Being poorly educated for preparedness and survival means you won't have the skills needed to survive long. . Being poorly educated to prepare and survive means you won't have the skills needed to survive in the long run. However, seriously, storing food for the long term, that is, five years or more, requires some care.
Review the basics of food storage and establish an active rotation program. You don't necessarily have to store food for 10 years or more, but what you do store, even for a year or two, should be protected as best you can. Your mileage may vary, but I prefer to pack food in small, manageable sizes. In my own home, long-term stored items (beans, rice, lentils, cereals, dog food, etc.
Yes, having and being able to grow vegetables is one thing that is missing. Ok, let's say someone has 3 months or 6 months of stored food. What happens on day 90 or day 180? If vegetables are grown, that reserve can last much longer. Whether it's a long-term national, regional or personal SHTF situation where someone has to take advantage of stocks, having fresh vegetables provides a mental and physical boost over or in addition to freeze-drying such and such.
In a scenario of shtf, wildlife will be overexploited and will be very scarce, it is already overfished in many parts of the country. We almost eliminated multiple species of wildlife due to overhunting in the 1700s, with only a small fraction of the current population. All preparers fear different disasters, and everyone prepares in their own distinctive way. The only constant is that, as Americans, everyone accumulates huge stockpiles of weapons.
Because they believe that, when a disaster strikes, we'll all be alone. And you don't want anyone to steal your supply of flattened mice. Many items have a shelf life. The adhesive tape becomes rubbery over time.
Direct sun can quickly degrade some plastics. Storage conditions can significantly affect shelf life. The answer is quite simple, but that answer leads to more questions and many of those questions go in darker directions, directions that I think every preparer should know. Six years ago, it worked with the misconception that I wasn't a trainer and was married to a mega preparer.
Disaster fetishism based on the fear of preparers is unmotivating, overwhelming and paralyzing. If you have to think about the worst case scenario to force yourself to make significant purchases or changes, you'll probably try to avoid the whole exercise altogether. One thing is certain, no matter how much I like the non-preparers I know in general, or how long I have known them, they will NOT be given shelter in my sustainable preparer retreat. I bet a good amount of money that the vast majority of people who read this and who fall into the category of preparers at any level are probably normal people and widely indistinguishable from the mass of humanity in the place where they live.
Doomsday preparers are those who believe that an apocalyptic scenario or social collapse is imminent and therefore spend a good part of their time preparing to survive. Novice preparers will try to prepare for everything, rather than taking the time to complete a quality risk assessment and setting priorities based on that risk assessment. One of the “skills” that every preparer should learn (and learn this week or next) is to look for edible food in and around their homes. When “I came out as a sheep trainer in my life, the surprised, bewildered and incredulous looks on their faces told me everything I would need to know about what non-preparers think about the preparation.
Except they weren't, because the marginal preparation movement obsessed with equipment, survival, and apocalypse makes us all but safe. Users are aware of this and are skeptical of some of the bright lines drawn by preparers, mostly men, between “normal life” and the emergencies they are preparing for. Everyone had the same opportunity to prepare as my family and I, and a now-experienced coach even willing to act as his guide on the trip. In addition, in relation to the pandemic, researchers from the U.S.
UU. and Denmark have found that fans of horror films were less stressed by the pandemic and that fans of preparer films were better prepared for the pandemic. The first is each person's self-preparation instinct, based on fear, which led even ordinary Americans to accumulate food and supplies at the beginning of the pandemic. .