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Jul 04

Some recent advice

by CCCooper

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.

1 comment

  1. Mr Nola

    I agree with those who think this is overwhelming.Very few can know how to do everything necessary ( at least I can’t). I can do the food prep part, find best items etc. and prices for BOB stuff, try to make the whole 72 hr. scenario real, and a few other homesteading type skills :) Spouse Mr Nola is the “protection” and “survival” guy, but I try to do what I can to support what needs to happen. Being in the urban sprawl doesn’t help when trying to imagine scenarios- especially those of us who lived through Katrina- we know what can happen when we rely on govt to help…
    Biggest problem so far is #10. We are surrounded by fine, loving caring people who for the most part have no clue and are living in denial. Some think we are a bit crazy, but don’t say so.
    Some if them are our closest friends, but they won’t be much help in practical sense- even the one who is a doctor.
    What surprises me, and scares me, is that it seems difficult to meet like-minded folks in our neck of the woods- south of Lake Pontchartrain…but I will keep checking here and elsewhere- I know we aren’t the only people in this city who are doing what we are doing. Seems like most things here- NOLA seems to always be behind the curve on just about everything, after living here most of my life- it seems that way :()

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