The element of home preparedness is one that should be followed by more people in our society. It means having a few extra resources on hand to provide for your family and others during times of emergency. It also means having some extra supplies and provisions for convenience.
The United States is very unique in the diversity of emergencies that could occur in our country. Where one part of the country has to worry about hurricanes, other parts have to worry about tornados, droughts, or earthquakes. In addition to this, we also have to consider foreign and domestic threats as well as economic decline.
Those are just some emergency scenarios but what about convenience? This could include not having to run to the store for supplies when you’re sick because you already have what you need. Some people forget that convenience is a great reason to be prepared, especially if you have kids. Having a few extra supplies on hand can save you time and frustration when you have a busy day.
No matter what your budget is, you can start obtaining the basic items needed for home preparedness. We are not talking about $50,000 for an underground bunker in your backyard. We’re talking about simplicity like having some extra water and food in your home in case there’s a shortage at the grocery store.
We like to think of home preparedness as a two-pronged approach:
1. Equipment. This includes things like saws, water purification products, batteries, vehicle emergency kits, etc.
2. Provisions. This covers the basic needs of the human body such as water and food, but could also include things like hygiene supplies, diapers, etc.
It’s easy to take home preparedness to an extreme. For those who take it too far, you become fearful and cross the line where you forget to rely on God as a source of provision and look to yourself as the one who’s in charge.
The nice thing about homesteading is that it goes hand in hand with home preparedness. Your wood processing tools, gardening equipment, canning utensils, etc. can all be useful to you in an emergency.
If you haven’t starting acquiring just the most basic provisions and equipment, it’s never too late. Anyone who starts out small will have far more than they thought even in just a short time.
You and your family will be thankful in times of distress by having basic preparedness items. Not only will you be able to help yourself but you might be in a position where you can help others.
Proverbs 6:6-8 (ESV)
Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.