If you’ve been looking around at the world lately and thinking, “Man, things are really looking bad right now,” you’re not alone. There are many other people out there thinking the same thing. If you’re reading this you’ve taken the next step from just thinking the above to actually doing something about it.
Congratulations! It’s a big step.
Why do we do it? Why do we prep? We all want to take care of our families and ultimately I think that’s what it all boils down to. I have one adult child, a three year old hellion, and a one year old Sweetie Pie and I would do anything in my power to make sure the children and Mrs Jarhead are safe and taken care of.
The world has always been a relatively unstable place. Natural disasters, war, economic hardships, crime, disease, famine, etc., are all a part of our planet’s history and are pretty common even today with all our technology and knowledge.
Now that we’ve decided we need to prepare we need to ask ourselves, “What are we preparing for?”
If you’ve ever seen any of the prepper TV shows that have come our recently they always say, “My name is Tommy Prepper and I’m preparing for a neutron pulse from a nearby exploding star.”
To be honest I’ve only ever seen a few minutes of a couple of episodes, so I can’t speak for the entire series – it could be pretty good – but to be honest every time I watch someone say that they’re prepping for something as specific as a solar flare it makes me cringe.
What Do We Prep For?
Seems like a pretty easy question to ask doesn’t it? But to get to the specifics of it can take a little work. Personally, I don’t prep for a solar flare, or a neutron pulse, or an Earthquake, or a winter storm. I prep for all of those things with the understanding that some are more unlikely to happen than others. We weren’t alive the last time Yosemite blew it’s top and we’re unlikely to be alive the next time it happens; however, if I’ve prepped for a winter storm then I’m still ready for a disaster and will be able to keep my family safe even if something the magnitude of a supervolcano does happen.
My best guess is that the next big event that will cause us societal problems is some kind of economic collapse. I’ll save the specifics of my thinking for another post, but needless to say that I feel like I’m at least marginally prepared for it if it does happen. The same with a winter storm, or a solar flare, or whatever.
By having water, food, and other items on-hand you up the chances of survival and even the comfort for your family during any type of emergency.
Most likely emergency I’ll have to face here in Maine? A good ol’ Noreaster or an ice storm. Nothing like a big blizzard to blow through and shut things down for a few days.
So that’s what I prep for. One of the things likely to happen during a blizzard is loss of electricity, which means no running water, no furnace, no lights, no refrigeration, and spotty communication. It’s also a good bet that roads will be impassable for a day or more with snow and blown down trees.
In order to prep for this scenario I have plenty of food and water stored, a generator for backup electricity, a kerosene heater as backup to the generator, an extra supply of gasoline, and items that will help me protect all this during hard times. During the ice storm that happened ten or twenty years ago up here there were reports of people stealing generators while they were still running!
By having these items on hand I’m ready for other emergencies that can cause the same results – just from a different disaster.
Will a generator help me in the case of a semi-permanent or permanent grid down situation? Probably not, but I do have backups for my backups. I live in a heavily wooded area and making a fire is something I can do in my sleep. My family will not be cold.
No matter what it is you prep for it’s always a good idea to have extra food, water, batteries, flashlights, candles, and other supplies on-hand to keep you alive when things get rough. It’s also a good idea to have a bug-out bag handy in case you need to leave your home for any length of time, or a bug-in bag that will help you get home in case you have to walk.
Now that you’ve decided to do something about it sit down, figure out the event most likely to transpire in your area and then make a plan for it. Once you’ve got a plan start getting the items together that will enable you to implement your plan. Once you’ve done that I can guarantee that you will feel better about your situation.
Good luck and get prepping!
What do you prepare for?