There is never a ‘bad’ time to start Preparing (Unless it’s after SHTF ), but it seems that now is a perfect time to become prepper and survivalist. I’m seeing and hearing from a lot of folks, that for various reasons, are now interested in preparing.
I see numerous reasons for that, I do not think we really need to go into them…
Several times I had questions “ what do you suggest to a man/woman who wants to become prepper?” So it is about time to make some discussion about what prepper newbie need to understand about preparing for SHTF.
We all know why, for someone it is because coming economic collapse, for somebody else it is about evil government, or simply because a bad weather event is a strong possibility.
I like to think you are becoming a prepper because you want to take control over your life and actions. Remember, you do not want to be scared – you want to be aware.
You do not want to be dependent (more or less) on the ‘system’ because you understand (I hope!!!) that the ‘system’ is a complicated thing and can be disrupted or totally stop, very easily, because of many different reasons.
You are becoming a prepper because you now see and understand how fragile all it is.
Knowledge / Skills
Arm yourself with knowledge and skills. Go into every pillar of survival and start from the basics. Personally I like the approach where you should cover all of the basic but pick up something where you are gonna be really good, a ‘master’ of that skill or subject, if you will.
That means you should have knowledge ranging from water (finding, purifying, storing) communications ( you really have to know to use map and compass and different types of signals) but also pick up one of the pillars that you like most (that means pillar where you can really be good at) and go in depth.
There is no man who knows everything, and also being really good in some field gives you possibility of good skill trade maybe when SHTF.
Do not go “Hollywod style” in your knowledge and skills and work too much on one pillar and completely forget other because you think it is “not important”.
For example, in my time it was perfection to find overnight urban shelter, because good thing was to find ruined building and hide it there in order to spent night (safe).
Now skill was (and sometimes luck too) to find perfect leverage in finding building that is destroyed enough (and look dangerous) but still good enough for you (so it would not collapse completely on you while you are sleeping), building that gives you enough chances so you can set up some traps without too much effort, start fire (not visible from outside) building with extra exit in case of danger etc.
Sometimes having set up visible trap outside of your shelter can give intruder sign that there is more ‘not visible’ traps there, and that there is no value in going there.
In what cases to use noise trap first, or simply alarm etc…
It is a game.
What I want to say is that “shelter” pillar is not only about having sleeping bag or putting plywood on your windows.
“Water” pillar for example includes knowledge about alternate sources of water in your surroundings, or simply how big is water heater in your neighbor’s home? (maybe it will be abandoned)…
How many of you will really try to collect moisture from the grass and how much time you need for that and how much water you can get from that?
So to cover them again, we have the Seven pillars of Preparedness. Remember these are not in any order, your priorities in use will very much depend on what is happening:
Most basic thing is to understand where and how you gonna survive when SHTF, and for what SHTF scenario you are preparing.
It is the foundation from where you are going to build everything else, everything you are going to ‘wrap’ around these seven pillars of survival.
Words BOB, BOL, bug in, bug out are just that-words. You need to build your own setup that works for YOU.
You may have perfect Bug Out Location (BOL) 200 miles from your home, but that simply can mean 1 month of traveling by foot when SHTF.
In that 1 month I assure you you will be forced to use whole range of knowledge from everyone of the survival pillars.
Everything from wrong kind of footwear, not enough socks or gangs of psychopaths may be your problem then.
Do not end up dead because you exchange basic knowledge, for your opinion that you ll be able to easily drive 200 miles to your BOL when SHTF.
Remember your well prepared plan does not gives you permission not to know how to drive (stolen) manual drive car or how to purify dirty water on your way there.
Your Decisions and Plans
You may already get decision strongly to bug out because you are living in big city, close to the mall, close to the bad neighbourhood… and you have perfect BOL.
Guess what? You may not have chance to go there, maybe somewhere in the middle of the night you will wake up and figure that opportunity is gone, and you simply have to stay.
And only then you realize that you did not even calculate possibility that you may not go to BOL when SHTF.
And then there are you, your plan is gone, and all that you have is your knowledge and skills.
It is up to you how much of that knowledge and skills you’re going to have.
It gives me chills when I read how many preppers are taking for granted that they simply will have time and opportunity to reach their BOL.
Nothing is for granted and you never know. Very often you’ll have to adapt.
Maybe dirty bomb situation will find you in your office, in your suite, armed with pencil only and you will have to build your survival plan from that point…
Again I got chills when I read people putting all what they have in one place, stating that they will defend it to the last. Be flexible-adapt.
Knowledge and skills are something that you’ll always have with you, plan is something that will change all the time – for sure.
Thinking Out of the Box
In this region one of the regular scams that happens often. Your driving and suddenly you see a man and woman standing next to what looks like broken car, there are few kids in back of the car.
Man is waving to you, you stop to ask what’s going on (it is daytime, kids and women is there, nothing suspicious on the first look).
Man says he is not from around here, his car is broken and needs money for towing service, but he is without cash, his house is far blah blah
He asks money from you in return he will gave you his gold ring because his kids are hungry, his wife is crying etc
He will give you $600 worth ring for a $100 for example, and he will give you card with phone number so after few days you can call him and return him his ring for your money when he get to his bank cards or whatever.
His hand is full of rings, cars are honking around you, kids are crying man is keep going “please please”.
You said yes (sometimes because you feel sorry, sometimes because you want something worth $600 for $100), man is taking of his gold ring, you feel it is heavy, you see there is gold mark on it (like an official stamp to show it’s real), and that’s it.
You just lost $100.
Phone number is fake, few hours later you find out it is type of heavy metal material, gold plated ring with false stamp on it. And you ask yourself how it is possible that you make fool of yourself in such a cheesy way.
Answer is simple actually: you were blinded by greed or blinded by your good soul and rush and outside influence (kids crying, cars are honking, man is desperate, he is in trouble, his wife is angry on him etc etc…)
It is similar when SHTF, you can do a lot, survive a lot of weird situations, or simply get shot (or mugged) because “outside” influences are going to be huge.
Confusion, lack of information, false information, uncertainty, bombardment of new things, constant need to adapt.
Simply you need to stay focused and learn to adapt.
And yes, one more thing, this short ring scam story can be used in your favor when SHTF.
I have gold plated rings with false stamps as a part of my preparations for SHTF.
If you find yourself on check point it is good to give the man your gold “engagement ring” to let you go, like we discussed many times.
It is even better to gave him a fake gold ring. In confusion almost no one will see difference….
Simply, what do I want to say… Focus on building credible knowledge and skills, develop an adaptive mindset, yes buy some equipment and resources but this should not be the main or sole focus of your preparing…
Even for you that are ‘well prepared’ it is good to take a ‘step back’ and see what are you actually prepared for…? How well do you know, and how much do you train with your equipment?
I’ve said before some ‘strategies’ I see as very common cause me great concern. Make sure you are planning and preparing for the ‘realities’ of bad situations, NOT the Hollywood (or your own) fantasy…
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