Why Be a Prepper

A prepper is something like a survivalist, only maybe not quite so extreme. I don’t think your average prepper is considering doomsday too seriously. They aren’t throwing their life savings into billboards when the latest “prophet” predicts the end of the world. A prepper is your average person preparing for real situations that may require a little extra food and supplies on hand. There are several reasons for someone to adopt this lifestyle. Real-world emergencies and disasters, saving money, unexpected guests, and yes, there’s always “the big one”.

In May of 2011, there was a lot of buzz about Harold Camping. You might remember several billboards going up announcing Judgment Day. As most people suspected, the date came and went and nothing major occurred. The average prepper isn’t overly concerned about Harold Camping, or Y2K, or things of that sort. They’re concerned with events like Hurricane Katrina, the 1997 New York blackout, the 2011 Japanese earthquake, or the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. They are concerned with being ready for the kind emergency that happens regularly. Events like car accidents, earthquakes, evacuation, floods, food shortages, house fires, hurricanes, mudslides, pandemic, power outages, riots, tornadoes, tsunamis, wildfires, or winter storms. Emergencies pop up all the time. If no one was prepared for any of them, the outcomes would be a whole lot worse.

Another reason for stocking up is savings. Not to encourage my young mover, but I am obsessed with chili. I love it, and I make it fairly often. It didn’t take me long to figure out that the canned beans, tomatoes, and spices I use to keep on the shelf for a long time. And if I buy them on sale or in bulk (like at the local warehouse discount store) I can save a lot of money. Some times as much as 50% of the cost! That rule applies to just about any goods that have a longer shelf life. Generally, the more you are willing to buy at one time, the cheaper it is.

It doesn’t hurt to have a little extra on hand when someone else comes up in need. There are a dozen or so opportunities for me to give to food drives every year. Our local high school will take cans of food in place of the entrance fee for sporting events. If friends or relatives stop by unexpectedly, it doesn’t hurt to have some extra supplies on hand. That way you have more time to visit rather than running to the store. And it’s always good to have something to help out our neighbors when they fall on hard times.

And yes, there is always that small chance that the economy might collapse, war could break out, a meteor could strike the earth, etc. I personally don’t focus on it too much, but when you look at history and/or start crunching the numbers it’s kind of scary how possible some of these events are. Just watch the news. It always feels like we are on the brink of some major financial crises. How many Americans would have benefited from a few cans of Mountain House freeze-dried food during the Great Depression?

So with all that in mind, a few extra cans of beans and rolls of paper towels didn’t seem quite so odd. You never know when a real disaster, or the unthinkable, will occur. And even if they never do, it’s good to have a little extra on hand to help your fellow man. And it never hurts to save a few bucks. Of course next, I’m unpacking the guns and ammo. I’m sure I’ll have a new article to write about that.

Writing a Prepper Fiction

Five ways to begin engaging in the prepper lifestyle in order to write from experience:

Learn the lingo. What is TEOTWAWKI or WROL or SHTF: the end of the world as we know it, without the rule of law, and shit hits the fan. If you can’t speak the language, you can’t communicate.

Experience shooting guns, living without connections to the grid, and working hard from dawn to dusk. If nothing else, you’ll get out from behind the keyboard. The experience of these activities (among others) is valuable knowledge for writing prepper novels. Preppers often have to fend off inquisitive family, friends and strangers when they are setting up rainwater recycling barrels or learning aquaponics in their backyard. Most of the time these are busy people doing one project after another. A prepper capitalizes on their baseline of knowledge and grows it by engaging in new interesting ventures continuously.

Talk about what will happen in your own neighborhood when the grocery stores are bare and you need food for your kids. How will you react when your neighbor asks for food for his five kids. When people everywhere are looking for food it will become dangerous. Put yourself in both pairs of shoes. Empathize. Talk over different scenarios with different people. Some preppers are highly militarized while others are more focused on the homesteading aspect. You’ll find all walks of life in the community these days. Even many so-called ‘closet preppers’ who don’t tell friends or family.

When the police can’t respond to all the calls, plan what you will do when civil unrest is rampant. Will you take your family and flee in the dark of night? Where? What will you do when you get there? What skills do you have to help you? Try it and experience the difficulties of bugging out with small children or obstinate teenagers who know everything. Put together a bag of items to help you on your way, it’s called a BOB or bug out bag (more of the lingo). Practice carrying it on your predetermined route at three in the morning heading out of town.

There are two perspectives to consider when building scenarios. First, will you prepare and plan for the worst hoping you never need to fall back on it. Second, decide to be a taker, robbing, stealing and leeching off those that did prepare. Remember there will be both kinds. Its not all about a happy world full of rainbows and unicorns after an economic collapse. Keep the world full of conflict in your writing.

Try to model your characters and your dialog toward the ideal environment to raise children and engage in honest business but make sure to add ‘bad guys’ or takers so the readers get an idea of what’s worth fighting for.

Preppers Guide – Know What Edible Plants Are Safe for Outdoor Survival

Outdoor survival is feasible for weeks, without food, as long as you have clean, water to drink, however understanding exactly what to consume can definitely be useful along the way. There are various edible plants in the wild.

You can learn more about edible plants in the area where you will certainly be traveling. There are many edible plants in the world that it would be nearly impossible to memorize them all. Acquaint yourself with some basic varieties that are more than likely to be bountiful in your location. This will make your task simpler and less tiresome.

Research edible plants by reading books or taking a training course concerning edible plants in the wild. Beware because some plants are edible and safe for several people, but can bring about allergies for others. Fiddlehead ferns are an excellent example of such a plant. This plant is offered in natural food stores, however, for certain individuals, the plant could be hazardous. Before ingesting any type of new plant, experiment and also study it. Do your best to figure out if you are at risk of a reaction from the plant before ingesting it into your system.

Some components of a plant might be risk-free to consume while others are not. Keep in mind that not all parts of the same plant are edible. Do not presume that even if the flower is safe, this does not directly show that the roots and leaves are edible, as well.

Slowly check out the plant. Do you have a reaction to the plant by touching it to your skin, wrist, or lip? Understanding what plants, and also components of plants, are safe and edible, takes some time.

You might want to take a walk with a knowledgeable guide. Allow him or her instruct you on the ins and outs of edible plants in the location. Pick up from their experiences instead of merely from your own. No book or internet site, for instance, can compare to a real trek through the wilderness. Enjoy a gathering walk with a knowledgeable guide to check out first-hand the plants in their native environment.

Trying new edible plants will enable you to quickly learn what you are willing to consume, and what you to stay away from. If you are flying solo in this venture, practice your survival ability on a day hike, near to home. To be on the safe side, you will wish to be near help in case of an adverse reaction to a plant.

Do not take chances with your health and wellness. If you are not sure of the safety of a plant, do not consume it. A human can make it through without food for weeks. Staying hydrated in an outdoor survival scenario is essential. Although the outdoors is filled with numerous edible plants, there are also numerous varieties of hazardous plants in the wild. Weigh down the risks and the advantages of plants to your survival prior to taking in any kind of new plant.

Prepping For Stomach Cancer

Cancer is a widespread disease in the world. Many people are suffering from different types of cancer. There are different types of cancers and among them, stomach cancer is very dangerous. The people must be cautious if they come across any kind of disorder or any irregularity of the body.
Stomach cancer is very dangerous and gradually it will spread to other parts of the body. Timely medication is very important to prevent stomach cancer. In the initial stage, the patient will feel pain in the stomach; they will not feel to any work, heartburn is a common symptom for many people and problem in swallowing food and drink.
Weight loss without any reason is a glaring symptom of stomach cancer. The people must consult with the doctor without any sort of delay. The abdominal pain is another symptom of stomach cancer. The pain in the abdomen becomes severe and it is hard to bear the pain any more. Irregular bowel movement may also count as a symptom of stomach cancer. Constipation or chronic diarrhea may be the cause of stomach cancer. If you find blood in the bowel then do not wait for any second thought and rush to the doctor for a thorough check-up and opinion. The doctors will prescribe certain tests and stool test to get sure about the symptoms of cancer in the stomach.
Indigestion, heartburn and lack of appetite are serious symptoms of stomach cancer. These symptoms will occur in the initial stage must not be ignored rather proper medication in the initial stage may prevent the cancer of the stomach. Regular vomit and nausea are other symptoms of stomach cancer. Regular acidic and gas problems must not be ignored. You must rush to the doctors to take preventive steps to fight cancer in the stomach. Some people will find stresses of blood in the cough. The people may also find the growth of a lump in the stomach, which will ultimately cause cancer in the stomach.
Besides the above-mentioned reasons, there are many other causes like an excessive amount of smoking and drinking, irregular lifestyle, excessive intake of red meat.
The patients must take proper steps and correct consultation of the doctors must be taken. The patients must not delay in taking a decision from the doctors and do regular tests and medicines to reduce the chances of stomach cancer and this will help them some more days in this beautiful world. The symptoms of the stomach cancer nay sometimes remain unidentified and it becomes hard to start any kind of treatment. The common people often cannot able to identify the symptoms, they cause delay, and the result is that the people often become the victim of stomach cancer. So try to understand the symptoms and take proper medicines to heal the problem or at least try to reduce the chances of premature death.