Guest Post: Thoughts on survival and preparedness…….


Thoughts on Survival and Preparedness

by Robert


 I was curious to read much of what other people who prepare had to say. My wife seems to think anyone who would look ahead to any of the numerous possible scenarios that require preparation are doomsayers and require anti-depressants. I obviously disagree but will admit that the folks on shows like “Doomsday Preppers” are a bit more into it than I believe necessary. But that is their affair and I wish them well. Many of us fall into the tamer category, that being we realize the importance of a plan and act accordingly while still living our lives.


  “Why prepare?” many people ask me. My answer is usually, “why not?”. What possible harm can come from having a food store sufficient to feed my family in a prolonged crisis? What part of having a plan to get out of the urban area we live in to a place of relative safety makes me paranoid or worthy of ridicule? Why not have a set procedure to get through a hard time that is indeed on the horizon, just as past hard times were once only on the horizon? The answer, when you pose these questions to a person who thinks us foolhardy, is usually a shoulder shrug. Which tells me they realize the logic of preparing yet still don’t want to be bothered. These are the people who will suffer when the time comes. And it will, as it always has.


  Now, as far as having school buses full of food, weapons, ammo and livestock, I believe that’s something many of us will pass on. Again, that’s a personal choice and there’s absolutely nothing weird or wrong about it. The core of preparing for a majority of us is this: have a plan, have a reasonable supply of food and water and ensure you have everyone who you involve with your preparations on the same page.


   Having spent 12 years in the Marine infantry, I’ve learned the importance of a team. You WILL need other people that think like you to help when the time comes. And it’s not hard to get your plan together. Ensure you trust the people you associate with and involve in your planning. Then you simple sit down over a few drinks or dinner and discuss, point by point, what your plan will be and what you need to do to make it work as far as food stores, fuel, power and transportation. You’ll be surprised how fast the night goes and how much planning can get done in a few hours time. This is the key to the Marines success on the battlefield, and it can be your key to surviving a national crisis.


   The most critical part of a plan is a food store. Your first move is to determine how many people you will need to feed, and for how long you will need to feed them. Most health authorities will say an active person needs in the neighborhood of 2,000 calories a day to sustain them and a minimum of a gallon of water. I personally have to cover three people in my own family. Every trip to the market I buy at least twelve cans of food: six of a vegetable and six of a bean. Beans are a great source of protein and other nutrients and can be eaten right out of the can. Check the dates on your cans and log it so you’ll know when you need to replace it, if you so choose. In reality, most canned goods are safe for years. They may not taste great, but they’re safe. Also, shelf stable foods like pastas and rice are great additions to your store. Keep a log of what you have and how long you’ve had it, and store all of it together in the place you plan to go in case of trouble so you don’t have to haul it all with you.


 That brings me to a mobile food supply, which you may need if you have to leave. This should be whatever you will need to feed your party for a reasonable amount of time. I personally keep four days worth of food in my vehicle and in my wife’s vehicle. Much of this is MRE items so as not to take up too much room. Each vehicle also has a small water filtration pump and water treatment pills in the glovebox in case the supply runs out. You can survive for a time on small amounts of food, but you will need water. Learn how to treat it yourself and buy the right equipment to do so.


  Communications are a HUGE part of your plan. In each of my vehicles is a walkie talkie, a Grundel emergency radio, a Garmin GPS receiver and spare batteries. There is also a detailed map with different routes to our destination if we have to leave. It’s impractical to drive EVERY possible route to your destination, but try to cover the main ones you’re most likely to use. Notate gas stations and food stores. Also look for stores that carry items you may need (sporting goods stores or outdoors outlets) so you can resupply if need be. Needless to say, a total breakdown of society will destroy the dollar, but during a lesser incident (hurricane, power outage) these places may still be open so make sure you have money with you.


  Some folks are compelled to carry firearms. I am one of them. You have every right to protect yourself and your family with a firearm, but you also have a responsibility to use your weapons responsibly and only as a last resort. Make sure you choose the right weapon for you. For home defense, I feel a 12 gauge shotgun is your best bet. It’s easier to hit a target with that than a pistol, especially if you’re heart is racing and you’re scared out of your mind, which you most likely will be if you have to use a gun. A pistol is a good weapon to put in a go bag simply because it’s small. Either way, ensure you train with your weapon and know how to use it as safely as possible. And ALWAYS ENSURE CHILDREN CANNOT GET THEIR HANDS ON IT! Lock it away when you’re not using it.


 My last thought is this; RELAX. Hopefully, nothing happens and everybody gets to keep living the way they like. Prep with the hope that NONE of what you’re ready for comes to pass and with the knowledge that if it does, you ARE ready. Then go on with your life. Being ready doesn’t mean you have to be paranoid; it just means you’ve thought ahead and have done what you can to help yourself and your family when there’s nobody else to call. Good luck and God Bless.


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8 thoughts on “Guest Post: Thoughts on survival and preparedness…….”

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  2. Excellent article, Robert! I concur with most of your thoughts. I tell the folks that are critical of our preparation effort “You don’t have to believe in any of these gloom and doom, end of the world prophecies to be prepared. Prudence dictates that EVERY family put aside some canned food (Beef Ravioli / Chunky Soup), some dried goods (rice / pasta / beans), store some bottled / jugged water, invest in a well stocked first aid kit and buy a few boxes of shells for the hunting rifle / shotgun or pistol that you already owned”. I remind my family and friends of the disasters in Japan and Haiti. I also give them examples in America: Hurricane Katrina, tornadoes in Missouri and Alabama and the Halloween snowstorm that paralyzed the Northeast last year. Personally, I am convinced that economic meltdown is imminent. I see it as a mathematical certainty. Our debt is reaching a point where we cannot afford the interest. The nations that loaned us trillions realize that we will never pay them back. These countries will conspire to drop the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. This will kill the “Petro-dollar” agreement, which will collapse our economy. Hyperinflation will set in as the dollar unwinds. Riots and civil unrest on an unprecedented scale will begin when the country’s poorest folks cannot afford milk, eggs and bread. How long this will last or what steps will be taken to mitigate the situation, I cannot say. We do not trust the current administration to make decisions that will prevent this disaster or protect the law abiding citizens afterward. Be wary of all politicians! Know their positions on firearms, whether they support the 2ND Amendment or gun control. You can stock food and supplies for years, but lose it all in a few minutes to an angry mob. Unless, of course, you have the means to defend your property and possessions. I periodically view the videos from the 1992 riots in Los Angeles to mentally prepare for the potential of civil unrest. God Bless Us!

  3. Great post. I think some people just go way over the top, but to each their own. I think that being prepared is a great thing and not stressing out about the future is even better. Si vis pacem, para bellum.

  4. Exc post . I tell people that preparing makes us one of people who will not be a burden to others. Be part of the solution not part of the problem. Arlene




  6. To elaborate on Ken’s statement about white lettering on a black background, I will add this: I periodically copy and paste articles of value onto a Word document and print them for my TEOTWAWKI binder. I won’t use anything that is all black with white letters because it uses too much toner. Someone with more advanced computer skills may know how to remove the black background. I don’t. I have no trouble reading the white letters on the black background. I actually think it looks kind of neat. But, again, I lose out on saving the information. I would not ask you to change your site for my selfish purposes. But, if you have been advised by multiple readers to alter the format and were presently undecided whether to change it or not, I would vote for black on white.

    • Irish-7

      Thanks for the comments. I cannot change the background – though someone else may be able to. If you copy and paste from my site the background does not come through – just a lightweight colored text.

      If I change the theme of the site many other aspects of the site would require major modifications requiring hours and hours of time – which I just don’t have.

      Thanks – Rourke

  7. Rourke,

    I thank you for the timely response. Again, I would never ask you to do anything to the site that would require lengthy time and effort. I see it just fine. I only mentioned it in the odd event that you were already considering some sort of modification. I threw my “two cents” in there to support Ken’s statement. I enjoy your site the way it is. I am on there every day. I still view the Emergency Essentials Forum, but not as often.

    Thanks for spreading the word!



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