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Where we prepare for the worst, and hope for the best


old ship 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.


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In the News


The year is 1943.  WWII food rationing in the United States begins for meat, cheese, butter and cooking oils.  How does this affect your family?



"Prepare for the worst,
and hope for the best.
If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear."



What 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 hurt anyone.


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.



newRecipes and Articles on the Site


Santa Fe Chicken Foil Dinner - A dinner chicken dish made with black beans and freeze dehydrated chicken, tomatoes and Colby cheese.


New England Corn and Potato Chowder - New England potato and corn chowder made with Yoders' canned bacon and dehydrated vegetables.


Chicken Mole - Chicken Mole made from canned chicken and served over rice.


Frugal Water Storage - How to save money and store water in your home for emergencies.

Strawberry Pancake Topping - Recipe for Dehydrated Strawberry Pancake Topping made with strawberry powder and honey.


Earthquake Preparedness and Survival Tips, by Mike Garrison.  Comprehensive information about earthquakes, before, during and after.






Emergency Preparation and  Prepping Articles

More tips and perspectives on how to prepare and cope with natural  disasters and other emergency situations.



Recipes Using Dehydrated and Freeze Dried Foods

Recipes using long term food storage -  freeze dried and dehydrated food


Easy Recipes Using  Canned Food

Recipes that are easy to make and use items that you can purchase in the supermarket and store in your pantry.





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