To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. Steadily, we work on meeting our prepping goals. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities. They also often share their planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, property improvements, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year. We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in the Comments. Let’s keep busy and be ready!
A week of relatively good weather gave me the chance to complete some barnyard tasks. In addition to the usual super-duper-pooper-scoopering, I also drained, scrubbed, relocated, and filled two stock tanks very close to reliable frost-free hydrants. Both tanks are adjacent to grounded power outlets. Why? It is now that stock tank heater time of year!
Our large livestock has grown their winter coats, and they are doing well. We still have just a few roosters and turkeys to butcher, but that will probably wait until just before Christmas. (With the exact butcher date depending on the weather.)
I did some hay re-stacking, to make room for the last of our ATVs to fit in the barn. That is perhaps my final “pre-snow” barnyard organizational task for the year.
Just two weeks until the Winter solstice. Then we can watch the daylight hours lengthen. I do enjoy our winters here. But the days near the solstice are insanely short, at our latitude. And winter always seem to last about a month too long!
Avalanche Lily Reports:
Dear Survival Readers,
This week was quite quiet just doing the regular: school and the usual chores. However the earthquake in Alaska on Friday spurred us on to double check our earthquake preparedness. Those of us living in the portion of American Redoubt west of the Rockies are living on the edge of the North American Craton. This is an area of recently increased seismic activity. Therefore, the flow of force from the Alaskan quake could very well travel south along the Craton edge into our area, causing earthquakes in our region. If one were to look at the USGS Earthquake map, one would see distinct areas of small quakes striking along the fault zones in California through to Washington, along the coast and also along the Craton from Mexico through Yellowstone National Park through Montana, and into Canada. This means that any region between these areas could receive strong earthquakes. The Dutchsinse web site goes into some interesting detail on this subject.
Scripturally speaking, the Bible says that in the Last Days there will be earthquakes in various and “unusual” places. Therefore you folks on the east coast all the way up to northern New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine or those near the New Madrid fault zone should also be prepared. We know that earthquakes have been increasing in frequency and in intensity thusfar in 2018. Therefore we must also be ready for them. With that in mind, I looked around the house and made sure that anything up high on shelves or hanging on the wall was either reinforced or taken down. I also made sure that we had changes of clothes and winter outer clothing out of the house and in our RV and in our primary vehicle. We recently had mechanical work done on both vehicles and therefore had removed almost everything pilferable in them, and had yet to move them back. We are putting those vehicles back in winter preparedness mode–and now earthquake preparedness mode. We also had yet another talk with the girls about what to do during and after an earthquake, if in the house: stay away from the windows, bookshelves, hanging cabinets, get under solid objects and protect your head. If able to, go to our hallway, grab shoes, and so on. If the house becomes uninhabitable, we have an RV, tents, sleeping bags, and food located in other places on our property. Please have an earthquake plan.
May God Bless and Protect You!
– Jim & Avalanche Lily, Rawles
The replacement radio for the Icom IC-7000 that I have for sale in the SurvivalBlog Classifieds has arrived this week. The radio is an Elecraft K3s and I’m excited about it. Right now, it’s sitting on my workbench, still boxed up and I’m practicing delayed gratification. I know that when I open it up and start assembling it, my day (possibly days) will be basically shot as I will be enthralled with it. After assembling it I certainly want to get on the air with it as well. Ohh, the anticipation!
In the meantime, the Latimer household continues their normal early winter activities. The shop is looking much better after several weeks of cleaning and the house is shaping up as well. This next week, we will be turning what use to be our eldest son’s room into a guest room. Out comes the last remaining pieces furniture and removal of the old carpet. We don’t have a queen sized bed yet to put in, but a nice inflatable mattress with a memory foam topper will do in the short term. We are hoping to find a few yard sales in the next few weeks to locate a dresser. Mrs Latimer is also making noises about a fresh coat of paint as well.
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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.