Preparedness – being prepared – prepping. To an extent, preparedness involves having backups. And/or backup plans. It’s really quite, logical. I’m sure Spock of Star Trek’s USS Enterprise would agree (grin).
Lets talk about some common sense basics. It’s all largely about backups, and backup plans.
While prepping and preparedness had been stigmatized by the mainstream, it’s not such a stigma these days, given what has happened (covid-related shortages coupled with the ‘lockdowns’ of 2020).
Who (especially these days) would ridicule, or think poorly of those who have responsibly prepared, taking logical actions to mitigate events like disruptions and product shortages?
I consider being prepared as a form of insurance against bad things happening. It’s like purchasing insurance on a house, a vehicle, or even your life. It’s just there if you need it.
Think of it this way: Prepping and preparedness is (largely) about backups. And backup plans.
We are fortunate to live in a modern world where so much of our life-sustaining needs are readily available to us. Life in that sense, is easy.
However there’s a resultant problem… Having been ‘normalized’ to such a modern life, the majority of people have become blind to the risks (dependencies) that such a modern life brings.
For those who are smart enough to recognize these risks, preparedness is simply logical. And responsible.
Preparedness is about backups.
- Our dependence on a fully stocked grocery store.
- A temporary power outage.
- Maybe a much longer term grid down.
- For when our modern appliances won’t function.
- Transportation without a vehicle.
- Backups for when “things” break.
Of course your own list could go on and on.
What do you need backups for? Well, for whatever you determine to be important enough.
Preparedness is about backup plans.
Preparedness backups are just physical assets of ‘items’ and ‘things’. But preparedness is also about developing and having plans and procedures. And, of course, the skills and know-how.
Backup Plans for:
- How-to shut off the gas main to your house (earthquake zone?)
- What to do first, second, third, after the power goes out. Etc.
- When there’s no more water coming from the tap.
- Which foods to stock up on.
- For your own personal and home security.
- If you must evacuate from your home.
Again, your own list may go on.
I just wanted to point out the basic common sense logic of preparedness. That’s how I look at it. Not as some sort of prepper-zombie-hunter… Rather, actions taken towards being self-reliant and responsible. It’s really as simple as that.
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