Your preps won't do you any good if you can't keep them from being taken by someone who wasn't responsible enough to do their own preps.
Many times over the years I've seen lowlifes say "I don't need to prepare because if TSHTF I'll just come take yours". Make sure they don't succeed.
This includes weapons, how the preps are stored, situational awareness, and keeping your yap closed.
This isn't a weapons post, but I do recommend you be armed and know how (and when) to use them to keep all your prepping from being for nothing.
A shed out behind your house isn't the ideal spot to store your preps. You might be able to put some security measures in place, perhaps cameras and such, but make sure they'll work in a grid-down situation. And consider sneaking your preps inside the house if TSHTF.
Inside your house, you probably have more hiding/storing spots than you realize. Not everything will need to be hidden, of course, but on the other hand you don't want to be tripping over all this stuff year after year. A prepper isn't the same thing as a hoarder (but there is some overlap sometimes). So you'll need to think about storage.
You can design ways to store things under, or inside, some couches, chairs, and beds. If you are creative you'll think of ways to do this. Look for ideas online.
You can get extra storage cabinets, like the old entertainment center I picked up at a thrift store and converted into a secondary pantry.
Anytime you get new furniture, consider choosing items which include built-in storage.
If you have a crawl space you can access, and keep things dry and pest-free, it may be a possibility. A storm cellar or a garage offers more possibilities. Some things can be stored in an attic.
Always consider the conditions which could harm specific preps and store them to avoid those issues. You can store extra blankets in an uninsulated attic, but it wouldn't be a great place for canned food. Think about the potential for excessive heat, freezing, moisture, pest, and other physical damage. Something can be stored just about anywhere, depending on its needs.
Situational awareness isn't only about noticing the stranger who seems to be following you at a distance. It can be about being aware of the larger situation. Pay attention to what is going on in your neighborhood. What's the mood of the surrounding regions? Are people looking for an excuse to riot and loot? Or, are they putting a foot down and saying "Not here you won't!"? If people are acting nervous you might want to pull your preps closer.
Do you see situations approaching that you can see going bad? Pandemics, elections, hyperinflation, natural disasters? Don't worry about looking silly when nothing happens. Consider it dry run. Don't get complacent. The boy who cries wolf could really see a wolf.
And finally, don't talk too much about your preps. It's OK to encourage people to prep. In a general manner. It's great to even have a tight-knit group that helps each other with preps. But you don't want FEMA coming to your door and demanding your preps "for the common good" any more than you want local losers deciding that they are owed what you have. Loose lips lose preps.
Stockpile what you think you might need, and KEEP it.
If you focus only on guns and ammo, you are not prepared. If you focus only on stockpiling food, you are not prepared. If your focus is too narrow on anything, you are not prepared.
Prepping means you are trying to be ready for whatever comes. You don't know if it will be a xombie apocalypse or just a supply chain collapse. You have to be ready for either one-- and both at the same time. You have to be ready for a failure of anything you need for survival, without regard to "why"-- just that it is happening.
You can't foresee everything that might cause there to be no food available to buy, but you can do things to make sure you'll be OK. You can't predict what might cause hordes of predatory creatures to swarm your property, but you can be ready to defend against them, whoever and whyever they are there. You can't know for sure why there's no electricity in the grid, but you can make sure it's not a problem for you.
Prepping is the responsible thing to do. If you are prepared you ...
You don't have to outrun the bear; you only have to outrun your hiking companion.
Yeah, that's a cynical way to look at it, but there's truth in it.
With prepping (in the event of TEOTWAWKI), you may not have to survive on your preps until you are 90 years old, just outlast those who didn't prep. Once they die off, survival may get easier.
I know-- it would be great if you were able to keep everyone alive into the distant future. But that's just not going to be possible, is it?
Once the marauders and beggars have Darwinized themselves out of the population, it will be easier to grow your own food. You'll only have to worry about deer and raccoons, not Naked Apes (which is a really good book by Desmond Morris, by the way).
So, while it would be nice to have preps to last until you die of old age, and be self-sufficiently growing your own food, making your own soap and cloth (or buckskin), realistically, at least have enough to outlast those who would be the biggest threat to your ...
I've been doing something non-prepping this past week. Maybe even anti-prepping, as in it may be a step backward.
I rescued a kitten who found me along my morning walk. He was about 5 weeks old, sick and starving, and was barely able to come toward me. I couldn't ignore his cries for help.
So I've been spending money I don't have to spare-- and just about all my spare time and energy-- bringing him back.
And it's working.
He's still got a respiratory infection and eye infections, but I've got him on antibiotics and he's improving. He's eating and playing really well. No longer is he skin and bones; I can pet him without feeling every vertebra and rib.
Sometimes you've got to do the right thing even if it's not smart.
If anyone wants to chip in for kitten medicines and food, you can find ways on the side bar of my main blog: https://blog.kentforliberty.com/2021/08/kitten-update-2.html