Newbies to the world of preppers will find this page particularly useful, but it;s also a useful refresher for even the most seasoned survivalist. Many of the situations we prepare for as preppers are likely to arise due to a shortage of resources, whether that’s power, government control or in this case, food.
It’s actually a self fulfilling prophecy – when things go wrong, people tend to stockpile, especially if whatever it is that’s going wrong relates to something we place great value on, and is a resource that is clearly finite. An easy example to understand is gas – we all visit the gas station expecting to fill up our vehicles whenever we choose. However, if word gets around of fuel shortages, queues start to form as people begin to panic buy. This creates a problem – even if there’s plenty of gas to go around, if people all buy more than they need at the same time, the supply chain becomes strained, buying patterns are distorted, and ultimately – the gas station pumps begin to run dry.
The same issue applies to food – if people suspect it will soon to in short supply and supermarket shelves will become bare, they’ll increase the amount that they buy. Generally, people in panic mode tend not to make good decisions either – they might buy plenty of bread and milk for example, as these are items they consider to be essential. A little thought however, would make them realize that these are some of the most perishable items in a supermarket, so bulk buying is hardly a wise choice.
It goes without saying that tinned items have a much more long lasting shelf life than things like bread and milk, but does that make them the best choices?
That’s one of the subjects we address in our survival skills mini course, which you can get free access to here.
The fact of the matter is that most of us aren’t overflowing with experience in how to deal with emergencies, and there’s one skill that very few people have naturally – the skill to remain calm and think clearly in a crisis. That’s worth repeating – you’ll be far more likely to make good decisions when you remain calm, so next time you feel the overwhelming sensation of panic creeping up to you, regardless of the cause, remind yourself to take a moment, along with a deep breath, and remain calm.
It’s a skill that will pay dividends in almost any difficult situation too, but it’s certainly true when our very survival is threatened.
So, returning to the supermarket scenario, panic is certainly not something you should be aiming for. Heck, under normal circumstances, if you go to the store feeling hungry you’re more likely to buy things you don’t need so imagine what the added pressure of the fear of hunger might do to you.
Let’s consider for a moment what you’re likely to see if you rush to the supermarket after the newsflash on TV that makes people fear for the ability to feed their family. You’ll see people filling their cart with anything they can get their hands on, paying little regard to what each item will provide for them.
On the other hand, we’re not trying to encourage you to be a paranoid mess either, there’s no need to go crazy and barricade your front door in case people are trying to steal your supplies, even if that newsflash does appear. You don’t need to wear a tin hat when you leave your home or worry about the government tapping your phone. The chances are, there is no alien life form taking a specific interest in your actions. These things aren’t what being a good prepper is about. It’s about being sensible and taking logical steps to protect and support your family.
Remember, extreme emergencies do cause mass panic, but they also allow those that are prepares to rise above your average citizen too. While it may be every man or woman for him or her self, that doesn’t mean everyone’s survival chances are equal. Taking the simple step to take our free mini course is a great first step, and you can sign up here.
So, perhaps you’re not worried about empty shelves and see the chance of the USA falling under attack as remote – we get it, and we fully agree that it’s not likely in the coming days and months, so can’t we just leave it and worry about it if the risk does start to rise?
No-one’s trying to create a sense of unnecessary fear here, we’re trying our best to be balanced in a very unbalanced world. The USA is one of, if not the most powerful forces on the planet, but it’s simply not true that we’re as far ahead as we once were. Think about that for a second, that must mean the slide has begun. We’re becoming less powerful, and as we’ve seen time and time again, our beautiful country has got a lot of enemies around the world. Just think again about how you would feel if you struggled to put food on the table for your family, and those store shelves were bare.
It may be a natural disaster that’s to blame. Extreme weather strikes very quickly from time to time, and hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes can cause huge devastation. Short term that inevitably causes interruptions in the food supplies into local supermarkets, especially if you live outside of a major city. Metropolitan areas aren’t immune though, they just tend to get faster attention in disaster recovery efforts. That could easily run into weeks though, depending on the scale of a given disaster.
Even if the food supply is re-established quickly, you need to consider electricity, gas and water supplies too – all are vulnerable to these events, and it’s so easy to prepare for. If you’re lucky, this happens in the warmer months. If not, it could be the middle of winter and that might mean a very cold house.
So, once again, how does our free mini course sound? It’s going to take moments to sign up for, and you might just find that it gives you a huge advantage over most other people if the worst happens.