Feb 28

The Complacent Phase vs Prepping When Times Are Good


On the surface things seem to be moving along rather swimmingly.  The story line goes something like: improving economy / Dow trends / more jobs / less National Debt / and just a general feeling that things are going better, whatever that means.  I for one can appreciate that gasoline is not $4/gallon but that doesn’t make me any sort of expert.  A quick browse of the standard prepper-ish websites reveals mostly the same headlines that were there in 5-7 years ago, not so much on TV about prepping anymore because life is good.  It’s so easy to get complacent in times like these after all, Trump is Prez and he will make America great again….right?


1. pleased, especially with oneself or one’s merits, advantages, situation,etc., often without awareness of some potential danger or defect; self-satisfied:

It’s tough to prioritize prepping when there really doesn’t seem to be a sense of urgency.  Back in 2010 folks were snapping up a years worth of food for storage and plotting potential bugout locations if and when T-SHTF.  Now a new car in the drive might not necessarily be a bad thing, along with that trip to the Bahamas.  Previously prioritized preps (maybe a solar addition and gardening) are on the back burner and the discussions among friends about potential courses of action with respect to threats have all but subsided.  The planning and execution phase has been replaced by the complacent phase.

I believe there is a huge opportunity now to advance prep priorities while maintaining a good life balance and still enjoying the fruits of one’s labor (read: nothing wrong with vacation).  Here are a few reasons why.

  • The pressure isn’t there.  A few years back when people believed the sky was falling folks were scrambling to play catch up, tossing credit cards at preps and making poor decisions.
  • Demand is relatively low for whatever products / materials you might need or what to stock up on.  Ammunition, storage food, water storage devices, medical kits.
  • It’s ok to experiment.  Start that garden now and see just how difficult it can be to grow your own food, try planting various seeds to see if store bought perform better than those stored prepper seeds you have on a shelf in the basement.
  • Save Money.  Pretty self explanatory but needed to be mentioned.  If the job is paying more try to save more when times are good.

The above listed are just a few reasons why I believe that now is the time to take advantage of this lull in the action, calm before the storm if you will.  I’ve often quoted Mark Steyn when he stated (reference the economy): “Something that cannot go on forever, will stop.”  Any number of things could happen to disrupt this current state of relative calm which we are in and it might be next week, 2 years, 5 years and so on.  If you look at some of the major prep blogs out there folks in the comments section have been calling for a collapse based on evidence every year for the past 10 years….”surely 2010/11/12/13/14 is the year” they said.  Here we are in 2017 coasting along on what I believe to be ice that is thicker than others would imagine.  If it all comes crashing down at that point we’ll all have what we have and it will be the mad scramble once again.  Use this time wisely for surely, at some unknown point in the future things will not be so great.  The expanse and impact of whatever it is that will occur, maybe the economy contracting or even collapsing, is anyone’s best guess.



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    • Todd Hammel on February 28, 2017 at 5:29 PM
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    Just started prepping last year after listening to two books on audio tape one was the survivors the other was the series one second after and one year after he’s changed my whole attitude and now I’ve begun prepping this year will be my first Garden it always feels like I’m a long ways from being ready but I have to keep in mind that when something does happen I already have a plan

    • J on March 3, 2017 at 2:10 PM
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    I’m hoping process will drop on a few things along with the demand lessening.

    To be fair, a change in political climate doesn’t lessen the risks of other issues, large outages due to storms or other natural disasters, potential shortages etc.

      • PJ on March 4, 2017 at 10:12 AM
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      Definitely agree, but I think you know how much people hang their hat on that. It’s amazing sometimes, they look to a President to influence everything around them to include but not limited to how much a bag of chips costs at the store. I think it’s fair to say with our limited resources, anything outside of a localized disaster and people are in for some serious trouble. I see it every day when I drive into the city and houses and apartments are stacked on top of each other….it would be chaos.

        • J on March 6, 2017 at 8:59 AM
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        Too right. I’m talking more from a supply and demand point of view, as far as prices. For the last several years, it seems that a lot of prepper type supplies have been in a seller’s market; basically they could charge what they wanted.

    • TheMaj on March 13, 2017 at 10:34 PM
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    It has always been an ebb and flow in the prepping world. Everyone should take advantage of the markets while the supply is high and the prices are better, if they are in a position to do so. It will swing again eventually.

    Good to see the place back up and running and the old faces still kicking.

      • PJ on March 13, 2017 at 11:41 PM
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      Well well well….:)

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