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Become A New Year’s Prepper

December 31, 2012 by  

Become A New Year’s Prepper

Make a New Year’s resolution this year that could end up saving your life or keeping your friends and family safe in the face of disaster: Become a prepper.

Mainstream media and popular culture often portray American preppers as anti-government extremists who are stockpiling guns and freeze-dried foods in anticipation of societal collapse. This mischaracterization of what it means to be prepared could prove to have deadly consequences for many people who don’t want to risk being labeled a fringe wacko and, therefore, refuse to take seriously the benefits of comprehensive disaster preparedness.

While there is a fringe element to the prepper community (as there is with any group), the vast majority of preppers are normal Americans who simply enjoy the security of knowing that they could provide for themselves in the event of a short- or long-term disruption in the conveniences of civil society. That could mean a tornado, snowstorm or other weather event that wipes out power for a long period of time and makes buying food and other basics impossible in some circumstances. Or it could mean economic calamity (a very real possibility given the current state of affairs in Washington) that suspends basic public services most Americans take for granted.

Whatever the scenario, knowing what steps to take to stay fed, protected and relatively comfortable under trying circumstances is responsible and reinforces a basic human survival instinct. If you or someone you know has bought into the media misinformation about what it means to be a prepper, New Year’s would be a great opportunity to look into it for yourself. You may be delighted to learn that not only is it crazy to not pick up some prepping skills, but also that becoming more self-reliant is a rewarding and empowering experience.

Here are a few good places to start learning more about becoming a prepper:

  • Personal Liberty’s “On Your Own” section is updated weekly with valuable information related to everything from disaster preparedness to self-defense to cooking. And you don’t need to wait for next week for a fresh survival story, check out the “Survival and Self-sufficiency” archives and brush up on your preparedness skills.
  • Also on the Personal Liberty site is a selection of books written by Personal Liberty Media Group Founder Bob Livingston. Livingston’s books — written with the motto “Living independently healthy and wealthy for the rest of your life” in mind — are filled with information that anyone working to become more self-reliant could benefit from. Check out the books and special offers here.
  • Founded in 2008, the American Preppers Network provides multiple online resources to help preppers come together and share ideas, techniques and experiences with each other. APN includes self-sufficiency advice that could benefit the most extreme preppers and casual preppers alike.
  • YouTube is an excellent resource for preppers who want to learn about becoming more self-sufficient. While you may have to use common sense and wade through a few not-so-good videos, a simple search on the site for “prepper” can yield hundreds of results from Americans doing a valuable public service by sharing what they’ve learned in their pursuits of self-reliance. The everyday Americans putting prepper videos on YouTube are a welcome departure from the outrageous reality show preppers featured on television.
  • Personal Liberty contributor Brandon Smith is the founder of the Alternative Market Project, an organization designed to help you find like-minded activists and preppers in your local area so that you can network and construct communities for barter and mutual aid. His website is Alt-Market.com.

Don’t make the mistake of believing mainstream media’s portrayal of America’s preppers. Instead, do your own research and get to know some people involved in prepping this year; it might save your life one day.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • tony newbill

    Everyone needs to start storing canned foods . 1 persons food supply needs for 1 year is 1900 pounds of food so when you buy food buy extra each time and store it .
    Also start a mini green house if you can for fresh veggies and sprouts , which are the best way to create the vitamin boost you need .

    pay attention to what they say in the youtube video at frame 1:45 ,
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tF2yHjfj32I

    Go to the website on this link and see further video and material regarding our future .
    We can do like they say in this video at Peak Resources and make the best of our Happy New Year with the realities we face .

  • JC

    There being so many ways for our system (as we know it) to collapse it would be irresponsible for anyone not have supplies on hand to ensure their own well being.
    Any one of a number of things could bring on a breakdown. The electrical grid goes down, the trains stop running (no food), the inflationary bubble breaks and the banks lock their doors, a(nother) false flag attack giving the UN an excuse to invade American soil….

    Be Prepared to feed, clothe and defend yourself and don’t advertise.

  • dan

    3 days: a trucking strike or a fuel embargo and the grocery shelves would be bare…
    mere hours without electricity and your homes would grow cold and without water
    you are only a short time from life threatening thirst….
    A water filter , a bit of canned food and a few sleeping bags …come on people !

  • Jon

    What do you recommend for beginning preppers on a VERY low budget – as in, barely making ends meet as it is, let alone stockpiling a lot of food or supplies? Yeah, I get it that prepping is a good idea, but most lists are geared toward folks with some disposable income. Also, considering that there may not be much time to prepare – what’s the best approach? For reference – I’m an Eagle Scout (long time ago, but I still have some survival skills) and I’m not that uncomfortable with being in an outdoor survival situation. But assuming I would most likely not be bugging out with my family unless it was something like a N.B.C. attack, I’d be in a rental house in a suburban Denver area, no farmland, city water supply, and as I said – VERY limited finances. I would think this might apply to a lot of folks, so how about some practical solutions for us low budget types?

    • ranger09

      Living in a large City is your worst problem, Of course food and water will take care of you and your family for a while, meds heat etc are all good BUT your worst problem is the People that have Nothing and people will turn into the worst kind of beast. So weapons will be needed to defend your food and you and your family., You also need to make sure your family is trained properly in the us of weapons. The best place to be is far away from most people. Cuts down on the odds.Like i say incase of the worst kind of disaster the police and the military will not be able to protect you. A small amount of Friends that you trust and should also have the supplies needed for their survival, A small group can provide much more security for ea other. During the Big Depression thousands of people moved into the Desert and Mountains Living off the land the best they could. For there was nothing in the Cities for them. so pick an ares gear for that area, and have a means to get there.

    • Henry

      One is don’t put off buying replacements for any emergency supplies that you already have and use.
      2) When you buy large quantity of something on sale don’t use it all up before buying more.
      3) figure out how much food, toilet paper, etc. you need/want on hand and as they go on sale buy a few extra until you have enough stock on hand plus what you normally use.
      4) you can also for example: you use 4 cans of tuna a week, buy 5 cans a week and in month you will have a week extra on hand.
      5)Another thing is what can you do about heat for cooking and keeping warm? Solar, wood, Solar cells, a well insulated room etc.
      6) For water you need something that you can get the water from easily and enough for at least one week and while they say you need only one gallon a day per person, I prefer to have 2 gallons a day, makes it less stressful and you can stretch it for longer if need. and if you need water for cleaning wounds or sores you have some to use without cutting into your minimum.

      • Henry

        for water filtering use a Sawyer® Water Filter that feature a 0.02 Micron filter (long life) removes nonchemical pollutants before using a Seychelle filter for the chemical pollutants’
        A small spring/seep that give even a half gallon an hour will be 12 gallons a day.

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