Top Ten Lists For New Preppers

24 Jul

Demcad (demcad.blogspot.com) has a new youtube video (Top 10 Items For New Preppers) about his choice of items a new prepper should get. It’s a response to sootch00’s video of his top ten items for a new prepper. Another top ten survival video list is by eNosArmory “How To Start Prepping: Top Ten List.”  These are all excellent videos and well worth watching.

As a youngster, I was drawn to thinking about lists. If I could only have five guns what would they be? If I could only own ten, what would they be? Lists can help us focus our priorities and clarify our thinking. What is the most important to us? What can we do without?

Lists can force us to think about other ways to do things. What are ten ways to start a fire? If we find ourselves listing matches, wooden matches, book matches, and really long wooden matches as four options, we’ve obviously run out of ideas! If you know four or five ways to start a fire, you’re all set, but the longer list got you to contemplate more options. Maybe we’d add friction from a fire bow, striking a rock to try to create a spark (really tough!), using a flint steel, or using a magnifying glass to harness the sun’s rays to our tinder.

Checklists assure us we haven’t forgotten something important. Pilots use checklists because failure to check something prior to takeoff could be disastrous. Do-it-yourselfers fixing their car benefit from writing down a “list” of what they did so they don’t forget to reconnect something. Almost every mechanic at one time or another needed to remove a just reinstalled part because of forgetting something else that had to be put back first.

The above prepper lists are excellent with many key supplies: water, food, flashlights, radio, etc. Demcad expands the list with a fire extinguisher. That’s something every prepper should have available not only for a major disaster affecting many people, but for a daily personal emergency. It illustrates the importance of planning for the most likely scenarios first.

When making lists, it’s easy to take things for granted because they’re part of our everyday life. We tenderly wipe off our Bosch jigsaw and carefully store it away. We only use it once a month at best. The contractor who uses it daily tosses it in his truck and doesn’t give it a second though. We wake up in the morning, put on our glasses, and put our wallet and keys in our pocket. Those items don’t get any special attention from us, but we fawn over our new Cocobola-handled Buck knife, which will be seldom used.

Preppers like to be self-sufficient and want to deal with emergencies themselves. They don’t want to rely on others. But in many emergencies, we must. My number one survival item wasn’t on any of the lists. It’s the cell phone. If we’re driving down the road and somebody slams into us from the rear and our legs are pinned to the dash, and we’re conscious, but nobody is helping us, the cell phone can get us help. If somebody suffers a heart attack, the cell phone gets professional help quickly.

When I grew up, we didn’t have cell phones. The closest thing resembling them were the high-tech “communicators” used on the sci-fi TV classic Star Trek. You knew it was going to be a good episode when the crew teleported to some primitive planet but had their communicators taken from them. They were on their own. No help from the mother ship. The cell phone gives us access to that mother ship of emergency professionals. When he got his communicator back, you knew Captain Kirk was going to kick some #**.

In the documentary Surviving Alone in Alaska a man living isolated in the wilderness says his biggest fear is his cabin burning down leaving him exposed to the elements in a harsh winter. To offset this risk, he has a tent with a stove, warm clothing, and bedding a distance away from his main cabin. He keeps a satellite phone just for that scenario.

Why don’t preppers list cell phones as a key prepping item? They don’t always work. That’s true of everything. We might not be able to get a signal or professional help might not be available. Then again, it might. Are we taking them for granted? Do they compromise our sense of self-sufficiency? Maybe, they’re just not macho enough. Every ten-year-old girl runs around talking on a cell phone.

The other day I watched a video featuring a prepper I respect and who has written much great information for preppers. His daughter was in a gunshop saying she wanted a pink pistol. She said if she got it, she wouldn’t nag dad for a cell phone. A bit later in the show, the dad is concerned about his children being abducted and wants to prepare them for that. That’s as far as I watched; the video was getting lengthy. It dawned on me that there was a real irony here.

A cell phone is a powerful tool to put children in contact with parents or police. Just a few days before, the news carried a story of a child who was abducted by a stranger. The child secretly texted her friend who called the police who thwarted the abduction. If the child didn’t have a cell phone, the situation could have turned out far worse. If somebody is supposed to pick up a child after a school event, but is delayed, a cell phone puts the child in contact with parents or an older sibling.

So my number one prepping item is the humble cell phone. Purchase an extra battery.
Charlie P, author– “The Prepper Next Door”

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