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 will share their planned prep activities for the coming week, ranging from healthcare and purchases to property improvements and food storage. We also welcome you to share your planned activities for increasing personal preparedness in the coming week in the comments. Let’s keep busy and be ready!
The Rawles Ranch is abuzz with activity as the snow has melted and life has begun to spring forth. This is the time of year that we prepare our firewood for next winter, so we are actively cutting wood. We like to manage similar projects at the same time, so this is an excellent time to a little bit of wildfire risk mitigation. We are clearing underbrush and stacking it in piles to burn this week. These slash piles are still slightly damp so they take a while to burn, but that is certainly better than a raging conflagration of completely dry wood.
With springtime quickly upon us, prepping is kicking into high gear around the Latimer homestead. The goals are starting to look ambitious:
- First up is the new roof. The late fall hail last September and the early spring winds really did a number on the Latimer house roof. I had planned to re-roof it with just myself and my two boys, but God had other plans. The salesman for a roofing company just moved in up the road a bit and stopped by to introduce himself. The conversation eventually moved around to the roof. The Insurance will cover it, complete with their labor, so I’ll count it as done. It will only take a couple of days instead of the week I had planned on.
- Along with the roof comes some necessary house repairs. The utility feed was damaged in the wind so that has to be fixed and there are a couple of evergreen bushes that have grown to tree size that are rubbing the roof. I hate to cut them down, but they are way to close to the house.
- Gardening is in full swing. Mrs. Latimer has planted most of the garden and will be finishing that project up this week.
- We are currently watering the garden by stretching nearly 800 feet of garden hose around the property. Last week the boys dug the trench for me so I’ll be laying in a poly water line to get the well water where it needs to go. This week we will install the waterline along with the custom built header taps to have water where we need it. Those pesky water hoses should be gone by the end of the week.
- Somewhere, I have to fit the evaporative cooler refurbishment in there. The temperatures in the house and food storage areas are inching towards the low 80s. Keeping that food at a lower temp is important. Sadly, the coolers can’t be refurbished until the roofers are done. Timing is everything!
We invite our readers to post in the comments below what your planned activities are this week. Prepping is not a haphazard activity. It requires careful consideration of what your goals are, what your resources are (man, money and tools) and the knowledge to apply them both appropriately. Let us encourage each other by letting others know what your doing, but be mindful of OPSEC. Don’t post personally identifying information in those comments.
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