This is what my wife thinks preppers look like. I can’t really blame her. In the half dozen shows that have featured preppers in the past few years, they all seem to fit the same profile.
They tend to be white men, dragging their wives behind them on their flights of apocalyptic fancy. Those shows feature stockpiles of weapons, scenario training in the woods, and in the best cases, armored vehicles.
Now, I’m pretty sure these guys represent a lunatic fringe of the prepping community. Long discussions on pickling and the importance of water storage just aren’t good for ratings. I have to admit, I’d rather see guys talk about the dangers of an EMP attack, than discuss that time when the local water municality shut down the water supply for about a week. Which is exactly what happened to us.
Thing is, it’s not all about AK’s and doomsday. In fact, 99 percent of it is good old fashioned self sufficiency with a heavy dose of frugality. Good thing, because it’s a lot easier to talk about putting together a container garden, than it is to convince wifey that you need to put a cattle catcher on the Ford Explorer. Which would be awesome, by the way.
Last week, Sam Hayes of Caliber Training Group, Jay Ash and I went to a few stores in the Atlanta Metro area to look at diffferent ways to be prepared for any eventuality. Jay runs a group on facebook that discusses prepping. He is a family man, and to my knowledge he doens’t have a cattle catcher or armor plate on any of his vehicles.
We went to an Army surplus store, a store that is kind of like a Wallgreens, for Oh Shit scenarios, and then we went to a ham radio store. We talked about water storage, rainwater capture systems, container gardening and the best books on survivalism.
We also discussed the differences between bugging out and bugging in, and why it’s okay if your wife doesn’t ever, ever, ever want to camp. And guns. We talked about guns too…
It’s too big a subject for one post. In fact, it’s probably big enough to require it’s own blog. I’m not going to do that. Next week, however, I’ll talk about water capture and storage, how you can do it and why you probably need to. It was inspired by an incident last year, when our water company shut down the supply to our area for about a week. We only found out about the “Boil your damned water!!!” alert, after the supply had been cut back on. They didn’t bother to update that part of their website. Sorry, guys.
It was a test for our family, and we failed.
Next time we’ll be ready.