Preparedness is about Backups and Backup Plans

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.

Backups for:

  • 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.
  • Communications.
  • Backups for when “things” break.
  • etc.

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.
  • etc.

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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  1. People don’t Plan to Fail, they Fail to Plan….
    As Confucius would say…
    Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

  2. I keep planning and preparing, but have come to realize that circumstances change. We must always be ready to adapt to them, and quickly. Don’t look back. And keep track of current events local, national, and global. Very telling. And keep your eyes on all the crop failures happening around the globe. Stock up well.

    Blessings to you all.

    1. I agree on most. Except looking back. Looking back helps us learn what worked in the past and what didn’t. Or what items were short handed and what proved sufficient during an event. As well as what things were overlooked. All to help learn from those experiences.

  3. Was over a friend’s house last weekend and they ran out of ketchup. How do you do that? Doesn’t everybody have several back-ups of everything? Apparently not, and I rarely discuss preps with anyone – so I’m shocked when something like this happens. A lot of people will be in a world of hurt if the SHTF, (and it will).

    1. Ken in Konnecticut,

      We certainly live in a “just in time” world. The expectation / assumption that supply and supply chains will always function.

      But running out of Ketchup?! (not happening in this household!)

  4. “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?”

    You may ask “who,” but there are a lot of those “whos” around. The other day I was talking to someone who had been to a garage sale. She and her daughter were laughing because they discovered who had been responsible for the t.p. shortage last year. My friend saw (gasp!) two big packs of toilet paper on a shelf in the garage.

    Hopefully, no one here needs this warning, but just in case…If you have a garage sale, friends over to visit, a repairman, etc., don’t leave anything that may seem odd to them out where they will notice. Things that seem normal to you may be a red flag to others.

  5. Watching the local news this morning. A wreck stopped traffic for 25 or 30 minutes. Yep, a couple people ran out of gas. How do you not have 30 minutes of gas or think to shut it off when traffic stopped? I believe the people who won’t/don’t prepare are a serious danger. Even if they have a cabin or some sort of bug out location, they will not have any food, gas, water or skills. That is when they will think of your stuff. After all, you have so much its unfair. Opsec is so important and I have not done well enough.

    1. “A wreck stopped traffic for 25 or 30 minutes. Yep, a couple people ran out of gas. How do you not have 30 minutes of gas or think to shut it off when traffic stopped? ”

      Considering the heat wave blanketing the country right now, I’ve got $50 that says they didn’t want to turn off the Air Conditioning and never thought about looking at their gas gauge.

  6. Home, health, life, auto insurance….paid monthly.
    Why not contibute a fraction of that cost on food/water/other prep self (in)assurance.
    It’s plain to see, no one will save our keester,,in troubled times.
    That will be truly left unto us.

    Got preps??

  7. I must admit that another old show did not show preppers in a favorable light: Nat Geo Preppers featured some real characters/wing nuts/whack jobs on their program. It gave people something to talk about at work the next day. That was about all the show was good for. The ones I felt sorry for were some of the kids growing up within a household where the parents have gone off the deep end. I wonder how many left home early and became a materialistic capitalist mercenary because they got tired of living in the hills nibbling on seeds wearing buckskins and roasting road kill with their parents. ( Now they are the ones driving the European Sports Sedan drinking their soy milk lattes and yelling at their smart phone ).

    I do not remember seeing a lot of common sense among some of the people featured on that show. Logic is one motivator. I suspect experience is the primary driver behind shopping patterns and laying in of supplies for most of us.

    1. You are absolutely right. The mainstream media has ALWAYS portrayed (the preparedness-minded) as wing-nuts/whack-jobs. Disgusting. Throwing common sense right out the window…

      Instead, our ‘overlords’ want an obedient dependent subservient mind-numbed robot class of sheeple — who ask no questions, or don’t even know the questions to ask… but I digress.

  8. With all of the fear some people have of the Wuhan flu I am at a loss to explain why more people are not at least prepping a little. Now I am not making light of the potential for harm from the virus, just with the fear of some people I personally know show, they don’t put back anything, just order grocery delivery on line from Wally World.

    For most it seems “same stuff different day” is standard operating procedure.

    1. “stupid is as stupid does”

      One’s actions (or lack thereof) indicate one’s level of stupidity (or intelligence).

  9. My husband is the “what if” king. We plan and then pick the plan apart to look for flaws or weaknesses, and then plan again with contingency plans. Whew!! It requires a lot of storage space for the range of near stone-age tools up to the latest Li-ion power tools. As I’ve mentioned before, he thinks that if you need one, get five. It’s actually four: one to use, one for spare, one to store, and one to share.

  10. I was doing Christmas baking with my granddaughter today, when she mentioned that we just used the rest of the sugar. It was a yellow 4 lb. can. I actually have fifty pounds of white sugar, along with brown, powdered, raw and honey. Because of the way it is stored, in plain sight, it never occurred to her how much was really there. I also have a large stand of home canning and long term storage in a place visitors do not see. We can hide a lot in plain sight. My pantry is deep shelved and rotated every time I shop. I date everything. Attic space is great for paper products. Extra bathroom cupboards become great first aid stations. I only keep a few dozen canning jars in the garage, the rest are attic, again. Since we have four people living here, it does not appear to be a lot. We continue to add as we can, but with inflation, this has slowed down. It is even tough to replace what we use every week, but we do.

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