I haven't posted a great deal during COVID-19, and the governmental oversteps and shortages that followed. I think some people thought this would increase the number of posts, but frankly there is no reason. In my first book, Rational Preparedness: A Primer to Preparedness, I am seeking to prepare the reader to do two things. Prepare the family for emergencies that necessitate an emergency evacuation, and two, prepare for circumstances that necessitate sheltering in place. All emergencies fall into either one action or the other. (I do understand that some of them require sheltering in place while planning a speedy retreat from the area. ) Covid and the governmental oversteps which have occurred is no different. These happenings simply take you to being a more independent family unit or individual than you were before.
You need remember just a few things.
1. Your children need to hear that you will move Heaven and Earth to keep them safe, whatever the circumstances.
2. Stand tall. No employer should be able to mandate an injection of anything, just as they cannot demand you relinquish a kidney for them, or have an abortion because it will be inconvenient for the office for you to be having a baby in the Summer, or near Christmas. Always keep your resume updated, and keep an on paper notebook of places you could work in an emergency. Sometimes, taking a vacation from your ordinary field of work is a blessing, ask any of the nurses who have.
3. Always have some emergency food. The way banks are working today, you could be separated from your own money for a week or two. Keep some cash well hidden in your home for just such emergencies. You should also have emergency food within your home.
4. Buy medications ahead whenever possible. Do the same with prescription medications your family uses long term, if you can.
5. It's always a good idea to know where you might move, and to what state and area, should things become rapidly inhospitable where you are. There are times to hold on to the homestead, and there are times to flee.
6. Although every personal circumstance has challenges, they all also have advantages. You don't have to solve everyone's problems right now. Solve your own and solve those of your own family.
7. If you're homeschooling, please know that your children will learn more from you than from any other teacher they ever have. Take a deep breath. Teach gradually. Celebrate the small victories and know that the sooner YOU choose their curriculum, and not the government schools do, then the better.
More to come.