14 September 2011

Prep30: Don't advertise your preparedness planning

Assuming you're following along with these Prep30 posts, you're starting to accumulate some supplies and hopefully getting (further) into the preparedness mindset. As you continue to do both, you'll want to be discrete in your actions and be very selective in discussing your plans. I wrote a previous post on preparedness discretion, but let's cover things a little more in-depth:
  1. One of the first, and most important, things to remember is to keep your supplies hidden or out of the way. I'm not suggesting "hidden rooms" or anything. Keeping your stored water in the basement or your food storage in an enclosed closet or pantry means that others aren't aware of the size of your supplies.

  2. You can camouflage some of your supplies by just storing them in boxes or other storage containers and marking them with "Christmas decorations" or something non-interesting. This is especially helpful if you put some similar boxes of "stored junk" in front or on top of the "good stuff."

  3. Remember, some preparedness supplies can hide in plain sight, because they do double duty. For example, only you know that your fire pit and gas grill are your back-up cooking sources. If you don't mention them in relation to preparedness, they probably won't think twice about it — even if they see your back-up propane tank sitting there.

  4. Blending in is key. Don't be conspicuous in your dress or actions. Don't show off your supplies, possessions, or preparations. People need to see you as essentially like them. You still need to be prepared, but you don't want others to say, "I'm going to their house in a disaster!"

  5. What you throw away is important too. If you just put boxes from new gear out to the curb on trash day, you're advertising that you have those items. That may make you a target for thieves, both now and in a disaster.

  6. When you've purchased a large item, or a big quantity of items, try to schedule the delivery at a time of low traffic in your neighborhood. If you're picking things up on your own, then you can control this far better. Plus, bringing it home yourself means one less person (the truck driver) who knows where a bunch of "goodies" are stored. If you live in a relatively busy area, you may want to wait until after dark to unload things.

  7. None of what I'm suggesting here means that you shouldn't trust some people and be able to talk to them about your preparedness plans. The pitfall is trusting too many people, especially those who don't practice preparedness, no matter their reason. Rather, it's important to have a small core group of reliable people that you know and trust, and who have their own preparedness plans. Think before you talk! If you drink, be sure to have someone you trust on hand to intervene if the conversation moves toward topics better left undiscussed.

  8. Plus, don't forget the rest of the tips in the related post, Six tips on being discrete in your preparedness.

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