The Pioneering Parents Survivalist New Year’s Resolutions List… Prepping & Preparedness For The Whole Family Most preppers and survivalists know that successful preparedness and survival comes down to planning and organization. Personally, I like organization and I don’t function well without it, but I don’t live alone anymore. Having two small boys, and a rather… [Continue Reading]

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The Pioneering Parents Survivalist New Year’s Resolutions List…

 The Pioneering Parents Survivalist New Year’s Resolutions List…

Prepping & Preparedness For The Whole Family

Most preppers and survivalists know that successful preparedness and survival comes down to planning and organization. Personally, I like organization and I don’t function well without it, but I don’t live alone anymore. Having two small boys, and a rather large man child (just kidding… dear hubby is definitely a man, and a good one at that. He’s just a bit of a slob sometimes) has taken it’s toll on my housekeeping, and prepping skills. And left us with messy, dirty house, and a bunch of ‘half done’ projects.

 Getting The Inside Organized- Organization is key to preparedness and survival

 The first thing on our “List of Things To Do” is to clean and organize our house. A few months ago, I was able to score two, 2 drawer filing cabinets for $2.00 a piece from a garage sale. Yet, all of our papers remain in boxes, unsorted and not filed. This is a ‘priority project,’ for the week between Christmas and New Years, so it’s imperative that I get on it ASAP.

 The main issue is that a wheel broke on the track of the garage door, making it all but impossible to fully and effectively utilize the garage for storage space. That ends this weekend. One way or another, that door is getting fixed. The goal is to be able to take everything from the garage and the house, and bring it out front, yard sale off what we don’t want to keep anymore, and then organize as we put everything back.

 This will also give us an ‘office’ to work out of. Once that garage is organized, it won’t be difficult for hubby to get to his tools whenever we want to build, repair, or upcycle something.

 We had chickens for a short time, but both of them died, then we got two rabbits, who for now seem fine, but really need to be moved to an outdoor rabbitat this coming spring, which we will need to build. We’d like more chickens too, about 15 of them would be ideal, but again, we need to build a coop for them as well. Finally, once that garage is done, we’d really like to start a small tilapia farm and possibly even set up an aquaponic garden. The smaller tanks can go in the garage, and as the fish get bigger, we’ll transfer them to an outdoor system.

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 The second thing we need to do is get our lawn mowed so we can get this years garden started. I’m not planning to dig it up or til it, because we’ll be doing almost everything in containers. We will however have to prep one area of the ground for some ground plants that will serve to grow some food for the rabbits and the chickens.

 When we first moved here in 2012, I started with some container plants, but as soon as I transferred the plants into the ground, they all died. There is no doubt we have bad soil here, so we made a new plan to just do all raised beds, and vertical gardens, with plants that could be grown in containers.

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I’ve spent the past year and a half collecting things off Craigslist that could assist us in ‘containing’ our plants, and two nights ago, I made the ultimate Craigslist score, acquiring 6 rain barrels that have already been cut in half long-ways, to make for large containers, plus 1 fully intact rain water barrel for rainwater collection.

 I’ve also been collecting rabbit manure to make compost and compost tea for the gardens as well. I’ve seen a pretty easy system using milk crates, which I also scored close to a dozen of earlier this year.

 BO/BI- Bug Out/BugIn- Disaster Preparedness

 Living in hurricane country for most of our lives has taught us a thing or two about preparedness. Like stocking up on canned foods, and bottled water, and filling up bath tubs with water before a storm hits. Flashlights, batteries, lighters, fuel… but those things are really just the tip of the iceberg.

 With hurricanes, you get 3 days notice, so most people will wait until there’s an actual storm approaching to gather their supplies, often leaving the shelves in the stores bare.

We buy as much ‘extra’ canned goods as we can throughout the year, and try to store as much as possible, but we’re nowhere near ready to face the possibility of 6 months worth of food stores. Ideally, we’d like to have 2 years worth, and once we get this garden producing, I fully intend to start canning.

 Growing up here in Hurricane Alley, we’re pretty much used to hurricanes and we’ll probably be ok even if we’re not prepared for a ‘worst case scenario.’ We’re more concerned about job loss, economic collapse of the country, and war, either civil or occupation.

 We are in suburbia, and that’s really not an ideal place to be in a SHTF event like an economic collapse or a civil war. We would be better off out in some remote location in the woods, and we would be best off if we had a boat, a sail boat so that we’re not reliant on fuel, and could just escape the country without getting ‘permission’ from the government (passports) to do so. So this year, one of the goals is to learn how to sail and finally buy that boat.

 Family Reunification Plans- Preparedness for the unexpected

 In the event of a hurricane, we’ll have plenty of notice to keep the kids home, but there are some things you just can’t plan for, and one of those things is one or more members of the family getting separated from each other. One of our solutions for this is GPS watches that allow us to program Waypoints, and one button SOS calls that will text the guardian (parent) with the child’s location. We looked at a few last year, and chose one, but after digging deeper into the research, we found that they were made in China and all the GPS coordinates returned Chinese cities. There’s a new one out now being called a Mobile Phone Watch – Watch Phone For Kids with GPS Tracker, but so far no reviews are available, so we’re waiting.  We’re still looking for those. In the meantime, we’ll have to settle for good old fashioned maps.

 Defense and Kids- Preparing Kids For Defensive Survival Tactics

 Prepare for the worst. Getting out of the US entirely is our ultimate end goal, but reality right now we aren’t prepared to do it. If the SHTF tomorrow, we don’t have the boat or the means to get it fast enough to get out, so we need to prepare to defend this house, and ourselves if we do have to leave it.

 Our kids are too young for shooting lessons, but not archery lessons, so I think we’ll start there and teach them how to fortify using booby traps.

 We plan to buy guns and ammo as money allows this year… and that’s what almost everything comes down to for us for preparedness, money.

 Finances- Financial Survival

 Hubby has a low wage job, and the only reasons we survive on it are that we have no mortgage or rent to pay, and I supplement his income with freelance work and selling stuff online.

 We are considering sending him back to school for a certification as a hyperbaric chamber technician this year. If what we’ve been told proves to be accurate, there is a demand and it pays 2-3x what he’s making right now. That kind of a jump in income will definitely allow us to be fully prepared for whatever life throws at us within a year or so. The total cost of the certification program will only be $2,000-$3,000 so we won’t be taking on any huge student loan debt for him to get a decent job.

 The field is said to be growing by leaps and bounds, as hyperbaric chamber treatments increase oxygen saturation in the blood, which assists in healing. It’s becoming widely used in the treatment of wound care, and there are even vanity applications for it. It’s possible that we would be able to start a ‘spa’ with this certification, so it is definitely on the table. We just have to verify just how many ‘jobs’ there are for techs.

 I’ll continue to do freelance work, and I have 7 separate projects to work on this year that should create passive income for us as well.

 Both of our kids have their own blogs and one of them has already made some money from his blog, so we bought them tablets for Christmas so that they could blog more, and take pictures and videos for their blogs.

 Teaching them how to create income is, we believe, the best way to prepare them for how to deal with finances throughout their entire lives.

 Health… Preparedness Starts With Preparing For Health Needs

Getting healthy is our #1 priority. Over and above all else. Hubby, eldest boy and myself are all overweight, and all 4 of us need dental work. On top of that, hubby and I both smoke, and we need to quit smoking.

We bought the boys bicycles for Christmas too, so now all 4 of us have bikes, and one of our ‘projects’ for this year is to build bike cargo trailers
for those bikes, so that each of us can carry supplies, and possibly even add some ‘income’ to our bike riding workout activity, by selling ‘ad space’ on the trailers to local businesses.

 A future project would be to consider adding some kind of powered motor to the bikes in case we ever need them to get somewhere that cars won’t go.

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