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Prepare Without Looking Prepared
Survival Blog ^ | 6/25/14 | Farm Operator

Posted on 06/25/2014 8:38:41 PM PDT by Kartographer

“Have you watched Doomsday Preppers? Man, those people are crazy!”

“We’ve got this neighbor down the street who’s prepping for the end of the world. What a weirdo!”

We’ve all heard these comments (or similar ones). As for the wife and me, when friends, delivery men, in-laws, out-laws, offspring, or third cousins (who only show when they need something) come by the house, we don’t want them thinking we’re crazier than we are. Most importantly, we don’t want them knowing we’re prepping. For obvious security reasons, we don’t want those cousins to be the first at our doorstep when SHTF. So, how do we prepare without looking the part?

The wife and I are blessed to live in a good home on a remote farm in eastern Tennessee with plenty of resources at hand– good garden space, open fields in front, timber around, plenty of storage space, and a good defensible arrangement. We’re fortunate to keep most of our food stored in sheds and have a dry, cool basement to store food, ammo, medicine, and whatever else we need. Everything is stored in dusty old boxes and bags, clearly marked for what is NOT in them. When asked by our children why our milk is powdered or why their Mom makes her own washing detergent, we convincingly (and truthfully) respond that it saves lots of money.

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1 posted on 06/25/2014 8:38:41 PM PDT by Kartographer
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!!


2 posted on 06/25/2014 8:39:00 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer
I no longer give a rat's ass what anyone thinks. If they don't like it, they can pound sand.

That's my simple solution.

/johnny

3 posted on 06/25/2014 8:40:46 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper
you know, if it gets to having to make barricades and firing positions we're good as gone already....my normalcy bias hopes this is never the situation...

a survivable situation might include short term lawlessness with roving bands of ferals, but if its the govt that is the roving band, its over....

I prepare only to save money now, to provide for family in the future, and because you probably can't find a better investment....banks aren't paying anything...

4 posted on 06/25/2014 8:45:22 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Kartographer

I don’t talk about my prepping with the non-believers I know...or rather the DOPES that THINK Mother Government will SAVE them should TSHTF. *Rolleyes*

Why make yourself a target? I’m MORE than willing to help those I love in a crisis situation.

The rest of ‘em? Notsomuch, LOL!


5 posted on 06/25/2014 8:46:58 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: cherry
if it gets to having to make barricades and firing positions we're good as gone already..

You might be. I've got a sweet spot picked out and the tree limbs already trimmed.

/johnny

6 posted on 06/25/2014 8:47:02 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I don’t think it’s about what people think.

I believe the reasoning here is if people know you’re prepping, you’ll have to fend of a dozen neighbors if the SHTF.


7 posted on 06/25/2014 8:47:57 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: Kartographer; All

when I do my shopping [on a monthly basis] i always get more than we need for the month. that way it does not draw any extra attn from anyone.


8 posted on 06/25/2014 8:50:22 PM PDT by TMSuchman (John 15;13 & Exodus 21:22-25 Pacem Bello Pastoribus Canes [shepard of peace,dogs of war])
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To: cherry
but if its the govt that is the roving band, its over....

Why? Have you done the analysis? How many armed government officials can go a roving? Not counting the ones staying at home protecting their 4 bedroom home, 2 1/2 children, and their brand new sports car?

How many of them are up for 'camping' like I go camping?

How many of them are there? Compared to say.... left handed folks that knit and kill their own deer?

/johnny

9 posted on 06/25/2014 8:51:38 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Kartographer
Some helpful pointers here... www.ready.gov/build-a-kit
But use cash or the government will get suspicious of your behavior.
10 posted on 06/25/2014 8:52:27 PM PDT by Citizen Zed ("Freedom costs a buck o five" - Gary Johnston, TAWP)
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To: TigerClaws
Not hardly.

My neighbors know me. You do know your neighbors, right?

My neighbors know better. They are prepared to survive, or prepared to curl up and die.

/johnny

11 posted on 06/25/2014 8:53:32 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Kartographer

It’s not “prepping for the end of the World”...

It’s “prepping so that when the crash comes, it ISN’T the End.”


12 posted on 06/25/2014 8:53:44 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (Tri nornar eg bir. Binde til rota...)
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To: JRandomFreeper

you think you can really shoot people?...kill people?....I don’t know if I could....


13 posted on 06/25/2014 8:54:48 PM PDT by cherry
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To: cherry

That want to steal your money? Your freedom? Your life?

Its just organized crime.


14 posted on 06/25/2014 8:58:20 PM PDT by Crazieman (Are you naive enough to think VOTING will fix this entrenched system?)
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To: cherry
... but if its the govt that is the roving band, its over....

If the govt is the roving band, they'll be fighting a war of attrition.

They cannot afford a war of attrition (see Solzenhitsyn).

15 posted on 06/25/2014 8:58:24 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: cherry
You don't have kids or grandkids? If someone threatened one of my grandkids, I could beat them into submission with a wooden spoon.

And yes... I raised my hand and swore the oath, and enlisted twice to pick up arms for my country. Killing people and breaking things is part of that.

/johnny

16 posted on 06/25/2014 8:59:22 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: cherry

That’s one of the things Claire Wolfe put on her list of “101 Things To Do Until The Revolution”.

“Decide what you’re willing to kill for. Not what you’re willing to die for, but what you’re willing to kill for.”


17 posted on 06/25/2014 8:59:48 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: cherry; JRandomFreeper
shoot people?

hehe. JRandom probably has a cookbook.
18 posted on 06/25/2014 9:00:50 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: JRandomFreeper
I could beat them into submission with a wooden spoon.

Yeah, but you've been to Cooking School.

Not all of us have been to Cooking School!

19 posted on 06/25/2014 9:00:56 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

A clerk rang up a mosquito head-net for me last week and said, “So you like to camp?”
I said it was going in my bug-out bag, and that the only thing I hate worse than camping is mosquitos.


20 posted on 06/25/2014 9:01:41 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: SpaceBar; JRandomFreeper

Cookbooks can be lost.

He’s got the recipes memorized.

And appropriate spices.


21 posted on 06/25/2014 9:01:54 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Crazieman
One needs to be an expert these days to tell government from a shakedown/protection racket.

The sales pitch is the same: "Keep paying us money and we'll keep seeing you alright"

Government usually has snappy uniforms.

/johnny

22 posted on 06/25/2014 9:02:30 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: cherry

“When you put your hand into a blob of goo that a moment before was your best friend’s face, you’ll know what to do.”


23 posted on 06/25/2014 9:03:49 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

If someone threatened one of my grandkids, I could beat them into submission with a wooden spoon.


Damned right!


24 posted on 06/25/2014 9:04:36 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: cherry

That is a very hard question that every person has to ask of them self, even the folks who have served in uniform have to ask this question [not every person who served, can pull a trigger on a another person]. But when you & your family are faced with imminent danger you’ll do what ever it takes to keep yourself & them safe.


25 posted on 06/25/2014 9:05:10 PM PDT by TMSuchman (John 15;13 & Exodus 21:22-25 Pacem Bello Pastoribus Canes [shepard of peace,dogs of war])
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To: DuncanWaring
Long pig is highly disrecommended.

Yuk.

Tree rat, I've got plenty of recipes for.

And grow the spices in the garden.

/johnny

26 posted on 06/25/2014 9:05:12 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: DuncanWaring

Yep. GSP, Jr. knew.


27 posted on 06/25/2014 9:06:31 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: Kartographer

Bumping for later!


28 posted on 06/25/2014 9:07:06 PM PDT by defconw (LUTFA!)
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To: TMSuchman

One thing I have never heard of in the context of prepping is devotionals.

What? That God stuff?! Nobody has time for God in the middle of SHTF!!

Oooooooooops....


29 posted on 06/25/2014 9:08:05 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: laplata
If someone threatened one of my grandkids, I could beat them into submission with a wooden spoon.



Damned right!

That spoon works pretty good for keeping those pesky grandkids on the straight and narrow, too.

30 posted on 06/25/2014 9:10:33 PM PDT by Sparticus (Tar and feathers for the next dumb@ss Republican that uses the word bipartisanship.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Only idiots don't have a subdued copy of the Bible to go in their GOOD bag. Subdued Bibles are difficult to find. Gilt on the edges is normal.

I've got printed and memorized Word of God to go with me.

/johnny

31 posted on 06/25/2014 9:13:45 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

32 posted on 06/25/2014 9:14:21 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Kartographer

The number one rule of preparedness, is to not talk about your preparedness...(i.e.: details)

Kinda like “Fight Club”...

:-)


33 posted on 06/25/2014 9:15:18 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Will work for a new Kidney...)
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To: Sparticus
A shoe at 30 ft. Supersonic. You can get them across the room before they ever actually lay hands on the urn with Aunt Matilda's ashes.

Distance learning, we call it....

/johnny

34 posted on 06/25/2014 9:15:31 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Sparticus

That goes without saying.


35 posted on 06/25/2014 9:15:50 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: Kartographer

M4L, without looking active


36 posted on 06/25/2014 9:16:15 PM PDT by Scrambler Bob (You can count my felonies by looking at my FR replies.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Yeah, I was stepping back a little bit away from the lightning bolt that was about to tickle you...hehehe


37 posted on 06/25/2014 9:17:04 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Will work for a new Kidney...)
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To: JRandomFreeper

a rat’s ass???

Do you have some canned, dried, ???

Some to swap, maybe, if not for free?


38 posted on 06/25/2014 9:18:54 PM PDT by Scrambler Bob (You can count my felonies by looking at my FR replies.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Speak for yourself. You don’t know what individuals do.


39 posted on 06/25/2014 9:21:26 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: DuncanWaring
of course, if it meant the life of my children or my husband I'd be front and center.....but we're all not going to turn into rambo's that easily....

lets hope that God floods this country with HIS grace, or a good man gets elected, before we have to become rambos....

40 posted on 06/25/2014 9:21:51 PM PDT by cherry
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To: stevie_d_64

LOL!


41 posted on 06/25/2014 9:22:05 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: Scrambler Bob
Tree rat only (Sciurus niger). The species Ratus ratus has abandoned this property as unsafe. ;)

And I'm always up for trade... junk silver, or strong teenage daughters that can pull a plow.

/johnny

42 posted on 06/25/2014 9:27:49 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: laplata

Yep, I believe God has a really good sense of humor...

When I shed this mortal coil, we’re going to have a discussion...

[knee slap!!!]


43 posted on 06/25/2014 9:28:39 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Will work for a new Kidney...)
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To: cherry

Suppose it’s them or you. Who do you pick? I say, if someone has to go, it might as well be “them.”


44 posted on 06/25/2014 9:30:41 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Every penny given to film and TV media companies goes right into enemy coffers. Starve them out!)
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To: cherry
you think you can really shoot people?...kill people?....I don’t know if I could...

You will know when the time comes, or you will die. It's basic survival. If you hesitate, you will likely not survive. Understand this and train for the eventuality and your odds of surviving go up exponentially. Doubt will get you killed.
45 posted on 06/25/2014 9:31:29 PM PDT by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: stevie_d_64

Yep, I believe God has a really good sense of humor...


I’m sure He does, too. Some are going to be shocked that He does.


46 posted on 06/25/2014 9:32:00 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: Kartographer
UGH! I just prepared my first long tome in about a year (with pictures). Poof. Gone.

I'll try again next year.

The post was about preparing to live versus living to prepare. To all the outsiders who visit, our place is one to escape to relax. There are not outward signs of longterm preps for the uninitiated. They just see it as somewhere to have a drink and relax. To the initiated, our place is also somewhere to visit to relax.

My post did an IRS hard drive. UGH.

Let's see if at least one picture loads. Freepers are welcome for cigars and drinks.



P.S. Bears and bird feeders do not mix.
47 posted on 06/25/2014 9:33:02 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: cherry

.I don’t know if I could....”

You might be surprised what you can do if you feel threatened. Fight or flight and there very well may be nowhere to run.


48 posted on 06/25/2014 9:34:45 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: laplata
Grandkid was digging through my GOOD bag (inventory, they call snooping, now) and asked about La Santa Biblia Antiguo Y Neuvo Testamento (con referencias) published by the Sociedad Biblica Americana back in 1947.

I explained that in our part of the world, that might mean something.

Poor little Cambodian-American grandson... his spanish has tonal elements, but because I taught him... it's formal Castillian spanish.

/johnny

49 posted on 06/25/2014 9:34:50 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: PA Engineer
I'm not sure I want to visit anywhere they might have bears or birds. Texas suits me fine. ;)

/johnny

50 posted on 06/25/2014 9:37:03 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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