On prepping

This is certainly the logical follow-up to my State of the Union posts, but I’m usually resistant to bringing the topic up.  Most who are not thoroughly familiar with prepping associate it with extremism and mental illness and, frankly, I don’t give a damn about other people’s opinions enough to bother with educating them.

But it is the logical follow-up, and I am amused that I have found something I can teach to Maggie.

The entire point behind my SOTU posts were that hard truths are our national ‘elephant in the room’.  Someone has to be adult enough to point it out before it makes big elephant apples on the carpet.  Some of you may have known that something was wrong but couldn’t quite put your finger on what it was, and some of you will stick your fingers firmly in your ears and go, “La la la laaaaaa” because it’s easier and less scary than learning to use your gray matter for something besides stuffing.  I could help the former; the latter there is no help for, and I wish you luck and godspeed.

I’ve witnessed the progression many times from blithe unconcern to awareness.  On prepper boards, where I’ve been active since 2004, it’s called many things: waking up, sheeple-no-more, going from DGI (Doesn’t Get It) to GI (Gets It).  Either you knew what was wrong, or you knew something was wrong and found out what that was.  The next question intelligent people ask is, “So what the hairy hells do I do about it?”

Prepping is short for ‘becoming prepared’ and a prepper is no more than ‘someone who prepares’.  Prepares for what?  Self-reliance.  The rest is fine detail which people can and do fill in anyway they please.

The general “how-to” of prepping is simple.

  1. Identify your vulnerabilities.
  2. Assess prevention measures.
  3. Plan to minimize personal damage.

We’ll start with the obvious South Texas vulnerability, a hurricane.  Hurricanes can’t be prevented, but you can prevent your exposure to hurricanes by moving to, say, Kansas.  Other than those options, there’s very little in the prevention category to be done about a hurricane so we’ll step right along to the plan to minimize personal damage.  Carry proper insurance for wind and flood damage to your home and property, and it might not be a bad idea to look into how much coverage you have for looting.  Make purchases of tarps, plywood and duct tape in advance, so that when you need them to protect your home you already have them on hand.  Are you planning to evacuate or ride it out?  If you ride it out you’ll need to be prepared for loss of services and dealing with minor property damage, or in the case of major property damage to evacuate anyway after the storm passes.  Can you cook without electricity?  How will you handle sanitation?  Where will you get fresh water?  If you evacuate you’ll need a well-maintained vehicle, a planned route and destination and what’s known as a BOB, or Bug-Out Bag, i.e.; the bag of essentials you have prepared in advance in order to evacuate without needing to rummage around for family photos and clean underwear.

You also need to pay attention to the mistakes of others.  It saves a lot of grief.  After watching Rita from the relative comfort of Florida, my evacuation plans have included extra filled fuel canisters, bottled water and non-perishable snacks.  It also stressed the importance of a good BOB, because anyone who doesn’t have to pack will have a better chance of getting to the highway before traffic gets too heavy.

And that’s prepping in a nutshell.  Having the common sense to put forth a little effort now to save a lot of trouble down the road.  I’ve never understood the people who know they live in hurricane country and still get taken by surprise when this means (*gasp*) they get hurricanes. It’s a child-like mindset which is not at all endearing.

Once you’ve gotten the hang of prepping, go back to the three steps and address something else.  Job loss.  The stock market tanking.  The second coming of Jesus Christ.  Hey, I’m not one to judge.  I would encourage any proper thinking adult to address a police state, civil war and an economic collapse, but proper thinking adults are probably already doing so without any encouragement and the rest of you will just think I’m a nut.

Not saying you aren’t right about me being a nut, only that my preferred flavor of crazy does not preclude my habit of being correct on economic and political matters.

Published in: on May 24, 2011 at 8:05 pm  Comments (4)  

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4 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Can we not use the term BOB? It makes me giggle

  2. Bullets,,,, lots of bullets. If you have those you can get the rest of what you need. LOL(sort of)

  3. Bullets…and neighbors who have bullets….

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