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.