Have you watched the prepper show? I would consider it entertainment but then maybe this blog is that for you. It isn’t the fact that I’m against prepping. I just think they are putting all their eggs in one basket and there is no resiliency in their plans. Each prepper targets a single disaster that they have chosen. What if you chose wrong? Interestingly it hasn’t been unemployment or loss of health. Probably hard to work up a frenzy about those like a pending nuclear attack would.
My second problem is preppers plan to survive for a set numbers of days. Then what? Magically the crisis passes on your timetable and shopping resumes?
Problem three, the basis of preppers is one of consumption. Consumption is not sustainable. A few have consumption gardens, (gardens not set up to perpetuate themselves) and they show some with a few chickens which will feed them for a little longer. Neither of these two things has matured to the point of longevity. Mind you I have not seen the whole series of broadcasts.
Problem four, they are completely dependent on supplies built up. Supplies that are in a perpetual state of deterioration. Yet it is all you have so defense becomes HUGE. Protection is important but shouldn’t gaining skills and knowledge take precedence? Supplies can and will be stolen but skills and knowledge can resupply your resources.
Problem five, disaster is always concentrated to a small area. What if it was a financial disaster like the Great Depression – global. Our personal and government debt is the highest in history. We have traveled down this one-way street so far that there is no turning back. The last Depression lasted 22 to 24 years. People are not as independent as they were during this period of time and mind sets are different, more dependent. Should be an interesting ride.
Alone, prepping is a dead end street. One where thousands if not millions of dollars have been spent for a plan that is inflexible with products that become obsolete or consumed.
You may think I’m against prepping. I’m not. I believe strongly in prepping but just as a small part of a whole. Permaculture incorporates it into its resiliency plan. It is expected that crop failure will come, that floods, tornadoes etc. is a part of life. A FEMA director told me that it isn’t a matter of IF but when disaster will come. He said it will come more than once in a lifetime. It is why in a permaculture you work to set up a back up for the back up and another back up for it.
You need enough food to get you by for a period of time. I bottle more food than we will use in one year as crops have failed and fruit on trees frozen. Put aside more seed than you will need for the following year for the same reason. We use to have a supply of basics like wood chips to smoke meat, canning lids, meat wrapping paper etc. That was before we moved. 28 pickup and truck loads is enough to haul so we used up supplies before we left. Life’s been rocky since then but we are determined to return to a proven path.
Canning jar lids, matches, and homemade bees wax candles are tucked away.
We are going through our belongings, throwing out, organizing and making lists with prices of supplies needed once more. Working off of last years prices, using last years goods, saves money. No running from store to store or ordering last minute online because the supplies are in high demand, hence scarce or gone. Keeping supplies on hand allows for sales shopping which is typically out of season.
I believe strongly in Bug Out bags whether you are bugging in or out. Our oldest daughter affectionately named hers B.O.B. and prays she never has to use it. If you live in the city, prepping is likely your main option. Go for it, but gain as much skill in basic areas as possible to make yourself valuable in a disaster community setting.
“Beyond agriculture, Permaculture also looks at many other aspects of living such as: how we design our living spaces, how we obtain and use our energy (both external and human), what we use for fuel, what we do with things that people consider to be “waste” (waste in Permaculture is just an unused resource), ethics, patterns, climates, eco-systems, community organization, money/barter systems, advocacy, global responsibility, and more.” http://www.neverendingfood.org/b-what-is-permaculture/
It is why I’ve grown so fascinated by the whole premise of permaculture. It does not determine your religion, your status, it simply means you look and feel deeply about your impact in this world and take personal responsibility. Permaculture is driven by nature with the intent to support future generations. It is a renewing and regenerative approach to life.
So yes, I see the prepper program as entertaining simply because it is too light minded to take seriously. It has tunnel vision that fails to see interconnections. It fails to see cause and effect. I’m embracing permaculture because it embraces individualism; concentrates on what matters; betters life for yourself and those around you which includes animals, plants, and people too. It’s a way of life that has reverence for the whole, not frenzy for the part.
How do you feel about prepping?