Preppers

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.

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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.

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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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 thoughts on “Preppers

  1. D > You’ve very fully given all the reasons I might have, had I pushed myself to go beyond the shaking-head-in-disbelief response. What I would add is that storing food like you do is in order to ensure (a) a sufficiency of food and supplies throughout the year, and (b) to provide some measure of security against a poor yield in the following summer, and perhaps (with certain foods like jams, marmalades) perhaps a little longer yet. Nuclear holocaust is very very very very unlikely to occur, but winter comes every year.

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    1. Well said! I believe in bug out bags because many have had to leave their homes in a hurry due to evacuations. For us it is most likely to be a wild fire. Get out of debt, have savings for 3 to 6 months, increase your health, and store some food smooths out greatly the sharp bumps and dips in the road of life which constantly changes sometimes within seconds. What we do should better our lives today as well as tomorrow. I’m sure it is why you do what you do.

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      1. Ah! I think I understand ‘bug out bag’ now. We don’t watch TV, but preppies sounds like entertainment. Now I have an excuse for all my useful books (what if the internet wasn’t…)

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      2. Yes, a bug out bag is simply a bag with bare essentials like soap, shampoo, toothbrush, a little food, and water, first aid supplies, some clothes, sleeping bag, matches to start a camp fire etc. They recommend that it include copies of important papers like titles of vehicles, birth certificates, and so forth. You can find lists on the internet for recommendations of what to pack. You develop a plan of where you would likely go and a contact person far from your area whom you would call and friends and relatives call them to get updates. It eases the phone network in the disaster area.

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  2. I do not consider myself to be a prepper, I but happen to store up for a long time of isolation anyway. In the past, roads were commonly blocked for a few days at a time. Sometimes, they can be blocked for weeks. In a disaster, we would be without roads altogether. What is sad is that there are so many living in the neighborhood now who do not seem to understand that. They think that their ‘stuff’ will be enough. Rather than getting a very elaborate generator that might provide electricity for quite a while, I just live without electricity. Rather than driving a fancy and expensive vehicle that others feel safe in, I drive one that can actually get around, and that I can actually work on when there is no one here to work on it for me. I prefer beef and pork and such from the market, but can get plenty of venison and turkey for a while, as well as a few trout if necessary. I don’t own any elaborate guns or hunting gear like others enjoy bragging about, but seriously, not many who do own such gear know how to hunt. Those who move here thinking it is the same as living in town would be in serious trouble in a real disaster. Preppers are not that much better off. I know a few, and they really do not know how to grow food during recovery from a disaster. I am actually teaching some of them how to store dried beans and can vegetables, and that it is necessary to actually use it up and replenish it before it gets too old. You would not believe how many do not understand that! Anyway, I do not mean to rant on that. Basically, your points are accurate. When we get the next ‘big one’ we will have serious problems here; and I do not think that is the worst of the disasters to come.

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  3. I enjoyed the article and agree with many of the points you made. Doomsday preppers is mainly entertainment although occasionally I’ll pick up a tip or two that could be helpful. The producers of the program only give the participants an option of naming one thing only that they are prepping for so it makes a lot of the preps look a little crazy. A good stock of food is important but its crazy to only rely on those supplies rather than having sustainable gardening practices. Thanks again for the post.

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    1. Interesting to know the angle from the producers of the show. Why building some food storage should be crazy is beyond me. We have depended on it many times as our pocket book has been hit hard. I’m relying on some of it right now as we just had to have our transmission and clutch replaced on our old truck (big bucks), windows replaced, the bridge that washed out to our house repaired etc. etc. An expensive summer. So actually our pioneer ancestors are looking especially bright right now as putting money and food away for leaner times was a way of life. My niece is in the ICU of a children’s hospital in critical condition. It has been 36 hours and they are still trying to stabilize her. I pray her massive injuries heal and know the road home will be long. Talk about huge unexpected expenses. Their food storage will be badly needed in the coming days. What I think is crazy is dependence completely on the store and not putting some food away as part of a rainy day fund.

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