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    When the Hard Times Come – You Are On Your Own!

    Earl Griffin

    There has been a lot of attention paid recently to the activities of those individuals and families who believe in taking responsibility for themselves. Often they are called “Preppers.” Sometimes they are called “hoarders”, or “crazies.”

    Funny; when things go south it’s not often you see those people on television crying, screaming, and pulling their hair because the government isn’t there to help them. That is because they helped themselves before it hit the fan.



    I remember when Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. I recall the anger that I personally felt because of the seemingly unmitigated suffering of the people in the aftermath of that storm. Each day the smoldering rage I felt because of the government’s apparent inaction burned hotter and brighter.

    Its been several years since Katrina – things still haven’t gotten back to normal in New Orleans. “Those dang Republicans,” I thought, “callous, indifferent to the plight of those with whom they have lost touch.” Now we’ve had another storm: Sandy.

    The weather forecasters were united for a week. “It’s going to be a huge, terrible storm,” they said.

    I remember the innumerable jackasses calling the radio station and complaining about the “hype.”

    Before long reporters, weather forecasters, and government officials were making public service announcements to assure the public that this storm was not being “hyped.”

    Everyone had a week’s warning!

    The “crazies,” aka people who believe that it is their responsibility to take care of themselves and their own family no matter what, started getting ready as you can see: here, here, and here.

    When I asked people, “What are you doing to get ready for Sandy?” A few people listed their preparations. However the majority of people just laughed and me and joked about, “Milk, bread, and toilet paper.”

    Maryland was spared much of the terrible wind damage. However New Jersey and New York were not. Funny – at first there wasn’t a lot of coverage about the looting and panic people were experiencing. However, Barking Window did cover these things and more in Sandy’s aftermath.

    We learned some startling truths. For instance FEMA simply isn’t ready for large disasters and it is Europe and not the U.S. that leads in weather forecasting.

    The Republicans are not in charge this time around – instead it is a Democrat who sits in the White House. What difference did it make? It made no difference at all. People in those areas hardest hit by Sandy are all crying and begging for help – when they aren’t dumpster diving for food!

    So the Republicans failed after Katrina and the Democrats have failed after Sandy.

    There is an important lesson to learn from this: Reliance upon government is not a good idea during an emergency. People – all people – should prepare for hard times and emergencies within their means to do so! Even the poor can do something to prepare.

    Prepare for the storm but also be mindful of your preparations for after the storm. You will have to look after yourself, your family, and even your neighbors. You will also have to be prepared for those who are up to no good.

    There are a lot of people who will go on after this storm without having learned anything – don’t be one of them.

    If you have not already done so, begin to develop a philosophy of self reliance. Be careful though; don’t fall into the “me against the world,” snare that many others get caught in. Prepare for yourself and your family but don’t forget your neighbors. I don’t mean to suggest you should do their work for them, but I think it is important that we remember that we are not islands. We are members of a community. Reach out to those in need and be a leader in your community.

    When the Hard Times Come – You Are On Your Own! | Pakalert Press
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    lmao


    those goofy preppers you see on TV arent really prepping....

    if they were? they wouldnt be seen on TV!!!

    and those Hoarders? they could probably hide easier than the preppers.

    real preppers dont talk about it.
    say what you mean & mean what you say


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    It's really kind of funny that storing food and being well prepared to take care of your loved ones is called prepping today and in years past it was just what people did. They canned, dried food, had root cellars, raised livestock, and hunted to feed their families through good times and bad. Now if you do those things you are considered a freak or some kind of anti-government radical. I will not deny that there are radical preppers who are anti-government and it matters little to them who is in power, they view all government as evil, but the facts are most "Preppers" are just average people who feel the need to be ready for hard times, no matter what the cost.

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    I survived sandy and I did not need FEMA, prepared long before the storm was broadcast heck i was in europe and came home i was already prepared

    you want to know what is like and what you are likely to experience read on

    http://www.gunco.net/forums/f113/lif...andy-nj-69432/
    Sprat and sprat1 are one and the same.

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    Some are going to deal with it better than others. A few here and there will fall. I hate the ones here in Texas who can collect a group and go on raid missions through the neighborhoods. These are the ones that freak me out. They might show up any time when you least expect them. 50/50 you or them? And, they eventually do get you. Not going to be fun.
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    The only reasonable thing to do, if s REALLy hits the fan, is hide out, underground, for a year and let the fools die off. Don't come out of dugout except at night, and then for very little time. Have a $200 passive IR monocular to "scan" 360 degrees before emerging and every 1/2 hour or less, thereafter, and leave no tracks near your shelter or food in shelter, and you will have 100x less trouble than the fools who stay above ground or come out in daylight.

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