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By Kellene Bishop

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A real emergency will change who you are today if you aren’t prepared now, pure and simple.  The difference in personalities and decision making in the midst of an emergency is very much like a Jekyll and Hyde complex.  Whether you’ll be Jekyll or Hyde in an emergency is up to you today.  Which will you be?

Priorities.  We deal with them every single day.  But think about this for just a moment. If you had to make a choice to pay your mortgage or feed your family, which would you choose?  Exactly.  You’d feed your family.

If you are REALLY thirsty, what can possibly prevent you from satisfying that thirst with some cold water?  Exactly.  Not a thing.  You would even be tempted to drink from an unknown stream to quench that thirst.

Given that the determined quest for food, water and other necessities is so deeply ingrained in all of us, what makes being prepared with such items in the event of an emergency or crisis so hard to swallow?  Why is the concept of having food storage on hand so darn far fetched?  Do you really think that the government will save you?  Uh, have you ever heard of hurricane Katrina?  How about the Teton Dam break?  You’re going to bet your life and survival on people who can’t even read a bill before they vote on it, and can’t even fathom that you can’t write checks for money you don’t have? 

hurricane-preparedness-weekDo you really think that you can just go to the store when an emergency is announced?  Ahem.  Our food system runs on a maximum 3 day delivery cycle.  The food will be there for a maximum of 3 days, but much more likely for 30 minutes in the event of a looming crisis.  Imagine dealing with that in a pinch—ask yourself again, would you be Jekyll or Hyde?  Also, did anyone else catch the fact that our U.S. President announced last Thursday that it was Hurricane Preparedness Week—last WEEK?  Yeah, as of this past Monday through the end of the past week.  I sure hope he’s not the one announcing looming nuclear attacks or coming hurricanes!  It will be yesterday’s news by the time he gets around to it.

Perhaps you think that you can get enough food from your neighbor.  “Dude!”  You don’t have food storage.  The same goes for your parents or your kids.  What makes you think that these people have enough for you and your family too?  Even those who THINK they have enough food storage for a specific period of time are usually incorrect in their estimation, by a long shot!  Are you willing to bet your life that your neighbor would be willing to share with you OR that you will even be able to GET to your neighbor?  Did you ever think about a mandatory state of quarantine due to an epidemic?  In the event of an epidemic, you can’t expect to “pool” your resources either.  If you live in a group/community the only thing you’ll be pooling is DEATH.  That’s NOT a plan.

Perhaps you think that your church will help you.  While I believe that a church is certainly more organized and capable to handle a disaster than our own government, it’s still not realistic to expect a handout.  Basic math is against you on this one.  Compassion has nothing to do with it.  Because even churches that adamantly teach and preach food storage to their members only have enough supplies to help a mere four percent of their MEMBERS.  How do you like those odds?

Here’s the reality, folks.  Hurricane, earthquake, financial collapse, nuclear attack, solar burst, EMP attack, terrorist attack, unusual weather, water contamination, transportation crisis, food shortage, viral epidemic—all of these are very real and potential challenges we could easily face.  That, PLUS a lengthy loss of employment and income.  All real.  All viable.  All being PLANNED for by organizations all over the world.  What you have in your home right now is ALL that you can rely on for the well-being of you and your family!  Look around you.  Can you survive right now?  If not, FIX it.  Because you’re not going ANYWHERE if you’re quarantined due to an epidemic.  You’re not going to escape to Grandma’s house if nearly any one of these disasters hit.  So what OTHER kinds of warnings and evidences are you waiting for?

Are you kidding yourself into thinking that you’ll be willing to fight for food, water, shelter, etc “if you have to?”  Really?  You can’t even bring yourself to fill some water bottles and store food which is abundant around you right now.  What makes you think you’ll be strong and determined enough to provide for yourself in an emergency?

Come on.  PLEASE.  Get real.  Start NOW.  It’s not hard.  It’s NOT expensive.  It’s not a lot of work if you do it right!

hungerThe fact is Americans as a whole have NEVER experienced real hunger.  I think a woman who’s been on the grapefruit diet MAY know what hunger feels like.  Hunger and thirst do horrible, unfathomable things to our psyche and disposition.  I know that I turn into a shrew when I’m on a strict diet.  Imagine what would I would be like if I truly had no food, no way to provide for my family?  You can’t expect to be the same person during a crisis as you are today.  It’s impossible.  

So make some sound, common sense decisions now which you can implement in comfort today so that you aren’t forced to be something or someone you don’t want to be in the future.  Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde.  You decide.  

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World Health Organization (WHO) just increased their alert to Level 5 due to the swine flu epidemic.  They’ve never increased to to level 4 previously so there’s plenty of reason to take notice.  Got your food and water, folks?

http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-swine-alert30-2009apr30,0,6098426.story

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30398682/

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By Kellene Bishop

 

CORRECTION Mexico Flu

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Hopefully the news as of late regarding the spread of Swine flu has you concerned to some degree of your own exposure. Or perhaps the news has at least made you aware that your emergency preparedness supplies aren’t presently sufficient for such a crisis. If you’re becoming aware of such a situation, that’s actually the best thing that can result from the news of this epidemic. Because the good news is that you can be prepared for this and other like ailments by taking some proactive steps now.  Being prepared independently to handle such a crisis as a Swine flu epidemic is critical. Believing that life will always be “normal enough” for you to plan on having access to the “anti-virus” or vaccination shortly after the time of exposure is truly a gamble of Russian roulette proportions. 

First let’s look at some supplies that you will want to have on hand for external physical benefits.

 1. Breathing mask: A great deal of flu diseases are spread airborne. As such, being sure to protect your nose and your mouth from inhaling the disease or even from spreading it should you have been exposed to it is critical. Breathing masks are much like what you see on the doctors or nurses faces during a surgery. They do not have to be a heavy plastic. (In fact, if you do end up having to wear them for an extended period of time, you’ll wish that they aren’t heavy.) Instead, you can purchase lightweight version at your bulk wholesale stores. You will need to anticipate needed one per person in your home for each day that you may have to ride out an epidemic.

 

hand-sanitizer2. Hand Sanitizer: While washing your hands with hot soap and water frequently is preferable, it’s not realistic should you have to endure a bio-crisis such as this. So be sure that you have a quality hand sanitizer on hand. Again, you want to be sure that you do not underestimate the quantity of this item to have readily accessible. Not only will it prove useful for spreading a disease, but it’s ideal for everyday use as you ride out any other type of emergency which requires you to live off of your supplies.

 3. Homeopathic Remedies: It’s important that you familiarize yourself with herbal or other types of remedies that can assist individuals who are exposed to something like the Swine flu. The more universal the remedy is, the better so that you don’t have to become a “pharmacy” of remedies. Storage space is valuable, right? I’ve researched a great deal of remedies and my first advice to you is to partake of something regularly now which truly strengthens your immune system. Use a quality nutrition supplement now in order to ensure your health later when such a disaster may affect you. I strongly recommend products such as Reliv or Essiac tea to be made a part of your daily regime now as if you wait until you’re exposed to an airborne illness such as the Swine flu to imbibe, your symptoms will be drawn out, and your body will also have to struggle with the introduction to healthy materials in addition to fighting the flu. To clarify, when you ingest a product which is effective in fighting such a virus, and strengthening your immune system, there will inevitably be some “cleansing” of your body. Cleansing toxins from your body can actually stir things up and make you a bit ill initially. So it’s important that you focus on your health now, so that if you have to step up your natural remedies, the cure doesn’t harm you, so to speak.oil-of-oregano2

 

4. In addition to these remedies to begin ingesting now, (you can also use them for crisis remedies as well) here is a list of other alternative remedies you may want to have on hand: 

Zinc Lozenges
Echinacea
Goldenseal
Oil of Oregano (a dose of two drops tastes nasty, but it will kill most any virus.)
Oscillococcinum
Gelsemium
Bryonia
Rhus Tox

5. Knowledge: Yes, it’s true. You don’t want to bet your life on the utilizations of methods that you aren’t familiar with. So obtaining the knowledge you need to properly use such alternative methods is critical. The good news is that finding the right homeopathic medicine for the flu is actually relatively straightforward because the symptoms are easy to identify and universally evident in most flu strains. (Fever, body aches, sore throat, cough, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy.) Additionally, you can take comfort in the fact that homeopaths have treated viral illnesses, including the flu as early as the 1918 flu pandemic. A report from the American Institute of Homeopathy in 1921 documented the dramatic success of homeopathy in the worst flu pandemic in history. The death rate of 24,000 flu cases under conventional medical care in that study was 28.2 percent, while the death rate of 26,000 cases treated with homeopathy was a nearly miraculous 1.05 percent. Similarly, many homeopathic physicians each reported treating thousands of patients with very few deaths. So get armed with the necessary knowledge, and you will truly be prepared.

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