, stacking "it" to the rafters, as Bear says, be it beans, bandaids, or bullets. A few of us are working on advancing our coms and medical knowledge. Many of these things just require that we get off of our duffs and do them, some don't. I guess my question might be, just how much do you (monthly, quarterly, biannually, etc) allocate (funds or time) to just training, to further your preps? On quiet nights(horrible things they are, brain just will NOT shut up 😉), i think (stop laughing, it can happen). I got to thinking the other night about medical. Sure, i can take a course to teach me how to stabilize someone, but what about after? How far into the weeds do You go into a particular aspect of preparedness? Ok, I'll shup now.

That will be a different number for all of us. I’m retired, and very little of my budget is flexible. I’ve heard it said, don’t take away anything from your family to spend on preps. I try to follow that rule. Any preps I do, non food related, come from estate auctions, or watching for the people that just want something gone. They’re out there, it will amaze you how many people will give something of value away for free, just to get it out of their house or yard. Food is a little bit tougher for me, $30 a month is spent on food preps the day after social security arrives. You know, before I can find a different place for it.

Oh man do I hear you! I too am in a very interesting situation with no, to little income to prep. Being alone, I can cut back on meals and such and use that money for the other things. Like grain for my birds and dog and cat. Still, There is some put up and the knowledge I have, working knowledge, is great. Complete offset? No, lol, it isn't, I'd rather the working pantry I had before the coons decided they wanted it all. Shoulda, woulda coulda. Going forward, I am looking at things in a different way. Yes, buy that extra bag of rice or whatever, buy the gas stabilizer, and hope the prices don't get too out of hand. All we can do is live in the now, with our eyes towards the future and pray God, he doesn't let us fall.

Say hey sir, hang in there god isn't finished with you. Try to make some ling term goals the best you can. It seems like all the little things you are doing will add up to greatness. My wife and I are in a similar situation. Our long term goal is to leave the area we are currently in. Used to be rural out here however most of the folks with ranches and farms are selling to land developers. We look down the short term future to acquire some rural property in far N.E. Texas or in Ok. Stay Safe, Bee Well. Regards, Doug

@Doug Buker Thank you Doug. I hang in just fine. My comment was simply an observation that we all have different starting points. Honestly, having goals of preparatio, both short term and long term, keep me very busy. In this case physically and mentally as well. These are all good things. ;)

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How far into the weeds? As far as you can my friend. Medical, a lot of it is hurry up and wait. Not making light of it, just saying if you know how to stabilize and do basic after care, sometimes there just isn't anything else to do. Ask a doctor and most will tell you, 80% of people coming in, would have gotten better on their own. Get some knowledge, it's always good to have. Learn your local herbs and medicinal plants and the ones at your BOL. See what you have and start gathering. I am a firm believer in vitamins. I don't care if they are the most pure, non GMO, organic...whatever. Long shelf life and even the cheap crappy ones have some goodness to them. Vitamins C especially, big time needed vitamin. Any of your water soluble vitamins are a must in my opinion, then a multi. I used the Wally vitamins for years because I didn't know about the GMOs until the last 12 years or so. To be honest, I still am, because I am not going to throw them away. Not the best, but in a bad situation, they could be the difference between living and not. One caveat with vitamins..do not do it blindly, learn what they are! Sometimes too much of a 'good thing' can kill you, or make you wish it did. Any of the fat soluble can do terrible things if taken incorrectly. Learn. A copy of Gray's Anatomy is also a must in my opinion.

@JS Badger very good question. How often do we put our "shooting" skills to use compared to our medical? It's not every day we come across medical emergencies unless of course that's the profession we're in. I think an annual recertification in basic first aid, should be a bare minimum. Look at your daily life, and think of worst case emergencies that could happen. My worst case example as a truck driver, fuel tanker explosion on an Interstate highway. What's the likely injury, lacerations and burns. My medical response bag, would definitely be centered around those. Possible shrapnel and puncture wounds, yes but probably on a secondary level...etc.

Looks as though you have grabbed the tiger by the tail which will get you through the finish line. Great advice sir. Stay Safe, Bee Well. Regards, Doug

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