FIVE Things To Do NOW
While There’s Still Time
The plain truth: 2020 should have turned every single American into a prepper.
The sad truth: it hasn’t.
This year, more than any I can remember, has shown what happens when predictable downturns and problems collide with unknown or unexpected catastrophes. We’ve had: the Coronavirus pandemic, the well-manipulated hysteria of the pandemic, a financial cave-in and resulting economic recession (or depression), massive civil unrest bordering on civil war, the threat of foreign war, the rapid, sharp decline of the Dollar, schools canceled, tens of millions out of work, record bankruptcies, food shortages, and an unfathomable run on toilet paper. And, I’m leaving out some. Worse, we know for certain that more is on the way.
So, here’s where we stand: it’s still not as bad as we might think, but it will probably get worse than we would imagine. Yet and still, for all the year has thrown at us, we’re still standing (or at least leaning). The point is, there is still time – there almost always is.
Time for what? Time to get ready … for what is coming next, whatever that turns out to be.
The incredible folks at City Prepping ran a great video reminder about the need to get things in order and how to approach some of the biggies. Let’s have a brief glimpse. (Video to follow).
Making A List, Checking It Twice
(All pictures, screen shot from City Prepping/YT).
It’s not just for Santa anymore, although he assured me that he too is a prepper.
The video starts with an introduction to newbies about the sometimes daunting array of prepper issues and courses of action. It is, or can be, a little bit of a challenge. But, as with all worthwhile activities, it pays to get acclimated and then put in the necessary effort. For our long-standing pros, let this be another great reminder. It’s for everyone, regardless of level, because it’s about preparing for any and all situations.
These (bad) things come with timelines. A truly sudden happening (like 3,000 tons of fertilizer exploding at a downtown warehouse!) are rare – yet they too can be prepared for or against. In that radical example, people knew – even if they didn’t admit it – that they’re government (like ours) was run by a bunch of corrupt nuts. Corrupt nuts do stupid things that can lead to tragedy. You might not be able to stop the blast, but you can be ready to survive the aftermath and the rebuilding.
City Prepping examines five areas, five points of action to help get you going. These are the same, no matter what causes the SHTF day(s). Get these out of the way in advance.
One: Food, Water, Shelter
Get the basics out of the way first. The real priorities have to be food, water, a place to rest, and additionally, personal security (which is really integrated into the other three).
Here, we see a bladed backup to the point-n-click primary: defenses to protect the other basics. Consider also that a dog makes a fine backup for an alarm system. Keep repeating that pattern, as redundancy makes for peace of mind.
One of those pictures above is of a well-stocked pantry. How much do you need? Well, that depends on who you are, how many are with you, what you’re up against, and whether you’ll be riding IT out at home or bugging out. Much thought needs to go into all of this. And, it pays to have a backup plan. And a backup to the backup.
Water and food are heavy if you’re moving. A hypothetical plan might look roughly like this: six months of food, with some reserved water and the ability to store or distill more, at home; three-days of food in the bug out bag, and; another store at the retreat location. Don’t forget that it’s lighter, if not easier, to purify water from a source than to tote or put back gallons of it. These points are covered in detail in the video, along with much else.
Two: Resource Diversification
Here’s an idea! Store food, but be prepared to grow, hunt, or forage up your meals. That’s the nature of diversification – not depending on a single source. This goes beyond food and water. In the 21st Century, we are somewhat dependent on power, which generally means electricity. Count on the lines going down and plan accordingly. Think about light, heating, cooking, and more. Again, have backups ready for your first alternatives.
Another field they mention is money. A million dollars in the bank won’t help if you can’t access it. Be ready for unusual scenarios. That might mean Bitcoin, or silver, or trading .22 LRs for gasoline. (By the way: reread Alas Babylon for a decent idea of how all this looks after The Day).
Three: Act FAST
They characterize this point in terms of buying and selling. You will (or should) have a little time to act, even after a disaster happens or starts. The key to securing and/or settling is to do so expediently and to get a jump on everyone else. For instance: if you learn that a respiratory disease is rapidly spreading and people are going crazy, you might want to quickly unload stocks in the movie business while also buying storable consumer goods (like TP).
As soon as the unprepared masses finally hear something, they panic. That leads to long lines and empty shelves. We see this yearly when a hurricane or ice storm comes calling. Be the one who was ready the day before, not the day after.
CP goes into detail about some of the items you might need to obtain, but forgot about, as well as the financial side – hedging your losses through early anticipation. All of this suggests paying attention to the news and certain trends – to that end, we have Prepper News at FP five days a week.
What you know and what you can do – for yourself and for others – are your greatest assets. It’s skill over stuff. What you know how to do for yourself and your family will help you and them, directly. What you can do for (or teach to) others, can help as well, either through marketable services or goodwill or both.
Some of the examples given include fishing, fixing things, gardening and sewing. The more you think about it, the more you realize how diversified our economy and our lives are. Everything is in demand, some things more than others. What skills do you have? Knowing how to make some goods or to do certain acts can go a long way towards ensuring comfort and survival. Did you know that after the Haitian revolution, when most of the French were being hunted and terminated, French doctors and engineers were protected and given special allowances? Of course, they were – they had the most critically needed skills.
I’m going to pull that old, cruel Perrin trick and withhold the last one. Here’s a hint in a picture:
Here’s another hint: it’s an old real estate adage. No, the answer isn’t “the burbs.” Need more? Okay … certain things are more (or less) likely to happen in certain places than in others. Did that help? Heck, just watch the video, now:
This was one of the better run downs on organizational assessment and action we’ve seen in a while. If you’re impressed – as you should be – don’t hesitate, as the video asks, to like and share it. Then, subscribe to CP’s channel, here:
Visit CITY PREPPING for more great ideas for living, eating, and surviving the SHTF of life! In addition to a great blog, they have a cool shop with very useful merchandise. Check it out.
Thanks for reading along. Get started and I’ll drop by to double-check your checklist tomorrow (maybe Friday).