Why and How We Prepare
The recent terror attacks in Paris caused Lisa and I to have a conversation about why prepping is looked upon as overreacting and unnecessary. The answer is very simple…
We don’t live in Mayberry anymore.
With the way preppers are portrayed on television and the internet you would think that all preppers have thousands or rounds of ammunition, enough food to feed an army and a tank parked in the garage. While these people are out there, this is not an accurate representation of preppers.
For anyone who is reading this and is not a prepper, or is wondering what prepping is all about, this article will explain why we preppers aren’t so crazy after all, and why prepping is about more than worst case scenario.
75 to 100 years ago prepping might have been a little excessive, but then again if you look at how people lived 100 years ago it’s not so different than what we preppers strive to be.
I’m not saying that preppers are trying to move away from technology, I’m saying we strive to be less dependent on it and learn how to live without it. Just about everything we do these days relies on a computer program in one way or another, and while these are great and convenient it wouldn’t take much to disrupt the system.
As the world gets smaller and technology grows it becomes easier for the bad guys to expend their reach and disrupt our lives from anywhere on the planet. We’re not fighting with swards and shields anymore, were fighting with bombs and technology.
These disaster scenarios that we think about are just symptoms of the real problem. It doesn’t have to be a nuclear attack, or Martial law, or even a financial collapse to turn our lives upside down, it can be something or someone right next door.
First World Problems
In this week’s podcast Lisa and I talked about a number of tipics ranging from why we prepare, to what we prepare for, to digging deeper into why we all do this in the first place. Here are a few subjects we covered in this week’s show.
SPP124 Why We Crazy Preppers Aren’t So Crazy
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Why do we apologize for being American? The culture in the United States has changed from people being proud to be American, to people apologizing for being from America. It seems that people have forgotten what made this country the greatest country in the world.
Welcome to Walmart: Most people in this country would have no idea how to fend for themselves if the grocery stores or internet were gone. Very few people these days have the skills that people just 50 years ago had, a good home cooked meal is being taken over by takeout and processed microwave meals.
We also talked about how this “Walmart Mentality” is it killing our country. Everyone knows the price of a product, but they have no idea what the true cost is. These low price products cost us manufacturing jobs, bad legislation because of lobbyists and horrible working conditions for the people making these products for dollars a day.
Political Correctness: Along the same lines as why we feel the need to apologize for being American is the constant need to be politically correct. At some point it became wrong to disagree with someone or to hurt someone’s feelings.
We look the other direction when our politicians do something that should land them in jail, but God forbid you say something about illegal aliens or you will be labeled a racist.
Divide and Concur: The best way for our government to pull the wool over our eyes is to divide us, and with the mainstream media in their back pocket this is almost too easy to do. It is much easier to control a group of people who are fighting each other than control a group who are fighting you.
If the heat is getting too hot in the kitchen…scream racism! If people are paying too much attention to big issues, they distract us with a false flag while they line their pockets.
Situational Awareness: We also talked quite a bit about what situational awareness is, and why it is crucial in situations like the one that just happened in Paris. Whether it’s a terrorist attack, or someone outside your workplace looking to do you harm we need to be aware of our surroundings and reduce the likelihood of something bad happening to us.
I wrote an entire article here about situational awareness because I didn’t want to breeze through it, but here is an outline of what we talked about in the show…
Situational Awareness Definition: Situational awareness is having the mindset in which you are constantly evaluating your surroundings for dangerous situations and any potential threats to your safety.
- Analyze your vulnerabilities.
- PAY ATTENTION! Survey your surroundings (Baseline, Anomaly, Plan of Action)
- There is a difference between Prepared & Paranoid.
- Demonstrate Awareness. Sometimes this can deter an attacker
- Think and plan ahead.
- Preconceived Notions (perceptions) can be dangerous.
- The STAND Acronym. Situational Awareness, Tactical Advantage, Assets on Hand, Neutralize the Threat, Determination.
The Compound Bow Contest
I also mentioned the contest we are currently running with the Compound Bow Package from Apollo-Tactical and a few prizes we are giving away as well. You can have a look at the contest here.
so what’s wrong with having thousands of rounds of ammunition, enough food to feed an army and a tank parked in the garage?
Right! If I only had the money haha
Very well said. A lot of useful info to use for ammo when the wife starts nagging me about buying extra food every week.
Monday one of my former supervisors, Ted, approached me all shamefaced and opened his conversation…
Ted: “Man, I know I jacked with you about this in the past and all because I didn’t see anything wrong, but … how much would it cost me to get a crap load of ammo from you?”
Me: “What’s a crap load, Ted?”
Ted: “I don’t know … 500 rounds of 5.56? Things are getting real weird and I really think I need to have some stuff on hand.”
Me: “Gosh … I think you might be right, Ted. Maybe it would be best to go to (a named website) and see what you can find there. They’ll deliver it to your door.”
Ted: “Wow! Thanks. I guess you really weren’t crazy after all.”
Me: “No, Ted. Don’t say that. I am probably barking at the moon crazy and just don’t see the value in remaining unarmed and without resources in times of trouble.”
I smiled gently and he walked away pleased.