Have you noticed a sense of urgency in the prepping community lately?
Maybe it's the tensions with North Korea.
Maybe it's the slow-motion collapse of the brick-and-mortar retail industry.
Maybe it's a contagion from the other places around the world that are actively preparing for the potential of nuclear war.
Whatever the reason, it seems like natural disasters are becoming more catastrophic lately and experts are ringing the warning bell about our economy. Really, it's only a matter of time before our world changes dramatically.
Many of us have stocked our homes to the rafters with beans, rice, bullets, and band-aids. Each trip to the store adds more to our stockpiles as we try to get what we need before time runs out. Newbie preppers are feeling even more frantic, wondering how to get prepared when each week it takes more money to put less in the grocery cart. (If you're new to preparedness, here's a little primer with some great links.)
But if you read Jose's article last week about the things he could never have prepared for in Venezuela, it is very clear that merely stockpiling is not enough. No matter how many cans of green beans you have stored away, one day they will run out. We have become so dependent on the "buy it as you need it" lifestyle that despite our food storage, there are still gaps that must be filled.
And the only way to fill these gaps is to take things a step beyond prepping.
And that step is self-reliance.
Self-reliance is defined as the ability to provide for oneself without the help of others. No amount of stockpiling gives you true self-sufficiency. That can only be garnered from a combination of skills, supplies, attitudes, and habits that mean the difference between a person with a great pantry and a true survivor.
Self-reliance is what will save you when…
The grocery stores close their doors or become so expensive that people cannot afford to shop
The banks go on an indefinite holiday, after draining depositor savings accounts and pension funds