Are You Prepared for What’s Next?

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I feel that it’s safe to state that life for most of us is more difficult now than it was only six months ago. While I hope and wish for the difficulties to end soon, not considering the alternative, even though I don’t want to, is not a safe or personally responsible option. Instead, a better description may be careless and flirting with normalcy bias

The cold reality is that, while many of us desperately want to see these problems go away, 2020 may continue to suck. The even more frigid truth is that there is no guarantee that 2021 may be any better. All one has to do to see that we’re skating on thin ice is go to any number of stores and walk the aisles.

As you walk the aisles, keep an eye out for empty spots on the shelves. Moreover, keep your eyes peeled for inventory blackholes on the shelves that weren’t there in 2020? Next, if you’re really “Jonny on the Spot,” stand at the end of the aisle and look down the aisle, but look behind the front row of stuff on the shelves. What do you see?

Now, head over to the clothes section of the store. Once you’re there, go to the underwear section and look around. How’s it stocked? Our here in Las Vegas, it’s not stocked so well. I assume your store may not be either and let me know in the comments below. I’ll like to know.

So, what does all of that mean? It means that while most of us are trying really hard to act and hope for normal, things are far from it. Our supply chain is having issues, which may get better. Then again, when we assume things will get better, we should also assume they may not.

What do your supply needs over the next, three, six, and 12 months look like? We all had a great rehearsal opportunity in March and April to test and review our family emergency plans, supplies, and other resources. What were your shortcomings, and if you didn’t have weaknesses, what do you wish you had done better?

Now, if when people were fighting over toilet paper in March and April, you stayed put and for whatever reason, didn’t dig into your plans and supplies, don’t sweat it! You experienced it firsthand and can still get your excellent information down on paper and incorporate it into your family preparedness planning.

Next, if you’re like me and sometimes don’t know where to begin, keep it smooth and low key. Grab something to take notes with, sit down with someone or get on the phone with them, and start talking about what 2020’s been like.

As you talk, ask each other what you wish you had done differently? Maybe there are things you bought or did that were just plain old dumb. Likewise, perhaps you found your stride in other areas.

What’s important is that while the information is relatively fresh in your head, use the info earned during difficult times to make future times easier. As you do, I’m willing to bet many of us will become better prepared, more confident, and a hell of a lot more relaxed as we ready ourselves for whatever comes next, good, or not so good.


Never forget, you’re just one prep away.

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Stay safe, secure, and prepared!

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Brian Duff

Brian began his preparedness life at the age of three after surviving the 1971 San Fernando Earthquake. The prepping path led Brian to become a boy scout, lifeguard, firefighter-paramedic, army ranger, tactical-medicine training center director, and international security director. Adding to his time helping save lives here in the United States, Brian spent over a decade protecting others in countries like Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and South Sudan. In addition to his bachelor's degree in security management and a master's of business administration, Brian holds numerous certifications from the safety, security, and emergency medical industries.


  1. Greg Chabot on August 10, 2020 at 7:42 am

    Supply chain is still slow in Northern NH. Doesn’t help stores are gouging and tourist gobbling up resources.

  2. Antonia on September 29, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    Same here in Georgia,I definitely have noticed bare spots on the shelf and price gouging at the grocery stores is evident. Thanks for the reminder to get back to prepping.

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