As preppers, when we think about escape and evasion tactics we immediately think about the worst-case scenario. We think about escaping a war zone cause by civil unrest, and evading large numbers of marauders looking to steal our supplies and do us harm. [Read more…]
The term “embrace the suck” is a term widely used in the military when talking about a job or task that is pointless, tiring or downright lame. As preppers it’s also important that we “embrace the suck” because not everything we watch or read is as easy as it seems.
We all see the pictures of a thriving garden or the perfect solar power setup, but we never see the behind the scenes work that went into the final product. Growing vegetables takes composting, weeding and constant attention. A solar setup takes more than a solar panel and a battery.
These behind the scenes details are the “suck” we need to embrace. These aren’t the flashy fun aspects of prepping, but they could be the difference between having a great final product, or a final product that leaves you disappointed.
SPP193 Why “Embracing the Suck” is Important to Preppers
Below is a list of bullet points we covered in the Survivalist Prepper Podcast this week. We also talked a little bit about Vault 7 and how it might affect us as preppers.
Embracing the Suck Before an SHTF Event
The mundane tasks like weeding the garden, inventory, rotation and learning skills are important if we want to get things right. Cutting corners might save you time, but could lead to a less than satisfactory outcome.
Look at the big picture of each project and all the steps involved. A good example is our chickens. There is quite a bit more that goes into raising chickens than collecting eggs. You need to care for the chicks as they grow into chickens, they need a safe place to live (predators), they need a clean home, and need to be fed every day.
Anything you do can be a waste of time when you don’t pay attention to detail. These might seem unimportant during the process, but sometimes the small things are just as important as the big things. If you own a firearm, you also need to learn about firearms safety, cleaning and actually shooting it.
All this behind the scenes stuff, or the “suck” is also one reason preppers lose their motivation. We always think about the ripe tomatoes or what a fully stocked bug out bag will be like, but we don’t think about the process of getting there. The process itself could lead us to just put it off until later, and then later never comes.
There is not always an easy solution when it comes to prepping, but that doesn’t mean we don’t try and find one. The truth is, there are some things you just can’t throw money at, and it will take a little hard work to get it done. You could just go out and buy a solar generator, but building a DIY solar generator will teach you how everything works together.
It’s really easy to talk yourself out of something because our brains are designed to keep us safe and fear the unknown. We always think about the worst thing that could happen. The odds are, nothing will ever be as bad (or hard) as our minds made it out to be.
Getting your family to “embrace the suck” is a challenge, but important as well. This doesn’t mean they need to be completely on board with prepping, it just means it would help them understand why you do it in the first place. Having them help you with the dirty work can also open up the dialog.
It’s also important to remember that it might not be as easy as that video makes it out to be, or the product is not all it’s cracked up to be. The people making the video have the luxury of editing out the mistakes and making it look super easy. There are also some products that are just too good to be true…You will not get a flashlight that lights up the neighborhood for $20.
Embracing the Suck After an SHTF Event
Embracing the suck after something has happened is quite a bit different than the initial planning. In a SHTF event it’s game time, and time for action. The middle of a disaster scenario is no time to be learning about something you should already know. This is the essence of why we prepare now, while things are good.
In a SHTF scenario we want to not just survive, but thrive. Everyone will have to adjust to their “new normal” but this doesn’t mean eating beans and rice everyday. If we can keep everything normal (whatever that may be) everyone will be more at ease, which means less stress for you.
A big part of planning and preparedness is digging deep into what the repercussions of a certain disaster might be. An economic collapse might be the catalyst, but it doesn’t end there. An economic collapse would cause food shortages, civil unrest and many other smaller scenarios we need to consider.
Whenever possible, we need to minimize those repercussions. This could be something as simple as having food stored, to something a little more detailed like securing the perimeter of your home. The more of these details we can check off our list, the better our chances will be.
Getting family to embrace the suck during a SHTF scenario is going to be easier than a disaster strikes because now they know you were right. The biggest challenge I see is dealing with the stress and grief of family members and ourselves. Each person will react differently in a disaster, and we need to take a different approach with each of them.
One final note is to remember that Everything is NOT going to go according to plan. More often than not, you will need to have the ability to adjust and pivot. We have the ability to write the script in our heads right now, but in a SHTF scenario we need to be as proactive as we possibly can.
For most preppers, their dream scenario would include something like a Doomsday Castle or a massive underground living facility. Unfortunately, reality always seems to get in the way, and we must figure out an alternative. So what is the difference between urban and rural prepping?
While it’s true, your chances of survival increase the further away from people you are, but that’s not an option for most people. In fact, some people have no desire to head out to the middle of nowhere.
With that being said, this article is not about which is better, but rather what the differences between rural and urban prepping are.
There is a lot more that goes into moving to a rural area than buying some property and packing the U-Haul truck. There is quite a bit of freedom that comes with living in a rural area, but there is also quite a bit of responsibility. In an urban area, everything is within walking distance and readily available. In a rural area, you need to plan ahead or figure out alternatives. [Read more…]
We hear all the time about bugging out and what we should have in our bug out bags. The reality is none of us want to leave all the prepping supplies we have behind, and limit ourselves to what we can carry on our backs. This week we talked about tips for successfully bugging in, and not having to leave everything we own behind.
For most of us it would take quite a lot for us to actually leave the comfort of our homes. For most of us it would laterally have to be a life or death situation. There are however precautions we must consider to successfully bug in, and steps we need to take to keep ourselves as safe as possible. [Read more…]
When it comes to prepping, the longer you do it, the more supplies and food storage you are going to have. We wanted to do the show this week on storage problems & solutions for peppers this week because accumulating all this stuff is the easy part, making sure it doesn’t expire is a little harder.
Depending on who you are, one of the hardest things to do (correctly anyway) is keeping everything organized. Food get’s lost in the back of the cabinet, and supplies seem to run off, and not be where you remember leaving them.
If you have been building up your supplies and food storage for a year or more, you know how easy it is to become disorganized and over whelmed. If you are one of the OCD type people, lucky you! I am not that lucky though…but I do try. With that being said, there are some things I do like inventory and rotation that force me to be a little more OCD. [Read more…]
When it comes to preparing for any sort of SHTF event it really is a guessing game. All we can (and should) do is prepare for the worst and hope for the best. There is no way to know exactly what might happen, but we can stack the deck in our favor by learning new skills, maintaining our health and preparing for these disasters while we still have the opportunity.
Next week we are going to expand on this a little bit and go over how people will be the X factor that could change the dynamics of a disaster. The way certain people react could make a disaster more tolerable, or make it even worse. [Read more…]
Even today with high sanitation standards and proper food handling procedures food-borne illness is an issue. In any sort of SHTF scenario, food-borne illness and prevention for preppers will inevitably become a major issue.
CDC estimates that each year roughly 48 million people gets sick from a food-borne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die. According to some estimates, the most common food-borne illnesses are caused by norovirus and by the bacteria Salmonella, Clostridium perfringens, and Campylobacter.
Imagine what those numbers would be without proper sanitation, without running water, and without refrigeration. These days we depend on best by dates and if it doesn’t get eaten in time, we just toss it out. [Read more…]
This week in the Survivalist Prepper Podcast Lisa and I talked about some of the pros and cons of antibiotics for preppers. Antibiotics are a big concern for people in the preparedness community because some sicknesses and infections are impossible to cure without them.
Infections were a major cause of death before the advent of antibiotics. Diseases that were prevalent in the past are virtually nonexistent because of antibiotics, the problem is that bacteria are becoming resistant to them. Bacterial resistance is inevitable, because bacteria will always change in order to survive.
With the widespread overuse of antibiotics from inappropriate prescriptions and extensive agricultural use, antibiotics are quickly becoming ineffective. It is estimated that in just a couple generations, we will be in the “post antibiotic age”. [Read more…]
As preppers we are always looking for ways to improve our situation, and think about what live would be like after a SHTF event. Even if we have our food storage covered, our water storage covered and have plenty of guns and ammo, all it takes is one kink in the hose to mess up our preparedness plan.
The truth is, foods storage and water storage are the easy parts of prepping. While these might be the most important, there are a number of smaller situations that we don’t give a second thought to that could cause big problems when it comes to life after SHTF if we don’t know how to handle them.
In the show this week Lisa and I went over some overlooked areas of preparedness, and how even the smallest thing could become a game changer.
SPP161 Life After SHTF & Some Overlooked Problems[Read more…]
This week on the Survivalistprepper podcast we are happy to welcome back Sara Hathaway, Sara is the author of the books Day after Disaster and Without Land. Some pf you might also know her from her Changing Earth Podcast where she discusses some of the chapters in her books, as well as has an expert guest on to talk about different areas of preparedness.
You can find out more about what Sara is currently working on at her website http://www.authorsarafhathaway.com/
SPP160 Self Defense for Preppers With Sara Hathaway
Sara has quite a bit of self-defense training, and this week we had her on to talk about all the different aspects, and how it can (and is) useful to us as preppers. Here are a few of the questions we had for her this week…
Questions From the Show
A have a 3-part question for you: What self-defense training do you have, why did you decide to do it, and what added benefits does it have? [Read more…]