Retirement: Developing a Plan B

Mar 23rd, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

If some of the prognosticators are correct… that the world is facing a catastrophic series of events, including its ultimate demise, perhaps having a Plan B is not too bad an idea.  Of course, if a great deal of energy and expense are plowed into such a plan and nothing eventuates, you may look awfully silly. When the calendar shifted in 2000, many were of the opinion that Armageddon was on the horizon.  It wasn’t and many were left with stocked pantries that are still being used.

This is not to say that preparation is a bad idea.  It is to caution being reasonable, not panic, and allow for ordinary stocking up as one would in the path of a major snow storm, as has happened this winter.  Being without essentials, including electricity, is not a pleasant experience, even for a short period.  But imagining that we are going into the next dark age by buying all the candles in a store will neither keep you warm nor  serve to cook your meals. 

Plan B may look like this:  If you live in an area, where it is possible, plant a garden this spring.  If you have sufficient space, land and domicile, consider raising chickens and whatever other livestock may be realistic.  Remember you will need the capacity for freezer storage; also remember the electricity may go out, which calls for a generator. Remember that you will need fuel for powering the generator.  Remember one thing calls for another.

Stock your pantry with long term expiration date items.  Try purchasing goods that have a long term shelf life. Stay away from goods that easily spoil.  Look at products that require minimal preparation.  Don’t forget basics, e.g. toilet paper, tooth paste, other bath room necessities.

Batteries are an item you may need in good supply.  Having a means for fresh water storage is also a good idea.  Extra rations of gasoline for your automobile, generator and other power uses should be considered.  if you can bake your own bread, be equipped to do so.  Items like milk and other essentials may be difficult, unless you use the powdered variety.

Now, this is not to say that all this thought, preparation and fret will  eventuate into serious action.  These days, however, there seems to be some reasonable rationale for at least minimal preparations.  Haiti and Chile are good examples. Other natural disasters have shown us the wisdom of preparation, even if the disaster overwhelms us.  The economic clouds that continue to gather give us some pause.  That would be beyond most of our ability to anticipate or struggle through. 

Without creating any sense of panic or ultimate disaster, an attitude of deliberate and quiet preparedness is not bad counsel.



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