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Do you consider yourself to be a prepper? Are you ready to defend your house, protect your family, and protect those you love from danger?

Over the years preppers have got a bad rap. Often portrayed as tinfoil hat conspiracy theorists waiting for the end of the world, the mainstream media has done a serious disservice to those who are just trying to protect the ones they love from the very real dangers that are out there.

If you have given up on prepping, or think itís only for those who are preparing for some end of the world disaster to strike, you need to consider these eight very real threats that everyone should be prepared for.

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Re: Why to be a Prepper: 8 Realistic Threats you should be Ready For!
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2016, 01:56:58 PM »
I'm not a prepper, but I am prepared to survive off of my own means should the need dictate--thanks Uncle Sam, Dad, my own inquisitiveness, and my Buyu family.  thumb1

There probably is not a foreseeable need to stockpile currency--if the SHTF, paper money will probably be worthless, know how to barter and have a stash of gold, silver, copper, and gems for larger purchases.  Become somewhat familiar with what plants, berries, and nuts found in the wild can be used as food sources--that along with our plentiful game will keep people alive and kicking for some time. Learn basic first aid and herbalism--there are very few drugs manufactured that do not have their foundations in plants and herbs.

There probably will not be an all out invasion of our shores by terrorists--can you imagine the logistical nightmare controlling a country with 2 very long coastlines would be?  No modern army has the capabilities to pull that one off.  Invasion from internal factions/government gone haywire, again, probably not a long-term problem.  Let's face it, there is an "army" of 200 million ordinary Joes who would fight tooth and nail to prevent or quash that occurrence.   tommy1

So, I am not a prepper; I refuse to live my life in fear of anything.  But I am prepared through my living and learning to survive just about any eventuality I can think of.  bat1
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Re: Why to be a Prepper: 8 Realistic Threats you should be Ready For!
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2016, 02:45:07 PM »
I agree, currency under most situations will be worthless, except maybe as filler material or toilet paper. As for bartering, my belief is if you have to barter to obtain items to survive you are already partially in the tank. This only indicates to others (good or bad people) what you have plenty of and are willing to give up. The meat, vegetables & fruit my wife has canned, dried and otherwise packaged will last the two of us approx a year or longer. We have an abundance of ammunition, medical supplies, water purifying equipment, etc. and constantly add to our supplies. We have a 7000 watt gen that is good in some situations but only as long as the fuel lasts! People have asked me "how do you know when you have enough?" My answer is, when what you want to stock is no longer available.

We have no idea what scenario(s) we may face, there are a number of possibilities. Mary and I have not been comfortable with anything less than attempting to be ready in some measure for any of them, TRYING to leave nothing to chance. But we all know how that works out! I also live in fear of nothing, I learned years ago fear is a waste of my time.  Through my own experiences, training and abilities I have gained the confidence to weather any storm.

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Re: Why to be a Prepper: 8 Realistic Threats you should be Ready For!
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2016, 02:50:01 PM »
Yes and no.. :o I think being prepared is important for just in case... But do I stash hoards of food and other stuff, not so much. Maybe a 4 to 6 day supply. But, I guess thats me. Alot of people, and I mean a metric crap ton of people, I know don't have the common sense the man gave a rock, they can't, lets say grow corn, or some beans or even find the eye on a potato to grow it, they can't identify a walnut from a hickory nut from a chestnut, or gut a deer, sheep, cow, pig or even deal with a chicken, fish or squirrel. They wouldn't know poison ivy if it were swiped through their butt crack like a credit card, yet alot of these same people claim to be preppers cause of their hoard. These same people are truly inept at mechanical devices, know nothing of electrical, can barely change their own oil in their car or a spark plug in their mower, if it weren't for You-Tube or the interweb they would be helpless.

I hope growing up in a very rural area, I've learned to do quite a bit with very little, the hillbilly ingenuity factor, I guess you could call it. Farming, ok, lets do it, what are we planting, growing, havesting, butchering, or rip any engine down, a 2 stroke chainsaw to an 21 liter Caterpillar, split a tractor in half, drive and operate or use a dozer, excavator, pan or trash truck. Wire up a house or genset, fix a genset, hotwire a car or semi, or heck just get them to run if you have the key and it won't start, use a welder or torch. On the same token above, I know people you give them a rusty junk pile, they will have a MadMax dragcar built in 2 days.

I think it's not just about ones food and ammo stash, it's about having the knowledge, skills, life experiences and basic common sense to do other things, get mobile by any means necessary, fix, repair and skirt by off of nothing and or making it off of very little.
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Re: Why to be a Prepper: 8 Realistic Threats you should be Ready For!
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2016, 02:59:50 PM »
Exactly right Greasemonkey, I grew up that way. All my life I have been a country boy, fishing, camping, hunting. Didn't have the money to put my truck in the shop, I had to fix it myself or by God walk...which I did a lot of in those days.

It's sort of like the old adage...I've done so much with so little I can do practically anything with nothing! But as you said it takes common sense and attitude...attitude is everything in my book.

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Re: Why to be a Prepper: 8 Realistic Threats you should be Ready For!
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2016, 03:43:55 PM »
The ability to convert chicken sh*t to chicken salad thumb1 it's an art.
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Re: Why to be a Prepper: 8 Realistic Threats you should be Ready For!
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2016, 08:47:55 PM »
The ability to convert chicken sh*t to chicken salad thumb1 it's an art.

Funny, but exactly right!  chuckles1