The Graham family stocks up on food, but not just under the hockey table. In the pantry, in the closet, the freezer, they even keep a little wheat in the family room
The family's religious beliefs teach them to be prepared for adversity both financially, and physically. Which means they keep a three month supply of things they eat every day, and a year's worth of staples.
"Its self sufficiency any way you can," said Daren Graham. "I think everybody's situation is different, but do everything you can to be self sufficient."
For them, Hurricane Katrina was a catalyst..
"Seeing what they were going through, some of them four to five weeks without power, without stores, without the necessities it hit home to us," said Graham.
By doing things like recycling air conditioning condensation, the family was prepared when Hurricanes Rita and Ike rolled through, and when Daren lost his job three months ago.
"We're eating out of that food storage, we're eating out of the things we've prepared and put away for a rainy day, we're using that now," said Graham.
"The economic part, feeding your family, taking care of bills, that part is done and it's a good feeling," said Graham.
Even the little Grahams help take care of the garden. Thanks to old farm equipment bought on ebay, the family grows and bales hay, which they use to feed their steer.
"We call him Milkshake because we couldn't call him hamburger," said Graham.
Although Milkshake has a freezer with his name on it, he's so friendly, he's become a pet. Pending any emergency, the Grahams say he'll likely stay that way.
The family says all their planning ahead allows them to lend a helping hand.
"If you can help yourself and your set, then you can help others. Its pretty hard to help your neighbor and be of service to others when you yourself are in trouble," said Graham.
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