BUT, paying down (or off) my credit card can be a part of the NEW, much more practical Hearth resolution I have chosen. (Drumroll please)
Yes, I am going to start prepping. As I look at all these websites and TV shows about prepping I think "Those people are nuts" Why would you spend a whole bunch of money on all sorts of stuff to survive a nuclear attack or a zombie apocalypse? I just want to survive the next major black out.
So I got to thinking. What is practical to prep for? What emergencies are my family most likely to face?
So here's my brainstorm:
(In no particular order)
- Power outage due to storms, whatever that was last time the whole Eastern seaboard went out and equipment failure
- Loss of heat due to equipment failure or power outage
- Loss of water due to a main break, plumbing issues, etc.
- Illness or injury
- Loss of income due to unemployment, illness or injury
- Fire. Gods forbid.
- Extreme weather, confining us to the home and limiting our ability to get to resources.
- Extreme weather or other condition requiring us to evacuate, limiting our access to the home for some time.
- Extreme weather or other condition causing serious damage to the house requiring immediate repair for the safety of the family and to prevent further damage to the house. Broken windows, leaks, torn off siding or roof shingles.
- Loss of transportation due to vehicle damage or malfunction.
- Being the target of criminal activity in the home, in the car, or out and about in the world
- Being charged with criminal activity or faced with a lawsuit
There we have 12 items I can review over the next 12 months. Assuming I keep on task here. The way the summer's been going... Well, I need to get back to some sort of normalcy around here.