Nearly every week, I get at least one frantic e-mail from a new SurvivalBlog reader, stating that they feel woefully under-prepared. The gist of these e-mails is: “I’m behind the power curve! How can I possibly get prepared in time?”
Fear not! Just by reading SurvivalBlog and taking some small, gradual steps at preparedness, you are miles ahead of your sheeple neighbors. And even with just modest preparedness measures, you have already substantially increased your chances of surviving most scenarios.
As I see it, here are your advantages:
Most people are clueless. They have a naive Pollyanna outlook. But SurvivalBlog readers see the Big Picture, and plan accordingly. Because you are constantly aware of current events, you won’t be one of the Generally Dumb Public (GDP) masses that invariably gets petrified in a crisis. Instead of just sitting there glued to a Crackberry, you will be taking concrete, meaningful action. While others spin in circles like beheaded poultry, you’ll be busy helping to get things back to normal.
Skills and Knowledge
Unlike the folks that absorbed in the mindless American Idol television culture, you’ve spent your available time in taking hands-on training, and reading up on practical and tactical skills. You’ve also assembled a home library of useful references.
Most of you have teamed up with like-minded relatives, friends, church congregants, and neighbors. Meanwhile, your average suburbanite doesn’t even know the names of all of the neighbors on his block, much less know their skill sets.
You’ve bought the best tools you could afford, for all foreseeable eventualities. Whether it is your Hi-Lift jack or your Glock, you’ve done your homework and acquired the most appropriate and durable gear. Meanwhile, your neighbors have frittered away their funds on jet-skis, Beanie Babies, Hummel figurines, and big screen plasma HDTVs.
You’ve developed both “stay put” and “Get Out of Dodge” plans, plus a few alternates. You keep your bugout bag and even your passport handy.
Unlike the sheeple–who aren’t prepared for even a three day power failure–you have your beans, bullets, and Band-Aids stocked away, in depth. While your sheeple neighbors are flocking to the grocery store, where they will most likely find only empty shelves, you’ll be sitting pretty. And while they are pondering their two gallon gas can for their lawn mower–their only stored fuel–you have laid in enough to not only be ready for a crisis, but you cane even pick and choose your time to re-stock, when their are dips in fuel prices.
A minority of highly motivated SurvivalBlog readers have taken my advice and relocated to safer regions. I hope that more of you do the same!
You already have your commo and band scanning gear up and running. While most folks will be completely ignorant when the power grids and phone systems go down, you’ll be coordinating with your Group, and keeping track of where the malo hombres are moving, and where they might be heading next.
Capacity for Charity
There is room in the hearts of most SurvivalBlog readers to dispense copious charity. We consider it our duty. And more than just the willingness to dispense charity, most of us just as importantly also have the capacity–namely, the requisite materiel. If you can’t spare it, then you can’t share it. As I often tell journalists in phone interviews: I don’t look at my food storage as a three year supply for one family. Rather, it is a one year supply for three families.
The Bottom Line
To wax a bit metapohrical, SurvivalBlog readers are what the actuarial accountants would call “low rate qualifiers”–meaning that because we have minimized our risks and maximized our potential life spans we’d qualify for the lowest possible insurance rates. There are no absolute guarantees, but your chance of achieving room temperature at an early age is far, far below that of the average man. Pat yourself on the back, and then redouble your efforts to get squared way.