Prep For The Future

I recently read that “The future is where we will spend the rest of our lives.”  Ponder that one for a few minutes.  If you live in SurvivalColorado, you would maybe be headed to the local neighborhood pot store to get some encouragement for taking on any philosophical debates to discuss that statement.  In Alabama it would take at least a couple six packs to prep the mind to rationalize the wisdom in that comment.  Just kidding.

By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

In a ZITS cartoon strip this month the main teenage character Jeremy Duncan was saying to his bud Pierce, “Do you think about your future, Pierce?”  He replies, “I try….but technically every second my future becomes my past.”  Jeremy says, “So, it’s almost like you have no future.”  Pierce answers back, “That’s what the guidance counselor keeps saying.”  Humor aside though, truth is the future is inevitable, it is every second just ahead of us.

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The question is serious though and remains one of the most critical a prepper needs to ask themselves.  Exactly what kind of a future do you want for yourselves, family, or survival team in a post-SHTF environment?  What level of existence or sustenance are you planning for?  These are tough issues and even tougher to fulfill.

Try a Bit of Daydreaming

An employee came into my office a while back as I sat in my chair with my feet up on the desk.  She asked what I was doing.  I How to get ready for the apocalyspetold her “I am doing something you probably never do….I am thinking.”  I mean, when was the last time you just sat quietly at your desk or in your recliner at home and just simply thought about things?   Indeed, I propose to you that the concept of thinking is a dying art.

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When I do the thinking thing, I am never without a notepad nearby.  At my age thoughts, concepts and ideas come and go like fireflies.  If I don’t jot them down pretty quickly they will likely be gone forever.  So don’t take any chances.  As you think, ponder, and plan, make notes, lots of notes.  Maintain a notebook, a folder, or a journal that compiles all your random thoughts and prepping ideas.  This will surely become your blueprint.  Add to it, take things away, but keep track of them.

This goes for watching television, listening to radio new or special interest programs or reading materials from other sources.  You may hear parts and pieces of a good idea or thought so write it down.  You can expand on it then or file it back for work later.  This goes for related magazine or internet site information or ads including web site contacts to check later on.

Daydreaming is a good virtue for a prepper.  It allows the brain free dimensional thinking.  There should be no limits to your dreaming in terms of plans or aspirations.   Always think positive about what you might be able to achieve or even for example afford to achieve.  Dream big, work hard and most likely you will find that you can get there if strongly enough determined to succeed with your plans.  It takes a lot of internal motivation to kick start any project and to keep it on track and running smoothly.

Conceive of a Post SHTF Life

It’s true I tend to watch a lot of apocalypse movies or post-SHTF programming just to imagine a flavor for what a taste of the Preppersnew reality might be like.  I also watch shows such as Alaska Bush People just to get a mindset on the hardships that could arise from starting over.  I try not to lose sight of the fact that film crews are just out of the camera view with the team eating fillets and lobster for dinner while the program characters crack another can of pork and beans.  I don’t know if that is reality or not, but I have my suspicions.

As a Bug In proponent, I try to frame my thoughts and plans on what resources I might have available after the storm.  I went through Katrina both at home and work so I have a sense of how bad things can get, but frankly we had it pretty good.  We continued to have city water service for drinking, cooking, bathing, and sanitation service.  Natural gas continued to flow so we had hot water and a gas stove to use.

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We did not have electricity for a week at the house and in the south in August it is really hot and humid.  No AC, no ceiling fans, and no breeze.  I don’t fare well in hot weather, so it was a test for me.  Reality is how conditioned (or weakened) we have become to creature comforts.  Post-SHTF we might never get electrical power again or for a really long time.  Gasoline was in short supply and lines were long.  My full tank of gas in the truck lasted me the entire week of the power outage.  We had a second vehicle, but the family stayed home and did not travel.  We had food stores sufficient for at least a month, so we did OK.

Based on all that I have tried to project ahead to planning for worse conditions.  Despite no power, etc. we still preferred the relative comfort and security of our primary dwelling.  I am just not a camping person, so my secondary cache locale is a hunting camp cabin an hour’s drive away.  We could easily provision that Bug Out site, but by our standards it would be crude.  However, it is a world away better than living out in the woods under a blue plastic tarp with very limited infrastructure.  Can me (us) a whoos, but that is our reality.  What is yours?

Practice Supply Side Economics

The elementary foundational keys to SHTF survival is planning, knowledge, supplies and practice.  It is good if you can start a fire if need be with minimal effort, but you’ll need wood cut, stacked, or located.  Oh, get those waterproof matches, and a bunch of butane lighters, too.  Sure you can cook over open fires if you have pots, pans, and something to put into them and a ladle to get it out and a plate to put it on, then some utensils.  Don’t forget the heat pad pot holder and a grill frame would be nice, too.  See where I am going with this?

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And sure there are a million other issues and things to take care of along the way.  While the blueprint lays flat, it still guides you to build up something much more substantial for the long haul.  Such is the flow of prepping.  So, you have also to deal with food, water, cover, security, medical issues, sanitation, comfort, self and team protection, clothing, tools, carry and storage containers, radios, lighting, batteries, solar devices, transportation options, fuel, on and on.  Basically prepping never ends, because you will always have some new skill to acquire and hone, new information to assimilate, additional gear to buy, and test out, plus hours upon hours of practicing all this under all kinds of simulated conditions.  It’s enough to wear you out isn’t it?  Just wait until a real SHTF event hits.  The future is now, your future is now.  Start visualizing it and planning for it.

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15 comments… add one
  • Codpiece October 1, 2015, 7:11 pm

    A bug in proponent?

    Sir, I’m not sure you understand the concept of a bug out. But if you intend on bugging in, you might want to be nicer to your employees. Prior insults will be remembered when you need help from them.

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    • taxdn2poverty October 2, 2015, 1:08 pm

      ditto

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  • Illini Warrior October 2, 2015, 4:54 pm

    In regard to Alaskan Bush People reality show – and most of the other reality shows – they all receive “assistance” in staging those TV show segments …. and there’s all kinds of product placement involved as well ….

    Next time you see one of the bush Alaskan fire up a chainsaw …. check out the “right out of the box new” Stihl brand saw …. not even a scratch …..

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    • montag October 4, 2015, 2:53 pm

      Look at the lead off photo: He admits to being a spammer!

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  • RubyT October 2, 2015, 9:04 pm

    you sexist pig. are you going to make everyone else do the survival work while you kick up your feet because your so smart? the smart ones survive. the ones that think they are smart get eaten

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    • taxdn2poverty October 4, 2015, 2:52 pm

      RubyT: Final warning, leave the pigs outta this!

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  • irishdutchuncle October 4, 2015, 3:41 am

    I prefer to think of it as “scenario analysis”, or mental rehearsal,
    as opposed to “daydreaming”…

    the notebook is a good idea. take it everywhere, keep it on the night stand. I’ve been using index cards. composition books, or notebooks would probably be better. from your notes, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to to create a few binders of information on whatever is important to you. I’m going to do one for each of my other hobbies, outside of SHTF.

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    • irishdutchuncle October 4, 2015, 11:11 pm

      … and I’m already living a post SHTF life.

      believe me, it isn’t pretty.

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  • Doc Montana October 4, 2015, 11:38 am

    Not to go all tinfoil on you, but I’ve run some of my own “scenario-scenario analysis” where during a SHTF event, the lack of information means the info-vacuum will be filled exclusively with the details from imagined personal scenarios.

    Drawing on the potential for a large portion of nearby society to be acting out their response to imaginary threats, my “scenario-scenario analysis” involves both the reaction and inflaming of the imagination of others. In other words, I’ve got a whole chapter in my survival manual devoted to psychological defense. If a small band of dimwitted but armed and unwashed decides to become the new law in town, I may jump on their bandwagon with the intent to either take over as leader, or shove the wagon off a cliff the first chance I get.

    The issue is that a lack of facts about a traumatic event will cause many different reactions from numbness to religious fervor, to opportunistic crime, to score settling, to political oppression, to increasing the disaster due to mental instability, to wild speculation about space aliens. So survival will require a fluid understanding about both the hard science of the situation and the fabricated foes that become reality though the reactions of those with overactive imaginations. Remember, bullets cannot tell the difference.

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    • irishdutchuncle October 4, 2015, 11:30 pm

      unfortunately, reality-analysis will have to wait for the smoke to clear, and the ringing in the ears to subside. I hope I get the luxury of daylight also. I got a D in Hard Science, although I do get many of the concepts…

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  • BamaMan October 26, 2015, 3:20 pm

    What an awesome boss you must be.
    Your employees are probably robbing you blind.

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  • Linda Smith October 31, 2015, 8:05 pm

    Wow, some preppers must have stashed their sense of humor in their bug out location! I’m with you on the bug-in. It would have to be the VERY last resort for me to leave all I’ve prepared, & I’m not of an age that would make bugging out easy. I really think most people that head for the hills have few plans beyond the initial exit. It’s one thing in June; quite another in January. I, too, have composition books everywhere. The trick is finding the one I want when I want it! Haha

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  • Matthew Groff November 1, 2015, 4:35 pm

    I like the idea of the notebooks to write down ideas. The problem is remembering where in the heck you put them after you fill them up with those ideas! lmao

    “Bugging Out” for me, would be a problem. Why? because I live with my parents, who are 85 and 70 years of age. I have been trying to get them to Prepare for a “SHTF” event for several years, But because they have a limited income they feel that they cannot do that and that they should spend their money on paying bills than other “stuff”! That is what my mom says. dad says he is Too old to worry about preparing for a “SHTF” event. I am unemployed and do not have any money to be able to prepare for a “SHTF” event. But I still read up on how to prepare and what to do in the event of a “SHTF” event.

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    • Anonymous November 6, 2015, 6:42 pm

      You can always learn a valuable skill and use it in bartering. Doesn’t take money just time and desire.

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      • jennifer February 19, 2016, 7:37 am

        U can hit all available food pantries. That’s how I add to my stash

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