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As an aside, I’m just enough of a geek to think that the title to this post should be something along the lines of “Captain’s Log, Day 4509, Alpha Pantry quadrant,” of course, spoken in Patrick Stewart’s accent as Jean-Luc Picard.  But we won’t go there, will we?

So I’m sick and have been for 2 days now.  I picked up some sort of stomach bug and am quite miserable, but Brendan has been taking care of me during the day.  Today, for instance, he piled 5 blankets on me (as I lay on the sofa) and did his schoolwork and then read Henry Huggins to me.  I’m pretty sure I fell asleep while he was reading.  Bad mama.

But being horizontal has given me a bit of time to think about the past few weeks.  My pantry/food storage is coming along, but as we discussed different levels of preparedness in the car earlier this week, Brendan piped up from the backseat and said, “I think we ought to put up gas, but that’s just me….”  Did I mention he’s eight?  😉

We’ve already seen gasoline prices climb to nearly $3/gallon here, and it’s not even the official switchover to summer-blend from the refineries.  So far, we’re doing okay with it, because the food storage has chunked so much off of my weekly grocery budget.  So I don’t feel the pinch at this point.  But I did find myself researching to see if we could pre-buy fuel or use a fleet service, locking in the price when it’s lower and tapping it when the price goes above what the pre-buy is.  As it turns out, there’s only one place in the entire country that does this – and they’re in Minnesota.  Now I love the great Midwest as much as any native Michigander, and I don’t even mind cold weather that much (despite the fact that I’m nearly always cold).  But driving to St. Cloud, MN in order to fuel up Elsa is a bit more than I can muster.  There is a site that’s apparently not functional right now called MyGallons.com, but researching that turned up suspicion of scam and the fact that the site has been up for a number of years without going live.  Storing fuel in tanks is problematic from the air/condensation/loss of vapour involved, so it’s not even as though one could buy extra gallons and put them in a storage tank if one wanted to.

Bah.

Other ways we’re looking to be prepared have little to do with anything other than simply being prepared.  I can’t feed my large_67_4-person-full-lg_2family on a 72-hour kit, but at least if there’s a tornado or some other natural disaster, we’ll have water, TP, bandages, and food that’s portable and will sustain us.  Right now, I’m considering these packs (to the right) from The Ready Store, but I’ll continue to research to make sure I’m getting the best deal for my family.  Just knowing that they are around will give me a small amount of peace of mind – even if we never need to use them.  And I pray we never need to use them.

Mark is hot-to-trot to get a natural-gas-powered generator (one that’s hardwired in to the house), but after pricing them out, short of winning the lottery, I don’t know if it will happen this year.  Very cool devices and have enough power to run the whole house, but they are upwards of $7,000 for our home, which isn’t large.  So we’ll be setting up a savings account for that procurement.

And as the organizational-junkie that I am, I’m excitedly awaiting my delivery of Can Organizers – cardboard pieces that assemble so that you can rotate your canned goods as “first in, first out.”  Yes, I really am an org-junkie.  I get jazzed over something that silly.  And yes, once they are in place, I’ll likely end up going down to the pantry just to gaze.  But only for the first day week or so.

So that’s the state of our preparedness – I’m going to be rotating through an abundance of fresh eggs by beating them and freezing them in quarter-cup portions (approximately what one egg measures in liquid measure) and planning another trip to the Cannery after Easter.  I’ll feel really good when I have a year’s supply on hand for our family and I don’t have to think about it all the time, but that’s probably a little ways off.

Are you concerned about rising prices?  Emergency preparedness?  Do you have a plan in place in case runaway inflation comes?  Please share your wisdom & expertise in the comment section.

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  • http://www.emergencypreparednessinfo.net Archie Clancy

    thx for sharing this!

  • http://www.andanotherthing.typepad.com Betsie

    My offer to drive on that trip still stands. I figure it’s the least I can do since I’m going to want about 100ls of wheat just for myself :o)
    .-= Betsie´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday :: Anna, Warrior Princess =-.

  • http://www.mamasheartblog.com sue

    I will take you up on that offer, Bets. Esp. with your new carriage! :) I like red! 😉

  • http://www.annarbormom.com Tammy

    You know what’s really funny… I have somewhat of an emergency kit in place, complete with three gallons of water – I should store more, as the 3 gal was when it was just my husband and I. When the “big blackout hit” though, I had no trouble roughing it. We were without electriicity and water, since our city water had some issues. So here we were stuck with our kit.

    We did fine, except the family of 5 next door had NOTHING. To get them the formula they needed for their baby I even gave them water.

    It’s crazy, but having some basic kit is a must-have for EVERY family! We rotate our supplies in and out, and won’t be stuck in a lurch so long as the emergency doesn’t run longer than a few days!
    .-= Tammy´s last blog ..Family Volunteer Opportunity at Food Gatherers During Spring Break =-.