Earthquake, electric-grid collapse, global apocalypse; Allison Michael is ready for anything and she has laid out her preparations and strategies for all to see.
“My family will thrive, not just survive,” Michael told the Daily Mail. The mother of four and proud “prepper” extraordinaire lives on 20 acres with her husband Joe in remote Bonner County, population 47,000, in northern Idaho. She raises fruits and vegetables in her gardens and tends to livestock in her pastures.
Employing several means of storing foods, she uses pressure canning, water-bath canning, freeze-drying, and even a combination of freeze-drying and canning, storing freeze-dried foods in Mason jars. In order for her family to survive the worst the world has to offer, she and her family have prepared years’ worth of supplies in pantries with shelves packed full to the max.
“My husband and I started looking into homesteading a while back when we were renting and started to learn about preservation,” she told the outlet. “I like to be prepared for an emergency – which we may have to deal with. But I don’t do it because I’m scared…. We’re prepared for any natural disaster or emergency. We have a lot of winter storms and wildfires are likely to occur so we’re ready for them.”
Michael also loves knowing where her food comes from. She describes her overall strategy as a “three-layer system.” The first layer is her kitchen cupboard storage which, just like in most households, holds items she is likely to use frequently. The second is her short-term storage. This she likens to a grocery store because it is for food that they are likely to use within a year.
The emergency supply is her “long-term layer,” and items here are packed in miller bags with oxygen absorbers. Five-gallon buckets are also used for bulkier items. Oxygen can degrade foodstuffs over the long term, causing the need for materials that absorb the oxygen present in a bag or container when the food is placed inside. The goal is to protect the food from moisture, oxygen, sunlight, and bugs.
A complex system like Michael’s, with hundreds of items in various locations for specific uses, requires a complex tracking system, and she is, of course, prepared for that, keeping a spreadsheet noting the packaging method and expiration dates of each item.
The risk of long power outages in her remote area is very real, so to ensure heat during the winter, the family also has a wood stove.
“My family is my responsibility, prepping to me is planning for things to come and that might affect us,” Michael noted.
The recent hurricane in Florida underscores the importance of being prepared. September was National Preparedness Month, and the federal government provides information to assist those like Michael who want to thrive, not just survive after a disaster or emergency.
It’s been a great National Preparedness Month! As we close out September, remember to:
✅ Save early for disasters
✅ Make an emergency plan for the whole family
✅ Teach kids how to prepare for disasters
✅ Get involved!#PreparedNotScared #BeReadyhttps://t.co/Yk1uMV0Z5r pic.twitter.com/ixNNMabo1R
— Readygov (@Readygov) September 30, 2019
Travis County, Texas Emergency Services also points out that preparedness extends beyond stocking up on food and supplies, noting that it’s important that children know their phone number and parents’ names, that a person signs up to receive emergency alerts, and that there is a designated meeting place if family members are separated.
— Travis County Emergency Services (@TravisCountyES) September 28, 2022
Another Twitter user shared their take on preparedness with a more modern twist.
What supplies could you not go without if you lost power, water, internet, and cellular services for 3 days?#PreparedNotScared #Essentials #GetAKit #EmergencyKit #HurricanSeason #WorksForSevereWeatherToo @NWSRaleigh @RaleighGov pic.twitter.com/YxftiCvdor
— #ReadyWake (@ReadyWake) June 22, 2022
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