So now you prep, you are probably a bit better equipped to survive a bit longer than everyone else. However, that doesn’t mean you will survive that long, you may not even make it to see the next season. Here is a short list of somethings that can get you killed if your not ready enough.
1. Having a false sense of security.
Just because you can put some holes in a target downrange doesn’t make you safe when shtf. Having a false sense of security could make you ignore danger that you would have otherwise responded to.
How to Avoid it: Do not underestimate your enemy! No matter how good you are, there are more dangerous and better trained people out there prepared to take what they want without asking. Assume they can and will kill you. And always fight as if your life depended on it!
2. Failing to get immediate family on board.
You can’t do it all, get your family and friends involved and start working together to figure out how the group works. Strength and weakness ect. Know yourself and your group well.
How to Avoid It: Make sure your family has the basic skills and not just you. It’s better to have 2-3 knowledgeable people than one super prepper.
3. Ignoring the “boring” prepping areas.
We all know about the fun areas of prepping. Guns and ammo, bug out bags, food stockpiles, etc. However, without things like a steady supply of water or first aid skills, you could be wounded or dead pretty early on if you dont have basics ready.
How to Avoid it: Make a point to spend time on all the critical prepping areas.
4. Never actually using you preps.
Probably the most common one on the list. Buying a bunch of crap and never even using it. I’ve seen it with everything from food, survival kits, and even guns. If you cannot act quickly and are not skilled with your gear, you might as well give it away or sell it when the time comes.
How to Avoid it: Be a prepper, not a hoarder, don’t just buy stuff to buy it actually make a point to use it.
5. Falling in love with your plan.
If you have a plan, you are at least a few steps ahead of the game already. However, it’s extremely unlikely that your plan is perfect for every disaster. Being unwilling to deviate from your plan could easily get you killed.
How to Avoid It: Have a plan and practice it, but always have a backup plan. When practicing your plan, throw in a curve ball or two that make you improvise and think about what you would do if part of your plan failed. Also see number 11.
6. Telling acquaintances about your preps.
The people that pose the greatest danger to you are your acquaintances. While they seem like decent friends now, that will all quickly change. Believe me, when people start to get hungry, thirsty, and angry, your “friendship” will be the last thing on their mind.
How to Avoid It: Only tell those who will be in your group, talk to no one else about what you have. That could come back to bite you in the butt.
7. Buying large amounts of preps at once.
It should be obvious by now the government is spying on everything you do. Buying a ton of preps from anywhere all at once is not a great idea, but especially when using a credit card or dealing with companies that are in the governments pocket.
How to Avoid It: Pay with Cash when possible and only do business with companies that respect your privacy. Explore alternate payment methods online with prepper friendly companies. Also barter and trade for good, a great skill to have for when shtf and no time like the present to practice.
8. Ignoring OPSEC.
Preppers that wear military style clothing or fortify their homes in a way that is visible from the exterior can be doing more harm than good. Things like generators and barbed wire in areas where it is typically uncommon will make others think that you have something worth hiding.
How to Avoid It: . Be discreet when fortifying you residence. Make your place look as boring as possible from the outside yet very difficult to gain entry. Keep your visible preps to a minimum or move to an area where it doesn’t raise eyebrows.
9. Completely depending on your preps.
So you got a new AR, 1000 rounds of ammo, and 6 months worth of food and water. That’s great, but what happens if a natural disaster or a fire takes out your supply. Do you have an alternate plan to stay alive?
How to Avoid It: Keep it real. If the shtf, all the preps in the world are only going to give you an edge. Try have some preps spread across different locations or caches just in case something goes wrong.
10. Trying to do it all.
You will never be completely prepared for every scenario. Trying to do this will only result in burnout and may even make you think about giving up.
How to Avoid It: Like when studying for a test, learn and study what you don’t know and what you need to improve. If your good at it keep practicing so you don’t forget. The saying use it or lose it goes a long way.
11. Don’t get stuck on one plan
Learn to think on your feet, just because something doesn’t as planned doesn’t mean its the end of the world. Come up with something new, even if its on the fly it may be crazy enough to work.
How to Avoid It: More knowledge more power, learn as much as you can about your area. This will help make better decisions, about what you should do.