Contributed by Christopher Parrett from LDS Avow
Just moments ago I received notification that President Obama has submitted a formal request for Congressional Authorization to use Military Force in Syria.
With that in mind I offer up a few thoughts on preparedness for a war with Syria...
I'm not going to get into the who's right, who's wrong discussion...not gonna spend the time.
Oh, I've got my opinions, and I'm voicing them via my congress-critters. In the larger game, though, I think this die is unfortunately already cast. Like it or not, any President willing to ignore Congress
Here, though...let's keep it simple. What's the rationale response to the situation developing before us?
What are the practical steps we can/should take, from a prepping perspective?
YES, keep your vehicle fuel tanks filled up as much as reasonably practicable.
YES, rotate and re-treat your stored gasoline.
Especially if you're in a bug-out situation...make sure your vehicle is COMPLETELYchecked out...by yourself or a GOOD mechanic. Follow your owner's manual for guidance. At a minimum: good tires, good fluids, good brakes.
YES, if you have a Faraday Cage...it is probably time to ensure you've got the right stuff stored in it.
YES, buy some extra batteries. Then buy some more. Then, MORE YET. All sizes, but focus on the batteries that YOU need in YOUR electronics. Personally, I STRONGLY recommend Sanyo Eneloop batteries. You'll get something like 3,000 recharges out of the newer versions, compared to 500 or 600 for "normal" rechargeable batteries.
YES, if you have some known shortages in your food storage program...no time like the present to fix them. If nothing else, LOAD UP ON SPICES!
YES, ensure you attend Church, attend to your duties, say your prayers, tend to your family, attend the Temple, etc. Stay right with the Lord.
NO, don't head for the hills/retreats just yet...unless you're due a lot of vacation time, and can make a graceful return and exit. Be ready, spring-loaded even, for a rapid departure/bug-out...but don't do things to risk your job/livelihood. Not yet, anyway.
NO, it isn't lost on me that there's a whole lot of Biblical predictions wrapped up around Syria and Iran and Israel, etc. If this is the time the Lord has chosen, then it will happen. If not, then it won't Don't lose sleep over it, you're going to need to be fresh to make good, timely decisions.
You should already have your self-defense items prepped; if not, have a TV night for the family, clean and lube all your weapons, make sure they're fully operational. If you've been meaning to get some spare parts...this would be a very good time to do so. Sharpen your knives, if needed. Make sure to grab some good-quality cleaning supplies/gear, plus a GOOD-quality lube.
Realize that if our nation does enter a crisis mode...some societal groups might see that as an opportunity to take advantage of the situation. Their intentions might range from settling old scores to opportunistic looting of either homes or stores. Be alert, be ready.
up on your computers. If you haven't already, join the AVOW Alert system (see Christopher's various emails for info). And for the duration...you're probably justified in checking your smart phone every time a message comes in.
I've said it in many fora over the years...but for most LDS preppers, they STILL have big gaps in their water filtering/treatment capabilities. Your five 55-gallon barrels are GREAT, but it isn't going to last NEARLY as long as you think it will. So, get a GOOD, high-quality water filter that doesn't require electricity to operate. Personally, I recommend and use the Katadyn POCKET Microfilter, which utlilizes a silver-impregnated ceramic cartridge. You can easily filter 13,000 gallons of water with a POCKET, just cleaning the ceramic filter occasional. . No, it isn't cheap. Yes, it is worth it. If you get a water filter with paper filter cartridges, get LOTS of spare cartridges. You're going to need them. The Church sells Seychelle water filters via Distribution Center...those are perfectly acceptable for about 98% of all scenarios (I'd prefer the POCKET, but YMMV). But, the Seychelle filters are a heck of a lot cheaper.
I'm skeptical anyone is going to start lobbing nukes around over Syria, so don't lose too much sleep over that. However, there could very well be a substantial conventional fight, involving multiple countries, which could lead to massive upheavals in markets and supply chains around the world. Be prepared to hunker down (if you're in a safe location), and QUIETLY prepare for a rapid exit if your situation/survival plans require it.
If things get to the point where it looks like some crazy fool MIGHT start lobbing the big boomers around...trust in the Lord and in his Prophet.
Enough said. I wish everyone the best in this potentially chaotic period. Earnestly prepare, but don't lose your common-sense, either