Last update 14. November 2020

Unless things get worse, 2020 will be the year we all remember. The kitchen was so convincing that I couldn’t ask for more. For each of us, the events of this year are certainly unique and their impact changes the impact on each of us as individuals, but the overriding feeling of this year is shared by all. Like any other major event, we will remember with strange nostalgia where we were and what happened.

Every generation has these moments, and some are shared between generations. For my parents, there are only a few examples of the JFK assassination or the MLK or moon landing. For many of us it was 9/11 or the Challenger disaster. I’m not comparing any of these events to COVID, but it will be remembered for the same kind of universal confessions where everyone has some kind of story to tell.

But is the worst over or is another crisis looming? If we experience another disaster or interruption in our lives, will you be ready this time?

When COVID became unruly, I was at a convention in Las Vegas. They couldn’t talk about the problem. Everyone had a different opinion, including me, about the panic that almost broke out. They closed the convention a day early because of the outbreak, and I came home from work with instructions to stay there for at least two weeks to make sure I wasn’t sick. I think I’ll be in Vegas a day before we actually close. My wife was home with my oldest daughter and her 4 children, who were with us for a month while her husband was in training. Suddenly, food was a much bigger problem than toilet paper. My wife and daughter check the coronavirus statistics on the Worldometer several times a day and there has been much passionate discussion about why we should all be concerned.

These first few days have been extremely interesting for me, who has been preparing for over a decade. As we walked to the stores, I watched with curiosity the reactions of the other people in the aisles, who had worried faces and saw the same empty shelves that I saw on some of the items. I shared the excitement of finding a packet of toilet paper and taking it home as if I’d won the lottery, and then I laughed all those years when I advised all readers to keep extra toilet paper. I didn’t think for a second that PT would be the first thing I would do.

Is your equipment ready for the next event?

I hear some of you asking why I came out? Shouldn’t I have had enough provisions to hide safely and resist Storm Corona? The short answer is that I had enough food and toilet paper to last me a while, even considering we had 5 extra mouths to feed and two parents who moved while I was away from TPJ. It took me a long time to prepare, but the community was not completely closed – quite the opposite. Despite the shortages, like almost everyone else, I was able to buy the supplies I needed without sacrificing my health and safety. So the emergency supplies stayed where they were stored and I replenished them like everyone else. In fact, at one point we ended up in a big pile of toilet paper….

But the events of the past year have been very instructive for me. Over the past nine months, many articles have been written in mainstream publications about the fact that the drafters were, to say the least, not completely crazy and ahead of the curve when it came to procurement and preparation. Because of the riots and mayhem that took place in several cities this year, and the resulting shortage of firearms, others point out that many gun makers were buying guns long before these events. Personally, I have had several family members and friends who knew I was prepared and came to me for advice or reassurance about our ability to manage what we had.

Thus, preparers around the world are justified for what they are worth. What’s the next step?

What needs to be prepared now?

One of the greatest enemies of ferrets, in my opinion, is apathy. Many people are starting to prepare for a big boogeyman. This bogeyman could be a global pandemic, a nuclear war, a global depression, an EMP attack, or any of hundreds of other causes. These reasons drive our research and energy, as well as our short-term storage efforts, and it works. At least until we think we’ve had enough or the boogeyman is no longer a threat.

The classic example is Y2K. Many preparers sold their supplies and equipment for a few cents after the 1st. In January, no planes fell from the sky and the microwaves stopped working. When everyone was able to get to the vending machine the next day, many found their preparation a waste of time and stopped. It was 2000 before I began to seriously prepare, but we had set aside water and candles just in case. I still remember the feeling of disappointment I felt as I watched Times Square, the ball finally hit midnight and …. nothing. I certainly didn’t want my life to be ruined, but after all the hype, it was a bit of a letdown.

Therefore, we adapt or rebel against the VIDOC in various ways. The toilet paper isn’t 100% normal yet, but it’s still on the shelf when I go to the store, and the chaos of the past few months has eased up a bit. Ammo is still overpriced, but I have a lot of it and I still buy it in bulk when the prices aren’t crazy. Did you get him?

I don’t think so. We have an election coming up and I don’t think it matters who wins, there will be chaos again. Has your inventory decreased or do you keep it in stock? Do you store fuel in advance in case of shortages or malfunctions? We are entering winter, when the disease is more common anyway, which can lead to additional health and anxiety issues. Our economy is already in decline, and who knows what the next few months or years will bring? Instead of giving the impression that we are out of the woods, I feel like the events of the past year are just the beginning.

All this to say that this is not the time to stop cooking.

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