How to prepare your family to survive and thrive in todays uncertain world

We’re Not Growing Our Way Out Of This One

I wanted to take some time today to talk about a few things that are on my mind lately.

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been a little scarce lately. This is primarily due to some burnout on my end, though family life has been busy and I’ve been talking with some folks about a new job. But burnout is definitely the biggest issue.

I’m sick of the news, the economic issues, and the fact that nobody in any sort of power position is at all inclined to do anything about it.

At this point I don’t see any reason to think that we’ll be coming out of this in any reasonable condition. So at this point, my efforts and thoughts have transitioned towards some hard core prepping, education of others, and putting contingency plans in place.

I don’t mean to say that we’re doomed, and the zombie apocalypse is on its way. It’s not going to be ‘The Road’ or anything like that. But it’s going to be a significant problem for all of us in some way, and it could be a complete disaster for some of us.

Like I said a minute ago, there’s nobody that’s going to do what’s required to fix this, so we’re going to be forced to do it the hard way. But we’ll be back out of it the other side in some way. It’s incumbent upon us as people who have foresight to what’s coming to place ourselves in a position to influence things.

This means that we must first prepare ourselves and our immediate families, and then help our neighbors and our immediate community get ready. This means educating those neighbors in a way that is not alarmist, and that comes across as rational and normal.

It means avoiding any sort of hoarder or nutcase stigma. And honestly, it requires that we approach things with a gentle touch that we may otherwise not be inclined to do.

It means driving things and influencing things locally, where we can actually make a difference. No matter what happens nationally, we will always be able to influence and to an extent control things that happen locally. And that’s where restoration will begin.

Stay tuned tomorrow for a few more thoughts and some details on what I’m going to do moving forward…

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12 Responses to We’re Not Growing Our Way Out Of This One

  1. I am sort of burned out myself, not with prepping, but with the nation and the world in general. It seems like the two groups of people (Sheeplez and the ones who stick their fingers in their ears then yell, “La, La, La!!” because they don’t want to hear the truth, though they know it is the truth) who are the ones who keep electing those idiot/Congressional Sheep into office who like to do nothing by push they problem down the road and not help govern the people. The few who do make it to office to make a change either get changed themselves or are written off as loons by fellow congressmen/congresswomen or the media before they can do anything to help fix things the right way. So, I am going to keep on prepping so tha when it all hits the fan at least I and my family will be ready (the best we can be).

    • Michael

      You have summarized exactly how I feel. You talk to people about a possible economic collapse and they look at you like your wearing a tin foil hat. I am tired of it, I know I should be trying to help wake my neighbors up but honestly I don’t think they want to confront the issue. And quite frankly I am afraid they are all going to turn on me and try to steal all my stuff when it all comes crashing down. The problem is that shows like Dooms Day Preppers show the very eccentric Preppers they never show the common sense Preppers. So people like my brother inlaw see that show and write Facebook posts like “Saw my first episode of Dooms Day Preppers, it would be funny if it were not so sad.” Lets see how sad it is when you are trying to get out of a city with roughly 4,000,000 people when it all falls apart.

      I figure I will just keep prepping along and hey if we some how pull our selves out of this mess, I will have allot of valuable stuff my children can either keep or sell. And I am even saving some things that I can at least give to my neighbors such as plastic bottles to store water in, and possibly share some plants in too.

  2. I agree with you, on all levels. I’m grateful for your posts. It’s so good to read someone who is working at being level headed & foresighted about being as prepared as possible and helping on a local level!

    Thank you
    Genene

  3. Stop kicking yourself. The way I see it – “if we are writing about helping ourselves and others, and/or reading about helping ourselves and others then we are almost home”. Just keep preparing the way we have been doing and we will be way ahead of the game. Just keep your eye on the light at the end of the tunnel.

  4. Rudy – totally agree with you. I’ve had the same feelings in recent weeks which has kind of drained me emotionally. The politicians and most sheeple just don’t get it. In my opinion, the fire burning outside of our homes is at the doorstep, and we’re inside watching “Idol or Criminal Minds”. I also believe that much of this is being done on purpose with the goal of bringing America down in order to usher in a one world government. My only participation in “Black Friday” was taking advantage of Emergency Essentials 12 hour “sale” and picked up some pretty good bargains. Preps and supplies help with some elements of the roller coaster ride, but deep down the fear lingers. After all, we’re only human. But, I believe the ultimate solution is trusting in God to provide and care for us. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

    One thing we plan to do at our annual family Christmas party is to create a “Basic Survival package” for every family. Still in the planning stages, basically going to vac-seal like the following items: (25) .22 rds, $.99 First Aid kit, Power Bar, plastic fire starter(magnifier), and few other goodies. While kind of silly, it’s mostly symbolic that I think will help bring some attention to the issue.

    Take care –
    Rick

  5. Definately keep on prepping, I do..but now I dont suggest it to others ..since apparently preppers are now or soon to be considered terrorists. From another source here online..the FBI or some other alphabet cop force thinks anyone missing fingers, stains on clothing, odors, making extreme religious statements, buying weatherproof ammo or matches, nightvision equip or buying milsurp goods are someone to keep an eye on..they are constantly scanning Facebook and twitter accts, anyone buying bulk groceries in bulk or paying cash for substantial purchases..they can pull infor from your cell phone at a traffic stop..I have not experience any of the above yet..but I live in a one horse town. fro further info on the 14 ways the government is watching you
    http://www.zombielyptic.com/showthread.php?078-14-ways-the-goverment-is-watching
    dont get any tatoos that might be construed as anti govt..upside down flag which technically means country in trouble or the jolly rodger as it now insinuates an anarchist..time to prep yes..HELL YES!

  6. Hello All, It is good to hear what everyone is feeling and thinking. I will add my thoughts for what it is worth; based on may years of planning, study, and experience. I can sum up pages of information with a simple suggestion. This suggestion does not tell you the history or details of the problems facing America or the larger world, but it will allow you to focus on how to immediately begin preparing (if you have not begun) in a meaning fulll way, and help to focus on what is important now for the future survival of your family and loved ones.
    I could write at length on each of the topics but that is not important at this time. My heartfelt suggestion to each and everyone (married with family or single) is to REMEMBER the five (5) G’s in your short and long term survival planning. This formula will serve you well. Thaink of it as a blue print that will get you on track, and then you can adjust it to fit your individual needs. The five G’s are offered in the oder of importance that you should put to memory. (1) God, (2) Grub (food), (3) Guns, (4) Gold (silver and gold) and lastly, (5) guts. The five G’s built a free and powerful nation, that became known as our America over two hunfred and fifty (250) years ago. These same 5 G’s can now help you better prepare, preserve, and keep you free. Kind Regards to all; Boab

  7. My concern about many preppers is their short-term vision. I think we have to go beyond the prepper mentality and immerse ourselves in homesteading. It can be a good thing to stock up on MRE’s, canned goods, stored water, temporary power sources, and emergency heating options. The better choice is to prepare for self-sufficient living on your own homestead, where you can supply your own shelter, water, and food requirements for not just months, but years. True preparedness becomes a lifestyle, not a fallback position.

    • Donna,
      You’ve nailed it. My family has been tracking the world situation for several years and we are certain that when the crunch comes (very soon) things are going to change radically and that those who are not prepared for the long run will be the ones who will suffer the most. We are in the process of completing our self sufficient homestead, i.e. food storage, EMT training, solar/wind power, greenhouse and outdoor gardens, high capacity water storage, small animal husbandry, high security fencing (we love and trust our neighbors BUT????? we keep our powder dry). We are also trying to teach/encourage our friends/neighbors to prepare but sadly, with little success. The usual response is “They’ll figure something out”. Just who the THEY is I don’t know, the same idiots that got us here in the first place? I think NOT!
      For those who may read this and think, “but I can’t create a small farm where I live” think again, even a small back yard can provide substantial amounts of food via. “intensive gardening” and a small hutch of rabbits and chickens (they live together quite nicely) will provide substantial sustenance. Study the history of “victory gardens” in the US and Britain during WW2. I sure would not worry about zoning regulations when things have gone to s….. er down the tubes! The minions of the plutocrats will be too busy trying to save their own butts.
      Build your low profile sub/infra structures now while supplies are easily obtainable, store the superstructures out of sight ’til needed. The whole back to the land/communal ethic of the 60’s, 70’s is not dead, lots of info available!
      Peace to all, it’s nice to know that there are others who can see what’s really important for the future.

  8. This mess gets us all down at some point, the key is to not let it keep you down. You said, “I’m sick of the news, the economic issues, and the fact that nobody in any sort of power position is at all inclined to do anything about it.” The people in power want it to go exactly as it is. The interesting thing is, Ron Paul is inclined to do something about it. The powers that be are threatened by his clear thinking and somewhat drastic proposals. You don’t hear about him and his popularity in the polls because the mainstream media is owned by the powers that be and they make it glaringly obvious that they do not want anyone to hear his ideas for fear that he will gain support. Newt Gingrich, an amoral, good ole boy, toady will, no doubt, be the contender against Obama next November. With either one of them in office, we will be served up another helping of same old. In case you had same old leftovers for so long you can’t identify what they are anymore, it’s the uber rich (otherwise known as international money changers) getting richer while even the upper middle class becomes the poverty stricken. And those same people will continue to gain greater power while the masses continue to have any sense of liberty stripped completely.
    Boab is absolutely correct about the 5 Gs but # 5 should be #2. Faith is a verb, believers have to ACT in the simple ways first; Rick M said it straight with Proverbs 3:5-6. Darrell, submitting includes not being afraid when you do what’s right. Who is the terrorist here? You are the one who’s scared and trying to hide from Eagle Eye and not because you’ve done anything wrong according to God’s expectations. The Bible is full of examples of men of God who may have done some of their preparatory work under the radar but certainly did not cower in fear. What if Joshua, Gideon or David said, “Yeah, OK God, I’ll get around to that as soon as I have enough gold and silver to stock up on food and swords.” ????
    “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22. It’s a tough one but it takes your mind off what’s wrong while you think about all the things you have to be thankful for.

  9. Yes, I think we all are getting a little down about the economy and the world. Sometimes I shake my head at how oblivious people are to what is happening. We did a prep kit for family members last Christmas for all of their cars. We got the kids to help in the process, making the list of everything that would be needed if someone got stuck in the snow or had to leave quickly They went with us to purchase everyhing for the duffel bags and put them together. We looked at it as if it were a way for them to learn without scaring the crap out of them. For my family, it is me, my spouse and my brother who are preparing and hopefully will have enough set aside for the rest of my family since they don’t take it too seriously or bigger concernw are finding a job again. I am glad to have all of you. It makes me feel connected

  10. I want to encourage you first, because I think this forum does shed light on something many many people are unable to see due to the view from under the sand. I started the research for what to do for my family because we can see with a KNOWING that the storm is brewing and it is going to be devastation when it strikes. I started in a proactive info gathering manner and then realized I was doing this wrong. Boab’s reply has the right methodology if there is one…and that is to Seek first the Kingdom of GOD. Somehow in the last 6 months I have stealthily become the Christian I used to think was a nutball. Ok, maybe not that loopy but let’s just say the Awakening has some real clarity in the understanding, and it is coupled with a peace that is hard to really explain. Matt 6:33 says Seek first His kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you. To appreciate this you have to go back and see what “these things” are all about. It is very clear. God is preparing an army and it is not so we can hold hands and sing kumbayah down the river on a raft. I am going to encourage anyone here to dust off that bible and start with a heart felt prayer to ask for the vision to see and to know. James says we have not because we ask not. Oh seriously, that’s the difference? The creator of the universe wants a two way conversation but his voice gets muted by the enemy’s intense efforts to keep us so busy and malfocused that we cannot begin to get our priorities straight. In several places in the bible it talks about the kingdom of God being at hand. Please prepare your mind and heart before you prepare the bunker and secret food supply. This collapse is coming in order to see who will ask God for his grace and mercy and who will shake a fist at him. This will be the culmination of a real live spiritual battle. I know I know, I sound a little out there but being OUT there is filled with peace and information that is real and applicable. Cover your family in prayers, pray a hedge of protection around you. God will not do what you can do but well beyond and into the realm of what you simply cannot do. What an amazing team! Even if you start with the Lord’s prayer you are asking for the Kingdom of God to come on earth as it is in heaven. Wherever you start, I implore you to start with prayer first, not last. That is really preparing in a way that cannot fail. He will lead us and protect us. Not saying we will be untouched because that would be a flat out lie….but it puts us in a position to be on the front lines of life with a purpose that is truly worthy. Praying for YOU for a breath of fresh air to lift your spirit, and for eyes of clarity and a burning desire to lead in His army. You already have so many tools as gifts for preparation. Thank you for your blog, Cathy