Unfortunately, horrible, horrific, awful, unspeakable things happen. And they are almost always completely outside our control.
At worst, they make us feel hopeless, powerless, afraid of what this world is coming to. At best, they can remind us to remain laser-focused on what we can control — on what makes the “web” stronger.
Self-reliance — that unwavering commitment to personal responsibility, health and strength — makes the system as a whole stronger.
It’s common sense. The more people dependent entirely on the overall “web” of production holding them up, the weaker and more fragile it becomes.
As cautious optimists, we know the more people we can help become self-reliant, the better our future. (More on that, though, in a moment.) We know any good will come of action and any bad will come of ignore-ance.
Self-reliance is more important than ever.
Self-reliant people have learned not to take America’s relative prosperity and peace for granted — because it’s not a given. (Which is why, in a month, we’ll be embarking upon a new adventure, taking our self-sufficiency to a whole new level. Stay tuned.)
There’s little reason to believe this roadshow can go on forever without any massively painful, deeply disruptive, hiccups.
What’s disturbing, though, is how these real concerns are treated in mass media.
Land of the Raccoon-Headed Loincloths
“Preppers” and “survivalists” are seen as outrageous caricatures, portrayed as delusional wackjobs who live in Faraday cages and run around in the woods in homemade raccoon-headed loincloths.
Because, of course, according to the dogma from up high, there are two types of people.
There are those who kneel reverently down and hold unwavering faith in the all-powerful, omnipotent, all-loving, all-providing, all-destroying Gubmint to do for us what we “clearly” cannot do ourselves, and the “Others”: the corporeal lepers who just simply do for themselves what humankind has always done for itself to live, thrive and survive.
(Who dares sock away for a rainy day, collect rainwater, grow food, raise chickens and absorb solar energy? Witches, black magicians and Bob, the town’s maniacal squirrel farmer.)
The latter does what’s normal. Because reality is a normal thing and delusions always, sooner or later, meet their makers.
Reality is a Normal Thing
In reality, the “prepper” is your neighbor, your coworker, your mailman, your baggage clerk. They are the silent minority, afraid of what you might think of their cases of dehydrated turkey and Tang.
They are often just worried for their families. They see nothing around them is being built to last. They see the many weak points in the supply chain. They see the unwavering, deluded faith in the magic monetary Wizards of Oz.
They are scared. And what scares them even more is it seems like their entire city is hopelessly unprepared for even a small power outage — let alone any major disruptions.
These “preppers” have already taken the minimum measures to protect themselves and their families:
A] One gallon of water per person each day for 30 days.
B] Thirty days’ worth of food.
C] Means to cook without power
D] Self-defense tools for protection.
But we suggest taking it a step further.
We Are The Ones Reality TV Warns You About
We here at Laissez Faire harp on about preparing for emergencies because we live and breathe it. We are the ones reality TV (and CNN) warns you about.
We search far and wide for the best, baddest survival experts. Then we meet, shake hands, and send you the best survival guide on the market — FREE, just for trying out our research.
We carry covert self-defense tools to protect ourselves when travelling — and we give our readers opportunities to get the best made the cheap.
We avoid the tap, and keep filters so strong we feel fine drinking pee out of public toilets. And we “out” ourselves as the heretics, making sure you know how to keep your water pure.
And, we’re always on the lookout for the best opportunities to help you stay safe, sane, healthy and prosperous.
And, for that, today, we invite Jason Hanson to rap about the most important piece of gear you can own — and where to get it.
The Most Important Piece of Gear You Can Own
By Jason Hanson
I have a special offer for you at the end of today’s article. But first, I want to share an amazing rescue story — and the surprising piece of survival gear that saved lives.
Even though there were countless rescuers with boats (many of them volunteers) in the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many people were stranded in flooded homes or on rooftops for a long time.
In fact, during a live broadcast, a local Houston reporter with KTRK was interrupted by someone frantically signaling from a nearby roof.
The reporter was relaying information about flooding in the area when he noticed a flashing light. A guy who was trapped on the roof had a flashlight with him and used the strobe mode to get the attention of the news crew.
The crew was able to make their way toward the light and found several people — many of whom were elderly and disabled — who urgently needed help.
A Light in the Dark
This is a great example of just one of the many ways a flashlight can save your life in an emergency.
The strobe mode is great not only for distracting someone who is trying to attack you, but depending on the flashlight, it can alert people who are far away that you need help.
And remember, there are many different kinds of flashlights. There are flashlights that double as self-defense weapons… flashlights designed to wear on your head for hands-free illumination… flashlights that can break bones or glass… and flashlights so small they can fit almost anywhere that are just as bright as their full-size counterparts.
With that in mind, I want to share with you a few factors you should consider when it comes to emergency flashlights:
Have multiple flashlights. Not only should you absolutely have more than one flashlight, but be sure to store them in different locations around your home because you never know where you might be when the power goes out.
I recommend stashing at least one flashlight on each level of your home along with extra batteries. Ideally, you should have a flashlight in each room. (I know it seems like overkill, but I have three flashlights just on my nightstand.)
Plus, don’t forget to put a flashlight in your car. If your car breaks down or you need to change a tire at night, you’ll want to have a quality flashlight. Of course, make sure each of your bug-out bags has one, as well as extra batteries. It’s also a good idea to keep one at work in case the power goes out while you’re there.
Buy ones that tail stand. I recommend purchasing flashlights with the ability to tail stand. This means the flashlight can stand on its own on a flat surface pointing up toward the ceiling.
This is important because you can light up a larger area with just one flashlight if it’s pointed at the ceiling. This makes any task you’re doing a little bit easier because you don’t have to hold the light.
Know the run time. To prepare for an emergency, you need to use your flashlights to figure out their run time. In other words, with brand-new batteries, how many hours will your flashlight last?
This knowledge is critical so you can be sure to purchase enough batteries to last for an extended blackout. At any given time, you should be prepared to go without power for at least 72 hours.
Look for different modes. Purchase flashlights that have different settings (high, medium and low modes) so you can conserve battery. And don’t forget about the strobe feature. This is what saved the group of people stuck on the roof during the hurricane.
Above all, invest in quality flashlights — flashlights you’re confident can take a beating and keep on working.
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