Pop Quiz: Are You Ready for the End of Prepping?

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Since its inception back in January of 2013, The Prepper Journal has been a blog that I started with the hope of being able to share information with people from all walks if life in order to urge them to prepare for unforeseen disasters. I like to think we have been true to that goal and that hopefully we were able to add something to the conversation that continues to this day. In the articles I have personally written, I have stated numerous times that I believe Prepping is a lifestyle. Prepping is something you have to do every day and there really is no end. I still believe that is valid in one sense, but today as I was walking my dog, I started to realize that there really is an end. Prepping for a natural disaster for example is over the second the disaster strikes. If the event you are prepping for happened today it would be the end of prepping as you know it and you would need to start surviving.

There were a couple of reasons I came to this personal revelation and primarily it stemmed from reading other survival blogs as I do almost every morning. I read an article on the Master Woodman site that I reached from Survival Blog about Cody Lundin and his reflections on “Survival Entertainment”. For those who don’t know, Cody has written at least two books, one of which I personally own and recommend (When All Hell Breaks Loose ) additionally,  he appeared on the TV show Dual Survival for several seasons. The article wasn’t what inspired my doom and gloom mood today, but it was thinking about Cody and how he has taught Primitive Survival for so many years. I have for a long time tried to argue with myself about the balance of primitive survival skills I should reasonably have versus urban survival skills. In my mind, knowing how to make fire from a fire plough for instance was neat, but when would I really ever get to put that into practice? Sure, I could somehow find myself lost in the wilderness with no way to start a fire, but a little planning should prevent that, right? At least that is my thought process to date and that is regardless of the disaster, I will be able to start a fire someway using quasi modern technology.

The other thing that caused me to think about an end of Prepping was my family and the news recently. The good old news always has a way of perking my mood up. Not! I read another article today on Mac’s SHTF Plan site from an article originally on Dave Hodges site, The Common Sense Show about his thoughts on the very real possibility that the UN will be brought in to play somehow with the latest surge of illegals coming over our border and this will be their foot in the door moment, along with a false flag event to facilitate gun confiscation in the US. Dave lays out a compelling argument and even mentions as a possible catalyzing event some form of EMP attack, which I have even written about back early this month on the Prepper Journal. I have heard far less credible theories than his.

Do you want to be one of these people?

Do you want to be one of these people?

So these two thoughts occupied my mind as I walked with my dog through our neighborhood. I normally walk and listen to something on my iPod, but today I just walked and looked around. I looked at each home as I passed and tried to notice details that could become important if the grid really went down. I started looking again at alternate paths back home and contemplated what a hypothetical UN force in our country would look like and what could possibly happen. I looked at yards that are nicely manicured and imagined them overgrown for the most part, or their smooth contours displaced with freshly dug gardens in an effort to provide food for themselves and their families. I imagined large picture windows boarded up to protect from desperate people trying to break in. It wasn’t a happy walk at all and the cloudy sky added a nice atmosphere of approaching doom to the rest of my thoughts.

This was an unusually pessimistic day for me, but it made me think again about all my preps and surviving. Too often I talk about events that could happen although I honestly hope they won’t. I tell myself that I hope to have a few more years to prepare, to watch my children grow and to try to be in some way better able to defend and protect them as I go about my daily chores of work, raising a family and trying to prepare. But if tomorrow finds us all in the event we were are so worried about, prepping is over and the real challenge will be in front of us all. These imagined or envisioned calamities would become reality and life would necessarily have to change. If the disaster is large and prolonged enough, could those primitive skills be useful after all? I could easily see that happening.

So what am I saying? There are several things that I have put off for one reason or another and today I was simply convicted that if I don’t move on some of these things I could be sitting there with a wallet of worthless paper kicking myself for not stocking more food. I could have a decent amount of money in the bank that I can no longer get to because of some bank holiday or hyper inflationary event and not have something my family really needs. I guess I am saying that to me is seems like time is drawing near and I don’t think we have too much longer to wait for some of our worst fears to materialize. This is just my uniformed opinion so take that with a grain of salt.

I have always said that I hope I am wrong. I want to believe that I have simply become too immersed in the news and that it is effecting my mood. Maybe I shouldn’t have eaten dessert so late last night and my dreams were affected? Who knows? I really would like nothing better than to be proven wrong even as I know that if that happens I will look like a complete idiot for believing in all the dire consequences I feel are in store for our country.  So be it.

I gave an interview this week to Dave Becker over at Survive Our Collapse and I said “I would love nothing better than to be sitting in a rocking chair when I am 100 years old, holding my great, great grandchildren on my lap while I am surrounded by my whole family as they laugh at me for all my crazy ideas that never came to pass.”

I truly hope that is what happens not just for me, but for all of you too. I simply just can’t shake this feeling that we have a much darker future to go through and I plan on upping my game. If it all goes to Hell tomorrow I don’t want to say I didn’t do all I could to get my family prepared. If I do get a surprise quiz tomorrow that tests what I have learned on Prepping; I want to ace it, not fail. How about you?

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  • Knutekritt

    Dear Pat Henry, Our hope needs be in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. After we have done all we can do, It is He that is our rock and salvation. I believe we will see the consequences of evil within the hearts of those around us, ourselves, and especially our Nation’s and other Nation’s leaders. Yet, I also know God’s plan will not be thwarted by the idiots on this Earth. We will see hardtimes, devastation, the Earth trying to shake evil from her and so on, but with His help there will still be those of us who carry the banner of freedom, though small in number, we will be there. Well thought out article…thankyou for sharing what’s in your heart as well as the valuable information. Kathleen O’Meal

    • Thank you very much Kathleen for your kind words.I appreciate you taking the time to comment and for visiting our site.

      It is my belief in God’s plan that gives me hope every day. I do have hope (regardless of the tone of this article) for a world that is different, a future that is brighter and a life that is overflowing with the blessings of a loving, healthy family and strong bonds of friendship. Like you said, I am just trying to do what I can do and when I can’t do anything else, I will be leaving everything to God.


  • obxster

    I woke up from a nap the other day and just had a horrible thought that if the SHTF we only have 48 rounds for my wife’s SIG P290RS. and that’s the highest caliber gun we own. I was literally scared because I was envisioning an EMP and she’s at work and her gun is sitting on the kitchen counter. She’s getting her CCW the end of July which is the next class date.
    I then started looking around and wondering like you if we have the things we need to survive if we had to start doing so now.
    It’s strange we’ve both had the same thoughts this past week or so. There must be something in the news that’s pricking our conscience or something. It’s like the country is poised at the top of a waterfall and it’s too late to do anything from going over. When you have federal agencies breaking the law and nothing being done about it, illegal immigrants flooding over the border and an economy that is poised to fail something is bound to bring it all down quickly and sooner than we think.
    I need to go through what we have, what we still need and prioritize what we need.

    • Maybe we are both crazy obxster and I would be happy if that was the only thing that comes to pass. We are both wrong and we have a little extra ammo. Life would be great if that is all that happens…


  • CharlesH

    Excellent article – I totally enjoy your writing style. Thanks a million!

    • Thank you very much! I really appreciate the compliment.


  • Anonymous

    This site has some interesting articles, but I can’t get past this ridiculous belief that the UN has some grand plan to take all of your firearms away and put you into internment camps. This sort of thing is why so many people don’t take survivalists and preppers seriously. Can anyone recommend a website that just provides the facts without them being lost in paranoid conspiracy theories?

    • There are lots of other places to read blogs, but If you are looking for just the facts and no opinion, you are not likely to find any source of information that doesn’t add their own interpretation to what they are writing.

      If you want to find other blogs, we have a lot of great blogging sites on our resources page at http://www.theprepperjournal.com/resources/ or you can check out http://www.survivaltop50.com that has well over a hundred other sites. You can also check out http://www.thebestpreppersites.com and topprepperwebsites.com to name a few.

      Good luck. I hope you find a site that is more up your alley.

    • Yeah it is called CNN

  • NR

    Survival site ??? I’ve been reading it for over a year and I thought it was a CONSPIRACY or Gun NUT / Tea Party / NRA extremists club?. Yes there has been some good stuff but all to often the articles about been about hysteria and paranoia driven beliefs that the FEDs / Democrats/ Blacks/ Muslims /EU / UN/NRA/McDonalds/Canada/China/Russia/Mexico/Aliens are out to get you and the only answer to everything its to trust no one and always be armed to the teeth.
    That’s when its not just plugging books, businesses and other schemes designed to make you spend money.
    This forum has such great potential to be a first rate SURVIVALIST and PREPPER blog of the highest calibre if Pat so chooses.

    • Northern Raider,

      Really? OK, I might be able to agree a little with the conspiracy angle, although I am confident that if you take the over 460 articles on our site and find the ones that have any mention of my personal thoughts on any conspiracy, you might get less than a dozen. I have been writing for a year and a half so I don’t think the overall color of my site falls into that category at all unless you are talking about the impending Zombie apocalypse. I mean, who doesn’t believe in that, right?

      For the rest, Tea Party? Can’t think of a time I mentioned them. NRA Extremists? I have actually written an article against the NRA. http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2013/09/06/preppers-really-blame-ammo-shortages/ in regards to an editorial they had written. That doesn’t make me a hater of the NRA (I am a member naturally) but I haven’t been a cheerleader in the least bit.

      And plugging books, businesses and schemes? Not sure what you mean by schemes, but I do review books I have read or gear that I have used that I think other preppers will enjoy or get value from. Not sure how that makes me evil. I do have advertisers on my site and that is pretty much common to any website out there and offsets my expenses for maintaining the site you love to hate apparently.

      I know that I can never make everyone happy with everything I write but I am OK with that. I am also perfectly fine with giving you a place to write your opinions. Some sites would delete comments like yours. Others don’t allow comments at all.

      If you would like to submit some articles that you have written I would be happy to take a look at them. Witting a new post roughly 6 days a week isn’t easy and I am always grateful for guest content. We have guest writers all the time. They lend a different perspective to our site and maybe your articles could help make this site better. Not sure the comments have the same effect but you are welcome as always to make them.


    • Well if you for one minute the elitists are going to let a bunch of gun owners run around keeping their weapons well then you are just plain terminal. With the idea of one world government floating around do you think they will allow people the freedom to own a means to fight back. Boy you are dumber than the day is long. As far as paranoia goes maybe some of these people are alittle off center with their thinking BUT WHAT IF THEY ARENT? Nobody knows the future and there is a lot of speculation going on about what if this happens or what if that happens. The plain ol truth is nobody knows. Can one possibly prep for all situations that could occur? To be truthful we don’t have that much time. Just realize that when the bubble bursts those same hotheads that were demanding justice for that criminal michael brown will be the same ones kicking your ass and taking your stuff including your wife and daughters to have their way with them. As far as the UN troops go you think obammie when he declares martial law is going to use American troops to take your guns then refer back to the stupid comment made earlier. American troops(most of them) will not participate in this kind of illegal unconstitutional violating of people’s rights so that leaves one place. Wake up and realize the only person who is responsible for your safety is YOU. If you don’t have the means to do it then you sure as heck ain’t going to have the tools after the turd hits the fan.

  • Woody Patterson

    We’re on the same page.

    • Thanks Woody,

      Not sure whose page you are on because there are some negative comments, but if it is mine, thank you for your comments!

      If it is someone else’s page um, this is awkward but thanks anyway… 🙂


      • Woody Patterson

        I meant being in total agreement with you. If anyone posted a negative comment, it would probably be negative to me as well. Keep up the excellent work!

  • AZDevilDog

    Good morning Pat, as always you have posted a great read. You have put out food for thought and in no way crammed your personal opinion down our throats.You’ve pointed out a feeling that you had or still have. A lot of us have been having similar thoughts. As I ride home from work and I cruise through my neighborhood, I see the young men with their pants down below their butts, wandering around doing nothing going no where. Yeah there are things boiling. Here in my home state, which is a border state, we live with the ideas of an imperial President, daily. This is ground zero. The Texans have run out of options and without any help coming from the Feds started sending these people here. Conspiracy theory or not, the building blocks for this type of a take over are being put into place. Whether or not it is implemented is another matter all together, but why should we all stand around like a herd of sheep following what the Feds are feeding us? Where is the harm in being prepared for this type of an event? Why should we not fear a foreign force with global laws stomping on our God given rights? I myself would rather, like you and many of your readers, be prepared. I can hope and I do, every day , that this will pass and my kids and grandkids will someday make fun of the Old Man for never leaving for work without his “Get home Bag” strapped to the back of his Harley. I have been reading your articles and frequenting your page for a long time now, and you always put out good info, and for that I thank you. Keep on doing what you have been doing, we appreciate it. It gives me a sense of not being alone in my worries. And it enlightens me to new and sometimes better ideas. Thank you Pat. And keep up the good fight.

    • Thank you very much AZDevilDog,

      I really appreciate the kind words and your time in writing them here. I hope to continue to write articles that share information in some way for a long time. I know there are a lot of others out there, like us who see the writing on the wall. Maybe the writing says something different to each of us, but the fact that is still there is troubling lots of people. Stay safe.


  • Cyan

    I hope that one day my own family can have an honest laugh at my expense, in regards to my prepping. My gut feeling however, tells me something different.

  • inganear

    I’ve enjoyed reading and learning and as I view my world I find more concern all the time. Your correct in the statement that the preparation never ends. It goes through stages. It’s hurricane season now and as I prepare for that I would pray that the other disasters will never come, but I’m ready anyway… Dave

    • Glad to hear you are ready Dave and I hope you never have to use it.

      Thanks for commenting and stay safe!

  • tinkicker

    Hi Pat…

    Really enjoyed the article! I’ve been looking at a lot of sites lately, and yours resonates with me.

    I’ve been prepping since the mid-90’s, though I don’t really recall the terms “prepper” or “bug out bag” or any of the other more commonly-used acronyms being thrown around much back then. I was a simply an alarmist, a paranoid survivalist with a bunch of camping crap. 🙂

    I remember attending Y2K meetings in ’99 and listening with rapt attention as a fellow from Idaho(?) described the underground bunker he’d built and stocked with a year’s worth of palletized food. Then he offered to sell me some at very competitive pricing. Hmmm. I’m sure you can imagine how emotional some people got, and how much money that guy probably made.

    I tapered off on my prepping as my wife and I went through a business failure (thanks, 9-11), getting two children through school, and just trying to live. Now I feel my interest level rising again as each day I read new bits about ebola and the UN and the antics of our Dear Leader. But I’m trying to remember something I’ve learned along the way.

    It doesn’t matter how much I prep. How much I store up. How much gold bullion I stash. If I don’t have a survivor’s attitude…I ain’t gonna’ make it.

    It’s like I told my son about driving, when he was kind of nervous about putting it in gear and stepping on the gas. You get in the car and you don’t be afraid of it. It’s only a machine. You take that machine in your two hands and you MAKE it do what you want it to do. YOU are in control, not the other way around.

    So many folks get so wrapped up in the prepping, the methods, the tricks, the bargain purchases, that they really forget that they’re in control of the situation…or that they should be. When the SHTF, and it will, there’s gonna’ be a lot of people standing around with very well-stocked pantries and arsenals, wringing their hands and muttering, “But I needed to get just this one more thing to finish out my PLAN!” People sometimes get so enamored with the WHAT and how MUCH that they forget all about HOW.

    My point is…I’ll take the tools…I’ll take the weapons…and I will survive because that is what I DO. If I have to leave with an imperfect plan and a broken list of supplies, then I’ll still survive. Because that’s what I DO. When these folks get to the “end of prepping”, as in, the SHTF, I really hope they can transition into survival mode.

    The attitude, man…that’s 90% of the victory.

    • Thank you very much TinKicker!

      You are absolutely right in that our attitudes more than any amount of gear are what will get us through just about any trial. The mental component is one that is so easily stated, yet overlooked. I guess that is because it is so personal to each of us and private, requiring our own motivation and nothing else to accomplish. Buying gear is simple assuming you have the resources, but getting back up after you have been knocked down is not a skill you can learn, it isn’t a pallet of food you can buy. It has to come from inside your soul and that requires personal elements that each of us are simply born with I believe.

      But perhaps, this blog is in some way hopefully able to motivate others to take a look at ourselves and visualize survival. it starts with certain tangible steps but as you say it is easy to get wrapped up in the tricks. We all have to consider the mental piece too.


      • tinkicker

        Thanks for taking the time to reply, Pat. Yeah, I’d say your site is very motivational…it is to me…because I can see your attitude behind the advice. You get it.

        • You are very welcome and thanks again for visiting.


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