Twice this week I’ve been interviewed by journalists and both asked how I became a Prepper. I can’t say there was any specific date when I realized the need to be prepared for an uncertain future. For me, the desire to be ready for any contingency has been a part of my personality and lifestyle for decades. I’ve carried blankets, water, a First Aid kit, a pocketknife, and an emergency road kit in my car for as long as I can remember.
All of this went into hyper-gear about a year and a half ago, however, when I became more and more concerned about the state of the economy and the direction of our country. It’s hard to disregard, “Bank Foreclosure”, signs or disparage a family who has just lost their home through no fault of their own. A climbing unemployment rate was hardly comforting as I saw our own family business do less and less in sales each month. As a realist, my motto is, “It could happen to us,” so I set about finding ways to prepare our family for whatever the future might bring.
At the same time I began to read survival and preparedness related websites and blogs, such as Survival Blog. Rather than feeling comforted or reassured, my panic level increased. There were days I could hardly function because I was so freaked out by what I was reading: golden hoards? the need to cache supplies at various locations? setting up schedules to guard the perimeter of our property?? prisoners escaping during an electrical outage?? In no time at all I was researching real estate ads for plots of land in Idaho suitable for bunker-style housing that would be safe from rifle fire.
I would imagine that many people are fearful of what the future holds, since even the most expert “expert” seems clueless. On any given day there are new predictions of a future that holds fresh horrors none of us can truly imagine. So, what is a SurvivalMom, or Dad, to do?
The answer for me was to take action. My preparedness became more focused and purposeful. One evening my husband came home from work to find that I had written out a three-page Family Preparedness Plan. A couple of weeks later I had a complete 72-Hour Kit in the back of the Tahoe and had compiled marriage and birth certificates and copies of insurance policies for the beginning of a Grab-n-Go Binder.
These actions were reassuring because, on a micro level, there actually is quite a lot I can do to help insure my family’s well-being, no matter what happens. If there’s a food shortage, we have our food storage and a vegetable garden in its’ infant stages. Inflation or deflation? We contnue to whittle down our debt, save what we can, and make wise purchases. We stay healthy, go to the dentist on a regular basis, and know a bit about home and personal security. More than anything else, we are enjoying life and making the most of every day together.
My path to preparedness wasn’t filled with drama. It was just a logical progression. I’m interested in hearing your story. Tell us about your journey to preparedness.
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