Prepare Mag: August 2018 - page 6

Maximizing Your
Chances for
Ask a room full of preppers about their strategy for surviving
a state of absolute anarchy and you’ll hear several common
themes emerge. Many preppers plan to isolate themselves
deep in the mountains or a forest and live off the land. Some
intend to bug-in at their urban or suburban neighborhood
home and survive by scavenging and growing rooftop or
backyard gardens. A solo prepper occasionally considers
going mobile and attempting to survive the die-off in a boat
or recreation vehicle. Others consider a prepper survival
group, also known as a MAG, or mutual assistance group.
In my early days as a prepper and while doing extensive
research while writing
had trouble reconciling these theories with my proclivity for
applying logic to analyze facts and plausible assumptions and
arrive at credible conclusions. To make sense of it all, I
evaluated the different survival options using my research
combined with my life experiences as the son of a
semiliterate self-reliant sharecropper, a fifteen-year Special
Forces guerrilla warrior, and twenty-five years in significant
positions in the national security and emergency
preparedness arena. I also lived among peoples in Southeast
Asia, Central and South America, Indonesia, and Africa who
wake up every morning on the edge of survival.
Since no prepper can guarantee with certainty his or her
survival under a state of absolute anarchy, the question is,
how do we maximize our chances to live through the die-off
and prosper long-term? The question begs analysis and
cannot be answered with, “Well, this is what I think works
best,” but requires logical reasoning and scrutiny of the facts
to produce answers.
Preppers know the four primary survival considerations,
shelter, water, food, and security. This article focuses on
food. Except for the extremely arid portions of the
Continental United States, water and shelter are readily
available. My working premise is that a true prepper is
capable of processing water to make it potable and has a
bugout location shelter or can construct one to protect
against the elements. That is, shelter (or shelter-making
materials) and water are readily available, but food must be
produced. Security is very important, but cannot be given a
proper evaluation here and will remain the focus of a future
Everything a prepper does to get ready for the end of the
world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI) applies to two major
considerations: short-and long-term planning. Short-term
planning includes those things required to survive the die-off,
which will last for about 90 days after the collapse. Long-
term planning includes food production and preservation
without electricity, fuel, or lubricants for years to come,
perhaps for the rest of your life. My hundreds of hours of
discussions with preppers—individually and in groups—
revealed that most think primarily of guns, ammo, bugout
bags, get-home bags, rations, food preservation, and how to
live in the woods but haven’t given sufficient thought to
long-term food production.
This article shines light on the requirement to think long-
term and be ready to produce food in the years after the
collapse. It’s critical to maximizing your chances to survive.
Obviously, the key to survival is to make it out the other side
of the die-off and have everything required to produce food
long-term but without modern farm equipment.
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