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Rules for Preppers – Staying Under the Radar

June 21, 2012

Bugging Out, Security

Rule #1 Don't talk about Prepping

The following article has been contributed by a fellow prepper named Mike. It has been published with permission of the author.

My wife and I have been prepping for well over a year now; and when we think we have it already, we find ourselves doing more.  But that’s ok; nothing is done that is not worthwhile.

In our prepping world only 2 people we know personally know of our preparations.  A few other like-minded people that we have befriended through forums know as well; they do not know us in person however.  We have made it a commitment to keep our stores of food, weapons and survival supplies our secret.

I recently found myself in a predicament.  Last week I was contacted by the casting director from the National Geographic show, Doomsday Preppers.  They want to do an entire show about preppers that are going to use a yacht as part of their escape plans.  They located me from an article I had written for a prepper website by going through the editor.

I was flattered that my story was good enough to be on national TV.  I thought it would be interesting to offer some advice to others.  Heck, it might even be fun.

So we began talking.  I told them I had three requirements: no face shot, no real name used, no real boat name used and no real location used.  I was contacted by the associate producer; everything agreed to except the face shot.  Nope….you got to do better.  I was then contacted by the executive producer…..must have face in video to make the story.  Nope…..I must retain my secrecy.  Then they threw in $500 cash.  This wasn’t going anywhere.

They do not pay people to be on these shows; so I am going to risk my life for a measly $500.00?

Now my wife was getting increasingly nervous about the whole thing.  All that we had worked so hard for could be gone in a second if we were ratted out by someone.  She was afraid our cover might be blown.  I too agreed; letting someone see me might produce someone that actually knew me; “Hey, I know that guy and where his boat is”.

Stay off the airwavesThen the very next day, Mac Slavo, the editor of SHTF website posted an article Prepper Sentenced to 21 Months In Prison For Stockpiling “Destructive Devices” After Insider Rats Him Out.   Talk about timing.  Good article too by the way.  During the trial, the prosecution played clips of the show attempting to make accused appear to be a crazy nut case.

In Mac’s article he noted, that Off Grid Survival has reported a number of times in the past, I have warned about how dangerous I think T.V. shows like Doomsday Preppers are to the prepping community. In my opinion, these prepping shows do nothing to help people prepare and are designed to do only one thing – To make Preppers look like complete Wackjobs!

So we killed the idea for good.  Both of my prepper friends told me that I made the right move.  Buy hey; it was fun for the few days it lasted.  I was almost a star!

So I got to thinking a few days later….we preppers must be smart, use our instincts.  So I came up with a few rules for preppers I’d like to share.

  1. Trust no one that you do not personally know.  Even the little old lady down the road will rat on you if she is hungry when the SHTF.
  2. Keep your prepping to yourself.  Again, do not tell anyone you are prepping.  If they know you have stores of food, where do you think they will think of first when the SHTF?  Oh and don’t forget, the Department of Homeland Security thinks people with stockpiles of food and weapons as potential domestic terrorist.
  3. Don’t share any prepping articles on Facebook or other social media.  Don’t draw attention to yourself by posting prepping articles or discussing the topic on the website.  You may think you are educating your friends, but in reality you are just letting them know of your actions and plans.
  4. Make sure boxes are not labeled with the company name if your order emergency supplies.  Most companies will publish this in their ordering information.  You don’t want to tip off the UPS driver that you just received a year’s worth of freeze dried food.
  5. Do not tell anyone what you are up to.  You don’t know how hard it is for me not to tell people I meet that I was almost on the National Geographic TV show.  That would be a disaster.
  6. Be alert to what others are saying.  I was sitting in my dental hygienist chair a week ago and she told me about another customer that was storing food.  She thought he might be prepping and she said if it ever got bad, she knew where to find some food.  I just acknowledged the statement and let it rest.

All said in done, preparing for a SHTF collapse is something few of us are doing.  Some people thing we are nut jobs.  But when it happens, you will be able to take care of yourself and your loved ones.

Practice these rules to keep yourself safe.

Be prepared; stay under the radar.

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47 Comments on “Rules for Preppers – Staying Under the Radar”

  1. Bonnie Draker Says:

    Totally agree with keeping my activites to myself. We label boxes Christmas decor or decorating nic nacs , but never what it is . We can bring supplies in to the house through the garage , doors shut . Our prepping is slow as my 73 yr old husband is really not as on board as I am …. I do what I can . Blessings to all.

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    • Joe Says:

      Coding your boxes is a great idea, Bonnie. Few people would go after a tote labeled Christmas Ornaments. But one labeled Medical Supplies, well that’s a target.

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  2. scrambo Says:

    Joe,
    Thanks for a great article. An envaluable article that may help save someone’s life. I have mixed emotions, I certainly believe that operational security is essential, but I wrestle with the idea that if their is a serious TEOTWAWKI incident there will be strength in numbers by marshalling the strengths and weaknesses of a group. I know that is a risky endeavor because before you divulge and invite someone into your group; you want to be sure they are committed and doing what they say they are doing. Would love to see your thoughts on that in an article.

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    • Joe Says:

      Yes, many people have a romantic notion of surviving off the land all alone or with only family members. And that may be in some very remote areas. However, it’s more likely that you’ll bump into people – some of them bad people It’s easier to defend yourself if you have friends.

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  3. Mike Says:

    Scrambo, I am the author of this article. I am VERY reluctant to allow anyone into my prepper network. Even my closest friends do not know of my activities.

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  4. John Doe Says:

    The fact that “NatGeo” found you should set off warning bells, I/e others could find you.
    However on the other hand I feel it’s extremely important that “we” try and build a group/team. It is near impossible to go it alone. Perhaps a team of 4 or 5 family’s. I for 1 doubt that I could go all day long working the farm, and then try and defend my family all night alone.

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    • Joe Says:

      Hi John –

      NatGeo left a comment on the blog post and sent me an email asking for Mike’s contact info. I declined to provide it but offered to forward their message to him so Mike could contact them if he choose to do so.

      Joe

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  5. Jarhead Survivor Says:

    You made the right move, Joe. Like many with a website we’ve been asked to appear on several of these tv shows. Not just no, but hell no!

    First of all, I hate reality TV with a passion. Second, like you mention violating your OPSEC could be ruinous to you and your family.

    I’d say you dodged a bullet there, buddy.

    -Jarhead Survivor

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    • Joe Says:

      Thanks, Jarhead. Just a very minor point: this was a guest post by a prepper named Mike. I’m glad he had this experience, I’m glad he dodged the bullet, and I’m glad he was kind enough to share it on our blog.

      When Jacqueline asked me about being on the show, I politely declined. Not one to take no for an answer easily, she tried again but there is really no way I’m going to consider that. No real benefit and a ton of potential downsides. Just doesn’t make sense to me.

      I must admit I hadn’t thought of Mike’s approach of no facial shots. Clever attempt at having the best of both worlds.

      Joe

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  6. popwiz15 Says:

    This is a really good article that I fully support. Most of my own family either doesn’t know or doesn’t care about my prepping ways. Actually, now that I think about it I realize only three people actually know about it. I guess being the the black sheep of the family does have some advantages. Go figure

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    • Joe Says:

      Yes, it’s a fine line to walk. We want to share and help others, yet we don’t want to accidentally communicate to them “you should prepare but if you don’t we have plenty of stuff, come to us.”

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  7. Anne Marie Duhon Says:

    I lived thru Katrina and watched good people turn ugly fast. I am a firm believer of charity begins at home. Not just post SHTF but now our motto is us first. I have neighbors that have come to my door now at the end of the pay period asking for food. why let on that I could feed the WHOLE neighborhood? Prepping is my secret and I love my family more than the rest of the world I will never do anything that may potentially bring harm to my family and our safety. We are very much us against the world. Kindness is considered a weakness and others will take advantage of that even now. Case in point I babysit a young boy (12) while his mother works Her family consists of her and him my family is 6 people. She will send or leave the boy over during the day while she is home so I feed him. I have offered and taken her to food pantries and suggested fs. She will not take advantage of that assistance but has no problems with taking advantage of me not feeding my family while he is here and leaving him out. If we eat he eats. It is that kind of thing that will bring you the most grief. c

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    • Joe Says:

      Those are great points, Anne Marie.

      Something you said reminded me of Buck in The Call of the Wild. I recently read that for the first time and wrote a post about the lessons we could learn from it. A couple are:
      – Desperate times will push people to desparate actions.
      – A different set of standards apply when there is no law.

      I think you pretty much summed those two points up in your real-world example.

      Thanks for the comments.

      Joe

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    • Albvs Says:

      If I help someone (who comes back for more help) I then ask them what they want to do to work for the assistance. I wouldn’t expect anyone to feed me merely because I’m hungry–I’d expect to have to do something to repay the debt.

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  8. themostsecretestprepper@gmail.com Says:

    How many much more prepared do you think America is after this show. I can’t count on both hands how many people I know saw the show and bought a berky, or started storing rice and beans. It seems to me that we’re all a lot safer if people know how to prep.

    Steve

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    • Joe Says:

      That’s a good point, Steve. I don’t believe that these kind of shows really convince people to begin prepping. That’s certainly not the producers’ intent. They want to gain viewership in order to sell advertising.

      These shows may plant a seed in some people as it raises the collective awareness for the need to prep. But I’d doubt that it has much overall affect.

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  9. William Simpson Says:

    Ahoy, Mike:

    I read your post ‘Rules for Preppers – Staying Under The Radar’ with interest and I wanted to offer readers here a different perspective to consider.

    As I understand it, you are a Prepper who is using a 40-ish foot diesel powered trawler (a powerboat) as your escape and survival platform, which is a niche paradigm in prepping.

    From your post, I have gathered that you are worried that your boat is somehow ‘a target’ for others who are either un-prepared or who are simply just run-of-the-mill looters, should the worst-case scenario start to unfold. And that somehow by appearing on TV, that your personal security and that of your vessel would be jeopardized more than it would be on any given day.

    Let’s just assume for the moment that your boat is fully stocked with all kinds of good-stuff. And that your boat is in a slip or moored in a marina somewhere in California.

    I believe that your situation in the use of a boat for relocation and shelter is quite different from that of someone with a fixed survival location, such as a bunker or shelter. There are many differences between these two survival paradigms, which provides material for a large chapter in a book. So my intent here is to examine just a couple issues directly related to the concerns in your post.

    From my chair, many underground bunkers are very risky. They can quickly become a tomb should some form of heavy debris from an explosion, fire, earthquake or some other scenario cause the access and or vents to become obstructed. Furthermore, there are populated and unpopulated areas in the United States that are susceptible to earthquake liquefaction, in which case, depending on the weight and displacement of the bunker, it will either sink deeper into the earth and become totally buried, or, it will float up into plain view. Either case is not good. Here’s a link to an interesting video demonstrating how a large displacement building quickly sinks into the earth:

    If we consider a remotely located and fully stocked bunker for the moment, it certainly has some additional serious security risks, both short-term and long-term. It’s remote location alone makes covert access by thieves easy, and should any thief determine it’s location, it could be looted well before it is needed. And this is a legitimate concern given that the contents of said bunker may not be insured, or even insurable, such as they are on a boat. Another concern involves getting to such a bunker during or ‘post-event‘ will be difficult. I think just these few examples gives most people some food for thought and lends credence to the boat paradigm as a viable option for consideration by some.

    So let’s consider your security situation using a boat: Let’s limit this consideration to only initial security (what happens when (if) you arrive at Catalina or some other well-populated place is another matter), and with the understanding that boats are not the best solution for everyone.

    I believe that if you take all the emotion out of your risk analysis, the reality is that there are far better targets for the ‘un-prepped’ right in town, which for the discerning thief are more easily accessed and better stocked (at least at first) than your boat. The streets are lined with stores full of food, clothes, cigarettes, alcohol, medical supplies, guns and more. And when the SHTF, the staff at most of these stores will all have to run home to deal with their own family’s needs, leaving a multitude of stores open for ‘unfriendly business’.

    Even if people knew where your boat was located, and knew how the systems operated, and were familiar with the controls and vessel operations, the timing of being just in the right place to take advantage of that information exactly at the moment of some disruptive event is highly unlikely. Odds are, most people will be displaced when the SHTF. Many people, including the police and national guard, will also be subject to massive gridlock due to infrastructure failures that can result from any number of credible disasters.

    Unless someone with all of that inside information on your boat is camped-out or lives and works near your boat, the odds of them reaching your boat and taking it before you arrive during some form of chaos is very limited. This is especially true if you live-aboard and work nearby, like many people in the marine industry. Depending on the particular event (when the SHTF) odds are many people who are ‘prepped’ won’t even make it home or to their shelter….they may instead end up trapped in a 10 mile-long line of cars stopped on some freeway along with a few thousand other panicked and angry people.

    Even in good times, it would be very difficult for anyone to take your boat; please allow me to explain:

    I have been a licensed professional mariner for over 30 years and have operated all kinds of power and sailboats and small ships and have logged over 200,000 miles at sea. I am a pilot with commercial multi-engine instrument airplane & helicopter ratings. And I am considered an expert mechanic and electrician by my clients. Even if I wanted to steal your boat, I doubt that I could pull away from the dock as seen on TV – ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’… it’s just not going to happen. In order to take your boat to sea successfully, I would have to first familiarize myself with your vessels’ controls and systems and the state of her readiness to put to sea. That takes time….. Imagine something as simple and dumb as not knowing how much fuel was in the tanks and running out of fuel one-mile offshore (some boats use dipsticks for the tanks), or a shaft-lock being engaged causing the engine to stall when placed in gear. Only a complete idiot would consider stealing an unknown vessel. Don’t believe everything you see in the movies!

    All boats (new and used) are in a constant state of deterioration and at any given time, there is almost always something that is ready to break, or broken, or a combination of both. The complexity of vessel systems and the maintenance thereof is such that it requires the proper use of maintenance logbooks just to keep up…. boats are far more complex than cars, and there is no standard paradigm on systems and controls layouts; many boats are modified by their owners in many ways. It would be much easier for me to steal an airplane off the ramp at some local airport than to steal your boat. This doesn’t even consider special anti-theft systems installed to purposely disable a vessel, and there are many tricks there that would surely defeat a skilled mariner such as myself. Anyone with little more than a brain-stem in their head would know this and would realize that stealing a boat that is unfamiliar is begging for immediate disaster. It might be easier for such a idiot-thief to just jump in the water off the dock and drown himself.

    Most people are not mariners and have no sea experience and would be ‘above-the-norm’ if they could operate a small speed boat on a lake, let alone a 40-foot trawler, long-range cruiser or something larger. So as we see from the very basic foregoing review, potential capable thieves are likely limited to skilled perpetrators who are experienced mariners.

    That said, and assuming that the SHTF:

    An experienced mariner wouldn’t even consider stealing your boat for the simple reason that it has a very limited maximum range (maybe 500-600 miles?) at sea. Where can you really go to avoid the hungry crowds and protect what you have? In this case, your options are limited. You are unable to cross over to the equatorial Pacific islands and as such, would be relegated to rubbing elbows with the 4,000 permanent residents on Santa Catalina Island or one of the Channel Islands off the California coast. Heading down the 900-mile long Baja Peninsula in Mexico would likely subject you to opportunistic pirates on high-speed Pangas, and fuel will be a serious issue since there are only two places south of Ensenada where you can get any quantity of fuel under good circumstances. And those places are at Turtle Bay and Magdalena Bay, where you might be facing lawless armed persons wanting your supplies and maybe your vessel.

    Of course there are dozens of ports and launching ramps on the Southern California coast which would also allow almost any small power boat full of desperate people access to Catalina Island as well as the Channel Islands…. I am thinking it will be like rush hour on the L.A. freeway all around those islands…. Good luck on that!

    The ideal Bug-Out-Boat and survival platform would be a vessel capable of long-range expeditions of at least 2,000 miles or more in most any sea conditions. And of course, long-range boats all have the same anti-theft issues we outlined before and many more due to their range capabilities. Large long-range vessels have even more layers of security, making them very ‘hard-targets‘. Let’s pretend for the moment that I wanted to steal one of the cruising sail or powerboats that I had worked on, which gave me intimate knowledge of the vessel….. I would still require skilled crew (or at least one highly-skilled partner) to work with me in a coordinated fashion over the course of several hours in order to get underway, assuming we boarded the ship undetected and knew exactly what to do as a team. I think that a highly-skilled team like this would already have a much better plan than risking getting shot or seriously injured in an attempt to steal a vessel that may or may not even be ready for sea. Of course this assumes that everything else went perfect and this imaginary team wasn’t caught in the gridlock near Bakersfield or Lodi, CA…..when the SHTF.

    Marinas for the most part are secure by way of the security gates and fencing as well as by fellow boaters who don’t want looters coming down on the docks any more than you would.

    So under most circumstances, your boat is probably quite secure. If you are still concerned, speak with your local mechanic and have him suggest and possibly diagram a method to covertly disable your engine(s), such that even an experienced person would be baffled.

    Being paranoid serves no purpose except to make those around you paranoid, or to make others wonder why you are paranoid. Maybe that’s why you are already overly concerned?

    You also mentioned that you had some concerns about potentially being ‘ratted-out’. Quite frankly, unless you are breaking the law, this worry is unfounded. I have traveled the world and I can say unequivocally that as far as law enforcement goes (and our military), we have the finest men and women serving here in the U.S. and they are not out to separate citizens from their rights. If you’re legit, you have nothing to fear.

    So being on TV, if that’s what you want to do, should not change a thing for you security-wise in my opinion, since you are using a boat. If you had a remote bunker, or if you were a fugitive from the law, then the considerations would be much different.

    As far as Alan Madison and National Geographic Doomsday Preppers: I am sorry you have reacted the way you have to their offer of appearing on their show. Mr. Madison is trying make a show that provides what I would characterize as dramatic edutainment for a growing audience who may in large-part be curious or concerned over their own personal safety and preparedness in a world that is growing less secure. We live in a world that is subject to natures whims, some of which are devastating on their own. Adding to these natural risks are those that are created by mankind.

    Mr. Madison has taken on a real challenge in the production of the show. He has a finite budget to accomplish the total production of a full season of episodes. If the legitimate, real-deal Preppers won’t come forward to help tell the story, then how is he supposed to get it done? You suggested that by way of design, the show is trying to portray guests as “whack-jobs”. It sounds like you have little understanding of the film-making process.

    National Geographic has set rules and guidelines for Mr. Madison’s production of the show. He must depict the guests as they are filmed in order to maintain an accurate portrayal, which is consistent with National Geographic’s brand integrity. He cannot doctor the show in order to make people look better or sound more intelligent than they are. It’s like looking in the mirror; if you don’t like what you see, then I guess you have to take it up with yourself. If Mr. Madison violates the set guidelines for the show in order to start making a few people happy, that‘s a slippery slope, which could get him called onto the carpet. It’s never easy when you’re trying to please so many people all the time.

    I believe that Mr. Madison could do a much better job of properly portraying the Prepper Community if more mainstream Preppers would step-up and help him to make the show better. Why let FEMA have all the fun? I think this show represents a great opportunity for mainstream prepping. And I think there are plenty of really sharp people out there who are probably on the fence as to appearing on the show, maybe because they are worried about being improperly represented and lambasted on some Blogs.

    Theodore Roosevelt once said: “It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” 

    In closing:

    Mike: Again, I applaud your adoption of a boat-paradigm to remove yourself and your loved-ones from harms way. This eliminates the need for stockpiling guns and related supplies, thus providing more room for other necessities required for long-term survival, hopefully at some remote location. Frankly, when I am at sea, I find that having the proper selection of fishing rods and tackle will yield far more food than any gun.

    Getting yourself and your loved ones far from away from any conflict is hands-down the best survival solution. That said, boats may not be for everyone; and in order to implement a boat-paradigm, it takes money, time, training and the desire to use a boat to reach a remote location. And that assumes you have acquired and prepped the proper boat, which has the necessary range to take you and your loved-ones with all of your supplies and equipment to a secure location where you can wait-out most any situation.

    My suggestion to the readers here is; if you really want to use a boat, find a boat with a range of 3,000 miles for a powerboat; 2,000 miles if a motor-sailor; pure sailboats have inadequate range under power should they become dismasted. That way you won’t have to share your beer with 150,000 other ‘survivors’.

    P.S. For those readers who are interested in considering a boat for escape and long-term survival, I am finishing a book that details this enterprise, which should be available this fall.

    Fair Winds! Capt. William Simpson – USMM

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    • Tom Says:

      Amen. I’m so sick of all the paranoia. Maybe if we want people to view our movement positively we should stop hiding.

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      • William E Simpson (@NauticalPrepper) Says:

        Tom: When people act paranoid, then people wonder why you are paranoid. We did the show (DoomsDay Preppers) and we feel that it will help a bit with building a consensus dialog about prepping and the prepper movement in general. The goal being; make prepping mainstream. Amongst the collection of articles at my website (www.williamesimpson.com) there are a couple about OPSEC that discuss the value of having more people prepped. No TV show is perfect, they all have their negative critics. If we allow a few negative people to slow the prepping movement, guess who looses? People need to stand-up for what they believe. There’s not a darn wrong with being prepared and as time goes on, more people are joining-in. There’s also an article at my website that talks in detail about why we did the DoomsDay Preppers show (our episode was; ‘A Fortress At Sea’.). Recently, I had an opportunity to speak with the folks at the Inquisitr about Nautical Prepping… that article can be seen here: http://www.inquisitr.com/594923/doomsday-preppers-captain-bill-simpson-talks-about-liveaboard-lifestyle-interview/

        Bottom line: I think that if you believe in Prepping, then you should promote it. The more Preppers the better in my book. Cheers! Capt. Bill ‘The Nautical Prepper’

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  10. WLK Says:

    1. That guy who was arrested was storing explosive devices….WTF? Guns, ammo, tasors, traps, arrows YES, explosive devises … FAIL
    2. Everyone who preps has a reason for doing so and different agendas towards what they are willing to share with the media or their neighbors. That is just a right to privacy period..
    3. We prep with every intention of sharing and helping our immediate family and community to survive a disaster, economic collapse or pandemic — not forever but long enough not to panic, get desperate or starve. If we want a 24 / 7 watch for security we are going to need competent people to do it. And help with home schooling, harvesting, medical, repairs. I would never turn a child away…or anyone for that matter. So unless you have a secure bunker (we priced them at 400K – to include solar and hydroponics) you will most likely need a community, eventually.
    4. Yes there are crappy people out there that will take advantage of people in a crisis, but the reality is that there are crappy people out there now robbing, raping and destroying property.
    5. As for Doomsday Prepper show, I love it. Myself and fellow preppers critic the shows and learn about what is concerning other people and how they are getting ready. Sometimes I think some of the ideas are a bit wacky but that is just my opinion.

    Thanks for your article!

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  11. mike I Says:

    i get self survival… i get the need for secrecy… nothing can be totally secure… if someone did “share” at some point you may not be a prepper… a good christian like person shares good info with his community (circle of trusted friends) not implying you are not a good person… just saying offering info & help is not a bad thing either

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    • Joe Says:

      Thanks for the comment, Mike I. It’s a really good point and I agree with you. It’s one reason we started this blog.

      I think what others are saying, and me as well, is that you have to be careful and fully consider the implications as you share. When you share the need to prepare, others may hear it as “If things get really bad, I have a lot of stuff stashed away so come on over.”

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      • mike I Says:

        1st priority is you and yours… then those in need that you know… etc. etc. i get advertise too much and the uninvited who may threaten all and no one survives.

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  12. Albvs Says:

    “She thought he might be prepping and she said if it ever got bad, she knew where to find some food.”

    Personally, I would have shamed the person for saying something like this. Remind him/her that it’s *her own* responsibility to prepare, not to mooch off someone else who spent their money preparing (instead of mindlessly spending it on an X-Box, for example).

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    • MKEgal Says:

      Exactly what I was going to comment on.
      There’s someone with a job, with the means to do at least something for herself (a little bit every payday will eventually build up), and she thinks she could go to her patient’s house & he’d take her in??

      I’ve also read comments from people (usually young, strong, stupid males) who only stockpile guns & ammo, thinking they’ll kill anyone they come across & take their food or other supplies… never once considering that those people have likely thought about protection along with everything else.

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  13. Albvs Says:

    You might not have noticed but lately the CDC and others have been ramping up the (seemingly innocent/humorous) talk about Zombie Apocalypse Preparedness. We’re also seeing news items about cannibalistic attacks. I see all this as a veiled warning that soon there will be economic collapse followed by global hunger. The “zombies” then are the hordes of hungry/desperate looters. Call me cynical but it feels like we’re being quietly taught by the movies on how to kill our (unprepared) neighbors in the near future.

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    • Joe Says:

      Hi Albvs – I have noticed the CDC and other agencies recommending minor steps toward being more prepared. I hope people listen and are taking steps. However there are a lot of mixed messages from the government. On the one hand they say be prepared, on the other they list preparedness as a possible link to terrorism.

      I do see Hollywood influencing American politics, but I’m not sure that I can see evidence that the reverse is true.

      Thanks!

      Joe

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  15. William E Simpson (@NauticalPrepper) Says:

    Greetings: Here’s an article that may modify your perspective on OPSEC..

    http://williamesimpson.com/is-operational-secrecy-opsec-is-dead

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