Have you checked out the news lately? You can’t turn on the radio, the tv, or click the up ‘Net without hearing some kind of doom and gloom going on in the world, country, state, or your local town.
Let’s see… a drought that’s causing high grocery prices, wildfires and other disasters; warmer temperatures globally that have caused glaciers to melt; West Nile disease is back on the rise, a global economy that could collapse at any minute; mutant butterflies due to the Fukishima nuclear power plant meltdown; and I can’t tell if there are more crazy and violent crimes these days or if the media has just gotten better at reporting them.
And that doesn’t take into account some of the changes we’re seeing as far as giving up our rights as citizens such as cameras on every street corner in some big cities (all in the name of terror and coming to more street corners near you), police in riot gear putting the smackdown on free speech (no – I’m not bagging on the police), people using free speech to advocate their own particular brands of hate, random shootings, violent crimes, etc etc. I’m not going to use statistics here, just look at your favorite newspaper and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
Infrastructure is slowly eroding and money that should be going to fix it is going to other places.
Even here in Maine it seems that we’ve had a lot more crime lately. Not to mention the bottom has fallen out of the lobster market, heating prices are through the roof and I somehow doubt that the oil companies are going to lower prices because people are going to be cold this winter due to the high cost of heating oil. People aren’t able to pay for medical care, which means hospitals wind up giving away millions (locally) of dollars of free healthcare, which puts a strain on the hospitals that have to eat the costs and lay off employees who no longer can pay for bills or medical costs, which… well, you get the idea.
Any way you look at today’s world it seems to me that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have a little extra food and water kicking around in your basement… just in case. Whether you get caught in a wildfire, a storm, a drought, famine, some kind of man made disaster, an economic crash or what have you, or even getting fired from your job, having some extra supplies on hand is just smart business.
If you haven’t got a bug-out bag think about getting one. Do you have enough food and water stored to get you through a minimum of a 30 day crisis? Is your first aid kit and training up to snuff? Is your money safe from economic trouble? Can you stay warm in the winter if the power goes out? Can you cook off the grid?
One of the ways I used to get prepared was to look around at my local environment and ask myself, “If the power grid went offline, and no supply trucks came to resupply the grocery stores, and no police officers were around to protect us, and no doctors were on call, or I had to walk ten miles to escape a fire, what would I do to survive?”
When you can start to answer those questions you are on your way to being prepared.
Levels of Preparedness
Being prepared doesn’t mean you’re crouched in a bunker, desperately clutching an automatic rifle, and waiting for the zombie hordes to overtake your position. To be fair, some people do match this description; however, there are various levels of preparedness and I think that the above mentioned prepper is in the minority. Most people I know who prep are pretty rational and smart people.
Where do you fall in the following list:
1. The world is ending soon and my bunker, guns and ammo, and enough food and water for ten years and other preps are ready to go.
2. America is going to collapse and society as we know it will end; therefore, I have food, water, guns and am trying to live self-sustainably off the grid as much as possible.
3. We could be in for a rough patch or I might get fired from my job, so I’ve got enough food for 90 days, and have a bug-out plan in place if I ever need to get out of Dodge.
4. Things might get dicey if the economy goes down the hole or I get laid off, so I’ve put away enough food for 30 days and I’ve got some money stashed away to help get me through a rough patch.
5. I think things could get rough, but I don’t really have any preps in place yet. I’m still on the fence about becoming a prepper like you guys who read this blog.
How about folks? Where do you fall in this little hierarchy?
Are you ready?