How to Move From the Mid-Way Point of Prepping
That’s the question posed by one of Backdoor Survival’s readers and it’s a good question.
“This is a great questions on many fronts. While it is easy to become obsessed with prepping, at some point you are going to ask yourself if it is all worth it. After all, the major global economic collapse and disruptive event we have been prepping for has not happened. It may never happen.
On the other hand, the more mundane, yet equally disruptive events such as floods, fires, winter storms, and power outages occur daily, just not to us.
So what happens next? I will speak for myself with the hope that it inspires you to keep on prepper, albeit at a less frantic pace.”
OK, stop right there, because the author goes into three things you need to add to your prepping priority list and I think there’s something more important to do before these three.
I think like a lot of people, it takes something to prompt us into prepping. For me, it was a small flood nearby. It didn’t affect me directly but it got me to thinking. Then, it flooded again and this time took out my broadband for a couple of days. That did it! I began prepping.
And of course I made a bunch of rookie mistakes. You can read about them here. But I persevered and eventually found myself where the letter writer found themselves. Along the way though, I learned, what I think, are some universal truths.
Prepping is a learning experience that never ends. I don’t think you ever “arrive” and so there is no end point. So, no matter where you are in your prepping journey, if you’re feeling smug or you’re done, you’re not! I think the three items the author lists here all point to that.
There is no one size fits all when it comes to prepping. While there are some fundamental laws of survival in nature, – such as you can survive 3 mins without air, 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food, – how much water and food and how you acquire, store and prepare them is different for all of us. In other words, all of us have different priorities.
That’s the important thing to do BEFORE you do what this author or anyone else suggest – analyse and prioritize.
Analysing and prioritizing is critical when first starting out. What’s the point in storing tons of supplies if where you live means you’re going to have to bug out no matter what? Conversely, what’s the point in starting with kiting out a bug out bag if your first plan is to bug in? Don’t get me wrong, you may want to eventually plan for every contingency, but the point is to prioritize. And you do that by analysing your situation.
So, before you dive into the author’s suggestions, analyse and prioritize your needs. In fact, you can see that is what the author has done in his first suggestion.
“While I live in a rural area, it is not on a farm and is not what you would traditionally call “the country”. Still, part of my strategic SHTF plan has been to confiscate nearby land in our community common area and set up a community garden. I have the seeds, and the tools, as well as leadership skills to make it happen. The nearby property is sunny and the land is fertile. Growing food should not be a problem.”
So, to repeat, BEFORE you do anything else, take a moment and look at your situation. What is most likely to happen? Flood, tornado, economic disaster, disease or the collapse of society? The answer is different for all of us. Then prioritize your actions based on that.
Good luck preppers!
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