This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
Now that gasoline prices are a lot lower than they have been in years, many people with whom I’ve been speaking with lately to be really optimistic about their finances. Sales of trucks and other gas guzzlers have gone up again, as people forget about the pain at the pump. There is good news about the economy. Lots of conversations going on about the new car that now seems to be within reach, the “I deserve it” shopping spree and the high priced vacation plans.
Should you keep prepping when things are good?
It may be tempting to ease up on preparedness when things are going smoothly. I am not trying to be Chicken Little warning that the sky is falling when there is not a cloud in the sky. I think it’s great to hear good news about the economy and people feeling good about their prospects.
Don’t forget that our system is based on everything running smoothly all the time – and just in time inventory systems means stores only keep enough supplies to last until the next truck delivery. If anything interrupts the supply chain for any reason, the stores stop selling. One local disaster such as a snow storm sends unprepared people in a panic buying mode, long lines and empty shelves at the store or even dumpster diving when they find themselves hungry in the aftermath of the storm.
Now it not the time to get sidetracked. Even on good news days, you can sit back and soak it all in, but don’t let up on your preparedness efforts.
- While prices are still manageable, continue to build your food storage, water and essential supplies.
- While you have a job or other source of income, continue set aside emergency cash and get out of debt.
- While times are fairly peaceful, find a way to increase your security.
- Buy gear and supplies that will help you in the next power outage or disaster such as solar chargers, light sources, backup stoves etc. while you still have funds
- Get in shape now.
- Get healthy; take care of medical and dental needs
- Learn skills every weekend while you have the luxury of time.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t enjoy life and take a break every now and then. Things can change quickly: if and when they do, you will be glad you continued to prepare.
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