Friday, June 10, 2016

Our Story - How We Got Started in Preparedness

We're still fairly new to being and getting prepared. Our story is simple and sets up the entire logic behind our style of preparedness and our general beliefs.

In March of 2014, we were still living in North Carolina. We probably considered ourselves "prepared" because we had a flashlight.

If you live in the Southeast or have friends or family that do, you know that we battled ice storms. We had a huge one in late February/early March and we woke up to the sounds of transformers blowing left and right. My husband said, "if you want to shower, you better do it now, we won't have hot water for a while."

He was exactly right. We were without power for four days and we quickly learned that we were very unprepared.

We had flashlights but that's about it. We walked outside that morning to look at the damage, we quickly noticed we were the only ones on the block without a generator.

The next four days were definitely a bonding experience but not one either of us wanted to repeat.

We spent a lot of time trying to find restaurants with power, eating anything in our fridge that didn't need to be cooked and playing cards but candlelight. The one candle we had was our unity candle from our wedding.

That experience helped us see that all of the people we've heard talk about getting prepared weren't crazy, not at all. There are plenty of life's "little emergencies" that warrant a little bit of planning and preparedness. A few months later I took a job in the emergency preparedness industry and from there on we've been slowly but surely getting prepared. Not necessarily for a big collapse or natural disaster but any type of emergency.

I wanted to share this story because it wasn't some big catastrophic event that fueled our fire but an everyday occurrence that can and does happen to everyone.

What's your story?

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