After my dulcimer group (The Faithful Fretters) finished practicing yesterday I was talking to a couple of the members who are also into gardening and resilience planning.
We have formed with a few others a resiliency group. I do not say survival because a couple of members are not into the firearm aspect that most preppers have. Our common purpose is to prepare our families to recover quickly from any potential national or local disaster whether it is a financial crisis like the great depression or a natural disaster that disrupts local services. We all garden and store food and have agreed to share tools and resources with each other and have come up with a generalized plan of communication and mutual security.
What we were discussing was who else we need to approach about joining. We already have the local podiatrist (our only MD in the group) and her husband (even though he is a lawyer, yuck), so we were talking about approaching a local dentist and his wife. We know that his wife gardens and that he’s close friends with one of our members and seems like a good choice.
Someone mentioned the head of maintenance for one of the local colleges. He seems like a good candidate with a wealth of knowledge, he is a hunter, plumber and electrician with years of experience. But then I mentioned that he would be unlikely to survive any long period of time without medication or advanced medical care because he is so badly out of shape. We talked awhile and agreed that he and his wife’s medication burden would probably make them a drain on our shared resources and that they would be unlikely to survive for a few weeks without, insulin, blood pressure, heart, cholesterol (those were just ones that we knew of) and other medications. We know he considers himself a survivalist and that he has a supply of MRE’s and guns, but we doubt he has enough heart medication stashed to survive more than a few weeks of strenuous activity without suffering a major heart attack.
Of our small group only one couple “train” (they run marathons) but the rest of us are in shape. Some might could stand to lose a few pounds but most of us do exercise. I walk 3 miles a day and spend 15 minutes on a rowing machine 3 days a week. That’s not a lot but it is enough to make up for my desk job.
My point is that I run into a lot of people who say they are survivalist or preppers and they seem to be neglecting their health now. If you are a prepper you have to prep your body as well, and I wonder why people don’t understand that. I guess it is easier to buy supplies than it is to exercise.