What Not To Do When The Grid Goes Down

It never fails.  Someone, somewhere has this brilliant idea that when the fecal material begins to make abrupt contact with the rotary cooling device they’ll be able to just jet on off to Sam’s or Walmart and pick up everything they need.  That’s their whole plan for supplies, and they don’t want to be dissuaded.

Folks, if this is you, please listen to me.  Please.

You may think you’re being clever, but don’t you think everyone else who realizes what’s happening will do the same bloody thing?

Yes, they will.  They’ll flock to the big box stores and grab anything and everything they can.  Don’t believe me?  Watch what happens when your area is expecting some really nasty weather.  There’s a run on water, bread, and toilet paper.  People are grabbing whatever they can.

Now, that’s just for some bad weather.  After a few days, things generally return to normal.  Imagine what it would be like if something is going down that will constitute a prolonged emergency?

Those stores will be madhouses.  People will be fighting over canisters of propane, even those who don’t have any devices that run on the gas.  Canned goods will be dumped into carts without regard to even what’s in it.  Blows will come over who grabbed the last package of toilet paper or plastic forks first, and that’s assuming shots aren’t fired.

Outside the store, people will probably be grabbing the grocery bags out of other people’s hands, stealing right in the store parking lot.  More fights as panicked people pay little attention to where they’re going, causing accidents.

Pandemonium.

Do you really want to be smack dab in the middle of all that?

Oh, you might not be where you want to be.  Maybe you are short of a few things and want to pad your supplies.  However, wouldn’t it be nice to just look at that and say, “Nah.  We’re covered well enough I suppose” rather than having to deal with the madhouse?

Folks, planning on stocking up everything at the last minute isn’t prepping.  That’s praying.  You’re praying things are still there in enough quantities that you’ll be able to stock up.  You’re praying that you will have all that you need to make it through the emergency.  You’re praying that your family will make it.

I trust in God.  However, I also believe he helps those who help themselves.

Unfortunately, there are plenty who don’t seem to buy into that.  I’ve encountered dozens who plan on taking over Walmart, K-Mart, Sam’s, Costco, etc. and will live off of the supplies contained.  They’ll go in like the U.S. Army, take everything, and then somehow fight off the legions who will want what’s in there.

You’re asking for a fight.  That’s a recipe for disaster.  Gunfights are ugly things, and people can die.  No matter how prepared you are, it might be you who doesn’t make it.  So why invite trouble like that?

The purpose of prepping is so you don’t have to expose yourself like that.  It’s so you can minimize your risk in as many areas as possible.  If you can see the potential problems — and if you have a plan, you clearly can — why not think it all the way through so you don’t have to pray so much?

If you’re one of these people, and I haven’t reached you, then good luck.  However, I suspect I have.  After all, you’re on a site like this where I’m talking about how to prep for my family.  You clearly are at least like I was and know things can happen.  Maybe you’re not prepping because you’re broke and the guys you read seem to have way more money than you do.   It doesn’t matter.

Get started.  Do it now, and you’ll be better off.

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