How I ended up creating a website about family survival planning...

Joan Crain

Even though I have been a city dweller my entire life, I was brought up by parents who knew and taught us the value of self reliance, frugal living, and how to have a do-it-yourself outlook. My Father could fix anything, build anything, and just make things work.

My growing up years were spent on a ½ acre plot of land where my parents built our house and planted apple, pear, cherry, peach and plum trees, a large raspberry patch, and a garden with a variety of vegetables. We had a large freezer which my Mother filled with home-baked bread, fruits, vegetables, and beef, bought at 1/2 of the animal when we could afford it.

Under the laundry room, via a trap door, was our cellar filled with home-canned fruit and bottles of various jams and jellies. Most of our clothing was homemade, sewn on an old treadle sewing machine.

We were poor by my parent’s standards, but I never noticed. We always had plenty to eat, clothes to wear, a variety of toys (the homemade stilts were a blast!), and lots of love. Because of this upbringing, frugal living and preparing is deeply engrained in me.

My husband is of the same mind. His dowry to our marriage was buckets of wheat and cans of food, which gave us a pretty good start on our food storage program. We are well matched on many subjects, such as personal choice, free enterprise and self-employment, limited government intrusion, frugal living, saving money, living within our income, recycling, and getting and staying out of debt. We have come a long way towards getting out of debt, paying off more than $40,000 in 6 years. We are both fully committed to saving as much money as possible. Having a "rainy day fund" has saved us from going into debt several times because of layoffs or medical procedures.

Having been born and raised in Utah and lived here most of my life, you might guess (and that would be a correct guess) that I have been strongly influenced by the Mormon practice of having 1-2 years of food storage and emergency supplies. It is a pleasure to live among a people whose industriousness permeates all aspects of life, which is why the state symbol is a beehive. People in Utah have a strong can-do, self-reliant, do-it-yourself attitude.

This website is my online business, created, hopefully to inspire others to prepare for any disaster or crisis — physically, emotionally and materially for whatever life throws at us. Because it wil l— and it does, usually with no warnings.

And so here I am, writing about subjects near and dear to me. I'm learning right along with all of you and increasing my food storage and survival supplies as I write and research important information to share with you.

I try to live by these words, most of them attributed to Rev. William John Henry Boetcker, a Presbyterian minister and notable public speaker, which he penned in 1916.

~ You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
~ You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
~ You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
~ You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
~ You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
~ You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.
~ You cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they could, and should, do for themselves.

Thank you for visiting my site. I hope these pages inspire you to prepare for the worst and enjoy the fruits of your planning and preparations — even if the "world crashes down around you" sort of speak. Please visit often as I add new information that I hope will be helpful to all.

Warmly,

Joan Crain

P.S. People often say they wish they could quit the 9-5 rat-race — and they/you can. Seriously! Try SBI! If I can do this, so can you!

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