Repost: On this last Saturday of July in the year from Hell, what are you doing to prepare?

Editor: A reader suggested I post again what I said in July. It appears that during this last week of December what I said in July still resonates maybe even more so as the brazen election steal by a man with dementia, continued Chinese virus scare tactics and even that massive giveaway to the world puts us in even more jeopardy for the s*** to hit the fan.

Never, ever, succumb to normalcy bias!

 

I don’t think preparing for the possibility that we could be visited by chaos and catastrophe this fall and winter is giving into the COVID panic.  Sensible people prepare for life changing events—they buy life insurance, change the batteries in smoke detectors and keep their automobile gas tanks full.

Do we call those people preppers?  We could because they are!

The warning signs have been right in front of our faces since about March!

 

The media has over the years depicted preppers as those who take to the back woods, lugging water from a nearby stream, and killing game to eat which they cook over spits in the ‘yard.’  But there is a wide range of possibilities for how much you want to prepare, and some of it is completely sane and sensible.

I had no interest this morning in writing one more crooks and criminals post that will only serve to feed your news reading addiction, because today I’m working on my to-do list for being prepared.

And, hey, look at it this way.  If conservative-minded people prep for the worst and the libs think the government is going to take care of them, guess who might survive riots, civil unrest and a pandemic.  You guessed it!

I just started reading a great book (well, I’ve only read a few chapters, so shouldn’t prematurely call it great) entitled “Start Prepping” by Tim Young. I subsequently learned a great deal from Young’s book and others.

The author discusses something that keeps most people from moving when faced with immediate or longterm danger.  He calls it ‘normalcy bias.’  He lists several examples of where people died because their brains just couldn’t go there—that they were in danger of being killed—and so they did nothing.

Case in point….

I recently read a novel about the Titanic and subsequently read a non-fiction book on the horrific sinking of the unsinkable ship.

The ship (on its maiden voyage!) sank in about two hours and 40 minutes from the time it struck an iceberg in the north Atlantic until it went down.

Initially the captain and officers didn’t think it was possible that they would lose the whole ship and many passengers did not move to lifeboats (there weren’t enough anyway) continuing to play cards and otherwise entertain themselves as normalcy bias overcame them.  At least 1,500 people went down with the ship.

Bad things do happen in history, after all, Rome fell, Nazi Germany nearly conquered all of Europe, the Twin Towers fell, is it so far-fetched that we are due for some rough times.

Heck we have had a little taste of it already.

Six months ago would you have dreamed that millions would lose their jobs and fat women would be punching each other in the aisles of supermarkets over toilet paper?

So what is the downside of learning how to protect your family?  A few people might think you are nutty—so what!

I suggest you stop reading this post, and look for a few good books and then head out to the grocery stores near you that are (still) open and begin getting in the things you would hate to live without even for a brief time—coffee maybe?

But, don’t forget water!  Author Tim Young says it is the most vital commodity for surviving even a few days.  Those of you living on ‘city water’ could find your water supply suddenly shut off for myriad reasons.

And, so what if you spend some time preparing, get in some food, water and other supplies and thank God nothing out of the normal happens later this year, then you can enjoy a few less shopping trips over the winter, eat some of what you have stored, and spend the extra free time on your political news reading addiction instead!

Finally, are you an ant or a grasshopper?  Aesop figured this out, oh, about six centuries before Christ.   Of course, one big difference now is that the ‘grasshoppers’ of today are mean SOBs often with weapons.  And that is another thing you need to be prepping for!

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4 thoughts on “Repost: On this last Saturday of July in the year from Hell, what are you doing to prepare?

  1. The year 2020 should have been a lesson for everyone. Sensible people realize now that our safety and security are not to be left to local or federal government officials who may well ignore or even condone mass violence and mayhem. The authentic Americans and Patriots must be prepared to survive and prevail for the future of America.

  2. This is right up my alley. I’m a prepper, I’m mostly anticipating financial collapse, and the ill’s that come with it, a failing infrastructure is one of them, and civil unrest. I’m with you on this Ann whether you are going through the disaster in Texas, or observing it, get serious about prepping. After “hurricane” Sandy hit the New York City area, everyone talked about getting a generator and doing other things to prepare, but very few actually did.

    Sometimes people think too big. They plan on installing a large backup generator in their back yard that will cost them $20,000 and they can never afford that. So the first rule is to plan on getting what you can actually afford to get. Cheap things such as candles and blankets can make all of the difference. Put a few nice thick candles in your basement where the water comes in, and in your kitchen and every bathroom, and you can prevent your pipes from freezing. A candle can produce enough heat to keep a small room such as a bathroom warm. Long underwear, blankets, balaclavas and trapper hats can keep you warm and comfortable. Spend $50 on a camping stove and some one lb bottles of propane, and you will be able to have hot food and drink. You can buy small solar panels that you can hang in a window, and keep your cell phone charged without power. There are battery powered land line phones that will work even without power.

    For a couple hundred dollar investment, you could stay in your house and not be too miserable, most importantly, prevent your pipes from freezing.

    1. Thanks for all the good tips! It makes no sense not to be prepared. And, be prepared to defend what you have when the Lefties who expected the government to take care of them, come for your stuff!

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