I read a lot, a lot of people. Including a few of the doomsters: Kunstler, Bison Prepper, Didact, Gunner. I’m familiar with the Redobout, and the classical prepping people. And, i the usual scheme of things, having enough food for a month or so and secure power, water and boundaries helps. My normal counsel would be to live where the crowds are not, grow as much as you can, eat as nutrient dense as you can, be as fit as you can, help as much as you can.
Acknowledging that there are always compromises. I live in a village that is about 10 km from town. That means we drive a bit, but we have less neighbours, but neighbours. who have looked after the place when we were away.
It took me and Kea eighteen months to find Casa Weka, and we paid a good price for it: we have improved it since. This means that we have spent… and we were blessed, for we got the last big garden project — the glasshouse — finished over Christmas (noting that this is summer in New Zealand). I’m also fortunate that I work for a state funded employer, and my job is secure — though it does means I take some risks of exposure to the darn virus.
This has taken time, patience, money, effort, sweat and prayer. We don’t plan for luck. I started getting away from crowds when I left Auckland to go to the job I have had for over a dozen years: I miss swimming in the ocean and growning citrus trees, but not the commute or the city.
When I saw the Corona coming, we stocked up a little. Foods we normally don’t eat but can use in emergencies. Some of which we have used: some of which remains. This was useful, as it cost shifted: in this crisis everything is harder to get and more expansive.
But this is not a time to prep. It is a time to use your preparations. This is the crisis. There number of people with wage support in NZ has rocketed up, and the spend on food is way up. Some observations.
- It is no longer time to food bank. No one can afford it. Start eating from the pantry: there are no specials at the store
- You won’t be able to travel to your bunker. Long term trips are banned — even going 10 km for a walk (which was a typical Sunday drive for us) led to our minister of health almost losing his job. The small towns where many of us have holiday homes only want the locals, and that does not include those who come for the weekends.
- If you wanted to get out of your nation, you are out of luck. Most nations have a two week lockdown if you travel there — and are only allowing citizens in
- Your spending is regulated. Groceries OK: computers for the kids OK. Tools for the garden not OK. Let alone any defensive tools…
- Your recreations are regulated. You can’t hunt, fish, surf, swim, or hike in NZ. If you cycle too far you will be snitched on.
Prepping is now dead, and the prepper bloggers are starting to know it. You can’t afford it, you can’t do it if you can afford it, and the strategies that worked for long term preparations are not working in the antipodes. As Dakin (Bison Prepper) notes:
And besides, I’m LOSING readers during this Beer Virus. What In The Actual Hump? I’m putting up tasty tidbits of prepper goodness for their hopeless asses.
I’ve noted above that if you are not living as close to independently as you can as a long term lifestyle you can’t start it right now. If you do it part time, you can’t get there right now. The rule of law is not broken down: it is going full fascist instead.
There’s nothing like scarce necessities and sudden penury to rouse the peasants against their betters. Shall we wonder why government is clamping down like a bad remake of Red Dawn?
Here’s the thing, those who haven’t been preparing “broad spectrum” for a decade or so are in deep trouble.
I would add that you don’t want anarchy. Fascism is better: you have rules and you know not to be a nark. The police may be working completely for the nomenklatura, but the peasants can have solidarity. And yes, if you are reading this, you are not nomenklatura.
This is a crisis. You don’t prepare for bad times in bad times: you do it in times of good. Keep a low profile. Get what you need. Do not have what you want, and don’t flaunt luxuries.
And the elite? Those who can take a 20% pay cut without hurting? Don’t be one of them.