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What is “prepping” and is it for me?

Greg Wilburn

 

Oftentimes, friends, family and referrals ask me how to get started in prepping.  Before answering, I always dig into why they feel the need to “prep”.  What usually happens is a discovery of some life event or of some exposure to information, which has that person concerned that we are at a tipping point, the beginning of TEOTWAWKI or “The End of the World as We Know It”.

The first priority is to talk them off of the ledge and to point out that in recorded history, we have not faced a true lights-out scenario, either globally or even nationally.  Yes, we have faced economic civil unrest, foreign invasion, despot rulers, and even pandemic scenarios, which have disrupted, and even severely disrupted, daily societal life; but we have not experienced a scenario where mass chaos sends us back into the dark ages.      

Once that is out of the way, the next talking point is to address government conspiracy theories and its impact on how one should prep.  There are the “truthers”, “birthers”, “the UN has 368K troops in the US”, and of course “Obama is a foreign agent”, etc., etc., etc.  None of these things have anything to do with prepping, what skills to learn or gear to buy, yet they do have one thing in common.  Nobody can provide any proof…none, zilch, nada.  That isn’t to say that they can’t be true or that they aren’t true, it’s just that it is irrelevant to the Organized Prepper.