Sunday, January 22, 2017

Prepping and Climate Change

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  As Preppers we try and anticipate scenerios that might end life as we know it and stockup on things we thing we will need to ensure our survival in the future. One thing that I don't see a lot written about is Climate Change. I'm not really sure why but I do have some thoughts. One reason I believe is that it's a slow catastrophe. It has been slowly happening for decades. Back in the 1950's some scientist were starting to sound the alarm about what we were putting in the atmosphere. As is true with all predictions, there were skeptics. Now with the majority of climate scientist saying that it is real and happening, we still are doing very little about it. When I say we, I mean on a global scale with all countries participating. Here in the United States, there seems to be more of a sense of urgency. After all, we primarily started it with the advent of the industrial revolution. Developing countries don't seem to be as accepting to change their polluting practices. The reason for this is that it will cost money. It will cost a lot of money and at this point we may be past the tipping point and can do nothing to stop what will happen at some time in the future. We might be able to slow it down, but personally I think that ship has sailed and we're along for the ride. 

  As for the skeptics that are still saying they don't believe it, I believe that their opinions for the most part are driven by profit and greed. By the time climate change is making life on Earth difficult at best, the government officials that could do something about it will be dead and it will be up to our kids and grandkids to deal with. They are the ones that will suffer. I will most likely be dead within 30 years. I may live long enough to witness the start of the devestation but for the most part I won't have to survive my entire life through it as people born 30 years from now will.

  How do you prepare for a slow catastrophe? It's hard. As of yet we don't really know how different areas of the globe will be ultimately affected. One theory is that as the ice caps melt, they will dilute the salt in the oceans and stop or change the currents that currently control weather patterns. This means that there will be areas that were traditionally cold and wet to be drier and hotter. Areas that were arid may become wetter. This change in ocean currents has happened many times and has been proven to have greatly affected global temperatures around the world. Desert areas today were once lush and green. Ice ages came and went. These events happened slowly and on their own. What we are seeing now may be part of a natural cycle and we may just be speeding up what would eventually happen anyway. My thought is this though, if there is a possibility that we are affecting the climate and can do something about it, then why wouldn't we. Is it that we just don't care about our future generations? We don't want to hurt the profits of the large corporations that donate money to the election of the politicians?  I don't know the answer to that. One thing for sure is that what may be a perfect bug out location now may be unlivable in 50 years. That won't affect most of us, just something to think about. There is a SyFy show on TV right now called "Incorporated". It's based on the premise that climate change has happened and corporations now control everything in our lives. You either work for the corporations and live a good life or you struggle with day to day survival. Even though this is science fiction for now, I do see large corporations controlling more and more of our politicians. 

  I really believe that in 30 years we will see suffering on very large scales with climate refugees all over the world. I'm glad I won't have to live during that time in human history. All we can do is prepare for what we see and know at this time. The future preppers will have to prepare differently that we do. What is important to us now may now be worth a hill of beans to our future generations.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Take Advantage of Human Nature Immediately Following A Catasphrophe

  Studies and recent history have shown that when confronted by an acute stressor, people co-operate with each other. Whether it's terrorist attacks or hurricanes or some other type of natural disaster, humans tend to want to help their fellow man. My personal opinion is that if your plan is to bug out that you should do it as soon as you recognize your area is in a bad way and likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future. I'm not saying that all people want to help out other people. Some will take advantage of the situation to loot, steal, or generally cause mayhem, but the majority of people will come together to assist others if they can.

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    You can see this play out during any natural disaster. A neighborhood gets wiped out and others flock to help out. Terrorists attack a market and people help the wounded. In war, soldiers develop very deep bonds with their fellow soldiers. People are typically social animals. They run into gunfire to help their fallen comrade. This is acute stress in action. Chronic Stress, which is what will follow a SHTF event is completely different and will cause man to turn on one another in order to survive.

  This situation hopefully will last long enough for you to get where your going. It may not last more than 2 or 3 days. Once people start running out of water or supplies, they will inevitablely turn on each other to survive. Acute stress generally leads to bonding, but chronic stress wears you down and makes us cranky. Don't get me wrong, there will still be dangerous people. Just as most people's natural reaction is to help, some take advantage. Hopefully you have preppared and are ready to take advantage of this limited window of opportunity to get to your alternate location. 

  We as preppers have realized for years that there may come a time when we can't rely on anyone to assist us or bail us out of a bad situation. We have spent time and money trying to get into a position to survive and thrive in a really different world. We will spend the rest of our lives trying to keep what we have and hopefully will bond with like minded individuals to live out the rest of our lives. We will probably be among the first to realize that the world as we know it isn't coming back anytime soon. Take advantage of that knowledge and get to your safe area, you only have a couple of days to do it in.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

When Was The Last Time . . .?

  As someone who prepares for the bad times or the end of the world, we as preppers put a lot of emphasis on getting the right gear or making sure we're stocked up on provisions. We buy knives, ammo, flashlights, food, etc. Once we have a supply what do we do with it. Store it away for when it's needed. We have bug out bags in our homes, cars, motorcycles and they are filled with what we think is necessary to help us to survive emergencies. 

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  A thought occurred to me that maybe I'm not doing my proper maintenance. I have several flashlights stored around the house and in our vehicles. They all use the 18650 rechargeable batteries and I have been known to use them on occasion for various tasks. I decided to recharge the batteries the other day to make sure they were up to snuff. What I found was scary. Out of the 6 flashlights that we have, 4 of the 6 batteries were needing to be recharged just through normal use. This got me to thinking, what about my knives? Did they need resharpened? In my case the answer was no, but you get the drift. We need to check on our preps periodically to make sure they're ready when we need them. Image result for vehicle maintenanceI've gotten in the habit of keeping our vehicles always fueled when we hit 3/4 tank of gas. Charging batteries should be no different. We use these things that we buy and it's easy to forget how much. 

 Image result for bottled water While I was on the maintenance kick I also decided to check our bottled water supply. Through the summer we grab a bottle from the stock and forget about it. Long story short, 2 cases later we're back up to what I'm comfortable with. I checked out our vehicles and re-supplied some things that had been used, as well as airing up the tires that were low due to temperature changes for the winter. I also took the opportunity to get re-acquainted with our medical supplies and bug out bags. Changed out some clothing that would be more appropriate for the coming winter. 

  The moral of this is don't prep and forget. It's up to us to make sure we're ready for whatever. I believe that twice a year is probably adequate but at least once a year. Do yourself a favor and check your preps now.