It was only in the last 5 years that I have come to believe in a preparedness lifestyle. But the roots of this lifestyle for me were sown decades before.
Along as I can remember I have always believed that I should be self reliant. I was encouraged by my parents to be independent and a large part of me enjoyed being able to do things other people couldn’t. This drove me to become a life long learner, which is at the base of every self reliant person in my opinion. I learned how to navigate with map and compass on land and by sextant and stars by water. As the technology advanced I learned them too. First Loran, then GPS, then web then smartphones. The good thing is I can always go backwards.
Along the way I found zombies! Not real ones obviously. But the movies made me think; what if? And could I survive? This is when I loosely started my zombie escape plan. Nothing official at this point, just a thought process that got the ball rolling.
In high school I took a marine disaster survival course. The skills I learned then were obviously relevant and you knew people had died learning these lessons, so I paid attention.
Much later I got a job as a water treatment operator. Here I had to write/review/implement the disaster response plan. This was an intensive process and when I emerged from it, I was a Prepper. I couldn’t get past, work is prepared for every likely disaster we could think of, why aren’t I in my personal life? I immediately started taking stock of what I already had. Then I made a list of what I needed and from there a list of things I can easily get.
My zombie escape plan, which I had been evolving over the years became my disaster survival plan. I wrote it down. The I read it out loud, and deleted the parts I felt dumb saying. Now I try to do a little prepping every day. Even if it is just learning a little bit about a new skill or a new tactic. A disaster can remove all my supplies, but it can’t take away any skills I have learned. I’m sure one day I will need them to survive. I would much rather have them now, before I need them.
I still like zombies, and when I feel unmotivated on the treadmill I imagine a zombie chasing me. I run a little bit faster. Zombies make it more fun for me to plan for disasters. I know full well that it will most likely be a power outage or a snowstorm or earthquake or flood. But I feel better knowing I won’t be caught off guard if I do see a zombie one day.
I have started buying a little more food each week to build up my store. This was only possible due to my wife’s ability to use coupons and find deals (a self-reliant skill I struggle with). I have stockpiled enough chemicals to treat 90,000 gallons and have the know how to use them. I arranged multiple bail out locations with friends an family.
I have learned so much along the way and am now in a position to share some information (to those who will listen). I started this blog to share what I know and maybe start a few conversations. I hope you like it.