Prep 1

We are not prepared for doomsday; I simply advocate being prepared for any type of crisis that might affect my family. Act of God or act of man, their safety is paramount. If people wish to put the survival of their loved ones in the hands of corrupt, dysfunctional, self-serving political and financial systems that has each taxpayer owing $135,732.00 (as of 2/11/12) that’s their right. Source

Our preparedness has allowed us to ride out several snow storms and power outages without a hiccup. When a massive forest fire encroached, we took in families and livestock because we were prepared, not for doomsday, but for fire. Our grass was green and mowed, with a huge safety buffer and portable water tank, pump and hose.

Those that didn’t have basic disaster prep in the form of a defensible space fire plan lost their houses because it always happened to “someone else”.

As far as my kids go, they are taught skill for life, not disaster skills. Things like how to change their oil, starter, brake pads, how to do some basic wood and metal working so they can build things. My girls all know how to completely service their vehicles bumper to bumper because it saves money, helps insure that some unscrupulous mechanic won’t be able to take advantage of them, and might get them safely home if their car breaks down.

When we meet on Wednesday night as a family, it is to play, not talk about prepping. If something is happening that we need to be aware of, we share it, but other than that it is to visit and enjoy a big family meal.

I am not a tree-bark eating, live-in-a cave type of guy. I simply believe in the Boy Scout motto, and feel that the onus of survival rests squarely on our shoulders. Look at all the people sitting on roofs post-Katrina that didn’t have the foresight to take food and water up there after they pooh-poohed numerous warnings to evacuate. We have an oblivious generation whose entire existence is “i” toys, worshiping vacuous celebrities and brawling over sneakers.

As far as security goes, there are no guarantees whatsoever in life so we will continue to simply keep an eye peeled and trust in God alone.

I’ve had some pretty wild things flung at me for being on the show, (and as a cop) but one thing about age is the older you get, the less you care about what other people think. If TSHTF and I weren’t prepared, I couldn’t face my family.

If anyone saw the show and realized that they should invest in some basic prepping, that’s great and it was worth it. A family that has a one or two month’s supply of food and water will be less of a burden (and a threat) on an already over-taxed emergency response system. If they want to take it further, good for them. For those of you that think we’re nuts, you’re absolutely entitled. Just be sure you enjoy the Kool Aid

4 Responses to Prep 1

  1. Eric says:

    Good for you! I cringe when I watch Doomsday Preppers but I still watch anyway, just I case there are any good ideas I can use. I remember the episode that you were on and I was very impressed with how normal and well balanced you were portrayed. You seem to be a very strong patriarch for your family, reminded me of a character in a Robert Heinlein book. You’re a good example of how preparedness should be practiced and taught.

  2. LeAnn says:

    I think what I dislike the most about that show, is the names they use as you mentioned. Drives me crazy. Makes us sound crazy. Its just good common sense to be prepared for things. If I know Im going to have 20 people at Christmas for dinner, I wouldnt wait til they got there to run to the store, and these guests probably wouldnt even starve if I didnt. But when you see people not preparing for immanent disasters, its just stupid. I think many think the govt will take care of them. Shame. How short is the memory, Katrina, and there are still people waiting for assistance from hurricane Sandy in NY and NJ.
    I think I was a prepper long before prepping was “crazy” I had stored up quite a bit of food and personal care products, from good couponing skills. My husband had switched jobs, we really had no savings, and his first paycheck was a month away. With what I had accumulated, aside from some perishables, I was able to feed my husband and I, and my son, his wife and brand new baby. Id say that month I maybe spent $30 at the store. Mostly on milk, eggs, and some meats.I had prepared, and didnt even realize it! Ever since then, I try to put something in my shopping cart, if even 1 pack of batteries, a can of beans, whatever I can comfortably afford, to put in my storage room.
    I hope to eventually be prepared for at least a year, I do a little bit (as much as I can afford) every week. Right now maybe a few months, but Im gaining ground everyday. There is always something I can do to be just a bit more prepared, even if its just organizing.
    I didnt see the show you were on, Ive only seen a few of them. I did wonder why anyone would show what they have to others, that might want to take, without being offered.
    I just found this site yesterday, cant wait to see the $10 smoker! Thanks for sharing info with us. Stay stong! LeAnn

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