There is a common thread in preparedness. It doesn’t matter if you personally are preparing for yourself, your family, a specific event or just anything that may come your way, the point of being prepared is to maintain some quality of life when it would not normally be possible. In order for this to happen, preparations need to be made prior to potential tough times. This sounds simple, but is it really? There are a number of challenges that instantly change the environment of preparedness and what can, or can’t, be done to ensure that you are prepared.
As soon as people get wind of a disaster (pun intended), the chances of getting those last-minute items dramatically decreases. These chances decrease even more when consideration is given to the fact that most, if not all, retailers currently practice just-in-time inventory, a system of inventory that is designed to minimize the amount of goods on store shelves. This system is intended to meet only the current demand of consumers, decreasing the financial outlay of the retailer, but not taking into consideration potential stressors (like emergencies) on the inventory. As a result of this approach to stocking stores, it is incredibly likely that any useful supplies and equipment will be decimated in short time upon notification of any emergency or disaster, real or perceived.
In addition to the limited amount of stock kept on store shelves, the supply system is not going to be capable of delivering additional stock in the middle of a disaster. Depending on the severity of the same disaster, delivery of additional supplies could be delayed even further based on the damage caused to infrastructure. Following a typical disaster, any aid that comes early is from the government and/or charitable organizations that depend on the availability of the equipment and personnel required to make the delivery as well as other variables like the security of the area and how it plays into the situation. This is the exact opposite of what you want as a prepper.
Government, while trying to “help” us (because we are helpless citizens who cannot make decisions for ourselves, of course), will try to push its agenda and regulate what we can or cannot own, possess or participate in. Because of the ever-changing limits of our personal liberty, it is vital as a prepper to obtain things now while they are approved for our ownership, possession and use by the government. A perfect example is the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act (commonly known as the Federal Assault Weapons Ban) passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994 that made it illegal for manufacturers to make weapons with certain features or manufacture magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds.
Fortunately, the ban on “assault” weapons lasted for only 10 years, but who or what is saying that it can’t happen again? In fact, since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, there have been several attempts by politicians to outlaw several types of weapons and weapon accessories and even to impose limitations on ammunition. Some of this legislation has passed in certain states and cities; but it took only the threat of such legislation to put a strain on the marketplace and almost completely wipe out the inventory of several firearms, accessories and almost all ammunition. This threat has mostly passed, making now the perfect time to add to your arsenal or even start one. In order to stay ahead as a prepper, timing the purchase of items can be key.
Weapons are not the only thing on the government’s chopping block. Recently, U.S. Rep. Michael Honda (D-Calif.) introduced the Responsible Body Armor Possession Act, legislation that would make it unlawful to purchase, own or possess body armor by civilians with the exception of the “purchase, ownership, or possession by or under the authority of — the United States or any department or agency of the United States; or a State, or a department, agency, or political subdivision of a State; or enhanced body armor that was lawfully possessed by any person at any time before the date this section takes effect.”
This obviously means that any survival-minded person interested in adding body armor to their inventory of gear should consider making this acquisition soon. Even if this legislation goes nowhere, it is likely that attempts to outlaw body armor will put a strain on the available supply in a similar manner that attempts to outlaw some firearms did.
While there are obvious challenges for someone who wants to get prepared for difficult times, it is not impossible. For the person who wants to get started prepping or improve upon their start, it is important to act while the desired equipment, supplies and opportunities are available. Here are a few steps that should be considered for completion as soon as possible to ensure your greatest chances of staying ahead with prepping:
While there is no way to tell what the future holds, it is clear that there is no time like the present to ensure safety and security for the future. It is also clear that there is no more reliable of a source for this safety and security than yourself. There are threats everywhere that occur naturally, and the list of threats from other humans and the government is constantly growing. The technology available today is great, but it is also scarier than it has ever been before. Tomorrow the government could shut off the Internet or determine that it is now illegal for manufacturers to make parts for all cars built before the year 2000 because they are not compliant with new environmental regulations. These two events may never happen; but if they did, it would already be too late. Stay ahead of threats with prepping and experience a level of safety and security that you have never felt before!
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