2013 — A Year to Learn Self-Reliance

Can a Society Stand . . .

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. . . Whose Citizens Can’t Even Take Care of Themselves?

Throughout time, cultures and societies have risen and fallen.   It was a given that the families, clans, and societies who expected to survive had to have certain basic skills.  Nobody without these basic skills and the supplies that resulted from them could expect to survive even through one winter or dry spell.

Today in modern Western society, we have strayed far from our roots as human beings.  The division of labor has gone to extremes.  No longer do average people in America know how to take care of themselves.  We don’t know how to grow food.  We don’t know how to cook it.  We wouldn’t know what we would do if one day water ceased to flow from the tap.  We expect a magic pill from the pharmacy to counteract all of our bad lifestyle choices and make us well overnight.  And many of us wouldn’t know what to do if our caretaker — the government — couldn’t give us our unemployment checks, food stamps, free health care, or other goodies.

Every society will always have people who need help, whether due to illness, age, or unfortunate circumstance.  There are orphans, the chronically ill, and the elderly.  But many of us who are able-bodied and able-minded have fallen into an incredibly unfortunate pop culture of living divorced from the realities of life on this planet.  This combined with chronically living above our means and a pervasive entitlement mentality make us in America today particularly vulnerable to the ravages of unexpected events and disaster.

But with ample natural disasters, a flailing and failing economy, and over-reaching government authority with threats of citizen disarmament, impending forced participation in government-run health care, and more, there are overwhelming reasons to get back to basics and prepare now for a variety of potentially unpleasant situations that inhabitants of planet earth have always prepared for in the past.   The time is now to develop a personal culture of self reliance, stock up on key supplies, learn the skills that sustain life, and make connections with like-minded people who could band together if need be.

Preparedness in 3 Steps

Follow these 3 basic steps to get back on the road to self-reliance:

Step 1. Take care of short-term preparedness (see below).  Do it this month.  The cost is minimal, but if you are really low on funds, consider fasting once a week this month and use the money you would have used for food to buy the items you need.

Step 2. Pick your top 3 areas in long-term preparedness that require attention first (also below).  Take a good look at where you are with these things, and what it will take to get what you need.  Find a way to save or generate the money you need to get prepared in these key areas!  This may take faith, frugality, and persistence.

Step 3. Once you have these 3, pick your next 3, and so on!  Preparedness is a lifestyle, not an event.

Start wherever you are at.  Ask for help.  You can do it!!


Short-Term Preparedness

natural disaster 2013    A Year to Learn Self RelianceShort-term preparedness is primarily preparedness for natural disasters.  If a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, flooding or blizzard came to your neck of the woods, how would you fare?

  • Disaster Preparedness Kit —

If you suddenly had to evacuate your home, you will want a backpack pre-packed with a few key items that could make the difference between major suffering for you and your family, and a feeling that you know you will be alright.  Would you rather wait for the government to give you food, a change of clothes, and a band-aid over cuts and scrapes after a disaster?  Or can you see how simple it is to gather these basic items now?

All it takes is foresight and a little bit of your extra time and resources.  Click here to see the Top Ten Items in My Disaster Preparedness Kit.

  • Home water storage –

Store a minimum of 3 gallons of water per person in your home.

  • Contingency plan for pets —

Among the human misery caused by Hurricane Katrina, pets suffered inestimably because their owners were caught off guard.  Read my past article here to learn the simple steps you can take now to save your pet from harm and danger in a natural disaster.

ANYONE can do this!


Long-Term Preparedness

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A long-term disaster such as that which would occur in a worldwide economic collapse will have a more far-reaching impact on our lives than a localized natural disaster.  As such, long-term preparedness requires more planning, more wisdom, and more of your resources.  Making preparations for long-term issues could be a matter of life-or-death for you and your family, just as it was for our ancestors throughout history.

  • Medicine –

Millions of diabetics without insulin, depressed people without their happy pills, and people in chronic pain with few options to address their suffering. . .

stressed woman 2013    A Year to Learn Self RelianceThis bleak picture could turn to reality in the event of an economic collapse throughout the world.

To prevent this from happening to you, it is absolutely KEY to examine your health and what medications you are on.  How would you cope if you suddenly didn’t have access to drugs or even supplements and couldn’t regain access to them for years?  According to John Lipscomb, the #1 cause of death during an economic collapse will be lack of access to pharmaceutical drugs.

Of course, I founded Essential Survival with the goal of helping people have viable options for their health and wellness not only in the event of injury, but also for illness and other health issues.  The nine essential oils in the Essential Oil Survival Kit is the best place to start for most people.  At the very least, I recommend getting the two oils in the Fast Track Survival Medicine Kit now.  Once you start using the oils and saving money on expenses as a result, you can go from there to build up your reserves.

Take a look at past articles in the Essential Oil Encyclopedia and put together the list of items that meet your individual needs.

Another area of concern in the event of a worldwide collapse is protection from disease.  Make sure you have anti-viral and antibiotic substances on hand, as well as things that will boost the immune system and help to detoxify from poisons.

Therapeutic-grade essential oils are a great choice because they are super-concentrated, super-portable, require no refrigeration, have no expiration, and have been used for thousands of years with phenomenal results! My favorite anti-viral and antibiotic substance is Thieves essential oil.  Thieves oil also happens to help the immune system to better handle disease.  Vitamin D is another top choice for immune protection.  Purification oil is one of my top picks to help detoxify the air as well as the body.

**Skills — learn how to do basic first-aid, learn the basics of using herbs, essential oils, and holistic healing for various health conditions AND/OR become close friends with people who have these skills**

  • Water –

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– Home water storage — Store as much water as possible.  I already have over 25 gallons of water stored in my home, and am working on getting 50 gallons just for me.  You will also need a way to freshen the water.   First, boil the water vigorously for 10 minutes.  Then add the following:

– 7-8 drops of bleach per gallon of water (use more for bleach over 1 year old, and discard bleach that is over 2 years old),

– 11-12 drops of iodine per gallon of water,

– You may consider trying 1 drop of oregano oil per 4-5 gallons of water.

– Purify contaminated water — The Berkey water filters are popular options for portable water filtration, even for contaminated standing water.

– An independent water source — If you live on your own property in the country, you can dig a well.  If you live close to the mountains, look for a nearby public spring here www.findaspring.com.  My husband and I get free, delicious spring water now from a local spring that we visit every few weeks and I absolutely LOVE it!

  • Food –

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– 3-month storage of foods you eat —

Take your 14 favorite meals to prepare and make a list of all the ingredients.  Times the ingredients by 6 — stock up on all the storable portions of these recipes so you have 3-month’s worth of your favorite dinners.

– Long-term storage of staples –

Get rice, dried beans & legumes, and grains such as wheat, barley, quinoa, vegetable oils, salt, sweeteners (such as sugar or raw honey — my preference), herbs & spices (essential oils are a great option), and other items your family will want.  Experts recommend a minimum of 300 lbs of grains and 60 lbs of dried beans and legumes per person per year.  Get at least a year’s supply, then keep going from there.

Remember — Joseph in the Bible prophesied of 7 years of plenty and 7 years of famine.  What would you do if we came upon 7 years of famine?

– Long-term storage of prepared meals –

In the event that grinding wheat and soaking dried beans every day sounds a bit tedious to you, consider getting some prepared meals for your food storage.  This is a great way to supplement your storage of basic staples.  Efoods Global/GoFoods Global is my personal pick.

– Sprouting seeds –

Sprouts are a great addition to food storage, as they will provide vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that your body craves.

– Non-hybrid heirloom seeds –

No store of food is complete without a store of seeds.  I like SurvivalistSeeds.com and Garden of Eden seeds.

**Skills — learn how to cook with basic staples, learn how to garden or farm AND/OR become good friends with other people who have these skills**

  • Emotional Preparedness —

The development of resilience and an ability to move forward after trials and trauma will be essential to surviving any type of worldwide economic meltdown.  Now is the time to work out your issues!

  • Self-Defense –

A fact of life throughout the history of the world has been this — survival of the fittest.  Those animals who either can’t defend themselves or run really fast will be eaten by bigger, faster animals. Get a gun and get trained on how to use it.  If you don’t care for guns, learn a martial art.  If none of this appeals to you, become good friends with people who have self-defense skills!!

Do what you can now.  Make a decision to take action!

– Julie


This is an archive of: http://essentialsurvival.org/self-reliance-in-2011/