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10 Prepping Mistakes That Could Get You Killed (And How To Avoid Them)

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This is from Joe For America.

A little FYI.

 

This informative article has been contributed by Survival Pulse.

Everyone that is into prepping is doing it for a good reason, to increase their chances of survival. However, there are a number of simple mistakes that can actually make you LESS likely to survive than if you didn’t prepare at all.

In no particular order, here they are, 10 prepping mistakes that could get you killed:

1. Having a false sense of security.

Just because you can put some holes in a target downrange doesn’t make you safe when shtf. Having a false sense of security could make you ignore danger that you would have otherwise responded to.

How to Avoid it: Do not underestimate your enemy! No matter how good you are, there are more dangerous and better trained people out there prepared to take what they want without asking.

2. Failing to get immediate family on board.

You are not a lone ranger. You are not good enough to protect your group alone. What if you get hurt, sick, or worse? Will your crew be able to pick up the slack. If your spouse looks at you like you are nuts when you talk about prepping, this one is for you.

How to Avoid It: Make sure your family has the basic skills and not just you. It’s better to have 2-3 knowledgeable people than one super prepper.

3. Ignoring the “boring” prepping areas.

We all know about the fun areas of prepping. Guns and ammobug out bags, food stockpiles, etc. However, without things like a steady supply of water or first aid skills, you could be out of the game within hours when shtf.

How to Avoid it: Make a point to spend time on all the critical prepping areas, even if they aren’t fun.

4. Never actually using you preps.

Probably the most common one on the list. Buying a bunch of crap and never even using it. I’ve seen it with everything from food, survival kits, and even guns. If you cannot act quickly and are not skilled with your gear, you might as well give it away or sell it when the time comes.

How to Avoid it: Be a prepper, not a hoarder. Use the gear that you buy until you are comfortable with it.

5. Falling in love with your plan.

If you have a plan, you are at least a few steps ahead of the game already. However, it’s extremely unlikely that your plan is perfect for every disaster. Being unwilling to deviate from your plan could easily get you killed.

How to Avoid It: Have a plan and practice it, but always have a backup plan. When practicing your plan, throw in a curve ball or two that make you improvise and think about what you would do if part of your plan failed.

6. Telling acquaintances about your preps.

The people that pose the greatest danger to you are your acquaintances. While they seem like decent friends now, that will all quickly change. Believe me, when people start to get hungry, thirsty, and angry, your “friendship” will be the last thing on their mind.

How to Avoid It: Only tell people you trust completely about your preps. If it is not someone that you would trust with your life, they are a potential threat when shtf.

7. Buying large amounts of preps at once.

It should be obvious by now the government is spying on everything you do. Buying a ton of preps from anywhere all at once is not a great idea, but especially when using a credit card or dealing with companies that are in the governments pocket.

How to Avoid It: Pay with Cash when possible and only do business with companies that respect your privacy. Explore alternate payment methods online with prepper friendly companies.

8. Ignoring OPSEC.

Preppers that wear military style clothing or fortify their homes in a way that is visible from the exterior can be doing more harm than good. Things like generators and barbed wire in areas where it is typically uncommon will make others think that you have something worth hiding.

How to Avoid It: Check out some of these articles about OPSEC . Be discreet when fortifying you residence. Make your place look as boring as possible from the outside yet very difficult to gain entry. Keep your visible preps to a minimum or move to an area where it doesn’t raise eyebrows.

9. Completely depending on your preps.

So you got a new AR, 1000 rounds of ammo, and 6 months worth of food and water. That’s great, but what happens if a natural disaster or a fire takes out your supply. Do you have an alternate plan to stay alive?

How to Avoid It: Keep it real. If the shtf, all the preps in the world are only going to give you an edge. Try have some preps spread across different locations or cachesjust in case something goes wrong.

10. Trying to do it all.

You will never be completely prepared for every scenario. Trying to do this will only result in burnout and may even make you think about giving up.

How to Avoid It: Focus on what you already know until you become proficient at it. Prep for the most likely shtf scenarios first.

 

 

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Prep is Not a Four Letter Word

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This is from Girls Just Wanna have Guns.

There is a four lettered word for non prepers.

That word is a fool.

 

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Today we see a nation facing economic downturn and hardship.  As individuals, we need to have a firm grasp of the realities of the world around us; as parents, there is a decided sense of urgency to that reality.  Children must be fed, clothed and educated regardless of these uncertain times.  In November, seeing four more years of hoping for change to magically appear in the couch cushions, I decided it was time to wake up, stop burying my head in the sand and put away my rose colored glasses.  I realized that I needed to consider the question of character Jim Malone in The Untouchables – “what are you prepared to do now?”
Ironically enough, the answer was in the question – prepare.  But, what to prepare for and how much preparation?  The answer to the first question was easy identify, the changes in economics that were making caring for my family more difficult.  But, the action required was not.  We’d already cut back on bills, made errand journeys instead of short jaunts back and forth, and bought off of craigslist and from thrift stores where practical; what else could be done?  Less expensive options for food, perhaps; a daunting task considering we had already cut back there also.  Secondly, how much preparation and what would that look like?  I found survivalist forums online which discussed such things as canning and vacuum methods of food storage, 5-gallon containers and mylar bags.
Reading these forums was helpful, but again, it was easy to get overwhelmed, intimidated, and I almost gave up before I started because it seemed so costly, space intensive (it can be), and overwhelming.  Every person seemed to have a different idea of what preparation for economic changes looked like and that is the point – no book, adviser or online catalog can determine what best suits the needs of an individual or family.
To that end, our family decided that instead of a cold turkey, eat it or starve strategy which could be necessary in an outright emergency, we would take a single night of the week to try a new menu item or items, which could be either long-term storage food items, or less costly alternative menu items which could be incorporated into our regular family meals.  In that way, we would have inexpensive, familiar items, with honed recipes, in the event long-term economic need, and whittle away at an expanding food budget.  With the help of a LDS friend, I learned about grains, beans and legumes, what will store well for extended periods of times, what combinations of food items make complete proteins (although I admit, I still don’t understand it all), and various storage methods.  She was extremely helpful and encouraging.  And, although this experiment remains ongoing I would say we have gotten off to a good, although slow, start – with a few keeper recipes and many nights with kids leaving the table saying “yes, I’d eat it – I wouldn’t starve”.  Loosely translated, they didn’t like it enough to eat it once a week – but maybe once a month – and keep on trying.  Today I know that my son, who always said he didn’t like rice, just doesn’t like certain rice recipes, my children will eat beans if they are prepared correctly, and old fashioned oatmeal is a healthy addition when ground up into oat flour for homemade bread.
The point here is not one of doom and gloom, and that everyone should be amassing food in great store, digging underground bunkers, collecting water by the 100’s of gallons; of which we have done none of these things.  It is simply to illustrate that if one is still wearing rose-colored glasses, as I was, now may be the time to take them off and consider what is really happening around us.  It is not only gas prices; it is the exponential increase in any number of items that the rising fuel prices have caused.  Take a moment, although I would suggest an hour or even a couple days, to be truthful with yourself about your situation.
In those moments of honesty, look about you and examine your own unique circumstances.  What is your Achilles’ heel?  Is it a lack of economic preparedness when you are wasting resources on three pairs of the same shoes – all in different colors?  Is your weakness lack of spiritual preparedness, in that you do not know where you stand or what you believe, so that you are easily led astray?  Are you distracted from your purpose by bright and shiny objects or ideas?
Of all these, I admit my guilt at one time or another.  These things and many more can keep you from making progress to shoring up a safer tomorrow for yourself and your family.  We cannot be 100% safe in all things; but we can ready ourselves in case they come.  Preparedness means honesty in our evaluations of the world around us and acting upon those evaluations, for ourselves and those we love – even if it means cooking and trying a variety of less expensive dishes to find out if we really like them or not – and keeping an open mind while doing so.  In this way, we are deciding to answer the challenge of a hostile food market as determined to have us for dinner, as we are to have it.

 

Real, Successful CEO Slams Obamacare–Take Note!

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This is from the Last Resistance.

These are words of wisdom from a successful CEO.

One would think the CEO of whole foods would be a raging liberal.

After all Whole Foods is a supplier of food for the tree  huggers.

 

 

There’s an eerie perception in this country, on the part of Liberals, that government is the ultimate benefactor; the final word on what is good and right. We all know about this peculiar world-view, but it bears reminding. On the flip-side, those who are in actual positions of success, such as CEOs, and real businessmen, are demonized and regarded as evil, greedy people who have no interest beyond their own.

In an NPR interview, the CEO of Whole Foods, John Mackey, said this of Obamacare: “Socialism is where the government owns the means of production. In fascism, the government doesn’t own the means of production, but they do control it—and that’s what’s happening with our health care programs and these reforms…We no longer have free enterprise capitalism in health care. It’s not a system any longer where people are able to innovate. It’s not based on voluntary exchange. The government is directing it so we need a new word for it, I don’t know what that right word is.”

It’s one thing when a Conservative business or businessman slams Obama, but when you have a supplier of healthy, organic foods–who’s corporation you’d expect to be on the Liberal side of the aisle, honestly–makes a derisive comment; it sticks in the mind.

Whole Foods is an extraordinarily successful chain with extremely modest beginnings. From there, it grew into a model of business success. Whole Foods employs thousands of people, and it’s success depends on many factors; with healthcare costs nearing the top of the list.

John Mackey, and CEO’s like him, are the beginning and the end of our economy. His opinion of Obamacare reflects not only the opinion of many business owners, but basic economic truth. This President has presided over one of the biggest economic interventions in history and it is stifling business, which is killing our economy. It is simple, obvious, and powerfully clear.

Instead of dismissing or demonizing businessmen, we should be looking to them for guidance in a troubled economy. When the President acts in direct opposition to the advise of successful people; and directly against the best interest of the American people, it may be time to consider dismissing the President. Impeachment? Maybe; maybe not. Just a thought.

 

 

Calling All “Gun Bloggers”

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This is from The War On Guns.

Bloggers: Please consider telling your readers about this project.

 

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