It’s a New Resolution. Really!

It’s a New Resolution. Really!
It’s the New Year, 2018 and like most people, you were probably thinking about all the things you’re going to do differently this year. You’re going to set aside food and water, you’re going to plan for alternative energy sources, read more about permaculture and even eat better and exercise.
(PS – do you know what Gyms call people who make New Years Resolutions and buy 1-year memberships? Profit)
Is it a good thing to set goals? Of course, it is. Should we make plans on how we want to reach those goals? Absolutely. Is it important to set reasonable goals? Yes.
Are you going to have two pistols, a rifle, and shotgun and be fully proficient in all of them by the Summer when you’ve never picked up a gun before? Are you going to have a fully sustainable farm with crops and livestock by years end when you just got a subscription to Backwoods Home/Self-Reliance?
We set goals so we can be focused and accountable. We set our goals a little higher to help us get out of our comfort zone. We need to also set reasonable goals because when we want to lose 10 lbs and only lose 8; we don’t think of how we only missed 10 lbs by 2 lbs but how 8 wasn’t enough. If you can find that ‘sweet spot’ in between “falling off the couch easy” and “requires Olympic level training” you can balance doing what you know you should be doing instead of putting all of your resources into something that’s not feasible (I got a great deal on this army surplus generator and I’m sure the Building Manager won’t mind me putting it on the balcony of my apartment)
Remember the basics: Bullets, Beans, Bunker, and Bandages. What can you use where you are with what you have. Start with that or build your way up to it. Taking some Project Appleseed classes. Finding some co-ops or LDS groups that do canning. Someone who’s already homesteading that might trade some knowledge/crops/meat for some help on site.
Have a goal in mind, look at how you’re going to reach it – and be creative if need be. When that goal is reached, evaluate where you are with your resources and determine what you can do next. If the big investment of your resources was in a Move, or buying that Rifle, or getting a Dehydrator, and you can’t put a lot into another stage, work small or work with what you have and get more familiar with it and when situations change, then you look at your Goals and decide what you are going to do next to stay on task.
Because when you have goals and plans with the end result in mind, you will be able to Respond to your situations and not be limited to Reacting to them.
©2018 Puget Sound Prepper
Joe and Amy Alton have a great site with a plethora of articles and resources for medical kits. They have some great learning tools as well such as their board game, Doom and Bloom SURVIVE. Take a look and see what you can add to your list and get started on your medical supplies.
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“It’s Quiet, Too Quiet..”

“It’s Quiet, Too Quiet..” usually heard before the attack

I was watching a very informative piece by Canadian Prepper who addressed something we might not take into consideration in either the classic SHTF or even a simple power outage. It will be Quiet, and eventually, it will get Dark.

Obviously, those of us who deal with the potential of power outages know to have flashlights or even candles as a standby and it’s what myself and others who have taken it upon ourselves to share with others about Preparation to use as a start. What might not be considered are the psychological effects of an extended power outage on people who are used to a constant stimulus of electronic input. Watching TV while Surfing the Internet while Texting while Ordering Something Through Alexa. When there’s no power, all that goes away. At best, it will mean having to actually have personal interaction with others and finding ways to entertain yourself, at worst, those people that have become accustomed to, or even addicted to, multiple inputs of data are going to have a rough time of it.

Find someone who spends a lot of time outside, in rural areas or beyond. Ask them what it’s like transitioning from a secluded, un-powered (if they’re in the woods etc.) lifestyle to times when they have to enter “Civilization.” It might be as hard for them as the other group.

Before I continue, a clarification. Am I advocating for everyone to give up high-speed internet and Netflix? No. I am saying that we can have the B4 equation* ready but for some, possibly even ourselves, the Psychological mindset and adaptations that could be needed in a power outage is going to present a new challenge we didn’t take into account.

Of course, the bibliophiles will be chuckling at people staring at dead Tablet Readers, and stocking up a few paper versions of books, both informational AND entertaining is a good idea. I, and others have strongly suggested for families with children that including some books in a bug-out bag or other emergency preps will go a long way to keep them distracted and even informed about what’s going on. Two good resources for that I can suggest is http://booksbyjeanne.com  for a HUGE selection of great books for kids of all ages and even adults and http://train4safety.com/ which a line of books specifically dedicated to teaching children about emergency preparedness. These are not affiliate links – I know both the women who own these and chose to support them.

A common exercise suggested by experts is to test your preparation methods practically by either doing a day/weekend camping trip in the backyard, or more realistically, cutting the power in the residence. The latter will absolutely test what works and what doesn’t in your plans. Without going to that extreme, an option could be a day/weekend Analog Entertainment Only time. Reading, cards, board games, anything not reliant on power. It would serve the purpose of both training younger kids (and adults) on getting used to what could happen as well as a wake up for other kids (AND adults) about what it would be like in a power outage. An old military training adage goes, “The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle” could apply. If a known option and plan is in place for when the house goes dark and the devices stop beeping, you and your family will now have the option to Respond to the Event instead of Reacting and therefore not Beware, but Be Aware.

©2017 Puget Sound Prepper