Friday, May 17, 2013

Deep & Wide

Width in preparations is great. If you are preparing for a long term situation, there is only so much that you are able to store.

Say you have even 10 years worth of stored food; while that is awesome, what do you do at the end of your storage? Eventually you will run out and then things topple. 
For example, if you have a tree with wide root structure and beat it high winds and a hard rain, it is possible to topple the tree over.

How do you build that stability? Depth involves your plan to carry on - the on going plan for self-sufficiency. Donna Hoaks teaches what she calls the P.A.C.E. system. Let's walk through the P.A.C.E. System.  

P.A.C.E. stands for Primary, Alternative, Contingency & Emergency. Let's start with chocolate for example.

Primary: I have a lot of chocolate candy stored.
Alternate: Brownie mixes, cake mixes, chocolate pudding mixes.
Contingency: I also have LOTS of cocoa & chips stored. Along with other cooking staples. Because chocolate is something I want to continue to have for a long time, I store a lot. I currently have about 20 containers of cocoa stored.

Emergency: I am going to try to order cocoa beans soon & practice to see if I am able to grow them, probably in a hoop house of some sort.


Primary: I started with storing canned veggies from the store.
Alternate: When I learned to can, I started canning my own vegetables.

Contingency: I started last year learning how to garden with non-GMO, non-hybrid seeds. Using organic practices. Practicing my skills now.
Emergency: I have more seeds stored and I am learning to save seeds now from my own garden.

I currently have several years stored just in case. Keeping stocked ahead helps prepare for a year or two of drought, or in case there is flooding during the season like this year in Texas which destroys this years crops.

Primary: I have canned chicken (from the store) & some frozen chicken.
Alternative: I have chicken I have canned. I probably have at least 250 pints jars of pressure canned chicken stored. 
Contingency: If I need to get chickens to grow, I have a plan to get them. When we get our new place soon, chickens are one of the first things we are getting.
Emergency: I also have chicken seeds stored. Just kidding. Seeing if you are paying attention, if so put a smiley face on my Facebook page. LOL! Only those who read will be in the know.

Apply the P.A.C.E. across the board to your preparations & you will have true depth which equals stability in case of emergencies. 
I want to thank Donna Hoaks for sharing this P.A.C.E. System with me. It falls right into my thought process. She notes: "A few years ago, some friends and I did the PACE system for chocolate and coffee. PACE=Primary, Alternate, Contingency, and Emergency. It is a great system to check all your preps. For P, I had candy stored away. A was some brownie mixes and other goodies I could fix. C was having the items to bake from scratch...baking chips and cocoa primarily. E was having some chocolate hard candy as a last resort, such as Werthers. It was fun to watch everyone figure out how to PACE themselves. The PACE system should be applied to every area of your preps: Water, Food, Light, Heat, and Cooking (which includes fuels), Medical, and Shelter. Make sure your preps are deep enough to protect you.”
This really plays into the growth process of my preparing. I have worked on the “two is one, one is none”; to include stocking “three” of various key equipment that will be important to being prepared. When possible, try to make the Emergency level "Make it, not buy it" So often we need to know how to replace what we have purchased if we couldn't buy it. Having a lot of soap is great, but do you know how to make lye and turn it into soap?" “ 
I have been thinking of how to extrapolate everything out...

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