Leon Pantenburg, the newest guest contributor to Doctor Prepper’s Journal, thinks that being a “prepper” is just common sense!
“After all,” he says, “it is just common sense to plan for the future, regardless of what may or may not happen. That’s why we have retirement funds; car, home and health insurance and regular well-checks with the doctor. Planning ahead is also why you may stick an umbrella in your brief case, or carry a light jacket on a sunny day. And it would be stupid to not carry a spare tire and tools to change a flat!”
The same kind of common sense applies to planning for possible disasters or emergencies, whether natural or man-made. An assistant scoutmaster since 1991, Leon notes that “The Boy Scouts of America have been preaching the gospel of survival common sense for 100 years.”
In essence, being a prepper means proactively choosing to be a survivor instead of a victim, come what may.
“Most people never think about the need to survive anything,” says Leon, “but you, the average person, could easily be one slip, fall or crash away from real trouble.”
Leon recommends that in addition to any survival gear and supplies you may already have at home, that you “also make a compact, easy-to-carry wilderness and/or urban survival kit,” that you can grab and take with you wherever you go.
What will you put in that kit? Some common-sense items he suggests include a survival knife, first-aid kit, firemaking gear, a water bottle and water purification system of some kind, high-energy food bars and/or trail food, extra clothing, sun protection, a flashlight or headlamp, and a map and compass. Some crucial survival items can even be carried in your wallet!
“Finally,” Leon says, “apply the common sense filter to anything associated with your survival. Beware of ‘survival experts’ websites, TV shows and articles. Just because someone has a website, logo, book or magazine column doesn’t mean they know anything!”
Leon Pantenburg is an avid wilderness enthusiast and outdoorsman who been covering search and rescue, sheriff’s departments, floods, forest fires and other natural disasters and outdoor emergencies as a newspaperman and journalist for three decades. He has learned through his work that many people die unnecessarily in outdoor emergency situations when simple, common sense might have changed the outcome. He is now a man on a mission to help people take a “common sense” approach to averting and surviving potential disasters wherever and whenever they might happen.
Leon’s website, SurvivalCommonSense.com is about “proven and tested common sense survival techniques that anyone should learn when living in urban areas or wandering about in the wilderness. Using your common sense to survive any calamity can change a dangerous situation into a mere inconvenience.”
It’s as simple as that!