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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Thank You

I wish to thank all of you who have been praying for my family. Prepping is key in life because we never know what will happen today. Prepping has made all the difference in my life and the aftermath and cleanup of the flash flooding that hit my farm.

The good thing for us is that we have built up prep supplies to take care of farm issues too, and have assembled quick fences where we lost them. The animals are doing well and the garden is popping!

For all that live in the southwest we must never minimize the very real risk of flash flooding. I will take a moment and express to everyone that if you travel through the southwest you must NEVER go into arroyo's(ditches or canals). It may be as sunny and dry outside and the mountains may be having rain- the arroyo's are lethal. Seems like every year I read about a kid from a NM city that either ignored this warning or did not know this, and drowns.

Something else to mention...when we were assessing the livestock my husband and I had a stop action plan regardless of loss of animals. We planned ahead of this so we would not place any person at risk of harm or death. Sounds simple when one is rational, but in heightened emotional or physical duress reasoning is tossed out the window. This is one reason I believe that many would be civilian rescuers die in the act of rescuing another. It is important to act quickly, but planning is critical. For example, if someone is drowning, your first thought is to jump in- but the reality is that a drowning victim will use anything to get air...even standing on you. So a moment of searching for another method seems time delaying but in the end may allow everyone to go home at night.

Oh and back to the stop action plan, in case you are wondering. We had planned to save to lambs and kids as they are our breeding stock. All else we would have let fend for themselves if things were worse. Fortunately we did not have to do this!

Now to why my property became a flash flood site- north east of us, the county approved a mini rural development that is diverting an arroyo. With so many voicing concern the county still approved this and as a result the flooding just goes everywhere. Money instead of common sense has fueled this and will be a problem to us perhaps from now on. So prep work to raise barns is our new project as we can complain and go to repeat county meetings and wait for the government to resolve this(I am pausing for all of you to stop laughing) and resolve the problem ourselves. And for the record we only have an average of 7-9" of rain a year that comes during the monsoon season June 20- July 20(approximately) so this is not an ongoing problem and we have much time to mend fences!

5 comments:

matthiasj said...

If you need it Jennifer set up a donate page on paypal so we can all pitch in on the cleanup efforts.

matthiasj
Kentucky Preppers Network

American Prepper said...

Bullseye and Brad & Ernie have offered to provide a place to stay when you take your trip to NY. Depending on which route you take either place would be a pretty central location for a stop and will save you motel expenses. I'm going to put my thinking cap back on and see if there's anything else we can do.

American Prepper said...

Checking on a stop off for you in Oklahoma, Also, I like Matt's idea of putting up a donate button, please do so that we can help out with gas

God Bless

Humble wife said...

AP-I am beyond humbled.At this point I am planning on a stop in Lawrence KS, and from there I am still figuring things out. KS is a must for me.

My husband and I are embarrassed to be honest with all this kindness. Since his accident(2005)we have been led to this simple life and the knocks that come with it...and this is very emotional... email me and I will give you my cell number. Ernie has it too...perhaps it will be easier to talk than explain in writing.

AP- you are one incredibly kind man and I mean that with all my heart.

American Prepper said...

No need to be embarrassed at all, several people have helped me many times in the past and I repay the effort by helping others...I guess it's what you call "pay it forward."

A quote From Benjamin Franklin:

I do not pretend to give such a Sum; I only lend it to you. When you [Humble Wife] meet with another honest Man (person) in similar Distress, you must pay me by lending this Sum to him; enjoining him to discharge the Debt by a like operation, when he shall be able, and shall meet with another opportunity. I hope it may thus go thro' many hands, before it meets with a Knave that will stop its Progress. This is a trick of mine for doing a deal of good with a little money.

So you see, by accepting our help, you are allowing us to pay debts that we owe to others. Sure, we could simply say that we are helping out in the kindess of our heart, which is what we are doing, But if everyone were to follow this simple system, the world would be a much better place.

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