Priorities for prepping

Many people seem to be under the misconception that firearms and ammo should be if not the number one priority, definitely in the top three in the list of “stuff” to acquire for disaster preps.

While important, firearms and related supplies are (or should be) further down the list. If you don’t have clean air, you won’t live past about three minutes. Three days without water and you’re wearing a toe tag. More than a couple weeks without food and you have some real problems.

Without clean air, water, and food, you aren’t going to have the ability to use that whiz bang armory you acquired.

Yes, I know some folks plan to use those firearms to get their food and water. Not the greatest plan, whether you’re talking about hunting or about pirating. These people are making the presumptions that 1) there will be plentiful game to hunt, and 2) other people will have stuff worth taking.

I’m not at all saying that firearms don’t have a place in your preps. Naturally you’ll want some method to protect what is yours. But, you need to stock up on what will keep you alive first.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

5 thoughts on “Priorities for prepping”

  1. I read this article and I wish I had written it. My website is a Review Site. Do you have an Affiliate Program? Could I reprint this article on my Site and link to you?

  2. I can agree with the priorities – but depending on when you start prepping. Also, most who WANT to prep do not have the money to do what is needing to be done. I have yet to find a website that shows the inexpensive way – step-by-step how to make and acquire for prepping. There are websites and blogs, but there need to be clubs and groups where instructors (members) show others how to prep this stuff. This is how to win in this war. You can buy anything, but power lies in the ability in having the knowledge to make, remake, and convert what you need….

    1. Mark, check your local militias. Stay away from the ones that brag about their drinking & shooting time. Make sure they are conscientous about being Constitutional and that there are no dues or fees involved. Many teach prepping and survival skills.

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