A prepper in Ohio apparently surprised the press by divulging that he's purchased farmland with a small group of other preppers as a sort of "insurance policy" should it all hit the fan. This behavior doesn't really surprise anyone in the prepping community.
Being able to buy rural land to escape to in the event of a total societal breakdown is every prepper's dream, but obviously it's not a reality for the vast majority of Americans. The article acknowledged this as well, and the interviewee shared the top 6 items you will need no matter where you are in order to survive the unthinkable.
Can you guess what they are?
The first item, unsurprisingly, is water. This is followed by food, shelter, medicine, and communication. Number six is, of course, protection.
"You have to be able to protect yourself. People go a little nutty," Buescher said. "You know the worst sound in the world to somebody breaking into your house," he said as he made the loud cocking sound of his shotgun. "Is that."
But what does protection really look like?
Is a gun all you need to keep you from harm?
What if you can't escape to "the farm", so to speak?
If a disaster occurs when you're smack in the middle of a downtown urban area, will you have what you need on your person to see you to safety?
For preppers in a modern urban setting, these questions are tough but essential.
Now is the time to make sure that you're prepared for everything.
Now your EDC can blend in even better with the new HK2 Colors- now available in jean blue, dark gray, and light khaki.
“Prepper” is a strong word with strong connotations attached to it. You might visualize a paranoid bearded man standing in a garage stuffed with canned food and rifles. (That is, of course, a stereotype.) You may be concerned about the state of current events at home and abroad and wonder what you could do to be prepared, but balk at being called a “prepper”. Maybe you just feel so overwhelmed by it all that you don’t know how to start.
You don’t have to stockpile a year’s worth of food, store 5 rain barrels in your backyard or become a gun collector. Although it may sound trite, a great way to treat your preparedness is like a Boy Scout. An anecdote from usscouts.org illustrates this well:
The point of the Boy Scouts is to teach young boys how to be prepared for emergencies and for being productive members of society, not by teaching them how to hoard emergency supplies. Time spent in the organization is intended to imbue them with the knowledge and skill to be mentally and physically prepared for whatever life throws at them.
So why not view your “prepping” like a boy scout? Rather than just stockpiling items (although it is wise to have a small stash of food, water, first aid supplies, etc. on hand,) work on expanding your survival knowledge and skills. Do you know how to pick locks? How to blend into a panicked crowd? Are you prepared to feed yourself and your family without electricity for an extended period of time? Not only will expanding your skills and your knowledge base make you more prepared for an emergency, but you’ll have greater peace of mind that whatever life throws at you, you’ll be able to handle it.
And it’s much harder to be accused of being a paranoid prepper when the main thing you’re hoarding is valuable skills.There is, of course, a perfect balance of skill and gear to be perfectly prepared. Check out our collection of urban survival gear and be ready for anything!
Last Updated: October 10, 2017
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