My family and I live in a rural community in Kansas. And for right now, that is pretty much all I am going to say.
I grew up on a farm and have for most of my life, lived right in the same general community. Sure, we have our crimes like other small rural communities in the middle of the country. Nothing as they are seeing right now in the cities around our country.
As the U.S. economy falls apart and as the world becomes increasingly unstable, more Americans than ever are becoming “preppers”. It is estimated that there are at least two million preppers in the United States today, but nobody really knows.
However, it is hard to put a solid figure on the number of preppers as most of us just don’t discuss it. As an official prepper, I am an infant. What I didn’t know growing up, my parents were actually preppers in their own right. Its funny, but my mom told me the other day her and my dad had always been ones to stockpile food and other items. She told me this since her home is one of the places we are keeping a good cache of items. I don’t want all of our eggs in one basket. (More on this in a future post for sure).
People are prepping because we see things happening we don’t like. More and more of us are coming to the point where we simply don’t trust the government. And we want to make sure if SHTF, we will be prepared best we can.
According to a recent Gallup poll, satisfaction with the government is now at an all-time low. Americans are rapidly losing faith in virtually every major institution in society.
“Satisfaction with the size and influence of the federal government has reached a record low of 29 percent among Americans, according to a new Gallup poll gauging the mood of potential voters in this year’s elections. The telephone survey of 1,011 adults taken Jan. 5-8, also found satisfaction among Americans concerning the influence of major corporations has hit a near all-time low of 30 percent.”
People are angry, upset and scared. They are getting desperate. Unemployment is at an all time high. Cities are seeing entire neighborhoods turn into ghost towns. Some are even seeing wild dogs running free and threatening their citizens. Gangs are taking over in some cities. There are presently over 1.4 million gang members now in the U.S. according to the FBI’s own report.
And let’s not forget that George Soros is predicting major violence will take place in our cities too. In America he predicts riots on the streets that will lead to a brutal clampdown that will dramatically curtail civil liberties. The global economic system could even collapse altogether.
“I am not here to cheer you up. The situation is about as serious and difficult as I’ve experienced in my career,” Soros tells Newsweek. “We are facing an extremely difficult time, comparable in many ways to the 1930s, the Great Depression. We are facing now a general retrenchment in the developed world, which threatens to put us in a decade of more stagnation, or worse. The best-case scenario is a deflationary environment. The worst-case scenario is a collapse of the financial system.”
It is becoming a jungle out there. And one has to start wondering just when we are going to see this start to come out into the rural areas.
Do we need to be worried?
For the most part, I have always taken it for granted we were safer out here in the middle of pastures and wheat fields. You just don’t think about those things which are happening in the cities happening here. When I first started really prepping I never really considered we might have to bug out. I just assumed we would be one of the lucky ones who could bug in and not have to worry about stocking up a cache in at least two locations.
After watching all that has been happening both in the U.S. and around the world the last 18 months to two years, I now feel we can’t take anything for granted. The safety of our families will be at stake if we do.
I thought having a farm just 6 miles from my own home town might be enough. It isn’t. My family and I are now starting to seriously consider grabbing some land in New Mexico. Somewhere in a fairly remote area and setting up what some might call a vacation home. I will admit, we are lucky as we have an internet business which affords us the opportunity to do this.
My point in all this…
Don’t assume your quiet rural community will remain safe and sound. Remember, most of us are only a short drive away from at least one major city. And when, not if the SHTF, all of us in the rural areas had better have a plan. A bug out plan for sure.