As usual I’ve been reading other people’s wisdom about prepping.
The level of expertise and depth of knowledge from some is truly impressive.
AND VERY WORRYING
(Because I didn’t appreciate how much I don’t know).
Only as explained to another:-
There is too much information out there.
It sort of clouds the mind, and I have a VERY SMALL MIND.
It’s impossible to know everything, it’s impossible to remember everything.
Hell at best I retain about 10% in my head and the rest I write down in notebook form.
No, to be more accurate I write EVERYTHING down in notebook form.
Only there isn’t a notebook big enough to cover everything.
So what do you do to cope with information overload?
How do you sort out the wheat from the chaff, what’s important from unnecessary, as applicable to your particular situation?
To what “depth” do you gather Intel and knowledge and keep that to hand?
It’s a problem which seems to be pretty geographic.
By that I mean some places are naturally stable, others aren’t.
Stable? Economically, climatically, geological, and population stability, etc.
Looking at the UK, disasters or civil unrest are pretty rare.
Sure we have trouble here from terrorists of certain faiths and generic ethnic origins.
Boy my PC, sensitivity training really kicked in there!
We do have criminals. Common, stuffed shirts (that would be the politicians), their scummy agents (uncivil servants), and of course the bankers.
Plus we have drugs, immigrant problems, and a really mucked up system of government.
Yet when it comes to disasters, I mean REAL DISASTERS we never seem to get anything of REAL substance. Earthquakes only shake a few tiles (shingles) loose, Tornadoes are a non event, although when it comes to flooding?
We occasionally get very wet but no tsunami’s.
Yet UK’s prudent, them with their eyes open, are prepping for. . . . .
And there is the problem for some.
Do we all need to think about exotic events or just the basic “tilts” in life?
Now we’re lucky.
Living off grid, prepping is SOP for the wife, dog and me.
With the main day-to-day danger to us coming from the river, the weather, and out of control ducks.
As for the other things?
- No money is usual for us so that failing completely would be a minor inconvenience.
Apart from anything else both of us are fully qualified skip divers, foragers, and scavengers.
- No electricity is a bit worrying though as everything needs that.
Although we’ve probably got that covered as part of our skills base?
- Not forgetting a real possibility of an all out attack by the government.
Where our solution to that would be to simply disappear.
- One thing we do prep strongly for is civil disorder or collapse and all that entails.
- That and a pandemic. Things can get kinda “personal” regarding both those events.
- We aren’t particularly worried about WW3 though.
NATO are full of hot air and piss with little desire to take on a REAL force aka Russia, China, and Mothercare.
Thus WW3 is not something we lose a lot of sleep on.
Having said that we are keeping up our knowledge and equipment “just in case”.
I suppose all this is leading up to quite a major question.
If you were to write out a list of what knowledge is essential.
That’s the stuff which is non geographic specific but going to keep one and all alive.
What would your core list consist of?
That and just how big a notebook would you need to cover that list.
I’m a fan of printed matter too although my book collection is pretty small.
Quality of information taking over from the dozens of books I used to collect.
The SAS survival Guide, FM 21-76 has recently been superseded by FM 3-05.70
The ship captain’s medical guide and the Austere Medic, plus
Where There Are No Doctors (WTAND), and it’s companion i.e. WTA No Dentists.
Hardy a lot is it. What’s in yours?