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It was just eating me alive inside.
Everything I’ve ever been taught about history, economics, governments, war, commerce and just plain civility was being tested. Every time I turn on the news or listen to talk radio (which I do a lot when I’m not listening to a book) talk to friends next door at an event or even (and especially) at church, I felt more and more unprepared.
But unprepared for what? Actually I already knew what. I was absolutely unprepared for any type of catastrophic event. You know, an event that happens when you see your own country being led down the path of self-destruction. Not by just a lack of leadership. But intentional bad policy starting from the very top. It’s almost like he was put here to destroy American by slow death.
Whether economically, philosophically, morally, ethically, etc. this man was good at tearing down this country. So much so that everyone with a sense of duty and country along with the responsibility of a family knew that when the SHTF there was going to be a lot of people unprepared. So what do you do as a 61-year-old man whose kids have been gone from the nest for 20 years? Then it hit me. You do what a 30-year-old man does for his family. You get prepared. Oh my God! What’s it gonna take and where in the world would I start? How would I fund such a project? Do I fund such a project, or do I just sit idly by and hope that something bad never happens? Well crap, I started to research.
The research part was the easiest part of the entire project. The problem with research is whose guidelines do you follow? Every website has an opinion. Every Prepper had an opinion. I quickly start learning the terminology. Bug out or hunker down. Ruck sack. Freeze dried foods, MRE’s, foods that last and can be stored for need later. To get a generator or not get a generator? If so, what size, what brand, what energy source should it run? Where will I store everything? I could go on and on. Let me just say that after 14 months I’m now in a place I really never thought I could be. And it all started with that first You Tube video, or that first Prepper website I found on Google.
You just had to make a plan that you could #1 Afford, #2 Is especially for me and my wife, and #3 wouldn’t break the bank. I will tell you I’m still working and have concluded a true Prepper is never done. I mean that with all the being in my soul. There’s not a day goes by that I now do not spend a considerable amount of time wondering if I have enough, the right kind, the right brands, etc. Yep, while I feel much better, I never stop preparing. I will warn you however, do make a list. Do read and do research. I’ve collected a lot of things I now know I probably will never have a use for. But, at some point when I totally agree with that assessment, I’ll make some family of campers very happy with some donations. Until then I’ll keep on reading and upgrading my supplies.
I’ve got a spreadsheet now with my total inventory and the date that particular product (if perishable) expires. I don’t plan on wasting a single bit of food or water. I’ll just rotate out the old with new and fresh product by rotating that older MRE, or perishable item (peanut butter, etc.) across my breakfast, lunch or dinner plate.
Of course while there are an innumerable amount of items one needs to be prepared enough to be satisfied (if that’s even possible), but make sure and do your homework on the protection side of the equation as well. I always had a carry permit, but never really would be prepared to protect my family and my supplies if the time arose, until I did a total assessment of what I would probably need in that particular area of importance. Do not pass that one by.
If you do, there’s a good chance that everything else you have in place just might not do you any good at all. You know what I mean. So start. That’s all. Make the commitment and get started now. Yes, you’re probably a little late to the party, but if you never start, you’ll always have that bad feeling in the back of your mind that you let yourself and potentially your family and neighbors down.
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