A lot of times we hear folks say that they’re preparing for this or that. Sometimes what they’re preparing for gets really specific. The reality is, there are only two things we should be preparing for and that’s whether we are going to shelter in place or get out. That’s it. Prepping isn’t complicated. It only becomes complicated when we try to be too specific in what we’re preparing for. Or when we attempt to imagine every possible situation and try to micro-prep.
Everything else builds off of these two concepts. No matter what the survival situation is and how hard shit hits the fan, either we’re staying and riding it out or we’re going to GTFO. If we shelter in place, we need supplies and gear that allow us to stay at that location. If we’re getting out, then we’ll still need supplies and gear that allow us to do that.
We only need five basic things to survive in just about any location or condition. Food, water, air, shelter and security. Having these things all but ensures survival. If we don’t have any one of them, we won’t survive very long. Without air, water or food, death comes in minutes, days or weeks. Without shelter or security, our chances of survival can end instantly.
Shelter In Place
When we’re staying at our location, we need enough food, drinkable water, breathable air, shelter from the elements and security from danger to allow us to stay there. If any of those things become unavailable, then we must leave that location and find one that has all five elements. In most realistic scenarios, we prepare to stay where we are because the basic five are met. Whether the economy collapses, terrorist attacks or super storms hit, most likely, we’ll be staying put.
The same basic five to survive needed for staying where we are, are also needed when we’re prepping to get out. The main difference between prepping to getting out and sheltering in place is that we may not be able to carry all the supplies we need. The plan may include having a way of getting them en route. Getting out can be a life of constant travel, but it can also be very short. We can be on the go just enough to get to a location where it’s possible to stay indefinitely. Neither concept is the be-all and end-all. A major component of prepping is adaptability. If we can’t adapt to changing conditions, we won’t survive.
Every situation fits into one of the two concepts. Think of your favorite SHTF scenarios and what your plan is. Does it fall into staying or going?