Every time there is a natural disaster, I think about preparedness and how I know we should have food and water stored in case we should be the next people impacted by such forces of nature. When I think of this, I always think, “Do we have to eat beans and rice to get through?” That’s what I always imagine in the big blue tub that I think I would store the stuff in. I don’t know why, really. Two hard and heavy food items that require hours of cooking are not the best thing. Add to that the fact that neither are things we eat anyway, and you get an insight into how hard it is for me to replace a picture that I already have in my head even when I know it isn’t viable. That is an entirely different post, however.
Paleo preparedness has been on my mind for a number of reasons. The biggest, of course, is because of the recent storm damage in the northeastern portion of the US. There is so much destruction there. So many people are without shelter, food, and/or safe drinking water. Every report I hear breaks my heart even more. Those reports also remind me that I’m not ready for a disaster. I’ve also just finished reading The Hunger Games Trilogy in five days. That was just the lead up to the survival class that a number of QFitters and non-QFitters will be taking this Saturday at Willow Haven Outdoor. And, we watch a lot of SciFi television and movies. What I know is this. QuantumFit offers me the functional fitness that I need to scale mounds of debris, haul myself out of a hole, climb a tree to see what is around me, and to travel far enough on foot to get out of the city and to someplace safe if I need to. The rest is up to me.
What is at first glaringly obvious to me is that I was not thinking very broadly. Our vegetables are always fresh. Our meat is fresh or from the freezer. We never eat canned tuna or the like. So, some of the most obvious items just weren’t in my mind. Reading a couple of articles, though, has me back to the world of common sense. It’s not really difficult, it just has to be done.
We’re making a plan for our pantry. We’re going to learn how to start a fire, make a snare, build a shelter, and access safe water. I’m shopping for a take-down recurve bow. We’re mindful of the triggers to know when to stay put and when to travel. We’re aware of herbal/plant-based remedies that grow in our area should we need them. CPR. Check. First Aid. Check.
The fact of the matter is, when I read the books and watch the shows and movies, I always imagine myself in the role of the person doing the saving, not the person needing saved. I can’t be sure that will be the case. However, should it happen that I’ve not been immediately incapacitated by whatever event might make the above necessary, I want to be sure I’m able to help myself and, thereby, be able to help the survivors around me. This keeps me motivated to become increasingly fit, stay healthy, learn new skills, and keep myself aware of what’s happening around me.
What are you doing to be prepared?