Seven Days of Self-Reliance

One week survival items to keep around the house.

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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
Seven Days of Self-Reliance
By Bev Sandlin
Natural or manmade disasters can occur! Blizzards, ice storms, severe thunderstorms, wind storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, fires, gas leaks, hazardous waste spillage, nuclear disasters, even something as mundane as transformer failures or traffic accidents taking down power poles can put you in a position where you must be self-reliant.  And a seven day power outage (And we have seen three week power outages in the U.S. as recently as Superstorm Sandy for tens of thousands of people.) can be a disaster!
What are the basics for you to survive without electricity, water service, heat, cooling, or sewage disposal for seven days in your home? What is the least you need to survive this?
If you have your Bug Out Bag stocked and ready to go and have a 72 hour In-Home Survival Box prepared, along with a Get Home Bag in your vehicle you are almost there! Refer to our compilation of print outs in The Basics tab at the top of home page bar.
Now it is up to you to decide how comfortable you (and your family) want to be for a week without power.
Necessary Additions to the 72 Hour Box for In-Home Survival:
1.   Toilet paper—at least two rolls per person.
2.   Additional water—at least one gallon per person per day.
3.   More paper plates, plastic utensils and paper towels.
4.   Four more days of canned and/or non-perishable foods. Your BOB and Get Home Bag probably only contain energy bars.
5.   More sturdy garbage bags for sanitation.
6.   Another roll of heavy duty aluminum foil.
7.   More replacement batteries for radio, flashlight and lantern.
8.   A box of baby wipes for sponge baths.
9.   More paper plates, utensils and paper towels.
10.   Baby powder for a dry hair wash and general freshener.
11.    One reusable emergency blanket per person if in a climate that gets below freezing.
Comfortable Self-Reliance for One Week
1.   A portable heater with enough fuel for a week. Be sure to have a working carbon monoxide detector.
2.   An extra bottle of propane for your grill for three seasons of cooking outside. A camp stove with extra fuel for inside cooking.
3.   Add comfort food to your supplies—chocolate, popcorn, mac and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, marshmallows… Whatever will store well and taste good to you and your family. A good quality manual can opener.
4.   A popup tent for “camping” in your living room or outside if the weather is nice.
5.   Scented candles for romance, room and people fresheners, and roasting marshmallows!
6.   A plastic, passive solar camp shower.
7.   Two coolers in case you can access ice to keep your refrigerated goods from spoiling and dry ice to keep your frozen foods from spoiling. If not, have a block party!
8.   More flashlights and lanterns.
9.   Decks of cards and games.
10.  Some wine or spirits to relax with.
Thriving Off-Grid for One Week
1.   If you have a natural gas furnace, a natural gas garage heater mounted in the basement or upstairs – will work without electricity? Heat rises and there will a comfortable area near the heater—these usually cost less than $300 installed. Be sure to have a working carbon monoxide detector.
2.   Upgrade to a gas range and you will have burners, and, check before you buy, an oven to back in or use as an extra space heater.
3.   A generator of at least 3500 watts (JOHN, WHAT DO YOU THINK? TO RUN A FRIDGE, LIGHTS, FURNACE, AIR CONDITIONER, ETC.? From Rourke: To run that much you will need a much larger generator. 3500 watts will suffice for a fridge, freezer, lights, box fan or two.  See this Home Depot page to add up all the electrical items wattage you wish to run and see the resulting sized generator. Better to go too big than too small.)
So it is your choice! Survive, be comfortable, or thrive and potentially be able to help others during a disaster!
A smile for you…
Yeah... Sure
Whenever your kids are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God’s omnipotence did not extend to God’s kids. After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve. And the first thing He said to them was: “Don’t.”
“Don’t what?” Adam replied.
“Don’t eat the forbidden fruit.” God said.
“Forbidden fruit? We got forbidden fruit? Hey, Eve…we got Forbidden Fruit!”
“No way!”
“Yes WAY!”
“Don’t eat that fruit!” said God.
“Because I’m your Father and I said so!” said God, wondering why he hadn’t stopped after making the elephants. A few minutes later God saw the kids having an apple break and was angry.
“Didn’t I tell you not to eat that fruit?” the First Parent asked.
“Uh huh,” Adam replied.
“Then why did you?”
“I dunno,” Eve answered.
“She started it!” Adam said.
“Did Not!”
“DID so!”
Having had it with the two of them, God’s punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own. Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed. But there is a reassurance in this story. If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give them wisdom and they haven’t taken it, don’t be hard on yourself. If God had trouble handling children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you?

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