Skip to comments.Prepper Primer for Your Non-prepper Loved Ones
Posted on 02/13/2014 7:37:22 PM PST by Kartographer
Purpose: To quote my spouse, I didn't know when I married you that you were a bucket of crazy. So essentially, this article is intended to help the spouse whom you love but whom is not a prepper. There are many hundred-plus page books written on this subject, but this primer can be read in less than an hour and is tailored to my personal situation. It is the hope of the author that others will create their own such document for family and friends using this as a starting point. Whether I am dead, geographically separated from her, injured, or present, this article serves to convey what I consider to be critical for survival, either to reinforce what instruction I can give in person or bring to memory what we have discussed in the past. Methods: The document is broken up into nine different sections: mindset, bug out bag (BOB), food and water, shelter, traveling, first aid, communication, staying put, and defense. Within each section, a set of tasks is given. For each task, guidelines are presented for successful completion. Only the bare essentials are included to efficiently accomplish each task. Alternate methods do exist for everything in this document but are not present to save space and to focus the reader's attention on (1) methods I have tried and tested (the majority of this article) or (2) methods I have researched and deemed possible. Conclusions: Throughout the article, the importance of keeping a positive mental attitude is reinforced. Without such an attitude, even the most simple task may prove impossible.
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Also this is a good begining reading for those of you just starting out or thinking of starting.
Prepper Primer for Your Non-prepper Loved Ones, by T.S. - Part 2
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 thats just Christmas shopping, look what happened recently during the winter storms in the south and now the northeast.
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 on his blog SHTF School 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.
FEMA will not be rescuing anyone when the Republic collapses. Think about it: the FEMA workers will have families to care for as society dissolves. Seeing that it is not a fleeting emergency, the FEMA employees will adopt an ‘everyone for themselves’ attitude. of course the fedzilla dependents are too dumbed down to realize they will be dropped as ded weight.
If there ever comes a time when I am prepared and friends and family come begging to me to help I shall refer to the handbook “To serve man.”
I tried to warn them, and all they said was I’m a paranoid freak. A freak with lots of BBQ sauce!!!
And remember, the Fedgov-states relationship is nothing but a microcosm of the UN-Fedgov relationship. We will not be permitted to collapse and rebuild in peace and privacy -- America will be crawling with UN personnel and UN aid material and UN regulations.
My point is, anyone who views a total collapse as an opportunity to resync America with the constitution is dreaming pipe-dreams.
If I were the man’s wife, I’d shoot him with one of the numerous weapons he told her to carry, burn the stupid list, then I’d do my own thing, stay if I could, or leave if I had to with one bag I could carry, period. My easily carried backpack is ready right now to last me at least three days and if I can’t get where I need to be in three days, by car or on foot, I should not have left.
“A worthy wife is a crown for her husband,”
A dumb husband is a stone around the neck of his wife,
PREPPER: How much do you pay for home insurance every year?
FRIEND : Oh, a little over $2,200 dollars.
PREPPER: How much do you pay for car insurance?
FRIEND : Almost the same, around $2,200 dollars a year.
PREPPER: If you don't have a claim on the home insurance or an auto accident, how much of that $4,400 do you have at the end of the year?
FRIEND : That's a silly question - we have nothing. The insurance companies have it all.
PREPPER: Okay. Do you have life insurance?
FRIEND : I have a Term Life policy on me.
PREPPER: How much do you pay for the policy?
FRIEND : Around $50 dollars a month.
PREPPER: How much insurance money do you get if you don't die?
FRIEND : You know we don't get anything.
PREPPER: How much do you get when you die?
FRIEND : Well I don't get anything but my beneficiary, my wife, will get the face value of the policy.
PREPPER: So either way, once you pay the $600 dollars each year it is gone - you will never see a penny of it but your wife will be protected.
FRIEND : You know, I never thought of it that way.
PREPPER: Alright. Now, here is why it makes sense to invest in emergencty food as insurance in case of an emergency or a disaster. it costs about $1,600 or less to buy enough food to feed two people for one year in case of an emergency. If you don't eat any of it, how much is that food worth at the end of the year?
FRIEND : Is it still good after a year?
PREPPER: Yes, it is still good. And it is still worth $1,600, maybe even more the way prices are rising.
FRIEND : that's for sure. Every trip to the market costs more than the last one.
PREPPER: So you can think of it this way: For $1,600 you can buy some real life insurance to protect you and your wife in case of an emergency. If there isn't an emergency you still have the $1,600 dollars worth of food - not some insurance company. And you will have that same food insurance stored away at no cost the next year and the years after that.
FRIEND : Are you sure we can buy all that food for $1,600? And what kind of food should we buy?
PREPPER: Yes, in fact you can do it for even less if you're on a tight budget. And most of the foods are things you buy and use anyway. That way you can use something from your emergency food storage and replace it with a fresh one the next time you go shopping. Check out An Affordable One-Year Emergency Food Supply for pointers and a suggested list of foods to get you started.
I have one recommended reading for non-prepper family or friends.
The Catholic Rite of Absolution.
They’re gonna need it.
Maggie was a pussy cat in comparison!
The FEMA, hussein’s army and such may be the only ones being fed. If that’s the case, then Katy bar the door.
I have a picture of Maggie and me together.
The test for The Walking Dead says I am Michonne.
Let's look at it this way: I've had Freepmails from Freepers saying they wished they lived next door to me or they wished I lived next door to them. I've never had one that says they are glad they don't live next door to me.
I have studied survival from every angle for years and put together a system in which I have full confidence will keep me with a decent standard of living no matter what happens. I write prepper articles on Survival Podcast and as of right now there are 45,281 hits on those articles.
So, here's a question for you - do you think you would have a better chance of survival with me (Iron Lady you call me) or with a wuss?
About leaving: If a person lives in the ghetto, that person needs to get out of that area now, not when a disaster happens. Other than a ghetto, I don't recommend leaving because that is a mindset to get one killed unless there is already a prepared place to go. That mindset is thinking things are so bad, somewhere else would have to be better - that is faulty thinking and will get you killed if the whole country has fallen.
Now, I'd like to have both of you with me as both of you are stronger than I am and you would greatly add to security. Besides, I have enough wet wipes to keep both of you and me in this better toilet paper for a year. You can't find a better deal than that. :o)
Marcella, Iron Lady