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Hurricane Ike precipitated a mass evacuation from the Texas Gulf Coast in 2008. As a resident of the area I witnessed what happens when infrastructure fails.

People just don’t realize how small problems can quickly mushroom into SHTF conditions. Freeways daily clogged during rush hour became parking lots where it took 4 hours to move a half mile. Many decided to turn around and go home to hunker down. Hundreds ran out of gas. The state hastily converted opposite lanes into contraflow lanes and dispatched fuel tankers, only to realize that the fuel tankers had to navigate the same congestion — ever witness an ambulance or fire truck trying to make their way through a sea of cars? People were urinating and defecating on the side of the road in public view. Rest stops were clogged. Restaurants ran out of food. Bottled water became scarce. Gas stations ran out of gas. Medical emergencies were common. Many who managed to get through found they had to drive to New Mexico, Colorado, and Oklahoma to find a room.

The bottom line is to obviously have a “bug-in” plan in case the “bug-out” plan becomes unworkable. I’m sure at least SOME “non-survivalists” who became stranded victims now keep G-O-D (get out of dodge) bags in all of their cars. “Hmmm, maybe those survivalists aren’t all crazy after all.”

It happens all the time. People become complacent and lazy. Being vigilant can consume a lot of energy (and money). A thief will take advantage of complacency. Militarily speaking, ambushes and surprise attacks are usually very successful for a reason. A storm will take advantage of lack of preparation. A terrorist will find a weakness and take advantage of it. A hacker will search and probe until he finds a way to screw things. The devil continually tempts and taunts in a search for spiritual weakness.

So the question quickly becomes “WHEN will it happen again?”

Are you prepared?

Survivalism and Prepping

I am a Conservative and a Tea Party activist. My Conservative value system intersects nicely with survivalism. I am independent by nature. My wife and I run our own business. Business people tend to plan for contingencies just like survivalists.

The political and economic climate has been deteriorating for quite a while, and I believe it will get much worse before it gets better. Big Brother grows by the day. The incentive to “get off the grid” is definitely there. (But “getting off the grid” means different things to different people and warrants discussion on its own.)

I believe the key is making the decision to do SOMETHING. Many people contemplating taking a survival stance become completely overwhelmed when they start thinking about things like food and water storage, energy production, self defense, etc. They don’t know where to start. I was in the same boat at one time. So I started to read up on the subject.

There is no shortage of “experts” giving advice and advocating their own plans. A quick Google search on “survivalism” produced over 1.5 million hits. Amazon lists hundreds of books on the subject. But be careful. Read the reviews first. Stick with the best rated material.

Most experts will categorize the possible scenarios into different levels of severity and duration. Start preparing for the most likely scenario first. In our case it was preparing for a direct hit by hurricane.

Develop a priorty list. We started with simply buying a few extra things at the grocery store on each trip. Water should be high on your list. You can survive a lot longer without food than water. As you develop your own plan you will discover weak points. Not to worry; it’s part of the process.

One thing I would strongly urge is to keep your preparations on a very low profile. The fewer who know, the better. Knowlege of your preparations by others could put your family at a significant security risk when a crisis occurs.

And remember, “The longest journey starts with the first step.”