In 1740 one of my ancestors, Samuel Fisher, set sail for America on what came
to be known as the "starvation ship." There was so little food on this ship that
not long into the voyage the passengers were reduced to only eating a
tablespoon of flour a day, mixed with a little sea water.
When that ran out, they started eating the bodies of
those who had died. When there were no more bodies, the passengers decided
that one person on the ship would have to be sacrificed so that the others could live. The lot
fell on my 19-year old ancestor, Samuel Fisher.
Samuel was given a few days to prepare, but
thankfully another vessel came in sight, and his life was spared.
Obviously this experience had a profound effect on
him. For the rest of his life he could not stand to see wasted either a morsel
of food, or the slightest bit of water tossed on the ground.
While most of us will never have to face anything so
horrific, we are all subject to emergencies of varying degrees. I wrote an
article a few years ago about the Seattle Wind Storm of 2006. It left this
region without power for many days. See
The Day the Lights Went Out in Seattle.
It was startling to hear how unprepared people were
to handle even a few days of an emergency situation. People were hungry, and
people were cold. You could hear the desperation in the voices of people calling
in to the radio station looking for help.
I was pretty miserable for 4 days. However I was
able to sit by my fireplace and keep warm, and I had a propane stove in the
kitchen to cook my food.
My husband spent years being first on the scene in areas hit with
natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornados, wind storms, ice storms,
earthquakes and volcanoes. He has seen firsthand what happens to people's lives
after these natural disasters. See
The Untold Story of Hurricane Andrew.
We all need to be prepared for the emergencies in life. We are all subject to
natural disasters, as well as a host of other occurrences that affect our
well-being, such as unemployment, crime and ill health.
We don't know what the future will bring. This site is dedicated to helping
people prepare for the unexpected in life.
The year is 1943. WWII food rationing in the United States
begins for meat, cheese, butter and cooking oils. How does this affect
"Prepare for the worst,
and hope for the best.
If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear."
is a Mini Prepper?
A Mini Prepper is someone who prepares for food and water
shortages as well as the loss of housing or utilities.
A Mini Prepper is NOT preparing for the "end of the world."
Mini Preppers prepare for the rough times that we have all experienced and we
know will come again, whether due to storm and power outages, loss of
employment, or natural disasters.
Mini Preppers do not want to take up room standing in grocery
lines during emergencies to buy water and other supplies. They want to let
others who have not prepared buy what they need.
Mini Preppers are happy and READY TO SHARE with their family,
friends and neighbors. They do not accumulate weapons and do not want to
Every region is subject to different natural disasters. We are all subject
to disruptions in our fragile food chain. The advice on these pages will be for
families to be prepared for these emergencies and stand ready to help others.
I've heard people say "Why store emergency supplies? Look at the tsunami
in Japan and all the people who had to flee their homes." That was a
perfect example of why we should store extra food and supplies in our homes.
Yes, those people left their homes. Where did they go? They went up
the hill. Then who fed them until help came? It was the people who
lived in the houses that were safe. Hopefully they had what they needed to
help these homeless people.
If the situation were reversed, and the people up the hill had to flee to the
valleys, hopefully they would be helped by those people.
I've always judged the right and wrong of a situation by thinking if everyone
did this, would we all be better off? In this case, the answer is yes.
The stronger we make our homes and our families, the more secure we all will be.
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