50 Shades of Prepping

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Now on to this week’s post with a question for everyone. Why are you a prepper? Why, when most around us are still going further into debt buying new cars, furniture and designer clothes that will be outdated in a few years, do we chose to invest in beans, bullets and band aids instead? I have a few ideas which I’ll cover in this post, but I am curious to hear what made you decide to prepare when neighbors, co-workers, and family members don’t see the need.

The comments on Survive the Coming Collapse site are a blessing for me and I hope you as well. It’s nice to know we aren’t the only ones who know in our gut that it’s time to prepare.

My personal conviction to get prepared had its roots in childhood. I grew up on a homestead in Alaska without running water or electricity. Lights didn’t involve flipping a switch, but rather lighting an oil lamp. Food was kept high in a tree in a food cache. Bathing was done either in an old wooden sauna that was heated by an old barrel that was stoked with firewood. When summer came, my brothers and sister and I would grab a bar of soap and jump into the lake that faced the cabin. The bathroom was an outhouse that I’ve often joked involved dodging moose on the way. Actually, it wasn’t all that amusing when you came upon them—they kill more Alaskan’s than bear by far. Then there was the Devils Club that had long dagger-like thorns on the underside if its huge, prehistoric-looking leaves.

It wouldn’t surprise me to discover several of you also led self-sufficient lives on homesteads or farms and have hands-on experience over what it takes to survive when every-day conveniences aren’t  available.

The following markers grabbed the attention of many. But there’s a core difference between worrying and taking charge of our circumstance. I suppose it’s the difference boils down to bravery: acknowledging something’s not quite right and then actually going out and doing something about it…allowing us to sleep better at night knowing whatever comes, we’ve faced it and we’re ready.

The Economy

I suspect many felt the need to prepare when we were blindsided in 2008 with the economic meltdown. Suddenly, folks began to lose their jobs, or had their hours and benefits cut. Factories and staple businesses like Barnes & Noble, J.C. Penney, Sears, Radio shack began to lay off employees and close stores and the nation watched too many lose their homes. Selling a home was no longer easy when too many found themselves upside down in their mortgages.

During that time and for the next several years, I wrote articles about the fate of the American people that wasn’t being reported on. Tent cities sprung up all over the country. Many middle-class Americans joined the leagues flooding into these tent cities that before the economic crisis were living comfortably with decent jobs, retirement plans and many were homeowners. What was being swept under the rug was that these tent cities were being dismantled by city officials who saw them as an eyesore and they were abruptly bulldozed.

Good hearted people began to hand out food to others down on their luck, but many were told they weren’t allowed to do so because they did not have the proper food handler’s licensing.

If this doesn’t send the clear message that we must rely upon ourselves, I don’t know what would!

Escalating Food & Gas Prices

Food and gas prices are another marker that has led people to become more self-sufficient. We’ve all noticed food prices continue to rise and recently one of the main reasons is the drought the U.S. has suffered over the past few years. The decimated wheat and corn crops have led to projections that wheat and corn prices will continue to climb steeper, surpassing last year’s 12 percent price hike for these commodities.

This is important because not only has the price of wheat and corn increased; shortages of grains increased the price of beef, chicken and pork due to steeper feed costs. Where a bale of hay was typically $3.50 to $4.00, the price skyrocketed to $5.00 to $9.00. We had a small respite when ranchers brought their cattle to slaughter to combat the sharp increase in their feed, glutting the market and partially leveling out the price. Even so, the beef, chicken and pork prices were higher last year, and with the continued drought, they are likely to continue to increase.

(David’s note:  Hay is still $2 per bale in many places with water and $5-$10 at farm supply stores.  What has changed is that fuel prices, tire prices, and other vehicle costs have doubled in the last 4 years and if you don’t have hay locally, the cost to transport it is through the roof.)

Gas prices have hit household budgets in many ways. Not only does higher gasoline prices increase the cost of getting to work, it also increases farming and ranching overhead, which is passed on to the consumer. The same goes for transportation costs to get the food to market which is eventually felt at the checkout stand.

(David’s note:  I had to get both new truck tires and new studded tires last year for my F350.  Those 8 tires put me back about $400 per tire, or $3,200.  A few short years ago, my tires cost me $100-$150 and I remember splurging $200 per tire for Z rated tires for my old Audi.  Again, this is a downstream effect of higher petroleum prices.)

Global Unrest

With the attacks on 9/11/01, many Americans were left feeling vulnerable. This, in my opinion, woke up many who took their survival into their own hands and began to take steps towards self-sufficiency.

As global unrest continues both in the political and economic arena, the number of preppers continues to climb. It makes sense when watching the backlash of austerity measures in the EU that led to employment, pensions, and benefits coming under attack, along with riots when people chose to express their anger.

(David’s note:  It’s important to remember that, when boiled down to basics, “austerity” is nothing more than taking measures to force a government entity to spend less than it takes in–in other words, it’s not the radical, scary thing that the media has made it out to be and the US WILL be forced to take austerity measures at some point.)

Mother Nature 

Preparedness is seen by many to be an insurance against whatever Mother Nature throws our way. The recent winter storms in the Northeast and Midwest have been splashed across the headlines  with reports of people being without electricity and heat and some have been unable to get to work due to terrible road conditions.

In that past few years, Sandy, flooding in the Midwest, and Katrina have revealed inherent chinks in emergency services ability to help a large numbers of people with rescue, safe shelter and food.

(David’s note:  EMS has the desire to help in disasters, but their budgets call for staffs and supplies that are barely able to handle “normal” situations, let alone disasters.)

Recent sun activity has led to concern over our fragile power grid. Thankfully a coronal mass ejection does not threaten us physically, but it can really mess with everything we take for granted today: electricity, technology, banking, services and supply lines.

Geographical Location

Certain areas of the country almost dictate preparedness. Living in Alaska, most everyone I knew was a prepper even if they didn’t see themselves as such. Overflowing pantries were the norm because making it to the store in a blizzard wasn’t an option. Everyone saw it as prudent to have a wood stove and oil lamps and a good store of seasoned firewood. Most kept sleeping bags or warm bedding, a flash light and emergency food in their cars even for local trips because winters often delivered twenty below temperatures.

I’ve been in contact with preppers all  across the nation and a recurring thread many of them shared was they were brought up in areas of the country where self-sufficiency was a prerequisite for survival.

Freedom Lovers

Have you ever met a prepper who wasn’t watching what our politicians were up to? Lately our freedoms have been under attack and folks are responding by taking control of their own lives through preparedness rather than depending upon our elected officials to rescue us in times of trouble.

Feelings of Unrest

It would be interesting to know how many began prepping because of a nagging feeling that “something” was looming ahead that warranted being prepared. Based on many conversations I’ve had with folks all across the country, this is a common thread with preppers.

Some may call it discernment, others intuition, but no matter what one chooses to call it, many are reporting the feeling that things were about to get worse and are busy kicking their preparedness plan into high gear.

Pandemic

Since the advent of air travel, scientists and physicians have warned the public about the speed a pandemic can spread, infecting people across the globe. Some have taken this concern to heart and chose to become self-sufficient in case quarantining themselves may become necessary.

Frankenseed 

Many have grown concerned about consuming food grown from Monsanto’s frankenseed and started growing their own food in backyard gardens. But once a taste of independence was experienced, many went on to prepare on a larger scale.

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Many of us got a head start before the Twin Towers or the economic meltdown of 2008. Personally, I had my wakeup call in 2006, although I was always somewhat prepared simply because of my upbringing. It wasn’t some inside knowledge that propelled me to get serious about preparedness, nor was it just one incident, and there have been many over the past several years. It was more an intuition that told me it was time to return to my self-sufficient roots and I haven’t looked back since.

One thing that’s for sure is that we have company. It’s estimated 3 million Americans are preppers, and I suspect that number is greater. We preppers aren’t known to stand and be counted when our neighbors and co-workers continue to place consumerism over preparedness.

It’s important to note that you can prepare for ALL of these disasters simultaneously.  There’s no need to get myopic or obsessive about a single disaster at the expense of other likely disasters.  That’s one of the main reasons why I created the SurviveInPlace.com course and the FastestWayToPrepare.com course.  If you haven’t gone through both of them, I encourage you to do so today.  More than 30,000 people, some just like you, have gone through one or both of the courses and given them rave reviews.  Long story short, they’re proven, critically acclaimed, and you will benefit from the information.  To learn more, go to SurviveInPlace.com and FastestWayToPrepare.com.  Don’t like videos?  Just exit the page once it loads and pick the “stay” option to read about the courses and get signed up today.

For me, the most intriguing aspect of the TV series, “Doomsday Preppers” is the why folks were compelled to prepare. Unless I missed one of the shows, the reasons to become self-sufficient were included here. For me personally, the biggest trigger to get prepped was the continuing decline in our nation’s economy (despite what the mainstream media spoon feeds us). So what kick-started your preparedness, or are you one of the few who has always lived a life of self-sufficiency? Please sound off by posting below!

God bless and stay safe,

David Morris and Survival Diva.

Comments

  1. I began prepping as soon as I got married in 1952. My church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, has always encouraged self sufficiency. They suggest everyone have a year supply of food, clothes and where possible fuel. I started with canning fruits. When we purchased our home on a 1/3 an acrea we planted fruit trees, planted a garden, raspberry bushes and strawberry plants, and grape vines. I put up grape juice, and made strawberry and raspberry jam, dried fruits and fruit leather. I made candles out of small flatish cans and wax. They burn hot and long. I have made a number of crazy quilts and pillows. More than I need so I feel good about having some in storage. I put in some medical supplies but find the adhesive is not very strong anymore. I do have a year’s supply of food. My granddaughters say that if hard times come, they will come and live with me. I am happy to be able to give them a sense of security. I have been teaching them how to can fruit. When they were younger I taught them how to sew and made crazy quilts. Now 60+ years later the fruit trees are all dying which gives us a large supply of firewood. My husband and I are both in wheel chairs and surviving in good times is hard for us. I am not sure how long we will last when hard times come. Maybe the people that need our help will do a lot of the work so maybe things will work out.

    • Survival Diva says:

      Barbara,

      Your family is blessed to have you and your knowledge! I’m sure they’ll be there to help when the time comes : )

  2. When I lived in “the city”…my house was burglarized. I felt so violated. It opened my eyes to my surroundings more. I took safety for granted and researched “why me” and found that crime was up and at an increasing rate. People are in dire straights more and this leads to more desperate actions. I chalk it up to the declining economy (to keep this simple) and it’s not getting better. I didn’t want to be in the middle of this large city as I saw times getting worse and figured crime would too. I also began to think more big picture. What if there was a break in the chain for food delivery? Even if it wasn’t from pure anarchy…it could be a natural disaster, or EMP, Hostess going out of business, or anything…and that disruption could cause a major problem for a large city (N.J. folks saw it when Sandy hit them…not enough water, food, power, etc.) I didn’t want to experience this and over the last couple years have turned my “vacation” hole into my full-time home (officially sold my 15yr residence recently.) I’ve taken a piece of all the survival tips given by David and team…as well as others to try to make myself as prepared as possible (and sure…I have more to do…who doesn’t?) Will I cite them here? No, I believe keeping some things both private and secure is an overlooked topic and these “prepper” folks on TV displaying themselves is a huge mistake…it literally advertises “hey, come here for all my supply’s and gold.” I will forego the invitations for trouble and keep quiet about my preparedness. Nothing to see here…move along.
    PS. I only had to relocate about an hour away, but went from a town with well over 1 million people within 10 minutes in all directions of me…to less than 20000 within 20 minutes of me. Yes it’s a big change, but I actually like it and more important….I’m less at risk here for dozens of reasons vs my previous location.
    Survive in Place isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” system. Some people must stay in place for practical reasons and need to prepare accordingly. Some people may have a “bug out” cabin to go to and can make plans with that angle in mind. For me….I had the luxury of moving to my bug-out place full-time, and I’m still making the most of my place with my specific preparations that suit me. The key is….figure out what YOU need to prepare for YOUR needs and utilize the wealth of information that people like David are kind enough to share with us. Preparing is an ongoing activity and way of life.

  3. Rev. David Wilkerson sent out a newsletter telling people to prepare for 30 days. We just kept going. I did the Survive in place course and learned much.

  4. I haven’t been here for a while and read every post. It is great to be reminded that I am not alone. Sometimes, my kids make me feel like a freak, as that comes from their lips when they don’t know I can hear them. I wish that they were right, but they will learn differently. Maybe, it will teach them that self-reliance isn’t such a bad thing. I will just keep working and perhaps they will grow to be the great patriots our country once had. We need the strength of our youth to rebuild our great nation.

  5. We started saving some food about 5 years ago, we are Christians, and do believe things will get bad, in politcs and in weather conditions. We have talked to people about putting some food aside, and we start by saying that there would be no food in the stores by 3 days if there were a huge earthquake. We have several oil lamps, camping stoves, lanterns, non GMO food seeds, and a dehydrater and canning equipment. My husband has the ability to hunt and fish as well. I can every year out of our garden. We don’t have as much as we could in stored food, but could get along for 6 months. I have made homemade bread, and make much of my food from scrach. We live in a large city, and there is a small creek at the end of our lane, and we have a big burkeie water filter.
    I would love to get off the grid more, perhaps put in solar, but don’t think we can dig our own well, as our property is not large enough, and we are already on septic. I do believe the Lord will help us and give us what we need. I have people in my family that are not serving Jesus, so it’s important to have some things stored for them.

    • Anthony Simpkins says:

      Hi Nancy,

      It sounds like you have prepared well, after all, our best tool is our trust in God. But remember, those who are not serving Jesus, will be under Satan’s power. Then they will be turning you in, to save themselves.

  6. joseph Lee Morehouse says:

    Why am I a prepper ?
    Well it because I like to eat good food – have a warm bed to sleep in – a safe place to live – not being afraid of what tomarrow brings , how that for a start.
    Example I am a coffee drinker love my coffee hate the high prices so when it go’s on sell I buy 40 canisters of it nomarolly $11.29 a can on sell for $5.99 , it will last me 3 years and I save a good chunk of money.
    Real reason I am a prepper I’m afraid of tomarrow not only for myself but for everybody the weather is going crazy , our goverment is broken to put it nicely , I find that a dollar doesn’t go as far as it use to. I alway save and prep but back then it was called being prudent. I grown up in a large poor family and I have memorys of getting to the dinner table late and you got alot of potatoes and beans , no meat or milk , thats the way it was. I would help my parents with the large garden , canning for the winter , going to second hand stores to get clothes life was hard. I had my first paying job when I was 12 , wages were $0.78 hour and they made me work for every penny. When I got my first check I hand it over to my parents.
    As soon as I could I started to save and alway was carefull with my money. My family thinks I am a nut job because the way I choose to live now, but when they have hard times they seem to turn to me for help.
    I do believe things in this country will get worry all the signs are there , I wish my family would wake up and get ready for it.
    My one brother and his wife just spent $6.000.00 on a huge flat screen TV and computer systems with surround sound speakers for there home , they paid for it with a credit card how dumb is that. Can you eat that tv or computer? It not my business until they are at my house with there kids asking for help. The party is over time to get ready for the lean times there coming and too meny people have there heads in the sand.

    • Survival Diva says:

      Joseph,

      So many of us–possibly most of us–are having to prepare for loved ones who don’t see what’s coming. I believe we’re meant to help when possible…but nothing says we can’t give them dish duty when they arrive for the duration of their stay : )

      It IS disheartening when putting aside what is needed and others are buying $6,000 TV’s…Yikes! They are very fortunate to have you in their lives.

    • It seems like it’s the always same story.Just like mine.There is always that one person in the family that worries about everyone else while everyone else is having a great ol’ time spending,partying not working hard or planning anything. Not for themselves, their childrens future or their eternity.You can’t change these people.Just do your best for what’s coming and Know they will be there to scrounge just like it’s always been.It probably sounds like I don’t like these people in my family but actually I love every last one of them.They just live for the day.I grew up very poor too and mowed yards ,ironed clothes cleaned houses to have clothes and shoes.It was a recession there wasn’t any jobs and no food stamp cards. We could keep our fish we caught if they were 8 inches long or 3 ft long.That’s what we ate almost everyday with beans and a potato.Now I can hardly catch anything.It’s either to big or to small or not in season. But my point is , these people don’t have a clue. They don’t have any dreams or goals. It’s sad really.I’m going to keep stashing and hope we have enough if things crash.

  7. My mom says I’ve always done things the hard way. I consider myself more of a survivalist. Prepping falls under that umbrella. I’ve always had six months rations in the house at one time. Living on peanut butter & crackers, coffee and ketchup soup, for 8 months brought me to this. I’m an opportunist. I see treasure, where others see trash. I’ve never been happy doing just one thing, and calling it a career. I’ve had many, many different jobs. I don’t see why I should pay for someone to do something for me, when I can do it myself. I take pride on my common sense. I’ve always had the idea that something wasn’t right, and just didn’t want to get caught with my pants down. That was in the 80s. In the 90s, we had Ruby Ridge, Waco, and Oklahoma City, among others. Of course there was 9/11, Katrina and other problems. Now, since 08,it’s really kicked into high gear. Between the failing economy, a lack-luster President, idiots on the hill, drought, large storms, a lack-luster President, population explosion, water shortage, unwanted socialism and a lack-luster President,(sorry, twice wasn’t enough),it’s just an overwhelming sensation that the stuff is gonna fly off the fan any minute. I’m actually looking forward to it. Think about it this way. You won’t have to pay your mortgage any more, you’ll have time for that fishing trip, or hunting, growing a garden, cutting firewood….the list goes on. Just be sure to have your priorities in order. Where I live, I may have to man a post, but it won’t be all the time. I look forward to that also. To me it’ll be like a permanent vacation.That’s just how I feel. Some people may think I’m off my rocker. That’s the survivalist in me. I just turned 50. I plan on being around for a long time to come. Good luck to all Keep your powder dry

  8. James T. says:

    We have a President who, if you read his books, thinks the US is an imperial power that needs bringing down, Who has created a shadow government with Marxist Professors and academics not vetted or accountable to anyone but him. Every policy has weakened the country, run up the debt and created class envy. All we need is an excuse to declare Martial Law and fait accompli! The US is a Marxist Dictatorship. Why would anyone feel uneasy? or have a gut feeling all is not right? I am a retired soldier who grew up in self sufficient, subsistence farming, use it up, wear it out, make it do. Only totally uninformed fools (which are in plentiful supply) would not be preparing for a disaster and the end of the US we have always loved. I served in Berlin and have seen socialism up close and personal. All it produces is a common level of misery.

    • James, I too served in germany as part of the British Army in the 1980’s. I would take issue with your idea that Obama is a socialist or tha tthe USA is a Marxist Dictatorship. I don’t think you’ll find many peopel who will dispute th tath eactions of capitalist bankers have cuased this resession by treating the common American and Brit as a cash source for their gambling on the money market. I woudl agree with you that your current president (and to be more correct his financial corporate backers) woudl love to impose yet more restrictions on your freedom, but this was started when the last clown you had in power , introduced the patriot act.

  9. Why am I a prepper?

    Lindbergh when asked why he flew replied: “Oh. . .I don’t know. . . I wish I knew.”

    Maybe to protect my wife of going on 50 years or to make things better for her and my two sons and granddaughter. My grandson no longer needs my protection since at the age of 19 he was shot and killed while working in a motel just outside of Washington, D.C. back in 2005 by a robber who wore a skull cap. My wife has never recovered from this loss of her beloved grandson. My granddaughter too was very close to her brother and never got over his pointless murder.

    To support my two sons in their lives and endeavors? My oldest son is 48 and has not worked for several years since his divorce; I keep him in his own apartment. My youngest son is 41 and taken care of by the State since he has a form of autism thanks likely to mercury poisoning from vaccinations.

    Who am I . . . . .?

    I am a member of the “Silent Generation” and/or the “Lucky Few” having been born in the period 1925 to 1945.

    Here’s how “lucky” I was . . . In 1939 at the age of two I got slammed in the side of the head by a “sledge hammer” taking the form of a passenger side window in the Ford Model A in which I was riding on the way from Missouri to California. This collision with another newer car made me an adult at that time, and I also had my first cup of coffee to help recover from the head pain in a roadside diner along old Route 66.

    My wife was hospitalized in 2011 and on one of my visits to her she tried to get up and follow me out of her hospital bed while all wired up as a patient: this really tore me up when she plaintively and pitifully called out “Jerry!” and “Wait for me, I’m coming with you!” She seemed determined to go back home with me. Everyone made a grab for her to keep her there.

    Obviously I relate very much to my wife and family. . .and to the one who has gone on to Heaven.

    Many things I don’t relate to, but the above I do . . .

    I have been through David’s Survive-In-Place course and have been prepping with it. I just obtained some potassium iodate pills for thyroid protection in the event of radioactive fallout or other problems. These pills would be of no use when urgently needed if not in my possession. A glowing red thyroid would be produced and no longer of any use to me or my loved ones.

    Most of my life I was pretty undisciplined, but as of late I have become very disciplined in many areas.

    One go-bag is ready, and I am working on the second one. Some water is put aside and some food, but not enough.

    Six years Army during Vietnam conflict with cushy Presidio of San Francisco 6th Army job and other harder duties such as Operation Exercise Desert Strike prepping for Vietnam in the California desert and many Army posts including Fort Gordon, Georgia, Fort MacArthur, California, Camp Roberts, California, Fort Ord, California, et. al.

    I don’t feature what is “around the corner” for me since I am 75, but it is inevitable so I try to make things as nice as I can for my family. If it were just me, I am kind of stupidly fearless and probably would take things as they come without much worry.

    I consider myself a Knight of the Holy Spirit. In keeping with this, at one time I was given the appellation “Sir” as part of my title by Americans who are after all the true owners of this Republic under the Constitution. This is an unofficial title but nevertheless given with reason and appreciated by me in my own fashion even more so than an official government title would be.

    Sir William Walton, Sir Lawrence Olivier, Sir Jeremiah Farflung. . .it has a “ring” to it, isn’t it so?

    Who am I? I once asked the Lord for all knowledge. I waited about ten or fifteen minutes on my accelerated timetable for His answer. When apparently it was not forthcoming, I decided I could not know if there even be a Lord.

    In time, I assimilated an amazing amount of knowledge, almost more than I could handle and probably more than is good for anyone to have, but that is another story. (The tree of knowledge of good and evil.)

    While doing the above, I worked in too many professions: I stopped counting when they reached 66! Studied Astrophysics at UCLA under Baker, the professor who wrote the book on Astronomy in 1930. Worked at White Sands Proving Ground, Redstone Arsenal, Pentagon, Space and Information Systems Division, Downey, California, Autonetics, Douglas Aircraft, Long Beach, California, and on and on.

    I’ve built telescopes, Satellite antenna in 1982 when a professional one cost $25,000. Worked flipping real estate: over ten properties and land. Owned land and properties in California, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

    In fact, I’ve been through an enormous number of professions – too many to name. It makes me astonished and weary to consider them. What can I tell others which might help them prep? As said elsewhere, I’m not saying any of this to brag, perish the thought. I’ve done little to help others and have long needed to do more. But what?

    “Everyone saw it as prudent to have a wood stove and oil lamps and a good store of seasoned firewood. Most kept sleeping bags or warm bedding, a flash light and emergency food in their cars even for local trips because winters often delivered twenty below temperatures.”

    Many things I don’t relate to, but the above I do . . . My sister and her husband lived in Fairbanks, Alaska and had many tales to tell of the cold. They both would have related to survival there.

    I slept in a sleeping bag in the Grand Canyon with some American Indian families around me while my air mattress went flat during the night. Stony ground. . . Toughed it out. My dentist tells his office help: “He’s a toughy…he doesn’t use pain killer!”

    Jerry

    • Survival Diva says:

      Jerry,

      To have gone through all that you have, you are indeed a strong man and it was wonderful to hear how devoted you are to your wife. Refreshing! I am so sorry for the tribulations you and your wife have had, yet after everything, you have the wisdom and fortitude to prepare. I will remember this whenever I feel overwhelmed and I hope the rest who read your post do as well. Thank you.

  10. Hipockets says:

    Seems I’ve been practicing for survival all my life. I was raised during the depression and remember going with out some items,ration books,standing in line for certain items. In the
    70’s I lived in Northern Canada on a Reservation with my 6 kids. No runing water,no bathroom,
    cooking and heat on a wood stove. Perfect rehearsel for being a prepper. In the 80’s I started
    having visions of a comming disaster.Sometimes they come real strong and I seem to get more
    prepping done.Other times,nothing comes for a long time. I moved to my present state,due to
    the visions telling me to. Some of the things I started to do,never got finished due to constant
    struggling to keep a roof over my head. At the present,I have been stocking up on food and gear
    for about 5 years. Have’nt gotten all I feel comfortable having,but income is a huge factor. I
    have all my gear in my camper,(don’t keep the food in there,as it would freeze,but put a weeks worth in come spring.). All I have to do to bug out is hitch the camper up and leave. I have 2
    areas picked out,where water is available and pretty much isolated. I have food stored in 2
    locations,and have always had lots of camping gear. I also have lots of guns and ammo,know how to hunt and fish. I’m hoping some of my family will be able to get here to help me and so
    I won’t worry about them constantly. The 70 mile trip for them could be a problem. I even have
    kept my horse gear even though I no longer have a horse. If push comes to shove,I’ll steal one if
    needed. (hope they don’t hang me for it’).Sometimes I wonder if I’ll live to see what it is thats
    going to happen,if not all my hard work will hopefully benefit someone I like’ Happy Trails

    • Charlie says:

      Hipockets,
      Don’t steal a horse. Someone with a horse won’t have any “horse gear” and will need you as much as you need them. Partner with them, you will both be stronger.
      Charlie

  11. Lou, your conspiracy theory about 911 being an inside job is making all of us look like kooks. Stick to the facts. Stay on track. The facts are that we should want to be prepared, we have been told to be prepared, and common sense dictates that we must be prepared!

    I really enjoy everyones stories about having to rough it at some point in their lives. I learned a lot from your experiences. God Bless.

    • I agree Rita. To ochestrate an inside job the size of 9/11 woudl be impossible without someone spilling the beans from inside, becuase it woudl of taken thousands of government operatives. Please lets all keep prepping serious and not out on the conspiracy theory frindges.

  12. Sue the Frugal Survivalist says:

    I was reared by a grandmother who survived the Great Depression. She always bought extra food and household supplies when she found a good sale on anything we normally used. When my grandfather died, I was 14. Because of my grandmother’s thrifty ways, we lived very comfortably on a pauper’s income. Grandma cooked everything from scratch. Eating “out” was a treat reserved for our once a year school clothes shopping trip to a large city 40 miles away. She was ingenius about repairing clothing and repurposing items to save money.For example,when I was to start gym in high school, she took beautiful full slips she had saved for many years ( because they were so lovely) , and spent evenings cutting them into half slips for me, because she wanted me to have pretty underclothes like the other girls . She did all this sewing by hand, so the lace wouldn’t tear in the sewing machine.

    When I left home for college, I began to fully appreciate how my grandmother’s ability to provide things through thrift, skill, and planning had made it possible for me to attend college at all. I had learned how to survive comfortably on very, very little money. I was astounded at the amount of money my college roommates spent on food, and how little they knew about cooking, sewing, and furniture repair. When money was tight for me, homemade beans and cornbread always saved the day. Grandma had advised this menu whenever the grocery budget needed stretching.

    With this background, thrift, and providing for that rainy day became second nature for me. While I’ve always saved money for the future, the idea of stockpiling supplies for an emergency/disaster is a more recent idea. The History Channel and recent news stories have convinced me that we should all be ready to survive weeks/months without relying on grocery stores and public utilities. Specifically, I worry about what my family would need to survive if any of these disasters happened:

    Rupture of Cascadia fault on Pacific coast
    Earthquake on San Andreas fault from San Diego to San Francisco
    Ark Storm in California
    Pandemic in US
    Carrington type event
    Eruption of Yellowstone( or other super volcano)
    Attack by aliens ( even a small event would cause world-wide panic)

    If you laughed at the last item, you’re not paying enough attention to the science news.

    • Survival Diva says:

      Sue,

      Your grandmother’s teachings are so valuable now! Being frugal means prepping qiicker and smarter.

  13. William says:

    I started taking steps to prepare about 18 months ago and the more I prepare, the more I’m preparing. It seems that people are out spending lots of money, buying new homes, remodeling, buy new cars, shopping and eating out. At least it seems that way in Lexington, KY. But something just doesn’t feel right in my gut and I’m not sure what’s going on!?!? So I’m stocking up, JUST IN CASE…

  14. My father grew up in the thirties in the Oklahoma Panhandle. All through growing up I heard stories about survival in those harsh times and have always considered it could happen again. Recent times have really put me in the survival mode prepping. As for the government since the seventies I have known something was drastically rotten in Washington D.C. Now all that is left is for one crisis more and our whole way of life will go away and we enter into slavery.

  15. Caribou says:

    Hi Diva,

    Like you I grew up in Alaska. While we were on the grid and had indoor plumbing I have had more than a passing contact with honey buckets and outhouses. I have lived off the grid in a log cabin and on boats.

    Growing up my parents and grandparents were preppers, though the word had not been coined then. Round trip to town was an hour and that was just to the city limits and did allow you to get out of the car or even park. If you didn’t have something, or couldn’t adapt something else, you lost a big chunk of your work day. Then there were the weather problems. Wind storms knocking out power for days on end, snow and ice making the roads too treacherous to navigate. On two different occasions flooding knocked bridges lose from their foundation. The second bridge that went out cut off part of the town from the hospital and all the grocery stores save one small quick-mart type store. The bridge was closed for over a week and it may well have been closed much longer, that was a long time ago. I know people that were medivacked by the Coast Guard but I never heard anyone complain about going hungry.

    I guess I became a prepper out of habit. I was a student in the first CERT Instructor/Trainer class ever given by the Feds. I was most impressed by their suggestion that we teach our citizens to keep at least three days of food on hand. At the time my area of responsibility encompassed dozens of communities that might not see a plane for a week at a time (due to weather) and that was the only means of access. I was trying to figure out how much food my people would have to throw out to get down to their three day criteria.

    I have had my prepper habit reinforced with various local emergencies and more importantly by illness that kept me from working for months at a time. Yes, I prepare for TEOTWAWKI but not because I worry about it, rather because then I am prepared for lesser events.

    I am unclear why people think being a prepper is so weird. All our ancestors were preppers. This “just in time” mentality of both business and the public is a rather new concept.

    • Survival Diva says:

      Caribou,

      There are times I miss Alaska…like now. The people there are open and typically, free thinkers. We have much in common, and roughing it helps understand just what it takes to be prepared. It is interesting, isn’t it? How people perceive someone who has food and supplies put aside for an emergency as weird. We really have become a spoiled society. It won’t go well for them if they are forced to wait for meals on wheels to show up to feed them in a wide-spread emergency. There’s still hope, though. Folks are starting to wake up and take notice!

  16. I started getting uneasy about one year ago and the more I read the more concerned I became. Talked with my husb. and we decided that it might take us a while since we don’t have alot of money on fixed incomes etc. We have slowly begun to prepare our home. I know I can count on the Lord to provide but I also know that I have to do my part! Like I said we may be moving at a snails pace but we are working on it and have talked to my children as well. I pray God that we get everything done in time. Would love to hear from other preppers in our area near Searcy ARkansas. maybe we can help eachother with our plans etc. God bless you all ! I too feel that God is getting ready to return and I want to be ready for whatever happens right before God returns. Believe my Bible is my number one item to make sure I have with me. I God I trust … in the govt. NOT SO MUCH!

  17. Beware of many of the prepper foods. I am especially concerned when a company will not disclose the source of their ingredients althought they claim they are only of “the highest quality”. Or, they say, that is proprietary information. I am betting a lot of ingredients come in from China, maybe even Japan (Fukishima?). Even a precursory reading lets you know they are the typical processed foods and not high quality. They contain highly processed ingredients and likely also GMO crops. If a person has allergies or autoimmune disorders, they should probably avoid this stuff.

    You don’t even have to process dried beans, split peas and lentils–they will keep a long time if properly stored. It is not that hard to process oatmeal, rice and other grains. You can capture sourdough from the powdery coating on fruit (apples, blueberries are natural yeast). If you can grow an heirloom corn in an isolated area and save your seed, you can grind it to polenta or flour. Hoe cakes or cornmeal mush make a lot of meals. If you know your weeds, teas and greens are plentiful and fruit can be dried. Even a child can catch crawdaddies, if not fish, birds or game. This may be a minimalist diet, but it is certainly healthier than a lot of the commercially available MRE type foods. Those have their role, too, but a person who depends on them long term will not be healthy.

    A final note… pay extra attention to dental care. Floss, toothbrushes.

  18. I am glad to see so many advocating thier faith in Jesus Christ. Wen we have Him we have the essentials. I was raised on a small dairy farm in the 30’s. I was 14 years old before we got electricity. Life was simple and basic. If the water bucket was empty we went out to the pump house and filled the bucket and brought it in. If the wood box was near empty we brought more wood in or there was no hot dinner wnd in cold weather w got cold. Our summer meat was chicken. In the fall Dad would butcher a beef and hang the quarters in the pump house to be used as needed. We always had milk and eggs. We could leave a “butter slip” on the milk can to get butter and cheese. We did not know we were poor because everybody else was in the same boat. In the winter we may go to town once every couple of months. Then usually it was to get flour, yeast, coffee and sugar, especially in canning season, and a gallon of kerosene for the lamps and lanterns. If we had extra eggs Dad brought them in to trade for groceries. Sometimes he had to pay some extra or he may even get some money back. At tax time he shipped a cow to South St Paul. That was usually more than enough to pay the taxes. Those could be thought of as the good old days but they were very labor intensive. We raised all the corn and hay needed for the live stock.

    I think the hobby farms will be as near self sufficient as anyone can get. Gardening and canning are elementary. As you might guess I am now in my high 80’s. My strength and stamina are waning. I am depending on my Kids for help. Thankfully they too have talents for wood working and gardening. We live far enough in the country that I plan to survive “in place”. These truely are perilous times. Our economy seems to be slowly deteriorating. An EMP could quickly be devastating. Only our Lord knows.

    Harvey

  19. I do not see dependency as a good thing. Many people are depending on govt. That is not a stable foundation and will eventually collapse. Mathematically, the dollars just are not there for appropriation. Nor is it in the interest of a socialist society to discourage dependency before the money suddenly runs out.

    Food manufacturers can only turn a profit 2 ways once their costs rise. Either they sell less volume in a larger package for the same amount of money or they reduce food quality. Either you pay the doctor or the grocer (for what you do not produce yourself). Maintaining your health during times when you can only depend on yourself is a high priority. Food will not get any cheaper. If you buy what keeps well in storage now, you will be happy to have it later when prices are higher and quality is lower. Hopefully, you can also produce much of your own food. Best to look more and more to wild sources as gardens may not be possible. Food preservation requires supplies and energy sources.

    It is not possible to do do everything you need yourself for years on end. You only have space to store so much and money to buy so much. You must prioritize. You just do the best you can and hope to have a network of people you can rely on and trade with. It helps to have a back up plan–or several.

    One disadvantage is an affluent nation that has not had to be self-sufficient in recent times. Many of the young preppers do not have years of experience putting up food, foraging and growing it. These things cannot be learned overnight. As a result, there would also be a waste of parts of the plants or animals that they do not recognize as being useful. Doing your own doctoring is also a lost art. What happens if you do not have a hospital? For many preppers, this means stocking up on drugs that have expiration dates or require special storage conditions like refrigeration. Reloading, recycling, building things from scrap, conserving. How many people are picky eaters and will not eat food that is not to their liking–or waste food, at least initially? How many children would place a group at risk because they have never been taught discipline, work or to sit quietly? Sanitation? Security and warning systems?

    Just avery few of my thoughts…

  20. We also have been feeling “uneasy” over the past 4 or 5 years. Uneasy enough to spend a considerable amount of time learning how the economy works, the part that the gov. plays along with studying historical world gov. and what they did when they got into financial trouble. One thing I have learned is that times may change but people are the same and they will react in the same way regardless of if we are talking about ancient Rome or the Weirmer Republic. It all ends badly, maybe we will be the exception, and I pray that we are, but it is better to “hope for the best and plan for the worst”. As the manager of a business that employed over 400 individuals, I understand the importance of contingency planning.

    Having said all that I have a few comments on the article above. First, if you want to know how many people in your area are “prepping” just CASUALLY talk to your FedEX or UPS delivery guy. Our guy stopped us a few months ago and asked what was in the boxes since he had been delivering them to so MANY PEOPLE over the last 2 years. We value our privacy and told him they were soup bases that we use as starter and community donations, and we do use them for that, but we also stock pile them! Another way to gauge activity is to look at the websites that carry supplies, you will notice that they are doing well enough to “improve” their site and now carry a significantly expanded choice of items. Businesses generally only risk capital when demand drives and supports the decision.

    Second, I also am a Christian and clearly see the parallels to the Bible. For those of you who have Christina friends/family who don’t prepare because they believe that they will not go thru any portion of the tribulation and you need to “prod” them into action, remind them of family members who may be left behind. Having access to supplies will give them a fighting chance to survive in a world gone mad, where a “chip” is required to transact any business. Sometimes we are told to do things that are not meant for us, just be obedient 🙂

    You don’t have to worry about getting “everything” all at once, even the most prepared will find something they missed. The important thing is to get started, take that first step.

    • Survival Diva says:

      Lynn,

      So true! We may not even be prepping for ourselves, but rather others. I’ve put aside Bibles for that reason, to be handed ut to anyone who wants one during hard times.

  21. I started what we now call prepping back in 1975. It wasn’t food stock piling but more of a how to attitude that I followed. I always like to be out doors so I had some good bush craft behind me. I turned to learning how to build, fix and basic principles on how things work so I could use what I found, fix it and use it. A lot of preppers to day think only of food supply and firearms use. But don’t know how to cope when food goes bad and firearms break. Don’t know how to properly hunt, trap, cook without fuel, or fix a tool when it breaks. To learn. These things take time and dedication or when things go wrong or your not close to your cache, then you are no better off than the non prepper.

  22. People are now starting at an accelerating pace to prepare because I think they are waking up to all the cover up lies…Another thing that all can see is the disaters are Very big now and recovery from just one area damage is months to years even in North America ..My wife and I raised 5 children so we have always had to make jam from berries in wild ,hunt and fish ,and can veg and fruits for winter months ,,,,Then last child started his own family in 2006 , Then I built my own windmill ,solar cell and battery backup system to lower bills. I also have built pop can free heater to lower heat bills ,, With more time to think I started to see that universe is changing and info is easier to get on the net… People are seeing all the changing things more now… I do not wish to be contained by anyone ever….People get ready NOW !!!!!!

  23. I have been a student of the Bible and world history since the age of 16. Now I am going on the tender age of 66. Something that I realized over the years is that the
    bible and world history (past, present, and future) go hand in hand. You cannot separate the two.
    The guru’s say: follow the money. And this may seem to be true. All you have to do is watch what happens in politics. People think that those in power are the culprits when things do not go their way, and it is true that every day things are getting worse.
    However, instead of following the money, men should be following the Bible. It will tell you everything you need to know. Especially Christ. The calling away of the church will happen soon and we know this just by watching all that is happening in the world. I do not know just how much of the trials and tribulations we will have to endure before this happens, but it is a smart idea to prepare for the future.
    Yes, you could call me a prepper. I buy all the food I can today because I know that the same food will cost more tomorrow.
    And I long for the day I get to see my Creator.

    • Survival Diva says:

      Ron,
      I am also a Christian. Many of the best people I know are not preparing because they feel strongly they will be raptured. This, for me , is puzzling, as there are different timelines attached to rapture; at the beginning of sorrows, in the middle, and at the end of 7 years. Timelines vary between preachers–the one common thread is they do not mesh with regards to the timelines. I have encouraged people to consider prepping should the rapture occur at the end of 7 years of tribulation. So far, I haven’t been successful. As many have mentioned, God gives us discernment. It is wonderful to see how many are listening!

      • I loved your response. In the Bible, we are told that he who does not provide for his family is worse than an infidel. If you are a single mother with children, this applies to you as well. As Christians, I think we all must be alert to the conditions all around us including government, friends, neighbors, and economics. That is our responsibility. And yes, I firmly believe that we have a responsibility to get involved in the government of our country and to pray for our leaders. What is impossible for man is possible with God.

  24. Laura Neal says:

    All of those things were the reason. When you realize life is like standing on a beach with tidal waves on every side and you don’t know which will hit first – then you know it doesn’t matter… SOMETHING will!

  25. Margaret says:

    Hi Dave
    I really enjoyed this article and it made me realize that my whole life I too have had a sense of “preparing.” Something that really impacted me around age 13, (and I live in Canada) was being sent home with instructions how to build a bomb shelter and store food for 2 weeks. That happened when the US was sure Russia would be striking via Cuba.
    My dad worked for the railway and it became a family joke that whenever we moved, I had to be assured there was space for a “bomb shelter.” Also, living in the north and being 60 miles ftom the main shopping area, my mom always shopped for at least 2-3 weeks, knowing a blizzard could interfere with a shopping trip.
    So thank you! Now I realize what was “imprinted and stayed!”
    I am amazed that there is such a growing awareness that, “something is going to happen.” It is at all levels of thinking and believing. I am a Christian and even other believers like myself who are expecting the Great taking away, we still have it on our hearts to prepare. This is such an amazing time to be alive and watching and waiting and preparing!!! Spirit, soul and body!
    Blessings All

  26. My awakening began when I realized that 9/11 was an “inside job” and our government covered it up and used it as a false flag excuse to start never ending wars and spend our treasury into oblivion. It also revealed that our two party system was a joke, “street theater” for the masses. A little more digging revealed we had a “corporate government” run by and for the “Banksters”. This last revelation meant “We the people” are on our own. The government is not our friend or benefactor . It has mutated into a tyrannical oppressor. An enemy of “we the people”. Prepare or die.

  27. Well I grew up with a out house and made my visits short in the winter.WoW.
    I have always grew a garden most of my life. Would miss it if I did not have one
    The people in this country don’t know what it is to suffer. We are a spoiled bunch.
    We need to fight against these Communist in goverment and put people in goverment that would go by our Constitution. I feel that I could survive hard times. I’m 73 right now.
    So I will have to do more excercise to stay in shape. I do cut my own wood and split it as well. I grind my own flour for bread. Stopped buying bread and make my own.
    I do depened on Christ as he is my Lord ,and with him I can do all things.
    Can’t think of much more with out braging and that is not right.

    • Survival Diva says:

      Bruce,
      We had the Cadillac of outhouses once my mother fit the seat area with Styrofoam. It stays warm…no more frost bite! Sharing isn’t bragging as far as I am concerned. It helps others to learn and may point them to something that would work for them.

  28. We started prepping in the late ’70s in the Cold War days and it became a way of life. The enemy has changed, but the preps are the same. With the nuclear threat raising its ugly head again in recent weeks, I feel like I’ve come full circle. Since I have to choice but to embrace your “Survive in Place” plan, I’ve been turning my home into an urban homestead. And there are plenty of like minded people in the city where I live.

  29. personally, all the above reasons are why I began preparing a couple of yrs ago. But beyond that, I believe that God opened my eyes to see what is coming, and to not prepare would then be a rejection of God. He didn’t open my eyes to do nothing.
    My equally important reaction to all that is going on is a sincere request of God to learn what I am to do with this knowledge. Obviously, with the number of people who are also waking up and the number of available websites and information sources for emergency perparedness, this concern is also shared by many others.
    God Bless, and keep your powder dry.

  30. In the late 1990’s, while still working and living in a large city, I began to have a sense of unease that I could not explain. The way I put it to my then husband was that “when civilization as we know it ceases to exist, we better be able to take care of ourselves”. I did what I could living in a city, but was not satisfied with what I could do. Eventually we divorced. I was only six years from being able to retire from a sheriffs office, so began to plan. I bought a place in the country back in my home state. In 2006 I retired there and began to prep in earnest. Though I still have that place, I and my current husband have a few acres in a small town. I grew up gardening and canning. I have city utilities, but a well and generator as well. And I have the means to heat, cook, and draw water with no power at all. So I have back up for my back up. And, of course, we do have the other property I own if we had to leave this place. That would be a real last resort for a number of reasons. As I have told a few people, I not only know how to make soap, but know how to make lye to make soap. Even if I haven’t done something, I probably have a book that tells me how to do it. I collect antique utensils and equipment, but it is all usable too. I am considered the odd ball in the family and have to drag my husband kicking and screaming into any of my projects, but I think we are in pretty good shape.

  31. 3n1CrossMinistries says:

    We first felt the need to prepare in 08, and the need to teach others in ’10. Our preps started wholly on discernment, and we were quickly united with many others with the same “calling”. Of course, we think anything is possible, but as a ministry we often speak of natural disasters to get a conversation going with others.

    3n1 Cross Disaster Services Ministry

  32. David and Diva, What a God send you have been to me. It was about 2 years ago I indeed had an overwhelming desire to start getting our house in order. It’s all I could think about, so I started. At first my husband thought I had lost my mind but I learned how to talk to him and show him that if nothing at all happened at the very least when he retires or is laid off at we will eat and have a place to live. Because of the nature of his job it has never been stable and depends greatly on what our government does with importing of foreign oil. We have had some very hard times whenever he would be without work due to the fact of politics. We now have our modest home paid for and have enough food to sustain our family for approximately one year. I have learned to can and dehydrate our food. Our biggest concern is that we have been in drought for over 5 years now in Texas and water in very scarce. I don’t think we could store enough water for a year but do have enough stored for 11 people to last 2 months. I live in the high deserts of Texas and there is ground water but it is deep, we have been trying to research how to have a water well without electricity. So far haven’t been to successful though without having a windmill. I do think we will have an economic collapse very soon that or with our open borders a dirty bomb. Either way I thank you for all that you both do to inform us and help us along the way. God Bless you both.

  33. For me it started after the blizzard of 1978, house was buried under 12-15 feet of snow drifts.
    no power, no food per Se, little heat from a small pot bellied stove. we were stuck in for four days. they used a cat 5 to clear the drifts. Things just progressed from there.
    first was food and two tons of coal for the larger coal stove we got. a months worth of food, canned and dry. Coleman lanterns, stoves and oil lamps of all sizes.
    water is not a problem, can just filer it. we get flooded in about once every two years for about week.
    today have enough long term storage food for five years, propane for kitchen stove for at least four years, pioneer tools to cut and split 15 acres standing wood for heat/cooking. generators for operating amateur radio equipment. medical equipment to include surgical along with all meds for us for five years. last but not least, enough firepower to protect everything. A critical situation may come from political, natural or outside influence (war/ terror). the people are sensing something major is wrong in the country, even though they know not what. look at the firearms sales, ammunition is non existent in stores. survival food manufactures are operating at max capacity. Something is truly wrong in the country.
    i am not here to share political views, just to tell you to make some preparations. set an objective for a week, a month then a year. it will give you a sense of calming when you know you can ride out the coming “storm” with a good chance of survival.
    Above all make sure you have firearms to protect you and your supplies. if they are taken, you may die!

  34. An overall feeling that things weren’t right in the country. With inflation and dwindling funds it seemed prudent to stock up ahead of time before inflation took off. I’ve tried to stock necessities,traded in an old vehicle on one that gets great gas mileage and discard “stuff” that isn’t necessary and then back everything up. Learning new skills is also on the list.

  35. mariowen says:

    As a child, I was raised in austere conditions. There were many mouths to feed and few dollars to buy food. As I became an adult, it was nice to shed off that feeling of never having enough to live comfortably. It was hard to accept that things might bring me back to that place again. However, a very wise brother who saw the writing on the wall, kept gently but persistently encouraging me to wake up and smell the coffee. I didn’t want to wake up! I didn’t want to smell the coffee! However, common sense did play some part of it.
    What really tipped me over the edge and made me get serious was reading the story of Joseph in the Bible. God revealed to him the meaning of the dream of Pharaoh. For me, God is shouting from the rooftops to all that choose to listen. What did Joseph do? He began a program where, for seven years of plenty, he had all the country put away for seven more years of famine. In the end, the country he worked in was much more wealthy than anyone else around. He didn’t store up gold or silver – he stored food. In the end, he obtained the gold and silver, plus all the land and cattle and everything of wealth, besides the labor of the people of the country.
    I can see the wisdom of buying gold and silver, but if you don’t have the means to live until the crisis is over, all the gold in the world will not put food into the stomach. Wealth will be in survival items. If you need gold, then store enough to sell some of your survival supplies when SHTF. In the end, you will live and become wealthy, too. Those who are hoarding their gold will be begging at your door.

    • Survival Diva says:

      mariowen,

      It warmed my heart to read your reply; “All the gold in the world will not put food in the stomach.” Gold and silver is a much better investment than putting it in the bank, but starting with food and survival goods first for difficult times will bring a priceless return!

      • When did I become a prepper?? when I became old enough to buy groceries from paychecks I earned , for those dear to me…to make sure my grandparents (who tried to make their 300$ check buy all that was necessary) had what they wanted as well as what they needed. They had helped with feeding and clothing me,this was the least I could do…just appear with ” a bill of groceries”…to provide for two- three weeks..
        Food and emergency supplies are my highest priority…I have not had the ability to take courses on survival skills. I have chosen to put my resources in things my family can use.. Someday, maybe I can take a course… For now I buy books, watch a video’s on computer to learn. I began this process in the last two years..after being dependent on someone else after job losses and disability. Passing on the information and giving clues to others became just part of the process.
        . Like many others I do try to prepare for those who are not in my household at the present time…family, both spiritual and natural.. the number…, above what I can afford to comfortably prep for…. When those appear on my doorstep, they will find it necessary to abide by the rules of the house…or leave.i have dealt with house guests overstaying before..I will not be held hostage to a situation again.
        I grew up in a time where we had electric power, but outside well and outhouse were the norm, those in the city had all of the above and the bills that comes with each service..
        I assisted with the garden,and learned much beyond food production..
        .including benevolence,work ethic, using available resources, re-purposing…. alternative gardening methods, food preservation. I am still learning.
        I watched and learned aspects of fabric repair, sewing, quilting and crochet..dabbled in other crafts. learned to teach others by being taught.. I got married,learned to do different things to make a living….barter, selling, recovering building materials from old buildings.
        I have tried to pass these on to others. Some that were not receptive are becoming receptive, as they see their paychecks dwindle and stretcher mechanisms become more necessary and splurges less. More are joining day by day…just keep doing what you can, and encouraging others to be self reliant as our grandparents were.

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