Today while browsing through YouTube i found a gentleman talking about how he watched an episode of doomsday preppers and laughed at the people on the show saying “where’s your gang at? I can gather 50 people in 30 mins and they can all shoot” and then he followed that statement with “your 1 year supply of food is now our 1 year supply.” That’s scary because its true. many people spend thousands of dollars on emergency food and have maybe 5 people who will be there in that group. Even with all 5 people equipped with 223 rifles and alot of ammo how long do you think you can hold off determined people from killing you and taking your food stores. Even think long term with 5 people your not going to thrive after the threat of looting is lowered enough to rebuild. I think people should be reaching out to others and starting to build a strong well prepared group of about 3 to 5 families. Also make sure you have a good back up location with extra food stores and ammo and meds so you can fall back if need be. you and 20 other well armed people will be a much more frightful sight to a mob of 50 or more then a small 5. Threats might just pass you by because of fear of high casualties.
Prepping the wrong way can be costly and a waste of time. For example if buying a 1500 dollar rifle and having no way to grow your own food is a quick way to die in an prolonged shtf event. The same works the other way, lots of food and water and a way to grow crops but no way to protect them… . Your dead. So what’s the solution? Well there is no better way to cure stupid then with study. For me it was fictional books like lights out and patriots that helped, also YouTube and survivalist blogs help show you what others are doing. But most importantly know your needs. I live in southern California where we have crazy gun laws, high population, and were prone to earthquakes and fires. This has helped me prep for my personal immediate threats. Where do you live? What specil circumstances do you have to plan for?
What i try to do is have a balance between high priced items and quick buys. Dont go just buy it all and break the bank. For me i make a buying list and put down all the items over 200 dollars in order from most urgent to nice to have. Then i seperate them with buy times over 6 months to a year, in those gaps i fill smaller items like mre packs or water purification tabs. This way my spending isn’t overwhelming and i can provide still for my family.
Some commonly forgotten items are extra shoes and socks, warm cloths, toiletries, maps, tents, spare glasses or extra medication, and moral boosting items like playing cards or books.
I am a prepper, no matter how much i hate that label. So of course I’m going to talk about the survival mind with friends and family to maybe see if they might help themselves get ready for an emergency. I was talking with someone who asked me “how prepared am I” and “do i own guns”. Now this is a hard question to answer because its human nature to boast about the things we have worked hard for, but its also very dangerous. If i let people know about the food, water, weapons, ammo, and other survival gear i have collected over the past few years, what’s to stop them from trying to rob me of that. Also if they know that i can provide for my family they might appeal to my good nature and try and freeload off me during a emergency or complete collapse. Well now that I’m a father let me just say publicly, i will never take food or shelter from my wife and child to give to someone who could have prepared and chose not to.
Also this got me asking my self am i prepared enough? The truth is you can never be prepared for everything but am i able to protect my close friends and family, provide for their well being, and thrive in a situation that is potentially dangerous? My answer is no. My mind is ready and body is willing but i lack all the tools to properly do all that is asked of me. Now i am only 27 and i have only been prepping for 2 years so my stores are limited but I’m well on my way to being truly prepared.