As 2012 quickly comes to an end, let’s take a look at some of the more fundamental beliefs that preppers have that helps them prepare for an emergency and keeps them focused on what’s important.
The prepper movement has something that they refer to as the Standard Living Insurance (SLI) which is basically what being prepared and being a prepper is all about. It is a type of guarantee that you have enough to live by or off of in the form of goods such as food, water, shelter, and clothes.
They also have the 5 Principles of Preparedness in which if you follow these principles, and often to the letter, you will gain or achieve the SLI. By following the principles it provides you with a type of barrier against any emergency or cataclysm that may come your way. The principles are as follows:
- Thrift and frugality: Thrift is to basically not waste anything; to use wisdom over the management of your resources. Frugality means to live within your means and to be cautious about where or how you spend your money. If you observe this principle, you’ll be able to cut your debt and live within your means. The easiest way to observe this principle is to adopt the motto, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without”.
- Be independent: Get yourself out of debt and live your life without being dependent on others for your survival. This also includes being dependent on pressures that is influenced by the world or society such as alcohol, drugs, unhealthy eating habits or caffeine. In order to achieve this you should put together some type of written plan and set some goals; three long term goals and three short term goals in the beginning.
- Become industrious: Redefine yourself and your existence by discovering new ways and new skills to provide you with what you need. This may include getting more education or learning other skills. In other words, become the change you want to see, and who knows it might be the best thing you ever did.
- Strive towards self-reliance: As you become independent and industrious, you’ll also become self-reliant. When you’re self-reliant, you’ll no longer be dependent on big businesses or the government for your survival. You’ll be able to take care of yourself just fine, thank you very much. Self-reliance is freedom. You’ll have the freedom to create whatever it is that you need for your own survival and well-being.
- Aspire to have at the very least a year’s supply of every needful thing, but ideally it should be more like five years: Once you begin to develop prepping skills you’ll see the importance of stocking up on whatever it is that you and your family need to survive. You’ll be able to decide what the difference is between a need and a want. You’ll fully understand that a need is something that you can’t live without such as water, food, life-sustaining medications, and shelter.
A want is something that you convince yourself that you have to have like a cell phone, central air conditioning, a Caffe Vanilla Frappuccino from Starbucks, cable television, or credit cards. Sometimes novice preppers confuse needs versus wants and this confusion leads them to stocking up on everything which can be bad, but you have to have the wisdom to understand that you won’t need 200 bottles of hot sauce if you rarely use hot sauce and that maybe you need more than 6 boxes of powdered milk because you tend to use a lot of milk. Sure, it might be tempting to stock up on hot sauce especially if the store is having a 10 for $10 deal, but that’s a want and do you really need a want?
Believing in and using these principles isn’t just good common sense when you’re preparing for an emergency, but it’s good common sense for life improvement and growth to become your own person.