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· A bad, bad man
215 Posts
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What do you prep for? I cannot afford to prep for every possible scenario, so I have reduced my preps for pandemic/ internal unrest. I cannot fathom being invaded. Our economies with our enemies are too intertwined. There will be no nukes or EMP’s because if we were invaded, the invader wouldn’t want to damage our infrastructure. A terrorist attack involving an NBC scenario wouldn’t affect me- for I do not live in an attractive area to hit( I live in the state of NY and an NBC attack would more than likely be on the level of SEP 11 which affected the economy, but we made it). A natural disaster where I live would be a blizzard, but “this too shall pass” and spring would come and melt the snow. Maybe I am wrong for taking this approach, but I have to be frugal at this point. I have the basics covered, ie shelter if my house were destroyed, and I have food storage, a small garden which could sustain us for maybe three months, access to fishing and hunting, as well as defense. What am I missing?

· Registered
9,569 Posts
Rather than trying to prep for every possible scenario, prepare for the effects such as negative impacts on safety, sustanance and shelter. It's easier to manage that way-from Andy James, Shoestring Survivalism, Paladin Press.

· Patient Zero of WWZ
5,335 Posts
I can't think of any prep that I have made that would not be useful in any EOTW scenario including the ones you have decided to assume won't happen.

I prep on a generalized basis. The only specific things I prep for are Hurricanes and area evacuations. I live near the coast, and near a lot of refineries and chemical plants.

What I am saying is....
Determine what possible local disasters there could be. Prepare for those, then do what you can to prepare for a general situation, like storing a long term supply of food.

At least that's my philosophy.

· High Power Rifles
50 Posts
I believe the same prepare for local disasters then expand. also look at current and past events in the weather cycles in your area so you can prepare for anything it can throw at you. just remember the three "S"s and you should have a good idea for other preps.

· Registered
310 Posts
I think you're is life and it must be is not constant prepping so much that all else is blocked out....

our grandparents and great grandparents were wise....frugality, saving, "pin" money, canning, reusing.....

that is what I am doing....trying to be smarter with my money, buy on sale, have necessities on hand...and enough to share with family...

· Avoidance & Deterrence
2,832 Posts
"Don't worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as
Effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing
Bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that
Never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm
On some idle Tuesday." Baz Luhrmann 1997

· Capability, not scenarios
13,162 Posts
There are very few scenarios that don't require these:

1. Water
2. Food
3. Safety/Defense
4. Fuel/Heat
5. Electricity (batteries, light, other needs)
6. Diversification of assets

From that you can expand to specific scenarios relevant to where you live (hurricanes, say, or wildfires, or floods, or nearby chemical or nuclear power plant, arid conditions where water storage is paramount, whatever).

But in most cases, the above are things you'll want regardless. So, to prep for one scenario is in essence to prep for all.

I have some flu masks, for instance, but no gas masks. I don't live near a chemical plant, nor nuclear power plant. Radiation is low on my list of concerns compared to some other things. But I would think differently if I lived on the West Coast, or near another kind of threat.

To prep for one is to prep for all. Don't get bound up in "scenario-prepping" unless you have specific scenarios that are truly a threat to you where you live.
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