It surprises most people when I tell them that I store and maintain a year’s supply of food, or that I keep a supply of purified water on hand for emergencies. They usually say something like: “Oh, so you’re one of THOSE people.” I can only assume that by “those people” they mean “nut-jobs”, but I don’t let it bother me. If they want to ignore the fact that we’re in the worst economic crisis since the great depression, and all indicators show that it’s not getting any better, (despite what the president keeps telling us) that’s up to them.

I’m not sure exactly when being prepared to survive started to become equated with “crazy”, or “paranoid”. I remember my grandparents used to keep a cellar-full of home-canned foods, and always kept their pantry well stocked with dried foods and other staples. Nobody every called them “one of those people” or thought they were “kooks”.

But they lived during the great depression, and were well aware that if times were good right now, there’s no reason to believe that it’s ALWAYS going to be that way. And as just about anyone can attest, times right now are NOT good, and they seem to be getting worse.

Food prices keep going up, and the unemployment rate shows no signs of of going down. While the current administration keeps telling us that the economy is in recovery, the rest of us still have yet to see any proof of that. The unemployment rate is creeping towards 10%, the government keeps spending like crazy, and the Federal Reserve keeps printing more and more money, further inflating our currency! If you think these tax increases won’t affect you because you don’t own a business, or your tax bracket isn’t that high, think again. It’ll affect you at the cash register when you buy your food and other necessities.

It has never been more important to begin taking steps to make sure that you and your family can survive this uncertain economic situation. Storing food now will safeguard yourself against rising food costs, or an unexpected loss of income.

One of the things that you can do to to prepare for an unforeseen financial crisis is learn how to can and preserve your own food, and how to build a personal food bank to ride out tough times. Don’t be concerned about being labeled “one of those people”. It’s better to be well prepared, and buy your food now before prices go up much higher. When those who scoff are struggling to make ends meet, you’ll have secured a reliable food supply for yourself and your family for some time to come.

Copyright (c) 2010 Ed Corcoran

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