Don’t give what is holy to dogs or toss your pearls before pigs, or they will trample them with their feet, turn, and tear you to pieces. Matthew 7:6 HCSB
OPSEC = A military term that stands for Operational Security.
Preparedness has trends, just like anything else. In finding articles to link to on Prepper Website, I used to read many that warned not to mention to anyone outside your immediate family that you had preps. “Keep your preps private (OPSEC) or the roaming hungry bands will come to your door and demand that you feed them!” Lately, however, I have seen articles that don’t stress complete silence. I feel there should be a balance.
I’m not in the camp that says that you don’t tell anyone that you are prepping. I believe in helping others and getting information out there to help in times of an emergency. I have seen the positive effects of being open about my preparedness. People in the circles that I run in, my circle of influence, are starting to talk about the economy, storing water and putting away a little extra food. Some are gardening and buying firearms…both gateway drugs to preparedness! 😉
Yes, some of my friends and co-workers say, “If the apocalypse happens, we are coming to your house.” I in return say, “You are welcome to come. But I won’t be there! I’ll be in East Texas.” Of course, I say that with a little smirk…a true smirk. I figure that if the big one hits and I don’t make it out, they won’t know how to make it to my house anyway and they’ll have other things to worry about!
But in my quest for sharing preparedness, I have run into some that just don’t care to hear at all. If they know you, they might appear to listen, but they are looking away and you can tell their attention is on something else. If they don’t care about offending you at all, they will just get up and leave or tell you. So, I believe that as preppers, there are times that we should apply the Matthew 7:6 Scripture above.
Now I know that Jesus was talking about spiritual things and The Kingdom. He was suggesting that some people will take His message and not pay one bit of attention to it. It would be like giving pearls to a pig and watching it, not appreciate the beauty of the pearls, and trample all over it. Seeing that from a faith perspective breaks your heart. You have this great message that you know will help others, but they “tear it to pieces.”
I feel the same about preparedness. Here is this great message (not as great as Jesus’) about how they can protect their family if something bad happens and they won’t even give you the benefit of listening. This too can be heartbreaking. BECAUSE, you know they have families, spouses and children that depend on them. You know that if something really bad did happen, they would be in bad shape. And if they just listened a little, they could be better off. But sharing preparedness with them is like “casting your pearls before swine.”
So, what can you do if you are from the camp that feels that you should share preparedness with others so that they can be prepared and not be part of the problem in a crisis, but then don’t want to be disrespected and “torn apart” when they don’t accept what you have to say?
Drop Preparedness Hints – If you get the chance, bring up something that has happened that is emergency preparedness related in your conversation. For example, “Did you hear about that couple and kids that survived out in freezing temperatures after their jeep flipped? That dad was really prepared for an emergency. They had food, supplies and he knew how to make a fire. I wonder how many of us would have frozen to death?” If the “unprepared” responded favorably, you could drop more hints and talk about some of the local reasons to be prepared. Either way, you can feel people out without revealing anything of yourself.
Listen for Preparedness Conversation Starters – Like I said before, gardening and guns are gateway drugs, believe me..eventually they are! If you know of someone who is gardening or who’s spouse has purchased a firearm, you can start to engage them in reference to those topics. For example, “I heard you grow vegetables in your backyard. Why do you do it?….I think it is a great way to save money and to eat vegetables that you know are safe to eat…Gardening is a skill that many people just don’t have nowadays.” Or, “I heard your husband purchased a firearm and got his Concealed Handgun License. With the recent crime statistics going up, I think that is a good idea.” You’ll find that if there is any inkling of preparedness waiting to bubble forth, that it will….and then BINGO, you can help them along on their journey!
Send An Anonymous Email – In 7 Things You Can Do – If You’re A Bored Prepper, I suggest sending an anonymous email to a family member or friend with a link to “An Open Letter to Family & Friends.” Click on the link for links to the Open Letter and an anonymous email service.
Carry Around An Apocalyptic Book – Ok, some of you might consider this a stretch. But consider carrying around a copy of One Second After. When others ask you what you were reading, you could share the plot with them. This would definitely open up some opportunities for conversations. Then if there is enough interest in the story, you can offer to let them read it after you “finish” with it. If they are really interested, you can share with them the Congressional Report that detailed how vulnerable we really are to an EMP attack. That should scare the crap out of them….kind of heavy for starters…but the jolt might work! But, if you don’t want to get so heavy, you could always try a less drastic novel like Glenn Tate’s 299 Days.
Share Some Content on Social Media Outlets – For those of you on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, you can link to prepper related content from other users. Don’t’ go all hardcore, tinfoil hat or anything. Instead, share some posts on Backyard Chickens, Having Your Own Car Kit, Creating Your Own Detergent or Dishwashing Soap or even Uses for Essential Oils. See who responds and start the conversation from there.
Use Peer Pressure – This would work like this… You purposely bring a long a friend, who you know is a prepper, to an event or lunch or whatever. In the course of conversation, you two start talking about “soft core” preparedness like it is something everyone does. If the “unprepared” shows interest, you might have hooked another one!
Again, the key is to ease into it to “test the waters.” You should never totally reveal all of your plan and/or preps. But if you are from the camp that you want to share your knowledge to help others, you can use some or all of these ways to keep your OPSEC, but find those that you might be able to help!
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i’ve posted links to prep sites. i’ve posted “what ifs” and i’ve talked to quite a few friends via facebook about prepping. i usually tell them that having at least a weeks worth of supplies on hand is a good thing. i do let them know that i have enough set aside for myself and family that i hope will last a month.
i explain that that in 1972 when i was 17 hurrican agnes hit the northeast and our family home was wiped out along with 1000’s of others. that if it had not been for my parents owning my grandfathers old farm house i don’t know what we would have done. not only us but we had 26 other family members and friends staying there. and then i tell them about living in tn when a snow storm during the winter of 95-95, left my own family without power for 10 days. and how thankful i was that we were experienced tent campers and had the camping stuff on hand, ie. lanterns, flashlites, candles and campstove plus a kerosene heater. people can relate to that and have gotten a few to stock up on basic essentials. i have found that getting them to do that is a hook to get them to stock pile more. then the next step can come easier, a months worth of stuff, 3 months and so on.
but there are those who simply will not listen or believe. and there are those who have gone thru something like that, suffered and still not prep in any way because they think or want to believe that it’s a one off and will never happen to them again. those people?? i have given up on. and have told a few of them that i am glad that we don’t live close enough for them to even think about knocking on my door because i would turn them away. i find that they can get really insulted that i will refuse to forgive their stupidity.
Those are some really good real-life examples to encourage others to prep!
For those church goers that say Jesus is gonna take them away or God will provide:
I Timothy 5:8….Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
That Scripture bites two ways…. It is something to think about for Christians who say they won’t provide for other family members…because they won’t prepare for themselves.
Sometimes all that is needed is a kind word. Telling others, or explaining to others the virtues of preparation is all you can do for them. The Lord has given people Free Will.
However OPSEC is very real and the Adversary does exist. Be very careful of who to trust. Read the stories from Argentina and Bosnia both have excellent lessons learned about OPSEC. If you want stories closer to home Katrina provided many.
Don’t let your preps change who you are from a spiritual nature.
Somewhere on my ‘puter, is a photo taken of a billboard on the lawn of a church, someplace in the United States. It sez:
THE GREATEST ENEMY OF FAITH, IS REASON.
Now- since the pastor of that church said that- it has to be true, right?
Given the choice between believing that Eve was made from one of Adam’s ribs,
That a talking snake induced them to eat from the forbidden fruit of knowledge, and this got them kicked out of paradise………
Here’s another one, a quote: “Sufficiently advanced stupidity, is indistinguishable from evil.” unquote. (That one, is called ‘Packwood’s Law’)
Now- don’t you miss the good old days- when you could burn anybody at the stake, who disagreed with you?
And a word of warning: I got shelter and preps to share- but nobody who spouts the gospel at me, is getting inside my door. I got not time for that rubbish, and I got no respect for it!
Putting everyone of a specific group (Christians or any other…like preppers) in the same category because of what one person said is just as “reasonable.” You are FREE to believe/worship or not. The choice is yours. Time will tell if it was the right choice.
You are correct, Todd! (And I stand corrected on that). Some of the stuff you are posting, is very useful to me. But if I have to wade through the gospel to get to it…….I got no time for that. (There are plenty of other prepper websites out there, and in future, I will look at- and perhaps even contribute to- but not this one.
I wish you the best then.