Springtime Severe Weather
Although it’s January, it is time to begin preparing for severe weather. As we’ve seen this weekend, tornadoes can develop anytime of the year when conditions are right. The South is particularly susceptible to tornadoes due to warm air and moisture from coming up from the south and mixing with cold air from the north.
Here are some things you can do to be better prepared. Some you’ve heard before, and maybe a couple of them are new.
Get Prepared and Stay Prepared
August 10, 2017
Many people are getting very concerned about the situation with North Korea and you may be one of them. The thought of getting into a nuclear conflict with an out of control leader is very scary. Nukes could be launched at the United States. You may be feeling a lot of uncertainty. You don’t know what to do. Or you don’t have any control of this situation. But you have probably felt this way before and just don’t remember it.
Alone: A Survival Show worth Watching
There have been many survival shows on television over the last several years. Most have lasted only a season or two before disappearing. I have tried to watch many of them from an educational perspective rather than for pure entertainment.
Here at P5 Preparedness, we’re firm believers in storing freeze dried foods, MRE’s, and nice big buckets of rice, beans, pasta and other staples. Being prepared includes buying bulk and putting food up for long term storage. However, we also realize that food will eventually be eaten or hit its expiration date, and when it’s gone there will be no stores to buy more. Simply put, storing food is critical, but not sustainable. You need a means of producing food during a long term event, and that means growing a majority of the meals. This is why P5 Preparedness has partnered with HATponics, installed an aquaponics system at the store, and sell both completed systems as well as DIY parts kits. We also hold Introduction to Aquaponics classes with the founder and CEO of HATponics.
When it comes to prepping, there is one tool that trumps all others. This tool is, without a doubt, the most critical to your survival – the survival mindset. Your thought process and commitment to survival are essential to getting through a bad day. The need to hone your mindset to a razor sharp edge cannot be overstated. But what does a mindset consist of? Let’s take a quick look at a few concepts that make up your survival mindset.
Preppers tend to have a bit of an independent nature. We want to be able to provide and care for those we love, and are willing to work hard to do just that. However, most of us realize that we simply can’t do it all on our own – especially when things are tough. Depending on our situation, we’re likely to have a variety of tasks that pull us in different directions. We’ll occasionally need to rest, so we can’t stand watch 24/7. We’ll need help. This is why, at some point or another, we all consider working with a group.
I’ve been told I’m a glutton for punishment. And while I won’t get into whether or not that’s true, I can tell you that I’m not particularly easy on my gear – so it needs to be tough. That’s why we gave one of our Magpul PMAG17 GL9s to our friend and LEO Clint, and asked him to put it through it’s paces. He was glad to oblige, and share what he found.
Working at P5 Preparedness gives me the opportunity to talk to a lot of different people who are in many different places on the path to preparedness. Some have been at this for years and are fairly well stocked; others are just starting to consider the myriad of things that could necessitate a measure of self-sufficiency. I try to encourage the newer preppers that no matter where they are in their preps, they’re further along than most people. While we all have differing standards of “prepared”, most will agree that any step toward preparedness is a step in the right direction.
The curse of knowledge is a common affliction. We come to understand and do certain things with such frequency, and for long enough that it becomes second nature to us. We can even forget what it was like before we came to see things in this certain light. Regardless of where you are personally in your planning and prepping, we all started with a certain moment of realization. Some of us have seen the writing on the wall for a long time now. Others are just starting to open our eyes and notice what’s going on. Was there a specific event that finally got your attention? Or was it a slow accumulation of circumstance that alerted you to the fact that things can – and will – go wrong? Hopefully you’ll never face a large scale or long term event, but do you have even the basic resources to see your way through a small scale, short term situation where things get tough?