It’s not an EMP.
It’s not FEAR.
In short, it’s Self Reliance.
What ‘makes’ someone start prepping is going to be different person to person, but when it boils down to it, I truly feel that it is all about our ability to be reliant on ourselves. For me, it started when I was doing some research on our food supply, I learned how our food is delivered “just in time” to our stores and how we purchase the food “just in time” to eat it. I learned that nobody stores food anymore as storage space costs money, therefore one small disruption in this chain of events lands us without a meal for the night. While my husband and I have always been more self-reliant than other couples around us of the same age, having both grown up homes that practice gardening, canning, hunting and livestock husbandry – some time around 2008 we both had an awaking to exactly how helpless we all are.
How dependent we are on going to the grocery store, on having electricity, on having running water, and having government services there to protect and save you. What if those things suddenly were not there? We had to take a hard look at just how dependent we’ve all become and to realize how fragile the whole system was. It didn’t feel ‘right’ to us that we were so dependent, we liked to think of ourselves as independent. After all I think each and every person out there likes to feel like they can take care of themselves right? When we sat down and talked about all the stuff we couldn’t make or do without the ‘system’ there to support us we learned that we could not, in fact, take care of ourselves.
So, we started by preparing with the single-minded purpose of being self-reliant. Which is a little different that being self-sufficient, another word that people throw around. Being self-sufficient means you can produce what you need, self reliance means all of that PLUS you think for yourself, you rely on your own capabilities and judgement as well.
We asked ourselves “Can we produce our own food if we had to?” The answer was “no” so we doubled the size our of garden and learned to can our produce to store it. We started keeping chickens and livestock, having both done this as youths it was second nature to us – but there was an urgency to it, a purpose. If something failed and set us back, rather than give up and turn to another hobby we doubled our effects. Now, we can answer these questions with a “Yes.”
Can you grow you’re own food? Yes.
Can you store the food you grow? Yes.
Can you do this without power? Yes.
Can you cook the food you store? Yes.
Can you get water without power to cook and grow your food? Yes.
I cannot even begin to tell you the confidence and pride that comes with being able to answer YES to those questions. We don’t just walk a little taller, it affects everything we do in our lives. It gives me confidence and strength at work, it gives me confidence in my dealings with other people and I also feel a little more spiritually complete. Being prepared and being self-reliant also puts us in a unique position most people don’t find themselves in. In a position to help, and I don’t mean by handing out food or water.
We can help because we have the knowledge that self-reliance gives us. We can teach others how to purify their water – we can teach others how to grown their own food. We have become the new bearers of that old information. If true disaster ever falls upon this nation, communities will survive because handfuls of preppers within them have made the effort to learn how to take care of themselves. Many of us, like the APN, have taken the extra step of not waiting for disaster, but are teaching others about preparedness and self-reliance right now.
Can the unexpected still happen? Of course it can. But I have confidence, I will be ready for it and my family will be safe. Can you say the same? Either way you have come to the right place.