Pretty little prepper lies

Pretty Little Prepper Lies
Lies and misinformation preppers spread to other preppers

Lies: preppers tell them. It's human nature. It's instinctual.
People, preppers or not, tell lies for many reasons. They tell lies
to keep a secret, to hide something, to avoid hurting someone's
feelings, to fit in, to brag, to sound important or to appear more
knowledgeable. The list of lies is endless.

Whether lies are secretive, boastful, or come from the
misinformed, preppers need to be aware of the lies about
survival, and to take a measure of caution before accepting and
acting on survival ideas.

Keep your earmuffs on but ready for conversation with this partial
list of pretty little prepper lies (or misinformation in prepping), so
you can take proper precautions to prepare your family safely and
effectively. Here is the truth about prepper lies...

Pretty Little Prepper Lies
The following lies are from possibly well-intentioned preppers;
however, we're here to set the record straight about dangerous,
yet surprisingly common prepping practices.

Get wise with this list of pretty little prepper lies:

Pretty little prepper lie #1: Move along, nothing to
see here.
Preppers who have a "move along, nothing to see here" attitude
in the prepping community may be practicing a bit of a boastful
lie. It's a brag about their capability to direct force at those who
may cross their territory.  When the truth is that hiding behind
their ammunition and firearms is not much in the way of food or
tangible goods to protect. Most preppers need to beef up their
food supplies. In other words, there really is nothing inside worth
dying for!

Catch yourself in this lie. Remember, you can't eat your bullets,
so you best get your beans and bandages in order first. Your
prepping journey in self reliance should begin with building up
food supplies and water reserves, followed by the stocking up on
camping equipment, medical supplies, gardening tools and other
survival gear. These things come well before building an arsenal
of guns, rifles, and other hunting, weaponry and self defense
tools. Stock your fortress before you defend it, then build up your
defenses before the enemy shows up.

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Pretty little prepper lie #2: I'm going to steal from
This self-imposed prepper lie is more of a foolish plan than a
downright lie. If you think you will survive on other preppers'
wares, you're fooling yourself and your days will be numbered on
the short end. It's a sinister plan flawed in every regard.

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Don't be delusional enough to think you can survive from others.
Most people aren't preppers, though they should be. The truth is
that likely there will be little left in the wake of a terrible
disaster. With resources at a minimum your plan has virtually no
chance at success. As well, there will be others with the same
plan. Roving gangs in extreme catastrophic conditions who are
motivated by intense hunger certainly will risk life and limb for a
can of beans! In short, stop lying to yourself. If you're not
hoarding food or stockpiling supplies, then you're not really a
prepper, are you? But if you're not prepared for the violence,
death and mayhem, then you're not really prepared either.

Pretty little prepper lie #3: I'm going to hunt and
forage to survive the apocalypse.
If you're hunting in hard times, or foraging for food, likely others
are hunting and foraging for the same resources. The reality of
this pretty little prepper lie is that in a total collapse of society
there simply won't be enough game in the wild to support
nourishment of every person who has the ammunition or arrows
to hunt. The native Americans before us were very careful to take
down just enough game to allow nature to replenish herself: and
no more. This won't be the case with modern Americans in a
greedy survival situation. Hunger will drive people to hunt out of
season and to break laws in extreme conditions.

As a prepper, this means you should anticipate a world without
rule of law and prepare to set out decoys, use electronic calls, or
bait game. While it may be illegal in your state currently to bait
deer with corn, wheat or salt licks, for example, the day may
come when you'll need take action to get food on the table by
any means possible.

Also you need a balance in your preparedness plan. Make hunting
a part of your plan: not your only plan. In addition to hunting and
gathering, your food strategy should include foraging and growing
your own, as well as relying on commercially canned foods, home
canned foods, dehydrated foods, commercially freeze-dried foods
(particularly dairy and meats), as well as bulk grains and
legumes. In civil times, bartering with neighbors will also help
you round out your preparedness plans.

Pretty little prepper lie #4: I won't ever eat rats,
squirrels or insects.
"Never say never," as they say. While you can squirrel away preps
today, you may need to eat squirrel tomorrow (even if you
weren't planning it). There's no reason to turn down a reasonable
source of protein. Be grateful and survive! Meats and insects can
fulfill 90% of your nutritional requirements.

Unusual meats and insects are a delicacy to many people:

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    best squirrel guns and other unconventional weapons. Learn
    also  how to skin and field dress your kill, how to prepare
    tasty, hearty squirrel dishes, and much more.

If you feel wary about eating insects, consider that insect larvae,
insects eggs, and insect sacs and insect parts are already allowed
in your processed foods by the U.S. Food and Drug
administration. It is sometimes unavoidable in food production,
which is why a percentage is allowed. In other words, you
unwittingly already have eaten insects! What the hey, it's a little
extra protein.

Pretty little prepper lie #5: I have enough water.
The lie about water reserves comes from naivety. You must
awaken with the knowledge that the water bottles you have in
storage simply aren't enough. The truth is a family of four need
270 gallons for a month's supply of water for drinking, cooking,
and cleaning. The
Surewater storage tank, pictured right, is the
proper storage to last a month for a family of four. It holds as
much water as about five 55-gallon drums. It's a good start. No
matter how much water storage you have, your supply eventually
will run dry and you must find a water source in your vicinity.

Be sure to have a water storage plan that includes bottled water,
water storage drums and rain barrels, or go all out and get a

You've got a pool you say? Still think you have enough water?
You may be shocked to learn that your water might not be
potable. We'll get to that issue next. For now, know this: the
time to build a well is long before you're thirsty. If you don't have
a water source, you're good as dead in a long term off grid

Pretty little prepper lie #6: It's okay to use pool
shock to purify drinking water.
Prompting this pretty little prepper lie is misinformation coupled
with wishful thinking. Preppers see a vast storage of water in
their pool and want to take advantage of it during an emergency.
a pool can be an excellent way to harvest water when done
properly; however, drinking pool water used for swimming is
never safe! You've known this all along, but desperately want to
believe this nasty lie.

Preppers often turn to a cheap solution to make their water safe:
Pool shock. However, Pool Shock is not the proper solution.
shock won't make your water drinkable.  Pool Shock is a highly
corrosive and caustic substance. It makes your water safe to
swim, not to drink.

It may be unsavory to think about it, but pool water contains
human waste, nasal fluids, saliva, menstrual fluids, semen and
pubic hairs as well as unsafe to drink chemical contaminants. If
you must drink pool water or harvest rainwater in an emergency,
then filter your water through a gravity-fed water filtration

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    raw water from such sources as remote lakes, streams,
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    bacteria, cysts and parasites entirely and extracts harmful
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    solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces
    nitrates, nitrites and unhealthy minerals such as lead and
    mercury. This system is so powerful it can remove red food
    coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals
    your body needs. Virtually no other system can duplicate this

Pretty little prepper lie #7: Tap water is safe to drink.
The lie about tap water is a lengthy discussion about what the
government is doing to your water to control you. They are
medicating you with added ingredients.

Will you die from drinking tap water? Not immediately! Therein is
the problem with tap water. Because you won't immediately die
from drinking tap water, you may assume it is safe to drink, but
nothing could be further from the truth.

There is
danger lurking in your tap water from fluoride among
other carcinogens and medications. Starting with fluoride, we will
disclose that it is a medication. Fluorine is an ingredient in Prozac
and Paxil. Your tap water is being medicated to placate you!
There is something you can do: simply it is to filter your water.
Filtering water can restore the alkaline levels to make water
healthy to drink. Other ingredients of tap water may include
arsenic, chlorine. There may be water softeners also. Again,
filtering your water with a Big Berkey water filter is a good start.
Having bottled water on hand also brings a multifaceted approach
to your water storage plan.

Pretty little prepper lie #8: All bottled water is the
If you're headed to Costco to pick up on extra cases of water, be
careful to read the labels. Man-made chemical salts may also lurk
in your bottled water, along with fluoride and other dangerous
ingredients! (Read
bottled water dangers.)

Instead of drinking bottled water, filter it! The Big Berkey (British
Berkefeld) is an optimal water filter eliminating fluorides and
other contaminants.

If you must drink bottled water on a daily basis, drink an
authenticated mountain Spring water. This is the closest to pure
natural water you can get. While it may seem that water with the
highest PH level (Fiji water and Evian) is good for you, really you
want something middle of the road because water that is too
alkaline is too much of a good thing and can backfire. According
Dr. Mercola on the high alkaline water fad, "You could do some
major damage," in drinking water high in alkaline.

Pretty little prepper lie #9: I have six months to a
year's supply of food.
This is another lie that's probably more of an inner wish than a
reality. Most preppers have just a few months of food, not years.

While a few preppers think they have a
year's supply of food, if
you'd really look they have rice and beans stockpiled with a few
other assortments, like
ration bars or meals ready to eat. It's not
enough to get by without some serious rationing. Definitions by
some preppers are based on calories and not on the increased
food needs you'd have just trying to survive. Let's have a look at
some prepper food options.

  • Rice and beans. The staple of any prepper food storage plan
    is rice and dried beans, but the reality is that most people
    don't know how to cook either of them. Dried beans require
    soaking. Learn how to cook dried beans from scratch.
    Cooking rice is a simple, but flavoring it is a skill worth
    practicing to fight "food fatigue." P

  • Ration bars: You can't live years on end with ration bars
    because they're basically non-thirst provoking cookies. If you
    have an allergy to tree nuts, you'll need to pay close
    attention to the contents as many contain coconut. Another
    problem is that ration bars were meant to be rationed with
    just enough compact calories to survive. They were designed
    with an ultimate rescue. When rescue isn't coming, then

  • Meals Ready-to-eat (MREs). One of the most overlooked
    problems with MREs is that they have a five year shelf-life.
    You'll wind up with an inedible food very quickly storing
    them. They're best for hurricanes and earthquakes or road

  • Freeze dried foods. As tasty as Mountain House foods are,
    they're loaded with sodium and will do a number on your
    stomach if you eat them for months on end. It would be a
    shock to your system and you'd survive, but it's important to
    put things into perspective. What's more, freeze dried
    manufacturers all too commonly deceive the public about
    what is a month's supply of food. While a bucket of
    emergency food is marketed as a month's supply, the reality
    is that the container has perhaps 12 pouches, each with two
    hearty sized servings (or more if you have children's
    portions). That will get you through the first 24 days of
    eating two meals a day, and you'll starve for a week to make
    it through the month. In other words, they neglect to tell
    you that you will be on a strict survival ration. This is a
    problem for preppers because they may be counting on three
    meals a day with their normal caloric intake. If the
    manufacturers have already set up rationing, it throws all
    your calculations out of balance. You have less food reserved
    than you've planned.

  • Have a food storage variety plan! Preppers should store
    grains and a grainmill, pasta, oats, corn, cereals, freeze
    dried and dehydrated fruits and vegetables, plus canned
    soups and crackers for illness. Ensure you have variety to
    fight food fatigue and to ensure you have proper nutrition
    which comes only from a variety of foods.

Pretty little prepper lie #10: it's okay to store rice
and water in a soda bottle.
Do NOT reuse a soda bottle for food storage. (Drinking soda is
also not okay, but that's another story.) Reusing soda bottles for
food and water storage is more of misinformation than an
outright lie, but it belongs on the list of pretty little prepper lies
because it is a dangerous concept circulating on the Internet.
Why not store food and water in plastic soda bottles? Or milk
jugs, juice containers? In short they are for one use only!
Previously used soda bottles, in particular may be contaminated
with microbes.

There are many reasons why re-using soda bottles is unsafe:

#1. Bacteria problem.  Soda bottles that reach hand and mouth
will have bacteria on them that is not easily removed. There are
four solutions to the bacteria problem:
    1.) Warm soapy and water can do the trick most of the time,
    but as canners know it's heat sterilizes, and plastic melt at
    boiling points.
    2.) Micro waving is possible, but plastic will release toxins in
    the process.
    3.) Bleach is the final option for cleaning plastic bottles if
    done in a 5-10% solution.  Disinfecting with bleach only
    reduces the number of viable microorganisms. It's only
    99.9% effective and there are other problems, including
    4.) A U.V. lamp can also remove the bacteria, but who has
    one of those handy? (We're not talking about the lamps a
    manicurist uses.)

#2. Leaching problem. Soda is a mixture of caustic chemicals.
You shouldn't be drinking them for your health and you shouldn't
be storing food and water in them. Bottles crinkle and this means
the integrity of the bottle is at risk for leaching of chemical
compounds. Certainly all BPA plastics will leach over time. Never
use scouring pads or anything abrasive on plastic bottles. What's
more, Soda bottles are not-BPA free. Many preppers think, if the
plastic bottle is good enough for my soda, then why isn't it good
enough for my water or my rice or other dry goods? It's because
soda is caustic and begins to break down the bottle. Here's are
controversial ingredients in your Coca Cola, including
trace amounts of alcohol, citric acid, phosphoric acid, mercury,
and sodium benzoate.

Safer alternatives:
Preppers who have an extremely tight prepping budget may
choose to disregard this notification. Certainly it is better to store
food in a soda bottle than to not store it anywhere at all. Even
so, there are better options (including dollar store plastic food-
safe containers):

  • Glass. Glass is always the best choice to store food and
    water when it comes to safety, though glass is not always
    practical for reasons of weight and breakage, particularly in
    earthquake prone regions of the country.

  • Mylar bags. Mylar bags are ideal food storage containers
    because they keep light from reaching your food. With the
    help of oxygen absorbers and a plastic food-grade bucket,
    you can keep food stored for upwards of 25-years in mylar
    bags. The nice thing too is that you can divvy up your
    supplies into small portions. This has the advantage of
    keeping vermin segregated if they get into your stores.

  • Stainless steel. Stainless steel is the safest alternative for
    replacing a plastic water bottle. Why do you think your dog's
    water and food dish is made of stainless steel? It's because
    not only does stainless steel resist stains, it also has
    antibacterial qualities. Get a Big Berkey water filter for
    filtering water.

So there you have it: Do NOT reuse disposable water, juice, milk
and soda bottles. Most disposable water, soda and juice bottles
have polyethylene terephthalate, also known as PET or PETE.
While these bottles are safe for one-time use, they may leach
DEHP (a carcinogen) when used repeatedly.

Pretty little prepper lie #11: Ebola isn't airborne and
you can't get it from a handshake or through water.
Pandemics are a tricky thing. A new virus comes along and we
don't really know how it spreads until the scientists get more
data. There's so much we still don't know about Ebola, and now
with Coronavirus spreading so rapidly, there are many
unanswered questions about how this virus spreads too.

Let's address all three pretty little lies given by the CDC to the
prepper community and the general public:

  • Airborne: Perhaps this pretty little prepper lie is more a
    matter of semantics or clever wording from the Centers for
    Disease Control than an outright lie. From a medical
    perspective, Ebola does not spread through the air meeting
    the technical definition; however, through the air tiny
    droplets can fly and infect others. The adjective, airborne,
    means simply, "transported by air." When a person in the
    vicinity coughs, sneezes, vomits, sweats or spits the
    droplets can fly through the air. In such a manner, the air
    transports contagion in droplet form. When you get away
    from the semantics and get to the facts you can see the
    inherent danger of being within six-feet of someone on a
    plane who has Ebola!

  • Handshake: The CDC vehemently denies you can get Ebola
    from a handshake. Again, here is where semantics come into
    play. Certainly you can get Ebola from a contaminated
    object. The CDC does not deny this point.  A reasonable
    person could argue that a hand could very well be a
    contaminated object if the hand of the person is infected.
    Using this logical inference, it's easy to understand that
    indeed a handshake could be deadly. The handshake is an
    outdated form of communication. Even a fist bump could be

  • Water: Water is life and clean water is essential in Ebola.
    Certainly water-borne bacterial infections such as cholera
    and dysentery exist, so why not Ebola? Certainly, personal
    hygiene is impossible to maintain without treated water.

Pretty little prepper lie #12: I'm going to rely on
If you believe the lie that FEMA will come to your rescue, then
you're not a prepper. How did you get through this article so far?
FEMA is for the non-believers, the sheeple who are too lazy to
prep. The sheeple believe that
preppers are crazy.

Pretty little prepper lie #13: I'm ready! Bring it on!
The truth is that no one is ever really totally ready for a
catastrophe. Prepping is much like building a brick wall for your
fortress. You start with just one brick and you lay it perfectly
until you have a wall. That's a good start, however, one wall is
not enough. You must create a defensible position, which means
you'll need to build three more walls. This again is not enough.
You'll need a roof. Think your done? You'll need a bugout shelter
and so the whole process begins anew. And what about the food?
After piling on enough food to feed what seems like an army, you
find that you have expired MREs and cans, which means it's time
to restock!

Even the most prepared of preppers may feel a sudden panic now
and again for being unprepared. During the height of the
scare in October 2014, many preppers scrambled to get their
pandemic supplies, including in particular NATO and NBC-
gas masks. Amazon was sold out in a matter of days
(and the supplies have yet to be replenished! Even into the first
quarter of 2015 manufacturers have not been able to keep up
with the demand. The point is that with each brick you lay in your
prepping foundation, you'll be that much more prepared than you
were the day before. This truly is what prepping is all about:
laying one brick at a time.

Lies preppers tell aren't always malicious. There's much
misinformation with prepping, and you need simply to look past
the prepper lies. Before you accept a pretty little prepper lie as
fact, take three basic precautions:

  • Consider the source. If Mykel Hawke, Bear Grylls or Cody
    Lundin are giving you survival advice, then likely it has the
    backing of show producers and their research teams,
    attorneys and editors. It's cogent advice. What's more, you
    can take your medical advice from physicians and nurses,
    such as Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, or Patriot Nurse over
    some random prepper who may not have any medical

  • Rely on your inner instinct to prepare safely for
    emergencies. You are built with an internal barometer. If
    you listen to your inner voice, you will have gut feeling about
    an idea and whether it is feasible or reasonable. Go with you
    instinct on the matter because a "gut feeling" is like a first

  • Think critically to help you unravel the lies. Absorb the
    information you read or see in a video, and form an opinion
    of your own. In other words, don't just spout off a prepper's
    word as your own fact. You could be spreading the
    misinformation and lies.

Pretty little prepper lies abound in the prepping community.
Misinformation is in books, in prepper expos, in prepper forums
and other social media. Whether these lies are from secretive,
boastful or misinformed preppers and survivalists, now you can be
aware and take a measure of caution to prepare safely for the
end times.
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