I want Americans to pay attention to something other than Melania Trump’s shoes. The American media is doing a great disservice to our country – reporting absolute garbage. It’s a waste of time to watch news filled with opinion pieces about President Trump and whether or not he’s showing empathy during the Gulf disaster — especially when the media could be using their air time to help you, their devoted audience. Usually, I write uplifting articles for America Out Loud. The piece I’ve chosen to write this week is still inspirational, but in a different sort of way.

(The image depicts the media hysteria on the shoes First Lady Melanie Trump wore when she and the President visited Houston. They ridiculed her choice of dress shoes, neglecting to tell folks that she also had a pair of sneakers with her. Not that it was any of their damn business.)

It’s possible North Korea could provoke a war. There. I wrote the words upon this page. These are words no American wants to read. However, the likelihood of something catastrophic happening is very real. I’m not sitting at the table with President Trump listening to the generals advise him, but the statement General Mattis gave on Sunday left little to the imagination. And, even if North Korea lobbed a nuke in our direction and it exploded mid-air – just that action could take out our power grid, or at least a major portion of it. Watching a natural disaster take place in real time on the Gulf Coast gives us a good idea how disruptive this could be.

It’s not my intent to frighten people about the possible scenarios, however I do think it is a really good idea to get into a prepper state-of-mind. What do I mean by that?

Think of the things your family will need in the event of a long-term power outage.

  1. Safety – bulking up locks on doors, having wood available and tools to board up windows. What are you protecting? Your family and all that’s keeping you alive.
  2. Water – You will need large amounts of drinking water. This can be stashed away now, while you have the time to do it and while it’s on the shelves in grocery stores.
  3. Canned foods and a can-opener that does not need electricity. Think beans and rice here. Simple things that will not spoil or need refrigeration.
  4. A propane grill could come in handy to warm up food, but make sure you only use it outside in a well ventilated are.
  5. Medications. – Tell the pharmacy or your doctor you need a 90-day prescription. If they ask why, tell them you are planning a long vacation. Also, stock things like band-aids, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and don’t forget paper plates and cups. Remember, you may not have hot water to bathe with.
  6. Radio / Batteries. You will also need a battery-operated radio and several good flashlights along with a large supply of batteries.

Just as important is to talk with your family members about the possibility of this happening. I’m not saying you should frighten them, but insure them you are taking steps just in case something ever happened. Wouldn’t it be great to have this stash and not have to use it? I think the answer to that question is a resounding YES!

There are many excellent prepper websites on the internet.  (BackdoorSurvival.com is one of my favorites.) This is a good time to check some of these bloggers out and heed their excellent advice. Among the things you may decide to have in your home is a locked safe in which to store your guns and extra ammo. I’d also have some cash on hand because banks or ATM’s will not be open or working for a period of time. Gasoline pumps also operate on electricity. So, it’s a good idea to have a few gasoline cans filled and tucked away in an outside shed that is well ventilated. You may need to make trips out to gather supplies or pick up other family members.

This is what the media should be telling you. They’re not doing it, so I am, because I care about my fellow Americans.

Independent author, Ava Armstrong, writes thrillers and romance – yes, she dares to combine the two; such a renegade! After more than a decade in corporate America with a four-billion dollar company, Armstrong decided to focus on her true love: writing literature that could be read by the average human being. Ava describes herself as a Constitutional Conservative, and sleeps with a loaded Smith and Wesson revolver. She has one child, whom she loves, and her collection of firearms, which she loves slightly less, and a special affinity for Glocks and tactical shotguns. Her favorite things are the smell of molten metal at the shooting range, motor oil that drips from vintage 1940's Indian motorcycles, and the scent of sandalwood soap. You'd have to read her novels to understand that more deeply. Who are the heroes in Ava's novels? Everyday men and women who do extraordinary things. Veterans, policemen, farmers, hard-working middle-class folks, all striving and struggling to make the world a better place. From homeless vets to women living quiet lives of desperation, Armstrong transports readers to a small town, writing complex characters and stories that often stir strong emotion.