So this is a topic I have wanted to cover for a while, recently I have met a few folks that have confused prepping and being prepared with paranoia and fear mongering. So I felt it’s time to confront this subject and hopefully help some people steer clear of bad situations and people.
I recently attended a meeting locally regarding helping our community form a group and become prepared during hard times, but instead heard a bunch of blatant lies and stories that some were so far fetched that they were obviously BS. The meeting was more of a rant session rather than a constructive opportunity to create a useful network within our community. There was no coordination, no plan, structure or even any thought put into it..
There were things mentioned that I felt very uncomfortable discussing in public. So my first thought was this person is crazy and obviously not what I was expecting. The meeting I attended enthusiastically and was hoping to become involved in quickly disintegrated within a few minutes. I was wishing I could ooze out a backdoor if there had been one. Eventually after two hours of wasting my time I grabbed my gear and walked out.
Be careful of the company you keep! Some people try to pass themselves off as something they are not. Don’t let their paranoia grab hold and consume you. There are some that are either delusional or flat out crazy.
The Internet Is Not Always Your Friend.
I have seen people become so consumed in misleading Youtube videos that that they seem to set all reality aside and slide into this imaginary world of fear and lies quite easily. To me its like a form of brainwashing. To me some of the things seem so insane, but people believe in them completely because they read the article or viewed the video on the internet. Anyone can make a video or write and article. It doesn’t mean it true.
Some people get so caught up in videos they see on Youtube or articles on facebook that they become so drawn into the BS fear mongering that they actually believe the false crap they see and read. Use Common sense and judgement!
Weed Out The Crap!
There is a lot of good legitimate information from a lot of good people on the web, just be sure to use judgment and look for facts and not to base something on someones else s opinion. Or a belief that they themselves believe are true but may be false or really far fetched.. Alot of sites post misleading information in the hopes of getting likes, shares and page hits, so just because you saw it on internet doesn’t necessarily mean its true.
I know many of us will be traveling for the Holidays and partaking in outdoor activities this winter, most in less than favorable weather. Here are some preparedness tips for the unexpected! If you have family traveling to your location this holiday season make sure to remind them to stock some basic supplies for the trip just in case, Most people can become a little too comfortable and confident that nothing will ever happen. Remember Murphys Law – “If anything can go wrong, it will”
Cold Weather Emergencies
Cold weather emergencies can present themselves quite rapidly and unexpectedly. Do you know what to do in a cold weather emergency? Such as becoming stranded from a accident, hunting or hiking trip or even a home based power outage from a snow or ice storm.
China and probably “one or two” other countries have the capacity to use a cyber attack and shut down the entire United States power grid, a catastrophe that could lead to significant loss of life, NSA Director Michael Rogers told a House panel Thursday.
“This is not theoretical,” Rogers said.
Rogers’ stark words came only three weeks after a report by the Pew Research Center predicted that by 2025, the nation will suffer a “major cyber attack” that will cause “widespread harm,” substantial loss of life and damage in the tens of billions of dollars.
Pew surveyed 1,625 computer and Internet experts for the report, and Rogers told the panel he did not disagree with it. He said the attack could shut down not only the power grid but other critical infrastructure.
I normally scoff at the idea of zombies falling into the category of real disasters for prepping, but I’ve noticed more and more people attracted to the idea of a zombie apocalypse. Well with the movies I am legend, resident evil, world war z and The Walking Dead becoming a favorite among TV viewers over the last few years.
There is now everything from zombie survival kits, zombie response team magazine, zombiemart.com, zombie knives and even ammo manufacturers have come out with ammunition specifically for zombies “Hornady® Zombie Max” for example. Even long time magazine Guns and Ammo has countless articles about zombie related content. Hell even the Pentagon has a battle plan against zombies. Even the CDC is getting in on the band wagon. Don’t believe me? Heres the link. http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/zombies.htm Heck if your really serious there is even a chainsaw bayonet for your AR for dicing the little boogers up into small pieces.
Situational Awareness is something most people have a lack of on a normal daily basis. With everything going on in our daily lives and the introduction of text and smart phones most people are so focused on whats going on with their social media sites or other time consuming tasks that they no longer worry about whats happening around them. Also somewhat a sense of false security and safety.
Being a Ex State Correctional Officer where I worked was basically a city filled with criminals. Situational awareness became a daily way of life. I also came from a City in Louisiana where you constantly had to be aware of everything around you at all times or you may possibly be putting yourself between a gang shootout or a victim of a carjacking or the person pulling up next to you at a stoplight brandishes a weapon at you with an evil grin. So I personally have a heightened awareness because of my life experiences and the type of work I performed, but unfortunately most do not.