Is it time for you to move forward? Are you ready to take action?
I've always said, and believe, that "Actions speak louder than words". The same applies to preppers/survivors. What are you doing to prepare yourself and your family (if applicable) for an emergency situation? Are you just talking about it, thinking about it, or are you actually doing something about it? What are you doing to prepare today? This week? Next week? What have you done to prepare yesterday? This past week? This past year?
There comes a time when we need to move past the research and planning. A time when we need to move on to development. A time to take that step and actually do something. A time to take action.
I'm not just talking to the newbies here. Prepping isn't just a one time thing. Preppers don't just stockpile their pantry and forget about it. In fact, that would almost be as irresponsible as never preparing at all. As I've said before, there is so much more to prepping than stockpiling food and putting together a Bug Out Bag (BOB). It is actually pretty common for preppers to become overwhelmed, even to the point where they find themselves in a stall. So, whether you are a newbie or a seasoned prepper, I hope to encourage you to begin to take action today.
As a prepper, what happens when your food runs out? Well, if we are without electricity long enough that is bound to happen at some point. You may be in a similar situation as I am. I can't afford to go to the grocery store and buy enough food to last a year or longer; so I buy what I can when I can. Even though I've been a prepper for a few years now, I don't have near enough food to last for any long term power outage. Not even close. How can that be for someone who has been prepping as long as I have? Well, as I said, I can't afford it. But then again, that doesn't mean I don't do what I can when I can. There's more to prepping than stockpiling food (did I already say that?).
So, if I don't have a large stockpile of food, what am I doing? How am I preparing for a SHTF situation? How can I even call myself a prepper?!? Well, I am learning. I'm learning new skills and brushing up on old skills. Yes, I spend a lot of time reading and researching, that's a big part of prepping. But, I also take action. I gather/obtain the tools I need to practice those skills, whether they be new or old ones. Learning is more than simply obtaining knowledge. I can have all the knowledge in the world, but if I don't know how to apply that knowledge what good would it do me? By applying the knowledge I mean practicing those skills I have learned about. Not just knowing about the skills, but using and experiencing them.
There are four basic human needs: Water, food, fire, and shelter.
What kinds of things am I learning? One of the things I'm learning is how to obtain/gather food, because I know that what I have and can afford to have will not last forever. Not only will the food eventually run out, but it could be stolen. I don't have the means to build any hidden storage areas in my home to protect the food I have. What if I have to leave my home? It is a possibility, especially if things become chaotic and violent, and they will much sooner than some think in a SHTF situation. What good will all that food do me then? Especially in the case of an EMP event and my vehicle won't start or run? What then? I can't take all that food with me if I have to set out on foot. So, I'm not really worried about stockpiling a lot of food. Instead, I prefer to focus on what to do when the type of food I am accustomed to is not available to me.
I'm learning how to cook food without the modern appliances that we so enjoy in our lives today. How would I be able to cook that food I've stored if I don't have electricity? What type of cooking equipment could I use inside my home that won't produce deadly fumes? What type of fuel do I need to have for such equipment? How much fuel will I need? And, again, what if I needed to leave my home? How would I cook the foods that I was able to obtain/gather? In that case, I would need to know how to start a fire and how to cook over a fire. What types of cook stoves work best and how to use them. What type of cookware I need to use over a fire or cook stove. I'm learning how to preserve food without the modern convenience of a refrigerator/freezer. I'm also learning how to chop wood, make kindling, what fire starters work best, and how to actually ignite the fire. After all, that fire I need to cook on won't start itself.
I'm learning how to build a shelter. What materials work best and in what weather conditions. What if a tent is too heavy to carry in my BOB, along with all the other necessities I would need to have if I had to leave my home? What would I do then? I would need to know how to use a tarp to build shelter. I would also need to know how to build a shelter without a tarp, just in case I lost the tarp or it got torn apart. Sleeping open under the stars is an awesome thing, unless it's raining, freezing, or snowing. We need shelter. And, we need to know how to make it.
I'm learning everything I can about first aid/trauma. If we don't have power for an extended amount of time, will medical facilities be available? If I have to leave my home, will I have access to doctors or hospitals? I probably wouldn't be close enough to either even if they were available. So, I need to know how to take care of not only minor wounds, but also serious ones. I need to know what to do if someone I'm with becomes sick. So, not only am I learning first aid (and building up a first aid kit) I am also learning about medicinal herbs and natural remedies.
And most importantly, I'm learning how to seek, find, and purify water. Without water, none of the above would even be necessary. Some water isn't even safe to drink using a purifying straw, did you know that? What is the safest way to purify water? Is all water safe to drink if you purify it? How much water do we really need on a daily basis? Are there any natural water sources near my home? Whether I am able to stay in my home or have to leave it, I will need water in order to survive.
So many people today are focused on what they can do to save time. What's the quickest and most convenient way to do things? I want it, and I want it now. We live in an "instant" society. If you can't cook your food within 5 minutes in the microwave, how in the world are you ever going to live in a world without electricity? If you don't know how to cook beyond heating up prepared food or even worse, don't know how to cook, how are you going to survive a grid down situation or an economic collapse?
As I was reading this over it occurred to me that it may seem as though I am making this all about myself. But it's not all about me, it's about us. I'm sharing with you what I'm learning and what I've learned. I am just using myself as an example, because that's all I have. It's not all about me. It is about me helping others to understand that there is so much more to prepping than just food and water. That if we are to be truly prepared we need to take action. But, before we can take action we need to know what we're acting upon. Knowledge, skills, and action go hand in hand with prepping. You can't have one without the other.
In conclusion, I want us to take a moment and ask ourselves, "Am I letting my actions speak for me, or am I just speaking words?". Because if we are just speaking words and not letting our actions speak louder we are doing so in vain, and that will not benefit us in any way if we were to encounter an emergency situation. If all we talk about is the need for prepping and do nothing else, well I don't think I need to go on with that one. My point is, that we need to know how to survive without electrical power or in an economical crash because either one is a real possibility. Yes, we need to learn. But once we have that knowledge, we need to put it into practice; to take action. To move forward. To do something about it. Are you ready?
It is my hope and prayer that if you have been waiting for that "right moment" to begin prepping that you will take that leap of faith and begin doing so today. It is also my hope and prayer that if you have been prepping and find yourself in a stall that you will make a decision that it's time for you to once again move forward. After all, we don't know how much time we have left to be prepared. We may have hours, days, months, or years. And, if we never have to utilize our prepping resources, then we have left a legacy behind for our loved ones. Myself, I would rather be prepared than sorry.
Until next time...happy prepping, and God Bless!
Job 36:12, But if they do not listen, they perish by the sword and die without knowledge.