Saturday, December 8, 2007

Where to get started

People tend to complicate things. The more people there are the more complicated things usually get. This is what makes urban living such a nightmare when something really bad happens. It's also part of the appeal of living day to day in an urban environment. So how do you avoid the golden horde when you're basically a part of it? Here are a few tips.

Don't talk about your preps. One thing that I see over and over are people that tell their friends about their preps hoping that maybe they'll catch on and want to do it themselves. Most of the time the only result is them saying "Well I know where I'm going when something bad happens". Most people don't want to think about what they'd do during a disaster. By prepping they're admitting that it could really happen which would cause their safe little worlds to collapse around them. You don't want these people showing up at your doorstep in the event of a crisis.

When someone hears that something really bad is about to happen or is already happening what's the first thing that they do? They run to the store to buy last minute supplies. Doing that is a good way to get yourself stuck in the mob unable to get home. Stock up now. When you go to the store throw an extra $10 worth of canned food, beans, rice and other non perishables in the cart along with the rest of your groceries. I could walk into a grocery store today with $100 in my pocket and walk out with at least a month supply of food. Just buy extra every time that you shop. Don't worry about expensive stuff like Mountain House or MREs until your pantry is set. You want the majority of your preps to be things that you eat every day. Eat what you store and store what you eat.

Have a backup plan. You may not always be able to stay at home. Have a place to go. Have a bag packed and ready all the time. Keep your BOB (bug out bag) packed. Have a BOL (bug out location) in mind and have multiple routes to get there. Not everyone can afford a plot of land in the middle of nowhere. If you If you can't then you still might have some better options than staying at home. A tent on national forest land will work in a pinch. A motel in a small town could work, too. The best case would be to have family or very very close friends that live in the country. Just expect to earn your keep and don't insult them by showing up empty handed if you're planning on relying on someone else's charity. If you're going to talk about this kind of stuff with anyone those are the people that you want to talk to.

There are a lot of bad things that could happen that would rip our society apart at the seams. Our decadent, entitled lifestyle could go away in an instant. That doesn't mean that your life will end, though. Do what you can to get ready now but don't get so caught up in it that you stop living. Chances are that nothing will ever happen that completely devestates the US and changes our way of life drastically. Getting ready just in case can't hurt, though.


theotherryan said...

If your BOL is a rural friend or family member see if they will be willing to let you stash some stuff at their place. Most rural folks are somewhat preparadness oriented anyway and have atleast a bit of extra space. Consider keeping most of your prep supplies there especially if they are relatively close. Keeping most of your supplies and ideally some guns/ammo there would be advisable because it is entirely likely that you will not be able to cruize on up there with the suburban loaded and trailer full. Being able to abandon the car, grab your rucks and personal weapons (probably a pistol and a rifle per adult, maybe a .22 in your ruck) and know that your shotgun and scoped bolt gun are safely stored with your food and some extra clothes would be a nice feeling.