What Are You Afraid Of?

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Editor’s Note: I originally posted this article on the Prepper Journal back on January 25, 2013 but I thought it brought up some concepts that are still relevant today. Additionally, I have some business trips planned so I wanted to bring back some of our first articles for those of you who might not have had a chance to read them or to frame the subject of prepping in a different way for new readers. I hope you enjoy.

What are you afraid of? These are the words that I hear often from friends, strangers and the media. What was once normal has become “absurd” and self-reliance is now seen as “fringe” behavior that either needs to be legislated out of existence or shunned in public. In some cases prepping is a sign of radicalism that needs to be viewed as potentially deviant social behavior.

There are many reasons to prepare and the motivating factors behind each individual’s decision process change with the event or scenario you are preparing or “prepping” for. There are those who are planning for an EMP attack that would wipe out all or part of our electric grid, others for a global pandemic or a currency collapse. Some families are preparing for more organic threats like hurricanes or snow storms or even something as relatively normal as the loss of a job. Regardless of the reason, the logic behind preparing is sound. Maybe some of the scenarios to prepare for are a little far-fetched in terms of probability – but the main goal, to be prepared to take care of yourself and your family – is valid, logical and in this day and age rare. When did it become crazy to want to be able to protect and care for your family if something bad happens?

As I write this the world appears to be not so slowly trudging toward events that could dramatically affect our lives for generations. Our world economy is in shambles and the pieces are lying in a pile on the edge of a metaphorical cliff while the “experts” speak of recovery. Governments are seizing power and reducing liberties in the name of safety. Our health is in jeopardy with viruses, genetically modified food and resistant bacteria. How could anyone not be at least a little concerned with what the future holds or think from time to time about where we are headed? I believe that each person has a gut instinct or an awareness of what is happening around them. Some are more in tune with this awareness and others are choosing to block it out entirely.

For me, this awareness for lack of a better word started to become more prominent around 2008. There was no event that triggered any type of awakening but a lifetime (still relatively short) of seeing events in my life certainly influenced me. My personal history didn’t have anything catastrophic in it, but I was aware of tragedies – even just natural occurrences that ripped lives apart. I wasn’t concerned in the least about Y2K, but I did hold my breath just for a second at midnight on Jan 1, 2000. Earthquakes, Tornadoes and Hurricanes are easy to ignore if you don’t live in areas prone to that type of calamity but it does make you wonder. Ice storms and floods seem to cause similar havoc so you can understand in most cases the perspective of someone you know who has been affected by some type of event that disrupted their lives completely.

What if a hurricane Katrina type of event happened where I live? What if an ice storm cut power to our house for three weeks? What if I lost my job? What if there was a gas-shortage or a trucking strike and I couldn’t get food from the grocery store? What if my bank closed and all of my money was tied up and unavailable to me?

When I started to think about things in this way as the “What if?” type of scenario I looked around at my own personal situation and realized just how in trouble we would be if anything like this happened. We had no spare cash. Our food in the pantry would probably last a week if we were lucky and in the end it wouldn’t be the best meals we could think of. Spaghetti sauce and Black olives anyone? We didn’t have any backup power, no backup heat, and no stored water. We did have a gas fireplace, but what if the gas went out or the lines were broken? We routinely ran our tanks in the cars down to E and we didn’t have any money on hand not to mention our savings weren’t really that significant either. Loss of a job would quickly get us in a bind.

So I started doing research and beginning to list all of the things I would need to be completely prepared for whatever happened. I started reading blogs and books from one side of the spectrum to the other. From people who discussed growing a few tomato plants to full on bomb shelter plans with castles and moats (my own personal favorite). There is so much information and opinion out there to digest. Like others, I started to buy a little more food and water, obtain firearms and make plans for how to protect my family just in case something happened. We have come a long way since 2009 but we have a ton more that we need to do. Nobody can prepare for everything but covering as many of the bases as possible will help you out more than it hurts.

My hope for this blog is two-fold. I want to inform and inspire people to prepare for whatever you feel is most pertinent to your situation. I also want to help people learn from my mistakes and trials and learn from your stories as well. Every day we will be posting news, articles, reviews and advice on Prepping. I hope to be able to cover all of the topics with enough variety and a little humor so that theprepperjournal.com will become a resource you visit daily.  Thank you for visiting and I look forward to starting down this road with you.

 

 

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ilovechristmas
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ilovechristmas

I love this article. I started prepping for the same reasons but the real impetus came from the birth of my baby – I wouldn’t want anything bad happen to her. I would do the best I can to protect my family

Pat Henry
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I know exactly how you feel.

Saraha
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Saraha

What I find interesting is that both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts recommend and teach prepping. Perhaps on a very basic level, but they are very main stream organizations, yet it is deviant behavior.

Pat Henry
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And it used to be more true than it is now. I think the Boy Scouts might be focused less on being prepared. In truth, I don’t know but the Boy Scouts aren’t the institution they used to be unfortunately and I imagine less of those concepts are taught to young boys.

Pat

Brocked
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Brocked

I grew up in a boyscouting troop in japan (still American Boy Scouts not the Japanese variant). After coming to the US and inspecting the US troops i was quite disheartened as the Boy Scouts here was pretty pathetic in comparisons and few had any survival or leadership skills

SafetyDave
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SafetyDave

When the organization became political it went downhill. I was an in the closet scout and nobody knew. I didnt bother anybody and nobody bothered me. What the hell happened? Politics!

SafetyDave
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SafetyDave

As I was in school in the early 1960’s we had air raid drills in school. What a way to start a young life! But “being prepared” has always been my goal.

obxster
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obxster

I’m afraid of not being as prepared as I need to be when and if something does occur. The first thing we set our goals for was high inflation. When food and other commodities become so expensive we couldn’t afford to live. A years supply of food and a endless supply of water, an extensive gardening system and means to preserve what we grow and a way to defend ourselves from thieves and worse. Once we reach those goals we can then look at specific scenarios and fill in the preps. Like EMP, viral diseases, nuclear threats and so on.

Pat Henry
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Great start indeed obxster! Your preps will cover a multitude of situations.

Pat

CharlesH
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CharlesH

I’m not any where near done with prepping by any means – are you ever really ready? However – whatever I have, I hope I never, ever have to use. I have it as I would car insurance, home or health insurance – hoping upon hope I never need it. It’s comforting to have something though.

Pat Henry
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I am the same way Charles. I hope that 50 years from now my family is all gathered around me making fun of the preparations that I made that never saw more than camping trips. I don’t think that vision of the future is realistic, but we can always hope, right?

Feank6th
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Feank6th

Modern life is all about having a fall back position through worked out sinarios, like what your plan is to deal with a puncher. Being a prepper identifies some significant weaknesses in our modern life styles and works through sinarios in dealing with such events.. It is all about taking responsibility for dealing with whatever life throws up at you!

Allison Angier
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Allison Angier

In our area the organic threats are flood and fire. But the thing that really sparked my concern, is that my family and I seem to have been classified by my own govt as some kind of enemy, then they trot off into the sunset, sporty golf-grin in place, and the embers around the world smolder ever hotter. I’m afraid I am years behind — but grateful I got swatted by the clue bat before the window is closed.

Pat Henry
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Swatted by the Clue Bat! I love that. Welcome to the party Allison!

SafetyDave
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SafetyDave

I hate to disappoint people but an EMP attack is never going to happen. Even if it did, systems would only be down a few hours. All EMP is is an electro-magnetic pulse. The pulse only lasts a fraction of a second. Anybody that knows basic physics laughs at the concern over an EMP attack. Please friends, get over the fear of this. What you need to fear is biological attacks and radiological attacks. A radiological (nuclear) event is the greatest threat to our survival. You cannot out-run it!

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