Preparing for a crisis, regardless of what it is, requires organization. Far too often in our drive to stockpile supplies, we do so without a plan. We just buy ‘stuff.’ This can often create a bit of chaos as we begin to run out of room, or at least begin filling storage space that could be better utilized. You can wind up with a lopsided prep and a high risk of spoilage. Leading up to the presidential election, I was guilty of all of this and more. Instead of doing my usual targeted purchases once or twice a week, I was hitting the store nearly everyday, loading up as much as I could carry home. Rarely, did I return home from work without a trunk full of toilet paper, bottled water, canned goods and of course more shelving to store it all. I began buying items we rarely if ever used ‘just in case.’ Just how many cans of vegetable soup can 2 people eat? I was on a buying frenzy based on fear. Fear can be a great motivator, but can also lead to poor decision making. My once neat and organized bunker looked less like a pantry and more like a flea market. Continue reading “Are You Prepping, or Just Hoarding Stuff?”
Far too often I see preppers focused on having the latest cool gadgets and tools, instead of becoming proficient in the use of those tools. No, I am not against buying the latest cool tool, as I have been guilty of the same, but take the next step and actually learn how to use it. I see this issue most often when it come to firearms.
I currently work at an indoor gun range as a range officer and am currently seeking my NRA Instructors License. I see a lot of shooters; some good, some really good, some bad and some really bad; the primary difference being training and practice. When was the Continue reading “Lots of Gear, Not Enough Training”
The term ‘situational awareness’ may sound a bit intimidating, but at it’s core it’s nothing more than being aware of your surroundings. When you walk into a store, do you know where the exits are? If something happened could you escape or at least find shelter? I was a delivery driver for years and they constantly drilled us on ‘having an out’ in traffic, being aware of all four sides – that in a nutshell is situational awareness.
Have you ever been followed? I have a few times and it is unnerving to say the least; knowing someone is stalking you with intent to rob or worse will definitely ramp up your respiration and heart rate. Panic: even if you have run through this scenario in Continue reading “Situational Awareness: You are surrounded”
A firearm is just a tool, and like any tool, it’s useless unless you can get to it when you need it. I’m sure many of you have felt that frustration of knowing you have a tool but just can’t find it; can you imagine the frustration of being unable to access your firearm in a crisis situation? Are your firearms safe from children or nosy neighbors while also being accessible?
Practicing your preps is undoubtedly the best why to stay sharp and practicing intrusion prevention/self-defense is no different. So try running through a few scenarios and in each one ask yourself: how would I or could I respond? What could I change to improve my level of preparedness?
- You’re in the middle of dinner when 2 individuals attempt to kick in your door.
- You’re relaxing in front of the TV when you hear a noise in the back yard.
- You pull in your driveway and notice that your front door appears broken.
- You’re lying in bed when you hear a suspicious noise coming from the kitchen.
- You’re walking your dog when a suspicious person approaches you.
- You’re fueling up your vehicle when you realize the gas station is being robbed.
- You’re shopping with your family when a flash mob begins ransacking the store.
- You’re in the shower (home alone) when you hear someone in the house.
- You’re broke down on the side of the road when some rough characters stop to ‘help?’
- You answer a knock at the door and the person tries to force their way in.
The possibilities are endless, but as you run through each scenario, ask yourself am I prepared or could I be better prepared? What could I do to improve my chances of survival? Can I stage my firearms better while still keeping them safe from others? I think most will find that if they actually follow through on this exercise they will make at least some changes and probably order a couple of small gun safes. Police are reactionary and can only do so much, it’s your job to protect yourself, your family and your property from those who would do them harm.
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.
With the current ‘crisis’ with N Korea, I’ve noticed quite a few people rushing to get their preps back in order (or least they say they are) but the need to rush out to buy supplies NOW means you’re probably not all that prepared. Now I imagine we have all been guilty from time to time (I know I have) of getting a little lax in our prepping routine. I know I have not been getting enough range time for sure, but I recently realized just how physically unprepared I really was. Being physically prepared is one of the most difficult Continue reading “Be a Better YOU than You Were Yesterday”
First of all, preparedness in not a race or a competition, nor is it the simple act of hoarding food, ammo or equipment. I participate in several online forums on the subject and all too often I see members bashing other members for their choices of supplies, lack of knowledge or where they are in their journey. Everyone has their own pace and their own priorities and that’s OK! Balance and steady progress are really the keys to truly being prepared. If you have 3 days worth of supplies in your home you’re better off than 95% of the country! Continue reading “What is the Weakest Link in Your Prep?”
It’s no surprise that most preparedness minded people tend to focus heavily on food, water, equipment and firearms as those will likely be the most immediate needs in a crisis. However, do you or will you have the physical and mental strength to weather such a crisis? This is a question I have often asked myself through this journey and sadly, if I’m to be honest with myself, I would have to say no. Continue reading “Practicing Your Preps: Hiking”