When disaster strikes, you would think that people would support and help each other. But, the unfortunate truth is that people shift to survival mode and will do just about anything to stay alive. This including stealing essentials like food, water, tools, weapons and medical supplies from other people.
Opportunistic predators often target the weaker victims and this is why it is extremely important to learn defensive techniques. Preppers do not just prepare by stockpiling food items, water and other essential items, they also learn techniques, which can be helpful in a SHTF situation.
When prepping, you need to acquire skills that can help you survive, but you also need to learn the things to avoid doing. Remember, everything you do and whatever decisions you make may affect you and your family.
So, what are some of the things you should avoid when prepping?
Do not brag about your stockpile
The first rule about prepping is to avoid divulging any kind of information about your stockpile. Most preppers avoid talking about their supply because this information should only be known to them and the members of their family. It is easy to want to brag about your stockpile, but remember, in a SHTF situation, even your neighbors and friends can quickly turn into enemies. If they know what you have stored away in your basement, chances are that when disaster strikes, you will be their first target.
Not rotating your food and water stockpile
It’s easy to forget food and water stockpile once it’s out of sight. However, canned etc. survival food can be good to eat years, but eventually there comes the expiry date. Of course expired food is not necessary uneatable, but ultimately it’s a risk. You need to rotate survival food stockpile as well as your initial water stockpile continuously. Include it in your preparedness task list.
Do not rely on one type of defense
Relying on only on type of defense can be quite dangerous. Some people think that having a gun is all they need, but if you run out of ammo, then you will be left defenseless. Some learn martial arts and other defensive tactics; however, this techniques are not helpful if someone is shooting at you. It is therefore important to have more than one way to defend yourself.
Avoid stockpiling on only guns and ammo
Having a gun or guns is a great way of protecting your family. Stockpiling on enough ammo and guns is a good defense strategy; however, it is always good to think outside the box. Lethal force in a SHTF situation may be necessary if you are faced with a violent threat.
But, there situations where lethal force may not be necessary, and that is why you need to think about other ways of defense that are not lethal. Think about stockpiling other types of defense products, such as tasers, knives and pepper spray.
Only preparing for one type of emergency
The very common prepper mistake is to prepare only for one or few disasters. There are plenty of reasons to prepare, so when creating your personal survival plan, it’s good practice to list all disaster types you are going to prepare. This way you can ensure that ultimately you have skills and gear to survive what ever strikes.
Staying in one place
Many preppers do a fantastic job of defending their homes. But, it is also important that every member of the family has bug-out bags when it becomes necessary that you need to leave. There are times when staying in your home or in one place when disaster strikes may not be a good idea. This is why it is necessary that you put together your own bug-out bags. There is nothing like over-preparing when prepping. Things can get really bad when a catastrophic event occurs and you need to be prepared in every way.
Do not shoot on sight
Disaster situations often keep people on edge, but it should never be a good reason to just shoot at anyone who approaches your property. Not everyone is looking to harm you. So, you do not want to kill someone who is only looking for some assistance. Using deadly force should not be the only way to protect yourself and your family.
If you shoot, the other person may also shoot back and once you engage each other in a gun battle, either one of you could get badly hurt if not killed. Another reason why shooting on sight may not be a good idea is because you may alert potential assailants that you have a gun and this may encourage them to come and try steal your guns.
Poor home defense
The biggest mistake you can make is having little to no security in your home. Preppers know the importance of home security. There are several security measures that you can take to ensure that your home has adequate security. You can put up a fence, install alarm systems and security cameras.
However, keep in mind that in a disaster situation, the power could go out. So, it is important to think of other forms of security that do not require power. Another great strategy is to make sure that your provisions are well hidden, such that even if looters somehow gain entry into your home, they will not be able to find them.
Not knowing how to use survival gear
Obviously there is no point to have all kind of stuff if you don’t know how to use your gear. Learn how to use compass, how to make fire and how to purify water in wilderness etc. Furthermore, it is important to practice your survival skill in action. When disaster strikes, you do not have time to learn how to use your survival gear.
Being a criminal
Believe it or not there are people who try to be preppers, not because they are actual preppers, but because they plan on taking what other real preppers have. These type of people do not do any kind of prepping even if they believe that a SHTF event may occur in the future. So, avoid being this type of person. You may rob your fellow prepper friends, but eventually things will go bad for you.
Keeping all of your gear & stockpile in one place
That ius one of the most common prepping mistake. Do not ever keep all of your survival food stockpile and gear at the same place. You should have at least two bug out bags, for example one at home and another at car. You should split your food stockpile at least in two different places. Keep something at home, and something at cottage, survival shelter or even at rented warehouse. The secondary stockpile should be as far as reasonable possible fro the primary location. That is because of you might be force to evacuate the primary location.
Nor prepping for all seasons
That is also common mistake. Be sure you have at least clothes ready for all seasons. Even if you live in location where temperatures does not change too much, you need to have clothes for warm weather as well as cold. Climate change changes weather rapidly, nuclear winter still is possible as well as meteor strike.
Preparing too fast & trying to have everything ready right now
It is natural to wish have everything ready & in order immediately, but unfortunately preparing for disaster is a huge task. You should really have a personalized survival plan, which includes also step by step prepping plan. Follow that plan, build you survival food stockpile step by step, buy essential equipment & tools step by step. This way you will be also able to distribute costs for longer time frame. Preparing for survival situation should be continuous task after you have achieved the basic preparedness.
Buying survival gear without doing your home work
There are plenty of useful survival gear for sale, however, there is no point just to buy everything. You need follow your plan, and buy only tools and gear what you really need. Furthermore, you should read some survival gear reviews before buying, it saves you money and ensures that you will have only high quality gear which does its job.
Not having personal survival plan or not following it
How easy it is to start stockpiling food and buying all kind of cool survival gear? But think a bit. If you just buy canned food and all kind of gear, do you really know for how long your food stockpile will last? Do you know how long your water purification filters & tabs will last? Do you know if you have all gear you need to survive, let’s say a month in the wilderness? You can have an idea, but usually it is far away form the reality. Having a detailed personal survival plan is essential as well as following it.
Be prepared & ready!
Prepping is a great way to ensure your survival when disaster strikes. But, sometimes preppers make mistakes, and in SHTF type of situation, these mistakes can be costly. Remember, your first priority is to keep your family safe. Use deadly force only if you feel that you and your family are threatened with violence. If not, avoid being the aggressor. Anything you do or not do can mean life or death. The last thing you want is a loved one getting hurt.
Always have more than one contingency plan. If you need to bug-out, then make sure you can do it easily and safely. It is also good to ensure that every member of your family is able to defend themselves. Having just one person defending everyone else in the family, means that if anything bad happens to that person, like if they get hurt, the rest of the family members will be left defenseless.
Hopefully this article was helpful and it gave you good ideas to be more prepared. Do you have done any of these prepping mistakes? Please leave your questions and comments below!