The Privatization of Preparedness
By Tyler Woods 12/17/11

During the Cold War in the 60's, our government constructed vast Civil Defense shelters that were provisioned with food, water, blankets, cots and equipment necessary to protect its population in the event of atomic war. Our world has changed since then.

Concerned citizens today are turning to their own means for security and preparedness stores. We have been sold false hope that FEMA will be there to protect us or that the government will somehow avert the fall of this great nation. FEMA was not designed to supply resources necessary to disaster victims but rather to take control of resources and use them as they see fit in the name of disaster relief, they have no resource themselves. They have great authority to acquire and manage resource but that is much of the problem. Americans have seen how our government manages things. Katrina victims were bussed to destinations far from New Orleans but few were ever returned. Cities like Houston Texas opened their arms to help neighbors in need with no idea they were expected to keep those who lacked finance to return on their own. Supplies were sometimes confiscated “for the greater good” or paid for hastily at exorbitant tax payer cost. Government and waste have become synonymous.

Precedence exists for our government to not only confiscate privately owned resources but to imprison the rightful owners while they distribute those resources per their own agenda. As early as 1918 (WWI time-frame) U.S.N. Medical Director Francis Nash and his wife Caroline were prosecuted fined and imprisoned for having in their possession more than a 30 day store of food. The law was enacted under President Woodrow Wilson and enforced by then Food Administrator Herbert Hoover. A disturbing fact is that the laws which prohibit “hoarding” are still in force and can be enforced whenever our government sees fit. Couple that with the current TV series documenting “Hoarders” as confused and misguided souls that need intervention to rescue them from their delusion and you start to gain perspective into the secrecy that most Preppers (those who are preparing) exercise.

As opinion grows that we are headed for desperate times, the thought of turning to our government for help is waning. In fact, there are strong reasons to suspect that our government may be part of the problem we are trying to avoid. As federal agencies shifted from supplier to controller, those with resources need to guard their stores from confiscation and re-distribution. The fear of having your resources confiscated just when you need them most, is a frightening proposition.

Equally frightening is the expectation of riots from those who did nothing to prepare. Perhaps they expect the government to continue caring for their needs as in the past but when food becomes scarce and social controls fail, there will be chaos, rioting and looting. We need only remember the L.A. riots or the streets of New Orleans following Katrina to envision what is in store for every major city. The clock is painfully accurate after the collapse of the electric grid. The first four days are rather calm with most of the population believing the power will be back on shortly. “Peaceful looting” begins after about four days because most homes in urban areas are then out of food. Looting soon changes from people seeking necessities to more violent and organized sacking of businesses. By day ten it becomes unsafe to travel and deadly to remain within city limits. Sewage has backed up to street level and water systems have exhausted all gravity reserves.

It has become painfully clear that social controls fail during times of adversity. It is not so much the fault of our laws or peace officers as it is the moral decay of society in general.

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” President John Adams

No law can control a people who refuse guidance by the moral compass of the Bible. To live among people that look to others for their support only emphasizes the need to prepare discretely. It is no surprise that personal protection training and firearms sales are climbing steadily.

The expectation is that for one of many reasons, our infrastructure of services will be lost along with communications, monetary exchange and civil order. All the services of our infrastructure are interdependent and unstable. When one part fails, the rest come down like a house of cards. A condition of anarchy will remain until roughly two thirds of the general population expire due to untreated medical conditions, starvation, violence and disease. During those three months it would be necessary to remain isolated and unobserved. All necessary services and functions would have to be self provided. This would not be such a formidable task were it not for roving bands of looters looking for isolated individuals with food, water and supplies.

Privatizing your own preparedness is a bigger task than 'pioneering the homestead' as our great grandparents may have done. Our current national population density leaves little hospitable land that would ensure privacy. Good locations are sparsely populated but would require full time surveillance for at least the first three months. The need for community is very important.

Many preppers are organizing into carefully selected groups of like minded members. Resources are combined and duties shared. In a micro community, the skills a person brings are more important than what a person has. A person with several hundred pounds of food who can't hunt, fish or grow food, sooner or later will ultimately starve. A person with well developed field skills may have no food at hand but knows how to find, catch or grow what is needed to sustain life. Skills that are keenly needed in a survival community are different than what is needed in today's job market. A blacksmith would be a great asset where a machinist would find little to work with. Information Technology (IT) professionals would be replaced by Ham radio operators and cooking from scratch would be vital.

Another essential to a working micro community is a common core faith. Without faith there is no purpose beyond survival itself and the concepts of loyalty and sacrifice remain self centered. It is not religion that binds a group together. Faith is the profound trust in the God of creation who has an ultimate plan that is bigger than life itself. Religion is more of a style of worship. People of faith can be of different religions and work together well while people of the same religion may fail because their faith is weak.

These tight knit communities are built with the trust and secrecy necessary to maintain their cover while developing a retreat site with both stores and equipment. When the time comes they will meet at the retreat as they have many times before for “camping.” The group typically will grow to about eighty to one hundred and food stores will be large. Each person will have multiple skills and leadership is shared by a close working group that is marked by humility, cooperation and mutual support. It is a very difficult endeavor and easily spoiled if it gets off on a poor start. The one thing that is clear is that the federal government is no way involved. They remain secretive and self sustaining but they will become the seeds of rebirth for a nation that has lost its way.
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