The Evolution of a so called “prepper”
JULIE’S PERSONAL STORY AND PHOTOS
My husband and I are from NH where there is LOTS of snow in the winter. It was our way of life to have multiple heating systems, pantries stocked full of food and extra supplies. Growing up I had no idea my parents had to actually plan for frequent power outages and not be able to safely travel to get supplies, if stores were even open. Not until I married into the military and moved to the Pacific northwest did I realize having some extra food and water might not be a bad idea. When I agreed to move to the west coast, not once did I think about the volcanos, earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires and many other possible issues. I didn’t know that such beautiful land came with so many scary issues for humans.
PHOTO: MOUNT SAINT HELEN 6/4/2016
We were in a very vulnerable situation because if disaster struck chances were I would have been left with my baby and my dog in our apartment to survive with what we had. My husband quickly starting getting prepared and I was NOT about it. I was in denial. I didn’t want to think about all the bad things that could happen to us. Dealing with a disaster while he was floating in the ocean somewhere just didn’t sit right with me.
PHOTO: SUNSET LOOKING OVER THE PUGET SOUND IN EVERETT W.A. 3/31/2013
My husband convinced me to go to the store to get first aid stuff. He was putting two and three packages of gauze in the cart, I said “Those cost $2.99 each! We DON’T need this! This is a waste of money! Where are we going to put it?”
He quickly responded saying, “Ok, I guess I’ll cancel our car insurance.”
“What are you talking about? Don’t be ridiculous!” I said.
“We pay for car insurance every month hoping to never use it, right?”, he said.
“Yes” rolling my eyes.
“We understand this is a real threat and could happen at any moment, right?”
“Yes” putting my hand on my cheek.
“Why wouldn’t we buy what we need to survive a disaster and hope to never use it?”
“We would” I whispered looking away.
This conversation helped change my mind about the whole idea. When I started thinking about all this as an insurance plan it was easier for me to spend the money, make the space, think about situations we may come across and come up with solutions. At that moment I decided I didn’t want to be left not knowing what to do with myself and my baby. I didn’t want to be surprised and have to plan last minute who I was going to call or how I was going to get water and everything else.
PHOTO: I MADE SPACE FOR ALL THIS WATER!
Preparedness has turned into a lifestyle for us. Although we will not always live in this area, there are potential disasters everywhere we turn. I feel more confident about myself knowing that I have the things I need and plans in order incase something happens. We plan for the worst and hope for the best. Christa and I hope to inspire and help you through your journey of getting prepared as well.