“En guerra avisada no muere gente” is a phrase that we got to hear a lot growing up in Puerto Rico. Roughly translated, it means: “when war is warned, no people die.” Essentially, it means that if you know something is coming, you’ll be prepared and be okay.
We used to hear that phrase often, particularly from our teachers warning us about material that would be on a test. Finally, a particularly wise teacher amended the saying by changing “no people die” to “LESS people die“: truth is, no matter how much you warn people about something, some people will not listen and still perish or suffer.
By now, most Americans should have figured out that things are not well in our country. While it was easy to think that the problem was the COVID plandemic, people should have realized that what we are going through goes well beyond the virus. The empty shelves, the inflation (products costing more), the shrinkflation (products becoming smaller or with less content), the lack of quality control, stores closing or reducing their hours, the growing crime waves, millions of people entering our country illegally without any idea as to who is coming in (including terrorists), are all but signs of a greater problem that has nothing to do with COVID and everything to do with the leftist agenda of the Democrat Party. It’s the reason why the Biden Administration has done nothing about our southern border or ANY of the issues just mentioned above, for that matter.
Take Mayor Pete, the unqualified former mayor of a small U.S. city and who is now in charge of the supply chain as Secretary of Transportation. In a crisis that has now lasted a year, he has done nothing to address it, not even issued a statement, much less a solution. Instead, his focus has been on instituting “speed cameras” on U.S. highways as a way to exert more surveillance over American motorists.
A walk through any supermarket, Walmart, or Costco should sound alarm bells in every American’s mind. The empty shelves are everywhere. Those of us who pay attention to prices have seen drastically higher prices that are sometimes more than double what they were a year ago. And that’s when you can actually find what you were looking for, which is often not the case. Whether we are talking chicken, meats, pasta, water bottles, or produce, more than once have we found those shelves completely empty.
Unfortunately, it looks like things are about to get much worse. Aside from the fact that the Administration has done absolutely nothing to solve the problems that we are facing, most likely on purpose to destroy our economy and usher their desired socialism/communism, we have new additional threats that we didn’t have before.
If you have been paying attention to the news, beyond the vacuous headlines from the Propaganda Media, you know that the Biden Administration just raised the terrorism threat in our country. To hide the fact that these threats are elevated due to the weak, senile man who is supposedly in charge, they ridiculously attempted to blame “COVID misinformation” as the source for that threat. Even Hollywood can’t compete with the Biden Administration’s asinine creativity.
Yet, anyone with even minimal thinking skills knows that the threats really come from emboldened bad actors who have sought our destruction for years and finally see the opportunity to strike. We are talking conventional terrorism, as well as cyber-terrorism. Though different in their modes of operation and the scope of damage that they may cause, hackers can be just as dangerous as their explosive-suicide-belt counterparts. Last year, hackers were able to disrupt the distribution of fuel in parts of the country when the Colonial Pipeline was attacked by ransomware. They also attempted to hack, with differing levels of success, a meat distribution plant, banks, and businesses. What will happen if they succesfully attack water supplies, hospitals, or equally essential parts of our government?
More importantly, we are on the cusp of war with every major enemy of our country. After 4 years of peace under President Trump, we are now facing conflicts with Russia (over Ukraine), China (over Taiwan), North Korea (over South Korea) and Iran, which the Biden Administration just lifted sanctions against, allowing them once again to pursue their nuclear program. Even worse, we could be facing all of them at once, as all those enemies seem to be working together against us. You know, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Those regimes can clearly see that not only do we now have the weakest man to ever call himself President of the United States in charge of our country, but that our woke military is run in large part by people who ascended throught the ranks due to wokeness level, not intellectual achievements or merit.
But there’s so much more, from climate/weather/atmospheric threats that could also adversely affect our already weak country to man-made factors such as the fantastic trucker protests from Canada that are planned to happen in the U.S. as well. All these will undoubtedly further exacerbate the supply-chain issues that this Administration has refused to address.
And if all these threats weren’t enought to sway you to get prepared, pay attention to our agricultural sectors. Due to supply chain problems, many farmers are not able to get the necessary equipment or parts to run their farms. Now, the prices of fertilizers and other amendments may have risen as much as 100% in some areas. That is simply unaffordable to many and crops will likely suffer. And it isn’t just about not getting that avocado or having to pay more for coffee: we are talking about feed, as well. If cattle and chickens can’t be fed, the availability of their meat will also be affected.
All this to say: better be prepared for the worst. By “being prepared,” I’m not talking about the 3 to 7 day of food & water that FEMA recommends. As most of us experienced this past year, sometimes it takes a store weeks, if not months, to get some of the critical items that we may need back in stock. And that’s when the products were available, just not reaching their destination! Imagine what would happen if any of the disasters mentioned above actually took place? Do you really think that the Biden Administration would be able to successfully deal with any of it, given their track-record of ineptitude and ruining everything they touch?
At an absolute minimum, I believe that everyone should have the resources to take care of their family for at least 30 days. We are talking food, water, shelter, medicines, and the ability to warm your house if you live in cold weather. More importantly, you should be able to take care of all these things WITHOUT the need for electricity. That’s right, don’t count on your refrigerator, stove, lights, or electric heater; chances are that electric power will be one of the first things to go. While local power outages are fairly quick to address, imagine what happens if the power grid goes down in large swaths of territory or even nationwide. Actually, you don’t have to imagine it: after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, a fully developed and modern island that is only 100 x 35 miles, power took over a year to restore in some areas. That was with the help and support of our country’s government and infrastructure in its full operational capacity; should our country be compromised, where will the help come from?
Now, I understand first-hand that after 4 years of unparallel economic growth and peace under President Donald Trump, many of us couldn’t even fathom that we could be in the situation that we found ourselves, merely months after the Democrat take-over. Many of us simply didn’t see the need to be prepared when everything was going so well. I also understand that there are many who have bought into the lie that this is all caused by a tiny virus and that, as such, when COVID is no longer a threat everything will just go back to normal. Please, don’t delude yourself.
Instead, see preparedness as a basic necessity that you must do for your family. It will certaily cost you either money or effort; both, if you are doing it fully. But, you can start small and build from there: the next time you are at the grocery store, get an extra bag of rice, a few boxes of pasta, some peanut butter, if you can find it. Learn how to store it well so that it will last longer. Make sure you know how to generate heat, if you need it, and cook without a functioning kitchen. Understand what you need to do in case of a medical emergency or how to gather resources when you need them most.
In other words, the most important prepping that you can do right now is to learn and gain knowledge of the threats and how to deal with them. Knowledge is power, so make sure you know.
One of the reasons I haven’t been writing as much lately is because I have been spending a lot of time trying to learn things that I knew little or nothing about. It definitely takes time, particularly for those of us who grew-up in suburban settings where no homesteading skills were available. To be honest, I didn’t even know what canning was until about 8 years ago. Sure, I knew that some people made jams and jellies and “canned” them, but I didn’t know the difference between a water bath or a pressure canner. And I had no clue that you could actually “can” meat and poultry. I’ve also been learning about dehydrating foods, safely preserving them for long-term storage, how best to generate heat, water collection and storage and, of course, gardening and homesteading. It takes time to learn about all these things and I’m sure it will take even longer to make them a reality. But we must start somewhere and sooner, rather than later.
Of course, if you have the financial resources, but not the time, you have more choices as to what you can do and buy. But, whatever your financial status or how busy you are, I strongly encourage everyone to be prepared and help others along the way.
There are hundreds, maybe even thousands, of websites, podcasts, and YouTube channels that have information on homesteading, gardening, prepping, herbalism, alternative medicine, survival, and any of the other skills that you may need in times of disaster when you can’t count on anyone else, much less the government. I will post a few of my favorites below.
As you make a decision to get prepared for what may be coming, please do not forget to also pay attention to your physical preparedness (getting heathy and in shape) and, more importantly, your spiritual preparedness and faith. After all, I am convinced that what we are facing and what is to come is, at its very core, the fight between Good and Evil that the Bible explicitly predicts. I’m also convinced that our trust in God will be the most important “prep” that we will need. But we still need to get ready for what is happening around us and I hope you all do, as well.
RoseRed Homestead (my favorite): https://www.youtube.com/c/RoseRedHomestead/featured
Alaska Prepper: https://www.youtube.com/c/AlaskaPrepper/featured
The Provident Prepper: https://www.youtube.com/c/KyleneAnne/featured
Guildbrook Farm: https://www.youtube.com/c/Guildbrookfarm/featured
LDS Prepper: https://www.youtube.com/user/LDSPrepper/featured
Survival Living: https://www.youtube.com/c/SurvivalLiving/featured