I think we all realize things are bad and getting worse. I think we all realize we need to take concrete, definitive steps to prepare for events that are both beyond our control and will impact our daily lives. I classify threats using four criteria. The first is no threat. Obviously, we are way beyond the no threat status. The next level is potential threat. A potential threat is anything that can happen, but may or may not in our lifetime. This would include things like an asteroid impact for example. While it is certainly possible for an asteroid to hit Earth, it isn’t really something you can prepare for, unless you won the lottery and have built a well-supplied bunker deep underground. Clearly, the vast majority of so called survivalists don’t have an underground bunker for them to go to. The third level of threat is a credible threat. A credible threat is a natural or man-made disaster covering a wide range of things. These would include earthquakes, tsunami waves, ice storms, and bio-weapon, chemical or nuclear attacks. They would also include economic collapse, social chaos, civil war or revolution. And finally, there is an actual threat of varying types and intensity. Again, while you can prepare for both a credible and actual threat, most of us are limited in what we can actually do to prepare.
I will tell you what I think you need to do to prepare for potential, credible and actual threats. It is a case of Teddy Roosevelt’s famous “Do what you can, with what you have, and where you are.” The first thing to decide is whether you shelter in place, or go to your “bug out location.” Personally, I am going to stay in downtown Portland for the simple reason I have no place to go, nor can I easily get there even if I did. Since that is the case, I have prepared as best I can to ride out the storm. I use criteria of 3 days, 3 weeks, 30 days and finally, three months. The first 72 hours can be easily be prepared for in terms of food, water, heat and core essentials. The 3 weeks requires a little more effort, but can also be done with a little extra effort. One month and three months are mostly simply adding more materials to get greater depth of preparations.
The adult person needs roughly one gallon of water per day for drinking and food preparation. You need more for flushing toilets and sanitation uses. I personally have four Coleman 5 gallon jugs of water. I also keep several gallons stored in my refrigerator at all times. Assuming you have some kind of warning, you can fill up your bathtub with up to 50 gallons of water. Next you can easily store up to three months of food, already prepared and requiring little cooking. I am talking about things like peanut butter, various jams and jellies, crackers, canned fruit and vegetables etc. Further, I also have both a Propane cook stove and a Propane heater using one pound Propane canisters. Granted, I only have enough for two to three weeks, but that will give me some flexibility to deal with the situation.
I am talking about food, water, heat, cooking and basic survival things. I have also stockpiled things like toilet paper, paper towels, plastic cups, paper plates, bowls and plastic utensils. All of this stuff can be bought a little at a time and stored away for future use. For example, I buy the 15 roll toilet paper pack. I can easily go one year without buying any more toilet paper. I buy them on sale for $10. It is not a matter of spending a fortune all at once. It is a matter of spending small amounts of money on a weekly or monthly basis. There are many lists of things to buy on the Internet that will give you some idea. For example, I bought three boxes of Quaker Oatmeal for around $10 also. They will last for up to 2 years and can be eaten and rotated to keep supplies fresh. You boil some water on your Propane stove, and you add the Oatmeal, some salt and you have a cheap, filling meal.
Recently, there have been several posts on the Internet, including Mr. Rawles comment that we need to “double down” on preps. I find advice like this to be useless for the simple reason the vast majority of survivalists don’t have the current resources to do so. All we can do is perhaps speed up the buying process, but even that is questionable. If we are talking about engaging in reasonable efforts to prepare for credible threats, I think we can do that. However, the idea most of us can prepare for a “collapse of the Roman Empire” scenario is not realistic. I also factor in the spiritual aspect, which is the most important. I will do what I can to prepare for the kinds of things, and the level of things that I am likely to face. Other than that, I am not going to sweat it. Right now the Internet is foaming at the mouth over the looming December 26th, 2016 Gamma Radiation Wave that is inbound from some exploding star many light years away. Well, I am sorry but if it does what some people say it will do, it is simply impossible for me to prepare for it. It will potentially be an ELE, or Extinction Level Event. Nope, I can’t prepare for an ELE. I don’t plan to do so. I don’t plan to worry about an ELE. I will live my live as best I can. I will prepare as best I can. If the December 26th event turns out to kill me, I will die in full spiritual awareness. This is all one can do. This is all one should do. This is all that can be done given the time and resources available to me. I am not a fear-monger, or engaged in doom porn. I think each person can, and should; take reasonable steps, given the time and resources available to them, and then just live. We all have to die sometime, gang. Prepare as best you can, with the abilities and resources you have, and then just enjoy this life we have been given. Finally, I wish you all, my loyal blog readers, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Granted, even if we all aren’t radiated, or earthquaked to death on the 26th, I can’t deny 2017, even if we don’t deal with civil war, or social anarchy, or tsunami waves 300 meters high, will be very interesting between the economy and the Snowflake attacks on POTUS Donald Trump. Well, stuff happens and we deal with it as best we can. I certainly have no intention of allowing any potential, credible or actual threat ruining this Christmas season! Take care, and if we are all dead shortly I have certainly enjoyed the ride over the last few decades!
Doomer Doug, a.k.a. Doug McIntosh now has a blog at www.doomerdoug.wordpress.com
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