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Prepping and social responsibility
Why being prepared is good for you and your community
Prepping is the practice of preparing for emergencies, disasters, and crises that may disrupt your normal life. Preppers are people who take steps to ensure their survival and well-being in various scenarios, such as natural disasters, civil unrest, pandemics, economic collapse, or war. Prepping can involve acquiring skills, knowledge, supplies, equipment, and plans that can help you cope with different challenges and threats.
But prepping is not only about self-preservation. It is also about social responsibility. Being prepared can benefit not only yourself, but also your family, friends, neighbors, and society at large. In this article, we will explore some of the ways that prepping can contribute to social responsibility and how you can become a more responsible prepper.
Prepping and social responsibility: How being prepared can help others
One of the main benefits of prepping is that it can reduce your dependence on external resources and systems that may fail or become unavailable in a crisis. By having your own food, water, energy, medicine, communication, and security systems, you can avoid relying on government agencies, utility companies, grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals, or other institutions that may be overwhelmed or compromised in an emergency.
This can have several positive effects on your social responsibility. First, it can free up resources and services for those who need them more than you do. For example, if you have your own water filter and storage system, you can avoid using public water sources that may be scarce or contaminated in a disaster. This can leave more water for those who do not have access to alternative sources or methods of purification. Similarly, if you have your own medical supplies and first aid skills, you can avoid going to the hospital or clinic for minor injuries or illnesses that you can treat yourself. This can leave more space and resources for those who have more serious or life-threatening conditions.
Second, being prepared can enable you to help others in need. If you have extra supplies or skills that you can share or trade with others in a crisis, you can provide valuable assistance and support to your community. For example, if you have extra food or water that you can spare, you can donate or barter them with others who are hungry or thirsty. If you have a generator or solar panels that can provide electricity, you can offer power to others who need to charge their phones or devices. If you have a ham radio or CB radio that can communicate with other preppers or emergency responders, you can relay information or requests for help. If you have a firearm or other weapon that can provide security, you can protect yourself and others from looters or attackers.
Third, being prepared can foster a sense of solidarity and cooperation among preppers and non-preppers alike. By being ready to face usual challenges and threats together, you can build trust and rapport with your fellow citizens. You can also learn from each other's experiences and perspectives and exchange tips and advice on how to improve your preparedness. You can also form networks and groups that can offer mutual aid and support in times of need.
Prepping and social responsibility: How to become a more responsible prepper
While prepping can enhance your social responsibility in many ways, it can also pose some challenges and risks if done irresponsibly. Some preppers may become too paranoid or selfish and isolate themselves from their community or hoard resources that could be shared with others. Some preppers may also become too aggressive or violent and threaten or harm others who may pose a perceived threat to their survival or property. Some preppers may also spread misinformation or conspiracy theories that could undermine public trust or safety.
To avoid these pitfalls and become a more responsible prepper, here are some tips and guidelines that you can follow:
- Be realistic and rational about the scenarios that you are preparing for. Do not base your preparedness on unrealistic or exaggerated fears or fantasies that may cause you to overreact or waste resources. Instead, base your preparedness on credible sources of information and evidence that can help you assess the likelihood and severity of different risks and threats.
- Be respectful and ethical in your interactions with others. Do not treat others as enemies or competitors for scarce resources. Instead, treat others as potential allies or partners who may have something to offer or learn from you. Do not steal or cheat others out of their supplies or equipment. Instead, negotiate fair and honest deals that benefit both parties. Do not harm or kill others unless it is necessary for self-defense. Instead, use non-violent methods of conflict resolution whenever possible.
- Be generous and compassionate in your assistance to others. Do not hoard resources that could be shared with others in need. Instead, offer your help and support to those who are struggling or suffering. By doing so, you will not only make a positive difference in their lives, but also enrich your own. Generosity and compassion are virtues that can inspire others to act in the same way, creating a ripple effect of kindness and goodwill.
Unfolding the Art of Survival: Prepping for a SHTF Scenario
The power of the unknown can be both intriguing and intimidating. If 2020 has taught us anything, it's the reality that unexpected predicaments can suddenly plunge us into crises. In such situations, being prepared can be the distinguishing line between survival and disaster. SHTF, an acronym for 'Stuff Hits The Fan', represents any apocalyptic situation where regular life is disrupted, forcing us to fight in the face of unfavourable odds. Whether it's a financial crisis, a severe pandemic, or a natural disaster: prepping for an SHTF scenario can be much more than just a hobby, it could very well save your life.
Understanding the Essentials
The very heart of prepping revolves around a single statement: ‘Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.’ In doing so, forming a comprehensive plan is step one. Here are some aspects to consider:
1. Water: The human body cannot survive beyond three days without water. Having a sustainable source of clean water should be your top priority. The general rule of thumb is to have a minimum supply for 2 weeks, which mounts to approximately 1 gallon per person, per day to cover both drinking and sanitation needs.
2. Food: A well-thought-out food supply needs to incorporate nutritional balance, shelf life, and ease of preparation. MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat), canned foods, and dry goods like rice and pasta are ideal for this purpose. Equally important is knowing how to replenish your food stocks through hunting, gathering, and gardening.
3. Shelter: In adverse conditions, having a secure shelter can make the difference between life and death. Your shelter should shield you from harmful weather elements and offer a degree of relative comfort. This can range from fortifying your home, stocking a bug-out location, or having a well-equipped tent in the wilderness.
4. Security: During an SHTF scenario, your safety and that of your family is paramount. From learning basic self-defense techniques, having protective gear, to weapons training – a secure environment can be pivotal.
5. First Aid and Health: In an emergency, medical help might not be immediately available, making the importance of maintaining a detailed first aid kit and having at least basic medical knowledge an absolute necessity.
The Rule of Three
The survival rule of three forms the backbone of prepping. It elaborates that a person can survive:
- 3 minutes without air/oxygen
- 3 hours in harsh or extreme weather conditions without shelter
- 3 days without water
- 3 weeks without food
This rule is a basic guideline to determine the priorities when prepping and can be incredibly handy during crisis scenarios.
Les Stroud, the host of several survival shows, once said, "Survival can be summed up in three words – never give up." So, keep this spirit ablaze whilst prepping. In a SHTF scenario, your steely resolve and meticulous preparation can increase your odds of survival.
While no one wants to think about the world as we know it coming to an end, it can't hurt to be prepared. While SHTF scenarios seem like the stuff of movies, history shows us that calamities do happen. With a well-thought-out plan, agreed-upon meeting areas, and appropriate supplies, you will be much better prepared to tackle the challenges thrown your way.
Let's remember that being prepared doesn't just mean having stacks of canned food or medical supplies; it also means being mentally and physically ready to withstand, survive, and thrive in adverse scenarios. So, let's make the most of today and prep for tomorrow, because it always pays to be ready when "stuff hits the fan"
Uncertain Times ahead
We are living in an unpredictable world, everything can happen, from a man-made crisis to a natural disaster. In many cases we can see the signs of such disaster on the horizon when we follow the news, when we speak of a human made crisis or weather information when we think about a weather-related disaster, more closely.
But there are other cases where the news can’t give a long- or medium-term heads up, sometimes at maximum of 24 hours when we speak of an CME, or even less when we talk about a Rail, Chemical, or other Disaster.
The list you find here is not comprehensive and is as well depending on your current level of preparedness an
If you only have a 24 hrs heads up, your last shopping tour, if any is needed should include.
1. Water: Stock up on water as much as possible. Water is critical for survival, so get bottled water, water purification tools (like filters or tablets), and containers for storing water.
2. Non-Perishable Food: Purchase canned goods, dried fruits, nuts, rice, pasta, and other non-perishable food items that have a long shelf life. Make sure you have a manual can opener.
3. First Aid Supplies: Gather a comprehensive first aid kit with bandages, antiseptic, medications, and any prescription medicines you need. Include medical supplies and equipment.
4. Hygiene Products: Stock up on soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toilet paper, and sanitary products. Personal hygiene is important for health and morale.
5. Flashlights and Batteries: Ensure you have reliable lighting sources like LED flashlights and a good supply of batteries.
6. Communication: A battery-operated or hand-crank emergency radio can provide critical information. Consider a portable charger for your phone.
7. Fire-starting Supplies: Lighters, waterproof matches, and fire-starting tools are crucial for warmth, cooking, and purifying water.
8. Camping Cookware: Portable stoves, cooking utensils, and fuel can be used for cooking food and boiling water.
9. Cash: Have some cash in small denominations, as electronic payment systems may not work.
10. Emergency Documents: Important documents like identification, passports, birth certificates, and financial records should be kept in a waterproof container.
11. Preservation Methods: Stock up on Ziplock bags, plastic containers, and aluminum foil for food preservation.
12. Baby and Pet Supplies: If you have children or pets, don't forget to stock up on their necessities.
Preparations way before a crisis or disaster would occur.
Work for your home/ flat
1. Reinforced Doors:
o Install solid core doors or metal doors with multiple deadbolt locks. Make sure the door frames are reinforced as well.
o Consider a security bar or brace for inward-swinging doors to prevent forced entry.
o Reinforce windows with security film or laminates, which can make it more difficult for someone to break through.
o Install window locks and window security bars for added protection.
o Consider adding motion-activated lights outside to deter potential intruders.
3. Metal Sheets:
o While metal sheets can provide additional security, they may not be necessary for all entrances. If you choose to use them, consider steel security doors for the main entrances, which are more practical than large metal sheets.
4. Security System:
o Invest in a security system that includes door/window sensors, motion detectors, and an alarm. A monitored system can alert authorities in case of a break-in.
5. Peepholes and Intercoms:
o Install peepholes or video intercom systems at your main entrances to verify the identity of visitors without opening the door.
6. Secure Garage Doors:
o Reinforce garage doors with extra locks and security measures, as they are a common point of entry.
7. Fencing and Gates:
o Secure the perimeter of your property with sturdy fencing and gates. Add locks and consider anti-climbing measures.
8. Security Cameras:
o Install security cameras around the exterior of your home or apartment. Visible cameras can act as a deterrent.
9. Hidden Storage:
o Create hidden storage spaces for important documents, emergency supplies, and valuables.
o Invest in reliable backup lighting, such as battery-powered or solar-powered lights, to maintain visibility during power outages.
11. Door Reinforcement Plates:
o Use door reinforcement plates around the door lock area, providing additional strength against forced entry.
o Trim bushes and trees near windows and entrances to eliminate potential hiding spots for intruders.
13. Water Collection Systems and water filtering systems.
o Install a rainwater collection system or have a way to store water in the bath tube or similar.
o Invest in a water filtration system, like a gravity filter, osmosis filter or similar.
o When you have a house, invest in a solar system to be not reliable on the grind.
o In a flat a solar system can not be easily installed but you could have the possibility to use smaller Solar Generator and Solar Panels, which can be placed in the windows, to at least power your fridge and freezer.
o Invest in a Gas or Petrol Generator (Warning, they are noisy and can have an negative impact on your security)
15. Heating and Cooking:
o Tent Stoves could be a solution for this in a flat or a house, but be warned, you must ensure that you can safely operate them. In a flat you could in theory put the flue pipe through a cut out in the window or build a wood cutout for windows which are open only on the top.
16. Food Storage:
o This could be an entire section for itself and is depending on your needs and on your income. But there are ways to create a reliable and bigger food storage even with a smaller income.
Set Your Goals:
Determine the number of days or months you want to prepare for. Many people aim for a 72-hour kit, two weeks, three months, or even a year. Your goal will depend on your circumstances and risk assessment.
There are many know preppers / survivalist which can help here with information.
o This as well would be an entire section for itself since this is depending on your personal health and your level of medical knowledge, due to this I will only give a rough overview.
o First Aid Kit: Assemble a well-stocked first aid kit with essential supplies such as bandages, antiseptics, adhesive tape, scissors, tweezers, and pain relievers.
o Prescription Medications: Ensure you have an adequate supply of prescription medications on hand. Work with your healthcare provider to obtain extra medications for your emergency supply.
o Over-the-Counter Medications: Include over-the-counter medications for common ailments like pain, fever, allergies, and digestive issues in your first aid kit.
o Medical Supplies: Gather medical supplies such as thermometers, blood pressure monitors, glucose meters (if applicable), and any necessary medical equipment.
o Create a basic tool kit that includes essential hand tools such as a hammer, pliers, screwdrivers, wrenches, utility knife, and a tape measure. These tools are versatile and can help with various tasks,