Saturday, December 17, 2011

Not Just an American Obsession...

I came across an article on Daily Mail that points to preparedness not just being an exclusively American phenomenon.  Apparently, there are families across the pond that see a freight train barreling down the tracks and are doing what they can to forestall the damage.

Interestingly, it seems that people have begun to realize that preparedness is not some new-fangled idea promoted by the "tin-foil hat society", but rather a way of life that was considered just plain common sense half a century ago.

Stocking up for Doomsday: As economists predict meltdown, meet the families ready for the worst

Last updated at 1:49 AM on 17th December 2011

Picture the scene: It’s the end of January 2012 and already it is clear the year to come will make that which has just passed seem something of a picnic. The last strains of Auld Lang Syne had barely faded before Greece defaulted on its debts. Over the next few weeks, Italy and Spain will follow.
Across Britain and the Continent, bank after bank goes down, a domino effect exacerbated by panicking customers desperately withdrawing their savings. Where three years ago the giants of High Street banking were seen as too big too fail, now they are too big and too many for any Government to save.
Panic ensues. Within hours, the cashpoints are empty of money and the supermarket shelves stripped bare.

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  1. Bad OPSEC. Now everyone know who to sack if things go south.

  2. Yup, just thinking the same thing.

  3. I guess this couple is preparing for something important that's why they stock things like this.

  4. Enola
    It's only interesting that finally here, as there, it is seen as being sufficiently 'mainstream' to warrant some notice by the media.

    I, like many more rural Britains, have been prepping for years, although it has, in PC Britain, had to be called something else - prudence. Preaching to the choir, but not being in a position to 'nip to the local corner shop' every five minutes tends to lead to a more realistic approach to the reliability of modern supply systems (please don't mention how they seem to shut down here when there is an inch of snow - I'm embarrassed enough as it is).

    There is, surprisingly and thankfully, still a large repository of knowledge and skills (and those most often abused terms, faith and community) in these more rural areas (this is the British Isles we are talking about where you are never more than 70 miles from the sea, let alone an urban conglomeration). From the obvious expertise in agriculture and horticulture, bottling (that's canning to you colonial types), through to ancient building techniques, blacksmithing and yes even hunting.

    I wonder, since we have such a dearth of sites such your own, how many are actually more seriously preparing. However many, I fear it will never be enough. This country has a population of over 60 million currently. In the medieval warm period it supported 5-7 million. In poorer times it maintained at around 1 million. What will happen if there is a collapse of the modern systems is beyond description.

    I didn't start preparing for such an event, but for those predictably unpredictable events that life always throws at us. From having to feed a group of walkers caught out in a blizzard (don't city dwellers ever watch the forecast?), power cuts and neighbours suddenly going into labour, to storms and being cut of for a few days -I see my role as providing for my family. I just hope and pray that the head-start this has given will be sufficient in what we all see coming.

    Oh, and my gratitude for your actions as both advisor and role model - keep up the good work.

  5. This has been discussed as a sham. Like some company put it up as an advertisement. Most all that have commented on it where I look think that if indeed they are preppers they sure don't look like it. I said they didn't even look like they knew each other.
    And I also mentioned that before I was a prepper that was a little larger than my extra's.
    I am with most think if they are preppers they gave up their OPSEC.
    But if is for real sure hope that they do more. I think they have enough mayonaise for awhile it was the only thing I could recognize.
    And weren't the picture good and clear?

  6. They're going to need more toilet paper.

    NoCal Gal