A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it. Prov. 22:3 (NIV) Emergency Preparedness
for Families and Individuals
For G-d has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love... 2 Tim. 1:7 (NKJV)

Emergencies - What You Can Do

Many individuals and families prepared for Y2K. While that was beneficial, preparedness should be viewed more as a way of life rather than a one-time event. Emergencies happen every day. Blizzards, fires, tornadoes, riots, a pandemic, or simply fixing a sewer line can effect anyone at anytime. Ways to help families and individuals weather these situations involve emergency preparedness and "getting back to basics." To ensure his own or his family's health and safety, one may want to have on hand some food, water, supplies, and medicine. If one wishes to help his community, he might consider becoming an amateur radio operator and help with communications between fire and police departments or hospitals. Perhaps there is an interest in solar energy or raising rabbits for personal consumption. Home schooling is another option families may choose. These are only a few ideas to help someone start thinking about emergency preparedness.

In 2003 Colorado experienced what is considered the worst blizzard in 90 years. See family photos from this "event."

Just before Christmas 2004 Central Ohio experienced a crippling ice storm.  This experience helped our family see how our personal preparedness fared.

The following is a list of books, web sites, and businesses that can help a person prepare for emergencies. It can also be viewed as information on general emergency preparedness. The resources listed have been recommended by various emergency-related groups. Beyond Infinity receives no monetary compensation for any listing in the web sites and business sections. Each of the books listed has been specifically recommended. Also, there will never be more than 20 books listed. So, the selection should be a compilation of the best, weeding out less valuable publications. Enjoy and thank you for your visit! Please return as new information becomes available. Please report any problems such as broken links you encounter with this site. Also, feel free to recommend your favorite self-sufficiency book, web site, or business for inclusion on this page.

Videos and Magazines
Web Sites Businesses

Page last modified February 24, 2021.

Page written by Mary-Frances Bartels

Comments, suggestions, and corrections appreciated.

Books (in association with Amazon.Com)

The Encyclopedia of Country Living
by Carla Emery
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The most recommended book!
The Encyclopedia of Country Living
Making the Best of Basics by James Talmage Stevens
20% discount
Also comes highly recommended
Making the Best of Basics
Back to Basics: How to Learn and Enjoy Traditional American Skills by Readers DigestAnother highly recommended book
Back to Basics
Don't Get Caught With Your Pantry Down by James T. Stevens
Don't Get Caught With Your Pantry Down
How to Develop a Low-Cost Family Family Food-Storage System by Anite Evangelista
20% discount
How to Develop a Low-Cost Family Food-Storage System
Where There Is No Doctor: A Village Healthcare Handbook by Werner, Thuman, and Maxwell
Where There is No Doctor
How to Live Without Electricity and Like It by Anita Evangelista
How to Live Without Electricity and Like It
Where There Is No Dentist by Murray Dickson Where There is No Dentist
The Complete Book of Survival by Rainer Stahlberg
20% discount
The Complete Book of Survival
When the Big One Hits by Jerry and Jay Boyd


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Web sites (alphabetical order by title)

Amateur Radio Emergency Service - Hams Serve Their Communities Using Ham Communications Emergency Preparedness Information Center
American Red Cross - Be Prepared FEMA -- Emergency Management Institute
Captain Dave's Survival Center and Preparedness Resource Gary North's Y2K Links and Forums One of the first Y2K Pages on the Web. Has a strong "sky is falling" perspective
The Disaster Center (Click on "Year 2000 Bug" near bottom) How-To Survival Library Lots of links

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Since this page was created many of the businesses have closed. I am still soliciting additions to this section. If you have a business you think should be listed here, please e-mail me. Reciprocal links to either this site would be appreciated.

Emergency Essentials Utah

Lehman's Hardware

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Personal Experience of Ohio's Ice Storm of December 22 - 23, 2004

On December 22 a weather system spanning the central two-thirds of the United States brought snow to areas that rarely have snow, including southern New Mexico and Texas.  In Ohio this system brought the worst ice storm in twenty years.  About half a million Ohioans, mostly in Central Ohio, were without electricity for several days.

Our family had just moved to our "home beyond the sidewalks" three weeks prior to the storm.  We were not unpacked and could not find simple items such as boots, hats, and mittens.  While we had a 55-gallon water supply stored when we lived in Denver, we had none yet at our new location.  Our solar electric system also was still packed.  Indeed we had not even determined how the system was to be installed on the new property (weather in Ohio is not nearly as conducive to solar energy as that in Coloraedo).  Lastly, we had no clue as to where our SAME NOAA radio was.

We figured that since we relied on a well for water and septic for sewer we were already well on the way to independence.  We also had about four acres of land with which to raise a few animals and have a decent-sized garden.  The arrival of the ice storm quickly taught us some of the gaping holes in our preparedness plan, as well as emphasized the places where we were fairly well prepared.

Below is a list of srtengths and weaknesses I found with our "lack of" preparedness strategy.  The flooding that occurred a couple of weeks later further reinforced the need for the family to be adaquately prepared.

Areas of Strength


Areas of Weakness (some were due to having just moved)