What Exactly Are Your Preparing For?

November 29, 2012 by | Be the first to comment »

If you’ve ever watched NatGeo’s Doomsday Preppers, it may seem like some people are preparing for highly unlikely scenarios; an EMP that disables all electronic devices, a pandemic outbreak of avian influenza, or the zombie apocalypse. OK, I’m kidding about the last one, but you get the idea. First, I should point out that I doubt these people are really preparing for one particular type of event that they focus on in each episode; that’s just marketing bullshit the producers use to makeĀ  preppers look crazy and draw in more viewers.

Like most people who consider themselves preppers, I do not think the world is going to end; if I did, there would be nothing to prepare for. I do, however, think that society as we know it will end. That means that we all need to be self-reliant because the time will come when we can’t just hop in the SUV and go grab a burger and fries when our tummies start rumbling.

I began by picking up a little extra canned food on each trip to the grocery store as a hedge against rising food prices, initially using the shower in an unused bathroom at our condo. Today, my stockpile of food, hygiene products, medicine, and other supplies fills an entire garage.

I’m preparing for just about anything. Living in Florida, my family faces an obscene number of hurricanes every year, and any single one could cause a massive, extended disaster. After seeing the federal response to hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, we all know that relying on the government is irresponsible. I also have serious doubts about the stability of our economy, and wouldn’t be the slightest bit surprised by nationwide riots and looting, but the fact of the matter is we could be plunged into any number of scenarios requiring self-sufficiency.

For example, last year a terminal, incurable illness came out of remission and I was unable to work for nearly a year. Fortunately, with plenty of money in the bank and enough food and other supplies to last for more than a year, my family was fine. The outcome may have been very different had I not been prepared; my family could very easily have had lost a husband and father, and suffered a drastic reduction in household income.

So what exactly are you preparing for? You have no idea what challenges may come your way, so you should take a balanced approach to prepare for as much as possible. This means not only stocking up on food, water, weapons and ammunition, cash, and other essentials, but also doing things like:

  • Learning additional skills to provide income in the event that our society changes dramatically. If the economy collapses, do you think people will need Realtors, IT technicians, or lawyers? Have a worst-case scenario back up plan; skills like gardening, carpentry, or bee keeping could become extremely valuable in a total collapse.
  • Getting or staying in shape. Yes, round is a shape, but it’s not the one you want to be in unless you want to be the fat guy who gets left behind. The healthier you are, the better you’ll be suited to deal with the inevitable physical and emotional stress of a catastrophe.
  • Establishing a community with your neighbors. It might to be fun to think of yourself as the lone-wolf type, but things don’t work that way in the real world. Surviving even a modest natural disaster takes a lot of work; the more people that work can be divided amongst, the better everyone’s chances are for survival. Put your ego in check and work together.

Melanie Swick (a.k.a. Survival Chick) grew up wanting to be a rocket scientist, but when she realized she that required way too much math, she took to her second dreamā€”spending time in the wilderness. Today, when she's not hiking, camping, or hunting, she's blogging about it. You can connect with Melanie on Facebook.

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