After taking that narrow mountain road, your car got stuck. Not a soul around for miles, and the snow is coming down in buckets. Thinking you had things covered, you had a six pack of energy bars in the emergency kit you put in the trunk for just such an emergency last spring. But now it’s the middle of winter, and those energy bars look pretty bad. Melted numerous times, then frozen into rock hard sticks, you can kiss your teeth good by if you try eating one of those.

A small fishing kit can be handy if you’re on your own for an extended period of time. Not only can it provide a means of catching fish from a water source, but it can help you make snare traps, etc. The contents of a fishing kit have many uses besides just fishing.

Try to draw as much water as you can and use every container possible. Separate them by drinking water and usable water. It is a well-known fact that if you leave your containers open until they reach room temperature and then close them, they will help maintain heat longer. If you have a fireplace, stack on fire logs, as well as other materials that burn, like newspapers, etc.

I keep some high visibility surveyors ribbon wrapped around a bit of yardstick. This surveyor’s “tape” is great for tracking your steps in the wilderness or leaving a trail for rescuers. It is very lightweight and can be indispensable if you need to leave a trail.

Food items such as carrots, banana peels, chunks of chicken or pieces of pumpkin are very difficult items for the garbage disposal blades to chop, and they can become tangled or caught and clog up the drain. Throw these hard-to-grind foods into the trash instead of the disposal.

If there is no EDC preparedness in your mind then consider stocking food in advance. Here it is necessary to mention that you should not stock items like a departmental store. First make a list of items to stock and then find a safe and convenient place for stocked food. The place should be safe for food packets and convenient for the homeowners.

Pocket Tissues & antibacterial hand sanitizer. Assume lack of toilet paper and a sanitizer when approaching a public restroom and have these items ready to use when approaching any public restroom especially theme parks and concerts. Prevents infection promotes healthy living.

I have examined my life much closer with this view of poverty. I can easily see where I have taken so many things for granted. So many things, material wants for lack of better terminology, seem to matter much less now. I have learned to rethink the items I feel are daily necessities. I have warm shelter. I have good, healthy food. I am surrounded by a family who loves me. And I have been blessed to develop many friendships with those I have been able to assist in whatever means I can. My heart bleeds for those whose lives have been so seriously impacted by economics and disaster. I have witnessed the Spirit of Christ in the actions of those we deem to be poor. Maybe they’re not as poor as we think them to be.