When it comes to preparedness, there are a lot of misconceptions and myths out there. Unfortunately, the mainstream media likes to focus on the fringe, instead of looking at the very real need to be prepared. Here are some of the top preparedness misconceptions I come across; sadly a lot of these prevent people from becoming more self-sufficient and prepared.
Preparedness is about preparing for end of the world disasters.
Despite what you may see on T.V., prepping is not about preparing for the end of the world. While those building bunkers, in preparation for some hypothetical asteroid smashing into the earth, are often the ones who receive media attention, the fact is, preparedness is really about preparing for those small-scale events in life that can feel like the end of the world if you’re not prepared.
Things people commonly prep for include:
- Natural disasters
- Man-made accidents
- Criminal attacks
- Home invasions
- Medical emergencies
- Economic problems and job loss
Preparedness requires spending all sorts of money on fancy gear.
Preparedness doesn’t have to be expensive, in fact those who prepare by training , taking time to study the threats, and preparing themselves to physically and mentally face dangers are often the ones who come out on top; not the guy with the most gear.
- The will to survive is probably the single most important aspect of surviving a traumatic event. Check out these real-life survival stories to understand how important mindset is to survival.
- For those that are lacking in the supply department, here are some tips on how to prep on a budget.
- Remember the key to survival is knowledge, not how much gear you own. Check out these top five survival books to stock up in the knowledge department.
- While you don’t have to go off the grid to be prepared, the life style does have some advantages for budget minded people. Check out these great budget friendly living solutions for those looking to go off-grid.
Preppers are crazy tinfoil hat conspiracy theorists.
These terms are often used to discredit anyone who doesn’t fall into line with the mainstream news or government view of the world.
Listen you can bury your head in the sand — in fear that someone will call you a conspiracy theorists — or you can recognize the reality of the world we live in; bad things happen, disasters are a part of life, and evil really does exist.
The same people who use the tinfoil hat expression to discredit preparedness are the same ones who seem to forget events like:
- The Great Depression (and countless recessions and economic collapses throughout history.)
- Common cyclical natural disasters. (Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, the Japanese Tsunami/Earthquake)
- Constant wars (The Civil War, WWI, WWII, Vietnam, the Gulf Wars, and the list goes on and on…)
- Multiple civilizations and governments who have all fallen.
Preppers are paranoid and live life in fear.
First off, I don’t think fear is necessarily a bad thing – especially when used in the right context.
Everyone was born with something called the fight or flight response. This genetic gift has kept us safe since the beginning of time; alerting our body to danger, and pumping things like adrenaline to our throughout our body so we can react quickly during a life-threatening experience. That being said, living in fear is never a good thing; but I don’t believe that’s what preparedness minded people do. In fact, they do just the opposite.
Preparedness is the key to killing fear; it’s also the key to making sure it doesn’t overcome you when things do go bad. It’s those who fail to prepare that will someday be overcome by fear, all because they failed to prepare for events we know will someday happen.
- Surviving Traumatic Events starts with developing the Right Mindset: The will to survive is probably the single most important aspect of surviving a traumatic event.
- Disaster Related PTSD: How to Recover From Disasters and Traumatic Events: Disasters are traumatic events that can have severe mental and physical health consequences, developing the proper coping skills and strategies can help get you through even the toughest situations.
- Prepping without giving into Fear: While aspects of fear can be helpful during certain situations, if you don’t learn how to how to properly control it, it can be a debilitating killer.
While popular culture likes to portray Preppers as paranoid, I believe they are just doing what countless generations before us did; only know it’s looked at as some sort of anomaly.
Preparedness is all about wilderness survival
This is another idiotic notion largely fueled by the mainstream media and compounded by the rise of Survival T.V. Shows. It’s also one of the reasons I wrote my book, The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World.
I’m not trying to knock wilderness survival, I spend a lot of times in the great outdoors; so it wouldn’t be very preparedness minded of me to not have these skills, but for the vast majority of people who find themselves facing a disaster, these skills provide very little real-world help. The fact is, there aren’t many resources out there for dealing with urban disasters, and unfortunately a lot of the so-called experts have very little experience dealing with urban disasters, threats, and criminal violence.