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Are You Preparing for Nothing?
Prepping 101 ^ | 2/21/12

Posted on 02/21/2012 10:04:08 PM PST by Kartographer

What happens if we do all these preparations and nothing goes wrong?

I am made fun of sometimes for being prepared. Mostly people will say “Are you one of those survival types?” NO. Number one I don’t like the word survivalist, I like being prepared. There are no tin foil hatters involved with preparedness. It sounds more prudent. If nothing goes wrong then I am ahead is how I see it.

When you prepare you are ready for what may eventually happen. Why do you carry a spare tire in your car? Because the zombies might eat one and then you will have another? NO. You carry a spare tire because things happen. We can’t control everything, but we can prepare for eventuality. You see being prepared is not something new.

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“There is no greater disaster than to underestimate danger.
Underestimation can be fatal.”

"The only thing harder preparing ahead of time, is explaining why you didn't."
Gabe Suarez


1 posted on 02/21/2012 10:04:22 PM PST by Kartographer
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers PING!


2 posted on 02/21/2012 10:05:41 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

...then you have some extra ammo to play with at the range and food to eat. No loss.


3 posted on 02/21/2012 10:06:52 PM PST by mnehring
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To: Kartographer

I’m prepared for nothingness. Tales of eternal life seem to be seriously lacking in detail.


4 posted on 02/21/2012 10:08:01 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!

5 posted on 02/21/2012 10:15:15 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Revolting cat!
I don't know, but that's just a guess.

6 posted on 02/21/2012 10:16:22 PM PST by I see my hands (The old sod ne'er shall be forgot.)
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To: Kartographer; Revolting cat!

?? Premature Zotulation?


7 posted on 02/21/2012 10:17:20 PM PST by mnehring
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To: mnehring

preemptive


8 posted on 02/21/2012 10:19:31 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

What are you preparing for, 72 virgins, or 72 raisins?


9 posted on 02/21/2012 10:24:53 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Kartographer

It’s just a type of insurance, isn’t it?

Some of those thoughtless people in New Orleans could have used a little of it when Katrina came through.

Many people in the northeast were without electric for up to two weeks last November. Cash purchases only and no ATM’s. No electric to run heaters, well pumps or lights.

Adversity comes in many forms.


10 posted on 02/21/2012 10:26:26 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: Revolting cat!
I’m prepared for nothingness. Tales of eternal life seem to be seriously lacking in detail.

This should help:

http://www.gty.org/products/books/451126S/The-Glory-of-Heaven-Softcover

11 posted on 02/21/2012 10:33:29 PM PST by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: SVTCobra03

Thanks, I’ll check it out. Seriously. Still, I wish I could hear it first hand, you know what I mean?!


12 posted on 02/21/2012 10:36:06 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Kartographer

I anticipate that the Rapture will take me before I have to use very much of my preps. I only hope and pray that a Tribulation Saint will find them and put them to good use.


13 posted on 02/21/2012 10:36:29 PM PST by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: SVTCobra03
I only hope and pray that a Tribulation Saint will find them and put them to good use.

Now THERE'S a thought...and here's another to add to your prepping "stuff"...Bibles. Perhaps, with certain passages highlighted.

Lots. Of. Bibles.

Seriously...

14 posted on 02/21/2012 10:41:06 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it....)
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To: Kartographer
Most preparation is a waste of time. Saving is a waste of money. They are only any good for SHORT TERM disasters. Two weeks of food? Then what? Six months of cash? Then what? In a real disaster, what good will money be anyway? You’d be better off with the food.

The food, the money, the water, gas for your generator, will all run out fairly quickly. Unless you are going to store food & water for at least a year, and the guns and ammo you'll need to keep it, you are wasting the effort.

Get out of the cities. You can't survive there. I can get water from my well, firewood in my yard and beyond, shoot a deer or an intruder whenever I want to.

I don't need the government for anything. I don't need electricity to survive.

All that said, I don't expect anything that bad to happen, so I'm not worried nor am I preparing. Preppers are fools.

15 posted on 02/21/2012 10:42:48 PM PST by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: Kartographer

I’m aiming more toward homesteading than prepping, although there is a lot of overlap. There’s just a part of my brain that won’t rest easy with anything less than self-sufficiency.

No doomsday scenarios needed for me.


16 posted on 02/21/2012 10:51:45 PM PST by Ellendra ("It's astounding how often people mistake their own stupidity for a lack of fairness." --Thunt)
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To: Kartographer

I will tell you my friend who just passed away, @ 101, thought there was some waste to to the preps her husband made every 10 years. She wondered on one hand how it appeared to be waste preparing for a disaster that never occurred answer thinkin “what if if it did happen?”.

She was a Mormon and asked me what I thought.

I told her it was better to be prepared and comfortable than not.

Thwarting reality is that regional disasters happen all the time and I can’t recall all the time being prepared came in handy.

Don’t think water safe to drink will ever be an immediate problem? I think you are crazy.

Don’t think medical issues won’t arise which require immediate care and immediately? you are a victim and maybe dead.

Shelter outside your home will never be problem? You are just plain dumb and maybe not worth my help.

Those things happen all the time. it’s stoopid to to think they never will.

The cost for being prepared costs nothing compared to being a toe tag.


17 posted on 02/22/2012 1:02:40 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Brad's Gramma

I’m good there! LOTS of bibles, in the various versions. :o)


18 posted on 02/22/2012 1:51:38 AM PST by Ladysmith (The evil that's happening in this country is the cancer of socialism...It kills the human spirit.)
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To: Ladysmith

Good job, girl, good job.

Years ago the kids and I made a time capsule and hid it in the house...included in it....a Bible.

We prayed that the person who found it, well, that the Lord would use it for His good!


19 posted on 02/22/2012 2:01:31 AM PST by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it....)
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To: faucetman
Preppers are fools.

That's a rather foolish generalization. First, short term disasters are more likely than TEOTWAWKI. It's foolish to be prepared for one? Buying extra of the stuff I use all the time until I have months or more supplies on hand is common sense. If nothing happens, I use it and buy more. Having the means of self-defense is common sense. So are basic first aid, alternate water supplies, heat, etc. IMHO there is at least a likely a slow descent into more poverty, higher crime, slower police response, and intermittent disruption of services as a general collapse. Basic prepping can help people get by until we the people can reestablish some order and prosperity.

That's not to say there isn't plenty of foolishness among some preppers. First there's the "space capsule survivalist" types, who plan on hiding in a bunker with a years supply of MREs and a thousand pounds of wheat. Then they will do what? Come out expecting to be welcomed by a world that has somehow been rebuilt by someone else? Then there's people who are fixated on one particular doomsday event like coronal mass ejection or polar shift, convinced that it will happen next year or something. These folks either have no understanding of statistics, or are simply nuts. They have far more chance of being killed while driving to buy their survival stuff than they ever will from what they prep for. Still, their preparations may be useful for a wide variety of other emergencies, and some are quite ingenuous.

20 posted on 02/22/2012 2:11:30 AM PST by Hugin ("Most time a man'll tell you his bad intentions if you listen and let yourself hear"--Open Range)
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To: Kartographer

One cannot prepare for every contingency. I do not have the money to buy expensive generators, solar panels etc. So, as a lone woman I decided to stockpile SKILLS.

It is all well and good that you have food stored but if you don’t know how to build a weather-proof fire or how to purify water what good is a years worth of dehydrated lasagne going to be?

I spoke to several men in my local TEA Party group and was amazed at how few knew how to cook over an open fire. They all said, “well I will just cook on my propane grill.” Really? How long will that last?

Basically I am learning skills that would help me survive in almost caveman conditions - so in anything less than total catastrophe I will be OK.

Trapping and skinning animals, how to make lye and render animal fat to make soap, shelter building, self-defense methods and how to grow and preserve food just to name a few. If I never need these skills at least it was fun learning them.

If you have skills then you will not succumb to fear if a crisis occurs.


21 posted on 02/22/2012 2:34:22 AM PST by 30Moves
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To: Kartographer

Well said. If you wait until the disaster happens, then you can forget it. There will be no water and food, so one would have to fight his fellow citizens to survive...If the disaster does not come, then you have enough food for the rest of your life.


22 posted on 02/22/2012 3:01:57 AM PST by richardtavor
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To: faucetman

An awful lot of ‘I’s’ in your statement.

So you will single handedly rebuild a prospering society? Rebuild a governmental system of freedom for the people? What about your fellow countrymen?

Oh, it wasn’t about that for you, it was about ‘I’...eh?


23 posted on 02/22/2012 3:14:34 AM PST by Freddd (NoPA ngineers.)
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To: Kartographer

It is always prudent to be prepared.

I can see food price hyperinflation in our immediate future (months).

Stock up on non-perishable food now, while you can. And not just a little bit. Set aside a year’s worth of food for each person who will live under your roof.

Food has intrinsic value. You can eat it or you can trade it or you can give it away.

The worst that will happen is that you will have food to eat while the unprepared are looting the grocery store.


24 posted on 02/22/2012 3:19:03 AM PST by TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed (Yahuah Yahusha)
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To: Iron Munro

4 hurricane s in about 6 weeks taught me. I lived in the epicenter of 2004 Charley and Jean. Caught Frances too.
Then came Katrina and Haiti and Japan.
I WILL NOT be a victim to “an event”. I will Not wait for the “one” to swoop down and help me. Heck I am a southern white Catholic pro lifer, God fearing pro second ammendment conservative. How long do you think help would come for me?


25 posted on 02/22/2012 3:16:42 AM PST by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: Iron Munro

4 hurricane s in about 6 weeks taught me. I lived in the epicenter of 2004 Charley and Jean. Caught Frances too.
Then came Katrina and Haiti and Japan.
I WILL NOT be a victim to “an event”. I will Not wait for the “one” to swoop down and help me. Heck I am a southern white Catholic pro lifer, God fearing pro second ammendment conservative. How long do you think help would come for me?


26 posted on 02/22/2012 3:17:00 AM PST by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: Kartographer

Sometimes finances were a little tight when I was finishing up grad school. Those preps I had really came in handy!


27 posted on 02/22/2012 3:41:22 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Kartographer

Sometimes finances were a little tight when I was finishing up grad school. Those preps I had really came in handy!


28 posted on 02/22/2012 3:42:28 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: faucetman
Last week, Mark Steyn cited an obscure clause in a 500 page appendix to a study done by the CBO. In short, our economy blows up in fifteen years.

Yesterday, Zero Hedge reported that another one percent was added to the GDP/DEBT ratio. In 21 days our national debt went from 100% to 101% of GDP.

29 posted on 02/22/2012 3:57:22 AM PST by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves.)
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To: faucetman

well, proverbs has something to say about fools, and it doesn’t point negatively to being prepared, actually it speaks in favour of it.

Calling people being prepared fools is a bit extreme, if you don’t agree say so, but fools? History is rife of examples of people neglecting to prepare.


30 posted on 02/22/2012 4:29:06 AM PST by Bulwyf
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To: Kartographer
What happens if we do all these preparations and nothing goes wrong?

I don't think those folks understand prepping.

Rotate out supplies. Use them for camping and other fun things. These aren't just prepping materials, these are tools for FUN.

31 posted on 02/22/2012 4:52:12 AM PST by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: goodwithagun

We have completely rotated our non-freeze-dried preps about 2-3 times since 2008. We are self-employed and our cash flow and total income have been volatile for over 3 years.

We have experienced life without the grid and it is much better to be able to generate a little electricity than to have none at all. Twice we would have lost everything if we couldn’t have run pumps during a heavy rainy period that resulted in ground water rises. We aren’t in a flood plain, but we had a flood and a septic tank back up that the plumber said was *impossible*. It was the result of series of improbable incidents all happening at once, but it happened and it was miserable.


32 posted on 02/22/2012 5:27:32 AM PST by reformedliberal
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To: Kartographer

No, because there are no guarantees. Anyone who thinks that things are going to be continuing on as they are now or get better, are fools.


33 posted on 02/22/2012 5:28:15 AM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: mnehring

“no loss” - exactly.

All your preps should be in the form of

“it’s gonna make my life better, if times get tough, or even if they don’t”. (ref: Jack Spirko, The Survival Podcast)

That’s why a garden is superior to stored food (though you need SOME of the latter).
If you’re preparing for loss of grid, make sure that your preps help you out now and in the future with lower bills.


34 posted on 02/22/2012 5:50:50 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Brad's Gramma
Lots. Of. Bibles.
Seriously...

Seriesly: One day you will have to register your house as having hi-capacity bible magazine, and later be limited to ten bibles, and one bible a month purchases, and then you will be put on a "watch list" by big sis.

35 posted on 02/22/2012 5:51:28 AM PST by DCBryan1 (Id rather have a man who wrecked his marriage as POTUS than a man who wrecked his country!)
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To: 30Moves

I like your attitude. Being a single woman, I know I don’t have enough ‘stuff’ to survive but skills will make the difference.

Thanks!!


36 posted on 02/22/2012 6:01:12 AM PST by iceskater (I am a Carnivore Conservative - No peas for me. (h/t N.Theknow))
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To: Kartographer
I prep for the same reasons I own fire alarms, fire extinguishers, car insurance, etc... Not because I HOPE my car will crash, house burn down, the S truly HTF...

But because it may be the only way to survive if any of those things DO happen.

37 posted on 02/22/2012 6:04:12 AM PST by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: Kartographer
If nothing happens we rotate the stock out and down to lower levels or donate a lot to food banks or other charities.

Someone will benefit whether 'something' happens or not.

38 posted on 02/22/2012 6:21:27 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Do all He commands. Receive all He promises.)
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To: Bulwyf

“In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but the foolish man devours all he has.” Proverbs 21:20

“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander, no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.”Proverbs 6:6-8

“A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.” Proverbs 27:12

Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 1 Timothy 5:8


39 posted on 02/22/2012 6:35:39 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

Prepping = Peace of mind


40 posted on 02/22/2012 6:51:16 AM PST by bgill (Romney & Obama are both ineligible. A non-NBC GOP prez shuts down all ?s on Obama's admin)
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To: Revolting cat!

I sure wish you had kept up with me, brother-man....


41 posted on 02/22/2012 7:07:30 AM PST by Lazamataz (If you only think about a diet, only your brain loses weight.)
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To: Kartographer

Bookmarked and looking forward to the Friday Prepper thread!!!


42 posted on 02/22/2012 7:08:21 AM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Kartographer

BTTT


43 posted on 02/22/2012 7:19:14 AM PST by EdReform (Oath Keepers - Guardians of the Republic - Honor your oath - Join us: www.oathkeepers.org)
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To: bgill

In the days, weeks, or months after a disaster there will be panic and chaos. My family and I are doing are best not to be part of that. We have food, supplies and some skills to last a while. We have some peace of mind but there are a lot of people not prepping.


44 posted on 02/22/2012 7:23:21 AM PST by FishinTX (Barak Obama HATES you.)
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To: Kartographer

If nothing else, if people pick up some survival skills from this, it will be worth it.

If we ever lost electricity for just 72 hours, all of civilization would crumble apart very quickly, because people won’t know how to cope......the ‘technology trap’ gets tighter with each passing day.


45 posted on 02/22/2012 7:27:15 AM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: SVTCobra03
I anticipate that the Rapture will take me before I have to use very much of my preps.

I anticipate that flowers will bloom with caramel popcorn where the flowers would be.

46 posted on 02/22/2012 7:38:08 AM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: steve86

Don’t take the Mark.


47 posted on 02/22/2012 7:49:19 AM PST by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: SVTCobra03

That’s always been in the back of my mind. I believe they call that a “Jacob’s Troubles” box.


48 posted on 02/22/2012 7:50:06 AM PST by Obadiah (Why do they put Braille dots on the keypad of the drive-up ATMs?)
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To: 30Moves

Mmmmm.... dehydrated lasagne.


49 posted on 02/22/2012 7:53:46 AM PST by Obadiah (Why do they put Braille dots on the keypad of the drive-up ATMs?)
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To: SVTCobra03

I expect to be killed in a shoot-out or some kind of confrontation with the secularists well before being offered The Mark.


50 posted on 02/22/2012 8:20:05 AM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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