Are You Addicted to Prepping?

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And if so, what can you do about it?

For many, prepping has been a mission and a  passion for many years.  It all starts innocently enough.  We are bit by the prepping bug and typically start storing some extra water, food, flashlights and batteries in response to a widely publicized natural disaster.  Soon we move on to first aid supplies, home defense systems and bug-out-bags.  And it goes on from there.

Somewhere along the way, prepping takes over our lives and becomes a significant lifestyle shift.  Our spare time is spent planning for the BIG EVENT, be it a natural, man-made or even a politically motivated apocalypse.

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Special Report: Picking the Right Prepper Website

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Every once in awhile, I wear personal angst on my sleeve for the world to see.  It is not that I like to complain or that I am a whiner, but rather that some things send my anger-meter to the top of the scale.  I hope you will indulge me a bit today as I reveal my personal bias against websites that rip-off and steal content from legitimate authors who work hard to deliver credible content and information to the masses.

Internet plagiarism and theft occurs in every niche and given the perception that there is a pile of gold out there in website-land, keeping the thieves at bay is impossible. 

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The Plight of the Senior Prepper

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There are all sorts of prepper’s.  Some are rank beginners and others have been practicing family preparedness for twenty years or more.  Some live in urban areas and some live in the country.  And most assuredly, some are young adults in their twenties and other are in their sixties, seventies and eighties.

Given this widely variable demographic, it stands to reason that some preparedness topics will be more interesting and more useful to one group than to another.  On the other hand, the basic tenets of emergency food, emergency communications, first aid, self-defense and self-sufficiency are universal.  Furthermore, there are no boundaries and no set requirement that a person be interested in each topic equally.

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A Holiday Message of Optimism, Hope and Grace

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Traditionally, December 25th is a day that is filled with sharing. There are the gifts, the food, and the drink – all of which are shared with family and friends.  For many, there is also the religious and spiritual meaning of the day.  But even if you do not celebrate Christmas Day per se, there is something else.  Something that is important to all of us

I am referring to the the message of optimism, hope and grace that we all carry within us.

Now there are those that will say that a true Prepper needs to stand up, take charge and and forget about all of that fluffy stuff. 

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The Need to Be Ready is More Critical Now Than Ever

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A constant topic of conversation in my household has to do with frustration and discontentment over the lack of change in our economy, government, and life in general these past few years.  If anything, things are worse now than they were three years ago.

Hidden from the public spin are the multitudes still being laid off from their jobs and the many folks that are barely getting by, quietly sitting by the sidelines of life because they have no other choice.  I see it, of course, because I look and I ask questions.

But for the most part, I see a widening chasm of the haves and the have nots. 

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An Accolade to Preppers with a Purpose

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As part of the journey toward self-sufficiency, we continue to evaluate life not only in terms of the here and now, but also in terms of tomorrow and beyond.  After all, the goal is to be independent of entitlements, of government intervention and of course, the influences of the PTB.

This is not an easy task.

And so we look beyond our own sphere of influence and reality, in search of others who may have done it better.  Others who have achieved that which we strive for.  Others who appear to have it all.  But appearances can be deceiving.  For every person we perceive as having it all, there is another looking to us with their own eyes, perhaps envious because “we” have it all.

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How Will You Deal with the Unprepared?

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During my recent vacation, I made a pest of myself by asking strangers whether they were prepared.  This was done in a very polite manner after engaging in small talk and learning where they lived and asking  about the likelihood of a natural disaster in their home town.

Responses such as “Oh yes, of course.  We have five gallons of water, some canned goods, and a basement” were common.   And so it goes.  Just this weekend I learned of a local establishment that will serve as a Red Cross shelter if the big one (earthquake) comes along.   Not 30 minutes later I learned that the  same establishment was built on fill and would be swept away if there were a quake of any major magnitude.

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The End of the World as We Know It as Entertainment

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A few days ago, a Backdoor Survival reader asked “If you had some way of knowing that a SHTF situation would happen in the next few days, what would you do to prepare right away? What would be your biggest priority, especially with so much to consider?”

After thinking about my own answer, I put it this question out to Facebook and within a few hours had over eighty responses.  Interestingly enough, something that came through loud and clear over and over again was the need to get in touch with family members and to convince them to join their prepping relatives someplace safe.

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Living in a Post-Apocalyptic World

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Back in the 60’s there was a tune recorded by Barry McGuire titled “The Eve of Destruction”.  Yes, that was a long time ago but yet today, I can still feel the power of its lyrics:

“Don’t you understand what I’m tryin’ to say
Can’t you feel the fears I’m feelin’ today?
If the button is pushed, there’s no runnin’ away
There’ll be no one to save, with the world in a grave.”

Almost fifty years later, the context is different but the feeling is back: we live in a world gone crazy mad.  To cope, many of us prepare for the worst while hoping and praying that a cataclysmic event never happens.

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Survival Friday: 50 Excuses For Not Prepping

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As smug as we may feel about our own prepping efforts, sometimes there is still a tendency to procrastinate a bit with one thing or another.  I am not pointing any fingers, mind you, since I too fall victim of being overwhelmed by it all.  The disorganized array of my food storage is just one case in point.  I still don’t have a good inventory so what do I do?  I just buy more.  Stupid, I know.

Still, for the most part, I keep plugging away, knowing that the economy is in shambles in spite of what our leaders say.  The planet is becoming increasingly unstable with weird weather patterns and a proliferation of 100 year storms or worse. 

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Coping With Uncertainty In Today’s World

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Every afternoon as I sit down with an extra large cup of espresso, I ponder something to write about next on Backdoor Survival.  It is difficult, but not for the reason you might think.  The difficult part is coming up with something new and fresh that has not been written here before.

I say that because in that last three years, I have written over 570 articles.  A lot the articles have been about prepping and self sufficiency but a large number have also been about more touchy-feely topics as I talk about life and getting by during hard – and soon-to-be harder – times.

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7 Ways to Rekindle the Quest for Truth

In recent months I have found myself shrugging in disgust as I browse the web and read the latest headlines. I mumble the words I used to say in the old days, “par for the course”.  I say that as I find myself becoming complacent while reading the latest news of government excess, corporate shenanigans, sneaky banksters and Wall Street crooks.

More often than not I feel as though I am sitting on a deck chair of the Titanic, slowing watching the ship go down.  Pretty sad, I know.

This is not just the alternative press that I am reading, mind you.

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What Happened to Independence from Tyranny?

Independence Day in the United States is a day that is commonly known as the 4th of July.  Officially, it is a day to celebrate our declaration of independence from Great Britain in the year 1776.  Sadly, for many it is just a day off of work to spend with family and friends, celebrating summer, hot dogs, ice cream and beer.

For the last two years, I have written about this day and to be honest, there is not much that is new that can be added to what I have previously said.  Rather than start over, today I bring back an article from July 4, 2012. 

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An Open Letter to the Reluctant Prepper

Becoming prepared can be a lonely journey.  Family members scoff and friends roll their eyes and shy away, thinking you have joined the tin foil hat society. You want to share and you want to talk but say too much to the wrong people and you may be setting yourself up for future free-loading, looting, or worse.

This is a dilemma faced by almost every prepper I know. Most want to join up with other like-minded people but who do they trust?  The issue of trust is one reason why most of us want family members and close friends to come onboard the prepping wagon but alas, few do so willingly and even then, only give lip service to the effort. 

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An Interview With the Survival Woman!

Anyone who has been with Backdoor Survival since the beginning knows quite a bit about me.  I have purposely chosen to remain public without a pseudonym or hidden location in the middle of nowhere.  As a matter fact, anyone can pretty much Google my name and figure out who I am, where I live and what I have done most of my work life.  So be it.

Over and again I have claimed to be quite ordinary and I stand by that.  Still, based upon the emails I get, people are curious so today I thought I would share an interview I did with the Lamplighter Report early this year. 

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Americans Under Siege – Has Tomorrow Become a Reality?

Just a little over a year ago, President Obama signed an Executive Order titled National Defense Resources Preparedness.  This act stirred up a hornets nest of controversy – both for and against. At one end of the spectrum were those that thought this was an overt act signalizing unilateral militarization of our country.  Others felt this was a ho-hum restatement of existing presidential controls.

Whatever your feelings at the time, it is now a year later and events of the past couple of weeks bring more questions than answers to those that seek the truth.  Sadly, it is my opinion that Americans are under siege by our own government and by the mysterious and secretive powers that control our elected officials. 

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Survival Mindset: Preparedness as a Way of Life – Part III

Before you can be mentally and psychologically prepared for a disaster, you will also need to be physically prepared. While the survival mindset is a mental awareness of the need to survive, you cannot get to that place until you have the confidence that you can take care of your physical needs and be self-sufficient without reliance on others.

This is where you need to take some definitive steps to get to that positive and productive mental state.

As mentioned in Survival Mindset Part I and Survival Mindset Part II of this series, everyone has unique needs when it comes to survival.

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Survival Mindset: Preparedness as a Way of Life – Part II

Coming to terms with the survival mindset is often the first hurdle that newbie prepper’s must overcome.  Once doing so, however, the task of family preparedness becomes easier since each step along the way is defined by unique circumstances specific to geographical area, family situation and current economic status.

Still, even accounting for those individual differences, there are some common factors that we all must consider in our path toward preparedness.  For some, these factors will be inconsequential but for others, one or more may be present a challenge.  That is not to say that the challenge will be insurmountable – only that is is a valid consideration that will need to be dealt with in one manner or another.

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Survival Mindset: Preparedness as a Way of Life – Part I

Prepping, survivalism, emergency preparedness, disaster readiness – call it what you will but having the mindset to take care of yourself in good times and bad is the focus of Backdoor Survival.  That plus a healthy dose of living strategically and sustainably while having a bit of fun at the same time.

Today I would like to explore the survival mindset and preparedness as a way of life and as a path to self-reliance and independence.

THE SURVIVAL MINDSET

We live in uncertain times.  Natural disasters are escalating at an alarming rate, global economies are failing, terrorists are threatening the security of the common man and climate change is affecting the ability of our food chain to provide adequate supplies to the populace.

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Forward Thinking: Ready Set Prep Summit and Giveaway

Last week it was my privilege to attend the Ready Set Prep Summit sponsored by FoodInsurance.com.  This was a by invitation only event that was held in Dallas, Texas and attended by over 16 members of the online preparedness and survival community.  Food Insurance called us “forward thinkers”.  Imagine that!

The agenda included a social and networking event where I became acquainted with the owners of some really cool websites.  I was thrilled to not only to meet some new folks but also a few of my online friends that I have been working with these past few years.  During this time I was able to chat with almost everyone individually and to share our common ideas and philosophies not only about prepping but also about their own sub-niches within the prepping space.

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Special Report: The Best Prepper Websites

My friend George has been writing about prepping – and the economic reasons to do so – since 1997, and I too have been prepping for more practical reasons going on several years now.  At first, I wondered “Am I becoming one of those squirrels or “nut jobs”?” But now, with the world growing more and more uncertain, it has become clear that prepping is indeed a rational response to an irrational world.

I assume you know what a “perma-bear” is – that is someone who is very skeptical about the prospects for further growth in the economy.  So much so that they are stocking up on readily available goods now because they don’t trust the future. 

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Coming to Terms with Government Control

Is the Government out to get us?  What do you think?

For the past three months, I have sat back and made a noble attempt to absorb the events of the day. Being a seeker of truth and finding clear cut answers lacking, for a while I felt a personal spiraling down as I was unable to connect the dots.

Here are a few key events that formed the basis for this dissonance and this inability to understand what I am being told and what I feel in my heart of hearts:

October 29, 2012: Hurricane Sandy makes hits landfall in the United States causing billions of dollars of destruction to mostly unprepared citizens.

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Special Report: 50 Questions to Ask the Non-Prepper

It is not often that I feel the need to reprint an article that has already been widely syndicated around the web.  Today I make an exception.

The article 50 Shocking Questions That You Should Ask To Anyone That Is Not A Prepper Yet was written by Michael Snyder, a prolific seeker of truth who writes The Economic Collapse Blog.  He also is a person who cares about our country and our world and who gave this blogger lots of encouragement as I was just getting started a few years ago.

I share this with you today because we, as a group tend to have friends and relatives that scoff at our efforts and consider our preparedness lifestyle a bit “off”.  So what is a prepper?

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The 10 Commandments of Survival

These days, it is easy to go about our business of survival and preparedness without stopping to think about the rules of engagement. For most of us, these rules are not written and are not spoken, but are just something that has evolved over a period of time.

As I have expressed many times in the past, the burden of knowledge – or perhaps I should say the burden of truth – can be a huge weight to bear. That, coupled with the crazy busy task of life during these hard times, can be overwhelming. Getting up each day, going to work, doing chores, balancing the checkbook, taking care of family members – it is all a big job but add prepping and learning survival skills to the mix and you have a recipe for exhaustion and perhaps even a bit of depression and gloom.

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