By: JimCobb of Survival weekly
In the last few weeks, I’ve been contacted by numerous media types and entirely too many of them are looking for the “doomsday prepper” angle, which is frustrating. Very, very few preppers fall into that category and focusing attention on that sort of lifestyle isn’t helpful to the vast majority of people who are looking for information on how to prepare for emergencies. Even if a reader or viewer were wanting to explore that sort of extreme preparedness, it isn’t like they can do much about it right now. Let’s get through the current crisis first, y’know?
How are you folks holding up so far? What’s the world look like in your neck of the woods? Here in Wisconsin, our governor just issued our “lockdown” order, effective tomorrow (March 25) and running for four weeks. It is what I’d call a soft lockdown, at best. When you get right down to it, most white-collar jobs are shut down and most blue-collar jobs are still up and running. People are told to stay home unless they have a good reason to be out and about.
I would encourage all of you to follow the guidelines that have been communicated to us over the last several days. Maintain social distancing whenever possible, stay home unless absolutely necessary, and do everything you can to remain healthy. A few suggestions with that last bit:
- Make sure you’re eating at least some healthy food every day. It is okay to indulge in junk food here and there, just balance it with the good stuff.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Be active every day. Do some exercise, go for a walk (which is perfectly fine, provided you maintain that social distancing aspect), do something that gets your pulse up for ab it.
- Avoid sick people as best you can. I realize that isn’t always feasible or practical.
- Wash your hands often, with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if you can’t truly wash them.
Our hike this past weekend was a visit to a park we’ve been to several times in the past. It is smallish and we will sometimes swing in there when we need to get a hike in but don’t have a lot of time to spend. They’ve been doing some work on it in spots and we’re eager to see the final result…whenever they get a chance to finish it off.
Survival Tip Tuesday – Is This Our “I Told You So” Moment?
For years, preppers and survivalists have been beating the readiness drum, telling folks to get prepared for emergencies and disasters. For much of that time, we were ridiculed, told we were overreacting, and that we were wasting our time and money on something that would never happen.
Then, it did happen. Whether you feel the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious, life-threatening issue or something that is being blown entirely out of proportion and is perhaps a smokescreen for something else, the fact is we all have to deal with what is happening. We’re all facing potential supply shortages, cuts in income due to jobs being shut down, and the risk of getting sick ourselves or having a family member fall ill.
So, does this mean it is time for the “told you so” dance? Well, sort of like cashing out your life savings to buy scratch-off lottery tickets, just because you CAN, doesn’t mean you SHOULD.
Look, there are a lot of people who have suddenly jumped on the prepper bandwagon in the last few weeks. Lots of them have made and are still making bonehead mistakes. Guess what? That’s part of the learning process. Not one of you reading this were born with all of the knowledge, skills, and experience you possess today. Somebody, somewhere along the way, taught you, guided you, and helped you.
You have an opportunity to be that person for the next group of aspiring preppers and survivalists
If you decide you don’t want to take on that role, that’s fine, no worries. But, don’t muck up the works for the rest of us by denigrating, deriding, and generally making an ass of yourself by picking apart what you feel the new folks are screwing up.
We know going in that many, if not most, of the people who have recently joined us under the prepping umbrella aren’t going to stick around for the long run. Human nature is what it is. But, we have an opportunity here to make a genuinely positive impact on a large number of people. Take advantage of that and do what you can to help.
Leadership isn’t about being the best. It is about making everyone on the team better.
Knife & Gear Society
One of my favorite writers and instructors is Michael Janich. He is a recognized authority when it comes to self-defense, especially the use of knives. His Martial Blade Concepts school is a valuable resource. Michael has started doing a monthly column for the Knife & Gear Society webzine. This month’s installment is about Blood Loss and Stopping Power, two concepts that are woefully misunderstood.
Prepper Survival Guide and Backwoods Survival Guide
For those new to my little corner of the Internet, I am the Editor in Chief for both Prepper Survival Guide and Backwoods Survival Guide magazines. These are quarterly print publications that are published by Centennial Media. Here are the covers for the current issues that are available in stores right now.
You can find them just about anywhere magazines are sold, including:
- Sam’s Club
- Rite Aid
- Tractor Supply
- Fleet Farm
- Barnes & Noble
At this time, the staff at the publisher is working remotely, so we’re unable to order copies direct from them.
Library at the End of the World Podcast
Do you enjoy end of the world books and movies? Stuff like The Survivalist, The Road Warrior, Red Dawn, and Night of the Comet? If so, you just might want to check out the Library at the End of the World podcast. Hosted by yours truly, each week I interview an author, filmmaker, or someone else connected to the genre as well as chat about. These aren’t live shows. You can download any or all of them and listen to them at your leisure. You can find all of the episodes of the podcast here.
Questions, Comments, Complaints, Concerns?
I am always just an email away – Jim@survivalweekly.com.
-Thanks Jim for your continued expertise and tips!
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