In other words – doing what our grandparents did just to live day to day. Unless you lived in a city you only knew the outside world from radio or newspapers. Today we are overwhelmed with news from all over the world and this makes some very nervous about ‘where is this world going to’.
So in ‘prepping’ many are simply getting back to the basics: trying to grow more or all of their food; canning and drying food for preservation; learning how to use tools and make repairs; having backup sources for heat and power. This has become the new definition of homesteading, but in America we are forever changing the definitions of words and phrases. Just a hundred years ago, or less, homesteading meant the open frontier and building your own home and well and barns. Now some homesteaders are building their own homes but it is also used to mean using our “gardens” to the fullest and well, surviving. Okay so I do not want to raise rabbits for food because to me that would be like eating my dog, but you can bet if there was no other food I might drool when I look at Mr. Bunny. What is a prepper? Not always a prepper – maybe just a survivalist. – Someone who is preparing to handle their own issues and be comfortable with dealing with loss of power or heat – Someone who is gathering knowledge and resources in case some of those things last longer than we want – Someone who is having a preparations to leave home during emergencies so that sheltering is not such a nightmare.
I am a prepper. I do not have much money for stocking up like I would prefer but I am learning how to do so and how to store things like food and water. I am learning to value what few gardening skills I have and earnestly putting them to use. To me this means moving my kitchen garden closer to the house for easier watering and maintenance and looking at blueberry bushes in a new light. I have had a small chest freezer for a few years now and it was gifted to me so I could freeze my raspberries and zuchini. Adapting means adding containers of water like I did when I camped a lot and learning how to dry some of my harvests and purchases before they go bad. You should smell how fresh the strawberries are that I dried! There are hard core preppers out there that scoff at what some of us are trying to do but many others are more willing to let us define what a prepper is on our own terms. For instance, if you have a generator but do not keep gas for it; if you have stored food but have no way to cook it; if you have a well but no pump to access it without power. This is known as being half prepped and explains why so many ‘preppers’ are paranoid. So many citizens are completely unprepared they are afraid of being overwhelmed by hordes of hungry and thirsty citizens.
So what do we do? LEARN. Think for ourselves and become more knowledgeable. Not just from the television but by learning from others, asking questions and doing some simple reading. If you are reading this you have an unlimited source at your fingertips. That does not mean that all you read is the truth. Gather skills and not stuff. Just sit down and discuss the issue with others, like, say your family and practice with them the skills we all need. Cook and eat what you buy and buy just a little extra for the stash. You not only need skills – you need to practice them. This is also about trying to keep our awareness level a little higher and as they used to say “preparing for a rainy day”.
Preppers are the people who want to be ready for a state of emergency, and not only for the emergency that we know today but for a very large range of potential states of emergency that are coming in this new era of living. For instance, medical industry now is at the highest level in history, but yet we are witnessing commonly that some new types of diseases are present within every year. Those diseases are spreading, and in most cases, it is happening somewhere there in the world, but you never know where it can happen, so the idea is to be prepared for such situation. In the basis, they can’t come to terms with the fact that when it happens, they will just wander around on the streets with their families waiting for a third party to solve the problem. That is because they don’t believe that there is going to be a third party at all, if something huge, like a global disaster, happens. Even if the system as we know it survives, it will be helpful for them if we organize ourselves before the rescue day comes. Some say that it is just fear coming out from the people, but, if you eat fruits for their healthy nutrients, is that mean that you are frightened of getting sick? Of course, you are not. To be well prepared for massive, global, or local disasters, preppers are making the supplies of the high important groceries and drinking water for just in case. Some of them are making huge warehouses, and they are probably just overreacting, but having a supply of monthly or three-month needs for a family is not a bad thing at all. Moreover, it is a logical and quite smart way of preventing the consequences of eventual disaster that may occur. Some people have bought farms and grow their plants, stating that the only “safe” food is the one you raise on your own. There is also cattle, which also can be raised on farms, so the problem of food will be out of the question if something terrible happens.
Water reservoirs are also involved, but maintaining the water in the state of drinking water is not so easy, so usual method for solving this issue is having a farm near some pure mountain stream, which will more likely be useful to provide drinking water instead of accumulating the water from the city water supply. If there are no natural streams around, it is good to learn all about water filtration and the way of keeping the water fresh for drinking as more as it is possible. Anyway, most of the streams will also need some filtration, so it is desirable to learn as much about that field in both cases. Those rural properties often require some proper defense system, especially if it is located near large towns or highways, because in the state of emergency, your little oasis will be a desirable place for those who desperately seek for supplies and basic foodstuffs. Therefore, you should plan to involve some protective fence, traps, and even the armament, starting with handguns all up to bombs and rifles. It is suspected that the biggest problem will be the security of those safe farms and camps if there are more residents and families that work together on the project.
After you enter the prepper world, you are full of questions and doubts so potentially you are the one who will make beginners mistakes. Here are some common mistakes that you will probably meet, based on the experience of those who already have gone through all of that you are into right now.
First of all, you must know that panic, as in all spheres of life, is not your friend at all. On the opposite, it can and will affect your judgment so you won’t pay attention to important things at the moment. Anyway, when it comes to the emergency, the best way to fight panic is sure to be prepared well. Firstly, plan your behavior and actions for the 72h period, and increase the time to the maximum level you can predict. For instance, WWII lasted about four years in most of the countries, which means four years of the emergency state. Take your time to plan carefully all the aspects that may occur, and fell free to make several plans for different circumstances. For instance, if there is a mass flood, you will run into mountains, but if there is a large snow, you will head to warm areas, etc. Experts are quite right all the time, but they usually are not interested in your personal issues, so listen to what they say and try to implement it in your case. When they say many people will suffer by this and that, they usually mean just many people, and usual solution for masses is reporting to the authorities or something like that. In reality, every place is different, and the truth is that you should use their suggestions as the lead, but you should not blindly follow all that they say. We understand that saving is something that is not just the attitude, but the need nowadays. But if you are preparing for global disaster, you should pay attention to what are you buying for these times, because that is all you will have. The conclusion is that you will need only the best and most quality products in times where your life depends on it. For instance, sleeping bags can be found in a various range of price. When it comes to sleeping outside, the main problem always was, and it also will be cold. So, don’t you want to have a quality sleeping bag? This one goes for all other equipment. All survival items now can be found as the multitool unit. This will make your gear most efficient so that you will have more space for food or other important things. For instance, a rope is a must have the item which can be used for many purposes, tightening the tent or spreading wet laundry. When it comes to food, you should not consider some expensive and rare foods, but your family’s favorite food, just make sure you have checked the dates, pick those that last as much longer. When it comes to an emergency, it surely will not be the time to realize that you don’t like sea fish in cans or Chinese cabbage, no matter if it was on sale at the moment of shopping. Ensure that your family and friends are at least familiar that you are about to be a prepper. Speak with them, at the start just as a small talk, but later you should involve them into it because the state of emergency is not the right time to make explanations and obligations division.
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Be Prepared for anything really. It is nt just these DoomsDay predictions. It is the simpler more devastating things you should also consider. However these things are a great way to prepare for the more mundane events.