So, you think you’re ready……
Okay. You got your BOB, water tablets, compass, a wicked looking weapon, and your way out. You’ve got your route and destination. Supplies are stored, ammo is dry and all is right with the world. But are you really prepared for what may come?
Consider what could happen if you’re not prepared. You’re thirsty and have no water. Cold and there’s no heat. Flip the light switch, nothing. You could call to complain, but the phones don’t work. You’re down to eating the last cans of food in the back of the cupboard. Your wife is upset and your children are crying.
You walk out on your front porch and look over at the house next door. There your neighbor Larry is, standing on his front porch looking back at you. You wave to good old Larry. Odd, he doesn’t return your wave. Is Larry concerned about you and your family? Is he thinking about inviting you over to share his food? No, Larry’s kids haven’t eaten in two days. He looks desperate to me, and he seems to be headed this way. Is that a gun in his hand?
Most of us have thought about a variety of situations we may have to confront. That’s why we’re preppers after all. Many of us quietly wait for something to happen. Some of us actually look forward to the possibility. A few of us were born in the wrong century, in the wrong place and time. You know who you are. The rest are simply tired. Tired of the lies and being dependant on strangers.
Whatever the reason, we prepare and wait. We think abstractly about how to defend ourselves. We go to the range or the woods and shoot off some rounds. But only a few, veterans mostly, know or suspect how hard it could be. Will you really defend yourself? The three armed thugs slouching up the driveway may not be a tough call. But what about the woman who sends her two sick kids to beg for food? Which presents the greater danger?
Remember your friends and family that thought you were a nut job for storing food and supplies? They’ll be the first to show up. What are you going to do? Okay, that obnoxious brother-in-law is an easy call. What about the others? You need to be prepared. When to be charitable and when to thin the herd may be the toughest decision you will be forced to make.
If you’re a large group or a single family, create a list of rules to live or die by. Think through the possibilities. Consider those easily dismissed and those that require a more tempered response. Set aside a small part of your stores to help needful stragglers on their way. Give them packets with a message to get gone and never return. You’ll need a line in the sand, this far and no farther. Make sure you have a clear plan of action and most importantly, the resolve to follow it.