How to Avoid Common Mistakes that Non-Preppers Make

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How to Avoid Common Mistakes that Non-Preppers Make


Everyone has their own way of prioritizing preparedness.  Some take it seriously and invest a lot of money, time and resources into becoming as self-sufficient as possible.  However, the vast majority of people out there live in a state of blissful-ignorance in terms of thinking that the world’s just fine and society can manage whatever comes its way.  Let’s take a look at a few common misconceptions that people have in order to use them to avoid unintentionally falling into the same trap.

People Will Chip in and Help


This is probably the biggest misconception of all, and it’s important to realize how the self-interested side of human nature rears its ugly head during crises.  People become less trusting, less generous and less civil.  While yes, some communities get together after a disaster to provide some relief assistance.  Sometimes good-natured people from around the country will travel to a disaster-stricken area to chip in as well. 

However, when we’re talking about a total SHTF situation or a societal collapse, then it’s literally everyone for themselves.  All you have to do is look back at how the government as well as many in the New Orleans area reacted after Katrina.  It was a humanitarian catastrophe where lawlessness was rampant, basic services were unavailable, and people died simply because they were in the wrong place a the wrong time. 

It’s important to always assume that people are not going to help during a SHTF situation, and that friends will turn into competitors while the social order begins to disintegrate. 

Resources Will be Available


We’ve talked about how easy it is to disrupt distribution and transportation systems in this country, and supply shortages and price hikes happen under the best of circumstances.  Now imagine trying to get goods delivered when roads are impassible, computer networks are down or warehouses get raided or destroyed. 

There are a million reasons why resources will not be available during a SHTF situation.  If you think things get bad at grocery stores in advance of hurricanes, just wait and see what happens when something bigger is looming on the horizon.  It will be complete pandemonium, and chances are that resources or supplies of everything from water to medicine will be long gone before the dust settles from whatever crisis occurred.

Consequently, those who wait until it’s too late to try and find supplies will either be out of luck, at the mercy of whatever relief services are available, or be forced to loot and pillage for basic essentials.  Don’t be one of them.

I have Plenty of Money

Money only has value if it is accessible and acceptable.  Losing access to money can come from a number of different directions.  A major hacking at a large bank could empty or freeze the accounts of tens of millions of people.  A serious off-grid situation could knock out computer networks that provide access to funds through transfers or ATM withdrawals.  An economic collapse could turn our money into worthless paper overnight.  Money has its place in the grand scheme of preparedness, and we should all keep some extra cash on hand, but at the same time, skills and items that can be traded or bartered with will be more valuable. 

Make sure that you have something to offer as well as good negotiating skills in order to stand to benefit the most during the aftermath of a SHTF situation.

These are just a few examples from a long list of excuses that people use to avoid accepting that we live in an uncertain and dangerous world.  Look at it this way:  Squirrels forage and store food in the fall for the winter.  Birds migrate months ahead of cold weather in order to seek food and shelter in more hospitable climates.  Preppers don’t let negative people, or those who are in denial, distract them from their proactive and prudent efforts.  Make sure that you keep focused on the big picture, because preparedness is one of the best decisions and biggest investments that anyone can make.