Prepared Ninja!

Hey there ninjutsu peeps!

Well, it has been a crazy couple of weeks here in the USA, the first Hurricane bore down on Texas and now the second is tracking toward Florida, Yikes!!

This reminds me of ancient times when a ninja had to be prepared for all eventualities in life. Bad weather, war, famine, disease, whatever it was a ninja had to be ready to deal with the circumstances and survive. Today is no different, except we as a culture have become a whole lot softer and more reliant on others to “care” for us. But if you are here reading this post, you are not the average run of the mill person. You have taken time to train in an art that teaches us to endure and survive. So here it is are you ready for what can come at you? Are you able to endure 72 hours without hitting the stores?

Think about walking into the store and seeing this:

So, what are you doing to prepare for all eventualities? I am blessed to live in a rural area with a small homestead. The power can go out, and I can still thrive here.

What about you and your family?

So here is the challenge for all of you out there become 72 hour independent! 72 hours sounds so easy, a little food, water, a box of band aids, but what about entertainment, lighting, food cooking, finances…oh you thought of everythin g now didn’t you!

Sounds easy, but this isn’t about martial arts practice, no it isn’t it is about life skills! I think it is time we (maybe me) started getting some information and skills out to you ensure you have the best information you can get Here is a short list of items to have on hand:

FOOD AND WATER

(A three-day supply of food and water, per person, when no refrigeration or cooking is available)

  • Protein/Granola Bars
  • Trail Mix/Dried Fruit
  • Crackers/Cereals (for munching)
  • Canned Tuna, Beans, Turkey, Beef, Vienna Sausages, etc (“pop-top” cans that open without a can-opener might not be a good idea.)
  • Canned Juice
  • Candy/Gum (warning: Jolly Ranchers can melt and using mint gum might make everything taste like mint.)
  • Water (1 Gallon/4 Liters Per Person)

BEDDING AND CLOTHING

  • Change of Clothing (short and long sleeved shirts, pants, jackets, socks, etc.)
  • Undergarments
  • Rain Coat/Poncho
  • Blankets and Emergency Heat Blanks (that keep in warmth)
  • Cloth Sheet
  • Plastic Sheet

FUEL AND LIGHT

  • Battery Lighting (Flashlights, Lamps, etc.) Don’t forget batteries!
  • Extra Batteries
  • Flares
  • Candles
  • Lighter
  • Water-Proof Matches

EQUIPMENT

  • Can Opener
  • Dishes/Utensils
  • Shovel
  • Radio (with batteries!)
  • Pen and Paper
  • Axe
  • Pocket Knife
  • Rope
  • Duct Tape

PERSONAL SUPPLIES AND MEDICATION

  • Toiletries (roll of toilet paper- remove the center tube to easily flatten into a zip-lock bag, feminine hygiene, folding brush, etc.)
  • Cleaning Supplies (mini hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo, dish soap, etc. Warning: Scented soap might “flavor” food items.)
  • Immunizations Up-to-Date
  • Medication (Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, children’s medication etc.)
  • Prescription Medication (for 3 days)

PERSONAL DOCUMENTS AND MONEY

(Place these items in a water-proof container!)

  • Scriptures
  • Genealogy Records
  • Patriarchal Blessing
  • Legal Documents (Birth/Marriage Certificates, Wills, Passports, Contracts, etc)
  • Vaccination Papers
  • Insurance Policies
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Pre-Paid Phone Cards

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Bag(s) to put 72 Hour Kit items in (such as duffel bags or back packs, which work great) Make sure you can lift/carry it!
  • Infant Needs (if applicable)

Bufu Ikkan