Preppers are trying to accommodate multiple threats, concentrating on specific ones in turn as available funding and time allows but, starting with common items first. We attempt to puzzle out which preparations are common to the greatest number of scenarios and work toward getting ready to meet those challenges. Once we are satisfied that we have reached a predetermined level of preparation towards those threats, we then look at the next most critical threat(s), and so on down the line.
Beginning Preppers have immediate needs that they work to overcome. They generally concentrate on storing away food, starting with a 72 hour to 2 week supply and the means to prepare it. Next they look towards water storage and water purification equipment. These are Primary or Common Preparations. They are mostly consumable items and there never seems to be enough stored. Primary Preps are expanded to a greater depth while working on Secondary Preps. Having worked through the Primary Items, the New Prepper will usually look at the question of “Bug In or Bug Out” to determine their next priority. If the decision is to “Bug In”, they will look at home security, infrastructure improvements, and items for long term viability and defense of their primary residence. If the decision is to “Bug Out”, they will look at mobility issues (BOV’s), relocation destinations (BOL’s), camping gear, and specialized security and defense precautions. This is usually the time that they work at medical training, at least First Aid, and stock some level of medical supplies that are applicable in the broad spectrum of their needs.
Up to this point, most new or fairly new, Preppers are just looking at the common SHTF impacts, and have not looked at any specific event that starts the SHTF ball rolling. Once they have satisfied themselves that they have an initial (general) Plan, they look at expanding their existing stocks of goods and adding comfort items as they are available. This is also the time that they start looking at possible impacts of the most likely scenarios that may initiate the SHTF. These are Secondary Preparations. They may expand wilderness survival preparations. They may expand communications and EMP protections. They may expand watercraft and related supplies or equipment. They may be expanding advanced preps for radiation threats. Each Prepper will, according to their best judgment of the probability of those events occurring, and their primary geographic location’s conditions, begin to specialize their preparations to accommodate special situations. These are up to the individual’s preference, needs, and a calculation of the impact of event probabilities.
The New Preppers will have become Old Hands at Prepping by this point and will have gained experience and knowledge via training and exposure to other Preppers via discussion, blogs, articles, or other media inputs. It is here that Preppers need to reach out and become acquainted with other Preppers in their area. It takes many skills to survive in the long term beyond TEOTWAWKI and it is through comparing notes and abilities with others that the need for greater depth or additional skill sets is discovered. Working to learn those additional skills in advance of the need will help the Prepper to add to their knowledge base and become a greater value to their surrounding community, thereby adding to the likelihood of survival in the long term.
Again I ask, “Doomsday Preppers?” No. Just realists. We believe that our natural, political, and personal, environment is threatened by forces of Change that are beyond our control. Be it from CME’s, earthquakes, social upheaval, food shortages, or any large number of possible events. Preppers feel the need, and are in fact driven, to protect themselves from the impact of these changes. Well, Change is inevitable. It is a fact of life. Preppers believe that it is better to take care of our loved ones, and ourselves than it is to trust that Society, or some other large entity, will take care of us. We know that we can only rely on ourselves and those who are like-minded that we have established a trusted relationship with. Look to establish that trusted relationship with nearby Preppers. Form a personal network. It may mean the difference between lasting for a couple lonely months, or lasting for a long lifetime with good friends. It may also mean the difference between giving your children a heritage, or not. You decide.
If one doesn’t learn from the Past, then they are sure to repeat it. Is that the way we want to go?