About

About Me

Hello all!

My name is Arlene Doeden, Mother of 6,and wife to one supportive husband. I’m old school, believing personal responsibility and self reliance are intertwined. Try as I might, I can’t always be that rock, and so appreciate the gifts of compassion God has sent my way through other people.
I am a life long learner which is code talk for information junkie. When not writing or reading, I stay busy gardening, cooking, trail walking, organizing time and space, and visiting children and grandchildren.

Why You Should Read This Blog

I spent most of my young adulthood in Southern California so am well versed (I thought) in earthquake preparedness. When I moved to Washington State in the late 1980’s, I did the happy dance believing that I had finally rid myself of those scary earthquakes. In early 2016, I had a reawakening. News of a newly discovered earthquake fault along the Oregon/Washington coast threatening to be THE BIG ONE, came at the same time as emerging information regarding EMP’s. Once I added in the nearby active volcano and the economic concerns of the 19 trillion dollar national debt, I thought it might be time to rethink the whole preparedness thing. In a major disaster, it is likely that no one will be able to help you for as long as 2 weeks. NO ONE.

I was amazed how emergency preparedness had broadened it’s scope since my California days.The limited preparedness I remember was stand in a doorway, have some “things” in your car and make sure you have a few extra cans of “stuff” in your pantry. Now the emphasis is how to get and filter clean drinking water, how to cook without a stove, how to protect yourself and build a shelter. and so much more. Since early 2016, I have been in hyper learning mode and it’s been quite the journey, one that I feel compelled to share. I am not an expert with years of prepping experience behind me, just a woman on a journey willing to share her successes (light bulbs) and failures (face palms) on this self reliance road.