The overall goal of prepping is to provide ourselves with the skills and supplies we need to survive for as long as necessary, hopefully until life becomes the new normal. Many preppers focus on preparing large supplies of food, clothing, tools, first aid and weapons while building the necessary bug out bags and stockpiles to provide safety in any given disaster.
But, taking the time to prepare these items and ourselves doesn’t necessarily ensure our survival. SHTF can happen in a variety of ways.
We might prepare for a disaster we think is likely to happen and then face a different disaster that we never even thought to prepare for. For example, preparing for an EMP attack and a complete collapse of society occurring due to warfare requires different sets of skills and supplies than say surviving a devastating tornado or hurricane. Due to this reality, many preppers have a large chance of facing their a severe threat to their lives.
It isn’t an easy thought to process, but it’s something to be aware of. Therefore, it’s extremely essential to prepare for a variety of situations. This will increase our overall chances of survival.
The following article breaks down the 3 reasons why some preppers won’t survive SHTF:
Lack of Skills and Training
Most preppers rely totally on gear and supplies for survival. However, these will not guarantee survival. The first problem with that way of thinking is that they can be easily stolen or destroyed. Once they are gone then you have nothing to rely on. Gear and supply should just be seen as tools used to make survival easier or more convenient.
Another problem is that most preppers don’t know how to use the gear correctly. For example, many preppers have an arsenal of guns but don’t know how to correctly use a single one. They’ve never been taught or trained how to properly defend themselves. As a result, this will cost not only their lives but those of their loved ones as well.
In a collapse scenario, society will be without rule of law. Most likely armed forces and bad guys will be terrorizing communities. Looting and violence will be running rampant because many will be without the necessities to survive. People will be willing to kill others for canned goods.
So it is important to have some skills like survival or tactical skills. In a collapse scenario, only those with proficient skills will truly survive and thrive.
Lack of a Strategic Plan
When it comes to preparedness a lot of us are just winging it. I can say that from experience. When I first got into preparedness I didn’t know where to start or what to do.
As a result of that, many of us are partially prepared in many areas instead of being fully prepared in the important areas. The rest of us get discouraged and frustrated causing us to lose focus or just give up completely. Without a plan, we will never get anything accomplished. For example, architects put together a blueprint before building. Without it, the building would be a failure.
Lack of relationships
In the Bosnian collapse, it was said that those that were alone died first. This is because strong men that gathered in groups targeted those that were alone and weak. They took their supplies and left them for dead.
Undeniably, there is power in numbers. 2 is better than 1. There is no denying that fact.
Still many preppers choose to be lone wolves. Just the term lone wolf alone should be a discouragement. Lone wolves typically don’t live long.
A lot of preppers choose not to reveal their lifestyle even to other preppers. This is because of OPSEC, supposedly. It is a concern that other preppers will target them in a collapse scenario.
So, as a result, a lot of preppers struggle with loneliness. Gratification in life comes from relationships. We were created to be social creatures. This is why the institution of family is so important. The concept of the community used to be so prevalent in the pre-urbanized times. Communities would hunt and gather together in order to survive. “
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One major point to note is relying solely on our supplies to survive isn’t the safest bet. We must have a strategy put into place and have the ability to be self-sufficient. There is a lot of mental factors that come into play in this situation. Physically and mentally preparing for disasters will increase our chances of survival. Also, learning how to work well with others helps to strengthen our overall strategy. If we don’t want to be part of the group of people that dies when SHTF we need to prepare ourselves in more than just one way to be ready for just about anything.
Until next time…
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