Southeast Texas Whitetail DeerThere was an interesting comment posted on the survivalistboards facebook page,

You want the world to End, But subscribe to a Survival group….. I hate my VCR I wish Y2K bug was Real….

My reply was,

No, I do not want the world to end. But just in case something happens, I want to be prepared.

Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.

Some people take prepping a little too far. They prepare for the worst regardless of where they are at or what they are doing. I agree with having a get home bag. But on the other side of the coin there are people that keep a complete Bug Out Bag along with a small arsenal in their vehicle. Reading what some people post in forums, its like they are prepping for a zombie invasion to breakout at any second.  Unlike what is portrayed on TV, the majority of preppers do not live on the fringe of society.  We are everyday people living in the cities, suburbs and rural areas all across the world.

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When people look at prepping, they get on the forum and get a little overwhelmed by what they see. It is easy to forget that some of the members of the forum have been prepping for decades.

Prepping is not for the lazy.  Sure you can buy some rice and throw it in an airtight box, buy some canned foods and think you have a well rounded survival plan.  Just because you “think” you have a well rounded plan does not make it true.

Where do we start?  A lot of people start prepping in the wrong order.

This is the way most people prep

1. Firearms

2. Short term food preps

3. Sustainable food preps

This is the way people should prep

1. Sustainable food preps

2. Short term food preps

3. Firearms

But, if you do not have access to land in order  to develop a sustainable food supply, then short term food preps might be the way to go.

My local walmart sells some wire racks that are marketed as holding 12 ounce cola cans.  The racks also hold various canned foods.  I have everything from beans to soup stored in my racks.

Related forum thread about food storage.

Keep it simple – stockpile what you eat, use a rotation system and your food will rotate itself.

Stockpiling canned foods and bottled water is about as simple as you can get.

What do we do after stockpiling canned foods?

We start sealing food in mylar bags, stockpiling #10 cans, and look into chickens. Why chickens?

Unlike rabbits, chickens produce food almost everyday, or every couple of days by laying eggs. Rabbits produce food through breeding, and then we butcher the offspring.

Consider raising chickens as part of your long term survival plans

Consider raising chickens as part of your long term survival plans

If you an urban dweller with a backyard, and depending on the regulations of your city on livestock, you might be able to raise some backyard chickens. 2 or 3 hens take little room and make little noise. Make a chicken tractor so the coop can be moved around the yard and you should be good to go.

Have a flower bed with some spare room? Then you have space to grow spinach and radishes.

Have a trellis in the backyard? Then you have something for cucumbers and climbing beans to grow on. Want something that produces food every year without replanting? Then plant some grapes on that trellis.

A corner of the backyard not being used? Plant a fruit that grows well in your area. Fig trees are a good hardy tree. the figs can be eaten raw, and the left overs can be made into preserves.

Prepping does not have to be complicated.  When people decide they want to get into prepping, sometimes they feel overwhelmed.  There is nothing to be overwhelmed about.  Instead of keeping 1 weeks worth of food on hand, develop a rotation system, then build up your food stocks until you get 4 weeks of food.

Nobody says you have to stockpile 200 pounds of rice right off the bat.  Go with what you know.  You know your family like ravioli, so expand your stockpile of canned ravioli.  My wife and I keep enough ravioli on hand to eat one can a day for a month.  Then we have canned lasagna, canned tamales, chili, corn,,,, enough canned goods to last a couple of months in a wire rack rotation system.

Set obtainable goals.  Do not set “I need to have 1 year of food stockpiled” as your first goal.  Everyone that gets into prepping takes baby steps.  We stockpile canned foods, then we go into #10 cans and mylar bags.

If you want to get into storing food in mylar bags, experiment with small bags first, then move into homemade superpails.  Superpails are 5 gallon buckets with a mylar bag filled with dried beans, white rice, oats,,, and other dried foods.  Stored in an ideal temperature range, dried beans, white rice, oats,, (no animal byproducts to break down) can be stored in a mylar bag with an oxygen absorber for upwards towards 20 years.

Take prepping one day at a time, and one step at a time.  Buy a couple of cases of bottled water, increase your stocks of canned foods, and go from there.

Prepping does not have to consume your life.  For some people, prepping consumes their life.  Everything they do is in some way related to survivalism and prepping.  Prepping can be a lifestyle, without it consuming your life.  There has to be a balance between obsession and living your life as normal as possible.

Lets compare coin collecting to prepping.

A hobbyist coin collector looks through spare change for rare coins.

Someone obsessed with coin collecting might spend hours on the internet looking for rare coins to buy, go to the bank and buy rolls of coins, ask the cashier at the store to look in their drawer for old coins,,,.

Prepping should be a hobby, or a lifestyle, and not an obsession.

I once knew a man who was obsessed with the idea that the government was watching him. He carried a colt 1911 with him everywhere he went, and this was before concealed carry was legal in Texas. the guy broke in the walls of his house, then put a rifle into the hole. He said he wanted a rifle in every room of the house for when the government came for him. Fast forward 30 years, as far as I know, the government never came for him.

The man went to extreme measures and lived his life around a fabricated idea.

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Kevin Felts

Kevin Felts was born and raised in southeast Texas, graduated from Bridge City high school Bridge City Texas, and attended Lamar College in Port Arthur Texas. Hobbies include fishing, hiking, hunting, blogging, sharing his politically incorrect opinion, video blogging on youtube, survivalism and spending time with his family. In his free time you may find Kevin working around the farm clearing brush, working on a fence, building something, or tending to the livestock

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