We had a conversation in my household this morning about our prepping and more specifically, whether we need to take it to the next level – whatever that is – or not. The context in our case was firearms and ammo but it could have just as easily been medical supplies and food.
This got me thinking about prepping in general and the various stumbling blocks that many face along the way. Undoubtedly for many if not most, the stumbling blocks include expense (money for food, supplies and gear) and time (learning skills, organizing preps, forming community groups and such). The pressure to get it all and to do it all is great.
For some, planning for family safety and security during rough times or a disaster is foremost. And for that, you will not get an argument from me. Earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, floods, fires and storms are all things we can relate to. But what about preparing for a doomsday scenario such as a nuclear holocaust, or a massive world-changing EMP, or global economic collapse?
I will be the first to raise my hand and say that of these three examples, the latter – global economic collapse – seems most probable. Once that begins, the nations of the world will crumble like a set of dominoes and a major, global depression will occur. The will be no money, no industry, no jobs and no rule of law. There will be chaos of a grand scale and those of us in the Western world will need to learn to fend for ourselves as did the pioneers of years gone by. That is my opinion, anyway.
But I digress. The point I am feebly attempting to convey is that we each need to come up with our own set of probable scenarios and prep for that over and beyond the extreme, more apocalyptic scenarios.
Prepping Is Not An All or Nothing Thing
In a recent article, I asked readers to comment on whether they planned to bug in or bug out if a disaster or crisis were to occur near their home. The overwhelming answer was “bug in”. The reasons were many: health concerns, proximity to family members and access to prepping supplies were just a few.
Let me add another. Not everyone can afford to own and stock a secondary bug out location. Yet there are certain survival and prepping websites that will deride their readers for not making the sacrifice to set up an alternate location. What kind of BS is that? In a similar manner, certain sites will claim that without 300 pounds of wheat or 10,000 rounds of ammo, you will not survive.
Give me a break.
In spite of the description of preppers portrayed by Nat Geo’s Doomsday Preppers, being prepared is not an all or nothing thing. You do not need to be extreme, you do not need to run around in cammo outfits and you do not need to look like a Rambo or Rambette. And most of all, if your prepping is imperfect, it is still better that 90% of the population.
So get over it.
The Final Word
There are days that I think I should rename Backdoor Survival “Ordinary Prepping”. Because that is what we do here. We promote common sense and thoughtful preps that can seamlessly blend into our day to day lives. We may keep some of what we do private – and that is good, even advisable – but for the most part we share and help others become self-reliant and self-sufficient.
And that is all that I am going to say about that.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Gaye Levy, also known as the Survival Woman, grew up and attended school in the Greater Seattle area. After spending many years as an executive in the software industry, she started a specialized accounting practice offering contract CFO work to emerging high tech and service industries. She has now abandoned city life and has moved to a serenely beautiful rural area on an island in NW Washington State. She lives and teaches the principles of a sustainable and self-reliant lifestyle through her website at BackdoorSurvival.com. At Backdoor Survival, Gaye speaks her mind and delivers her message of prepping with optimism and grace, regardless of the uncertain times and mayhem swirling around us.