One thing a lot of preppers overlook is the potential discomfort of a survival situation. They stock up and prepare as though everything will remain exactly as it is now, except they’ll have to rely on dehydrated food instead of fresh ingredients. In some scenarios, this is true – take, for example, the recent lockdown.
But in more extreme scenarios, your life will be anything but comfortable, and this is something Selco and I try to get across to people. Many preppers refuse to fathom a life in which they won’t have time or facilities to bake a batch of muffins. We call this Dehydrated Blueberry Muffin Syndrome. Get more details in the video below. (Note: the video won’t appear if you have an ad blocker on.)
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Survival may be gritty and difficult, as it was in Selco’s situation. It’s not just like life is now, but without electricity.
What are the 5 Rs?
Here’s an explanation of the Five Rs I mentioned in the video. They highlight the sequences you have to be prepared to deal with depending on INTENSITY and/or DURATION of a disastrous event:
- REDUCE the impact on your lifestyle or routine. Many events are over within 72 hrs. With adequate preparation, you should feel little to no interruption to your daily life.
- REPAIR. By understanding the nature of the threat. Your residence and life situation, you can anticipate by competence or cost things that may well need repairing in order to RETURN TO NORMAL.
- REBUILD. This can be both physically (Think a beyond repair storm-damaged house) or ‘structural’. A business that has suffered significant disruption or loss and cannot necessarily continue exactly as before…
- RE-ROLE or RETIRE. This is primarily in relation to work. Your job or business cannot continue or no longer exists. You may have to re-role to a different line of work, or depending on assets held, insurance due, and other factors early retirement (typically coupled with downsizing) actually is an option.
- RELOCATE. Can be tied with 4. but also can be because of 2 and 3. (Hurricane Katrina and Chernobyl offer good examples) Continuing where you currently are is just either undesirable or is simply not an option.
What are your thoughts?
How much are you prepping for comfort as opposed to survival? Is this something you had considered before? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Toby Cowern has an extensive background in the military, emergency services, risk management, and business continuity, combined with applied wilderness and urban survival skills. He discusses personal safety, security, and the crossover of military skills to the average civilian.