having been caught up in the end of the year push, haven’t been doing much posting at all. So while I’m wishing you all a joyous holiday season, am using this opportunity to get something off my chest.
Had joined a Prepping group on FB to try and pick up some ideas and tips on stuff. After a few weeks, have realized I’m better off sort of talking to myself here.
It was a nice mix of folks, from all over the world, who had in common prepping. They purported to be strictly about SHTF scenerios, not disaster, EOTWAWKI scenerios. Unfortunately, there was too much about BOBs, Get home bags (yes, important if you have to commute to work) and Inch (I’m never coming home) bags. Lots of discussion about what makes up a good first aid bag – read full trauma set up.
Now, from my personal POV, a bug out bag is for leaving your house in an emergency, like fire, or to move from place to place. Most of us do not have a remote, fully set up, bug out location, right? So unless you are just going for short term or have a place to go, that BOB is setting you up for 3 days until you suffer badly. Of course, in a SHTF scenario, the worst of the emergency should be over in 3 days and the authorities have either moved in or you are back at home.
Most of the contents of those BOB’s also had nothing to do with things like clothing and toiletries, it was things like fire starters, water purifiers, axes and knives, paracord, tents, etc.
Yes, I have a BOB set up because we live in an area that could see disasterous fire! So have enough packed up to gives us clothing and such for three days, including some food for the dog. Yes, there is a small camp stove, propane bottle, water filter and dehydrated food in there in case we have to camp because hotels are full or it will take awhile to get to one. But its about temporary needs. If we have to leave our house, we lose our preps, so then what?
When women began talking about stuff like birth control the guys got rude and crude. In other words, not their problem and they didn’t like the alternatives that the women were coming up with. Sorry dudes, but do you really think the condom makers will be in business if it gets that bad?
and we weren’t really allowed to talk about self-defense or guns.
and they really put down people who bought things like solar powered battery “generators” rather than build their own.
Now while I get that a lot of people (me included) like their gizmos and gadgets, this is not a case of who has the most toys wins, right?! Its about making personal decisions and hoping you have all the right preps to support that life style. If you are preparing for a major EOTWAWKI event, you will be fine through a temporary SHTF scenario. and if the worst happens, you will hopefully be adequately prepared to make the transition from comfortable lifestyle to self-sufficient living.
But what really pushed me out was when the guy who ran the forum said that there hadn’t been a SHTF situation yet and it was unlikely to happen. WHAT!!! I’m sure that for the people who suffered from the record forest fires in the North West and CA this year would disagree with that. As would the hurricane survivors in Texas, LA, FL and Puerto Rico! If the thinks the only SHTF situation that counts is one that is nation wide, then we quickly move from SHTF to EOTWAWKI. Just a little breakdown in food delivery to the cities will see those cities burn to the ground!
All in all, it HAS made me aware that as I’ve gotten older, my choices and preps have to change. We continue, as a race of people, to dance to the edge of the abyss and, fortunately have so far, then danced back. Sadly, see we are now dancing at the edge with some madmen who really don’t see a danger of falling off that edge. Or maybe they think that edge is stronger than it looks. What ever, it makes me hope that we can hold off the events for a few decades longer, cause I’m not looking forward to having to spend my senior years living like a pioneer in the western wilderness!