Sunday, April 3, 2011

Part of the solution

I have a confession.  We just recently ordered our supply of K103 Potassium Iodide.  We were part of the pathetic masses that caused a run with all of the K103 suppliers, resulting in a temporary shortage of K103 at a critical moment in the history of nuclear catastrophes.  We were part of the problem.

Preparedness, in general, presupposes being prepared.  We are the ones who always have extra coleman fuel "just in case".  We have stores of food, medical supplies, clothing, com gear, baby diapers and, of course, feminine hygiene products.  We stock tow straps, motor oil, nuts and bolts and welding rod.  Basically, we've got the beans, bullets and band-aids covered.  But not the K103.  We'd thought about it on numerous occasions, but we prided ourselves on not being "that" paranoid.  Really, would we want to live through a nuclear attack?  A nuclear accident never even occurred to us!  And then when it happened, we became part of the problem.

The reality of the matter is that ALL preppers that I know have the intention of helping not just themselves, but innumerable members of their family, their friends and those less prepared (I was going to say less fortunate, but I truly believe we have all had the chance to see the signs of the times and prepare!).  They fully intend to be part of the solution when TEOTWAWKI strikes, not yet another drain on already taxed resources.  The minute turmoil strikes, these forward thinking families will immediately jump into action.  Because of their prepared mindset, they will be the ones offering aid and comfort to a world gone mad.  But only if they truly have thought of every eventuality and have taken appropriate measures to prepare for the very likely scenarios destined for their backyard.

The situation in Japan has been sobering on many counts.  It has made me think along lines I had not previously explored.  It has reminded me, yet again, how very vulnerable we all are.  It has redoubled my resolve to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.

Truth be told, we should have had a supply of K103 in store.  With the advent of the nuclear crisis in Japan, we should have been able to ship our supply to Japan and then resupplied when the panic died down.  Not only should our family have been protected, we should have had the ability to provide for other families as well.  Shame on us.

As preppers, the signs of the times are as numerous as roadsigns on a major highway.  But like roadsigns, we often just pass them unnoticed.  Now is the time to slow down, read the signs and act accordingly.  If you live near a fault line, prepare for an earthquake - it is coming.  If you live near a nuclear power plant, prepare for an nuclear accident.  If you live near an ocean, prepare for a tsunami.  If you live in the city, prepare for civil unrest, rioting and looting.  If you live in tornado country, prepare for a tornado.  If you have a job and a steady income, prepare to lose it.  Think now to live later.  Be part of the solution - don't be part of the problem.


  1. Nicely said. I know a lady in the next town who has spent the last 6 months building a supply of foodstuff, pushing to get out of debt, cashed out her retirement/investments prematurely and payed off her house. And one day last week she asked her husband "How was work?" and he replied, "Awkward." and she asked, "Why" and he said he lost his job. She thought he was kidding. He was not. We talked the next day and she was praising God for how He led her into choices that will make the days ahead easier. Disasters happen every day.

    The flip side of preparedness is exemplified by my husband's cousin whom I've mentored in coupon shopping, keeping a stock, and repeatedly warned that hard times are coming. I must not be an apt teacher because she has taken up an expensive hobby. Over spring break she decided to take a trip to "Hell", a town in some northern state (she lives in the south). She is enjoying some fad called letterboxing?
    She carved a personal stamp, traveled hundreds of miles in order to say she's been to Hell, followed clues to locate a hidden book and stamped it, then put the Hell stamp in her book, then hid this for someone else to find. Hummmmm, and I'm supposed to take care of her clan? Oh PLEASE, just tell me where I can hide, it would be so much easier!

  2. Very well put. It is hard to think of everything, though. I know one thing I have that isn't strictly necessary is some baby bottles and nipples. I figure is someday a baby happens by in need, I can fix goat milk for it and feed it something at least. Other than that, what we have is what we could personally use/share. Keep up the good work.

  3. In a few weeks I'll try ordering (again) some KI for my first aid kit. Not for me, but for any children who may be in need. I pray there never is a need. If there is ever a time when nukes fall like apples, I'm going to step outside and let them take me because I really don't want to live in a world like that. Ever see the movie "Threads?" That movie will put the fear into you!!!

    Today I bought a 40lb. box of split and dried oak firewood. I don't really know why. I have no fireplace and no woodstove, but I got the message from above to buy it. I have a feeling it will come in handy for somebody one of these days. I'm doing more and more of these types of God-driven purchases. My garage is starting to look like a warehouse. That's not a bad thing, but it is hard to hide from the neighbors. LOL

    The thing about prepping, it doesn't hurt and it will always pay off. I actually enjoy it. That's not to say I'm hoping for trouble, but I know that trouble will find me sooner or later.

    NoCal Gal

  4. best advice yet about preparing for what might happen in your neck of the woods. wish more people would do it.

  5. Don't beat yourself up. Things happen for a reason, in this case for us it was to get that bottle ordered and pay a premium for it...but I'm glad we did. I think most of us (reading your blog I mean) are doing what we can and it's times like these that open our eyes to things we hadn't thought about.

    I know God is leading me to stock up and keep goats for a reason, something is coming and He's directing my steps. I'm thankful to you and others that remind me of things that I should be doing and even though our neighbors (and parents) turn a blind eye for some reason. God wants us doing what we're doing for a purpose yet unseen.

    Look on the bright side. Hopefully a third of the nation has now stocked up on K103. My husband now wants to order a Geiger counter to be on the website with the other "geeks" with Geiger counters in the United States. Sure, why not, it'll probably come in handy some day and currently there is nobody in Alaska posting on there...we'll get one hopefully when they're back in a few months. :)

    Jane in Alaska

  6. I also ordered K103. Just on bottle after the first reactor blew. Life was easier when only us the Russians had nuke weapons. Now all "nuts with nukes" that have axes to grind with thier nieghbors are making me nervous.
    I have a "close relative" that thinks Im nuts for prepping. I get laughed at by a few close friends. Im sure Noah had some of the same problems.

    Then the rains came.

  7. Along with KI we also keep Liqui-Kelp (a good source of natural potassium iodine) drops and Betadine on hand. I have read that a swab of betadine on the arm or across the stomach works as it absorbs thru the skin and goes to the thyroid. I also read that it takes more than the potassium content in KI to keep you safe and 99mg Potassium tablets are recommended. Chlorella tabs are also recommended for heavy metal detox. I need to do some more research on the heavy metal detox for Uranium and Plutonium and Cesium. peace, Shadowfax

  8. If you were concerned enough to need to buy some--then you need to. I didn't, but I'm over in the Mitten. What the Japan issue DID cause me to do was to plot out all of the nuclear plants in the surrounding 200 miles so that I am familiar with their names (thus knowing how much panic level I need when something happens). The ones that are closest and would be within the 50 mile (as the wind blows) radius actually would not be of greatest concern given the prevailing winds in the area -- I seldom see an absolute south wind.

  9. Good to have SSKI drops on hand. Works as a great decongestant. Cheap, no shelf life, old school, and no script required. Tastes like $hit, though.