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Preparedness IS – Readiness IS

English: Food storage area of the San Diego Fo...

English: Food storage area of the San Diego Fort in Acapulco, Mexico (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Preparedness is a list of foods and  goods gathered for emergencies!


Readiness is understanding how to use said goods and the knowledge of how to adapt in the middle of said crisis.


Like the cartoons I used to read that said “Happiness is…”

I wanted to share a few of the things that mean to me

Preparedness and Readiness

Preparedness is… Food Storage, 72 hour kits, and Water

Readiness is… having  food, water, and shelter no matter what

Preparedness is… A couple of pair of warm, clean socks!

Readiness is… A fire drill plan and practice

Preparedness is… A 72 hour kit (again YES! Do You Have Yours Yet?)

Readiness is… Knowing when to evacuate safely

Preparedness is… The food storage list being checked off

Readiness is… Baking your own bread ANYWHERE!

Preparedness is… Making sure you have some emergency supplies and tools in your car!

Readiness is…–> Survival Skills: Hunting, fishing, foraging, building shelters (everything they taught you in scouting!)

Preparedness is… A Full tank of gas when fueling stations are either dry or lined up for miles!!!

Amusing Video On Disaster Preparedness:

I am sure there are a lot more things we could add to this list!

What is on your list for Preparedness and Readiness?

Are you worth your salt and electrolytes?

Among our staples for food storage

English: A pile of Iodised salt.

English: A pile of Iodised salt. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

should be salt. Lots of it.


The phrase “Are you worth your salt” was an insult in ancient times if the answer came as “no”. Meaning that if a particular person thought you were  unworthy they might steal your salt rations!


Along with our salt we should stock those awesome sports powders that replenish our electrolytes for times when we are exerting a lot of energy and efforts.


Salt is important in many ways. In ancient times if you did not have salt you had no meat. Curing meats meant you had necessary proteins. Proteins are extremely important to supplying necessary building blocks back to the body’s muscle structure.


The following video shows a basic set up for preserving pork using salt and smoke. This process can be used for beef and venison as well as fish. (Warning this video is a little graphic but not too gross! )



It is extremely important that salt we will be consuming be iodized. Iodized salt is used to help reduce the incidence of iodine deficiency in humans.  Keep salt in storage in a dry cool place and you won’t have to worry about it going bad. If it gets damp however it will be ruined.

Electrolytes are in essence salts. We need them to stay healthy and hydrated.


In oral rehydration therapy, electrolyte drinks containing sodium and potassium salts replenish the body’s water and electrolyte levels after dehydration caused by exercise and [other dehydrating conditions.]

Pedia-care for younger children and adult sports drinks are a great addition to food storage and can definitely be better for us than other less healthy drinks. They can help us replenish needed minerals and just be a great beverage. They are also a good addition to a 72 hour kit. Place a few portions of powdered sports drink in small sealed canisters to add to water bottles.


Are you worth your salt?

Pillaging is NOT Preparedness

I have often heard people respond

Mad Max

Mad Max (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

to preparedness with the comment that they are going to pillage preppers stores.

Let me elaborate a little more on this topic.

I understand this macho comment is a very narrow view of what is going to really happen if the SHTF as we know it and we really find ourselves in a Mad Max society.

I am sure I am not the only one who has heard this one. Trusted friends who say they are just going to rob and kill people who have set up a back up. This statement has me really looking at the reasoning behind this attitude.

Beware of the Ostriches

First up we have the head in the sand phenomenon that goes with personalities of this type. These are the ostriches we need to be wary of. Usually they are brash and harsh in the way they carry themselves. I could go into pages of reasons they want to compensate but that is another blog in itself.

My concern is that the more I hear this the better you and I need to prepare to confront this outlook. The family I have is sacred enough to protect and defend in times of trouble and I do not understand the reasoning behind leaving behind your safe house to steal from another what you could have readily stocked yourself.

Pillaging requires:

  • A) A high amount of physical energy
  • B) Weapons and ammo to make it there and back (where ever there is!)
  • C) Knowledge of Combat tactics
  • D) A way to get back ALIVE to your safe house with the goods you took!

SO, you have left your family in the lurch by going out to conquer and pillage. You have left them to die? It occurs to me these individuals are the ones truly in the delusion that the world is theirs to claim. What they fail to understand is they will find others like them and suffer attack and injury and possibly fatal consequences of their own misguided deeds. They can probably achieve a couple of treasures for the take but the odds of them making it back to their strong holds are minimal.

These so called friends probably will be carrion for the crows in the fields.

Be prepared and beware of the pillagers.

Spam Talk On Survival Recovery

Spam or spam – Observations on Survival Recovery


Spam (Photo credit: kellinahandbasket)

Spam the meat product by Hormel is a staple item in a long term food storage plan.

Talking about Spam on Survival Recovery seemed appropriate today because of it’s unique status. It’s content is a wonderful contribution to emergency preparedness as part of the protein food group.

It is a meat product that can keep for years if stored in cool temperatures. Using it is easy. Simply remove the can opener key and insert into the can tab on the side. Turn the key until the tab strip has completely opened this little rectangular can and you slide the contents out. (Older cans had this feature)

Dice it up into small squares for adding to dishes or fry with scrambled eggs or seasoned rice. It can make a good sliced meat addition to a survival meal. Just warm it up in a frying pan. It can also be eaten right out of the can. Many islander residents use it in traditional ethnic recipes. It is a necessary source of protein in their culture because of the lack of grazing area for cattle and other meat source animals. That and it’s a really handy item to have in the pantry.

English: Two small cans of Spam. One is closed...

English: Two small cans of Spam. One is closed and the other open and sliced. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My addition of Spam is also relevant to some of the commentary we are receiving here on Survival Recovery. Post a link that is NOT a related subject and you will not be approved. Where the wonderful food product Spam, gets stored, saved, and eaten your spam gleeful gets tossed in the trash bin!

Interaction brings good results and a posting on our comments board. Quality links will be posted!

To be approved:

  • First – good grammar.
  • Second – GOOD CONTENT!
  • Third: Quality Site Links

Sharing information is important in preparedness and there are many, many great sources to be had.

Like the canned meat Spam, your spam may sit on the shelf collecting dust never to see the light of day. If it is beyond the use by date it will go into the trash.

Just a thought… 😉

Awareness is your most important survival skill!

Being able to access a situation no matter what is going on and be alert to possible dangers is in my opinion it the most important skill you can use for survival. Sensing potential threats or trouble is possible with a few well practiced exercises. Really start paying attention to what is around you and think about the what if’s related to your activity. I have done this for years because of situations that have occurred in my life. Surviving the streets and a couple of assaults taught me a lot about this. Having small children in the home does, too. If that kid is quiet something is up! A mother’s intuition is always on full alert.

In this video is some very good, practical advice for mind prep and being aware of what could happen if you are not paying attention. It is not just about firearms it’s about your personal space as well.

COMBAT TRIAD : Self Defense Firearm Fundamentals

Get thinking about where your awareness potential may have a weak spot. We have to face facts that our world is not Mayberry. Our lives and our family’s safety may just depend on this kind of information!

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