I Hope It’s Not Too Late to Start Prepping

This is a guest post and entry in our non-fiction writing contest  Harold M.

On December 14, 2011 my wife and I received a wake up call. We were watching Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History channel about 2012. By the end of the show, we were very concerned. I mean I had always heard about the Mayan Calendar and the end of the world in 2012. But I never really took it seriously.

Then we started looking on the computer about potential 2012 events and we came to the conclusion that it is going to hit the fan sooner than we ever expected. Most importantly we realized that we are not prepared….at all. I don’t know who first said “failing to plan is planning to fail.” Doesn’t really matter who did but truer words have never been spoken. Needless to say, we started prepping on December 15th!

We have a small home and limited resources, so stockpiling large caches of food, water and survival supplies is a huge challenge. I immediately bought a gun and some ammo. I buy as much additional ammo every paycheck that I can. (You can never, ever have enough ammo!) Every time my wife goes to the grocery store, she gets buys extra cans of food and bottled water. We have cleaned off some shelves and cleaned out some closets to store our supplies. We also try to read as much info as possible on survival as possible. My main goals are to have on hand at least six months of food and water by June 1st. I also want at least 1000 rounds of ammo by then as well.

Since we don’t have anywhere else to go when the SHTF, we will have to defend the fort. Fortunately the street where we live has woods and there is a decent supply of wildlife (deer and squirrels) but unfortunately the neighbours who live up and down this road are not the most upstanding of citizens. They will be gunning for the deer and probably going house to house as well.

Over the next couple of months I am going to buy sheets of plywood and measuring all my windows so I can have them precut and stored under the beds and couches. Keeping a low profile is another priority. Loose lips sink ships. We speak of our food and water stores with no one. We are also going to stock up on some pints of cheap vodka, rum and whiskey for possible barter if needed. We have a wood burner so I am stocking up on firewood. My wife has starting buying seeds to plant vegetables.

I have one wife and two kids. My youngest is still in high school but my older one is in college a little over an hour away. This scares the hell out of me that we aren’t all together. But I am putting him together a bug out bag so he can make his way home.

I wish I had the money to build an underground reinforced concrete bunker but I don’t. I wish I had the resources to buy right now everything we need to survive for years. But I can’t. All I can do is all I can do. I try to learn and do everything that I can to protect my family.

No one knows what will happen in 2012: solar flares, pole shift, terrorism, hyperinflation, global economic collapse, natural disasters, et cetera. Or perhaps nothing at all. But the world cannot continue on the path that it is going. There will be a thinning of the herd. I just hope and pray that we are in the part that survives…and thrives.

This is an entry in our non-fiction writing contest where you could win:

First Prize) Winner will receive a Nomad – 1 Person Standard Survival Package courtesy of Shepherd Survival Supply, a One Month Food Pack courtesy of Augason Farms, a $150 gift certificate for Remington Ammo courtesy of LuckyGunner.com and a EcoZoom’s Versa Stove courtesy of EcoZoom stoves. A total prize value of over $875.

Second Prize) Winner will receive two (2) Rothco Sure Paks With Heater courtesy of Camping Survival, a Wise Food Vegetable bucket courtesy of LPC Survival and a Wonder Junior hand grain mill courtesy of Kitchen Kneads. A total prize value of over $509.

Third Prize) Winner will receive 3 – 27 Variety of Non Hybrid, Heirloom Non GMO Survival Seeds, 2 – Fruit Pack of Non Hybrid, Heirloom Non GMO Survival Seeds and 2- First Aid Kit with Sutures in a Waterproof Resealable Bag courtesy of Be Prepared Now. A total prize value of over $215.

Contest ends on March 30 2012.


  1. Encourager says:

    Harold, thanks for the post. IMHO, I would skip the booze for trade and buy lots and lots of toilet paper. Figuring half of the have-nots when SHTF will be women and girls, that is a no-brainer. I can hear it now “You chose a bottle of Vodka instead of two rolls of TP?!? Are you nuts?!?!” =o)

  2. Uncle Charlie says:

    Welcome Harold. Like the old saying goes, it’s better to have one and not need it, than to need it and not have it. That goes for everything, not just guns, but food, water, toilet paper etc. I’m still waiting for the New Madrid fault to below, that’s why my BOP is East of Louisville and Nashville. I don’t know if MPD Prep was joking or not, but Vodka makes a lousy Molotov cocktail unless he was referring to the kind you drink and then it’s OK, but you’ll need rum as well.

  3. Harold…the most important step in prepping in my opinion…is what you have already done…and that is to link up with like minded people and join in the conversation…

    because we are also traveling this prep journey with you – and important to know you are not alone in thinking how you do..

    and this time next week no doubt – there will be more new cubs – all taking the same steps you are now…so relax, sit a while and be amongst friends. cheers.

  4. Take a deep breath, think lifestyle not race. If I wind up needing a Tent and a sleeping bag [for whatever reason my bed’s not handy] I’d want one of them milsurp three layer -40 jobs, maybe one decade I’ll upgrade that far. I’ve lost some preps to divorce, theft, job loss, etc. I’ll get back to ready sometime. I get a lot from goodwill, SA, and thrift stores. At one time my bugout sleeping plan was two 55 gal. trashbags newspaper insulation, and a 3 mil plastic painters dropcloth. I now have tents for me and the dogs and the cats, all got at much less than retail. Next is to replace the tarp with a dedicated portapotty tent. Didn’t come overnight. Gayle wrote an excellent post on sales cyles, when stuff is on the best sale. [looking for corned beef and cabbage now] used stuff is also best bought out of season buy swimsuits in winter, heavy coats in summer, fall seems best for camping stuff as it gets donated after the summer family trip. As your stockpile grows you’ll see that having this, gives you room to buy only what iis on sale so you can buy more for less. I like most want to bug in, but if I have to lrave. Yes I want the outfitter tent and takedown wood stove, mummybags etc. but when the rain turns brown a tuna can full of cardboard and wax and that dropcloth/trashbag might not look so bad. Now just where do I put the foxfire series in a tent, and ohh yes beware the Stober.

  5. Good for you, Harold, and welcome! You aren’t the only one trying to do a lot with just a little. I’m in the same boat, along with a wife who doesn’t really think it will ever happen. But we’re more prepared than a lot of folks. I’m planting ten blueberry bushes later today, and getting the garden ready for the first batch of cool weather veggies. Trying to talk the DW into more firearms, though she has a childhood trauma issue about them so it’s a difficult subject there. She tolerates my deer rifle and shotgun but pistols are gonna be a harder sell. Still, I’m a lot better prepared than probably most folks around here. It’s a good feeling to know I can handle things myself, even if it’s something as simple as being able to cook when the power goes out 🙂

  6. SurvivorDan says:

    Welcome Harold and thank you for your contribution. I have only been on this site for 6 months.
    I have military, LEO, martial arts and wilderness survival skills so I was a bit over confident about my EOTWAWKI capabilities. I have learned so much from MD and the WolfPack in the past six months that I now know that I knew very little. But I’m learning. And I’m preparing. Welcome. Stick around.

  7. I’m surprised nobody has mentioned this yet, but the Mayans didn’t calculate leap years into their calendar. The end of the world should have happened 7-8 months ago.

    I sincerely believe that there is something happening or going to happen soon, another revolution, some kind of plague, war coming to American soil, whatever, but I get so sick of people thinking the Mayans had it figured out all along.

  8. Dose anyone know if the crawl space under you’re house will protect you from solar flares? “radiation” If the solar flares knock out power & the world goes crazy, & you’ve been suppling food water ammo. .ect what about the radiation poisoning? Would a crawl space be enough? & how long would you need to stay there??