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Cindy Castillo

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Prepping for me began almost 4 years ago when I was living in Dallas.  One weekend, I decided to run to Wal-Mart and pick up a few groceries.  To my surprise, I found many of the shelves were emptied of bottled water and bread.  After driving to a second Wal Mart not too far away, I found the same situation.  It became clear to me that I needed to have food and water stored up at my home.  I never did find out “why” the store shelves were almost emptied that day, but I did have my wakeup call!

I have made a personal goal to learn something new every day.  This can be from a wide range of topics that include:  gardening, canning, food storage, cooking without electricity, food preservation techniques, making soap, animal husbandry and much more.  Each day, I do some form of research and reading.  This could be on a blog, a forum, a book from the library or one that I have in my personal library.  I also review free information sheets that the local County Extension office hands out.  Attending area festivals and exhibits about sustainable living, pioneer life and back to the basics skills has also been a wealth of information.

At first, I was overwhelmed with all that I needed to learn and the huge task of assembling my preparedness supplies.  I felt a strong urgency to do everything right then.  Even though there is still the sense of urgency, I am now much better prepared emotionally.  With each new piece of knowledge and skill set learned, gives me an inner peace knowing that I can better help my family and community.

I encourage you to set some personal goals.  Decide how often you should do the following and be faithful in your preparation:

  • Learn a new skill or piece of knowledge
  • Family emergency plan- Figure out what you will do “if” something happens
  • Food Storage
  • Water Storage
  • Pet Food/Water Storage
  • Medical Supplies
  • Learn how to cook with your food storage
  • Learn how to cook without electricity or gas

These are basics in becoming prepared.  Visiting a community such as American Prepper’s Network will also allow you to learn much more.  Please feel to write me with your comments and suggestions.  I am still learning something new every day and welcome your ideas!


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