Surprising Statistics on American Preparedness

Today I discovered some Surprising Statistics on American Preparedness, from the FEMA website.

  • 44% of all Americans do not have first-aid kits in their homes.
  • 48% of all Americans do not have any emergency supplies stored up at all.
  • 53% of all Americans do not have a 3 day supply of nonperishable food and water in their homes.

Imagine how these number are when applied to a global scale. What can we do to make these numbers better?

I don’t believe we can fix this situation for everyone, but we can ensure that our friends and family are covered. When you are prepping, take into account those in your lives, who do not prep. If you know, deep in your heart, that you’ll be providing for those, in your life, who didn’t prepare, stock up when you can.

  • Store more water, you can always recycle empty 2 liter bottles or buy some containers designed to hold water.
  • Have a means to filter more water. You can boil, treat with bleach, or use a big filter (Big Berkey or build your own)
  • Stock up on buckets or bags of rice and buckets or bags of beans. Sure it isn’t fancy, but its food.
  • Get a couple air rifles, slingshots, bows and arrow and traps to acquire food.
  • Get some books on foraging and wild edibles.
  • A method to cook this food. After the propane runs out on our Gas Grills, we may be using campfire tripods, dutch ovens, griddles, skillets and camp grills. Practice now, and have some family fun with it.
  • Have a means to heat without electricity or gas. This leaves us with using a Wood stove or fireplace. Make sure to have a proper chimney installed or your current chimney inspected before building a fire.
  • Extra sleeping bags, those unprepared loved ones are probably here for the long haul.
  • Heirloom seeds to grow food. Add some gardening tools, like shovels, rakes and hoes, so you can put all these unprepared people to work in the garden.
  • Toss in a nice sized first-aid kit or two!

While we can’t take care of everyone, we do have a responsibility to help our friends and loved ones, as much as we can. These Surprising Statistics on American’s Preparedness show us, that we’re going to have a lot of company invited and uninvited. Prepare well, my friends!

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