Hints and Clues About Prepping’s Growing Popularity – Costco?

One might ask themselves about the underlying cause for prepping becoming mainstream.  Is it because of the economy?  Is it because of foreign unrest?  Is it because of the walking dead tv show on AMC? No one knows the answer but one thing is for sure – Prepping is growing in popularity as is evidenced by main stream media and business.

Years ago it was companies like Nitro-pak who were the only large prepping retailers.  Now, we have many choices.  Years ago tactical gear was sold only by cheaper-than-dirt and targeted to civilians.  Now we have tactical gear sold at amazon.com.  I like to look at the underlying evidence that prepping is gaining momentum.

Let’s look at Costco.  Yup, Costco.  Costco used to be a place to buy bulk food or batteries but not full of prep gear or long-term storage food.  Many of you might have noticed Costco’s foray into preparedness gear.  Costco has an “Emergency Kits & Supplies” page.  They sell emergency food, bulk supplies like flour, sugar and salt, consumer “mall type” emergency kits, first aid supplies and water barrels.  This is serious – Costco is full on in the prepping market.

First we have their “emergency food” section.  An entire section dedicated to emergency food.   The fact that a bulk retailer like Costco believes or has seen that bulk food storage is in high demand item is amazing.  Take a look at this area of their website, it has the Shelf Reliance stuff, Chef’s Banquet Food Buckets, Food for Health vegetarian Food, Easy Meal, Mountain House and some buckets of oats.

Next up they have emergency kits, nothing new or fancy.  Some prepackaged survival packs and corporate kits.  I can see why they’d have this – they sell to businesses and businesses might buy this stuff for earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.

In their first aid section they have the run of the mill stuff, first aid kits, a defibrillator (WTF?) but they also have very specialized prepper products such as the Hydrowell Filtration system.  This looks awesome, if I had $300 clams to drop on a filtration system, I’d consider this.   They also have the Hydropack which is one of these new osmosis products that sucks only the pure water into a pouch through a membrane to filter the water.  Yes it’s technical but it even works on scummy pond water!  Check out the video – these pouches are the future of water purification.

For the water barrel section they have this… it is the “we used to have a water problem but after we bought this we don’t anymore” kit… EIGHT 55-gallon barrels with bung wrenches, pumps and water treatment!  I have one of these barrels and it will maintain my family of 5 for 11 days!  (minimum survival at 1 gallon per person per day) – Get 8 of these babies and you have 88 days or almost three months of water with no need for an outside water source.  That is prepping people!

You could seriously stock up and get prepped with just an order to Costco.  Normal/mainstream people are buying this stuff from Costco – people are prepping!  This is a good thing and a bad thing.  Good because, as I have said in the past, the more people who can rely on themselves – the less people we have to shoot trying to take our stuff.  Bad because I think this means that more people see darkness and uncertainty ahead and that may mean it is more likely to happen.

My readers know that it doesn’t matter why you are prepping it is just important that you do.  Prepping is not a lifestyle – I know I am going to get some flack on this – so be it.  Prepping is an insurance policy against the worst disaster possible – the one when people don’t come in ambulances and helicopters or with trucks of food and water – no one comes… you are on your own.

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Doomsday Preppers on National Geographic Channel – A REVIEW

Well folks, as the popularity of our culture/ideals/beliefs spreads – we will start to see more of this time of television.  There have been shows about prepping before but not like this.  This appears to be about “real” preppers (quotes are intentional), what they are prepping for and then “professional preppers” critique their setup.  Why wasn’t I asked to consult on this show?  NatGeo… I am waiting!  Check out the show’s page HERE at National Geographic’s Site.

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS / OPENING THOUGHTS: Ok, first off the show wasn’t bad and held my attention.  It featured actually people so the general public can relate.  This is opposed to experts (sometimes nutbags) who usually just speak at the camera.  Let’s face it – there are very REAL reasons why we should prep and there are some waaaaay out there crazy reasons too.  I am not judging you and why you prep BUT, if you are asking main stream America to get with the program then perhaps we should focus on the more mainstream reasons for prepping:

  1. Earthquakes / Tsunami / Floods / Hurricanes / Tornados / Influenza / Terrorist Attack – Yes.
  2. Economic collapse / Peak oil / Meteor strike – Maybe.
  3. Alien Invasion /Mayan Calendar End of World / Rapture – I don’t think so.

The events referenced in set #1 have happened and will happen again and therefore mainstream America has seen the horrible effects right on the their TV via CNN.  List #2 could happen but haven’t happened in our modern history and therefore are out of sight and out of mind.  The #3 list are arguably fantasy and although theoretically possible – any prepper running around claiming they are prepping for these scenarios casts a negative shadow on what we are doing.

THEREFORE – Even if you believe in #2 or #3 – please downplay it for the good of prepping so more people will embrace what we are doing. REMEMBER – the more people who are prepared and self-sufficient, the less people we will have to shoot when they come for our preps!

THE REVIEW – The episode I watched last night had a couple from Texas prepping for the reversal of the magnetic poles and basic complete SHTF, a plant enthusiast (to use the term lightly!) in LA prepping for an earthquake and a girl living in some city (I think Texas again) prepping for peak oil.  Everyone gets credit for realizing that self-sufficiency is an insurance policy and it is better to be prepped than not.

#1 Texas Couple with Container Fortress.  Ok, who can fault these guys for having a container fortress with 50 years of food?  Not me!  If I had to join a group these guys would be #1 on my list (although I wasn’t a fan of the shit-brown shirts they seem to love but oh well) They also have found other like-minded people, some with a military background, to group together this is usually very difficult to do.  This group was my favorite and I thought that they had done a FANTASTIC job prepping.  They came across a little nutty because their preps were so in-depth but – if the world goes to shit – they will be sitting pretty.  I also like how they were not mall ninjas – everything they had they did themselves.  They had skills and were living their daily life as they would during SHTF.  How cool was the methane production capacity?  Add to it their bug-out plan and they are seriously good-to-go!

#2 Hippy Plant Lover.  I am sorry but this guy got on my nerves.  Really dude?  You are prepping for an earthquake and plant-eating is your focus?  Get a box of MREs and avoid having to stop at all to forage for plants and kill squirrels with your damn sling.  $20 bucks says he can’t hit the ground with that sling!  Then he has barter items in his bag – sir… during the time you are trying to escape from LA after an earthquake is not going to be the time when barter systems are setup.  You will be shot and your stuff taken.  Period.  I think he had the right idea in that he was ready to walk out of LA and having a B.O.B is good – be a little more realistic buddy and ditch the plant gathering while escaping LA.  Once out in the wild and IF you find a group to associate with – your skills will be VERY valuable, until then you are a liability.

#3 Peak Oil Gung-Ho Girl.  Props to NatGeo for finding a singe female who is prepping.  Props to this girl for prepping.  But if she was really concerned about peak oil – she should definitely live outside of the city.  She said she was a web consultant or something like that – you can do that job anywhere.  So her WHOLE plan was to walk (chuckle) out of the city with pink shorts on and a headlamp (chuckle more) in order to get to a propositioned vehicle that she expects to still be there and not on fire (all out laughter at this point).  COME ON!  Either have your car at home so you don’t have to walk out of the city during general unrest OR bug-in.  She joined the army in the end so she gets love for that.  Anyone in the armed forces is good with me.  I also didn’t like how NatGeo says “she regularly trains with firearms” when it was clear that she had never fired a shotgun or AR and had limited (if any skills) with a handgun.

There are my thoughts.  Great to see prepping mainstream so we’ll take what we can get. Can’t wait to see more episodes!

Social Unrest Coming?


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Preparing Your Body for Disaster – A Guest Post

Today we have a guest post by Alvina Lopez.  Thanks Alvina!

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Preparing Your Body for Disaster

Advocates of preparedness carry on at great length about self-reliability; extol the virtue of knowing how to build a house or treat a wound by yourself; talk about food stores and shelters until they are blue in the face.  And certainly all these things are important aspects of being prepared for a social or natural disaster, but one aspect of preparedness that is often overlooked is physical preparedness. 

The idea that motivates most preppers to store food and learn skills that would better their chances of survival in a post-disaster environment is that if an event occurred that was catastrophic enough to dismantle society as we know it, people would revert to tribal, even animalistic, behavior to survive. 

In that kind of society, the man who could build a fort to protect his tribe, find his own food, and sustain a small number of people would be king. 

However, in that kind of society the king would have to be extremely healthy and fit, as members of pre-civilized society were. 

Admittedly, many preppers are not the paragon of physical fitness.  And while they might be able to protect themselves with guns and other defenses, there will definitely be times when being able to run faster and farther, and lift and carry heavier objects, will be the key to survival. 

In a post-disaster situation, you should be able to:

  • Lift at least 100 pounds,  and;
  • Carry that weight ten or more feet without resting;
  • Sprint for two minutes without stopping
  • Jog for 20 minutes at a brisk pace after sprinting
  • Hike 20 miles in one day, carrying a 30 pound pack, over any terrain

With that in mind, there are two areas in which you can train your body to be as prepared as your house and your mind are, in the event of a disaster.


To increase your strength (without spending money on weights, which are effective, but also expensive), start by adding push-ups, pull-ups, and sit-ups to your daily routine.  For some, this might mean 20 of each; for others, it could be 2 of each.  Do what you can handle without killing yourself, but also train hard and push yourself.  As your repetitions become easier, add more of each exercise.  Isolated exercises like these will help increase the strength of your arms, abs, and back, so that you can lift when it counts.


Run.  Run.  Run.  Running is the most natural form of exercise there is, and if a catastrophe ever strikes, you will be doing a lot of it.  As with the strength exercises, it may be daunting to some to start running, but if you set small goals and continually strive to improve, you will be fitter physically, and better suited to a disaster environment.  Make sure to include sprints in your runs as well.  And keep making the jog and sprint portions of your runs longer.

As important as supplies are, your body is a supply too, and the most important one of all.  Don’t let your physical fitness become secondary to foraging or building, or you might find yourself bested by someone who can run faster or lift more, and all of your prepping will have been for nothing.


Alvina Lopez is a freelance writer and blog junkie, who blogs about accredited online colleges. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: alvina.lopez @gmail.com. 

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Let’s Be Reasonable Folks

Today’s quick post is for all those who recently subscribed to my blog – THANKS!

Let’s remember to be realistic about prepping. Prepping is an insurance plan – plain and simple. It is not supposed to consume your life. Life must be about balance – sure you need to plan for the future but you also need to live in the now. If you are spending your days scouring for preps you are missing out on life. You may prep your whole life never to see a disaster – then where are you?  You’ll be a lonely soul surrounded by #10 cans, ammo and sand bags. Keep it in perspective people. And don’t want a disaster to come – pray that it doesn’t (but always be ready if it does!)

Keeping Prepping and Thanks for Reading!


We Need to Prep Now More Than Ever!

I know I haven’t been posting – SORRY!  My Bad… Because like you I have been prepping, I just haven’t had time.

Let me bring you up to speed with some random thoughts:

  1. Austerity.  It is an evil word that no  one the meaning of 2 years ago.  Now – everyone knows what it is.  But just in case YOU don’t, here is the definition “reduced availability of luxuries and consumer goods, esp when brought about by government policy“.  Now you know (feel free to use this at a cocktail party – you’ll look smart!).  We need to accept the fact that austerity is coming to the USA sometime in the next 2 to 10 years.  Why?  We cannot afford all the entitlement programs we are currently funding… it just can’t be done.  I have some experience with very low socio-economic demographics in my profession.  The only things keeping this part of our society from rioting, looting and just causing general mayhem are the US entitlement programs such as food stamps, General assistance (welfare) and SSI.  When these programs are eliminated things are going to get violent!  Hungry and desparate people do horrible and desparate things!
  2. Occupy New York.  I support this movement as someone needs to tell Washington that they have failed the American people by lining their own pockets.  Barak Obama you are a bad president and you lied to get elected just like every other polictician currently serving.  The US government is broken and it is time for revolution. 
  3. Prepping.  I am reading Jim Rawles’ new book “survivors”.  So far it is not bad.  I am not a big fan of the bible thumping but Mr. Rawles is a devoutly religious man and a respect his right to be so.  I also feel that the scenarios he is setting up are somewhat unrealistic but for the sake of a good story… I’ll go with it.  Where was I?  Oh yeah… so I am reading the part where the couple are stocking up on bartering goods and all I could think of was… duh?  Food is the ultimate barter!  JUST KEEP BUYING FOOD.  If you are a prepper and you think the shit is going down then you need to fill your storage space with food!  I am very confident that 2 months into the crunch or whatever we’re calling it these days, that I will have every gun on my block in my safe because everyone will trade me for my food.  (Caveat… I am not that big of a jerk to unarm a family especially in my own neighborhood but you get my drift).
  4. Terrorism.  Now more than ever I fear for terrorist attack.  I don’t think it will be violent, I don’t think it is China – afterall, would a lender attack their creditor thus jeopordizing repayment?  NO! – I think it will be a electronic or internet based attack on the wall street, the electrical grid or other necessary utility.  This sort of attack is serious, harmful and those responsible can remain anonymous.  Or perhaps one of the 20,000 (yes that is correct – 20-f’ing-thousand) stinger missles that went missing in Libya might start showing up and taking out civilian aircraft.  See it here.
  5. EMP. I am less worried about EMPs these days.  It seems like terrorists could take down our power grid with a well coordinated internet or cyber attack which is infinitely easier than shooting a NUKE off over the CONUS.  Just my thought.
  6. Power in General.  Get generators, get solar, get ready – I think the sensitive and vulnerable power grid is the next target (as I said earlier.  Check out this company for solar – they look like they have well reviewed and solid products.
  7. Gold.  Ok, I like gold it is shiny and cool – but we will we have to be pretty deep in a shit storm to be using gold for currency.  I suggest guns, food and medical supplies.  They will be valuable WAAAAY before gold is and you could actually use them too.  I would be pretty hard pressed to trade you my food for some worthless metal.  Right now you can get THREE glocks and 50 rounds of 9mm for each for the price of ONE ounce of gold.  That is a no brainer.




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