A lot of survival books talk only about worst-case scenarios. It seems like every where I turn I keep hearing about being prepared for the inevitable. There are people who are focused on fear and selling whatever they can to take advantage of that fear. Every article talks about how bad everything is and how it’s going to happen tomorrow so we better buy what we need today.
The scriptures tell us God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of love, of power, and of a sound mind. This doesn’t mean we are ignorant to what is going on around us. It just means we don’t have to do things out of fear. It’s okay to be prepared for potential problems, even the scriptures talks about preparing for certain things to come. Being prepared for unforeseen incidents is only common sense.
With that in mind, there are those who have a better perspective on things. You can tell they are genuinely trying to give you the information you need without the doomsday timeline attached to it. Yes, they may sell products on their sites, but there focus is on the information. (I hope to be like one of these people.)
Meet Lisa Bedford
One person I would like to introduce you to is, Lisa Bedford. She writes about preparedness on her blog, Survival Mom, which she started to fill a void – a voice for women, especially moms, by a woman. Her blog really speaks to the woman responsible her household. Also, she wrote a book entitled, “Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios.”
Survival Mom by Lisa Bedford ~ Book Review
Survival Mom starts out with a quiz to see what kind of survival mom you are. Although the quiz is short and fun to take, it really did sum me up. Then she takes you on a tour of her “before preparedness” life, which I found refreshing. If she can do it, then I know I can and after reading her book, you will be able too. She makes it easy to prepare with 12 step-by-step chapters in learning how to prepare for a disaster without feeling overwhelmed. At the end of each chapter she provides a checklist and fill-in-the-blanks to make it even simpler for you.
I must say I have read a lot of survival stuff, but this is the first time I felt at ease after reading about preparedness. You can only do so much at one time, that is, if you still plan to live the life you are already living.
What I Learned
Now I will be the first to admit I know absolutely nothing about guns. I’ve read plenty of doomsday fiction and most of them are always talking about what guns they are carrying. After reading Survival Mom I found out the difference between a shotgun, rifle, and handgun and the power they each hold. Reading her story about guns made me feel like I could learn to shoot also. Maybe you don’t have this problem, but I sure did.
Coins that have silver or gold in them feel heavier than those that don’t.
I think my favorite part is the suggested food kits for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the 72-hour kit. It made me realize that I am going to want real food in my kit verses those dried bars that come in a pre-made up kit.
One piece of information I found extremely helpful was the water purification with bleach. I’m not a bleach person. I hate it so for me knowing just how much to put into water in order to purify it was very helpful. In case you don’t know, here it is:
|Water Amount||Cloudy Water||Clear Water|
|1 quart||4 drops||2 drops|
|1 gallon||16 drops||8 drops|
|5 gallons||1 teaspoon||½ teaspoon|
|55 gallons||4 tablespoons||2 tablespoons|
Once added, stir it thoroughly, then allow it to sit for 30 minutes.
This book had me taking notes. 🙂
All I can say is purchase Survival Mom and you won’t regret it.
My Preparedness Focus
My focus is on real situations that are most likely to happen – power outage, earthquakes, tornados, sickness, lost of income, or a host of other realistic things, not an asteroid destroying the earth or an outbreak of zombies.
This series will focus on preparing you and your family to make it through whatever set back you come across. Hope you will continue join me on this journey of preparation.