A friend asked me one day “What do I do? It’s too much to handle. Food, Shelter, Self-defense. Do you have any advice?”
I rarely talk to people about the very long list of “bad things” happening in our world. Most do not want to know. (Cognitive Dissonance)
I did, however, write a quick list to address a few points.
1. Acknowledgement of the pressing need.
2. Read and be familliar with your daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly requirements.
3. Choose the 5 or 6 scenarios that concern you most and take the steps to minimize the negative impact on you and your family.
4. Learn skills that you will NEED to use on a regular basis should the SHTF.
5. Start off with buying a little extra canned food when you grocery shop. Choose store brands that are less expensive. Consider storing Ramen, Pastas, Salt, Beans, Rice. Staples with long shelf life. Rotate.
6. I’ve built shelters before with only scavenged and donated materials and lots of sweat equity. A shovel, wheel barrow, concrete blocks, treated lumber, and a measuring tape. Plans are on the internet.
7. Some of the pricier items such as radiation detectors, Rad meters, CBRN filter systems, PV systems, water treatment and filtering systems need to be budgeted in over time and planned for. Some people may have to change their lifestyle. Some may have to forego some luxuries, some may have to lead an austere life for a while. Depends on how much importance you place on your preperations.
8. BE DISCREET. Learn what OpSec is and practice it.
9. Ask questions of the anonymous on the internet.
10. Have ONE trusted friend. Maybe 2. Three would be a blessing. More than 4 is highly unlikely.
11. Until you have 100% buy in from your family, you must shoulder the responsibility yourself. It is not a burden, but a duty.
12. Living a prepared life is not living a scared life. It is not living in fear of the unknown. It is living with the knowledge of the possibilities and planning to limit their negative effect on you and your loved ones.
13. It is a journey. Not a sprint. The sprinters are the ones who waited too long to start. They may very well fail. Failing is not one of YOUR options.
Just wanted to share.