Randall S. Powers and Steven Konkoly discuss their book Practical Prepping: No Apocalypse Required. Prepping – or preparedness – is simply about taking steps in your own life which could potentially be of great benefit in the event of a crisis or disaster situation. It has, however, become embroiled with the popular clichÃ©s of survivalism and images of groups or individuals holed up in armed redoubts with a million cans of beans and enough weapons to start a war.
Back in the real world, beyond popular post-apocalyptic fantasies, there are many often more mundane events which have the potential to seriously disrupt our daily lives. Terrorism, economic meltdown, natural disasters and pandemics such as Ebola and avian flu regularly hit the headlines. But even something as simple as a prolonged power outage or severe winter freeze can – and has – left thousands of citizens on the back foot with inadequate supplies of food, water and other essentials with which to ride out such an emergency.
The aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy stand as stark examples of government failure in disaster management. They’re not the first and they certainly won’t be the last. Taken in tandem with the potentially fatal interconnectedness of our modern industrial systems and widespread public ignorance about the fragility of the infrastructure which makes our comfortable lives of consumption possible, a picture emerges in which we would all do well to do some serious thinking about how we and our families could cope should the worst happen.
Practical Prepping: No Apocalypse Required isn’t a book about ditching the suburbs for a heavily defended, self-sufficient compound in the mountains. It explores practical first steps that you can take to prepare for the disasters you are most likely to experience. The book offers a layered, foundational approach that can be tailored to your circumstances and motivation level. You’ll be surprised by how little time, effort and hard-earned cash you’ll need to put into Practical Prepping.
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