New Preppers

Catastrophe Time Line: What Will Happen

Note: It is a great honor to present a guest post from my good friend Wellie, the Well-Prepared Witch! Be sure to follow her on Twitter and like her Facebook page (details below the post). This is really an excellent presentation for all of us, but new preppers should find it especially useful – if you have an idea of what might happen, it is easier to decide what you might need to do to prepare! -Mike

Catastrophe Time LineMy husband has been into prepping for some time, while I’m fairly new to it.  He’s been working on the below timeline for a while (he’s an engineer – he likes to understand the how and why of everything in detail).  We’ve been talking it through and rolling it over in our heads.  I can’t count the number of times Mr. WPW asked, “if things went south how do you think people would react” or some variation on that.   What you’ll find below is mostly Mr. WPW’s work.  We talked it out a lot, and I contributed, but he really did most of it and deserves the credit.

The information comes from many sources.  We both read everything we can get our hands on when it comes to prepping: history, politics and news, emergency management, homesteading and country skills, and medicine, amongst others!   

We’d love your feedback.  Did we miss anything?  Are there gaps in it that are important to know?  What do you see happening in a major disaster?  – Wellie  

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Catastrophe Time Line

(assuming you are not at the epicenter!) 

This is a list I put together from many sources.  It is a study, not an original work.  Comments and discussion are welcome.  Let me know what I missed. 

Definition:  An event – sudden, damaging and lethal – that occurs with little or no notice with major global effects.  This would be an event that has no precedent in living memory and changes the trajectory of our culture and civilization. 

Disambiguation: this is not a hurricane, blizzard or typical earthquake – these are relatively short term localized events.  They can be serious but would not be considered a catastrophe for the purposes of this study.  This does not include slow events that can take a generation or more to have an effect like population growth, desertification or climate change. Again, serious but not covered in the scope of this study because of the lead time for society to adjust. 

Examples:  super-volcano eruption; large earth impact; pandemic with high lethality or serious chronic injury to humans; major crop failure to cereal grass(es) from disease; Coronal Mass Ejection/Solar Mass Ejection/Gamma Ray Burst and other rare solar/cosmic events; widespread (nationwide/invasion, U.S. civil, or world) war; energy distribution failure or major energy shortage.  Other events calibrated within this outline would include any event expected to cause a human population decline of 30% or more within 2 or 3 years in the United States.   

First 24 Hours

  • Grocery, Department, Hardware, Convenience & Drug stores run out of many common items
    • This occurs in my area before a blizzard or hurricane.
  • Depending on the type of event, some people may not even realize anything significant has happened
  • Many, if not all, people are in a state of shock
    • Many people will be unable to accept the event has happened
    • Many people will wait to be told what to do
    • Many people will not react to emergency instructions
      • Example: people who will not evacuate when they know a hurricane is approaching
  • 911 phone lines are flooded
  • Cell phone networks may crash
    • Text messages work better
  • National Guard and other troop movements will shock many people.
    • In the scope of this type of event the government at many levels will mobilize
  • Public transportation may be commandeered by the local, state or federal government
  • Curfews may be placed into effect
  • People gather to assess what is going on in small, local groups
  • Government & law enforcement may or may not try to organize at local levels
  • Rumors run rampant and parallel to the news
    • In the absence of factual information, conjecture will pass for news on media (reporters interviewing other reporters, as an example).
      • Rumor, spin and contradicting information abound
  • In the absence of actual information, many will impress their own ideology or causality onto observed events
    • Religious, political, ideological, superstitions
  • Scope, scale and or cause of the disaster may not yet be apparent or understood.
  • News still available – but may not be reliable, infotainment, repetition and re-spin shed no new information
    • News is on a continuous loop with no new information
    • EBS (Emergency Broadcast System) cycling/looping may start
  • Local rescue efforts occur – may or may not be coordinated
  • Traffic accidents and possible evacuation (official or ad hoc) clog the roads
  • Local panic may occur.  General panic has not set in yet.
  • People help each other and organize locally
  • Municipal services still function.  Hospitals are open, fires put out.
    • Although still functioning, response times may be delayed due to quantity of incidents

First 3 Days

  • All deliveries stop (U.S. mail, FedEx, UPS, trucks, trains, etc.)
  • Service stations run out of fuel
  • ATMs empty or stop working; it is unlikely they will be serviced or repaired.
  • Supplies run out for JIT (Just In Time) Manufacturing
  • Jobs become meaningless as priorities change – this includes most infrastructure & municipal workers
  • News reporting starts to breakdown – possible EBS looping
  • Scope and scale is becoming known, cause may still be a mystery
  • It is possible organized or ad hoc evacuations will occur or continue
    • Can cause huge problems with predefined “bugout” plans and ad hoc “get out of dodge” activities
  • Rumors are traded and grow, replacing hard news
  • Shock starts to wear off and panic sets in
  • People who are comfortable in their surroundings (typically those at home) are still hospitable, especially to neighbors and others to whom they have strong social ties.
  • People wander around their current location
    • This is a common reaction to sudden shock.  These efforts generally produce very little.
    • Characterized by unorganized wandering, trying to evaluate changes, and get information
  • Looting and some exodus starts from population centers
  • Hospitals run out of typical supplies in areas with casualties
    • Triage becomes a reality
      • people who otherwise might get extraordinary measures allowed to die due to lack of supplies or personnel to treat them
  • Food runs out for the average family
  • Mass transit shuts down
  • Hoarding sets in
    • Significant inflation and/or price gouging may occur
  • Local road blocks may be put up and other travel restrictions may be put in place
  • Some adaptations will start to occur
    • Bicycles become common
    • Schools close
  • In areas where supplies and law enforcement still exist, rationing may start

First 3 Weeks

  • If they haven’t already, the utilities go out – this will include power, water, sewage, natural gas, even phone, internet and television.
  • Most normal government functions (drivers licenses, marriage licenses, parking tickets, etc.) become irrelevant or have shut down
  • Currency (i.e. the dollar) becomes worthless, but money (i.e. gold and silver) may still be an acceptable form of payment
  • The ability to handle the dead is out stripped by volume.
    • This may lead to serious public health issues
  • Government emergency response spins up or some areas may have no government at all.  Law will tend to extremes.  Martial law or no law at all
  • May lead to “legal confiscation” and commandeering
  • Government will triage and may “write-off” certain parts of the country
    • WROL – without rule of law – no local government
    • EROL – excessive rule of law – constitutional rights suspended
      • If all active duty military, law enforcement, National Guard and military reservists were simultaneously combined they would still be overwhelmed by a riot of only 1% – 3% of the population.  Put simply, they would likely shoot first and often to ensure order is kept and people obey.
  • City evacuations will lead to large groups of people who are scared and hungry
    • Possible forced distribution of refugees
  • Lone wolf preppers will become a problem for the short term – people whose planning consists of having weapons and ammo cached and taking what they need or want from others.  What is left of society will not tolerate them for too long.  By definition they will not likely merge or mesh with community.  This includes the small proportion of our society (around 2% who do not mesh well within society in general).
  • Panic gives way to all out fear and fear to anger
  • People start to distrust strangers
  • Religions have a massive revival – feeding into and creating rumors, creating social networks
    • These can evolve into dangerous groups in certain cases
    • Religious organizations make natural distribution centers for goods, information, and other community needs.
  • Clean water is running out
    • City water requires pumps to refill water towers.
    • Outside of many cities the houses have wells powered by electricity.
  • Hygiene starts to be a problem
    • Garbage starts to pile up
    • Human waste becomes a problem
  • Many cases of poisoning as desperation for food sets in
    • Eating spoiled foods and/or unfamiliar foods as no familiar foods left
      • Food poisoning and diseases such as cholera from bad water, salmonella from unrefrigerated food, etc.
      • Toxicity from eating poisonous plants or unknown foods
  • Lots of injuries and deaths related to the new environment
    • People used to driving having to walk long distances
    • People unused to cutting wood pulling out an axe to cut fire wood
  • Medical care deteriorates rapidly
    • Most hospitals are out of supplies
    • People on prescriptions start to run out of medications
    • Antibiotics run out
    • Numerous cases of infection set in – poor hygiene, lack of potable water and spoiling food
    • People needing regular medical assistance will start dying
  • Street traffic is mostly on foot
  • Trucks and warehouses looted
  • Bunker mentality will set in for some – some will band together in small “tribal” groups
  • Any remaining industrial transport ends
  • Violence sets in as people try to support their own families, general desperation develops
  • Suicide rate sky rockets
  • The world shrinks to your immediate area
  • Fires break out all over as people cook over fires, use candles for light – complicated by no water or fire department
  • Confinement facilities inmates escape or are released
  • Local communities who haven’t already re-organized and are still populated will start assessing and organizing within their community
  • Some people are still in denial and hold onto the idea that help is coming

First 3 Months

  • All on grid systems have failed
  • Nuclear power plants not SCRAMed will start to melt down
  • Unintended chemical leaks and other reactions will occur at industrial sites and transport vehicles
  • Many industrial factories will permanently be placed out of commission
    • E.g. a smelting facility when the molten metal cools in the crucibles and transfer piping or the fertilizer factory in Texas that exploded
  • Uncontrolled fires are not put out and spread out of control – especially in industrial and population centers
    • house fires can combine to create fire storms
    • forest fires will be started by people foraging/camping/living in the woods
    • bucket brigades may make a comeback
  • Most off grid & hardened systems are running out of fuel or have failed
  • Most stored food is gone
  • Currency and money (i.e. silver and gold) become worthless and barter is the main method of exchange
  • Most municipal water and sewer systems have completely failed
  • Mass migrations and foraging slow down due to lack of food
    • Wildlife becomes very rare
  • Some larger organized groups may be operating – “locusts” or horde, or surviving communities with heavily guarded resources
  • Moral imperatives have now evolved to the immediate.
    • People who couldn’t have deliberately killed someone before the event might actually stalk and kill another person.
    • Vegan/vegetarian/passivism will no longer be common
  • Most prescriptions have run out
    • By this time all medication-dependent people are dying off (some will last this long as prescriptions for chronic conditions can often be refilled for 90 days)
  • Most cultural events cease – with the exception of churches and well organized local governments
    • Local government, churches and markets provide most social meeting and news exchange
    • Markets will be established to trade and barter
  • Martial law starts to give way to local only enforcement or WROL depending on location
  • All organized national and state law enforcement has ended
  • Malnutrition and poor hygiene leads to epidemics
  • Malnourished people start to succumb to treatable illness due to lack of drugs
  • Hospitals have run out of all supplies
    • By now medical staff has left – there is little more they can do
    • Local persons are identified for performing these function in existing communities
      • Local doctor, nurse, midwife, veterinarian, etc.
  • Possible long-term weather anomalies occur
    • Some events under the scope of this study may change normal weather patterns (e.g. nuclear winter)
    • Lack of weather prediction technology makes preparing for regular weather events (e.g. hurricanes, tornadoes) impossible
  • Feral pets, mostly cats and dogs, may become a problem
  • Almost all farm stock is gone or carefully protected
  • There would be large scale desertion from military, law enforcement organizations, and other infrastructure

First Year

  • People will start to develop and rebuild agricultural cycles
    • Large mammals are not efficient at converting grass to food so rabbits and sheep may be much more common.
  • Local governments will solidify or most people will leave the general area
  • Some type of market system will evolve for trade
    • New forms of money and/or currency may be created. May be limited in the areas where they will be accepted (regional).
    • Barter still likely to be most common form of trade
  • Population should start to stabilize at much lower levels – not over 140 million in the U.S. unless a national government can organize relief
  • Retraining would have to happen on a massive scale – less than 2% of the U.S. population are farmers.  Most of the current US farmers do not know how to farm without mechanization and delivery chains.
    • Old skills and trades become commonplace again, such as sewing, food preservation, blacksmithing and carpentry.
  • Churches and local community organizations begin record keeping (births, deaths, marriages, etc.)

Recovery

  • The population and division of labor will stabilize at the new balance.
  • For the survivors, life goes on.
  • If the data infrastructure is intact (e.g. libraries) recovery may be accelerated.

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Final note from Wellie:

We are working on a SHTF Action Plan that we’ve broken down kind of like the above.  What do we do if we think it’s going to be a tier 1 event (hurricane we know is coming, bad winter storm, etc.), tier 2 event (something that might last a couple weeks to a month), all the way up to a tier 3 event (the S has HTF and the world will never go back to what it used to be).  When it’s done, we’ll print it out (and I will put a copy on my smart phone, too) so if something happens we know what to do.  For instance, while people are just realizing “hey, this thing that happened could be bad”, we’re already hitting the grocery store and pharmacy.  When they’re swarming the grocery store, we’ll already be hitting the hardware stores.  And so on and so forth.  I don’t know that it will be terribly useful to post, though, as that kind of thing is very individual based on needs, location, plan of action (for instance, ideally we already live in our bug-in location, some people will be bugging out), etc.

We’re also going to include addresses of places we want to go, local warehouses, specialty shops for things like animal care, etc., so we aren’t trying to find them in an emergency and/or we can go to places that will have what we need, but that people won’t immediately think of.  I think in an emergency I’d rather go get my pet food/fish antibiotics/etc. from the tiny local pet shop than fight several hundred or more people swarming the local Walmart Super Center.

I think the most important part of a SHTF Action Plan, other than doing the proper planning/prepping, is to have it written down and easily accessible.  I don’t know about you, but the LAST thing I want to have to do in a crisis is remember what to do in what order.  Having it written down allows you to get through the panic a lot faster.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.  Please feel free to comment here or to tweet me @prepper_witch!

About Wellie, the Well-Prepared Witch

I’m a Wiccan priestess with over 10 years in the Pagan community. I have the honor of being High Priestess to a small, wonderful coven and I help facilitate our local Pagan meetup. My husband and I live in a rural area of the mountains of Pennsylvania. I am learning to cook and spin. I knit, crochet and occasionally cross-stitch. I’m learning to homestead and prepare for unexpected events that may disrupt our infrastructure and for the sheer pleasure of relearning the arts my grandmothers knew. You can also find me on Facebook:

http://www.wellpreparedwitch.com

And on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/welliewitch (@welliewitch)

Catastrophe Time Line


WROL: What Preppers Need to Know

You really could not ask for better training videos on what WROL (Without Rule of Law) would look like in America than  “Why Most Doomsday Preppers Will Die.”  This is a series of videos by YouTube’s stankmouthcharlie. Mr. Stankmouth is not a prepper. But he describes what he believes (and I happen to agree) is a fatal flaw in individual and family prepping. The flaw is this: It takes a village to prevent a WROL.

WROL - Without Rule of LawWe have seen minor and temporary WROL events in the United States in the past. Take for example Hurricanes Andrew and Katrina. When governments become ineffective – even temporarily – we can’t count on people remaining civil. Especially when food and water gets scarce. So now imagine a national scale catastrophe, such as a long-term loss of the electric grid. Many individual preppers focus on “guns and ammo” when it comes to their security preps. While there is nothing wrong with covering this base, in a WROL world, this is not enough.

Because we have never experienced a national scale WROL situation in America before, many preppers underestimate the impact it would have – and perhaps have overestimated their security preps.

So back to “it takes a village.” An individual prepper or family is in grave danger in a WROL – it really doesn’t matter how many guns you have. It is a matter of numbers. If a gang of 20 armed people want to take your preps, you are not in a great position. I once heard a general say to his staff in a briefing: “Don’t confuse enthusiasm with capability.” In other words: So you’re a great shot. So you have a tricked-out airborne-death-machine looking weapon and gear. So what? This isn’t a movie. Even the Navy Seals back out of a fight if they have to.

The antidote for WROL is not to let WROL happen in the first place. The way you do this is by not letting your local government become ineffective and having a plan for a long term power outage. This takes prior planning (or prepping) and this is what I cover in my book. So if after watching these videos you decide that you don’t have WROL covered in your preps, you may want to give more thought to the issue of community prepping. All your preps are useless if they are taken away from you – and you and your family will suffer.




 

Read my blog post on these videos at: Plan And Prep.

 


New Preppers: Wisdom Pudding Interview of Michael Mabee!

Good info for new preppers!

Read it here on the original blog: http://wisdompudding.wordpress.com/2013/09/01/q-a-with-mike/

New Preppers: Q&A With Mike!

 

 

 

New Preppers: Q&A With Mike!

 

 

 

 

The second interview in my Q & A sessions with experienced preppers is Mike, also known on Twitter as @CivilDefenseBk he is a prepper, writer (my review of his book coming probably next week) and all round awesome guy with a rich history and tendency to help out newbie preppers!

 

I notice you have a extensive list of experience in various fields, would you mind sharing some of your background?

I started off working as an urban Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic and then later worked as a police officer in a suburban town. I’ve been working for the U.S. federal government for 15 years. I also served with the U.S. Army in Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm and most recently served for a year with the Army in Iraq. In addition, I served on two humanitarian assistance missions with the Army in Guatemala after Hurricane Mitch. And never one to not be at the wrong place at the wrong time, I was working at the World Trade Center in New York on 9/11/2001. So, I have a great deal of on the ground experience in preparedness, emergency response and seeing what SHTF looks like in the U.S. and other countries.

How long have you been “prepping” in your personal life?  Was there a specific event that led you to begin prepping personally, or was it gradual?

Because of my various occupations, I have always been into emergency preparedness. I got more heavily into preparedness after 9/11 and the Northeast blackout of 2009. As to when I tripped over the edge from “preparedness” to a “prepper” it may have been gradual, but another blackout during the Northeast ice storm of 2011 definitely put me there, if I wasn’t already. I was gradually realizing just how dependent we are on the electric grid, and how fragile the grid is.

 Are you located in an urban or rural setting?  Which of the two do you view as the optimal setting to be in when the SHTF?

I live in an area I would describe as the “border of suburban and rural.” There are a lot of factors that can come into play as to what the “optimal” setting would be, but I think that generally speaking cities are going to have an extremely rough time quickly after SHTF. But nobody is going to be immune from hardship, so while rural towns may have many advantages, without preparing hard times will visit them quickly as well. Geography, resources and security will all play into how a town will fare post-SHTF. And preparing ahead of time will be critical. SHTF is going to be “come as you are” for every community. Whatever you have right now is all you are going to have if the grid goes down 5 minutes from now.

How did prepping change your lifestyle, if at all?

Prepping should not be at the expense of enjoying the things you like to do. I am the same person; I just feel a little better about my ability to handle an emergency and take care of my family – whether it is a 3 day blackout due to a storm, or a major national disaster. But I still like to ride my Harley-Davidson, read books, goof off when my wife isn’t looking – all the normal things. Also, as a prepper, you are never really done. I don’t think I ever met a prepper who thought they had everything they needed, had learned every skill and was completely prepared. Prepping is a journey, not a destination.

In a SHTF situation do you plan on working with a group or independently? Why?

I plan on working in a community. For many reasons that I discuss in detail in the book, being a “lone-wolf” prepper, or just preparing for you and your family alone is going to be a losing proposition for most people. Here is a really interesting couple of YouTube videos that I think illustrate the point: “Why most doomsday preppers will die” http://bit.ly/13ys6BZ and http://bit.ly/1cLBlHk. In a WROL (without rule of law) environment, the “lone-wolf” prepper or family will have a real security problem. Security is best done collectively by a community. And in a WROL, without security, your preps may not matter and your family will not be safe.

What are some of the biggest mistakes that beginner preppers should avoid?

The biggest mistake is not preparing at all, so beginning preppers have at least avoided the biggest mistake! I think it is easy for beginners to feel overwhelmed because there are so many disciplines and skills involved in prepping. Prepping isn’t just about “stuff” (beans bullets and bandages). Skills are critical. So, in addition to beginning to think about supplies, you also need to learn all the skills you can. Get recommendations from other preppers and read several books so you start to get an idea of the skills you need to work on.

Starting with achievable goals is also helpful to new preppers. You may not be able to afford to buy 1 years’ worth of food storage today. So work on having 1 months’ worth for now. You may not be able to afford an expensive water filtration system right now, so start with 1 months’ worth of stored water and some modest water purification supplies.  And so on. Once you are satisfied that you and your family could live a month with no grid, then begin to work toward two months. Take small steps on a regular basis. Make sure you are working on skills as well as supplies.

Here is an excellent video for new preppers: Prepping 101 What to do first. http://bit.ly/14IiJDH.

What is (in your opinion) the main must-have item for a prepper to invest in?

I bet if you ask 10 preppers that question, you may get 10 different answers! And, depending of n your geography, resources and situation, there very well may be different correct answers. But high up on everybody’s list will be a water source and ways to make water safe. So let’s say you have a typical well at your house for water. If we lose the grid long term and your well pump has no power, how are you going to get water? So one person’s “must have” item may be this: http://bit.ly/1a3D8r4 to be able to provide water to their family post-SHTF. Others who have a source of water like a stream or a lake, may think that a quality water filtration system (and plenty of spare filters) is one of their most important “must haves.”

But if that isn’t sexy enough, then the must have prepper item is a good multi-tool. Once you have obtained that and are satisfied that you now have the “must have prepper item” on your belt, then immediately go and figure out your water situation!

What skill (again your opinion) do you think is most important for a prepper?

I would say problem solving. If you are the type of person who can take a few common items from your garage and build a camp stove, that is what I mean. The ability to adapt and solve problems with what you have on hand will be extremely helpful. There are so many skills involved in prepping that we all have a lot to learn. Growing food is an important skill. Security Training (with weapons, unarmed self-defence, etc.) are important skills. First aid is an important skill. Canning and preserving food is an important skill. Starting a fire is an important skill. And there are many others. We all need to learn as much as we can. For new preppers, I would say that try to learn a little about all the various skills and then try to increase your expertise as you go. If you have expertise in a certain area (like if you are a nurse and have medical expertise) you can teach others around you and then learn from them about skills they have expertise in.

Are you married? If so, what was your partner’s reaction when you stated that you wanted to start prepping? Do they support your decision? How do they participate?

I have been married for 14 years. And my wife is not a prepper. She’s not likely to ever be a prepper. But if she’s really nice to me, I’ll share some of the stored food with her after the apocalypse! Funny story, (at least I think it’s funny, I’m sure she doesn’t) I was ordering some long shelf-life food and I asked her for an opinion on what items I should order. She rolled her eyes, said I was nuts and refused to participate in such foolishness. A few days later, several cases of food arrived. She looked through the #10 cans at the items I had ordered and declared: “I am not cooking lentils after the apocalypse! Do you have any idea how much work lentils are?”

Moral of the story, it is certainly easier to prep as a team, but if your spouse isn’t interested, I’d avoid the lentils.

Do you have children?  How do they participate?

We have several rescue cats and being that we are animal lovers, they are like children to us. Two of our cats are preppers, the others, roll their eyes at me and go back to sleep.

What if nothing happens?  Would you feel prepping had been a waste of time and money?

Not at all! Being prepared is not just about SHTF or an apocalypse. There are going to be hurricanes, tornados, floods, earthquakes, power outages – all the garden variety disasters that most of us can expect to encounter at least once, if not several times. Being prepared means we are ready for those things. What if you lose your job? Having food storage will take a great deal of stress off of you. If you don’t have to worry about what to feed your family for a while because you have been prepared, then your time and money were not wasted.

Think of prepping sort of like an insurance policy – if you have car insurance do you get mad if you don’t get in an accident? This is paraphrased from a video I saw from one of my favorite preppers, YouTube’s Southernprepper1: http://bit.ly/15ogpgW. Being prepared for whatever life may throw at you makes sense and I don’t think preparedness is ever a waste of time. It’s about having the peace of mind that if something (large or small) does happen, you can take care of your family.

What advice would you give a beginner prepper?

Learn from other preppers. This will save you a lot of money and “trial and error” mistakes. There are many, good preppers on YouTube and you can learn a lot from them. Some that I would recommend are: Southernprepper1, ThePatriotNurse, MainePrepper, Zion Prepper and SensiblePrepper. Subscribe to these YouTube Channels. There are many others, so look around.

If you are on Twitter, check out the hash tag #PrepperTalk. There are a lot of great preppers there and you will meet some great people and you will find a valuable exchange of prepping information. People will help you to get started.

Also, get recommendations from preppers you know on books to read. There are many books on preparedness, survival skills and homesteading skills and every prepper should have a library – hard copies. Your Kindle is not going to work if the grid goes down long term. After SHTF, having this library will be critical. None of us know everything (and if you meet a prepper that says he/she knows everything, I recommend finding one that admits they don’t know everything and listen to that one!) We are all constantly learning, constantly honing skills or learning new ones and constantly trying to improve. Having a good library of information and skills will be invaluable.

Is there anything else you want to share?

A few things:

Politics, religion etc. My personal policy is to keep politics out of prepping. To me, survival is not a political issue – Democrats and Republicans will all die of starvation at the same rate. You will find that there are conservative preppers, liberal preppers, Christian preppers, Jewish preppers, Pagan preppers, white preppers, black preppers – and as I’ve recently discovered through my friend Patricia – Australian preppers! Preppers come in all shapes, sizes and political beliefs. The bottom line is that this diversity makes us stronger as a prepper community. Nod politely if somebody says something you don’t agree with and then say “so back to water purification: what is the best way to…”

A prepared community. The most neglected or missing “prep” is a prepared community. This is why I wrote “Prepping for a Suburban or Rural Community.” For most people, without a prepared community, it is going to be hard, if not impossible, to get through an SHTF with individual or family preparedness alone. All preppers, whether new or experienced need to think about this.

Bugging out. It is seemingly a rite of passage for preppers to build their bug-out bags – and I have them too – I’m not saying anything is wrong with having a bug-out bag. But bugging out is a bad option for most people. It generally should be the very last resort. If you bug out without a destination, you become a refugee – like all the other refugees. What if you have elderly family members or kids? Where are you going to “bug out” to with a 90 year old or a 4 year old in tow? A better option is working to prepare your community so that bugging out would net be necessary. Now, if you are lucky enough to have a farm in upstate wherever, fine. That may be a viable plan. But if your plan is to bug out to “the woods” or “the mountains” and your name is not Jeremiah Johnson, you really should rethink your plan.

A prepared family in a prepared community has a much better chance of survival than a “lone wolf” does.

 

Mike is able to be found on Facebook, and his book is available both on his website and on Amazon.  He is a very active participant in the aforementioned #PrepperTalk and with helping people out in general.  As you can see, his knowledge base is wide and his information is both useful and interesting!  Round of applause for our wonderful guest this evening (*claps all round*) and you should go check out his website and social media, and buy his book – I did, and it is worth every cent!