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PREPPING MISTAKES: 6 Mistakes Preppers Make That Can Get You Killed
Off Grid Survival ^ | 11/14/12 | Rob Richardson

Posted on 11/14/2012 4:53:51 PM PST by Kartographer

1. Not Having Enough Water

2. They put too Much Importance on Their Gear

3. They lack the Knowledge it takes to Really Survive

4. The Rice & Beans Mentality

5. Becoming too dependent on your Guns & Ammo

6. Not Understanding that People will become a Threat During a SHTF Crisis


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KEYWORDS: preparedness; prepperfail; preppermistake; preppers; shtf; survival
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1 posted on 11/14/2012 4:53:55 PM PST by Kartographer
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!!


2 posted on 11/14/2012 4:54:56 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

People already are a threat and here it is only Wednesday.


3 posted on 11/14/2012 4:59:56 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Kartographer

I’d say that preppers biggest mistake is in planning to live apart from the community instead of rolling up their sleeves and pitching in to maintain the community.


4 posted on 11/14/2012 5:00:36 PM PST by 1raider1
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To: Kartographer

Where I am at in a rural area, water will never be a problem.

Not sure what they mean by beans and rice mentality but that is two of the things I have just begun to stockpile, along with sugar, salt, spam and a lot of spices.

I like guns and ammo, I have more ammo than I will ever need no matter what. I have no intention of shooting anyone who is not an immediate threat to my life. I do realize that hunting will be a very ineffective way to provide food not very long after a catastrophe.

Actually I don’t foresee any time when food and necessities are completely unobtainable. Just that they may be very expensive and I may not have much of an income.


5 posted on 11/14/2012 5:01:00 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: yarddog; Kartographer

I just canned 14 more pints of rainbow trout last Saturday. That puts me up to about 30.


6 posted on 11/14/2012 5:03:22 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Kartographer
7) The first time they (try to) use their survival gear is when they need it to survive.

I practice regularly with (ie. use) my gear & rotate supplies routinely. Got a fancy fire starter flint and steel? Have you ever tried to use it? Ever fished with that gear? Ever sharpened a knife with the stone? Ever cooked in that pan? Set up that tent in the dark, in a wind? Ever actually dug with that folding shovel? Ever prepared a meal with that big honking ridiculous Rambo survival knife? (ha, now go get a normal sized one before you hurt yourself!) Ever prepared kindling with that hatchet? Do you now have work gloves in your survival kit - 'cause you're going to be using your hands a lot more and getting blisters... etc. etc.

7 posted on 11/14/2012 5:03:32 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Kartographer
I think the biggest mistake a prepper can make is letting anybody know that they are preppers.
8 posted on 11/14/2012 5:05:59 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Kartographer

There is a guy down in Alabama, wish I could remember where, but he is totally off the grid. Man, he is so fascinating!


9 posted on 11/14/2012 5:09:19 PM PST by Bodleian_Girl
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To: Kartographer

#6 (b) - SHUT UP ABOUT IT

I will now go see article


10 posted on 11/14/2012 5:13:51 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Kartographer
7. Voting Democrat (Yes.., they're out there.)
8. Voting RINO (I've made this mistake.)
9. Ignoring your relationship with God. (Father, grant me
strength.)
11 posted on 11/14/2012 5:14:15 PM PST by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: Navy Patriot

yep


12 posted on 11/14/2012 5:14:30 PM PST by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: yarddog
Not sure what they mean by beans and rice mentality but that is two of the things I have just begun to stockpile, along with sugar, salt, spam and a lot of spices.

I'll be addressing that in my Poverty Cooking series chapter 2 that will be posted on the Friday Prepper thread. I was working on that today. ;)

/johnny

13 posted on 11/14/2012 5:17:10 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Kartographer
7. Openly talking about prepping.

8. Leaving a huge paper trail in the form of credit card transactions and the like. If you don't think that big sis is tracking folks that buy MREs by the gross, you are not paranoid enough to be a prepper.

14 posted on 11/14/2012 5:18:17 PM PST by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: PhiloBedo

ping


15 posted on 11/14/2012 5:18:55 PM PST by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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To: 1raider1
preppers biggest mistake is in planning to live apart from the community instead of rolling up their sleeves and pitching in to maintain the community.

What makes you think that preppers will do that? A television show? Or real-world experience with preppers?

Personally, I've cooked for neighbors when power was out after storms in the neighborhood because I had the equipment and skills, and quite a few of the neighbors are geriatics.

Prepping is about maintaining communities. God calls on us to be of service to others. I can't do that without being prepared, myself.

/johnny

16 posted on 11/14/2012 5:21:40 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Navy Patriot
the biggest mistake a prepper can make is letting anybody know that they are preppers.

Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

17 posted on 11/14/2012 5:22:24 PM PST by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: Kartographer
In re: #6... some folks are a threat now. They have to be dealt with if there is an emergency or not. ;)

/johnny

18 posted on 11/14/2012 5:24:26 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Kartographer

6. Not Understanding that People will become a Threat During a SHTF Crisis

Im sure some liberals will be aking this question:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRGd0gD0QNE

Why can’t we be friends?

I seen you ‘round for a long long time
I really ‘membered you when you drink my wine

Why can’t we be friends?
Why can’t we be friends?

I bring my money to the welfare line
I see you standing in it every time

Why can’t we be friends?

The color of your skin don’t matter to me
As long as we can live in harmony

Why can’t we be friends?

I’d kinda like to be the President
so I can show you how your money’s spent

Why can’t we be friends?

Why can’t we be friends?

I know you’re working for the CIA
they wouldn’t have you in the Mafia

Why can’t we be friends?
Why can’t we be friends?


19 posted on 11/14/2012 5:26:37 PM PST by Redcitizen (A good pun is its own reword.)
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To: ThunderSleeps

Amen to all of those.

And do all of the above without electricity or electrical light of any kind (candles and lamps OK)

I’ll offer #8.

8. WALK any distance carrying your stuff. and #9

9. Use hand tools for an hour

and geesh ... if you plan to bug out, ...

10. have you EVER packed you vehicle(s) with you stuff?

so when were you going to find out you had three vehicles’ worth of stuff to fit in 1?

and on and on. prepping is NOT just stockpiling.


20 posted on 11/14/2012 5:28:30 PM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: Kartographer

7. Not having a plan to move away from the house.


21 posted on 11/14/2012 5:30:19 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Bodleian_Girl

Probably Jasper, Alabama.


22 posted on 11/14/2012 5:30:27 PM PST by military cop (I carry a .45....cause they don't make a .46....)
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To: jboot
If you don't think that big sis is tracking folks that buy MREs by the gross, you are not paranoid enough to be a prepper.

Anyone buying MREs by the gross is going to die plugged up and miserable. Not very good preps.

In my community, folks come to me for weather questions because they know I'm a ham radio operator. All my neighbors know I can cook for crowds.

How am I supposed to meet my Christian obligation for service by hiding?

/johnny

23 posted on 11/14/2012 5:31:43 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: 1raider1
"I’d say that preppers biggest mistake is in planning to live apart from the community "

U's right. Nowes u'd feed me 'fore I bust a cap in your 4$$!
24 posted on 11/14/2012 5:32:59 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: outofsalt

“7. Voting Democrat (Yes.., they’re out there.)
8. Voting RINO (I’ve made this mistake.)
9. Ignoring your relationship with God. (Father, grant me
strength.)”

#9 should be #1, IMHO........


25 posted on 11/14/2012 5:34:07 PM PST by Arlis (.)
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To: jboot
Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

Chick-Fil-a please.

26 posted on 11/14/2012 5:37:01 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Kartographer
4. The Rice & Beans Mentality

Personally, I prefer barley, corn, potatoes, or pasta over rice. If I eat rice I usually can't tell that I've eaten. And for "beans", expand it to include other legumes. Lentil and barley soup is pretty good, especially with some beef and diced tomatoes in it.
27 posted on 11/14/2012 5:37:17 PM PST by Ellendra (http://www.ustrendy.com/ellendra-nauriel/portfolio/18423/concealed-couture/)
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To: Kartographer
Nowes u'd feed me 'fore I bust a cap

That would be very unwise for some ne're do well to say.

Never P.O. the cook. It's dangerous.

Everything in a kitchen is hot, heavy, sharp, or potentially poisonous. ;)

As I said, some folks are problems now, they still will be. Same solutions apply in an emergency as in 'normal life'.

/johnny

28 posted on 11/14/2012 5:39:49 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Kartographer

The need for organization, preferably before the SHTF.

The Team is always superior to the individual.


29 posted on 11/14/2012 5:42:11 PM PST by darth
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To: JRandomFreeper
LOL, just an example. Buying 10K rounds of 5.56 a year is just as likely to get you flagged.

I don't recommend hiding. But there is no obligation-Christian or otherwise-that we must discuss prepping in mixed company. It gives me the creeps to hear fellows down at Bass Pro Shops talking in front of perfect strangers about how many rounds they have stockpiled or what is in their bugout bags. If anyone asks me, I don't own any firearms and I don't have any idea about prepping.

30 posted on 11/14/2012 5:42:11 PM PST by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: Navy Patriot

Mmm only the best. Love that spicy chicken sammitch.


31 posted on 11/14/2012 5:43:35 PM PST by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: 1raider1

Your post reminded me of the e-book “Lights Out”. Regular guy pulls his neighborhood together after the power goes out indefinitely.

http://www.amazon.com/Lights-Out-David-Crawford/dp/0615427359


32 posted on 11/14/2012 5:45:21 PM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Folks don’t realize that true military MREs have very little fibre in them — so the grunt doesn’t have to take a dump at just the wrong time.

My son has come to LOVE meals high in fibre and veggies, as he knows what even a three day FTX can do to your innards.


33 posted on 11/14/2012 5:47:11 PM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: jboot
Buying 10K rounds of 5.56 a year is just as likely to get you flagged.

Ummm. Back when I was married and had kids at home, we'd run through a least 12K rounds a year at the range. Never had an issue with being flagged, even under Clinton.

You do what you are comfortable with. It's important to be able to take care of yourself and your family in a way you think is appropriate.

/johnny

34 posted on 11/14/2012 5:48:46 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: darth

We have the team ID’d.

We have the rally point set.

We’ve set our innocuous code phrase to share via whatever medium is up when one or more of us pop smoke.

Our core isn’t enough to really make it, but it’s a good core for where we’re going. And the folks already there can fill in the gaps. (and vice versa)


35 posted on 11/14/2012 5:50:44 PM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I’ll be addressing that in my Poverty Cooking series chapter 2 that will be posted on the Friday Prepper thread.

***
If you have a ping list for that, add me, please, if you don’t mind.


36 posted on 11/14/2012 5:51:05 PM PST by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: Blueflag
Pilots get 'low residue meals' before long flights in small cockpits, ponder on that a minute, and you can figure out why I'm always praying for those that fly and fight.

/johnny

37 posted on 11/14/2012 5:52:22 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Domandred

Indeed. A family a four simply cannot defend in place, stand watch, get chores done and remain sane. It takes a team/community/ cooperating group of folks. A few leaders, enough followers, and a lot of doers.

Think about it, how would a family of four, or five, or six stand up a competent 7 X 365 X 24 X 360 degree watch?


38 posted on 11/14/2012 5:54:49 PM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: Bigg Red; Kartographer
I'll be posting the next chapter on the regular Friday Prepper thread. Kart has the ping list for that.

/johnny

39 posted on 11/14/2012 5:57:22 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

“Pilots get ‘low residue meals’ before long flights in small cockpits..”

The title to Chapter 3? Looking forward to Chapter 2!


40 posted on 11/14/2012 5:58:27 PM PST by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: 1raider1; Kartographer; JRandomFreeper; All

“I’d say that preppers biggest mistake is in planning to live apart from the community instead of rolling up their sleeves and pitching in to maintain the community.”

I’d say the community will get me killed - due to No. 6.,

“Not Understanding that People will become a Threat During a SHTF Crisis.”


41 posted on 11/14/2012 6:00:16 PM PST by Marcella ("When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I’m hip. During Sandy, our neighborhood was without power for 8 days. After a few days, our neighbors started coming over in the evenings to sit by our fire to warm up.

We had awesome fireside chats.


42 posted on 11/14/2012 6:03:09 PM PST by onona (Don't mean nothin)
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To: outofsalt
No! I will not be discussing those at all.

They don't fall into the poverty idea, and they are cruel and unusual. ;)

/johnny

43 posted on 11/14/2012 6:03:21 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper
OK...now you've really got my interest.

Staying tuned ;)

44 posted on 11/14/2012 6:03:21 PM PST by Jane Long ("Miss me yet?" - Mitt)
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To: GeronL; jboot; Navy Patriot; Kartographer; blam; The Duke; WakeUpAndVote; JRandomFreeper; ...

1st Rule of Prep Club: You do not talk about Prep Club.

2nd Rule of Prep Club: You DO NOT talk about Prep Club.

3rd Rule of Prep Club: If someone says “SHTF”, do a shot.

4th Rule of Prep Club: No more than two people to a retreat; one must be a buxom blonde coed for repopulating the human race.

5th Rule of Prep Club: One BOL at a time.

6th Rule of Prep Club: No tie-dye shirts, no socks with sandals.

7th Rule of Prep Club: Prepping will go on as long as it has to.

8th Rule of Prep Club: If this is your first ping to Prep Club, you HAVE to buy all posters a shot.


45 posted on 11/14/2012 6:06:23 PM PST by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: Kartographer

God....

Is there a way to mute the Prepper Peoople?????


46 posted on 11/14/2012 6:06:45 PM PST by Kinder Gentler Machinegun Hand
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To: Marcella

Being unprepared for the fact that people WILL become VERY desperate before YOU run into resource issues WILL get you and your loved ones dead.

This means you MUST have a physical, mental and spiritual plan in place - that you believe in - to handle desperate people, whether they are 7 mos, 7 years, 27 or 70 years old.

AND Never threaten. Only promise.

If the sign says “we hang food thieves and looters” then make it so.

People will quickly fall in line.


47 posted on 11/14/2012 6:07:14 PM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: Kinder Gentler Machinegun Hand

You could leave this thread?

What’s YOUR point? (I missed it)


48 posted on 11/14/2012 6:08:01 PM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: Kinder Gentler Machinegun Hand

Is there a reason you post on threads you have no interest in, Troll?


49 posted on 11/14/2012 6:08:14 PM PST by Jane Long ("Miss me yet?" - Mitt)
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To: Marcella
Depends on the circumstances and the community.

I intend to do what I've done in the past, and help folks out as I can.

I'm in a position to do that without much fear, but plenty of awareness.

May get me killed, eventually, anyway, but who wants to live forever? I'd much rather hit the Pearly Gates while in the midst of community service than some things I've done in life. ;)

/johnny

50 posted on 11/14/2012 6:10:59 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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