When people ask me where they should be investing, I tell them my two favorite sectors are canned food and ammunition. Of course, I’m looking to get a laugh, but truth be told I am serious. At least about the food. I’ve been quietly growing an investment of non-perishable food for some time.
I will admit to having stayed up late at night watching the Nat Geo Channel, learning the many ways the world as we know it may soon end—from a global economic collapse to unfathomable horrors from outer space.
People, this is nothing new. There have always been gloom-and-doomers. When I was a kid, the doom du jour was communism. That led families to construct underground bomb shelters stocked with food and water. Then there was the Cuban missile crisis (oh, great, now I’m really dating myself), which I was certain we would not survive.
There have been untold numbers of “doomful” predictions having to do with bird flu, swine flu, HIV-Aids, tsunamis, meteors and all manner of fearful things that surely would wipe out life as we know it. Add Nostradamus and the ancient Mayans. I’ve heard it all.
Recently, National Geographic rolled out a new show, “Doomsday Preppers,” featuring ordinary, everyday people who are reacting and responding to potential disasters.
One guy here in California is prepping for an earthquake that might flatten Los Angeles. He’s learned to live off shrubs and weeds, and carries a flint to build fires.
A woman in Texas is expecting an unusually nasty oil crisis. The Houston party girl built an impressive survival cache in her tiny apartment, and she practices nighttime backpacking routes to get out of a city she expects will be completely blacked out.
Another Texan profiled foresees a polar shift, where the entire Earth will be doing a backflip on its axis. He’s constructed a home near San Antonio, using eight steel shipping containers, and loaded it up with enough food and ammo to last for 20 years.
So, do I line up with these extremists? Not at all. I find it entertaining but certainly not realistic or reasonable. The other extreme is to not be prepared at all, however, which also is unacceptable. To me, building a reasonable emergency supply of food for my family is responsible. It’s insurance.
In my adult lifetime, my husband and I have paid close to $100,000 for insurance (automobile, homeowner, health, etc.). We’ve filed precious few claims; nowhere close to the premiums paid. Do I regret it? No! I am grateful we have not faced devastating tragedy.
To me, food and survival supplies in reasonable amounts are just as much insurance as our policies that cover household disasters. These things give me peace of mind and assurance that I will be able to protect my property, my family and my life in the event of emergencies or disasters.
One challenge with building a stockpile of food the way I’m doing it is that it takes a long time. Another option is to invest in a ready-made stockpile from a reputable company like Mountain House. Their freeze dried meals are really tasty, convenient to store, easy to prepare and they have a long shelf life.
Done reasonably, emergency preparedness in whatever form it takes, is not whacky.
And, I intend to do everything in my power to encourage you to follow my lead.
Are you prepared for an emergency or disaster? Let me know in the comments section below.
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