The Best Way Preppers Should Spend their Stimulus Check

As Congress creeps closer to yet another stimulus bill, Preppers may be in for a windfall. Here are our suggestions on how to spend it.

Yesterday, I suggested you use the coming (temporary) period of exuberance and excitement after the COVID-19 nightmare draws to a close to prep. Below are some suggestions in greater detail, but because we’ve talked about food and water before, we’re going to start with the bigger preps and work backwards:

Get Out of the Cities

I think the biggest priority for any serious prepper should be to move out of an urban or suburban location and to a rural one. I’m not talking “vacation country” where people go to spend two weeks a year, but hardcore country where just about everyone owns a chainsaw, a rifle and pickup truck.

Your stimulus check won’t buy your new property, but it can cover the travel and other expenses related to a property search.

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How to Use a Generator During a Power Outage

As Hurricane Isaias heads towards Florida and the Southeast, we figured it was a good time to talk about how to use a generator during a power outage.

Whether you’re preparing for an earthquake, a hurricane, a blizzard, civil unrest, economic disruption, or a nuclear attack, a meteor strike, an EMP, or a solar flare, a common denominator to these and many other disasters and emergencies is a power outage.

Power is our societies Achilles heel, the beginning of the end, and that which separates us from how or ancestors lived 150 and more years ago.  When we lose power, there is a cascade in which we go from losing lighting, refrigeration, and HVAC, to communications, utilities, food prep, and many of the day-to-day actions of we take without thinking in our modern lives. 

Without power, we can’t use credit cards, pump gas, purchase food and goods, operate medical equipment, etc.  Water systems will fail, both for individual who use wells and (eventually) for municipalities that rely on large pumps to keep up pressure or to refill water tanks.  Food storage and prep is also an early casualty as temperatures in freezers and fridges rise and electric ovens and cook tops don’t work.  Transportation will quickly be disrupted because there will be no traffic lights, no communications, no electronic bills of lading, and no way to pump fuel.  Commerce will grind to a halt because customers cannot checkout, use a credit card, or order anything online.

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