Remember Your Pets in Your Preparedness Planning

You pets are members of the family too. So, they must be taken into account in your preparedness planning. You need to make sure to store the following items for all your pets:

  • Dog and cat food
  • Water for pets
  • Food and water bowls
  • Leashes
  • Crates and bedding
  • Cat Litter
  • Pet medications

If you there is a high likely hood of an emergency in your area, check with your county’s Emergency Management office to find out which evacuation centers allow pets.

Also, even if your pets are used to being outside, be very careful during extreme weather. If it’s too cold for humans, it’s too cold for pets.

During emergency periods, it is wise to have your pets on a leash when you take then out to the bathroom. Disaster-related noises may cause them to want to run off. You need to remember this during a disaster. Pets can get easily scared and may want to flee.


Homeland Security is Preparing for Civil War in the U.S.

Department of Homeland Security

A highly-respected security expert was recently approached by a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) informant who told him that DHS is preparing for Civil War due to a collapse of the dollar, hyperinflation, and the resulting chaos they expect to happen as a result.

One one hand, the economic collapse in one form or another has been in process for several decades and has been the subject of novels and fiction for at least 2 decades. The main question is how bad it will be, how long it will last, and how it will play out.

Since millions of preppers, including current and former military, law enforcement, and government employees are preparing their families for financial turmoil and breakdowns in civil order, why wouldn’t we EXPECT federal agencies to be doing the same?

When you see that unknown economic turmoil is on the horizon, one of the things that you want to plan is what your family would do in the event of civil unrest.

What DHS and other government agencies decide to do is outside of our realm of control. You can vote for representatives who you agree with, write letters and make phone calls to your elected representatives, but when it all comes down to how things will play out after a disaster, it’s much more important that you take action on things within your realm of control.

What that means is that you should get your stuff in order, do it quickly, and do it in such a way that you won’t regret the time and money you spent on preparing if nothing horrible ends up happening in the next few years.

You need to stock up on food, water, heat, medical supplies, entertainment, mental health, spiritual health, physical health, and the tools necessary to provide the above AND figure out long term sustainable solutions. It’s easier to simply stock up on stuff you use and need, but it’s much less expensive to create sustainable solutions.

Once you’ve figured out your needs, start picking off the low-hanging fruit first. Disaster may strike next week and you’re much better having SOMETHING 100% done and usable than a bunch of items 80% done and unusable. A few pieces of low-hanging fruit are entertainment, mental health, and physical health. If you take up reading and body-weight exercises and cut out SOME TV time, you could very well end up going to bed earlier, getting more sleep, and feeling much better.

The problem for most people who see the need to prepare is that their mind gets spinning so fast with all of the potential scenarios and all of the disciplines that they are told they need to learn that they end up overwhelmed and paralyzed. It’s not a shortage of information, it’s a problem of not having a way to quickly and efficiently sift through it and prioritize the information.


Collect All Your Important Documents in One Place

An important piece of preparedness is to gather all of your valuable documents and place them in one place.

Where you decide to collect them is up to you. You could put them in a cardboard box. You could put in a fireproof box. Even a binder would work. Just find someplace where you can gather all your important papers together. If you had to leave your home in a hurry, you could grab it and take it with you.

What you put in the box is up to you. Here are some suggestions:

  • Marriage License
  • A copy of your Driver’s License
  • Wills or Trust documents
  • Deeds
  • Vehicle Registrations
  • Vehicle Ownership Documents (titles)
  • Insurance Policies
  • Checking and Savings account statements
  • Social Security cards
  • Passports
  • Credit Card statements or other bills
  • Birth Certificates
  • Mortgage documents, rental agreements, leases

What you keep is up to you. The above are just suggestions.