And now, part two of going over the list of reasons people won’t prep. There’s lots to go; it’s going to be a while. (The original posting with the entire list is here.)
6. I have a 3 day supply of food, the government and others tell me that this is plenty.
I’ve got to (mostly) agree with both the posited “excuse-giver” on this one, with a nod to the original author. 3 days of food (as well as water and other necessities) is the recommended amount . Will it necessarily last you until assistance arrives? Not in all cases; therefore, a bigger stockpile is better. Still, having at least 3 days’ worth is a far better starting place than not–and a disturbing number of people are closer to “not” than they should be.
7. I have lots of credit cards, I will purchase anything I need in my city or nearby cities.
Here, I’m in agreement with the author. Your credit cards may be useless in a collapse (even a local one), and you might not be able to get to other cities for supplies. Having some cash set aside can mitigate things somewhat–with a number of caveats. It’s good if you can find the supplies for sale; if you have enough cash; if things aren’t so far gone that the cash may as well be paper (unlikely, but possible). Some things are a craps-shoot no matter how you cut it; this is why it’s better to have the food/supplies set aside well beforehand…
8. My water faucets will have water, even if it is temporarily shut off, they will not let us go thirsty.
This shows a remarkable lack of understanding of how the water supply works. They will indeed let you go thirsty. If “they” can’t get the water supply on (due to lack of power at the pumping station, or any of a myriad of other problems), you won’t have water at the tap. Even if you do, it might not be potable without treatment (boiling at a minimum)… The number of times in the last two years I’ve seen government notices for Washington, D.C., residents to boil their tap-water prior to drinking it truly boggles the mind. And that’s in the National Capitol–when you look at much smaller towns and cities, I’d guess that when the water goes off, it stays there for quite some time. (If you’ve got a well, how are you getting water without power? Even if you have a generator to power the pump, the generator will eventually run out of fuel…) The long and short of it is, you probably can’t have too much water stored (or, at the least, the ability to store it quickly in an emergency).
9. There is no room to store supplies that will never be used anyway.
This is both defeatist and unimaginative. Your stores don’t have to be all in one place. You don’t have to get crazy (like the lady on Doomsday Preppers, storing stuff in the crawlspaces and making false backs on household doors), but I can guarantee that for the “average” non-hoarding household, there are places to put things (neatly, out of sight) that you’ve missed. My wife can pack a truly astonishing amount of stuff into a ridiculously small space; when packing/storing things, she seems to be able to bend the laws of physics. There’s room. And you *should* be using your supplies–rotating through the perishables, and practicing with the equipment. You’ve got to know how to use the stuff, in more than an academic/theoretical sense.
10. I can’t rotate supplies, everything will get old and have to be thrown away.
I’m not certain I completely understand this one. It’s similar to saying, “I can’t figure out how to put gas in the car, we’ll just have to walk everywhere.” Rotating supplies is an easy task: you eat some of what you’ve got stashed, and replace it with new. Here again, if you store what you use “normally”, you won’t be constantly trying to figure out what to do with new and unusual ingredients. (This is also one of my complaints about the #10 cans typically sold as “survival food storage solutions.” There’s a lot of food in one of those cans; more than my family can use in a sitting, and typically it’s just one item–while we could eat the same thing for a week of meals, that’s kind of dull, and not necessarily good nutrition.) The original author talks about eating things after their expiration date, which is a possibility if you’re careful. And, of course, non-perishables are just that: non-perishable. (Do some research on the expiration dates you commonly find on foods. Many of them are “best by” dates; the actual “do not eat after” date is often significantly later…)
And there we are for this week. What do you think? Am I way off, or forgetting anything with these points? I’m planning on branching out next week, but I’ll return to this list periodically as we go on.