1740 one of my ancestors, Samuel Fisher, set sail for America on what came
to be known as the "starvation ship." There was so little food on this ship that
not long into the voyage the passengers were reduced to only eating a
tablespoon of flour a day, mixed with a little sea water.
When that ran out, they started eating the bodies of
those who had died. When there were no more bodies, the passengers decided
that one person on the ship would have to be sacrificed so that the others could live. The lot
fell on my 19-year old ancestor, Samuel Fisher.
Samuel was given a few days to prepare, but
thankfully another vessel came in sight, and his life was spared.
Obviously this experience had a profound effect on
him. For the rest of his life he could not stand to see wasted either a morsel
of food, or the slightest bit of water tossed on the ground.
While most of us will never have to face anything so
horrific, we are all subject to emergencies of varying degrees. I wrote an
article a few years ago about the Seattle Wind Storm of 2006. It left this
region without power for many days. See
The Day the Lights Went Out in Seattle.
It was startling to hear how unprepared people were
to handle even a few days of an emergency situation. People were hungry, and
people were cold. You could hear the desperation in the voices of people calling
in to the radio station looking for help.
I was pretty miserable for 4 days. However I was
able to sit by my fireplace and keep warm, and I had a propane stove in the
kitchen to cook my food.
This site was put together with the collaboration of
my husband, who has spent years being first on the scene in areas hit with
natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornados, wind storms, ice storms,
earthquakes and volcanoes. He has seen firsthand what happens to people's lives
after these natural disasters. See
The Untold Story of Hurricane Andrew.
We all need to be prepared for the emergencies in
life. We are all subject to natural disasters, as well as a host of other
occurrences that affect our well-being, such as unemployment, crime and ill
health. We know how to prepare for most emergencies. Some blindside us, such
We don't know what the future will bring. This site
is dedicated to helping people prepare for the unexpected in life in as frugal a
manner as possible.
Prepare for the worst, and hope for the
"If ye are prepared, ye shall not
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