First – let’s define what a tenet is. According to Merriam-Webster it is:
: a principle, belief, or doctrine generally held to be true;especially : one held in common by members of an organization, movement, or profession
Now that we’ve figured out what it means, here is a list of tenets I hold (in no particular order):
1. I believe that TS will HTF and it’s going to happen sometime in my lifetime.
2. OPSEC is critical for your safety when TSHTF. Don’t advertise the fact that you’re a prepper.
3. When the SHTF people will leave the city looking for food, water, and safety. Try not to be one of those people.
4. If you cover your financial bases you have a better chance of surviving comfortably if the financial sector collapses. Gold is simply a store of wealth. You can’t eat it, but it will hold it’s value and if you have some on-hand you’ll be able to trade it for currency or supplies after the initial fear has passed.
5. Being physically fit can save your life. If you need to bug-out and you can’t carry your 50 lb bug-out bag the necessary distance, or you can’t run, or even walk to safety, you will die. Eat a proper diet and exercise – not only could it save your life in a crisis, but you’ll live a happier and longer life. If you are unable to walk have a plan in place on how you will move to survive.
6. Live with less. By living beneath your means you’ll be able to save money and resources. When TSHTF you won’t be stuck with a pile of useless toys that you can’t get rid of and no food in your pantry.
7. A disaster will hit when you least expect it. It’ll happen on the day when you left your bug-out bag at home, it’ll happen when you don’t have your vehicle to get home, or it’ll happen while you’re on the toilet or sleeping. Be ready to improvise.
8. You will not survive in the woods indefinitely if you have to bug-out. People think they’ll be able to live off the land after an emergency. Believe me, most people will not be able to do this.
9. If forced to bug-out your best bet is to have a secure location to go to and neighbors that you can trust when you get there. You’re better off living in your “bug-in” location.
10. Having enough food and water on-hand for at least three months after a crisis will help see you through most emergencies. Knowledge on how to grow/acquire/hunt your own food will take you across the finish line.
11. Firearms, good training, and a good security system from Safemart, greatly decrease your chance of being a victim if lawless circumstances happen after an emergency. Also, don’t be afraid to run away from a fight after TSHTF if you have nothing to fight for.
12. Growing a garden and living as self sufficiently as possible is good for the environment and good practice if the supply chain breaks down.
13. The mainstream media and the government are unlikely to tell you the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
14. Family is more important than just about anything. Take care of them as best you can.
15. Wilderness survival skills may or may not save your life someday, but it’s a great set of skill to have regardless. It connects you to the land and is spiritually uplifting when you’re out in the woods practicing your skills or just taking a hike with your family.
What are your tenets? What would you add to this list?