Top Three Threats to all Preppers

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After searching through websites, books and watching the news or other shows, I’ve found that there are about a million different threats that could play a role in anyone’s life.  Extreme weather, natural disasters, governments, war, and the list goes on.  These aren’t only threats to preppers but everyone, prepared or not.  Oddly enough when you hear about preppers on popular shows like “Doomsday Preppers”, you hear about how they’re prepared for a specific apocalyptic event that the family being showcased predicts will happen.  You would assume that by being prepared for their event du jour that they would also be prepared for anything that could come their way.  But it’s not.  There are other basic threats specific to preppers that most rarely account for.

Prepper Expenses

Of course, there are always ways to save money on food by becoming an “extreme couponer” and by having what amounts to a warehouse in your home to store it all but usually, it’s best to just know how to do it yourself.  One way to cut costs is knowing how to grow your own food.  Food that has nutritional value that your family can not just survive on, but thrive on, is key.  Also if necessary, knowing how to plant food in inconspicuous or hidden ways could be the difference between life and death because if others know you’re growing a hearty garden, guess whose house they’ll hit first when their supplies are exhausted?

Preppers canning to save moneyOnce you’ve grown the food, you have to know how to preserve it or you’ll end up having to consume it all immediately or it will spoil due to lack of power and refrigeration.  Arguably the largest expense you will face is your homestead and property.  The alternative media sites and shows make it seem like you won’t make a very good prepper unless you’ve bought yourself a million dollar piece of property up in the hills, built a bunker on it that will probably cost you another $100K not to mention stocking it with supplies and the upkeep and the list goes on literally forever.  So how can you still be prepared on a budget?  Well like I said, you’ll have to do most things yourself.   Grow, preserve and store your own food, find creative ways to collect water and store it, but most importantly you’re going to need to find your own way to survive when you have to bug out.  Know your surrounding areas and what you can gain access to.  This can only be done by getting out there and exploring BEFORE you find yourself in a situation like this. Find out what had a longer shelf life and can used to make whole meals.  Find out if there’s a water source nearby or if there are possible caves to hide in.  You don’t need a considerable amount of money to educate yourself.  Learn what plants are native to your area, what you can and cannot eat and what’s going to turn you into the new “Into the Wild” victim.  Teach yourself how to be a basic and primitive hunter and gatherer.  Keep yourself fit and healthy which should apply to your life anyway.

The Government

Secondly, a real threat is the government, but maybe not in such an obvious way.  You may already know that governments have a bad habit of operating covertly.  That whole “standing for the people” is really just “standing for them until they start to outsmart you and begin to rise against you.” The U.S.  government may just be one of the sneakiest, or so they think.  They’ve proved time and time again that they can and have tricked the American people into voting things into law under the pretense that it means one things but really it means something else entirely.  Take the Patriot Act for example.  Americans were all for it because they were told that it would help them to find and detain potential terrorists, thwart terror events and generally make us all safer by making it harder for the terrorists to travel.  This caused American citizens to also be inconvenienced as well but because they were told it was for “our own protection’, they practically begged the government to do it.  Then came the NDAA.

Prepper Threat of Government

Not realizing until it was too late; the NDAA gives the government and all its 3-letter agencies the authority to detain any US citizen indefinitely without being told why or given a fair trial.  They’re also great at banning guns and ammo and calling it “gun control” by taking advantage of and hyping to the Nth degree by the MSM, somewhat rare and random events involving guns.  As for the people who think gun control really isn’t harming anyone, need I remind you of Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Mao Tze Tung, Mussolini or many others?  But that’s another article for another time.  So how does this pose a threat to a prepper?  Well it should be pretty obvious by now.  Any government, but especially a powerful one, doesn’t like people speaking out against them as well as preparing to survive without their help.  If they aren’t your only source of hope it shows that you don’t need them and everyone wants to feel needed, especially the ones who want to control you.

The Threat of Other Preppers

Preppers are a threat to preppersThis is in two ways.  The first is that another prepper is more likely to be prepared to scavenge and “loot”.  They’re likeminded and that can be a huge weakness for obvious reasons.  This brings me to the second part.  The prepper themselves is their worst enemy.  Advertising what you have to your friends and neighbors isn’t a good idea.  Fight club doesn’t talk about fight club, right?  While everything may be going great and you have every intention of sharing, when SHTF and someone who wasn’t prepared knows you have something they need, they will do whatever they need to survive, especially if they have hungry children.  You really are best just keeping it to yourself.  If someone ever asks you can always lie, you don’t have to tell them.  OpSec is the name of the game.

So while these threats may not seem like a very big deal or an afterthought, they are actually a huge deal.  The first threat can be easily fixed by just getting up and doing it.  Everyone should be prepared for anything and even if you don’t have money to throw around this is still something that is possible.  The second reason is a little more difficult because it can be hard to predict.  All you can really do is pay attention to what’s really going on and always defend your rights.  The third is really all about you.  Having pride in your work is unfortunately the worst thing ever here.  Take care of you and yours and you’ll be a lot better off.

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16 thoughts on “Top Three Threats to all Preppers

  1. Good points and good article .
    I would like to add that there are many very intelligent and capable people who are not “preppers” who will, when a SHTF event occurs, ‘evolve’ into an adaptable person (not the short fuse mobs or evil groups often depicted). These people will present themselves as reasonable get-along types as long as it serves their purpose. Highly intelligent currently successful people did not become so by accident. They used the environment in which they found themselves to better their situation. They will do the same in a SHTF event.

  2. As I read your article a thought came to mind. That as humans we make up the Government and the countless groups of others including fellow preppers. It would be foolish to think that Governments, friends, even family, would not make mistakes or worse become threats. Especially in a SHTF situation, with the trappings of society crumbling those of weak minds, or charactor would think it a kind of psycho holliday. That said, a Person even with good intentions can do evil. So, we need to do as they do, be ever watching ever waiting. And you reply hits in on the head: “Even if nothing ever happens in my lifetime I would rather know that I have a plan and can take of me and my own than have no idea and fail both myself and my family” Well said… very well said!!!

  3. Love this article, to preface I can be a pain. What i mean is I tend to try and fix things, even if not asked. So, if I get to over the top, please do not take what I say to litterally. I mean it with the best of intentions. Again, my mind just wanna fix it. That and anyone that publishes has my respect. That all said, I really related to the article. Three threats is focused and easy to understand. Process and then plan. Thank you.

  4. Realistic input, thanks…

    Primary in my thoughts is someone capturing a phased evolution of SHTF. As in macro military planning analyzing the significant occurrence, developing the likely phases – before (prepping), during (chaos, survival, sustainment and new processes) and afterwards (reduced population and government) – would be interesting. Each of the phases’ duration would be determined likely by location and degree of circumstance.

    Additionally, if someone would breakout actions required or doable at the individual level and collective (community) level, would help.

    A fascinating subject.


  5. I’ve starting prepping in addition to home defense and personal protection. My biggest concern is medication. It is impossible to keep more than 6mo of meds I need to keep me alive. Insulin is going to be a hard commodity to find when SHTF.

    • Cinnamon is a catalyst for glucose absorbtion by insulin, it triples it’s efficiency. God bless.

    • What they don’t tell you is that there are foods that will naturally reduce the amount of sugar in your body. Do some research and you will find them. My husband is diabetic and refuses to take meds. I had to find an alternative

  6. Nice article. I would like to see from you a group of small checklists for things like water treatment and storage, contents of a short term bug out bag, what navigation tools needed to read maps and find your locations would be nice also. Sometimes the small list is the only thing people can remember.

  7. Yes, the extreme price of being 100% PREPARED is exhausting and discouraging. At $17.00 an hour, as a small town cop, my funds are very limited.
    Hint: Bargain bins and Goodwill offers great value on survival items.

    From my Honorable military service and employment as a Department of Defense Police Officer, I am all too keenly aware of the dangers, governments pose to it’s own citizens. Thank the Good Lord Above, the USA has not slipped into the horrors of some of the places I’ve been.
    Hint: The Patriot Act was NEVER meant to weed out terrorists. It was, and still is, a power grab from the American Citizens.

    Other preppers and those NOT prepping WILL BE a fellow prepper’s worst enemy. More than a tyrannical government, scavengers will arm themselves, group up in gangs of violent thugs, and take from those who are NOT prepared and NOT armed to defend and fend off roving bands of violent thieves.
    Hint: Arm yourselves and make sure EVERYONE in your family has weapons and ammo, and can properly and proficiently use firearms in times of danger.

    I’ve seen the aftermath of roving bands of armed violent gangs in other countries. Remember the killing fields of Bosnia, Croatia, Herzegovina?
    The mass graves in the Sudan, Liberia, Somalia? The rape and torture rooms in Iraq? The Beheaded corpses left by the Taliban in Afghanistan? I do.

    So I fully understand the threat of roving bands of armed thugs, acting on their own brand of “Justice” and “self appointed” laws.

    Don’t get me wrong. I’m a Patriot, I love my nation. The United States of America is STILL the BEST nation in the world. I will still fight for the Stars and Stripes and lay down my life for the Constitution of the United States of America.

    I truly believe, We The People, of the United States of America can still rescue our nation from the downward spiral America is falling into.

    For God and for Country! I vow my life, my heart and my efforts, to restore America, to once again be “… One Nation, Under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for ALL!”

    Please don’t lose faith and hope in America.

    If, God forbid, America does fall apart, or becomes ruled by tyrants, or invaded by a foreign military, I pray the Patriotic and Free American Citizens will once again come together, as Patriotic Free men and women. And will once again form a Patriotic Free America from the ashes of disaster.

    • I truly do believe that we will rise up against a tyrannical government. Unfortunately it is very sad and difficult for me to see people either walking around blindly or refusing to listen and people who can see that things are about to get very real and choose to not prepare themselves. Sadly I see a lot of people saying that they can’t prep because of money issues. I completely understanding that having money allows you to get some pretty great stuff when it comes to prepping, but it doesn’t mean you’re helpless. But before I rant thank you for the kind words and your information. I really enjoyed reading it!

  8. thank you so much for this effort. You are so correct when you say we need to know before hand whats out there and what we can use to help us survive. If you wait until the last minute and have to go out and search for these things…everything you have worked so hard for may disappear when you are out there searching. Know your area and know your neighbors.

    • I am in total agreement. The younger generation has a sense of entitlement and it’s really going to bite them in the ass when they have no idea what to do when SHTF. Even if nothing ever happens in my lifetime I would rather know that I have a plan and can take of me and my own than have no idea and fail both myself and my family.

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