Friday, January 18, 2019

Friday's Thoughs and Other Stuff (Thinking)

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

Stack of books in Gould's Book Arcade,
Newtown, New South Wales, Australia. (ca 2009)
photograph by
Toby Hudson

Several weeks ago, there was an article about decluttering. It's one of those articles that you see every year around this time as people work on their new year resolutions.

In the article, the author suggest, I believe it's TV personality Marie Kondo, to get rid of everything that doesn't bring you joy, including books.

I'm cool with that advice, except when it comes to prepping.

I look forward to the future. There is a lot of wonder approaching, longer lives, better health, the possibility of settling Mars, mining the asteroid belt, and even ... Flying Cars!

But, ...

There is a lot of bad, mainly stupid elected representatives and unelected officials that could plunge these United States into a civil war. A war that would be used by our adversaries, like Cuba, Venezuela, Russia, Iran, and China, not to mention our so-called friends, the European Union.

Now, ...

This war would disrupt our economy, our food supply, destroy our liberty, and, maybe, break up our country.

Did I mention, ... We might lose our libraries, too.

In the movie, "a strict regime has eliminated war by suppressing emotions: books, art and music are strictly forbidden and feeling is a crime punishable by death."

I'll stop right there because that's not where I'm going. I want to talk about two things.

Movies and Television
First, movies, short films, and television shows have a place in your preps. Just don't accept them mindlessly.

Take The Walking Dead or Fear the Walking Dead. In the shows, the characters make so many mistakes, they fail to secure appropriate shelter, fail to pack emergency evacuation kits, fail to make plans to rendezvous after an event, fail to ... The list is endless.

So, ...

Watch them and learn from their mistakes because prepping isn't about the excitement, the thrill, or the adventure of living through tough times. It is about having the skills, knowledge, supplies, and experiences to survive an event when it happens.

Second, I lied. I do want to talk to you about equilibrium, but in your family's preps.

Spiral Purchases
Now, in the beginning, it's easy to keep track of what you're trying to accomplish for your family, store some water, store some food, pack an emergency evacuation kit, purchase a handgun and get firearm's safety training for you and your family, and other basic preps.

Ooops, .. Not yet.

Emergency Preparedness
There is a profession; it is called Emergency Management. According to F.E.M.A., it "is the managerial function charged with creating the framework within which communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters."

However, ... I like Wikipedia's better. Which says, it "is the organization and management of the resources and responsibilities for dealing with all humanitarian aspects of emergencies (preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery)."

Thus, the name of this blog and its mission, to focus on emergency preparedness.

So, ...

This means, I attempt to bring a professional, organized, and researched approach to prepping, and so should you and your family.

Threat Analysis
Now, you and your family can be haphazard about your preps, like the little blurb above about my fear, going from one disaster du jour to the next disaster of the day, or you can be organized.

It's your choice because either will work, but being organized will allow you to get prepared with less money and less wasted time.

So, ...

The first thing, you and your family need to do, after you have made the decision to prep, is to develop a threat analysis. It involves a few sheets of paper, your family, and about an hour of your time

First, ...

Sorry, I have to go.

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