Prepping expert Lisa Bedford gives her methodology and strategies. My big takeaway: “It’s the water that really worries me.”
On July 31, 2022, we held our online event on prepping.
It was an outgrowth of my concerns about the fragility of the supply chain and various utility grids, something I wrote about a year ago, Prepping for the Worst.
I don’t mean to alarm anyone, and I’m not panicked. I’m just concerned, and thinking the unthinkable….
The pandemic made clear we live on a thin line that can be disrupted. It’s not unthinkable that our key systems — the electric grid, natural gas supply, gasoline — could fail….
So all in all, I no longer view “preppers” as crazy. Maybe they were right, just early. Better early than late.
I don’t plan to be late….
I have so little faith in the people running this country at various levels that stocking up on long shelf-life food and other prepper-lite protections seems to me, for the first time in my adult life, to be one of the least crazy ideas.
The event featured “The Prepper Mom” Lisa Bedford:
Lisa Bedford is better known as The Survival Mom and founder of The Survival Mom blog and online prepping courses. Since 2009, she has encouraged families to adopt a calm and common-sense approach to an uncertain future.
Lisa is also the author of Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst Case Scenarios and Emergency Evacuations: Get Out Fast When It Matters Most, and has been featured in national and international media. Her goal is to reach everyday families with the message of preparedness.
Lisa did most of the talking during the event and answered a lot of questions. Her presentation focused having a methodical approach centered on “The 8 S’s”. I found that really helpful in how to think about an overall approach, rather than being random and reactive.
The presentation also focused on relatively short-term (30-day) preparation, rather than what it would take to live completely off the grid for longer periods in case of complete collapse. I think people need to be prepared for a longer period, but for most people in most places, the first 30 days are critical.
While personal security was addressed in passing, this was not a self-defense presentation. That’s another issue which needs to be discussed separately.
Last but not least, her presentation focused me on water. Water. And more Water. It’s the hardest thing to do in many ways because water is such a critical immediate need and the quantities needed are more than most of us have handy. So water solutions are something I’m definitely focused on:
“It’s easy to buy 30-days worth of food. That’s easy. It’s the water that really worries me.”
Lisa has a for-pay course “Survival Begins With Water” that I plan on taking.
Here is the full video. There is no “highlight reel” this time.
Many attendees asked for Lisa’s slides. Here the are (pdf.):DONATE
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