Social Media’s Rich Owners Becoming Doomsday Preppers   Leave a comment

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I read a very interesting article on The Free Thought Project’s website. Read it in full here. Due to the subject matter, I decided to post this on both my main blog and my faith-based blog.

…It goes without saying the world is a far more dangerous place than it was even 6 months ago. As I’ve said for the last two years now, World War III is about to begin. The irony is those of us who live in developed nations, or first world countries are far less prepared than those who reside in developed and underdeveloped nations.

The reason is rather simple: Globalization.

While yes the world is more interconnected, this is a double-edged sword. Take a look ar how The Great Recession from 10 years back had a ripple effect across the world. It’s not like it was 100 years ago when the U.S. could afford to ignore what was going on in Europe. It’s not like it was during the 1930s when the U.S. learned to become self-sufficient while Europe and the Pacific were at war. Even today, the words of the sitting POTUS has the world on the brink of war once again. We are in an era where The State (the federal government) not only lacks the willingness to keep the country together (partisan politics) but is seeking every opportunity to tear the country apart from the inside out (eliminating funding to support services and infranstructure).

I’ll be honest, this is a pretty big topic of interest to me. Not the collapse of civilization but surviving the aftermath. While I was downtown Friday afternoon I spotted some Mennonites and Amish with guides traveling by rail at South Station.  They’ve been living the same way in North America for the last 500 years. I visited the Amish community in Lancaster, PA several times when I was a teenager. The Amish live a modest lifestyle compared to the rest of the U.S. Survivalists and Preppers worldwide unanimously agree the Amish will be prettymuch unaffected should infrustrature elsewhere collapse.

The reason is simple: They are self-sufficient, isolated communities that rarely interact with the outside world for religious reasons (which I will discuss more on my Faith-based blog). Non-Amish are referred to as “English” by the Amish Communities. There are stores, shops, restaurants and education centers for the general public where they can interact with Amish who are allowed regular contact with outsiders. Yes, they strictly regulate how much they interact with the outside world to resist temptation. They take pride in their simple lifestyle and view our dependence on modern technology as a hinderance and an addiction.

…The interesting thing is they’re not entirely wrong about that. Think about it. When you wake up in the morning and get ready for school or work, you will sometimes catch the weather forecast on TV or the radio. What if you didn’t have access to that? What would you do? What about something as “simple” as putting the trash out every week? What would you do if the garbage trucks stopped coming? Let’s say the leg of your favorite wooden chair broke but since it’s unique, you can’t buy a new one. Would you try to fix it or throw it away?

These seem like small things but they are things to think about. The thing about being a Prepper and a survivalist you need to be mindful of is the point isn’t be be 100% self-reliant but enough to be able to sustain yourself or your household as well as help others in need. The former is the biggest myth most who research becoming a survivalist or Prepper misunderstand. Even the Amish don’t life entirely off the grid: A common sight in almost a quarter of the U.S. is seeing horse-drawn carriages sharing local streets and interstate highways with modern vehicles.

Getting back on topic, here are a three big things you should think about in terms of planning ahead during difficult times:

  1. Secondary Dwelling: Until about 50 years ago, owning multiple homes wasn’t that uncommon in the U.S. Of course, times have changed. If you live in the U.S. Northeast alone–New York and Boston in particular–you’re lucky if you can keep ONE roof over your head, nevermind a second. Even so, it could be life-saving to secure a secondary living space outside your area. For example if you live in the U.S. Northeast or Southeast you should think about securing your second home much further inland. If you’re in the Boston area for example, you should look at Western MA, Southeastern Vermont, Upstate New York and points further west. Why? If a tsunami or Category 5 hurricane hits the Boston area, everything from Worcester should expect to be drastically effected. The closer you are to the coast, the more likely your home will be underwater. The same idea applies if you live in Western California: Secure a location in Nevada, Utah, Arizona or eastern Oregon. I am working on this myself (LOL!).
  2. Local Secondary Dwelling: Same idea as the above only much closer to you. This local Dwelling would be a place where you could go if you needed to leave your home but it’s either too dangerous to leave town or just not possible for whatever reason (blocked roads, you’re badly hurt, etc.). A situation where it would make sense to use this would be a man-made disaster such as your area becoming a battlefield or war zone. It would also make sense if your home suddenly became unsafe due to fire or carbon monoxide. Ideally, you want to have at least two possible options in case your route to one is blocked. I have identified one such location within walking distance of my house. Not saying where it is but it’s an outdoor area with shade where tents could be set up. I plan to talk to community organizers of the matter further. I am also working on securing a second location south of Boston.
  3. Emergency or Survival Supply Cache: Goes without saying you want your Secondary and Local Dwellings to be well stocked with enough food, clothing and supplies for you and your household to survive for at least 3 to 6 months. Some preppers are even renting space in a storage buildings and storing supplies in those. In any case, you want your Supply Cache to be away from your home. I’ll talk about what you might want to be in your Supply Cache in just a bit.

 

…Anywho, those are the three big ones. In terms of how you secure a second home or shelter prettymuch, there are some practical options available to you. The most logical to me is finding a land owner with enough land for you to build a home on and making a deal with them. Either you buy the land you want to build on from them or you ask them for permission to build a home on their property. If they agree to let you build on their land, it goes without saying you will cover all expenses and compensate for an inconveninces from the construction. Same if they agree to sell you enough land to build a home on. What kind of person would have land like that to spare? I’m thinking of farm, ranch, orchard and vineyard owners. As a bonus, you get access to a renewable food source =O

Moving on, here’s an overview of what your Supply Cache should have:

  • Large First Aid Kit (Containing Bandages, Sterilizers, Clean Water and various  Medicines)
  • Two Medical Textbooks–one on Human Anatomy, the other on Medicines
  • 3 to 6 months worth of drinking water (for drinking and cooking)
  • 3 to 6 months worth of Clean Water (For bathing and cleaning)
  • 3 to 6 months worth of non-perishable foodstuffs
  • 3 to 6 months worth of Baby Formula and/or Baby Food*
  • 3 to 6 months worth of Disposable Diapers*
  • 2 to 4 sets of clothing per season
  • 3 to 6 months worth of hygenic care items (Soap, deodorant, toothpaste and so on)
  • Pillows and Blankets
  • A tent or a sleeping bag
  • A portable stove (for cooking)
  • 2 to 4 flashlights and electric lamps + batteries
  • Retail Electric Generator (Can be bought in a Micro Center or other electronics store)
  • 2 Portable Power Banks (If you have a JBL Charge, they double as one)
  • Cooking and Eating Utensils
  • An Axe or a Sledgehammer (For breaking open a door or window and Protection)
  • A Machete, Short Sword or other bladed weapon (For Protection)
  • A Firearm + Ammunition (For Protection but not reccommended)
  • Notebooks and Pens or Pencils

 

* If a member of the group is pregnant or there is a baby under 3 years old in the group.

…Pretty sure that will cover most, if not all of your survival needs. Depending on your area or who’s in your group you may need put other things in the kit.

The reason getting a gun is not reccommended is because you will run out of ammo eventually. That’s the main one. Another is the noise firing a gun will make. You don’t want to attract unwanted attention. Finally, if you’re forced into a skirmish with people using melee weapons you’re at a big disadvantage. Handgun or rifle, you will need to be in a fixed position to get a clean shot off. Melee weapons don’t have such a handicap. Even if the hostiles are out of melee range they could rush you before you can aim and fire. This is just assuming you’re against one person. Two or more, you can’t watch all of them at the same time.

Moving on, one of the biggest fantasies people have about surviving a cataclysmic event is becoming a lone wolf and living off the land, sleeping in the wilderness and foraging what you need as you go. Big mistake. The real trick to surviving is finding a safe place to shelter in place. Ideally, your own home. If that’s not possible for whatever reason you’ll want to find a preferably abandoned or unoccupied house to take shelter in and fortify. You’ll want to secure the premises be it your own home or one you find.

This went on much longer than intended but it was an overview more or less. I’ll get into specifics across my two blogs over time.

 

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