Skip to comments.Have You Started Getting Ready for Hard Times
Posted on 07/22/2014 6:35:28 PM PDT by Kartographer
When Paul Reveres alarm, The Redcoats are coming!, was sounded through the countryside centuries ago, it was made to people who were prepared to meet a challenge. Whether the coming challenge in our present day is one of economics or something else, will you be prepared to respond when the alarm is sounded? Here are some ideas you should consider as you get started in your preparations for whatever hard times might await:
(Excerpt) Read more at survivalblog.com ...
Prepping seem daunting at first, but just remember start with the basic, take small steps and build from there.
It is your choice you can prep or you can stand around on a bridge waiting for FEMA to bring you a bottle of water, a MRE, a warm blanket and a kiss for your boo-boo and maybe you can even get your picture as you stand there on the national news.
The world is dry tinder just awaiting the right spark.
So listen to what the bible says: A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it. NIV Proverbs 22:3
Selco covers this in this article many times people just can not except that a breakdown is occurring even as they watch it happening before their eyes. Why dont they realize it? Its caused by a condition called Normalcy Bias a mental state people enter when facing a disaster.
It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. This often results in situations where people fail to adequately prepare for a disaster, and on a larger scale, the failure of governments to include the populace in its disaster preparations. The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred then it never will occur. It also results in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation.
A good article on Normalcy Bias is on our own ChocChipCookies Blog The Survival Mom:
You either prepare and stand on your own beholden to no one or you become dependent on others to provide your basic needs and become their serf. Me I dont want to be beholden to anyone for providing what is needed for me and mine. I certainly dont want to have to kiss some gubberment third class bureaucratic to try and coax some help from them, I dont want some jack booted thug herding me in line and telling me where to stand, sit, eat or sleep. And last but not least I dont want to be shut up in with a bunch of zombies and have to worry about not only trying to get basic necessities but having to fight to keep what I manage to get.
For those of you who are just thinking of starting to prep, those just getting started or if you are old hand you might find my Preparedness Manual helpful. You can download the manual at:
http://tomeaker.com/kart/Preparedness1j.pdf NOTE! THIS IS A FREE DOWNLOAD. I DO NOT MAKE ONE CENT OFF MY PREPAREDNESS MANUAL!
For those of you who havent started already its time to prepare almost past time maybe. You needed to be stocking up on food guns, ammo, basic household supplies like soap, papergoods, cleaning supplies, good sturdy clothes including extra socks, underwear and extra shoes and boots, cash (I myself have been putting up change for the past few years both for the metal content and the fact that using change places to make what purchases you can will move you down the the list of possible marks during shtf), tools, things you buy everyday start buying two and put one up.
As the LDS say When the emergency is upon us the time for preparedness has past.
Again I like to recomend FReepers ChocoChipCookie Blog The Survival Mom (Please Blog Police let this one slide!) Where you can get lots of useful information like:
Also there is Ferfals Blog a survivor of Argentinas first collapse:
And there is Selcos Blog a Bosnian War survivor at:
There is no greater disaster than to underestimate danger. Underestimation can be fatal.
I think I have to find a help mate. Everything else seems in order.
That’d require money. Us poor folks are screwed before the gate opens.
The last 5 1/2 years have been nothing but hard times. Hopefully the next will be significantly better.
Location, location, location.
Since we are being watched, I say OPSEC Rules!
It is none of anyone’s business what I have as far as gear goes......
I think pellet guns should be substituted for BB gun. I suspect that is what he meant anyway.
The Daisy model 880 is so cheap yet useful that everyone should have a couple. Also get a couple of the better quality springers. Also a couple of quarts of non detergent 30wt. motor oil for general lubrication of guns air guns etc.
It wasn’t “FEMA” that brought us hot meals, water, ice, MRE-type food, laundering, phones and so much more during Hurricane Katrina. It was the Salvation Army, Red Cross, Lutheran Social Services, BCFS (Baptists), LDS Social Services and dozens more...
I had one,
she split with my best friend.
I’m better off.
I just recently gained 12 lbs so my body must be getting ready.
I wish the unemployment rate was only 11% but I worked at the unemployment office way too long to buy that.
I thought I was being generous with that figure. Perhaps 14%?
Yet the end never seemed to happen. I still had to do my homework. These days, my mortgage still comes due each month and I have to pay it.
Instead, life just kept getting better. Food became cheaper and more plentiful. Whilst I only had a few entertainment options as a child, they abound today, to the point where there is not enough hours in the day to do all that I wish to do.
Now I'm not oblivious to the fact that we might see a setback at some point in time. I do keep a few extra batteries on hand. A fairly decent collection of canned good and a liquor cabinet to last me a month or two. A generator and fair supply of firewood.
So if a hurricane, earthquake or some other catastrophe was to hit, I'd be able to batten down those hatches and lie low for a spell.
But as for permanent hard times? Not going to happen. This economy continues to explode and our standard of living continues to increase year after year.
And guess what? Whoever happens to be "president" has nothing to do with it. We could put a mental derelict in the White House (in fact, we have!) and yet we continue to progress. Smartphones get smarter. Drilling for oil gets easier. Computers get faster. Food continues to get more plentiful - to the point where our major societal issue is...obesity.
So while I think it's a great idea to do a little "prepping" here and there (I now have three propane tanks filled), the notion that we are going to suddenly descend into a long term situation of hard times is unwarranted. If anything, we are on the cusp of a long boom that will make the current times seem like hard times.
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