Why We Prep: Needs Are Not Mechanisms

Needs are not mechanisms. Both of the photos below show men who had a need to breathe while under water.  The men in the first photo (heroes all!) who had that need did not have the mechanism, and perished.  The man in the second photo had the necessary mechanism.

Some of these men storming Omaha Beach had a need to get air while underwater. I hold them in high honor for what they did, but I’d rather they had the needed mechanism.

Man with a need for air while underwater, and a mechanism for supplying that air.  Much nicer.

Needs don’t make things happen.  Mechanisms do.  That’s why it’s important to make sure the mechanisms are in place to meet the needs — which is what prepping is all about. Making that happen has three major steps:

1.Figure out what the needs are.

What you need to prep for depends on two factors:  1) What’s most likely to affect you and your family.  I don’t prep for hurricanes but I do prep for ice storms, because Missouri.  2) What situations your preps can make a real difference for.  I don’t prep for the Yellowstone Supervolcano having a major event, because I don’t think any amount of prepping I could do for that would make a real difference.  I just live on the wrong continent, and downwind.  I don’t prep for the ability to do open heart surgery if the medical system fails or hold off an invading army, because my chance of success is too low to be worth it.  What situations do you consider most likely for you?  Which of those situations would be much improved by having preps in place?  It might be worth it to prep for really rare events, it’s a judgment call, but that’s at least a question worth considering.

2.Figure out what preps you need for those situations.

The preps are the mechanisms. My best approach for this is to imagine myself living through the situation I’m prepping for, through ‘normal’ days and likely crises.  Then I figure out what I’d want to help me cope, and what of that can be prepped or stored now and still be good when needed.

Keep in mind here that it’ll always be a work in progress and partly prepared can be much better than unprepared, so don’t get overwhelmed if the list you come up with here is really long.  Just do some triage to decide what preps are most important and move on to Step 3:

3.Get on it and make it happen.

I’m glad you’re reading the blog and I sincerely hope you find it of value; but it’s of limited use until you go out and put what you learn into practice.  Start with one easily completed, high priority prep (if you haven’t already started), get it done, and move on to the next.



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