Doomsday is not all about preparing for martial law or a nuclear bomb to drop, doomsday is about what has the ability to change the way you live your life. People that know very little about preparedness think that all preppers all living in an underground bunker, surrounded by weapons and ammo, wearing a gas mask waiting on pins and needles for someone to attack.
If you have been preparing for any period of time you know how absurd this is, and if you just started prepping don’t fall for it. While these people are out there, most of us are average everyday people concerned in one way or another about potential disasters we might face.
In reality preparing for these smaller scale events like natural disasters and job loss are more important, and more likely. This doesn’t mean that it’s ok to forget about these larger disasters because they are a very real possibility, it just means to start from the ground up and build a good foundation for survival.
It really bothers me when I hear “I’m preparing for” anyone who says this might as well be saying “I am ignoring.” If everything you do is centers on an EMP disaster you likely to get blindsided by something completely different and not be prepared for it.
On shows like Doomsday Preppers you see someone who lives in a suburban area and spends 10’s of thousands of dollars fortifying his or her home, to me this is missing the point. If you live in an area with a high population with just your family, why not spend that money getting the hell out of there?
I don’t care if you have 10,000 rounds of ammunition 50 guns and a big bad bug out vehicle parked in the driveway, you still only have 2 arms. If a group of people know you have all that stuff and want it, they will do whatever it takes to get it.
My point is, don’t get so focused on one threat that you completely miss the bigger threat staring you right in the face.
In this week’s podcast Lisa and I talked about the different faces of doomsday and what they mean to us.
SPP299 The Different Faces of Doomsday (Replay)
Not everyone’s situation is the same, and therefor there isn’t any one size fits all solution when it comes to prepping. By working on becoming more prepared for these personal doomsday events that are more likely to affect us and our family, you will find that you are becoming more prepared for world changing or history making events.
Personal Doomsday Events
Unexpected Accidents: The average person spends a couple of hours a day driving, some even more. Even if we are the best driver in the world our lives can be turned upside down in the blink of a second because of some yahoo who has no business behind a wheel, is drunk or is just not paying enough attention.
Accidents that change to income dynamic of a home, can also happen at work and some jobs are more hazardous than others. If you work in an office your drive to work might be more dangerous, but if you work in construction or any manual labor job that should be included in your preparedness plans.
Home Invasion & Loss of Property: We all do what we can to keep our family and home safe from anyone wanting to do us harm, but the sad truth is that it still happens. Some people just want the easy way out and if we make ourselves targets we increase the odds of someone coming and taking everything we have.
Loss of property can also be caused by fires, flooding and even spoilage from improperly storing our supplies. The last thing you want to do in a disaster is open a bucket of long term food and find that the mice have been helping themselves to it.
Job loss: Because of the way the economy is these days we depend on a certain amount of money coming in each month just to stay afloat. Having a good preparedness plan involves setting yourself up to handle extended periods of time without that money coming in.
I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people say “I’m glad I had a little extra stored because it really helped me get through a tough time.” I have been in the same boat and it’s really a good feeling knowing that you don’t have to stress about putting food on the table.
Natural Disasters: Preparing for natural disasters should be part of everyone’s preparedness plans, what you prepare for depends on where you live and what is more likely. When you think about natural disasters think about the secondary events that are likely as well as the main event.
A tornado could destroy your home, but it could also mean living without power, flooding, physical injury and even people being trapped in the wreckage.
Family Tragedy’s: There are several reasons a family dynamic might change. From a death in the family to a husband and wife getting a divorce. Even older children that have been paying rent or contributing to the household income moving out could change your ability to prepare like you have.
I know I keep saying it, but it’s a good idea to have a little cushion to get you through the transition period in events like these.
These are not the “doomsday scenarios” that grab the headlines, but they are the scenarios we are more than likely going to face at one point or another.
No One Knows When or Where
When we think about disaster scenarios we tend to think about the worst case scenario and our minds will also trick us into thinking that there is no middle ground. In the podcast we talked about how our brains can talk us into stressing out over something that turns out to be pretty basic.
Just like in the bible when people talk about the end times or Armageddon, we all see the signs, but no one knows when it’s going to happen. People have had the same feeling for years, and this is why some people label preppers fear mongers and think we are over reacting.
It is true that the signs have been there for hundreds of years, but the stakes grow higher day by day and I for one don’t want to be caught with my proverbial pants down, because eventually something is going to happen.
I also have to ask myself sometimes “am I in too deep?” and sometimes the answer is yes, but flip the coin, is it not the same way for the people who refuse to even consider the possibility of the government not being there to protect them?
The truth that we are all searching for probably lies somewhere in the middle, that’s why I think it’s important to question where people are getting their facts, and look at every possible angel we can. Like they say “there are 3 sides to every story, yours, mine and the truth.”
Lisa and I also talked about how you can run before you can walk and how doing something halfway is just as bad as not doing it at all. In order to have a quality preparedness plan we need to follow through with your goals before we move on to the next step.
Exciting vs Need based
Finally in the podcast we talked about how easy it is, and how I can get distracted by the new shiny toy. I will get on Pinterest and see a bunch of really cool things that I want or want to do, but I need to try and keep focused and find the stuff I need to do. It’s like going to the grocery store when you’re hungry…not a good idea