Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Department of Redundancy Department

Someone told me once that Boeing has triple redundancy, that is, backups for their backups. 

Do you?

Plan A is what we usually run with every day.  Plan B is for emergencies or for when TSHTF...but what if Plan B doesn't work?  Then what?

Take, for example, a year's worth of food and supplies; that's your Plan B.  They run out, then what?  What is the redundancy you've built into your plans?

Theoretically, no 'normal' emergency would last a year; things would be back to 'normal' by then.  But, if SHTF, your year's worth of provisions can only be the tide-me-over until you get a garden going and create systems to fill in the gaps where needed, such as barter for the things you can't grow or make yourself.

Preparations for emergencies don't involve only material goods, however; they include learning skills and mentally preparing for one's own worst-case scenarios

Take stock not only of how many cans of this or that you have put by, but also of your skills and how you handle emergencies.  What can you learn that will make you more prepared mentally as well as physically? 
One person can't know or do it all, which is where community comes in, but the more you know the better off you will be, and knowledge in one area may well translate to another area.