All case scenario prepping.
Updated: Nov 21, 2020
Many people at the Melbourne Arms and Militaria fair in 2018 asked me why prepping is relevant in Australia.
Keeping it brief, I have a few answers and suggestions to offer:
It is true that Australia has not been physically invaded for 78 years but many of our government departments have been hacked in recent years, often by foreign governments.
It's pretty clear around the world that Cyber warfare is going to feature heavily in the future.
In 2020 it was announced that Australia was going to employ another 500 cyber spies of its own to try and counter all of the constant hacks we are subject to.
Imagine how quickly our day to day lives would change with a few keyboard strokes.
No water, no sewer, no electricity, no gas, no fuel.
Our main ally, America has surveillance infrastructure within Australia which is basically a massive bulls eye target; should its super power enemies abroad ever escalate to war with America.
Since I initially wrote this blog we have had the worst bushfires ever and a pandemic that is still seeing many of Australia's domestic borders closed.
I was recently asked in an interview by Murdoch University students if the pandemic had validated my reasons for prepping.
In truth the answer is both yes and no. Yes I was right, no I didn't need to validate why I prep, to me self sufficiency in a disaster is a no brainer.
A reporter from SBS recently called me and said Trevor everything you told me about in an interview a year and a half ago has come true.
Job losses, bushfires, rioting, cyber hacking and a pandemic.
All case scenario prepping would take the scenarios you just read very seriously but goes further into other areas.
Let's say you work in a CBD and suddenly someone screams out there's someone with a gun in the foyer. If I was you and I had my just in case bag next to my desk I'd grab it and hide in a cupboard.
Many of us saw the impact of the 2008 Global financial crisis. One day you have a job and everything is fine and for many of us the next day our bosses marched us in for a tool box meeting and said you aren't sacked, we're standing you down until things pick up. Which really means you're sacked without redundancy pay.
The basic philosophy behind prepping is simple, it's buying ourselves time until things stabilise.
Homesteading is one of the best means of A.C.S All case scenario prepping and doesn't have to cost a fortune.
Water is the thing you'll die from lack of first so buy large boxes of water or jerry can style water jugs - something you can carry if you need to move on and have time to rush pack the car.
As for food, many homesteading preppers have bulk food back ups in their pantry or extra shelving; but we recommend bulk buying items you normally use and getting them in batches with the same use by dates.
Simply put buy a carton or two of canned tomatoes, beans, tuna, sardines, steak and veg canned meals, spam, packets of pre cooked rice that only need to be warmed up and things that need only a little water and heating like couscous meals. These are the easiest if water becomes restricted and store them in tubs you can carry in an instant if you need to relocate with very little warning.
Really cheap ways to bulk this out are spaghetti and rice, they last for ages and go a long long way. Long life milk cartons and wheat biscuit cereal also offer big bang for the buck. Don't forget things like powdered milk formula, nappies, wet wipes and so forth.
Anything that you use a lot normally is good to have in bulk.
Fill a used coffee tin with sugar, have a couple of kilos of salt that kind of thing.
Disinfectant, soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, candles, matches, batteries, dynamo torches, kerosene lamps and kero, have some firewood, buy a second gas bottle for the bbq and make sure you always have one bottle full. Buy a generator and have a jerry can of fuel or two, keep the fuel fresh by sticking it in your car when it gets 3 months old and then top up the jerry can.
Dig a little cellar under the house, it doesn't have to be big, just big enough to keep perishables dry and cool.
Just the same as a store owner rotates their stock, when you're use by dates start getting down to the 6 months mark incorporate them into your day to day living pantry and replenish your prepping stocks. Keep a list on your fridge door and you'll always know when your stocks are due to be rotated.
Buy a bow and arrow and if you're really thinking apply for a gun licence. It takes up to a year due to the background checks and you'll need to do a two day theory and practical exam which is why our country has the best laws in the world. Get into hunting rabbits and foxes Australia's struggling farmers will love you and you'll learn how to be responsible with a firearm and how to catch your own food. S.S.A.A runs programmes where you can be a part of organised hunts for conservation.
General Isoroku Yamamato is the name behind the myth of why Japan didn't invade America after attacking Pearl Harbour- the myth says that Japan believed that there would be an American behind every blade of grass with a gun.
Whether it is true or not it has spawned a seed among preppers, the concept that the more prepared a nations civilians are the less susceptible they'll be to a full scale invasion.