The Frugal Thriveologist

Thriving Family Preparedness Basic's



LET ME ASK YOU A VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION?

WHAT IS MOST PRECIOUS  TO YOU?
  
YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, RELATIVES, YOUR BUSINESS?
" OR"  YOUR PEACE OF MIND KNOWING ALL OF THESE HOLD A PLACE IN YOUR HEART...

ALL ARE SO VERY IMPORTANT AND ALL MAKE OUR LIVES WORTH LIVING...
 

It is hard to believe that anything could happen to disrupt your life...
We hope and pray that we live the normal life....

BUT... WHAT...IF... That should be challenged?

What If, there was something that completely disrupted your flow of life?
(Phone's down) (Power outage)  (Earth quake) (Job Loss)

You pick the the disruption.....

Are you ready to keep living the same comfortable way?  (You should be)

What plans do you have in place?

ASK YOURSELF.... What am I going to do?  (You are not alone!)
(Only 1 In every 1000 families think about this, even more do nothing)

Where and When to Begin?

START BY
 
gathering your thoughts... Go to your Garage hook up your light source, grab the generator,  (get power going) Get out your plan for gathering the family... Give direction to each member of the family on what to do!!! (you do have a list of duties, Right?)


Grab your back up cooking gear, pull your back up water source, ration out the basic amount for each day (not knowing how long the challenge will be) plan menus with what is in the refer first, then freezer then your freeze dried supply's.   Prepare your portable toilette's, and methods of hygiene.  AND "THRIVE" THIS IS JUST THE START.... 

"DISASTER PREPAREDNESS IS NOT A GAME ANY MORE" 


Look around the world,

Mass population,

Cultures clashing,

Massive amounts of  unemployed population areas, 

And ...
All the Natural Disasters  

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If you have nothing Now!
You will have nothing,
  when the "Shtf"

There are 5 basic HUMAN NEEDS TO SURVIVE A DISASTER.
tHESE NEEDS ARE SIMPLE-
LOW COST-
EASY TO PUT TOGETHER-
TAKE UP VERY LITTLE SPACE-
CAN EVEN FIT INTO A BACK PACK.

Do you have questions on how to get started? 
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Email: The Frugal Thriveologist




WATER IS THE FIRST OF THE 5 BASICS AND THE MOST IMPORTANT


Potable Water Preparedness

Having fresh drinking water is something I think most people take for granted. But if the faucets quit running, or the water coming out of them is unsafe, we would quickly find ourselves in trouble! The rule of threes tells us that the average human can go three days without water. But that doesn’t say how bad you’ll be feeling after just one day without water. It doesn’t say that if the temps are hotter you could very well have less than three days to live without water.

The rule of threes also doesn’t say how people will act when they realize they can’t depend on the tap to give them safe drinking water. Over the last few years I have read of multiple water main breaks, or accidental spills that polluted various cities’ water supplies. 

 

Water Filters and Purifiers

I firmly believe everyone should own a water purifier as a part of their preps. However, this is not a silver bullet that will fix all of your water problems. One other thing to keep in mind about purifying water is that many means of purifying only take care of bacteria and viruses. Boiling, for example, will kill all bacteria and viruses by the time the water begins to boil but will not remove any of the chemicals that were in that water. The same can be said for UV purifiers, Iodine and water purification tablets.

Water Storage

There is a rule of thumb about water storage that says to store one gallon of water per person per day for drinking. My problem with this rule is that I drink that much per day now, and I am not exerting myself like I might be when the stuff begins to fly. The temps where I live are also much cooler than they will be in a few months. I have also heard people say to store two gallons, using the second gallon for cooking and cleaning. I think this number is actually safer, but now you need to increase the amount of storage needed.

I have seen some water storage systems that use multiple 55 gallon food grade drums to store water. While this is a great idea, it requires a good amount of space to house the drums, not to mention the cost of the barrels. Should you have to leave your home...55 gallon barrels are 450 pounds, they will not fit in your car...
  

Water Procurement

What I mean by “water procurement” is the ability to find water nearby (within walking distance) that you could bring home to purify. I can think of five places nearby where I could get water, but I live in the land of lakes, not to mention rivers, streams, ponds and so on, so I realize I have it easier than some of you in this regard.

Here are a few places that are not natural bodies of water that I keep in mind for procuring water. Nearby swimming pools; yes they have chlorine but that will off-gas in a matter of days. Depending on where you live, hot water heaters also hold 30-40 gallons (some more). I had two rain barrels going last year. Within minutes of a moderate rainfall, they were both full. The water was filthy, so it would definitely need to be filtered.
 

Putting it All Together

We don’t know what might happen to threaten our supply of drinking water, so there is no single silver bullet solution. What is the answer to this problem? Redundancy! I think it is wise to consider all of the above and incorporate them into your preparations. Have some water stored to get you through small emergencies, but also know multiple locations near you where you can procure more water, be they natural or man-made. Have a means to purify that water.


THE RULE OF 3:
The average person can survive:
About three weeks without food...
About 3 hours in the weather (Hot/Cold) without shelter
About three minutes without air
About three days without water...
(If you do not have water.  your stored food does not help you to survive)




FOOD IS THE NEXT BASIC YOU MUST HAVE TO SUSTAIN LIFE


The Average Family and the food delivery Infrastructure


The Average Family

I have seen it stated on several websites that the average family has less than a week’s worth of groceries at home. I don’t know if that is true, but a week to ten days sounds about right to me for an average. This is fine as long as the grocery store has food waiting for you when you next need to go shopping.

Just In Time Delivery

Grocery stores today have approximately enough perishable inventories to stock shelves for around three days without truck deliveries before running out. Just think back to the last big hurricane or blizzard on the east coast. It never fails that there are empty grocery shelves in most stores.

Supply Chain

This supply chain has many, many links. The following is a gross simplification but gets the point across. It starts with the local grower who uses herbicides and pesticides to make sure their yield is as high as possible. They have to hope for perfect weather, as one frost can mean ruin. This has happened a few times in Florida.

Next is delivery to the stateside buyer, which isn’t terribly difficult but if the grower is in another country it often means a plane ride. Then there is distribution to the local market here in the USA, which is done by train and by truck.

“At what point does the trucker decide the little bit of money he still gets to keep isn’t worth it and just stays home?


If There Is a Disaster Or Significant Event...
You must continue to eat very healthy... you will burn more calories, be under more stress... get less sleep.

High sodium foods will increase muscle  strain, heart attacks and will kill a percentage of sick and elderly friends and family.

I CAN NOT STRESS ENOUGH HAVING AT LEAST 3 MONTHS FOOD & WATER SUPPLY ON HAND, THIS SHOULD BE THE THE MINIMUM FOR EACH MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN YOUR FAMILY. (Also include your pets)
AND PLEASE DON'T LIVE ON BEANS AND RICE, YOU WON'T LIVE LONG. 



SHELTER IS VERY IMPORTANT


Most all of you will have a home that will be your shelter. BUT think about protecting your home. When things get crazy... everyone without shelter is coming to your place...
Just getting out of the cold, wind and rain will save their life.


SECURITY MUST BE CONSIDERED:

Protecting your family and property is very important. Don't wait till the event starts, to figure out security measures... Have motion sensors and lights, prepare to confront hungry fathers looking for food. (Remember... ONLY 1 out of every 1000 families even think about Preparing their family for the many Natural disasters that strike at the World every day).

ENERGY IS ESSENTIAL  

Have resources to cook food, heat water, back up batteries for lights and small equipment is essential. Back up generator can come in pretty handy(so does fuel to run it)
Get with your neighbors and make a small community plan. You can not have everything, BUT you can share.
 

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