Yes and no....
I grew up in Oklahoma. I have slept through a few 'naders in my life (let me tell you how annoying it is when I'm trying to sleep and I have 9
spaztic family members calling to tell me the whistle is going off!) and I was never prepared for if something actually happened. There was one night
I had to call my former boss and say "well, I'm in the bath tub bc the whistle is going off...I might be a minute, in case a tornado blows
through". I lived through the tornado on May 3, 1999 in Moore,OK (look it up....it was an F5!) and in that instance, we ran to a shelter across the
street, along with God knows how many other neighbors (poor lady probably regretted letting everyone know about it.) In 2007(I believe) in Choctaw, OK
we lost power for over a week, right after my mother bought over $200 of frozen foods and meats, which all went bad within a few days. They have a
pool, so guess how we used the toilet? Yep, take the pool water, pour it in the tank, hope nobody sees your business...or, just pop a squat outside.
(nobody else had electricity on our block either). Fortunately, not EVERYONE's power was out, so we took showers at friends houses many cities over.
I slept in the basement because it held the best heat, and fortunately my parents have a fireplace, and were apparently the only ones who had saved
firewood (folks were selling small bundles for almost $300 and selling out...I'm talking 9 logs...) Generators were sold out, etc etc etc. THAT
sucked. Hence, why I have recently changed my mind on being prepared, at least at a minimum.
It may seem like I have not prepared in the slightest. HOWEVER! I am a military spouse and anyone who has ever been military or married to it will
know there is always a PLETHORA of crap in the closets that is work-related. I have ponchos, sleeping bags, ground covers, flashlights, MREs...then of
course the "non-issued but required" (
) things such as tents, more MREs, blankets, special reflective blankets, gerber knives,etc. I have
finally convinced my husband that we need to have some kind of bag, in case of a natural disaster, at the very least, now that we have a child. We
have agreed that we should limit our stockpile to only things that we would eat now if we needed to...ie, no beany-weenies, no potted meat, nothing
that won't be enjoyable/edible regardless of SHTF or not. We are a family of hunters/fishers, even my 2 year old has a Buzz Lightyear fishing bowl
and "tackle box"
But are we buying dehydrated foods and special doohickies and other tools? No. Are we stocking up on bottled water? No, however we do have a TON of
water bottles that we fill with filtered water. We have lots of friends willing to donate these to us, and we have plenty, it's just not neatly
packaged. We keep those in a closet. We DO have a food dehydrator, but it's so far only been used for jerky. We do have a gun, and we do have ammo.
My husband has his own hunting bow, and lots of arrows. In short...I may be prepared only for the minimum, but if it turns out I meet my Lord before
my supplies are gone, I pray the person who finds them will use them well.