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Preparedness Monday - Slightly Off Track

Preparedness Monday is slightly off-track seeing that today is Tuesday and what I had planned to blog about is going to wait until next week. I had planned on starting to talk about the ways I have started and added to my food storage as well as what I would like to do.

We are switching directions this week because I have felt guided towards this direction by our personal experiences at home. The feeling is strong enough now that I can not ignore it.

As most of you know, we lost our computer three weeks ago. What I didn't say is that we lost the computer very suddenly. Something "flashed" the hard drive and the motherboard. We did not have any bad weather that day nor any noticeable power surges in the house. I had just used the computer twenty minutes earlier with no problems. I had left the office to start supper and came back in to finish what I was reading on the computer. I noticed the computer was on the log-in screen and thought that was odd. I couldn't log in. I tried to restart the computer and it would not boot back up.

After a trip to the fix-it guy, I was told the computer needed a burial service. Not good. I just bought a computer today and with any luck we will have it in a week.

My point is: DO NOT DEPEND ON THE COMPUTER FOR YOUR SOURCES OF INFORMATION!!!

Did I sound like I was yelling? I probably am.

I am a girl who likes to have paper copies of almost everything I want to read and keep. Good thing too because when something happens (no power, emergencies, etc.) you will not be able to look the information up on the computer. You will need something tangible to read from and have at your fingertips.

No power? No computer. No power? A book will work!

If I read something online that I want to remember, I print off the information. I have binders that organized into various subjects: survival and preparedness, gardening, recipes, home ideas, kid ideas, etc. I put the information into one of those binders to keep at my fingertips. Not having a library of information could be the difference of being prepared and self-sufficient or being helpless and having a serious problem on your hands.

Start creating your preparedness library with what works for you. A few recommendations that I have are:

The Encyclopedia of Country Living

Making the Best of Basics Family Preparedness Handbook

Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times (Mother Earth News Wiser Living Series)

Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving

American Medical Association Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care

Have a great day and thanks for reading!

This has been added to the Preparedness Challenge #24!

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