Are you truly prepared?
I know I've spent a lot of time on this blog site talking about preparing and storing food, but there is a lot more to prepping than just food. To be a prepper means that you are preparing for any type of emergency situation and food is a very big part of that, but that's not all there is to it.
There are so many different emergency/disaster scenarios that could happen in our world today. How can we possibly be prepared for each and every one of them? Well, the best way is to start preparing for the worst one. The worst one that we might ever have to face would, in my opinion, be a nuclear attack. Whether that be a surface nuclear attack (nuclear bomb) or a atmospheric nuclear attack, which is commonly referred to as an EMP. If you are prepared for the worst then you will be prepared for anything.
In times past, even recently, people who spoke of prepping and being prepared for an EMP were considered conspiracy theorists. That's not so much truth in today's world. In fact, our government even has an EMP Commission. Here is a link to a report dated April 6, 2018 by the Department of Defense referencing Payments to Electromagnetic Pulse Commission Support Contractor. It's a rather lengthy report, but my intention is not that you read it all, rather that you see that our government is well aware of the possibility that an EMP attack could and probably will happen at some point in time. Just like we know that Jesus will return and no one knows the year, day, or hour yet we are to be prepared for whenever that time could be. I believe we should also be prepared for whatever may happen in our lifetime; including emergencies and/or catastrophes.
Have you ever been camping?
I'm not talking about luxurious RV camping here. I'm talking about camping in the woods (roughing it), with a tent (or without one). If you have, or know someone who has, that might give you a tiny idea of what life would be like if there was ever an EMP attack. However, that would only be the case if you were able to survive long enough to make it to the woods. Myself, I want to be able to make it to the woods!
Anyway, if you think in terms of camping in the woods and get that in your head as far as what you might need to survive you will have an idea of what you need to do to start expanding your prepping efforts. Even though I'm quite experienced at roughing it while camping, there are still things I need to learn about surviving in the woods/wilderness. First off, in a post EMP/apocalyptic world there won't be any grocery stores available for me to buy the food I need to prepare for my camping trip. I might not even have a vehicle to get me to the campground (woods). And, I would certainly need more food and supplies than I would need for a week-long camping trip. This train of thought might help you to understand my quest of late for dehydrating food for storage at home and for MREs.
Lately, I've been watching a lot of wilderness and trail camping videos on YouTube. I've actually learned a lot by watching them! They've helped me to understand the type of cooking equipment, shelter, and food that I need to have in order to survive long term. I've also learned more about how to build a fire and the equipment necessary to achieve that. Water, food, and fire are the three most important things needed in both a bug in and bug out situation. At some point in time you may run out of any of those three, and it's a good idea to know what to do if that happens. Prepping is about more than just having the supplies and equipment you need. It's also about knowing how to use those items as well as how to improvise if you don't have them. My best advice to you is to get out there and learn and practice those skills. We have a plethora of information available to us online and we need to start taking advantage of that.
What would actually happen?
Have you ever thought about what would actually happen if there was an EMP attack? Our electrical grid would crash immediately, electronic devices would stop working, most vehicles would be dead, and there would be an economic crash this world has never seen before. I don't mean to talk doomsday here or place fear on anyone, but if you truly think about it there would be lots of looting, violence, murder, starvation, and death. All hell would literally break lose. There would be total chaos. Right in our own neighborhoods. And that's why our government doesn't focus on preparing it's citizens for such a tragic occurrence. If they did, it would certainly cause gross widespread panic. So, they leave it to the citizens to try and convince one another of the need to be prepared. I'm just happy that over the last couple of years or so our government has finally been emphasizing the need for 3-7 day emergency kit planning. But, if you think about it three or seven days worth of water, food, and supplies is not enough to get us through a nationwide emergency/catastrophe. However, it is a place to start.
Won't the government help?
If you think the government will be able to take care of you, forget it. That is not a very realistic thought. It's not like the government has enough food and water stored up to take care of the entire population. Even if they did, how would they get it to everyone? I seriously doubt there would even be enough to provide for all the citizens of New York, much less the entire population.
It would take months or years for our government to affect any type of normalcy after such an event. Many, and I'm talking hundreds of thousands, if not millions, would not make it to that point in time. I want you to be one of the ones who make it.
What I'm trying to say is that the worst case scenario, an EMP attack, is not just a conspiracy theory, it's a real threat that could really happen; at any time. And, to be truly prepared (prepped) for such an event will take more than having food and water stored for use in your home for a short period of time. You need to think long term; at least a year, if not more. What would you need to do to ensure that you (and your family) survive? Think about it, then act on it.
If you're lucky enough to have enough money to afford a cabin in the woods that is awesome! But, the majority of us aren't that lucky. We will need to prepare to live off the land. That's not something you can all of a sudden just do without any type of preparation, knowledge, and training. Use the learning tools you have available (the internet). Get stocked up. Get as many supplies as you can get. Keep everything in a single location for quick and easy access. And, practice, practice, practice! Do you know why there are fire, tornado, active shooter, etc. drills in schools? So the students will become familiar enough with the actions that they will be able to follow through and not panic if something were to actually happen.
Preparing for a post EMP/apocalyptic world is something that takes both time and money. It's not something you can put off and expect to be able to do at the last minute. The sooner you get started the higher your chances for survival will be. So, step up, study up, practice up and be prepared. I have loved ones who don't see the need to be prepared. It will be the hardest thing I've ever had to do if I ever have to leave them behind and bug out.
Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!
James 4:17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin. (NASB)