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Answering Your Questions: Preparedness

March 8, 2013

Q.  Andrea asked, “What I’ve always wondered is if we had a true disaster like a tornado, all my water & stores of food & flashlights & probably even the (anchored down) generator itself, would all go up in the funnel & land in the next county before we hardly knew what hit us. You’ve seen people going through the rubble after a tornado.  There’s no way gallons of water or cupboards filled with food stores could survive that.  So I’ve always wondered…. why go to the extent of all that preparedness, if it’s going to be sucked up like Dorothy of Oz anyway? You know what I mean?”

Read our interview with Kelly Crawford who survived a tornado and shares the lessons she learned.

Read our interview with Kelly Crawford who survived a tornado and shares the lessons she learned.

A. Excellent question, Andrea!  Thank you for being so bold to ask!  

I think what makes this site unique is that we are not preparing only for the end of the world, the proverbial zombie Apocalypse, but also for “life’s happenings.” Sure, we might have to face “The Big One” in our lifetime. But for sure we will have to deal with things like the Santa Ana winds knocking at our power for a week, gas and food shortages, etc.  In California at least, we have had to deal with these things in the past year.

I think preparing for the major disaster can be really daunting and freeze a lot of us in our tracks. Because we can’t do everything, we do nothing. What we’ve been striving for at The Provision Room is to begin by preparing for the small things-–for the spouse who loses a job, for a downturn in whatever market you’re working in, for power outages, wind storms and skyrocketing grocery and gas prices. And then gradually to build our storehouses and supplies for the big disaster.

How each of us plans for that will be different, of course.  Our big risk in Southern California is a major earthquake.  For some others it might be the tornado or hurricane or ice storm.

I think there are a few things that we emphasize that you don’t really see in other preparedness websites.

1) We are always encouraging our readers to prepare, but also to put their trust in the Lord.  “Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.”  Psalms 127: 1  That is why you’ll see us start each week with prayer.  As Oswald Chambers wrote, “Prayer doesn’t prepare us for the greater work.  Prayer is the greater work.”

2) We want our readers to build community–-through their churches, neighborhoods, friends.   If we are going to survive life’s happenings, we’ve got to do it together.  If we can share knowledge and resources we are so much stronger.  Perhaps you’ve got a bumper crop of tomatoes, maybe you can share with a friend in exchange for help with the canning and processing.  Maybe you can do auto-repairs and your neighbor is a whiz at carpentry–share skills.  Not only will you save money, you’ll both come out stronger and better prepared for the future.

“More than simply soccer moms, Radical Homemakers are men and women who have chosen to make family, community, social justice and the health of the planet the governing principles of their lives.  They reject any form of labor or the expenditure of any resource that does not honor these tenets.  For about five thousand years, our culture has been hostage to a form of organization by domination that fails to honor our living systems, where “he who holds the gold makes the rules.”  By contrast, Radical Homemakers use life skills and relationships as a replacement for gold, on the premise that he or she who doesn’t need the gold can change the rules.  The greater our domestic skills, be they to plant a garden, grow tomatoes on an apartment balcony, mend a shirt, repair an appliance, provide for our own entertainment, cook and preserve a local harvest or care for our children and loved ones, the less dependent we are on the gold.” (Shannon Hayes in Radical Homemakers)

3) Our preparedness is not only for ourselves.  If we are better prepared for whatever life throws at us we can be a true light to the world and a help to others in times of need.  For example, if there is another big storm resulting in another large scale power outage in our valley, instead of rushing to the store and trying to find food and gas we can share food with our neighbors and help with the clean-up.  If a disaster takes all your storehouses, fall back to point #2 above.  Hopefully your community is also prepared.  If you’re not sure your friends are prepared, why not pass along our website to them.  Pick a do-able goal, such as the 72 Hour Food Kit, and work on it together!

Have a question for us?  We try to answer one every Friday!  Ask away!  Anything goes!  You may email us at, leave us a comment on Facebook, or drop us a comment right here on the blog.

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