If we should be foolish enough to announce to friends and family that we are preppers, the most common reaction is that look we get like we have just sprouted another eye on our foreheads or maybe have suddenly grown a third arm. And if we garden or can or dehydrate, the astonishment of those in our circles is increased.
The first remarks are usually, "Why would you go to all that work when you can just go to the grocery and buy what you want?" Then we are called conspiracy theorists because nothing bad will ever happen. And then they want to know what on earth will we do with all that food. Or all those medical supplies. Or all of those candles, flashlights, whatever. Followed by the inevitable. "Well, if anything bad ever does happen, I will just come to your house."
No. You won't.
Like many who are into preparedness, my main concern is my family. A few of them are on board and understand why I do what I do. The rest - not so much. But that doesn't mean that I will turn any of them away should things go south. I couldn't live with myself if I denied any of them food and shelter in hard times.
I have had some who want to know what I am preparing for. There are many reasons to be prepared. It doesn't need to be an end of the world apocalypse. Job loss, illness, accident, weather events, anything can cause life as we know it to change. It just makes sense to have something put away for whatever rainy day happens.
Some of us look at those who homestead, who tend large gardens and raise livestock, who can, freeze and dehydrate vast quantities of food and who are as close to being self sufficient as a person can be these days. We become discouraged because we are not in a place where we can do all those things.
The good news is that we still can prepare. A few extra cans of tuna or green beans can be purchased with our regular grocery shopping and stashed away. If we have the means to home can, there are Farmer's Markets that yield an astounding array of fresh fruits and vegetables. Frozen vegetables from the store can be canned or dehydrated to extend their shelf life. When chicken goes on sale at the grocery store, a couple of extra packages can be canned up and added to our food storage. By watching the store sales, all sorts of items can be purchased at a lower cost. We don't have to do it all at once. But little by little we can build up a deep pantry or a stash of medical supplies without having to spend all of our savings to do it.
Some in the prepping community espouse 'bugging out' when things get bad. That's all well and good if you are young, healthy and have somewhere to go. I will be staying right where I am. Here is where the food and supplies are. With my health and mobility issues, I would be lucky if I made it to the end of my block. Others say if we are in a city environment, we need to move. For some of us that is not possible for various reasons. What we can do is maintain a low profile and stay as inconspicuous as possible. and be prepared to defend our lives and the lives of those with us. And that may be the best we can do.
Some say that building a community of like minded people is necessary. I agree that is a good idea, but for many of us, those like minded folks don't live in our neighborhoods. My community consists of a couple of my kids. Nobody else in my area would even consider putting forth the effort to prepare.
Many of us feel totally alone in our efforts. But we are not completely alone. We have built a community of blogging friends and if the Internet goes away, we still have our faith and nothing or nobody can take that away from us. Just knowing there are folks all over the country who believe in taking care of themselves, who refuse to count on government solutions to problems, who are ready, willing and able to defend themselves and their families, goes a long way to keeping us focused on what we need to do to survive any situation.
We are all in this together.
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