POSH Prepper’s Journal by Prepper Podcast
August 2020: Volume 11 Issue 8
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In This Issue
Featured Article — Survival Planning: Core Considerations
Many prepper’s plans for surviving a state of absolute anarchy are often limited to specific readiness details, such as selecting firearms, growing and preserving food, keeping a bugout bag readily available, building improvised shelters, etc. Knowledge, skills, and abilities in numerous such details are essential to survival in a lawless world. Likewise, standing back from the specifics to consider overview planning concepts gives preppers insights into the larger picture that increases their chances to survive the die-off and prosper long term.
Here are 3 general planning concepts you can apply to your specific preparation planning and implementation actions. These are the down and dirty basics. Research them to gain more comprehensive expertise.
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The Time is Now
The Time is NOW — by Steven C. Bird
Many of you who follow me know that I’ve recently gotten our homestead off-grid and completely solar-powered. That didn’t happen overnight, though. For years, I had been attending Prepper Camp, Carolina Readiness Supply’s Heritage Life Skills, and several other preparedness related events, where I had been picking the brain of Scott Hunt, owner of Practical Preppers LLC as well as having a popular YouTube channel (Engineer775) on all things related to power concerning preparedness. I kept telling Scott, “One of these days, I’m gonna…” which I’m sure he hears twenty-zillion times per day from all sorts of folks just like you and me, who honestly have intentions to get themselves either off-grid or at least to an acceptable level of backup power.
How many of those people actually follow through with that vision? I’m not sure, but I’ve learned that when I say, “One of these days,” it likely means never. I saw a show on the History Channel once where a group of prospectors were heading into the Yukon in pursuit of the gold rush, and at one point, they had to travel by the river but didn’t have a boat. One of the men said, “But how are we going to build a boat?” His companion said, “Like everyone else, we start, then eventually, we’ll be finished.”
That simple statement resonated with me, and I’ve tried to live by it ever since. If I start something, I will finish it. If I say, “One of these days,” I know it may never come to pass.
With that being said, there are a lot more product shortages out there right now that just ammo, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer. I recently placed an order with Scott for a second bank of batteries to double our energy storage capacity, and to my horror, the wholesaler told him they were selling faster than they could be made, and that it would be 3-4 weeks before they had any more to sell (I still don’t have them at the time of this newsletter release). If you go shopping for a deep freezer or appliance that aids in self-sufficiency right now, you’re likely to find the same answer.
Folks who used to not be preppers are beginning to come around to the idea that the stability of our world is a well-orchestrated house of cards, and that stability can be upset both by design and by natural causes at any time. With news reports of meatpacking plant closings and such, people have been running out and buying freezers to stock up for the potential protein shortages we may face in the near future, and that’s something the supply chain and “just in time” logistics just aren’t able to support. With the number of people buying up every solar panel, battery, charge controller, inverter, etc. that they can get their hands on to keep those freezers going when the rolling blackouts come, the things that used to be just a few days away may now be months away, and as we’ve seen, a lot can happen to our economy and our supply chain in that amount of time.
So, even if you have dreams, goals, and plans to go completely off-grid, but you haven’t started, I’d say you’d better get to building that boat. If your finances don’t currently allow for that to happen at the scale you’ve planned, then at least get going with a few panels and a simple system that will keep your critical needs powered such as refrigerators and freezers, and even HAM radios.
Let’s face it, as much as we’re addicted to them, powering your air conditioning, microwave, and laundry appliances are a luxury and not a requirement for life. Determine what your “critical needs” are and start addressing them now. If this all blows over, or we at least end up with more time before the plug is pulled from the drain, you can add to it later to get to where you WANT to be, but for now, focus on where you NEED to be. Our clock appears to be ticking faster each day.
Steven C. Bird is a self-sufficiency minded individual with a passion for independence and individual liberty. He puts this passion into his writing where he conveys the things that he feels are important in life, intertwined with action-packed adventure and the struggles of humanity. The author of Breaking the Beast: The Redemption of Joe Branch
Preppers & Survivalists
Preppers & Survivalists — by Scott M. Baker
Preppers and Survivalists
Six months ago that conjured images of nutjobs stockpiling years of supplies for the end of the world, building bunkers in their basements or moving to isolated compounds in the country, armed to the teeth and ready to and ready to take on the world.
Then COVID-19 emerged.
Suddenly preppers and survivalists were no longer viewed with the negativity once associated with them as toilet papers, bottled water, and other essentials could no longer be found on store shelves. Millions of Americans went out and purchased firearms to deal with the growing social unrest. I know several gun shop employees in New Hampshire who told me hundreds of people drove up from Massachusetts, where the gun laws are Preppershly restrictive, attempting unsuccessfully to purchase firearms.
Times have changed.
Am I prepper or a survivalist? No.
Am I prepared for any eventuality? Yes.
Experience has taught me to be ready for a prolonged period of self-sufficiency. I was born and raised in New England and vividly remember the Blizzard of ’78 when Massachusetts was closed down for three weeks. I lived on Okinawa for three years and experienced many a typhoon, including a super typhoon that landed at Kadena Air Base and devastated the island and witnessed first-hand the results of the mass exodus of U.S. troops from the Philippines following the devastation from the eruption of Mount Pinatubo. I spent three years in Seoul, South Korea when the threat of potential war was serious. And I lived for four years in Florida when we got hit with numerous hurricanes. And I was not surprised when Katrina devastated New Orleans and local, state, and federal authorities spent weeks trying to restore order to that ravaged city. After twenty-three years with the CIA, I fully understand the limitations of the government to handle certain situations. The ineptitude from both political parties in dealing with COVID-19 and the civil unrest resulting from the murder of George Floyd shows that, in a crisis, most of us would be on our own.
To me, it’s common sense to be prepared for a month, no matter what the situation. I always keep on hand enough food and essential to last four weeks, from bottled water, canned goods, and pet food/treats to women’s products, toilet paper/paper towels, spare water to flush toilets and wash up. And yes, I have enough weapons and ammunition to deal with any crisis that develops in my neighborhood. I also watch the news regularly and take extra precautions when I see a potential threat on the horizon. My family rolled their eyes in January when I saw the news coming out if China and started stocking up on certain things; they’re not laughing now.
Who am I? I’m an average, middle-class, blue-collar worker like most of the country who knows in an emergency there is only one person I can fully rely on – myself.
It’s common sense to be prepared. Those who are will weather the storm. Those who do not are at the mercy of the forces around them.
Scott M. Baker was born and raised in Everett, Massachusetts, and spent twenty-three years in northern Virginia working for the Central Intelligence Agency. Scott is now retired and lives just outside of Concord, New Hampshire along with his wife and stepdaughter. He has written The Nurse Alissa Vs. the Zombies books multi-book series focusing on a young woman learning how to survive in a world overrun by the living dead;
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