Building an insurance policy, are you?
I have been putting some thought into things of late and the book review the other day only added catalyst to that process.
This post goes out to all those that are prepping, but prepping to “split” when things get tight. I realize that up and moving is not feasible for all that are in cities or large suburban areas. Thinking that things will get ugly is part of what motivates the prep mentality, but have you thought past that “gettin’ outta Dodge” part? Hopefully yes. Much of what I have seen of late is a resounding ‘no’.
With that thought in mind, the rest of this post is about what kinds of preps you need to concentrate on BEFORE things get too far gone. The biggest prep you need to work on in that location to where you will bug out. Are you helping those at that location get things together NOW? Even if its only a weekend a month, are you putting time in to get things together? Are you moving some of your preps to that location, so that you don’t have to sweat it when the ball drops and the party is upon us?
On the flip side of that thought, if you aren’t doing the above things: do you really expect to be ‘welcome’ when you show up after the fact? I am not saying that you would be turned out, but don’t expect a warm family welcome if you haven’t been putting forth any effort, OR you are showing up with little to nothing to offer as tribute. Tribute being supplies or skills, or even just a solidly functional working human to do heavy lifting. Most groups that I have been near or around are getting things done; even if that ‘something’ is preparing a storage/cache. Some groups, such as the OVM are leaps and bounds ahead of others in preps and preparedness for when ‘the rule of law’ is no longer even a bad joke.
Prepping is a full time occupation. Some people such as Jamie, Snake, and some others are really far ahead of the game. And while I can’t speak for Jamie, I have seen in two instances, where the prepper is overwhelmed with the extent of what needs done. Organization is important, but so is labor. There are things that take time and effort to accomplish: You can’t just get this stuff off amazon and call it good. Food stuffs need rotated, seed stores have a shelf life, planting ground needs conditioned, storage buildings need pest proofed, work shops need maintenance, etc etc etc. These are not things one person can handle completely, and if they do manage to ‘get it all together’ without outside help, you can be certain that when the family arrives looking for a warm welcome, they are going to be in for a shock with the ‘where were you when the sweat was pouring’ attitude. Granted there are some persons in that scenario that this doesn’t apply to, and they are typically military (not able to prep with near continuous deployments) or the like. But they bring to the table skills and mindsets that most can’t even comprehend.
A quick example (not whining, just using myself as an example) My days are not idle. Firewood needs tended, fires need tended. Fuel tanks need filled (Genny and Kero heaters) Water may need to be hauled if the stock tanks are frozen. Stocks need to be monitored to insure we don’t run out of anything. Currently, with the winter on us, I am not dealing with gardens or chickens yet, but that time is coming soon. To boot, the dog tends to want to be apart of it all and is not necessarily helpful. (even when Jayne is here, they may have ahunderdsumpin acres to play on but they want to be right there underfoot.) And there are the projects that are lining up even now. I can’t run the forge except during good weather, and that is on hold until the shed can be completed to house those items. I can’t do any casting as yet as we have not setup the riddle bench, nor do I have the flasks built to hold molds. Some projects are on hold until the building is finished and that is being heldup by weather, not labor. There are somethings that need attention around here that are labor issues, others are weather issues, and some is just dependent upon factors outside of our control. Much of it is for lack of sufficient numbers of hands.
Using that example, when things go all third world on this continent, labor is going to be the prime currency. Best get that into your prepper mind now. There is a reason that farmers of old were up before the sun, and worked until the light was too weak to see, then worked on inside factors if they needed. It was a full day, not just 8 hours then kick it back. Those days are going to be coming at us soon, and it will be worse if you aren’t set up in some way in advance. Just having a plot of land to run to is NOT enough. There are levels of preparation that need to happen to make it functional for when you arrive. Being there to do that or assist those that are there to do that will pay dividends later on, when nothing else is paying squat.
So, where does this lead the article. Do you understand that things are NOT going to get better? That our economy is propped up by NOTHING but a promise and wishful thinking? Do you understand that when “Law” is no longer recognized by the people and TPTB, than the criminals will be the ruling class in the larger populaces?
I certainly hope so.
Things will get much harder, and not preparing for it will make it that much harder. For those looking for a spot, there is cause to recruit people to our area. If you think you are such, and are around the Bloomington Indiana area, shout out for a meetup. This is not a Citadel as such, but for similar reasons. We are looking for good people, hard working people, that want an insurance policy in place for when the inevitable comes about. People that can come out a weekend or two a month to help get things in place for that time. People that are willing to invest what they can into a community looking to survive and thrive in hard times. Farming is doable, other skills are as well. We have a functional machine shop and are working on blacksmithing facilities, foundry and other metal working needs. There is more here, but I can’t go into it all without blowing security: the above is stuff that I have talked about in other posts on this blog. If you are interested, contact my email and we can make arrangements for the vetting process. Yes, there IS a vetting process: don’t take it personal, as there are similar arrangements in all the other groups as well. Even the Citadel project has a vetting process in place (though I think that one is more monetary in nature.) Fair warning, we are not looking at setting a militia. We are looking for fighters, but not to go out and ‘pick a fight’, only to defend those points that need defending. We ARE looking for people that want to work, to be free, and work at being free. We are also trying to keep a low profile to keep off the radar as long as possible and the reason I haven’t reached out stronger before.)
Now, I just read the WRSA conference (though I am not willing to wade into 217 comments just yet) and while it is in-line with this article, it is not the basis of it. I leave my opinion on the whole constitutional this that or the other thing on hold until such time as I might find to discuss it without distraction. What I do know, is that this government is AT WAR with us as you read this. I have no illusions of that anymore. And if you are honest about it, you don’t either. One need look at the blatant dismantling of the Constitution to understand that we mean jack except as revenue providers (IE Slaves). There is only one solution to that: Escape. Get away from the system that would suck your lifeblood out of you and set up outside of it. Not everyone can do that, I understand, but you can prepare your liberty train all while ‘getting along’ so that when the time to bolt does come, you can, and without fear of rejection on the receiving end. The real question you should ask yourself is; “How much time do we have before it comes apart at the seams?” No one knows that answer, not even those setting the game table up for when this war goes hot. They just don’t know, and its obvious by the fact that they are willingly trampling over all rights and duties to hobble the people as much as they can. Whether that hobbling is by taking the guns or taking all of our income through clandestine theft (obammy care ‘penalties’) or just driving our work environments to extinction, their actions show a level of desperation; they know the time is growing short.
So, do you want to take the risk of not having a safety net in place when the plane finally hits dirt?
Give me a shout and lets meet up to talk.