What Kind of Prepper Are You? Guns vs Food

Guns play a role in preparedness, especially in this day and age. But where do they fall in your priority list? Before or after food?

I was watching YouTube yesterday afternoon, and I fell asleep in the middle of a video on beekeeping and woke up about an hour later to a video from a prepper about things that can kill you. (Thank you, YouTube algorithm.) Interestingly, the first and second things on the list were a lack of food and water.

So I restart the video and am surprised to learn that the theme of the video seems to be that prepping isn’t all about guns and you should take some of that cash you spend on hardware and invest it in survival food.

It served as a good reminder that not everyone approaches prepping in the same perspective.

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Protests and Riots Erupt as Looting Spreads

These latest riots are worst than last year. They are far more violent than the protests in Cuba. Tensions are high.

Tell me what country this sounds like:

After a lack of response from the defunded police, protesters riot and smash small shops, hitting grocery stores and malls. Rioters stopped trucks on highways, stole their cargo. Grocery stores emptied fast as word of shortages spread. Bread is selling at four to five times its normal price, if you can find it, and there are lines at the few gas stations that still have fuel.

All this is taking place in South Africa, but if you thought it sounded like the U.S., no one could fault you. The parallels to last years “mostly peaceful” protests are eerily similar. They are far worse in South Africa than they were in Portland. Rioting covered a much larger area and left dozens dead.

This is the type of protest that can change regimes. ZeroHedge reports that South Africa is on the verge of civil war and says “What happens next in a country that is collapsing remains unknown.” We may not know, but we can safely say it won’t be good.

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Prepper News Update July 12

Wall Street Journal says Higher Inflation Is Here for Years

Economists surveyed have raised their expectations for inflation lasting through 2023, but not by much. Of course, their data didn’t include food and gasoline, two of the items that have seen the highest rate of inflation over the past year.

Some Folks Never Learn

After the diaspora cause by COVID-19, enough people are moving back to some cities to drive up rent prices.  I can only assume they are moving for work as remote work polices end.  Analysts say that rents are up 7.5 percent and should keep rising, “a warning sign that higher inflation could linger far longer than the White House and Federal Reserve keep predicting.”

How to Handle the loss of Police, Fire and EMS Service in an Economic Collapse

Shortages are bad, but we can stockpile goods and resort to barter. what will you do if the thin blue line disappears and there is no police, fire, EMS or sanitation?

This is part two of our how to handle an economic collapse series. Don’t miss yesterday’s part on how to handle shortages and outages caused by an economic collapse.

I wrote yesterday about how to handle shortages of food, gasoline and other goods. Today, we’ll look at how to handle slowdowns or a lack of services such as police, fire, EMS, and trash hauling and disposal, other potential signs of an economic collapse.

A deterioration of service locally, in a specific city or municipality, might be because of financial mismanagement, a lack of tax income, or other financial problems in that specific state or city. Under-funded pension systems that suck up municipal income, a loss of the tax base because of individuals d business have left the area, or corruption and mismanagement could all contribute to this on a local level. If we see cops and firefighter refusing to go to work because they haven’t been paid in multiple jurisdictions across the country, then this is one sign of a bigger problem.

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We Know we Made the Right Decision when we Left the City

We’ve owned our Prepper Property for more than a year and lived in it full time for about six months. Talk about getting out while the getting was good!

The other evening, my wife and I went out to dinner at a local brewery and restaurant. (I say local, but it was actually about a 50-minute drive from our house.) We sat on their deck, enjoying the sunshine and cool evening air while waited for our food. There was a view of mountains in two directions. Below us, families ate outdoors at tables under blue umbrellas, a kid played with his plastic truck along the sidewalk, and a bunch of young guys drank beer and played cornhole.

The last time I ate outside in a large city, we were bothered by panhandlers who practice urban extortion and won’t leave you alone until you pay them off. There was none of that here. We have plenty of poor people in the Appalachians, but I have yet to see a pan handler or a homeless person camped out on the corner or sleeping on a bench.

Unlike dining out in the last city we lived in, we didn’t have to wait for a table or book reservations weeks ahead of time.

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How to Prepare for the Destruction of our Economy and the Collapse of our Society

How do you prepare for the coming collapse of our society? What do we need besides food, water and shelter?

If we are truly on a downward spiral, witnessing the death of a democratic republic, the destruction of our economy, the erosion of our constitutional rights and the eventual collapse of our country, how should we prepare?

Let’s work backwards by taking a close look at what could kill you and working backwards to prevent it.

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Get Prepared Now for Infrastructure Failures Leading to Collapse

It’s not just our food supply that is vulnerable to disruption. Our critical infrastructure is vulnerable and could isolate cities.

The pipeline hack and resulting gas shortages in the Southeast last week should serve as an important reminder of how vulnerable our infrastructure is to disruption. We also saw recently that traffic was stopped up on the Mississippi River because of damage on the I-40 bridge in Tennessee. Not long before that, a ship stuck in the Suez Canal halted a portion of global trade. The lesson is that it doesn’t take much to upset the carefully balanced apple cart of modern society.

There are a few other natural or manmade disasters that can interrupt the flow of goods and threaten us with a breakdown.

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How and Why I Carry Guns During Interstate Travel

Being a fairly hardcore survivalist demands sacrifices, but I prefer not to compromise on my personal safety. I carry concealed wherever I go, even when I am on the road.

I avoid travel on airlines and to states where I cannot legally carry concealed, like Maryland and New Jersey. For example, when we traveled to Lake Tahoe a few years ago for a wedding, I had to insist that we stayed on the Nevada side, not the California side. I also checked three guns.

My most recent trip took me through half a dozen states, all of which honor my concealed carry permit.

Carrying concealed in Florida was easy. I didn’t see a single “no guns allowed” sign on a restaurant or small business. It was also refreshing to attend a large public event without passing through a metal detector.

I even saw billboard advertisements on I-95 for shooting ranges, including one that offers a 600-yard rifle bay. Signs and ads like this are a positive thing and show wide acceptance of firearms. I don’t think I’ve seen one before outside of Las Vegas.

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As the Shutdowns Draw to a Close, Traffic and Crime Rises

Shutting down the country to prevent the spread of COVID-19 had plenty of unintended consequences, from the economic to mental health. Reopening may have consequences, too.

My daughter, who lives in a mid-sized city, was complaining about the recent increase in traffic and how it is making her commute longer. (Since she works in healthcare, she has been back at work for months. And yes, she caught COVID-19 but recovered quickly, probably thanks to being young.) Apparently, people are going back to the office after the COVID-19 restrictions were lifted and the highways are getting crowded again.

A friend in our old home town confirmed that traffic is “back to normal” or perhaps worse. Construction is also going on at a rapid pace, possibly because the area is one where people from large cities are moving to escape. I’m not sure moving from an apartment in a large city to a townhouse or condo in a mid-sized city is that big an escape, but it took me multiple steps to get from New York City to the country, so you have to start somewhere. That’s why we call it your prepping journey.

It will be interesting to see if the re-opening of American and the thought of facing crowds again drives more people out of cities.

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How and Where to Get Your Water After the SHTF

So you have stored food, great! But how are you prepped for water? And what would you do without the sewer system? Keep reading for answers and options.

Now there’s one more thing people living in cities have to worry about: Having their water system hacked, which is what happened a week ago in Florida.  The hack was caught because an employee was sitting there at the screen, watching someone on the other end of the connection move his cursor around and program the system to dump excess chemicals into the drinking water. 

It wasn’t a sophisticated hack, but what if no one had been in front of that computer at the time?  It’s also a warning that having remote-viewing software like Team Viewer on your computer can leave your computer–and any system to which you are attached–open to hacking.

I haven’t been on city water since 1998, having lived in homes with wells and now a spring, so we’re safe from hacking of the water system, but we are in the minority.  The CDC says that 82 percent of the population relies on municipal water systems.  My guess is that when you consider people whose workplace uses city water, that number is even higher.

That raises the question about other utilities: Are sewer or waste water facilities protected?  What about natural gas?  Again, having a septic system and using propane protects many rural folks, but what if a malicious hacker started dumping raw sewer into waterways that normally receive only treated waste water?  Or what if they cut off natural gas to a major city in the North East on one of the coldest nights of the year?

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