At one time I thought "preparedness" meant you stored a whole bunch of food but my thought was that if your emergency lasted any amount of time, you would be better off learning how to produce that food instead of storing food because when you ran out of your stores, you would need to know how to do without them or produce your own. I still believe that this is true but a recent post on the forum ,"The Colony" post, has taught me a lot.
Our scenerio in our Colony post was really basic, all the food was poisoned and you couldn't buy anymore. We are going day by day on what we think would happen to our family. Immediately we all realized that we didn't have enough of anything stored.
I think sometimes people fool themselves about how prepared they are for any disaster. I don't know how many times I have heard people say, "Well, we have the garden and the chickens so we would be alright." Are you kidding me? Unless that garden is an acre and those chickens are large enough to be meat birds and can brood and hatch their own (and you can live without meat until they do), you don't have a decent source of food. You might be slightly better than a person without chickens but not by much.
What our Colony post did was made us realize that we could survive but we would survive a lot better if we had certain things stored. For weeks now this has changed my whole way of shopping. Stocking up on necessities has become so much more important.
Not everyone will have the same list of necessities. It all depends on your situation. I have always had kerosene lamps and candles stored because we have lost power during the winter several times for a couple days each time and I know I will need these. I did not have to add these to the things I needed to store, however I didn't have a good supply of matches or lighters. None of us smoke so we just hadn't had a lot of need for these.
Food is, of course, on everyones list and we had quite a bit but there were some things that our house would be lacking if we couldn't get to the store each week. I had to stock up on more flour, sugar and salt to name a few. I got a really good deal on coffee so there are 5 of those large cans stuffed up in that cupboard.
Canning jar lids was one of the first things that came up in our "Colony" posts on the forum. I kept very few extra in the house so for several weeks now I have been buying extra each week.
Yeast and having a working sourdough starter became extremely important again, along with baking powder and baking soda. How could you bake anything without these?
As our Colony game goes along we are still finding things to store and learn how to do or make, so if you want to see where you are lacking as far as preparedness goes, come play Colony with us or just play it by yourself. Write your own Colony post for each day and see how well you do.
You can see our Colony post here: http://simplyselfsufficiency.yuku.com/topic/917