WHAT DO PREPPERS PREPARE FOR AND WHY
Ask any Prepper that and almost every one of them will tell you, for what is coming. What is “it” that is coming? None of them really knows. I certainly don’t know. Some will jokingly state for the “Zombie Apocalypses”. (I absolutely don’t believe in that happening!). As I am very familiar with the functions of the human body as a former Army Medic and Registered Nurse, reanimation of someone that had died and their brain has been deprived of oxygen for more than five minutes is just not going to rise up and attack the living for their sustenance. “Aint gonna happen”.
Who could have predicted 9/11? Or about all the Terror bombings in England, France, Germany and Japan? We ask ourselves why anyone in their “right mind” would conceive of doing such a thing in the name of God/Allah. What about some splinter faction from a country in the “Muslim World” bringing into New York City Harbor a dirty suitcase nuke and lighting it off. Killing a million outright and hundreds of thousands afterwards from the fallout. Not to mention the devastation to the Port itself and to the Financial Structure of our country. I recently heard a statement about the Muslims and their following the teachings of the Koran. Life in the here-after is far better for them than being here on this plane of existence. That they are guaranteed a place in their “Heaven”. So dying is not something they fear. They embrace it. Where-as we of the Judio-Christian world fear death and are unsure of what awaits us after we die
Taking out our country’s Electrical Power Grid. There are nine main hubs of power distribution for our country. Take out one and the others around it will take up the slack and within an hour, provided the lines are still up, power will be restored. What if two were to be taken out? The Grid might be able to compensate and within six to twelve hours restore power. But if three were to go down at the same time, might cause a cascade of failures and the whole Grid goes down. To politely state it: “The Fecal Matter Has Hit the Rotary Impeller (SHTF)!!” But that is a situation that can be repaired. The local Civil Emergency Management Agency will step in and get things rolling as they have planned and practiced for. The Police Departments and Fire Departments will activate all their auxillary and volunteer units. Hospitals will continue to function because of their on-site emergency power generators and other Civil Agencies will continue to function. Food and Gas will still travel over the highways to stores and gas stations. Things will be inconvienent till the power grid is repaired and home power comes back on.
SHTF can be caused by any number of other provocations. An Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) attack by a Foreign Power that puts a nuke or two into the sky above our country at an altitude of 200 miles. They create an EMP that takes out the Grid and anything that has a microchip in it to make it function. Cars and Trucks will stop, Airliners will fall from the sky killing all aboard and those at the crash site. No aid will be forthcoming as all the Civil Services will be without transportation or communication. All hospital operating rooms will be plunged into darkness and unless the hospital has a shielded generator and power is restored immediately, the person on the operating table is going to die. Every patient on life support or has a pacemaker will die as well. No electricity means no water being pumped nor gas for our stoves or furnaces. And if that’s not enough to worry about, the sewage is going to backup and some serious health issues are going to come about in a week or so, provided of course, you have lived that long.
Police and Fire Departments are as useful as a bump on a pickle. They cannot do their jobs as mentioned before because their communications are down as well as their transportation. Few if any of their vehicles have been “hardened” against an EMP attack. That process costs money and none of the local Politicians wants to waste money on something that may or may not happen. They would much rather spend it on one of their “sacred cows“. No police means no law and the human cockroaches and rats will come out of their hiding places and do what they have always done: loot, rape, pillage and destroy.
In the face of it as you have seen on News Reports following a “Natural Disaster, you see looters carry off totally useless electronics because they don’t know enough about the situation. Some of the smarter ones go after the food stores, especially the ones that have families to feed till the Government steps in to save them. These are Sheep-people or Sheeple. They are always dependent on others to provide for their safety and their well being. They’ve grown up with this. Even if they have well paying jobs, there sits in their Sheeple minds that the Government is responsible for their welfare and blind to the fact that they really cannot depend on the Government and their Agencies to step in immediately and take care of them in their hour of need.
CME A Coronal Mass Ejection , is when the Sun burps and spews in the direction of the Earth, which will act like a giant EMP, affecting the whole world. As I stated above EVERYTHING dependent on a microchip for it to function will die and never be of use again, unless it has been “Hardened” against this. The whole world will be plunged back to a level of technology of about 1850. Except for the factories and the steel works. They are gone back to a world similar to that of 1600 to early 1700. We know how to do it from the books we have, but no one has the skills to do the processes it requires. In the meantime, how do these people survive. What are they going to eat. How are they going to be sheltered and who is going to protect them from the marauding hordes of hungry people. It is estimated that 90% of the population of the technology based countries will die off in the first year of such an event. Of the remainder, 60% will die before the end of the second year. Those remaining were either very lucky or they were better prepared for what came about. Those less dependent on technology, 65% will die in the first year. (they depend too much on food and drugs from donating countries) The remaining 35% will be reduced by 60% for the lack of food, clean water and the hoards of the hungry. They will eventually stabilize back to an agrarian society and will be a danger only to their neighbors.
Economic Meltdown that essentially makes the Dollar worthless. The Chinese are trying to replace the Dollar with the Yuen as the World Economic Exchange Base for transacting business. If they succeed, the Dollar will be worth 90% less in value than what it is today. Your savings will be reduced to ten cents on every dollar. (That is why all my money is in the form of pure Silver Coinage. Unlike Gold, Silver has hardly ever lost it’s value). Gold coinage just paints a “bullseye” on your back for anyone that knows that you have it; and they want it. Silver is by far eisier to spend and make small change for purchases or for sales. Copper penneys won’t be worth their value in a SHTF World
Or it could be as simple as a Catastrophic Weather event. A freak snow storm that dumps feet of snow instead of inches, downing power lines and taking out the lights and the heat. Hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and landslides can reduce your town to a wasteland. Emergency services such as Police, Fire and EMS are stretched to the limit in the aftermath of these disasters. Remember Hurricane Katrina? How about Sandy? (I have a great poster in my Man Cave that shows a glass door into the ground floor doors of the New York City FEMA office. So, picture this in your mind, someone had placed a sheet of plastic on the ground and about half way up the double door and sandbags laid out at about 5 feet out from the doors and 2 feet to either side and layered up to nearly the top edge of the plastic. Above the door handle and in the center of the glass door on the left is a taped on sign that reads: F.E.M.A. FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY and on the right door: FEMA CENTER CLOSED DUE TO WEATHER. Our Tax Dollars at work!! Or how about the Tornado that wiped Joplin Missouri off the Map. And now think about our American Brothers and Sisters on the Island of Puerto Rico (our Idiotic, Self-serving President didn’t even know where it is or that it is a U.S. Territory). Think hard about them and how our Government has handled that debacle. Are you a Sheeple? Have I reached you yet? It appears that winters are getting longer and more severe. Summers are getting hotter with record breaking highs all over the World. The Polar Icecaps are melting and the levels of the oceans are on the rise. 15% of Bangladesh has already disappeared under water and has displaced some 8 million people. And the water keeps rising a few centimeters each year. Globally, 634 million people live within 30 miles of the coast of their respective countries. With the Global weather patterns changing for the worst, in the next 50 years we can expect to see whole islands disappear and coastlines rearranged. (A joke I heard from a friend living in Phoenix, AZ said that the only thing really wrong with Arizona is that it doesn’t have any beachfront property: plenty of sand, just no ocean)
Then there is the possibility of a Pandemic that could kill millions, if not billions. An unseen killer stalking every human being on the Planet. Who will be immune? How will the survivors live. Steven King wrote a book that later become a movie: “The Stand”. If you have not read it, then you should do so. Its a great read with plenty of villains, heroes and a mighty message and a lesson to be learned.
The stage is set now for you to act in favor of yourself and your family. Talk first to your friends and associates at work. Ask them what they think about those “Doomsday Preppers” on the National Geographic’s Channel. If their response is positive go on to tell them that you were checking up on what it was all about. Perhaps they too had been looking at it and have already begun a little in preparing for a possible power outage that they and their family had experienced the previous winter. You have just found an ally. If the response is negative, you can’t help this one as they’ll think the worst of things about those crazy Zombie Apocalypse Freaks. Agree with them that they are freaks and change the subject. Do the same with the members of both of your immediate families, Brothers, Sisters, Mom and Dad. They could go either way so you have to be prepared for that. It won’t be easy as I do know from my own experiences. My former girlfriend and lover, now my housemate and best friend is so totally against Prepping that She has banned the very mentioning of it around her. And this website just makes her crazy to think that I paid a few grand in order to have a reputable company like the Online Media Group, and Jessica Slegh there to help me build what I’m hoping will pay off in helping me, to help others, find their Family Groups. I’m going to try to set up a bulletin board for that purpose.
Go on line to meet others on Facebook or Meetup for others in your local area. Meet for the first time as a couple at a restaurant for diner (Separate Checks) and discuss what each knows about Prepping without giving away how much you have in your stockpile. Get to know them. Find out if you could trust them to guard your back in a tight situation. Does their family include children? What are their goals as regards to Prepping? Are they both licensed gun carriers (as you should both already be) or are they both anti-gun and 2nd Amendment Abolitionists. Lots of things to consider. Don’t be shy about saying NO to them. They have to agree to and believe in at the very least 90% of what you and your spouse do. And there are those that just don’t play well with others. Avoid singles with friends, male or female unless you already know both and that they are already in a committed relationship. Be careful who you talk to and don’t give away too much information about your preps. ( a fairly close friend of mine, that knows I am a Prepper, said to me that when the S*** Hits The Fan, he and his family will be coming over to my house to stay with me. I asked him if he has done any of the things I had talked to him about his doing for himself, his wife and his children. He said no. Why should he. He has me. I told him that if he shows up at my house when the SHTF, I will put a bullet between his eyes and through that empty head of his. We’re not such good friends anymore. He knew I meant it)
Suppose for example you have found 2 other families that you get along well with. Now is the time to establish who is in command of your little group. You’ve got six adults to choose from and there are really more jobs to fill than what six adults can reasonably do. You need more people and that equates out to Families to add to your own “Family Group“. Now you need to set down the ground rules for other families to join this Family Group. Discuss the wordage to be used to properly vet someone, meet them as a Family Group, again at a location other than at your homes and as silly as it may sound, have them fill out an application. Run a police and background check on them. If they check out, call them up and have them meet the “Family Group” at one of your houses for dinner. Each member Family cooks a dish from their supply of Freeze Dried Foods, not telling the New Prospects where it started earlier as a package. Have them publicly state what they feel are their best attributes they bring into the Group. Publicly vote on them and bring them in to the Family Group. Do this with every new prospect. As the Family grows you’ll find that your members have skills that can be shared and taught to other members. Learn all you can about the Prepper Lifestyle and what it entails.
You can Prepare on a “Shoestring”. You don’t have to break the Bank by buying a lot of “Freeze Dried” food and equipment that looks great in the catalog but is it something that you’ll really need or that you think you do? Either spend an extra $5.00 or $10.00 dollars extra each week at the grocery store buying non-perishable food that you would normally eat. Or better still, form your Prepper Group, referred to as a “Family Group”, and become an LLC. Get a business license. Pool your resources and go to the local Restaurant Supply Store or Big Box Store (Costco, BJ’s or Sam’s Club) and purchase in bulk at a wholesale rate. Take it all back to one of your houses with the biggest yard for the children to play, with the older kids and an adult or two watching over them that they don’t start a small war. Weigh up the various products, put them in Mylar bags with an oxygen absorber packet, suck the excess air out and hot seal them. Print up “sticky back” labels and place them on the sealed packets of food and into a labeled container made from food grade plastic. (I use FDA Approved, white high-density polyethylene buckets with a Gamma Lid) This is a lid that seals as a top but has a screw off center to make it easier to get at the food as needed. This should be a project that the Family Group does once a month. (There is a home Freeze Drier Manufacturer with units that start at $2,500 and go up to a large capacity unit at $6,000. The company is Harvest Right: www.harvestright.com –800-700-5508).
Afterwards, a pot luck dinner from the commercially produced freeze dried food so that everyone gets used to the taste of each product. This would also be a time to introduce new prospects. You’re looking for people with skills that will help should the end of the world as we know it actually happens. Then you have to be ready to rebuild what you can of a new world.
With the situational tensions evolving in the geopolitical hash up our Child President has managed to bring about in less than a year in office, the time is now to start with your Preparations for survival. I do not wish to offend you if you are a Trumpeter and you hang on his every word and believe everything he says, that is fine by me for you, but you still need to prepare for what is surely to come from North Korea. That fat ugly little man with the bad haircut must know that there is a contingency plan for every possible scenario and that in the end, N. Korea will cease to exist. That’s not going to help the 90% of Americans that are going to die if he is able to deliver an HEEMP, High Energy Electro Magnetic Pulse in the sky at about 200 miles above the Central States of the U.S.. That one blast will take out 3/4 of the country by killing everything with a microchip in it. Cars and trucks will stop, airliners will fall from the sky. Ships on the East Coast will stop and drift till they sink or run aground. That is why I’m a Prepper and hope that you become a Prepper too. Remember also that there is safety in numbers and as the old saying goes: More hands make the job go quicker and easier.
A quote of Benjamin Franklin I particularly like that really applies to the Prepper: “They that fail to prepare, are themselves preparing to fail”.
Which brings to my mind of another aptly put quote by Thomas Jefferson: “Better to have and not need, then to need and not have”.
I was at a Prepper Gathering a year ago and was speaking to a group of Preppers and a few “Maybe Preppers” when the preteen son of a “Maybe” asked: “What if nothing happens and you never have to use any of the Preps you’ve made”? Praise the Lord!! Was my answer. Nobody in their right mind would wish for the kind of National or Global crisis where they would want to put their Preps to full use. Being
the pessimist that I am, I truly believe in “when and not if’”. That is why I Prep the way that I do and reach out to others to help them before “IT” happens. Because afterwards, I won’t be so helpful to those that had the opportunity of time and knowledge to Prepare and did not. I’ll be too busy taking care of those in my “Family Group” to worry about anyone else.
(Do you remember the story about the Grasshopper and the Ant? The Grasshopper would play and eat and lazy about in the sun all day long watching the Ant labor to gather food and other things into it’s home. Said the Grasshopper to the Ant: Why do you labor so hard? You need to stop and enjoy this bright sunny day! Said the Ant to the Grasshopper: I do this as Winter is coming and I need all of this to stay warm and comfortable in my place. Phaaa, said the Grasshopper. I see no Winter, just the bright & shiny Sun. Nevertheless, said the Ant. It will come. So all Summer long and into the Fall the Grasshopper played and ate and lazied about, watching the Ant. Late in the Fall a cold wind blew in from the North with cold bone chilling rain. The next day the snow fell and Poor Grasshopper, wet, cold and very miserable went to the home of Ant and asked if he could help poor Grasshopper. Being the kind person the Ant was, Ant bade Grasshopper to enter. Sit here by the fire to warm yourself, said the Ant. I’ll get you something good to drink. Oh, thank you Ant for being so kind. The drink was warm, mellow and very tasty. Soon the Grasshopper drifted off to a deep sleep. A sleep of the dead. For Grasshopper, never woke up. Ant ate Grasshopper the next day. — The moral of the story is: Waste naught, want naught and be careful about who you have for a neighbor)
The Rallying Cry of the Prepper was: “Remember Katrina”!! Now it is: “Think about Puerto Rico”. Do you want to place your life and your family’s security into the hands of FEMA, now under the control of the Department of Homeland Security? Not me or mine, ever.!!
Be well to you all, do good works and remember: We are all in this together. Gerald “Sgt. Doc”
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