Skip to comments.This Boston mom was ready for the worst
Posted on 04/26/2013 12:53:29 PM PDT by Kartographer
I wanted to reach out to you because I found your website last fall when I was bracing for a hurricane and had a 3 week old. I had not thought before he arrived about what to do in an emergency. But since finding you I have slowly begun to change some things for long term storage and safety for my family.
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Precisely, now imagine all those people who panic and rush the stores just hours ahead of a huricane or a blizzard and then something completely unexpected comes up with no warning at all a complete blindside what happens then?
I have boiled it down to this: If you depend on other people and man made machines to provide you with the necessities of life, you must prepare to provide yourself with whatever that is.
You see, other people and man made machines don't always work for whatever reason.
In the case of the “Shelter in Place” in Boston/Watertown, ordered by the Governor of Mass., the behavior of PEOPLE created that emergency. If you needed milk, better have some packages of instant milk. Took your last pill of “x” medicine the day before and hadn't already ordered and picked up a refill? Out of diapers and none put back for an emergency? No toilet paper and none put back for an emergency?
Remember, dependence on others and man made machines is a formula for an emergency. A hurricane will take out electricity machines and may take out water machines. An ice storm will take out electricity machines and maybe water machines. Car machines would be dangerous on an icy road.
Don't trust other people and man made machines - trust yourself to provide those services - water, food, security, roof over your head, light, way to cook, way to stay warm, way to stay cool, way to treat wounds and illness, way to communicate.
TRUST YOURSELF TO PROVIDE WHAT YOU NEED TO LIVE.
I watched my son and his wife in England go up the economic ladder there. Most people stay where my son and wife started out. In most kitchens, there is a kitchen sink and it has a hot handle a cold handle - the waters are not mixed. There is no automatic dishwasher as only the more wealthy have one. There are very few microwaves as those are very expensive - almost no one has one. There is a very small refrigerator with no freezer section. The kitchen stove is usually gas.
If you consider the above which is what the greater number of people have, you will understand why they go to the grocery at least every other day. Fresh meat will only last a few days in the fridge and there is no freezer. Veggies will last maybe four days in the fridge, however since they don't eat much meat since it is so expensive, their meal is usually veggies and pasta and hopefully some chicken or fish. Chicken and fish is their meat and eaten shortly after buying.
I guarantee you, if trucks stopped delivering food, they would start starving in no more than three days. They might have a couple of bottles of water and that's it, if they even have that.
My son and daughter were given the money for a clothes washer by her mother. The next time I went there, I took cash for them to change to pounds to buy a dryer. Most people do not have a dryer - they hang their clothes outside on a clothes line - yes, in US history, people used to do that here. Actually, in my younger days, I can remember going out in the cold to gather diapers off the line and they were frozen. When I got a dryer, I thought it was the most wonderful machine ever made.
My point is, the people of Britain would die by the millions if trucks or water stopped for any reason for several months or longer. When we think our average people would have trouble existing in an extended emergency, it is nothing compared to the British.
People in my highly liberal area used to argue with me about the need for preparedness. Now I just remind them of the Snowmaggeddon three years ago or the derecho storm two years ago. No power, no food to buy, and no way to buy gas so one could get away and go find resources. People in this prosperous area were hungry and scared. Now some of hem don’t think I’m quite so crazy.
I don't pick up many chicks, but I'm happy with my 1870s lifestyle. With a clothesline strung up in the kitchen for when it rains.
How do you wash your clothes?
Although you use the name, “babushka”, as an endearing term for me, everyone here should know that means, “OLD WOMAN”, or “GRANDMOTHER”. You silly young man.
You cannot be compared to people living in a civilized country. You choose, instead, a bare existence with one exception - you will always have food and security for as long as you live. In an absolute worst scenario of scorched earth, I would rather live near you than any person I know or have read about in fiction or nonfiction. James Wesley, Rawles? He is a playboy compared to you.
“How do you wash your clothes?”
First, he doesn’t wear many clothes, especially in the summer.
You should have asked, “How do you take a bath?”
“Good food. I’m not eating some freeze dried crap just because the world as we know it ended.”
I know, that’s why I’d prefer to be somewhere near you when my other stored food ran out. You could teach me how to procure your kind of food plus you grow good food.
There's a bordello and piano joke in there somewhere.....
I play piano.
“Not even 9 meals away”
Remember the pics of the cop delivering MILK to some family during the lockdown?
Good grief. Who has kiddies and allows themselves to run out of milk?
Well, I could take a bath if I had a way of heating my water. Years ago, when I had small children, a yearly fall vacation was spent in a rustic cabin that had electricity but now plumbing. We had a big old galvanized tub, and that is what we used to bathe the children and to bathe ourselves. So I could do that, but I can’t imagine living without a washing machine.
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