Survival and Self-sufficiency
When I was 8 years old, my family experienced a power outage that lasted for three days as the result of a storm. For the most part, life went on like nothing had happened, but my parents were forced to deal with a teenage girl and two young boys whose motto became, “I’m bored!”
What if a natural disaster, food and water contamination, or any other type of emergency disrupted your life? Do you have the essentials for you and your family to survive? I challenge you to evaluate how prepared you really are and recommit yourself to getting more prepared in the year 2013.
Have you ever tried to encourage someone you know to prepare, only to have them look at you like you have three heads? Or have you started your preparedness journey and only found a sense of guilt about not moving as quickly as you’d like? Or my personal favorite: Do you have family members who joke about not needing to prepare because they have got you to lean on?
The other day, I received an opinion piece from one of our writers that discussed the 2nd Amendment. In it, she made many of the same mistakes made by a lot of liberals. I realized I couldn’t let it go without weighing in on the issue. I want you to read her piece and mine and then get in on this argument.
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.
If you are traveling to a relative’s house this holiday season, be sure to have a car kit ready and safely tucked away under a seat just in case you end up in bad weather and need extra items to stay safe and warm.
If you’re reading this, I guess the Mayans were wrong. Or maybe they were right and we’re still on the verge of the apocalypse. After all, it’s still early Dec. 21 in some places, and the “Long Count” Mayan calendar wasn’t a clock.
The world didn’t end today, and there are likely a handful of disappointed preppers out there. For more reasonable survivalists, prepping for the worst and hoping for the best will continue. Just for fun, here is a collection of videos to celebrate humanity’s survival of the fabled Mayan doomsday prophecy.
There have been many natural disasters in recent history that have required people to leave their homes in order to preserve life and safety. Most recently, the East Coast was forced to deal with Super Storm Sandy. So what makes an evacuation successful?
Being a lone wolf of preparedness may make you a very capable individual who has the knowledge to survive a potential crisis in the wilderness, but this mindset does not account for 99 percent of the situations that involve living in social context.
While the lone wolves might be ready to disappear into the woods and take on nature, they may not actually be able to survive the darker sides of a chaotic society in a likely crisis situation. For this reason, even though becoming a true “survivalist” is a great goal to shoot for, it is imperative to join like-minded preppers in your area if you want to be ready to deal with the fact that there are other people in our society who will affect your life in a time of crisis.