Why Should I Prepare?
Most people have no idea that the federal government (FEMA) asks that you prepare for hard times. Ready.gov recommends that every household in America have three days' worth of food, water, medical, and other supplies ready in case of an emergency. Essentially they are saying, “We, the US government, are totally inept and unprepared to come and rescue your family in a timely fashion should there be a localized natural disaster. Please take care of yourselves for at least three days until we can come to your rescue!” Comforting, isn’t it?
You should prepare for hard times not because it may take the government three days to mobilize, but because there are multiple, verified scenarios that would cripple the US government and you could be on your own for months...or possibly years. That is not fear-mongering; that is the truth. I will present the evidence and make the case below that our country will experience hard times in your lifetime. What you do with that evidence is up to you.
If you don’t prepare, you will most likely die. Frank Gaffney, the President of the Center for Security Policy, had this to say about America losing the electric grid for an extended period of time from an EMP attack: “Within a year of that attack, 9 out of 10 Americans would be dead, because we can’t support a population of the present size in urban centers and the like without electricity.” Seriously think about that. Think of ten people you are close to and try to imagine nine of them dying of starvation or being murdered over the next year.
If you are reading this and you haven’t started preparing, it is most likely for one or more of the following three distinct reasons:
You aren’t convinced that the threat is real
You’re overwhelmed and you don’t even know where to start
You don’t want to be stigmatized by your friends and family as a “Survivalist”
If point 1 is your reason, then I can assure you that if you continue reading to the bottom, click on the links below, and DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH, you will come to the same conclusion that many others have. The threat of losing the electric grid is VERY real and VERY likely in our lifetime. You would be unwise not to start preparing for it today. If point 2 is your reason, you have two options. You can buy dozens of books on the subject and try to decipher what your next step should be from the various survival experts (with varying levels of expertise and conflicting opinions), or you can hire an expert like me to guide you on your way. If point 3 is your reason, then you are doing it wrong from the beginning. I cannot stress this enough. The number one rule of prepping is “DO NOT TELL ANYBODY THAT YOU ARE PREPPING!” There are many more important reasons for this that we will get into later, but if no one knows about your plans then you can avoid the label of being a prepper. Besides, how many of your friends know the value of your life insurance policy? Survival Insurance IS a life insurance policy. Think about it and treat them the same way.
Please do not be one of the 95% of people unprepared when that day comes--starving, sick, and huddled in the corner of your house wondering when the government is coming to save you. You will discover that no help is on the way with deadly consequences for you and your family. But before you make a hasty leap and buy into some monthly food insurance scam thinking you are covered, please educate yourself on what it will really take to make it through a SHTF scenario (a lot more than some food and water stored in your basement).
A better question is, if you knew there was a very real possibility that hard times were coming in your lifetime, why wouldn’t you prepare? If you knew that a flood was coming, would you head to higher ground or would you put your faith and trust in our government to come and rescue you like so many did during Hurricane Katrina with deadly consequences? Think of prepping as “Survival Insurance.” The reason most people don’t prep is because they don’t see the need or understand the risk factors.
What are the chances that your house will burn down or flood? What are the chances that you will die an early death? These are all very unlikely events, yet you probably have car insurance, medical insurance, life insurance, home insurance, and flood insurance to protect yourself against tragedies and accidents. What Emergency Preparedness Plan do you have in place to safeguard your family against a probable event that could end modern life as you know it? I am not saying that you need to drain your savings and your child’s college fund, but at least make it part of your monthly budget to start getting a couple items each month. If you look at the amount of money you spend on those other insurances throughout the year, “Survival Insurance” would probably be a lot cheaper. So what should you prepare for? Should you bug out or stay put?