Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Prepare: Survivalism Grows Popular

This article from Arizona..

Article Here.

I am sure there are more articles like this out there. Fox News, on the Hannity show, did a segment on it last week titled "Urban Survival". Nightline did one last month about a woman who dropped out of society and setup home in upper state New York.

Let's dissect the problems, good and bad, here.

First, in all cases, it is good to see people of all walks of life becoming concerned and willing and ready to "do something" about preparedness. That is one less person coming to your house after things get bad.

That's the only bright spot. Here are the numerous cons..

- In the broadcast segments, they pretty much tore apart any of these survivalists from being fringe loonies to having deep seated emotional problems. It has always been that way in spite of all the problems we are having right now with our economy, world, food and energy supplies.

- How can any of these survivalists agree to be part of these interviews so openly? "Here is my home. Here is how much grain I have. Here is my garden. I have this many guns and this much ammo". Hello! Billboard for the government, neighbors and crooks to come on over and help themselves. I know why they do this. So many of survivalists 1) can't wait to brag to the world about how ready they are and 2) crave attention and acceptance from the survival community on how well prepared they are.

- Wanting and planning to do something are not the same as doing it. How many times have you read survivalists lists on line where they say things like "looking at water systems" or "planning on installing some shelves in the basement". That is not prepping, that is a Christmas wish list.

Preparedness is what you HAVE done not what you dream about doing. Paid off home. Now have one year supply of food on hand. Purchased another water barrel and filled two more buckets of rice. So many of these people do sound like nuts because they are all plan and no do.

- Location is everything. The guy who sold the house, bought the RV and is heading back to Iowa is light years ahead of everyone else, (he better get off his planning butt and start stocking the farm in Iowa though).

Living in urban anywhere will be a death trap afterwards. No matter how much ammo you have, it takes only one Molotov cocktail from the neighbors house at three AM to ruin your day. You can have all the support groups you want before things fall apart, but the day after it will be every man (or family) for themselves.

Best bet is to get out of Dodge now. Sell the suburban house if you can. Buy a piece of remote rural property. Put up a sturdy, well insulated practical home. Plant a large garden. Get chickens, goats and a pond for fish. Stock up on long term food storage. Buy plenty of irreplaceable hard goods like tools, nails, sewing supplies, hand operated machines and so on. It is too late to build a network of like minded neighbors so be prepared to go it alone and only with trusted immediate family. Learn skills, acquire knowledge now. Start printing and downloading all of those preparedness guides your hoarded online. They won't do you any good when the power goes out.

There will be more survivalist stories like this in the media as they prep us for the inevitable. The government and others know our system cannot continue the direction we are going much longer. You still have time, so put it to good use now.

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