Unless you live under a rock, you should be well aware of the social and political unrest popping up all around the globe. There are so many of these problems going on in so many countries right now that I won’t even bother naming them all. The Middle East is extremely unstable right now and with the oil rich region being in such turmoil, things are problematic for everyone, whether you are there or here, problems surround us.
The price of gas has increased to the point of it being difficult to afford, creating more problems for those whose budgets are already skin tight (another reason to give your food storage a real try right now). It’s difficult to predict just how high gas prices will go, but for the environment, the increase in prices right now could end up being a blessing in disguise.
In the last month or so, more people have opted to take public transportation to work, eliminating some vehicles on the road, sucking up gas. People are walking more, riding their bikes, etc. The pinch at the pumps is forcing people to use more public transportation and therefore less gas, which is something many people could have (and probably should have) been doing for years.
So where does the price of gas fit into prepping? That depends entirely on who you talk to. There are those who are storing a certain amount of gas, always having extra on hand. This allows us to use it at today’s prices tomorrow, which is a big part of prepping in every area. The problem with storing gas is that a person can really only store so much of it. Gas takes up a lot of space, isn’t safe to keep indoors, and personally, I wouldn’t really feel comfortable having a shed full of it outside either. We have some extra gas in our garage, but not much. Our main reason for not having much isn’t that we can’t, we just don’t. We forget. I never think about filling up an extra can of gas when I fill my truck. It’s just hard to keep track of all the different things we need to keep extras of!
Now on to the other thought regarding gas and prepping. Some say to forget about gas. Get a vehicle that will run on something other than gas. An electric car, or even a hybrid will get you further on a tank that my truck will go. And I believe those are great ideas, but for me, it’s just not feasible. I don’t have the money to go out and buy a new car right now, and even if I did, I wouldn’t. I do want a fairly capable vehicle at my disposal should SHTF. And with a little electric car, there’s no way I would be able to make it through even the smallest obstacle. So though purchasing vehicles that run on different sources of fuel is a great idea, it’s simply not up my alley.
So what can be done to enable your family to continue living the way you are and continue prepping in every way possible for the future? Carpool. Request to work from home a few days a week (some companies like this). Take public transportation. Ride your bike. Whatever it is you decide to do to help offset the effects of the extremely high gas prices, don’t forget to try to continue prepping in other ways. Even if you can only buy one extra can of food a week, that’s better than not purchasing any.
Remember to think of your family in all areas of prepping. Be aware of what you are purchasing. Wasting your money on junk your family will not eat or use is pointless. If you’re going to do that, just cut a check to your trash can. All saved money can be helpful, use every penny to your advantage.