I try to turn conventional wisdom on its head when it comes to eating, education, fitness, God, politics, and even preparedness. I’m sharing Claire Wolfe’s excellent post questioning conventional wisdom of ‘experts’ and the avalanche of information overload in the preparedness community. Makes ya think. Head on over and join the spirited discussion.
Thanks for the mention Claire!
Doing the stuff,
Preparedness priorities, part I
Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
Recently, one of the big preparedness gurus suggested that his readers plan to re-roof their houses with metal to make it safer to collect rain runoff.
He didn’t say we should consider it if our house needs a new roof, anyhow
He didn’t say we should consider it if we have all our other preps in order and have $10-20,000 burning a hole in our pockets.
He just said it.
Not only did he say it; he said it in an article directed at preparedness for newbies!
I recently read a book by a survival consultant. It was filled with useful, interesting, and mostly (IMHO) valid information. I couldn’t point to a single thing in it that’s actually wrong.
But it also had the strangest mix of inclusions and omissions. It had, for instance, an entire chapter on building a bug-out trailer (something hardly anyone will ever do). Yet it spoke barely a word about the special, but everyday, needs of children, pets, old people, and people with chronic illnesses or disabilities.
I ask you: Which is a typical family likely to need most urgently? A specially built trailer or medicine for baby’s earaches? A specially built trailer or food for Fido? A specially built trailer or extra adult diapers for granddad?
One of the biggest problems getting people to prepare for emergencies or long-term hard times is that once you get beyond “pack a three-day kit” or “be sure to have a week’s worth of food and water on hand,” brains tend to overload.