How Many Disasters are You Prepping For?
The reason I’m asking is this: too many preppers are getting ready for TEOTWAWKI yet they don’t concern themselves with natural disasters that claim American lives each and every year. This got me thinking so I started to do a little digging to see just how prepared most preppers are…
See… we all have a vision of our worst fear and we tend to focus only on that. The most common one is probably a nation-wide Martial Law that would basically mean an entire breakdown of society. But what about hurricanes, wildfires, assaults or burglars? I don’t want to bring statistics to the table as they’re all available online but my point is, let’s start preparing for the things that are most likely to happen first.
A lot of good people reject entirely the idea of prepping because all they hear is horror fantasies about zombies. They all come to the conclusion that prepping is crazy and forget all about it. So they continue to live their lives unprepared, their children are unprepared and if something minor such as a 3-day blackout happens, the won’t know what to do.
Now, I don’t know if you’re a non-prepper a newbie or, on the contrary, a hardcore survivalist but I want you to do me a small favor… look at the list of disasters below and count how many of them you’re actively preparing for:
Earthquakes, terrorist attacks, wildfires, home break-ins, car break-ins, riots, EMPs, blackouts, water shortages/drought, food shortages/famine, hurricanes, avalanches, blizzards, lost in the woods, lost in the desert, lost at sea, heat waves, floods, landslides, volcanic eruptions, burning buildings, Martial Law, nuclear attacks, pandemic, foreign occupation, electric shocks and electrocutions, car crashes, plane crashes, massive snow, oil spills, nuclear accidents, tsunamis and of course the impending economic/dollar collapse.
I hope I haven’t left anything out so my question is: how many of them are you prepping for? I’m not saying you should get ready for all of them, of course, but 70% sounds reasonable.
Yes, I know. There’s no need to worry about a tsunami if you live in the Rocky Mountains. But even so, you never know when you’ll get to the ocean for who knows what reason. And then you need to be prepared.
Yes, I know this too: you should prepare for the event that’s most likely to hit you first. But then what? Too many people get fixated on that event and forget all the others. So let’s do this the right way, shall we?
Having the above list as a guide, I want you to make your own list, where you write down all the disasters and critical events that are more likely to hit you (in order of course). But one thing I want you to do is put all the items on that list because it’s important to be prepared for all of them to a certain degree, even if it’s just knowing the basics.
One thing I don’t want to see happen is to have your entire life revolve around prepping to the point where you’re thinking about it every minute of every day. If you’re an enthusiast and you just love the outdoors and the idea of getting prepped to the teeth, who am I to stand between you and your passion? But, if you’re just someone who wants to feel and be protected and still live a normal life, you can do that too.
On the other hand, you don’t want your prepping endeavors to fit your lifestyle either. You don’t want to do a half-assed job, I can assure you. You need to be focused and really put in the effort in order to prepare. That includes getting in shape and working on your survival skills.
The key to all of this is balance but the big takeaway is this: consider putting your prepping endeavors on pause for a moment to discover all the holes and all the blind spots in your plans. Many preppers have food to last them 3 months but their existing water supply wouldn’t keep them alive for more than a week. If there’s a drought or the water gets infected for some reason, they’re as good as dead.
A lot of folks are very skilled but their kids don’t know the basics of staying alive. When disaster will strike, their families are going to run around like chickens with their heads cu off and make their carefully planned bug-out plan fail. If this is you, you need to figure out how you’re gonna get your family on board so they can start preparing with you.
A lot of people took every precaution measure necessary to protect their home from invasions, burglars and so on but they’re totally unprepared if those houses catch fire. Fire doesn’t care about your security doors or about your fingerprint gun safe. Things like having multiple fire extinguishers and a water source outside to be used in case this happen are basic and everyone should do them right away, regardless of their location.
I could go on and on about why it’s important to prepare for, not the top 3, but the top 10 disasters that are most likely to hit you… but I think I’ve made my point. I’ll leave to you it, then, and remember: your next step in your prepping endeavors is the one that will increase your chances of survival the most.
Dan F. Sullivan
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