One of the things liberals and progressives like to make fun of are people who prepare for any type of emergency. Part of this is because this group of individuals has been made to look like crazy on ludicrous shows like Doomsday Preppers. In truth preparing for any type of emergency is pretty much what a well-balanced life looks like normally and is not all that exciting.
Going to the gym and getting yourself physically fit as possible? Going hiking, horseback riding, jogging or running with chest weight so you can actually backpack further than your front door? Canning food? All of these are not very exciting. Figuring out how to live within your budget, trying to get debt free and living a life based on savings and thrift rather than debt and consumption (or as call it rejecting consumerism) to the best of your ability? Very laudable goals, but does not make great TV. Figuring out how to capture rain water, grow beyond organic gardens and reuse the gray water in your home? Gardening, keeping a few chickens for eggs, buying milk and produce directly from local farmers? Not exciting at all. All of these help you and your family in good times and bad. This is why many of us starting to use the term self-sufficiency.
Next time a fool wants to belittle your desire to be prepared for natural or man-made disasters point them to this article. On 07JUN2016, the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Command Center suggested you have an evacuation plan in case of “…a natural disaster or a terrorist attack…” What preppers call a bug out plan. You see authoritarian progressives think when the government says you should have a bug out plan that makes sense. When a private citizen says the exact same thing, they say “that is just crazy talk.” That is why we ignore them in most cases.
We also know that the Department of Homeland Security FEMA has also encouraged all Americans to be able to survive at least 3 days without assistance. Many of us watched that plan go down in New Orleans and have decided we don’t want to be in the Superdome. Thus, we have plans on surviving on our own for more than 3 days. FEMA is so serious about individual and local community preparedness they will provide you free prepper training through the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. I have no issue taking part in this training, training is training.
Many self-sufficiently people actually have plan for 3 days (recommended by FEMA), 3 weeks (what we actually saw in many emergencies) and 3 months for that “extraordinarily unusual and dangerous situation.” All you have to do is be in the military (or other NGO) and fly in supplies to some natural disaster area, in a third world hell hole (i.e. many urban centers in the US) or live “near enough” to a riot to realize, you know it may not be a bad idea to be able to defend myself and my family if the police services are unable to respond for awhile.
Many self-sufficiency people really would like to be minimally dependent upon the State or federal government period, not just out of concern for some possible future event and want to not only survive, but live independently as possible. And thus, those who have the opportunity become what we call “modern homesteaders.” With guns. You know, a “…country boy can survive” and all of that. Here are some blogs I like to follow that highlight real modern homesteading. If you have other modern homesteading blogs you follow, please share them in the comments below.