Skip to comments.A Foreshadowing of Future Mass Panic in America: This Is Why We Prepare…
Posted on 02/12/2014 4:09:31 PM PST by Kartographer
Every year somewhere in our country tens of thousands of Americans experience an emergency resulting from any number of scenarios that may include natural disasters, economic hardship or other unexpected circumstances. And every year we watch with amazement as those in areas that have been affected by snow storms, hurricanes, tornadoes or earthquakes lose everything and have no backup plan to deal with the crisis.
The thin veneer of our civilization should be apparent to everyone, yet it seems that no one really gets it.
(Excerpt) Read more at shtfplan.com ...
Its 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.
Look what happens every Black Friday and that’s just Christmas shopping, look what happened here with just a winter storm, now what do you think would happen during a real SHTF event?
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
One of the things Selco covers in this article is the fact that many will not accept 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.
There is a Great article in my Preparedness Manual on building your on Bug Out Bag titled: A Highly-Mobility 72 Hour Kit-by Ward Dorrity. You can download the whole 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.
:O) very observant...
The thin veneer of our civilization should be apparent to everyone, yet it seems that no one really gets it.
Not everyone. There are many that are prepared. This guy really doesn’t get it that there are people that are prepared.
Blubber is said to have insulative properties.
(though from personal observation I’m not sure I believe it)
Nevertheless, he looks pretty well insulated.
Prepper BTT. I should be fine for 72 hours (!) or probably more like 72 days. I’ll miss FR, though, and regret that I never took the opportunity to print out the Internet.
I have enough to last for quite a while, but if SHTF, I have little hope of making it very long at all. And yes, I am armed.
But I am starting to think that’s just not good enough. A person HAS to be able to at least once in a while, get a good nights sleep, and not living constantly in fear or amped up to the max.
If SHTF, no more than 5% of the population would survive. And they would be so scarred that civilization as we know it might literally be gone forever.
Pic is of fools that didn’t prepare after the last storm in Atlanta?
yet it seems that no one really gets it.
I agree but the author says “yet it seems that no one really gets it.” Preparedness is a seasonal challenge where I live.
One of those shots looks very familiar.
Maybe stock photo?
I guess you have the mother load of printer ink somewhere in your preps?
Heck, I'm starting seeds now to go out in the garden after Easter, including 180 tobacco plants. I don't spend much at the grocery store. I don't know the last time I bought meat at a store.
Just went to my sports therapist and his massage water bed needed repair.
He needed some rope and pully to lift the engine and replace a part.
Lucky him I happened to have 1,000 ft of paracord 550 and climbing carabiners along with cats eyes carabiners
Pulled the engine up using my belay and used the cats eyes to lock the rope in place, securing the engine for repair.
Woulduh took all day without it and luckily I had my hightech hammer to force one stubborn bolt out of it’s slot.
Of course my high tech hammer is a Fiskars axe with a 30” handle.
I knocked that thing out, we finished the repair and he’s good to go.
Done in just 10 minutes and he allotted an entire day for this as he was the only one working on it.
I’m glad to have that in 30 day pack, which is always in my trunk.
Also tossed him an extra roll of duct tape just in case.
I swear on a stack of Bibles, in its early days (late 90’s) I actually was asked by my boss to print out the Internet so he could take it home. He’s a wonderful guy and God bless him, but this one left me with my mouth hanging open. :-)
I’ve heard your stories.
I do believe them.
But face it, you are one in a thousand.
And your chances of surviving 6 months post-SHTF are certainly better than average, but not much.
Think about ten thousand people down the block who want to kill you.
Not just to kill you, but to kill you and eat you.
That’s what SHTF is about. I am sure you understand.
Jim Bakker had it right. . .message from the Lord “cold cold cold” and “chaos” .if these individuals would have stored a week’s worth of food and water, chaos would not have erupted among the most sane. . . but then “take a lesson from the ant and the grasshopper”. With weather like this how could there be a food line for these people? We have had individuals fall and they have been found dead. What happened to neighborly love?
And I'm living where I grew up. I can navigate around here in the pitch dark, waiting for zombies to step away to answer nature's call, and then dispose of them quietly while their pants are down.
That's my idea of evening the odds.
Look at it positively. Being properly armed means never having to leave the mortal plain alone. Take as many of them with you as you can.
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Impressive JR....I admire those who have managed to do life their way apart from the shuffle the world declares we jump step to.
I’m prepared for emergencies but not much more than that. During the storms of late I was set and comfortable knowing I could get by pretty much for a couple months if I had to.
But that’s not saying much compared to the guys on these threads. Still a year ago I couldn’t even had said this!
I wish you could fix this Republic with what you have in your trunk...
Many years ago I had the wonderful opportunity to talk to a gentleman who was in his seventies. He told me of his life as a young boy on an Island in the St. Mary’s river between the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Canada. His father was the light house keeper then.
To get to town, Sault Ste. Marie, which was only twenty or so miles away was a major undertaking. In the Summer they could use the boat and row up the river against the current to get to town. In the Winter though it was best to wait until the river was frozen over and then use a wagon and a sleigh to go to town.
In either case was they did manage to get there, they would by supplies to last them for a year. That would give them a half of a year’s extra in case of problems. He told me that it would take between four and six dray wagon and their teamsters to bring back their supplies. And they didn’t by in small quantities, Barrels of flour, Hogsheads of potatoes. Pickles and everything else you could think of, Fresh laying hens and a rooster. Even two or three freshened cows would be bought and brought back to the island.
For keeping the light operational there were several hundred yards of lamp wick, a couple of new replacement lamps and globes. Eight to ten barrels of Lamp Fuel, (Kerosene).
Once that was done it was total isolation for at least another six months.
How many today, could live like that? I know that I couldn’t without lots of thought and preparation.
For such a time as this . . . http://www.patburt.com/
This is ultimately the best survival advice. “It is out of this world.”
“Jim Bakker had it right”
He has some water purifiers that would be good to have on hand if the water goes off - A person could get water from a mudpuddle or worse and still drink it.
I hate to tell you that we went into Kroger in Lilburn yesterday and it was pretty well re-stocked. It was not even that crowded. Everybody that wanted to stock up got stocked up. Don’t believe everything you read in the paper.
That being said you cannot count on the grocery being able to restock quickly in every disaster. I feel secure knowing we prep 24/7 and even if the stores had been bare we would have had enough food to hole up til next Feb if need be.
As SpongeBob would say, “I’m ready. I’m ready.”
Some days dude, I’m just straight up jealous. I’m close, but not there yet.
I bought a few pitchers, bottles, and some straws and gave some as presents. Bought them when there was a deal. Anyway we had to hook up to the county water and it has chlorine out the wazoo. Bought a shower filter from Mercola to take the chlorine out and plan to get a Mercola total home filter in the Spring when the plumber can get here. It looks like it won’t break the bank and we don’t use that much water. After two weeks with this water the chlorine and whatever else is my skin looked like it had aged 20 years. Research has this chlorine and fluoride literally playing havoc with the body. Taking a shower in chlorinated water is worse than drinking it because you are inhaling vapors. I’m back to my “regular skin” :) I’m even giving my pets water out of the filtered pitcher. OK. . .I’ve rattled on enough.
He looks well insulated and could probably survive off his reserves for a month or two. ;-)
they said about half of working folks live paycheck to paycheck.
combine them with the large bunch not working but collecting welfare.
combine them with those who’s welfare has or is running out.
i’d wager 99.99% of all of these folks go into broad category of “unprepared”.
I got duct tape....
This storm coming up the coast should be a good one to keep an eye on for the preppers.
At that point you'd need to join Lord Humongous's band to stay alive ... and get the last remaining supplies of fuel.
I'd like to grab those and put my preps on them.
I live in CNY and you’d think that by the time people have lived here their whole lives, they’d know better to watch the weather forecasts.
Ever time a storm comes, it looks like that picture out as people are out, in the teeth of the storm, panic buying, stripping the shelves bare.
Why they wait until the last minute is beyond me.
If I had to, I could go weeks without seeing the inside of a grocery store.
I ALWAYS prepare before winter.
You’re a fool not to around these parts.
I remember when you were first starting on the prepping.
Congratulations on making it so far.
I tried saving seeds last year and am going to plant them in a special section of my garden to see how they do.
I want to be able to know I can do it.
I’ve not posted on FR for years. I was a District Court judge and there were too many ethics issues. But. I’m retired now and I’m back! The Prepper posts really interest me.
I am a single woman and retired to a very remote Alaskan wilderness homestead. I’ve been working on this place for 10 years. I am completely self sufficient but like some others I need the summer months to stock up on gas, propane, building materials, and a long, long list of necessities.
Recently my cell phone (Samsung III) died. I get 3 bars of 1X.. its enough for internet and streaming radio and music. No U-tube, no video downloads, but that’s fine. I can get Rush Limbaugh and the gang on talk radio.
For all those who think living off the grid in the wilderness is hard, well... it can be, but with planning and taking care of your body with lots of physical exercise, good food and disciplined adult beverage consumption... life is awesome! My plane flight to the “big city” to get a new phone was expensive, but more than that... I was really happy to get home just after 24 hours!
I spend a lot of time on the woodpile and water (due to freezing) These things I will resolve next summer. I plan on raising hogs in a few years for lots of reasons.
Prepare... try it .. you’ll like it.
I miss my mountain man days some, but flush toilets are nice, too. ;)
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