Don’t Live Like a Refugee


Don’t Live Like a Refugee

It occurred to me recently while listening to Tom Petty rock out his song about not having to live like a refugee that preppers can definitely plan ahead to avoid existing in dire circumstances should a SHTF scenario develop. The key is planning ahead for all aspects of any event that might cause you to move out of your house, even if it is only temporarily.

Just look at the news going on in Europe now. Refugees are flooding across the borders of various countries and bringing virtually nothing with them. This huge influx of non-citizens is a critical burden on the host countries. All the social services are stressed to the max and total mayhem may break out.

The same thing is happening here in the U.S. even though the increase in illegals coming across our borders is being portrayed as much more innocuous. All services in states like California, Arizona, Texas and others are creating a host of problems. What will happen when a horrific SHTF event occurs? Who will support us, much less all of them?

The bottom line is that we have to be prepared to take care of ourselves and our own family first. We have to lay out our own plans for survival and existence regardless of the type of event that might develop. But, with preparation we don’t have to merely get by with a minimum scratch out existence.

This means making the lists, buying the goods, practicing the skills, and having everything ready to go. Whether it is a flood, hurricane, snow storm, tornado, chemical spill, bank failure, social collapse, regional wildfire, or whatever. If you have to bug out, be ready to do so. If you effectively plan ahead now, there is no reason for you and your family to end up living in a cardboard box grubbing around for cat food or worse.

Certainly there is plenty to be said for the sheer inconvenience of a SHTF event. Nobody enjoys being displaced for any reason. Still this does not mean we have to get caught unprepared and living under a tarp in a national forest somewhere. Even if, right now, you don’t have enough funds to fully prepare for an escape, you can initiate some plans to ease the pain and at least get by fairly well. Just start the planning now.

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Award winning outdoor writer/photographer since 1978. Over 3000 articles and columns published nationally. Field & Stream Hero of Conservation in 2007. Fields of writing includes hunting most game in American, Canada, and Europe, fishing fresh and saltwater, destination travel, product reviews, industry consulting, and conservation issues. Currently VP at largest community college in Mississippi in economic development and workforce training with 40 years of experience in Higher Education. BS-MS in wildlife sciences from MO. University, and then a PhD in Industrial Psychology. Married with two children and Molly the Schnoodle.

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