How to Gain Security in an Uncertain World

We live in a time where our basic needs are met through a complex network of communications, supply lines, and relationships. The obvious benefit of this system is the ability to deliver goods and services to specific locations in an extremely efficient manner. For example, water is clean and readily available through a simple twist of a faucet; when we run out of milk, it only takes a quick drive to the grocery store to pick more up; electricity and fuel to power our appliances and run our vehicles requires one only to plug-in or fill up.

We are Dependent

It’s easy to take all of these conveniences for granted since they are an integral part of our lives and the workings of this system are often hidden from our immediate view. But the truth of the matter is that most of us are completely dependent on this highly integrated web to function and run without a hitch. But bulletproof it is not.

We are Vulnerable

All of these interdependent systems we depend on form a fragile web. Even small disturbances can send shock waves throughout the whole system interrupting the flow of food, energy, and other essential goods and services. Hurricane Katrina, the 9/11 attacks, and even small localized storms have proven this to be the case. However, the future may well prove to be worse.

Here in the U.S. our economy is teetering on the edge of collapse right now. Our government continues to live way beyond its means and as a result there is a great possibility for massive inflation and economic upheaval similar to Argentina or Wiemar Republic Germany. And all the while, terrorism continues to cause uncertainty and threatens our fragile system.

The Majority are Unprepared

Despite all of the recent events (9/11, Katrina, the economy), the majority of people are still unprepared for minor disruptions – let alone major disasters. I understand that we, by nature, want to avoid the unpleasant. However, blindly assuming that things will go on working tomorrow just like they did in the past is a recipe for disaster.

Kevin Reeve, owner of OnPoint Tactical Tracking and Survival School said it perfectly, “People are nine meals from civil unrest.” This is so true. The majority of people are so unprepared that even an interruption in their food and water supply of just three days would cause social unrest (again see Katrina).

What are You Doing to Prepare?

Now comes the ultimate question. Where do you and your family stand? If something were to happen tomorrow where you were out of power, fuel, water, and access to food from the grocery stores, how would you survive? Do you have enough food and water set aside to ride it out? Or are you hoping to be bailed out by a government that may never come?

The Time to Prepare is Now

Disaster will not wait for you. The sooner you make your preparations the more likely you’ll be ready should disaster strike. The time is now.

So where do you begin? The answer is to start small and build up from there. In addition to the standard articles I write for this blog, in the coming months I will be sharing with you a step by step plan for getting you and your family prepared. Here’s what will be covered:

  • Emergency Preparedness Plans that fit your family’s needs
  • Food Storage Basics that anyone with any budget can meet
  • How to Put Together a Bug-Out Bag (72-hour kit) that will give you peace of mind
  • Alternative Cooking and Heating Options that you can use for extended blackout periods
  • How to Prepare your Car for Evacuation
  • Tips on Organizing and Safeguarding Important Documents and Data including backup plans, what to bring if you need to evacuate and so on.
  • and Much More!!!

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10 Comments»

Comment by Michael
2009-11-17 10:32:52

Great article! Funny thing is I just talked to my wife and a friend about this topic last week, and browsing your site, I read the same thing. God Bless!

 
Comment by Erich
2009-11-17 15:10:18

Thanks Michael. I’m glad to hear that more and more people are becoming aware of this issue. I hope it helps them to become more prepared.

 
Comment by Michael
2009-11-18 19:54:29

just curious Erich if you’ve heard of DEN at joinden.com? I discovered it by watching Molotov Mitchell “For the Record” videos at wnd.com.

 
Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2009-11-18 23:00:19

Michael,

Thanks for pointing it out to me. I’m trying to find some more information on this group. Is there anything else besides the website that gives more info? The website is pretty vague and gives only a cursory overview but does not go into detail about what exactly they do etc. The application form is also very unprofessional. My skeptic radar is going off right now (seems like a scam). Are you a member?

 
Comment by Michael
2009-11-19 15:21:55

I’ve filled out the application and mailed it a few weeks ago. I haven’t found any other info about them either. I decided to do it because Molotov Mitchel is the national spokesman for them; and I really like his video commentaries. There was no fee. Just asked about political leanings, favorite president, how many family members, if I had access to guns…I imagine they may be looking into my background.

 
Comment by Erich
2009-11-19 22:11:04

Michael,

When you get the info/packet from them be sure to check in. I’m curious to hear what it’s all about.

- Erich

 
Comment by Vicky
2010-05-24 11:21:04

This definitely brings to mind what is needed in this nation–awareness. Too many people think that should a calamity occur, that the government will somehow be able to come in and help us out in a matter of hours. This is not the case. We should not only be prepared for any situation, but also live preparedness in our daily lives. At the time of disaster is NOT the moment to bring out your survivalist manual. By then it’s too late. I know that we at PreparednessPro recognize that if you create a preparedness pantry instead of thinking of it as “food storage” your mind set shifts and you become aware of many other possibilities of becoming prepared. Way to go, and I look forward to your further posts.

 
Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2010-05-26 01:11:44

Vicky,

Thank you for the well spoken comment. Preparedness as you mention, needs to be a mindset. And the more people that adopt this mindset, the better off our nation will be. After all, self-reliance and preparedness is at the foundation of any freedom-loving society.

Thanks for all the work you and Kellene do over at PreparednessPro.com. I’ve been following you guys for a while now — keep it up!

 
Comment by RAY
2014-06-29 12:08:39

We both are 65 and being farm stock..we know how important it is to keep food on hand at all time’s..for the modern prepper it look’s expensive,,but it isn’t really,,just buy a couple extra food item’s each week and take up canning,,go to farmers market and buy fresh food,,Amazon has all kind’s of book’s on this..save to buy that firearm’s you want and buy extra ammo each month,,AND make sure you have 1st.aid item’s on hand..SEE it’s short and simple thing to do..YOU do not want to be caught with your pants down ( so to speak )….

 
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