We understand that everyone is under a bit of stress – some more than others and everyone for different reasons:
Lack of job stuff
Family health issues
Personal health issues
Worry about future resources
Worry about how people are reacting
You might be quite prepared to stay in your castle and immediate environs for some time. The confidence that comes with that is great. But that feeling can also be impacted by the things we can’t control – namely other people.
As one of the Heloderm instructors, George, says: Sheep have two speeds, graze and stampede. And we are seeing a bit of that today.
You don’t have to be a “doomsday prepper” to be prepared. You can have a modest plan that incorporates your day-to-day preparedness and extends it to be useful for something like we are experiencing today, or worse.
You need shelter, food, water, and medicinals. Everything else is a luxury.
The panic we see today is a result of people feeling the need for ZERO survival mentality or skills (it will never happen to me), such that the possibility of losing luxuries is seen as an existential threat. So they stampede. Then, we question our ability to sustain and even the best of us can get sucked into “the thing”.
Having worked all over the world, we know how spoiled we are in the US. But we also know that competition for resources can be handled better using a clever day-to-day approach. This is in contrast to our typical spending our way out of a problem. Here are some things we offer as points to ponder.
Some things that we consider important right now:
Shop every day if you can and pick up small amounts to replace your eating, and gently subsidize your storage. What you can’t find today, you might find tomorrow. Go early in the morning or late in the evening. While we are more sheepdog than sheep, we should graze.
Rice, beans, flour, sugar
Canned tuna, salmon, sardines, chicken
Fresh vegetables and fruit
Buy water in the 1L bottles (smart water, etc). These are more efficiently transportable if you need bug out. They store easier than cases of water. 1 bottle is 34 ounces compared to 16 ounces with almost the same footprint.
Buy bread now, but be prepared to make your own if the food supply gets interrupted.
These are just a few examples. To be clear, we don’t think our food supply or water supply will be severely disrupted. But we prepare because it could. Anyone who thinks worse things than this are not possible is drinking from that famed river (“Da Nile, baby!”). Pray for the best, prepare for much worse.
If you have questions, comments, concerns, moral outrage, notes from home, let us know. We are here to help. Our tagline is “Train to Survive.” My friend, this is some good training right here. Now is the time to find the holes in your planning and adjust.
Let us know if you need anything. We will do all that we can. Let’s keep the conversation going.