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#257770 - 03/20/13 05:46 AM What keeps you prepping ???
Chisel Offline

Registered: 12/05/05
Posts: 1296
There is a nice thread about what started you prepping , so I thought to steal the idea and tweak it a bit and start this one: What keeps you prepping ???

For some, FEAR is the main factor , and they have been driven to prepping only because of some profecies which proved to be , well, nothing. For some of those , prepping was started by sensationalism , and killed by disappointment.

However, for many , including me, prepping is a way of life. Let's say it is the "smart way" of living. So if y2k and 2012 profecies did not materialize, that is good news. If economy does not collapase , that will be even greater news. On the other hand, life is full of unexpected emergencies of all shapes and forms, and for those I am - continuously - prepping.

#257773 - 03/20/13 09:36 AM Re: What keeps you prepping ??? [Re: Chisel]
hikermor Offline
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 7326
Loc: southern Cal
Basically, there have been a fair number of times it has paid off:

1) "Anyone have a knife?" has been a query that has started more than one for me...

2) A few years ago,guiding a group on San Miguel Island, someone asked for a Tylenol (or maybe it was Aleve). Sure - right here in FAK. Fifty years earlier, guiding trips through the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde, standard equipment was an ammonia ampoule in our shirt pocket, handy for the invariable fainting victim (sometimes the patient was the foxy young lady in the group, but that was rare).

3) Living in Globe,AZ,and the town was paralyzed by about three inches of snow - plenty of food in the pantry and backup camping stoves if they had been needed.

4) More ominously - an occasion on a dark desert highway (cool wind in my hair) in Texas, not California,when I was oh, so glad I had my S&W Highway Patrolman handy. Didn't have to fire it,fortunately.

The list goes on and on. Several times I have been living three hours or more from the nearest supermarket and being prepped with the basics has just been an absolute no-brainer.

Edited by hikermor (03/20/13 09:40 AM)
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#257774 - 03/20/13 09:39 AM Re: What keeps you prepping ??? [Re: Chisel]
Phaedrus Online   content
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 2723
Loc: Big Sky Country
I'm tempted to wonder how a meager 3 inch dusting of snow could paralyze anything. wink But then I remember there are probably more snowplows in Sioux Falls, SD than in the whole state of Arizona! grin
“I'd rather have questions that cannot be answered than answers that can't be questioned.” —Richard Feynman

#257779 - 03/20/13 11:33 AM Re: What keeps you prepping ??? [Re: Phaedrus]
hikermor Offline
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Posts: 7326
Loc: southern Cal
Actually, Flagstaff, AZ, and the surrounding country has lots of snowplows to deal with the wintry conditions that prevail at 7,000 feet. Globe is much lower, around 3,500, and snow was really unusual. The great thing about the intermountain west is that climate varies with altitude, not latitude.
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#257791 - 03/20/13 05:31 PM Re: What keeps you prepping ??? [Re: Chisel]
Dagny Offline

Registered: 11/25/08
Posts: 1916
Loc: Washington, DC

For the same reasons I keep paying insurance premiums and building savings.
Stuff happens.

Preparedness is insurance.

And it is convenience when the little things like having a knife or flashlight handy become useful in everyday life.


#257795 - 03/20/13 06:24 PM Re: What keeps you prepping ??? [Re: Chisel]
Jeanette_Isabelle Offline

Registered: 11/13/06
Posts: 2450
Loc: Somewhere in Florida
The C.P.R. mask is the exception (I never performed C.P.R. on anyone but a mannequin); my choice on what I carry in my car, purse and pockets is from my experiences. I adjust my gear every time a new situation shows up.

In world history, every major empire has collapsed and the United States is not immune. I foresee an economic collapse for the United States though I can’t predict when that will happen. I hope what I see is nothing more than a two-month disruption in the supply chain because that is all I am able to prepare for, at this time.

Jeanette Isabelle
“Trust me, this is not gonna end well!” — Pleakley, Lilo & Stitch

#257800 - 03/20/13 09:22 PM Re: What keeps you prepping ??? [Re: Chisel]
JBMat Offline
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Registered: 03/03/09
Posts: 745
Loc: NC
Because you never know what's going to happen.

And having been on a few humanitarian missions, and seeing how long they took to get going - I would rather prepare and be ready than stand in a line with my hand out.

#257802 - 03/21/13 12:21 AM Re: What keeps you prepping ??? [Re: Chisel]
2005RedTJ Offline

Registered: 01/07/09
Posts: 475
Loc: Birmingham, Alabama
Because I can't stand being helpless and having to have others do stuff for me. Like the "does anyone have a knife" question. I always have a knife.

#257807 - 03/21/13 04:01 AM Re: What keeps you prepping ??? [Re: Chisel]
ironraven Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 4642
Loc: Vermont
It's how I was raised. I might have slacked off or even stopped if my roommate and many of our friends weren't also preppers- I won't say it's competitive, but it would be embarrassing to die of something where I should have known to be ready for.

When a man dare not speak without malice for fear of giving insult, that is when truth starts to die. Truth is the truest freedom.

#257811 - 03/21/13 04:34 AM Re: What keeps you prepping ??? [Re: Chisel]
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Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 3581
Loc: TX
Because I love my family more than any rescue personal, Red Cross worker, or government official would.
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