"Today, I emphasize a most basic principle: home production and storage. Have you ever paused to realize what would happen to your community or nation if transportation were paralyzed or if we had a war or depression? How would you and your neighbors obtain food? How long would the corner grocery store—or supermarket—sustain the needs of the community?" (President Ezra Taft Benson)
You can't look at what is going on today and not be a bit concerned.
The flooding continues all along the Mississippi. The weather patterns are crazy. The tariff troubles - a million people could lose their jobs and prices will go up...I think we might be in for some bumps.
It could be there are things we cannot see coming along as well.
Our house insurance company is moving out of Iowa this follows our health insurance that already pulled out.
It would be prudent to be prepared.
If you do not know how to garden you might want to learn that.
Put yourself in the position of those that will be losing their jobs. What would you do? What will you wish you had stored? What will you have wished you had learned? How would you manage? What could you live without? I used to think I would do okay but I have to have_____ (fill in the blank) until I had to do without it, this happened several times. Each time I was amazed how I could do without it. So give this some thought.
Ponder these things.
Do you even have the seeds to do so?
Did you know you can and should vacuum seal these seeds or they will not work in time?
Do you have a sealer?
Did you know if you have the tall canister you can seal any jar that has a lid with that rubber inside the rim? Most everything has that now and you can use your canning jars for canning.
Mend your family's clothing? Do you have what it takes to do it?
I noticed buttons will be a tariff item...do you have some on hand with thread and needles and scissors?
Can you make pancakes from scratch? Do you have those items in storage?
What about making bread? Do you have the ingredients on hand? Did you know you can make pancakes or waffles from these ingredients?
When we first moved back to Iowa we had no stove. I made french toast in the waffle iron. We called them eggy waffles. It is surprising how we can adapt.
Do you have food on hand like canned meats, fruit, and veggies?
Do you have wheat to make bread or flour?
What could you put on that bread?
Do you have peanut butter and jam?
Do you know how to preserve your food? i.e. can your food, dehydrate food, etc?
Do you have the equipment to do so?
Having a full working storage is more than just having food, it is about equipment, clothing, skills and supplies...ponder which areas you need to improve.
Are you practicing better budgeting to handle higher prices?
Even if nothing goes bad you would do well to prepare and with yard sale season soon here you can watch for these items or ask on your neighborhood groups if anyone has what you are looking for.
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=how+to+make+underware&docid=608011894426045293&mid=FF9A4A911105F6255E43FF9A4A911105F6255E43&view=detail&FORM=VIREHT - this is a great skill to know or use the site below to make your own pattern.
https://salvageandstitch.com/2017/11/13/diy-underwear-tutorial-from-a-t-shirt - this shows how to make a pattern from your own underwear.
I saw a YouTube video where the husband sewed his wife and daughters' underwear from t-shirts.
https://www.sewmamasew.com/2014/08/how-to-make-boxer-shorts/ - not to leave the boys out.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfDG0LohngI - how to make hankies.
https://www.google.com/search?q=crafty+gemini+pillowcase&rlz=1C1ZKTG_enUS834US834&oq=crafty+gemini+pillo&aqs=chrome.0.0j69i57j0l4.23319j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 - this is my favorite pattern to make pillow cases.
I just wanted you to see with a little sewing skill you can make useful items.
https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+crochet+a+scrubby&rlz=1C1ZKTG_enUS834US834&oq=how+to+crochet+a+scr&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j0l5.15824j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#kpvalbx=1 - this is a great way to learn to crochet a scrubby
https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+crochet+a+dishcloth&rlz=1C1ZKTG_enUS834US834&oq=how+to+crochet+a+d&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l5.16585j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#kpvalbx=1 - how to crochet a beginner dishcloth.
https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+knit+a+scrubby&rlz=1C1ZKTG_enUS834US834&oq=how+to+knit+a+scr&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j0l5.12072j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#kpvalbx=1 - how to knit a scrubby.
https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+knit+a+dishcloth&rlz=1C1ZKTG_enUS834US834&oq=how+to++knit+a+dishc&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l5.21961j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#kpvalbx=1 - how to knit the dishcloth.
I have given some very basic ways to knit and crochet helpful items that you can learn to make on a beginner's level.
I think getting back to basics will be helpful.