Real Need

Real Needs

James 2: 18-25

18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! 20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

This is the most extensive section of the real assets due to the large number of subcategories that it possesses.  Many of these items will be the partner of one of the earlier mentioned assets, but for the sake of covering all of our bases, it is important that we connect the dots on some items if for no other reason than the sake of painting a clear picture.  Some things are so commonly used that they are simply overlooked.  For example, if there is a hurricane coming to a neighborhood near you, and when you get to the store, there is no more toilet paper…  With that being said, if there is an item that you use on a regular basis, not waiting to the last minute to replenish your supply could be the difference between having and having to explain to your wife why there is no toilet paper for the next week (or more).

 

Clothing

This is a section that bears mentioning for the sake of the items that you may not have.  If you are in Florida, and a flood is preventing you from driving in your air conditioned car, you may want to purchase a hat to help protect you from the sun.  If you are in New Hampshire when a blizzard comes through, you may want to have some extra thick socks and long underwear.  Also, are your rain and snow boots in good condition?  If you need to be out splitting wood, or nailing plywood to the windows, do you have durable gloves?  It is better to have such things and never need them than to need them and be without.

 

Hygiene

As was stated earlier, if you use an item on a consistent basis, you are going to want to have extra of it for those unexpected times of need.  Things like toilet paper, feminine products, soap and toothpaste will not be unappreciated.

For those with children using diapers still, it may be prudent to invest in some cloth diapers that can be washed and reused.

Cleaning detergents such as bleach, dish soap, laundry detergent and hand sanitizer will be crucial for maintaining a clean environment.  5-7 gallon buckets are an inexpensive blessing for storing all of these items, as well as being the most practical way of transporting water.  Buckets can be used to soak contaminated cloth, transport water for flushing your toilet, hauling loose items such as charcoal and any number of other tasks.

 

Cooking

For anyone that has been camping, it shouldn’t be too hard to envision what cooking without your normal conveniences will look like.  The hard part is doing in for an extended period of time.  Some of the things that would be wise to own can actually be used on a daily basis, making them a win win investment.  Things like cast iron cookware, manually operated can openers and something like a grill or camp stove.

 

Medical

Having a first aid kit is something every house should have anyway. For those of you who want to be prepared for a possible long stretch without access to medical assistance, you will probably need to add some things.  Having some formal training in first aid would be advisable for all people.

You will need to decide early on if you are preparing for the ability to help others, or if you only want the bare minimum for you and your family.  Sterile gloves should be used even if it is a member of your family to minimize the risk of infection.  Face masks would be advised when dealing with people outside of your family, or in the event that someone in your house gets sick.

When you are dealing with open wounds, maintaining a clean environment is crucial.  Rubbing alcohol, iodine and our favorite, hydrogen peroxide are fantastic cleaning agents for both wounds and surfaces.  A simple accidental cut while sharpening a tool can become fatal if it becomes infected, and the chance for infection multiplies without such cleaning agents.

In the event of a large incision or puncture, controlling the blood loss while maintaining sterility can prove difficult.  Unfortunately, expecting 911 to respond during a natural disaster is too optimistic.  This is not to say that you shouldn’t call 911 and state your emergency, but bear in mind that during an event such as Katrina, you may find yourself waiting for 3 or more days.  Just throwing a towel on such an open wound could expose the wound to infection, so what readily available resource do you utilize in such instances?  Feminine products could very well be your answer.  For households that already have women living in it, investing in a stock of such products would be efficient way of preparing for both hygienic needs and incase of such an emergency.  A maxi pad is kept in a sterile package, and has been designed to absorb fluids, which makes it a perfect tool in the event of a laceration or small puncture.  Also remember that duct tape can hold around 70 pounds of pressure, so it is a fantastic tape to hold your blood absorbing pad in place.  The first time I heard that feminine products were used as a means of controlling the blood flow from an open wound, was from a marine with arms as big as my legs.  He told me how all of the guys he knows in active duty carry multiple tampons with them in case they get shot.  He went on to tell me how he personally knew someone that had been shot multiple times, and only survived because he was able to insert tampons into the bullet holes.

With that same state of mind, it should be noted that the reason that superglue was invented, was for the average soldier during the Vietnam War in the event that he was injured.  Ever wondered why superglue sticks to skin so well?  It is because the glue was designed to quickly mend a wound.  This method of bonding skin should only be used as close to the surface of the wound as possible.  The superglue that you purchase at the store is different from what is used by a medical professional.  The superglue that you own contains cyanoacrylate which creates heat in order to be effective, and when used in a deep tissue wound, could cause the death of the surrounding skin cells.

Suturing a wound doesn’t sound appealing even with pain reducers, but if you find yourself with a deep laceration, it may be the difference in surviving.

A tuning fork may sound like an odd thing to find under the medical section, but using a tuning fork is a method of determining if a bone is broken.

There are a few readily available drugs that you do not want to be without, and if you have small children, be sure to have the child equivalent as well as the adult dose.  Those drugs include:

  • Antidiarrheal
  • Antiseptics
  • Antihistamines
  • Fever Reducers
  • Laxatives
  • Pain Reducers

If you look at the common killers in third world countries, it is easy to see how valuable these drugs are.  Antidiarrheal will help with reducing the expulsion of fluids.  Antiseptics will help fight infection in open wounds or burns.  Antihistamines are not only valuable with fighting pollen allergies, but also with spider bites and other dangerous allergic reactions.  Fever reducers and pain relievers are usually used as one and the same, the most common being Tylenol and Advil (both of which can be used at the same time without affecting each other).  Laxatives are important, especially if someone in your household has had problems in this area historically.

Some natural oils that should be investigated as alternatives to drugs include:

  • Chamomile (anti-inflammatory)
  • Cinnamon (blood purification, circulation, sugar control with type 2 diabetes, anti-clotting and it is an anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial.  It is also said to be able to stop wounds that are actively bleeding)
  • Eucalyptus (fever, cough laryngitis, sinusitis, pain and common cold reducer **Do NOT use orally)
  • Honey (topical antibiotic {Manuka honey even treats MRSA}, antioxidant and a cure for local allergies)
  • Lavender (soothes and helps heal minor burn or insect bite)
  • Lemon (natural cleanser)
  • Oregano (extremely powerful and versatile antiseptic)
  • Peppermint (antidiarrheal)
  • Sandalwood (hydrating skin and when added to vaporizer it helps chest infections)
  • Spearmint (antiseptic and stimulates the blood circulation which boots immune system)
  • Tea Tree (antiseptic and antifungal)

 

Repairing and Prepping Tools

This section is basically to help you focus on what you may need in the event that you need to repair a tool or other asset.  Just because you have a tool, don’t expect it to always work, and for those times that it fails, be ready to bring it back into working order.  I love my pocket knife, but it would be worthless for anything other than a screwdriver at this point if it wasn’t for my knife sharpening tools.  Likewise, you will want to have a robust sewing kit.  Items like a pump repair kit if you use a well, or extra bits and pieces that may have a history of breaking or malfunctioning.  If you have firearms, this section would also cover things such as cleaning brushes, lubricants and other assorted tools.  If you are smelting your own bullets, make sure that all of your tools are in good functioning order.

 

Other Suggested Items

The vastness of this subcategory can be daunting, but remember that simply because it is listed, does not constitute a need for you to purchase it.  When reading some of the items that are going to be listed, you may gravitate towards some and be neutral or against others, ask yourself why.  Pray about what it is that draws or pushes you away from these items.  For those of us who are limited in the resources that we can put forward for preparing, it is important that we focus on the imperative.

 

Bicycles are probably one of the most overlooked assets.  In the event of an EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) being detonated from an enemy country, all electrical device would be fried.  If you live in rural country, your car/truck would be worth the gasoline in the tank.  That leaves you with walking, horseback or a bicycle for transportation.

Hand Pumps are a convenient method of transferring water or gasoline from large barrels.  The key is having a separate pump for each type of fluid you are pumping.

Crank Radios are one of the tools that the general public expects every prepper to have, but that is not the only reason that these items need consideration.  Crank radios again offer you a method of communication with the outside world in the event of massive power outages, be it from a hurricane, EMP or cyber-attack.  You can also find crank radios that offer the ability to charge batteries and USB devices as well as offering you CB and AM/FM radio capabilities.

Wagons/Carts like the bicycles will prove invaluable in times when there is a need to move something a great distance, or of a great weight.

Waterproof Tarps are an item that many may sniff at, but they are one of the most versatile items on the entire list.  With the help of some Strong Rope, a waterproof tarp can be used as a backpack, tent/shelter, water collector and general protector from the elements.

Large Dogs offer amazing companionship, but they also provide a security system that is impervious to EMP attacks, and act as a natural deterrent for anyone or thing acting hostile.  This does not imply that you need a pack of Rottweiler or Dobermans.  There are plenty of family dogs that are 80 pounds or heavier, that would cause the toughest brute to think twice about walking on your lawn let alone entering your house.

Lighting would be something most households have anyway, but it is the type of thing that can also be overlooked because of its commonality.  It would be recommended that you utilize flashlights and lanterns that use the same size battery if using a battery powered lantern.  This is to help facilitate effective storage and to avoid accidentally overstocking one type and not enough of the other.  Also consider purchasing candles and or traditional oil lanterns.

 

There will be more said about these sections as time goes on…

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