Many years ago my wife and I would sit around and watch Doomsday Preppers and think, look at these crazy cuckoo birds! Where do they find these people? What’s all the fuss about? If an emergency struck our area we would just leave and if we couldn’t leave the government will be there to help. I am glad we are not like these people!
Then, one day, I came home and there it was on the counter. A vacuum sealer and food storage container. Oh no! My wife is one of those crazy Preppers! I am sure some of you can relate to this story.
The Government will provide?
But like most people today I just considered the odds of a full scale societal collapse so remote that there was nothing to worry about. Besides, if something happened the government would be there for us. Right? I could not rationalize in my mind a situation that we could not recover from quickly as a country. Then one day, on my wife’s suggestion, I listened to the audio version of One Second After, by William R. Forstchen. One Second After is a chilling fictional account of a small town in North Carolina trying to survive after a societal collapse and underscores our extreme dependence on technology. It was not until then that I realized how astonishingly dependent we are on technology!
Our dependence on technology, electricity and transportation in this case, was the weak link in society that I was not accounting for in my previous risk calculations. Just think about trying to survive for a few weeks without the modern convenience, or should I say necessity, of electricity. No grocery stores, hospitals, no clean water, no sanitation and the list goes on. How would you eat? What would you drink? Oh no, what about beer? We are not big drinkers but this would have a been a big problem in our younger years!
I have been converted!
This was a huge eye opener for me and made me realize how hard survival would be without modern conveniences. Most people really have no basic survival or basic homesteading skills so they would be completely relying on others for help. Good luck with that! I thought about how just having a few stored goods around could be the difference between life and death. Then I thought of our three children and that was it. I was in. I was a Prepper!
If you think about it though, prepping makes perfect sense and is completely logical. Besides, most of our grandparents were preppers and had some food and other goods stored up for an emergency. Why not have some extra food, batteries, medical supplies, etc., around in case there is an emergency? Makes perfect sense.
Why do people resist prepping?
Well, I think there are a couple of reasons. For one, with all the technology today and the ease of modern life, people just don’t see the need. Most are plugged into the “Matrix” and really don’t realize how dependent we are on technology. Think about it. Has your power gone out lately? Did you scurry around in the dark and try to find a lighter and candles? How many times did you flick the light switch thinking it would result in the flow of electricity to the light bulbs. Were you and your family able to survive for a few hours without the internet!
Another reason people don’t want to start prepping is that, like most new things in life, change is hard especially when we don’t know where to start. There are a lot of resources out there so I will list a few below that have helped us.
My advice would be to take it slow, a little at a time and before you know it you will be on your way.
Thanks for reading our story and we hope it will encourage folks to start getting prepared. History has a habit of repeating itself and as they say it’s not a question of if, but when tragedy will strike. Let’s all get prepared so if something does happen, and I hope it never does, we will at least have a fighting chance!