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Category: Prepping

Preparedness Mission Statement

A mission statement is not something you write overnight… But fundamentally, your mission statement becomes your constitution, the solid expression of your vision and values. It becomes the criterion by which you measure everything else in your life.
Stephen Covey


Real and true efforts have a Mission Statement.  If preparedness is going to be a facet of your life it should be defined.

My preparedness mission statement is:

I am prepping for my my daughter wife and I to survive events from most likely to least likely to happen in the Los Angeles area.

With Hurricane Harvey and Irma causing so much damage being prepared for a disaster has come back in to fashion for me.

According to the CDC the top 10 leading causes of death are

  • Heart disease: 611,105
  • Cancer: 584,881
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 149,205
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 130,557
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 128,978
  • Alzheimer’s disease: 84,767
  • Diabetes: 75,578
  • Influenza and Pneumonia: 56,979
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 47,112
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide): 41,149

These events are what I am prepping for.

#1 Prep is your physical fitness.   Eight out of 10 leading causes of death are due to health.   Although Alzheimers and Cancer are partially the luck of the draw, I try to do something every day.  Something, push ups, sit-ups, burpies, I have to do something.  Taking Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu three times a week helps to keep me trim.    My next challenge will be giving up fried foods, for good.

#2 Prep is Have your basics together.   Is your Home insurance current?  Does it cover the most likely dangers.  I for one, know my home insurance is up to date but, I don’t have earthquake insurance.  I need earthquake insurance.  This is high on my list for 2017/2018.

Another commonly overlooked basic part of prepping is “prepping your car” and making sure that it is always in working order and never has less than one-half a tank in it.  Do you have a change of clothes and supplies in your car to help  you get home in case you have walk home?  I live in Pasadena and work in Los Angeles, I know for a fact that there are at least 4 bridges that would have to be intact for me to even walk home.

#3 Prep is having a basic disaster preparedness supplies handy.     These are the Go-Bags for everyone in your family and  having backups for all of your most important information.  Even if you have paid up all of your insurance do you know where the paperwork is?  Do you even know the name of the insurance company?  Have you digitized all of your most important document and pictures,  when its time to leave pictures and documents are the last thinks I want to be looking for.  Make list and check it twice, make sure you have enough in you Go-Bag to work.

Back to Prepping

I started prepping 3 years ago.  It was a full effort.

Afro Prepper Pasadena was born.

Youtube channel and everything.

I went through a bell curve with it.  Prepping boils down to a few things.

  1. Getting your shit together.
  2. Preparing for Short Term social disruptions.
  3. Preparing for Long Term social disruptions.

Simple sentences that say so much.  Getting your shit together is kind of huge.  Make sure stupid things don’t create crisis’s.  Don’t overspend, make sure your basic documentation is intact, drivers licence, insurance, registration and blah blah blah.  You know what I mean.  Keep a little bit of cash around.  Keep food throughout the week.  The most common disaster to prep for should be a car accident.  Just look at the numbers, everyone you know knows someone who has been in some type of fender bender.  Get your shit together.

Preparing for Short Term social disruptions.  Earthquakes and Power disruptions happen more than your think.  Short term is between one day and two weeks.  This is where I  left off with prepping.   Two weeks without power is a big f’n deal.

Most earthquakes in CA are very local witch is a plus, but 2 weeks without power is a big deal.  Your going to need water, fuel, a weapon, batteries, a generator.  That all starts to add up to big money.

I just threw away 40 cans of soups, veggies and other assorted canned goods.  My apporach was silly.  With 2 years of hindsight my apporach to food will be much different.

You have to stay true to how you actually eat.  My family does not eat many canned goods.  80-90% of what I eat is fresh food.  Its hard to store fresh food.  It doesnt’ keep.  The big secret is  . . . . . Preservatives are generally bad for you.

Now we are concentrating on what we actually eat, stocking up on things that are going to be used such as.

  • Non Reactive Almond Milk
  • Coconut Water
  • Cereal
  • Pastas
  • Brown Rice (only keeps for 6 monthes )

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