Proactive Prepping Doesn’t Have to Be Defensive
Prepping typically calls to mind images of survival gear and canned goods tucked away in a storage closet. We know preppers are ready to respond to worst case scenarios. They’ve invested time into planning and money into strategic purchases. That said, true preppers aren’t simply training themselves to react to SHTF events. They’re also modifying their lifestyles to proactively mitigate their risk of exposure to SHTF events altogether. In one way or another, people have said for centuries that the best defense is a good offense. Let’s discuss how preppers can go on the offensive.
Educate and Collaborate with Others
Jason Charles became a bit of a celebrity within the prepper community following an episode of Doomsday Preppers. He’s a New York City fireman and organizer of the New York City Prepper’s Network. Jason is a vocal advocate of prepping and believes that those in metropolitan areas should be prepared too. He doesn’t just prepare himself. He encourages others to do so and shares his know-how with them. The New York City Prepper’s Network is a group of like-minded individuals that help one another learn about and address the risks posed to those living in NYC. Networks like the one Jason created is an excellent way to proactively spread the word about prepping. Jason isn’t just on the defensive. He’s playing offense.
Take Corrective Actions
You’re not done once you’ve shared your knowledge with others. It’s important to take corrective actions as well. I’ve previously mentioned a few ways in which we can effect change, such as regenerative agricultural, political activism, and building energy efficient homes. By undertaking these actions, we aren’t relying on others to improve the world we live in. We also aren’t waiting for the world to collapse. We’re helping to improve our state of affairs. The world improves in response to what we do. If we pollute our environment, escalate geopolitical tensions, and let technology go unchecked, the state of affairs will deteriorate. If, however, we practice new agricultural techniques, hold our politicians accountable, and reduce our energy waste, we can bring about positive change. Prepping is great, but corrective action is even better. This is what a good offense looks like.
Stay Up to Date
In a world that’s constantly changing, we need to stay apprised of the latest developments. A hurricane is headed our way? Prepare for it and spread the word. Teach others how to hunker down or help them evacuate. By staying up to date, we’re ensuring we can educate others and take corrective actions to improve the lives of those in our communities. We need to know what’s going on in order to develop a plan that we can execute. It’s therefore important that we remain current on events occurring at the local and global levels. Kofin Anan said it better than I ever could. “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” We need to keep ourselves informed and educate others. That’s how preppers develop a good offense.
The Best Defense is a Good Offense
Sun Tzu, Machiavelli, and George Washington have all acknowledged that the best defense is a good offense. These military masterminds were constantly under threat and responsible for the lives of countless others. We also have a responsibility to help ourselves, our families, and our communities mitigate avoidable risks and respond to unavoidable events. Doing so requires our preparation to be proactive and our actions to be well-informed. If we remain on offense, we don’t even need to worry about being on the defensive. I don’t know about you, but I could use one less worry in my life.
Do you think the adage “the best defense is a good offense” applies to prepping? What other sayings might be applicable? Leave a comment below or contact me directly.