In the last month people who prep and are quite efficient at it have received more than enough verification that they are doing the right thing. The prepper movement is pretty grateful that the politicians in Washington were able show what can and probably will happen in regards to an economic breakdown of society.
Preppers believe that a breakdown of society can come in various forms such as natural disasters, environmental pollutants such as chemical spills, war (nuclear or conventional) and/or tyrannical political entities, unavailability of natural resources, financial or economic collapse, or a pandemic. In 2013 alone the nation has witnessed some of the possibilities through Super Storm Sandy and the government shutdown.
There are also preppers who like to venture guesses about the causes of these possibilities, but this past week on NBC’s Meet the Press the United States Treasurer Secretary Jack Lew really put things in perspective when he stated that the government shutdown wasn’t a cause of an economic break down, but a political one. Whoa. If you stop to think about it every possible scenario of a state-of-emergency would be caused by a political or government breakdown.
Regardless of what would happen to the inhabitants of the nation the politicians are well prepared because they have themselves a couple of bunkers underneath the White House and they even gave it an official sounding name, Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC). You probably will want to bet your last bottom dollar that the PEOC was built on the backs of taxpayers.
However once a state-of-emergency hits don’t count on the government to let you have access to their prepping efforts.
Lately actor and Philadelphia favorite Bruce Willis has gotten a lot of press first for his refusal to do a film unless he got paid more money and then for his duties as host on Saturday Night Live.
First there seemed to be a war of words between Sylvester Stallone (more of a Philly favorite than Willis) when Willis dropped out of the new Expendables movie. Then perhaps to sooth his bruised ego from being called greedy and lazy via Twitter Willis decided to host Saturday Night Live which got rave reviews. Pocketing the $5,000 standard fee that hosts get was probably Willis’ way of showing Stallone that he wasn’t greedy or lazy.
Eventually people started to talk about Willis’ good old days and this conversation turned to the movie Armageddon. Coincidence? Not in a million years.
This week in Philadelphia the media started to run a brief (if you blinked you would have missed it) story about the theory that a massive asteroid could strike the Earth in 2032. The article didn’t give any real information except mumblings about Willis’ character Harry Stamper and it showed an unreadable chart about the path of a supposed asteroid. It obviously was piggybacking off an old 2011 report called the 2011 AG5 in which it was being reported that an asteroid was making it’s was towards this planet and it would hit in February 2023. Or 2040 depending on whom you talk to.
The good news is that in 2012 the NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory said that the asteroid would not hit Earth, but the bad news is that there are 8,745 things in space that could hit and destroy this planet.
The knowledge of natural disasters like Superstorm Sandy, the political disaster that involves politicians and the reports on asteroids threatening Earth is a perfect example as to why it’s important for people to start prepping now.
Even if the asteroid was to hit in 2023 or 2040 as it was originally predicted it may look like you’d have plenty of time to prep, but not really. The easiest part of prepping may be the planning and accumulating supplies, but there are things that will take a little more time.
The building or establishing a root cellar may be time consuming even if you have an unfinished basement to work with. Learning how to prepare the food without the use of modern day appliances will also take time. Reducing or eliminating your debt is crucial to your survival as well and will take more than a couple of weeks to accomplish.
Do you have a skill that will come in handy after an emergency? If not you need to get training in one, become proficient in it and establish yourself in the new skill set in your community.
Last but not least learning to survive without modern day conveniences will also take a while to get used to. It’s important to start to wean yourself off of certain items without having to do it cold turkey.
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