When the lights go out...

Would you survive a grid down?

Candle shining in a dark room.

This past June (2019) I spent a month with my son who is building a homestead on 10 acres of land he owns in the Ozark Mountains. While I was there, I learned some valuable lessons about what life might be like in the aftermath of a SHTF/apocalyptic event. Well, as far as living off grid, without the convenience of electricity and running water, that is. Some of those lessons I have mentioned in my blog article, Lessons I learned while visiting the Ozarks. But today, I want to talk about some things that were not covered in that article.

Not all preppers prep the same or for the same reasons. Some prepare for a 72 hour emergency, some prepare for a week, some for a month, some for six months, others for a year or longer. Some begin with preparing for 72 hours and expand over time to preparing for longer as they realize there may be a need to be even more prepared.

Preppers come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Some are young, some are older, some are in-between. Some work, some are retired, and some are disabled in one way or another. Some have a spouse (or significant other), some have a spouse and children, and some are single. Some live in cold climates, some in hot climates. Some live in areas prone to natural disasters, some don't. Some live in large metropolitan areas, some live in suburbs, some live in a small town or rural area. Some prepare only for a local emergency such as a fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, etc. Some prepare for a regional disaster such as a grid down. Some prepare for a national or worldwide disaster such as an economic collapse, an EMP or an EMC. Some prepare for an apocalypse, or The End Of The World As We Know It.

As you can see, preppers do not fit in a specific box. We are not all the same. But, we all have one thing in common. The desire to take care of ourselves and those we love. The desire to survive whatever may come our way.