This is mostly common sense what I'm putting here, but we all need to be reminded of the basics. We all get so caught up in the details and problems
of every day life... ya know? Besides, I'm a freshly blooming prepper myself, started prepping in high school about a year and a half ago.. with
virtually no budget.
Making these threads is a learning experience for me, as its a source for you, ATS.
I expect different perspectives and debates. That's how we learn.
Also, my short term memory is pretty much non-existent.
So, making a thread of what I've learned so far will help me *keep* the information.
# 1 - Bug in, or bug out?
Yes, its fashionable to paint up a scenario of survivalism on the run. Its fun to imagine living like a drifter in a SHTF scenario, but that's
probably the biggest fluke I've seen in observing people making the "bug in or bug out" choice. People will often plan to bug out, even when they
have a perfectly stable home containing family, shelter, guns, and food. This is morbidly impractical.
Now don't get me wrong; if you have a 9-5 and you're barely scraping by each month, if your current home wouldn't provide you much support in a
slowly dooming world, then bugging out MAY be your better option in the long run, as a last resort. BUT! Never ignore the importance of shelter.
Shelter will be the key--the literal "home base" of your survival.
If you have a bug-out plan as a back up to your bug-in plan, I think its wise to follow the Alamo rule (yes, I just made that up).
The Alamo Rule - Don't run until the Alamo falls.
Meaning, if there's ANY way you can cling to your shelter or your home, DO IT. Don't abandon your home unless you know for sure that it will, or
has, fallen to a threatening entity (looters, military, ect...)
# 2 - Follow Practicality
This means, do not plan a scheme of disarming government officials who burst down your door, killing them, and taking their guns from them. Please try
to AVOID planning fo things as though they would inevitably play out like an action movie. Yes, Red
is a great movie, but things aren't always
gonna work that way...
If any government officials show up at your house with guns, chances are, you will have had some kind of warning. This is where the Alamo rule comes
into play; If you hear tell of a foreign military sweeping over your area two days prior to them knocking on your door, you should have left the Alamo
ahead of time.
And, if you somehow DIDN'T have any warning, you'd still have a better chance attempting to run than you would fighting them. Run. Like. Hell.
If you're like me, you have mostly other people--loved ones in your family--in mind when you're prepping. So, you're not going to go head-to-head
with some armed soldiers like an idiot. You'll do whatever keeps them safe.
All preppers have somewhat of a fantasy complex, some much bigger than others. Meaning that, on some level, all preppers imagine a world of chaos and
action-movie situations. That, while exciting and entertaining, is the last thing you want in real life. Those situations would mean a lot of pain,
blood, and loss in reality. Its important for all preppers to realize their inner fantasy complex, and understand that throwing their loved ones into
an action-movie is the particular thing you're trying to avoid.
Look your loved ones in the eyes. Look at those people you're prepping for.
Don't put them in danger because you want to adopt a thrill-seeking method of prepping, which will, inevitably, NOT end well for anyone involved.
Prepping is for AVOIDING those situations.
Not attracting them.
# 3 - A pre-determined community
This one is a personal favorite of mine; making connections. Networking, making friends, and making plans. You want loyal friends, and if at all
possible, SKILLED friends. People you KNOW will stick around and play their part in the commune of post-apocalyptia.
Guns and swords are fun, but they're nothing without a wielder.
I'd rather have a handful of folks who each have a single gun of their own, a gun they know VERY well how to use, than be a lone wolf, sitting
lonesome in my house with an armory and a laundry room full of food. In every sense, there really is power in numbers. I can't stress that enough.
But, just like in every day life, you ought to pick your company carefully.
We all have those questionable friends or loved ones that, if put in a rocky situation, you wouldn't now where their loyalties would lie. Choose
Make friends with skills, compassion, and loyalty. Those three character traits are key for pre-establishing a commune. And also, you all would
probably want to bunker into ONE house. Don't live neighborhoods apart. Living commune is essential for survival--driving off looters, and maybe even
military. Who knows?
If anything pops off, have one home you all meet at, and where you will all stay until the storm (hopefully) blows over. The Commune rule. This one is
good for certain natural disasters, too.
# 4 - Consumables
If you are prepping, you need to put special emphasis here, especially considering what is going on lately with the drought and the possibility of
soaring food prices. Having a stockpile of food is essential to survival when times get tough and I doubt anyone would argue against the importance
of having fresh water to drink and cook with.
Still, working with little to no budget (like me), you may consider focusing, not only on a large quantity of food and water (which is needed one way
or the other), but zeroing in on a select few key items that may save your life. Storing up a bunch of not-so-tasty filler foods is good for empty
carbs and basic survival, but what about vitamins and nutrients?
There are three things you MUST stockpile.
1 - Water, of course. Water is the most important thing for human life.
2 - Honey. I'm sure you've all seen that extensive thread about Honey being an insanely amazing super-food? If not, see
... not only is Honey potent in preventing cancers and viruses, but it also works
as neosporin. That's right.
I have a cat with a particularly nasty naked scabbed spot on his neck, and I put honey on it every day. That way, when he attempts to lick it off, he
spreads it around more, and since its not neosporin, it doesn't make him sick.
And guess what? It lasts forever.
3 - Spirulina. Its an algae that contains nearly every nutrient we need, and like honey, it is a super food. There are ways to grow it inside a fish
tank and preserve it with a low/moderate budget. Frozen, it lasts about a year... but dehydrated, it lasts forever.
See? Water, honey, and spirulina all last forever, and they're all extremely helpful in numerous ways. Store em up! Sprinkle a little spirulina on
one of your meals after TSHTF. Take a spoonful of honey during the sick season. They help a lot.
# 5 - How to hold down the fort
Hopefully, you WILL save bugging out as a last resort. And if you do, how are you going to protect your home? What if you're a lonely couple, living
in a big house full of windows? How will you cover all the bases when someone's trying to get inside?
I've got a few ideas on this one.
First of all; get a gun. Common sense.
At least one gun, one you know full well how to use.
"Fear not the man with an armory, fear the man with one gun."