What is a sheepdog you may ask, The Shepard in the field has a sheepdog who helps him watch the flock. They make sure they don’t go astray and watch for potential dangers. This is what we need to do as for our families. You keep watch over your family, know what is up with them, keep watch for potential problems. This means emotional dangers, physical dangers, and mental dangers. If need be you may need to corral them if they start to go astray. Start following down that dark alley where danger may lurk. The first thing that springs to anyones mind are teenagers and parents getting all up in their business, but it goes farther than that.
Recently my aunt lost her ex husband. Yes ex-husband but they were still kind of close there at the end. She is having a rough spot with it. She will need care and attention. She could be feeling vulnerable and this could make it easy for someone to take advantage of her.
Some time after my mom lost her husband, she was feeling alone and joined a dating site online. One of the men she met came over to the house and forced her onto the bed and took advantage of her. I was at work at the time so i didn’t know of this until later. It was bad, but it could have been even worse if he had killed her. That happens on a lot of those online sites. Predators use them to hunt for victims. You have to be careful and you have to keep watch over your own and know what is going on with them.
Also you have to keep watch on their needs. Every week i have to pump gas into my mom’s car. She is from an older generation where women didn’t learn this and are too nervous about doing it. I have a few women at my work that don’t know how either and we were working through fresh and were working late hours and they were wondering how they were going to get gas in thier cars because thier husbands were working different hours. I told them that if they wanted to wait for me to get of work about two hours after them i could meet them at the gas station down the road and i would pump thier gas. Rather than waiting for me they opted to get thier husbands up and make them do it when they were off at the same time. Same thing i did for my mom. Drive home then jump over into her car and take it to the gas station. Luckily i only live about five minuets away from one.
During the fall i got out the chainsaw (that broke at a bad time) to cut up fire wood for the winter. Winter has historically been a dangerous time that everyone had to prep for. Surviving winter was not a given. It was uncertain. It was harsh. You wanted to make sure you had food and water for your family, children, and animals you needed to make it through the winter. In modern times we have more access to things we need during the winter, but that is not the case for all of us. Especially those who live up on the mountain and in remote areas. If the roads become iced and impossible then you are stranded until it clears. This can be dangerous if you rely on certain medications or have a serious medical condition. Getting help to you can be difficult to near impossible. All this needs to be considered.
So to begin consider the season and what your needs will be. How old are your children, Do you have babies, what will your pets needs be, What needs will you need for your vehicles? Prepare for these things. Stock you medicine cabinets, your pantry and your trunks for what will be needed for the season. If you can pay your bills early in the month and put some money in a safe.
Remember that you wont be able to plan for everything. Recently i considered the book of Ruth. Naomi was a woman whose husband took her to the land of Moab to provide for his family. while there her husband died and so did her two sons. This was a time when the men provided for their families and women didn’t amount too much. They were reduced to picking up the dropped leftovers in the fields. Being a widow she had no one to take care of her and she left for her own land and sent her two daughters in law to go home and find husbands for themselves. Ruth however refused to leave her mother in law and went with her. There she gleaned from the field and provided for herself and her mother in law. Naomi was taken care of. God provided her with a loving daughter who could have left to find a wealthy husband to take care of her, but she chose a harder life to take care of her family she loved.
This although not the best example of prepping, is an example of how God preps for us. Before Naomi even knew she would need her daughter in law God provided her in her life. You can count on God to bring you the people you will need to make it if yo rely on him and even provided her with an heir in the end.
So when planning for your family, consider these area, Shelter, Water supply, Food supply, Kitchen, Hygiene, Latrine, communication, Transportation, Entertainment. Most of the time these things will be easy like Shelter, your main shelter will be your home. Do a general check at least once a month to see that it is in good repair. Check for problems and the surrounding areas (the yard) Any trees need to be trimmed. Keep them away from the home and power lines. Other shelters would be a storm shelter and tent, rv, motel, or other if you are away from your home for any reason.
Water supply, you will need an average of one gallon per person. there is wiggle room here, smaller children can get by with less and wounded or the sick will need more. That is just for drinking. If your water freezes you will need water for bathing and to flush the toilets. Not to mention dishes or laundry.
Kitchen refers to where you will be cooking. We have an electric stove and if the power goes out we can’t rely on it. We have a fireplace for warmth and cooking if we had to, but luckily it hasn’t come to that. In the kitchen is where we also keep our food supply. We have the cabinets stocked with can goods and the usual. The average person only have enough food in their home for a couple of weeks. It is recommended to have at the very least a one month supply, (four weeks) but a three month is better. If you live in a remote area getting to food will be hard and if something happens the closest people will get the best supplies off the shelf before you can get there. It seems whenever they weather changes bread and milk fly off the shelves. There has been a few times we went to the store for something when a bad storm was predicted and the store was packed with people buying gallons of water, milk, and bread. The shelves were bare and we had slim pickings.
Hygiene is bathing, laundry, dishes, all your forms of cleaning. Depending on what you are doing most of the time your clothes can go an extra day without washing and i will admit during the winter i have gone a day or two without bathing. Just to cold to get naked.
Latrine unless you are lucky to have an outhouse, you will most likely depend on your indoor toilets for this. Unless the water goes down this will be enough to get by on. If the water goes down and you have a heads up plug your bathtub and fill it up. This will provide you with a lot of water to start off with. Hopefully it wont stay down to long.
communication is your cell phones and land lines mostly. If the towers go down your cell phones will be useless. If landlines go down you are sunk unless you happen to be ham radio certified. You might can get some range with a cb radio, but this wont be much help unless someone happens to be listening. It is part of the government that they work to get the landlines up as fast as possible for emergency response.
Transportation this is your car, truck, whatever your main vehicle is. Make sure your have good tires and full tank of gas. whatever supplies you need in the trunk. Check the headlights, wipers blades. Check your oil and fluids.
Entertainment This is less thought of problem. You may have food and water, but if you are all sitting around in the dark with nothing to do, you will be yelling at each other in no time. Have something to do ready. The most common is a deck of cards, a board game. Learn some card games you can play as a family. Some sort of activity that can pass the time. Maybe something versatile in case this last for a while so you can have a variety to do.