Take a look around you. Read the papers and the news online. Watch the news channels. Part of the readers of this website are hoping and praying it’s not too late to start prepping. Part of the readers feel it is close but they can still get it together in time. A very small portion of the readers know things are bad already and they feel prepared and ready.
I have lived a while on this earth and I think we are already feeling the trouble brewing. I feel the anxiety of trying to be ready as quickly as I can and trying to get as many other people prepping as much as I can. I am worried about the crop failures due to the extreme heat and drought. How will food prices, higher still, affect people already having difficulties surviving this economy? The solar flares, the rioting, the economic indicators…hard to find good news these days.
Living is hard. Kids are coming out of college with no hope of finding a job. Grown children are moving in with the folks to combine incomes and resources. Some of the grandmas and grandpas are moving back with family because they are worried about being so far away from family during hard times. Those lucky enough to have a job have to fund the higher and higher transportation costs.
We are not fear mongers. The anxiety comes in when you don’t have any idea what to do about a problem. So let’s figure out what can be done. Let’s get to the positives.
1. Do you have a years supply of food for your household? Get it. Even if it is anti-starvation rations of 50 pound bags of rice, beans and wheat. Get those and then start on the things that would be nice to have. Set aside a portion of your budget for these things. It is the best and most certain investment you could possibly make.
2. Do you have the means to grow food? Make it happen. Get your soil fortified. Get the basic seeds and tools and get that garden going. Anyone and everyone should be growing food now. Think about raising animals for food. The way America has provided food for people is a way that is not sustainable and is …right now….toppling. Farms growing huge quantities of one type of food will no longer work. We won’t be able to depend on the trucks and freight to affordably transport. Gas costs are not going to come down.
3. Electricity prices are not going to go down and the aging power grid is fragile. Nuclear power stations are also aging and new ones are not being built. Some of you may think that is a good thing. I don’t because there is no way for our current system to obtain the amount of electricity without those nuclear power plants. Get off the reliance for electricity and you won’t feel the pinch when your finances or outages insist that you cut back.
4. Help your neighbors to become more self-reliant. It is a kindness to them and to you. Yes, I know most of us are ready to protect our family and the needs of the family. Just keep in mind what the scriptures say that you will be known to be a Godly people by the love you have amoung yourselves. Love your neighbor…. It is also very obvious that we should be prepared. God helps those who help themselves, the story of Joseph who stored food during plenty for a time of famine and the capable wife who was not afraid of the coming of winter. This self-reliant lifestyle is quite frugal. It saves money so don’t be afraid to encourage others to do the same. Consider it a Christian duty (if that is your religion). By encouraging others and being part of the preppers meetup groups in your area, you are building contacts, bartering partners and people to glean information from.
5. Learn skills now. Everyone has a library in their home. The internet is there to use and study from. Become specialists in certain fields. Gardening, sewing, needlework, building, solar power, wind generating, food preservation, raising animals, firearms, reloading, herbs and alternative medicine and unlimited possible studies you can perfect now.
6. After you have the basics in food and water, start investing in tools that will be of value later. If nothing else, saving on electrical costs. Wheat grinders, canning supplies, non-motorized equipment, non-electrical equipment. You are investing. These are things that you can put to practical use right now and save money for more important things. Investing in other financial areas has not proven to be safe in this tipsy world economy.
DO YOU FEEL THAT THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT IS CHANGING ALREADY?
WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS ESSENTIAL PREPARATIONS?
WHAT WOULD YOU ENCOURAGE A NEW PREPPER TO INVEST IN?