Hello my friend and welcome back! I hear Preppers all the time saying they are ready for anything. They can survive without any outside help at all for years! They may be right, but the odds are that their not. This is the subject of today’s post, so grab a cup of coffee my friend and have a seat while we visit.
I just have to tell you, that I don’t like what I’m seeing going on in the Prepper Communities right now. With President Trump in the white house, many Preppers are letting their guard down and resting on their laurels. The way they see it, the threat is gone for 4 years so why worry? Don’t fool yourself; there is still plenty of danger out there.
Do not let your guard down now. Those who seek to destroy America have not gone away and are fighting every day to destroy it. The left refuses to accept that they lost the election and will do anything to make life hard for those on the right. Demonstrations all over the US are just one sample of their determination to over throw our Government because they don’t like the outcome.
OK, enough about politics and on to the subject at hand. We as preppers tend to overestimate the supplies we have stored. Food is a prime example. Preppers who are unfamiliar with how far something will go tend to think it’s more than it is and will last longer than it will. It’s not always easy to figure out how long a 5 gallon pale of rice will go and that is a big part of the problem.
If you buy dehydrated or free dried food, beware that the serving size on many of these are based on calories and not quantity. For example, a package that says it has 5 servings will usually amount to two and a half servings for the average person. Unless you want to go hungry and live on the calories alone, you had better double what your thinking will last you a year.
Things you need to take into account are things like the fact you will be doing a lot more hard work when SHTF hits. Some examples are chopping and gathering wood, hand washing and hanging clothes, as well as hunting and cooking. The easy life will be over and everyday life will be much harder and you will be a lot hungrier. If you don’t replace all of the calories you burn, you could compromise your immune system and that could lead to illness. Not good!
Remember the Prepper saying “Two is one and one is none.” This is true for food as well. Having enough food to squeeze by in not a good idea and you need to almost double it during times of excessive work. Not keeping your strength up is not an option during periods where you may have to fight against others for your very survival. Building your strength takes calories and lots of them.
Don’t fool yourself, your very life could depend on you having enough to eat and keep your strength up. Don’t take chances, store a lot more food than what you actually think you will need. Not to mention, the last thing a parent wants to hear is a child crying from hunger. That would just kill me.
Another place where I see Preppers getting into trouble is believing that the water source near their home, especially those which come from natural springs, will always be free of harmful chemicals that can make you sick.
Every Prepper, regardless of their planned water source, should have plenty of high quality water filters including the kind that will let you fill a glass quickly. I’m talking about the ones that are built for filtering water for camps. Drinking bad water will kill you, just like dying of thirst. Don’t take chances on your health and add plenty of water filters to your Preps.
You have seeds, but do you have shovels, garden hoe and a shovel for creating a garden? There are just so many things that you could easily over look when you are preparing to survive in a post SHTF world, and thinking you have it all covered is something you should never do. You should always be looking for ways to improve you preps because in reality that is the only way to be sure you really do have what you need when things go bad.
Prepping is a journey, not a destination and as long as you remember that, you will be on the right path to surviving. Well that’s it for today and I hope you have found todays post worthwhile. Until next time, stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared. God Bless America!
P.S. Thank you for all of the get well wishes. They are appreciated. 🙂