Group Prepping Vs Solo Prepping | episode 140
The question of how to combat normalcy bias came up in a thread on the Survival Punks Group. Out of all the questions asked I wanted to tackle this one first.
Normalcy bias is defined by Wikipedia as:
“The normalcy bias, or normality bias, is a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster and its possible effects, because it causes people to have a *bias* to believe that things will always function the way things *normally* function.”
Basically, it’s putting your head in the sand.
It can happen to yourself and those around you.
In today’s episode, I talk about how to combat it both in yourself and those around you.
This week I chat with Gary Collins about his new book Going Off The Grid (Amazon Link).
Gary and I ramble a bit as we usually do. We talk about Why you would want to go off the grid.
We dig into some troubles with finding a contractor. Some are great but many would rob their own mothers to make a buck.
Gary talks about why he hates tiny houses. And I get him to see my side of the argument and how it does work.
The way to go is Travel trailer over a tiny house on wheels. Tiny houses are best when not on wheels. We both agree that custom fitting a shed into a tiny house is a fast and affordable method.
Gary talks about his progress so far on building his going off grid project.
We go off on a tangent about tools. We both love tools. And there are few ways to go about it.
I talk about not having to own all the tools you need to build. Renting expensive tools is a viable option when building a home.
Especially if you don’t have space to store them long term.
Gary brings up the topic of buying new electric tools. When you buy new you have a warranty and a guarantee of quality. Buying used can be a crap shoot.
I want to get Gary Back on to talk about much tougher questions about Going off the grid.
Today we tackle a listener question. The question was about walking to freedom and why Tennessee is a great choice.
Since Mike and I have lived in TN our whole lives we felt qualified to answer this question,
We begin the show with some basics on what is walking to freedom or a strategic resolution.
Many might not be familiar with the term.
The united states have many oppressive states. California, Illinois, and New Jersey all spring to mind. These states tax their citizens to death and make legally owning firearms hard at best.
For those living in these states, their is an option, though. A walk to freedom. Moving.
And luckily there are several great states to choose from.
We talk about how to pick a new state. How to determine what freedoms you care about and move to states that have them.
The last half of the podcast is about Tennessee specifics. TN belongs on any list of free states. Hopefully, I’ll have a few more freedom loving neighbors after this podcast.
This week we cover How To Keep Entertained During A Disaster. Listener Matt called in asking about how to stay entertained during a disaster. Especially for those of you with kids.
Instead of telling Matt we covered this topic 100 podcasts ago we decided to tackle it again with fresh eyes.
We break it down to bugging out and bugging in. With bugging in
With bugging in you have the option of much bigger games and some powered options.
When trying to stay entertained during a disaster, board games are your friends. Mike and I talk about a few of our favorites.
We even bring up the cursed Monopoly. Which is either a love or a hate game. With me, it has become a hated game.
A game that I love to play is Settlers of Catan. Which is very fun and un monopoly like. Set up takes a bit but then gameplay is fun.
Cam from the Facebook group suggested the game Pathfinder. It is similar to Dungeons & Dragons. Any of the games like that would be great during a disaster.