For tips for being a prepper, watch my YouTube video “How to be a prepper.”
1. Don’t believe every wild conspiracy you read on the internet or receive via forwarded emails. Sure the YouTube video of a trainload of tanks could be headed in your direction, just waiting orders for Civil War 2. Or, perhaps they’re being shipped to a storage area since they are no longer needed in Afghanistan. You’ll drive yourself and your family crazy if you let your emotions and imagination run wild. Now is the time for deliberate, rational thought and planning and that’s hard to do with one eye on the sky watching for drones and the other watching hours of Alex Jones and Glenn Beck. Everything in moderation, please!
2. Firearms and ammo are part of a well thought out survival and preparedness plan but shouldn’t take the top spot unless you live in a war zone like, say, Chicago. True preparedness is all about balance. Having 500 cans of freeze-dried meals but no extra stored water, for example, is a recipe for disaster since the food requires water for preparation and not everyone has a 100% reliable water source. If you’ve been using your limited funds on buying yet another AK-47 instead of paying off bills, you just might be a little crazy. And don’t tell me, “When hyperinflation hits, I’m going to pay off all my debts for pennies on the dollar.” Watch this video to see why that may not be a very smart plan.
3. Don’t model your, “preps” after those of some person or family on “Doomsday Preppers.” First of all, the shows are heavily edited and skewed toward portraying preppers as nutters. Second, their circumstances, locations, and priorities are not your circumstances, location, and priorities! Being prepared is all about doing the best that you can, where you are, and with what you have!
4. Don’t stash a few #10 cans of Mountain House, buy a Glock and a few boxes of ammo, a bottle of bleach, and call it good. Preparedness is more a way of life and a perspective than a purchase or an event. Even longtime survivalists are constantly tweaking and looking for ways to improve…something!!
5. Don’t think that purchasing power equals preparedness. In a worst-case scenario, many of the wealthiest will be the least equipped to survive. Survival isn’t about amassing stuff. Yes, you will have to make some purchases, but get beyond the mindset that having the most stuff is the name of the game. See how many new, practical skills you can learn and teach your kids and grandkids. Establish friendships, either online or in person, with people who think like you do.