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A lot of people are new to the idea of preparedness and prepping. Unless a person has stumbled on information about the practice of prepping or has seen some of the television shows about “doomsday preppers” and the like, he or she may not know much about who and what preppers really are. As is the case with most groups, preppers are plagued with stereotypes that are sometimes closer to the truth than the average person preparing for hardships wants to admit. There are examples of this used on the television shows to exaggerate the lifestyle of the self sufficient person to the level of a near hermit that is constantly in fear of the government or other group and takes extreme measures to insulate themselves from harm with elaborate plans and schemes. As someone who has watched and learned and is ready to start my journey of preparedness, this is far from what I see my goal to be. There will be lots of information to cover and lots of helpful information and products that I’ll introduce everyone to as the blog continues, however, lets just hit some basic points for now.
Being chased by paramilitary groups and covert arms of the government who are spying on your every move and flying over you in stealth helicopters is the type of prepper scenario that Hollywood movies are made of. There’s no doubt that the idea of being a true bad ass like Jason Bourne or Bob Lee Swaggert is entertaining, but reality sets in and we realize quickly that the likelihood that we will run afoul of the government or clandestine agency to the extent that Hollywood would like to portray is very slim. The simple fact is that the vast majority of us as normal citizens would not be a large enough threat to any organization as to bring down that kind of wrath. Another classic scenario is the post apocalypse, Mad Max fantasy. A nuclear blast has taken out all major cities as well as the power grid and almost any means of communication or electrical device. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Spoiler Alert! It will probably be a much simpler form of disaster or security issue that necessitates our need to be prepared.
Long term power outages
We are connected to electricity almost all the time and unless we are without it for more than a few hours, we don’t realize our dependence on it. If you go without power for a few days, however, you realize just how much it matters. On a personal note, it’s and inconvenience and can be uncomfortable. Extend that over a wider area such as much of Mississippi and Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina and the situation changes. If you have a generation, you find out that electricity runs the gas pumps. If you run out of food, you find that electricity keeps all the perishables fresh in the stores. You aren’t nearly as likely to suffer the fallout of a nuclear blast as that of a natural disaster.
Self defense scenarios
Black helicopters and rouge CIA agents are exciting, but your self defense scenario is most likely the same as mine. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time is often all that is needed to be in a life or death situation. Consider the wave of protests and riots around the nation. A trip to visit a friend or even a quick run to the grocery store could put you in the middle of a situation where you have to defend yourself from a few to many possible assailants. Your hidden lair with machine gun nests all around isn’t going to help you much here!
There’s simply too many scenarios that we might face to load one blog post down, but as we go through this journey of improving our preparedness, I’ll be bringing up lots of the ideas, scenarios, and resources that I plan to employee and maybe you will too.