Is Your Family Prepared for an Emergency?

by Chrystal Johnson on May 14, 2013

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Welcome to the May 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Emergency Preparedness

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared their plans to keep their families safe. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.


In September 2012, I did a month-long series on becoming a prepared family. I truly believe that it’s better to be safe than sorry and prepare your family for any disaster or emergency that may or may not arise.

These are things no one wants to think about, but everyone should. You don’t want to be caught unprepared when a disaster happens. Your neighbor may not have enough to bail you out, and it’s not fair to expect anyone else to take care of your family in that situation – it’s up to you.

Much of being prepared means teaching your family to live more sustainably, and incorporating sustainable living practices into your daily lives. You also need to teach yourself survival skills.

How will you feed your family if you run out of canned foods? If you hunt or garden, how will you preserve excess food so it doesn’t go to waste? These are questions that I ask myself regularly, and we’re constantly making changes to our lifestyle to become more independent and more sustainable.

While we take steps all the time to become more prepared, we’re definitely not as prepared as I’d like to be. I’d like to have more food stored, have rainwater collection set up, be able to overcome our local gardening challenge and more.

If you want to read about some of the steps we’ve taken to become more sustainable, here are some highlights from my series on becoming a prepared family.

  1. What is Preparedness?
  2. How Much Food Should My Family Store for an Emergency?
  3. Seed Saving: Key to Long-term Emergency Preparedness
  4. How to Choose Your Food Canning Supplies
  5. How To Make and Can Homemade Chicken Stock
  6. How To Can Your Own Tomatoes
  7. How To Preserve Foods Through Fermentation {Plus a Spicy Carrots Recipe}
  8. Sun Oven: Cook Your Food with the Power of the Sun!
  9. The Laundry Pod Offers a Green, Electricity Free Way to Launder Your Clothes
  10. Are You Physically and Mentally Prepared?
  11. Watch our Hydroponic Garden Grow! {Wordless Wednesday}
  12. Royal Berkey Water Filter: A Must Have for Emergency Preparedness
  13. What is a Bug Out Bag?
  14. Personal Care Products: Could Your Family Make it Through a Disaster Situation?
  15. Making A Family Emergency Preparedness Plan

How prepared is your family? What would you like to improve upon?


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About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lauren @ Hobo Mama
Twitter: Hobo_Mama
May 14, 2013 at 3:11 am

You are amazing! What a wealth of resources. I can’t wait to dig through them. I especially need tips on storing food, since we’re in a small space. I think I need to learn how to can.
Lauren @ Hobo Mama recently posted..Wordless Wednesday: Family biking


2 Chrystal Johnson May 14, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Yes! Canning is so much easier than you think. Also, I saw something about using the plastic bins under beds to store emergency supplies. Great for small spaces!


3 robbie @ going green mama
Twitter: goinggreenmam1
May 14, 2013 at 6:08 am

Agree withLauren. What an awesome list of resources!
robbie @ going green mama recently posted..Preparing our children for emergencies


4 Chrystal Johnson May 14, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Thank you!


5 Dionna @ Code Name: Mama
Twitter: CodeNameMama
May 14, 2013 at 6:30 am

Such a great list! I’ve already started pinning – thank you!
Dionna @ Code Name: Mama recently posted..Five Ideas to Keep Babies and Toddlers Safe from Choking


6 Lisa Nelson May 14, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Yes, an excellent list!

I am working on becoming more sustainable and canning. Our Church talks about this all the time.

It’s time to pay attention.
Lisa Nelson recently posted..May 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting: I’m Featured on The Natural Parents Network


7 Chrystal Johnson May 14, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Thanks! I totally agree. It’s a great time to start becoming a more prepared family.


8 Julia @ A Little Bit of All of It
Twitter: JuliaLittleBit
May 14, 2013 at 5:24 pm

I definitely need to check out some of these resources! We need to get serious about being prepared if an emergency situation arises!
Julia @ A Little Bit of All of It recently posted..What to Do in an Earthquake


9 Chrystal Johnson May 14, 2013 at 9:51 pm

I have always said, it’s better to be safe than sorry. We live in the mountains where we really have to be prepared for anything, so that really pushed us to make more preparations.


10 Becky May 18, 2013 at 5:10 pm

I definitely need to check out the Laundry Pod post! We are slowly making our way to being prepared.
Becky recently posted..Tuesday Greens #31


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