Why Prep?

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Why Prep?

Have you ever wondered how you would take care of yourself and your family if you lost your job? How about if there was a bad hurricane? Tornado? Rioting? Civil Unrest? Economic Collapse? Martial Law? Pandemic? Even Zombies?

If these thoughts have crossed your mind or haunted your dreams lately, then you might be considering becoming a Prepper.

Have you already started stocking up on extra canned goods, bottles of water, pet food, first aid supplies and self-defense weapons? Then you are already a Prepper.

Have you looked into solar and wind options for heating/cooling/powering your home and appliances? Have you considered buying land and keeping livestock and a garden? Want to live off-grid?  Then you are a Homestead Prepper.

Have you taken survival classes, learned the arts of bushcraft, fire making, escape & evasion? Are you comfortable living in the woods for a long period of time, living off the land, and using Mother Nature for all your provisions, protection, shelter, and camouflage? Then you are a Survivalist.

All and any of these labels means you are Self-Reliant or want to become Self-Reliant.

Many folks enter into prepping because they have this unexplainable feeling in their gut that something is not “right” with the world. That things are slowly getting more restrictive, less-free, more expensive and more intrusive in our private lives. That unsettling feeling is your 6th sense telling you to prepare.

For others, prepping and being self-reliant is comforting because it is a return to a simpler life much like what our grandparents and great-grandparents experienced (and we remember being told through family-handed down stories). It is a way to exit the “Rat Race” and ensure all their basic needs are met without all the hustle and bustle of big city life.  It is a way of reducing stress and anxiety in their lives, because they are providing for themselves and their families by means of a garden, food & water storage, re-learning basic DIY skills, and saving money by not spending it frivolously.  It is also a sense of accomplishing something with purpose .  It has its rewards and self-gratification.

Whatever your reasons for prepping, rest easy in the fact that your time, money and efforts have not been wasted.  Whether its a natural disaster, extended unemployment, or a true SHTF scenario, you will probably use your preps and skills at some point in your life, or at least be able to pass them down to your children for their future security.

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Preferred Reading Material

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There are TONS of material out there for Preppers & Survivalists, especially on the internet.  While it can put you in a head-spin with how much the Prepper & Survivalist movement has grown with websites, stores, YouTube, Facebook, books, magazines, blogs, articles, etc, we have a basic beginner list for you to obtain.  These reference materials will give you a VERY good start into prepping and survival without overwhelming you. We will post new material as we come across it and review it.

Building a Survival Library can be as simple as keeping a few books on hand with some website links bookmarked in your favorite browser, to printing off material you like and keeping it reference binders for easy access.  When starting out, try to obtain a few books as you can. Once you have some extra money, try to print off any material you would want/need and keep in a 3-ring binder just encase the power goes out and you cannot access the internet.

PREFERRED READING MATERIAL, WEBSITES, AND BOOKS TO OBTAIN:

Most of these can be found on Amazon.com used for a very good price, you can also search for free PDF versions online

BOOKS:

– US ARMY MANUAL- BASIC COMBAT SKILLS OF A SOLDIER

-US ARMY MANUAL- SPECIAL FORCES FIELD OPERATIONS MANUAL

-US ARMY FIELD SURGEON MANUAL

-US ARMY MANUAL- SPECIAL FORCES MEDICAL HANDBOOK

-US ARMY MANUAL- SPECIAL FORCES URBAN OPERATIONS AND PACIFICATION

-US MARINE CORPS TECHNICAL MANUAL M16/RIFLE 5.56mm M16 A2 MANUAL  (good for AR-15)

-DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY OPERATORS MANUAL AK-47

-BALL BLUE BOOK OF HOME PRESERVING AND CANNING

-The Farmer’s Wife Canning & Preserving Cookbook by Lela Narqi

-Complete Guide to Home Canning and Preserving- US Dept of Agriculture

-The Beginner’s Guide to Dutch Oven Cooking by Marla Rawlings

-The Complete Book of Dutch Oven Cooking by J. Wayne Fears

-Homesteading: A Back to Basics Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More (Back to Basics Guides)

-Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition

-The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! by Carleen Madigan

-When There Is No Doctor: Preventive and Emergency Healthcare in Uncertain Times (Process Self-reliance Series) by Gerard S. Doyle

-Just in Case: How to be Self-Sufficient when the Unexpected Happens by Kathy Harrison

-The Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling by Daniel D. Chiras

-The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery

-Self-Sufficiency: A Complete Guide to Baking, Carpentry, Crafts, Organic Gardening, Preserving Your Harvest, Raising Animals, and More!

-Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners by Suzanne Ashworth

-How To Bury Your Goods: The Complete Manual of Long Term Underground Storage by Eddie The Wire

-Urban Survival Guide: Learn The Secrets Of Urban Survival To Keep You Alive After Man-Made Disasters, Natural Disasters, and Breakdowns In Civil Order by David Morris

-Living off the Grid: A Simple Guide to Creating and Maintaining a Self-reliant Supply of Energy, Water, Shelter and More by David Black

-The Urban Homestead (Expanded & Revised Edition): Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City (Process Self-reliance Series) by Kelly Coyne

WEBSITES:

Products for sale & Survival/Prepper Classes:    http://www.citadeltactical.com

Homesteading/ Self-Reliance:

http://www.creativehomesteading.com/

http://www.grit.com/

http://www.offthegridnews.com/

http://www.beginningbeekeeping.com/index.html

http://www.midwesternresearch.com/home-meat-processing.htm

http://www.seedsavers.org/

http://www.canningpantry.com

http://www.freshpreserving.com/

http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/index.html

http://www.survivalistseeds.com

LEGAL DISCLAIMER

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Prep Club Rules

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Just like Fight Club had rules, Prep Club has rules….

1) You don’t talk about Prep Club (you can tell others about this blog, just don’t tell others about your preps)

2) You don’t talk about Prep Club

3) Always have your BOB/INCH ready to go

4) Keep your knife sharp and handy

5) Remember the 5 C’s- Cutting, Cordage, Combustion, Container, & Cover

6) Prepping is a mindset

7) Rotate your preps

8) If this is your first time prepping, you must follow this blog (we’re here to help!)