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What Threats Preppers Should Prepare for in 2018


Show notes


  • now you know that I am wholeheartedly against fear mongering
  • I promise you that is not the purpose of this episode
  • However, as we go into 2018 it is important to conduct a threat assessment as a mentioned in the previous episode
  • if you haven’t conducted a threat assessment then I encourage you to download my book The Strategic Prepper
  • I walk you through conducting one
  • With that being said I think it is important to discuss the potential threats that we could see come to life in 2018
  • Now, I will say that some of these are extreme
  • However, the probability is still there
  • Just because they are extreme doesn’t mean that they can never happen
  • Even the likelihood may be small but the impact can be devastating
  • So I wanted to share with you my opinion on what threats to prepare for in 2018


Social unrest

  • our country is still greatly divided between race, religion, and politics
  • anti-trump agendas are still being pushed in order to further division in the United States
  • in a previous blog post, I talk about the potential coming civil war in the United States
  • as preppers, we can’t get wrapped up in these divisions because we will lose our focus on survival
  • as a prepper, our ultimate goal should be survival instead of winning debates
  • With that being said we need to practice being the grey man
  • we don’t want to bring attention to ourselves and become rememberable
  • that way if SHTF we don’t become a target
  • now that may mean not freedoming so hard
  • a lot of us love to wear our patches and gear to associate ourselves with a certain belief.
  • I do this myself
  • In fact, we sell patches in the Smart Prepper Gear store
  • However, we may have to do this moderately
  • Another important skill to develop for 2018 is going to be situational awareness
  • this means staying on level yellow alert
  • you don’t have to be walking around suspicious of everything
  • but you should be aware of anything that stands out from the baseline of where you are
  • we have seen attacks on preppers and conservatives based off of their beliefs alone
  • this can happen to you
  • the last thing you want to happen is to get caught in the middle of social unrest
  • you will find links to articles on both of these posts in the notes of this episode

Possible war/nuclear fallout

  • the war machine is still on its path
  • as the economy and the dollar weakens we will see more potential for war
  • the war industry is the biggest industry in the world
  • it has been used in the past to get countries out of an economic crisis
  • furthermore, there is a globalist agenda that is pushing for an all-out war
  • this great war will lead to a collapse in order to bring about the one world government
  • War with North Korea is still very likely
  • we are seeing tensions continue to rise between the United States and Russia
  • now this threat may seem a little extreme
  • the possibility is still there but I think the likelihood is still increasing
  • I believe every prepper should have a nuclear fallout kit especially if you live close to potential nuclear bomb targets
  • I will include links in the notes of this episode where you can find a map of potential targets
  • you can also find links to my suggestions for a nuclear fallout kit
  • if you live close to a potential nuclear attack target then you may want to consider strategically relocating
  • this may not happen overnight
  • but you should at least put together a plan to move somewhere that is safer than your current location
  • this doesn’t mean that you should move to whole other state like Idaho
  • you have to be realistic about where you should move to
  • you don’t want to move somewhere where you don’t have any social support group or income coming in
  • sometimes strategically relocating just means moving a few miles away from your current location
  • it may be inconvenient but can save your life
  • at the very least you need to have some sort of bunker or bug out location in the case that a nuclear attack happens
  • this may not guarantee your survival but can help increase the odds

Economic crisis

  • every fiat currency throughout history has crashed and been replaced
  • it never works
  • I understand by reports that the economy has been doing better in 2017
  • but it is cyclical
  • there will be spurts of economic prosperity followed by deeper crisis
  • now, I’m not seeing that we may see a full-blown collapse
  • However, I am saying that there is the potential for another crisis like what we saw in 2001 and 2008
  • during this time we will see an increase in unemployment and inflation
  • ultimately to prepare for this we need to strive to be self-sufficient
  • we can’t be dependent upon a fiat currency
  • when we increase our self-sufficiency then we increase our survivability
  • so that means we should look into growing our own resources like food and having other off-grid resources
  • another great option is having tangible assets that will not lose value like silver and other precious metals
  • in the notes of this podcast, I will leave a link to my post on how to prepare for an economic collapse

Further firearm regulations

  • if you give the enemy an inch they will take a mile
  • this past year we saw the NRA concede on their stance on bump stocks in exchange for recognition of conceal carry permits across state lines
  • I believe that this was in hopes that the anti-gun movement will be pacified
  • However, I believe that they are going to be more motivated now
  • they will see bump stock regulations as a victory and become more emboldened to make bigger moves
  • as a prepper, it is important to have the right to protect ourselves and bear arms
  • every day there is the threat of home invasions, muggings and recently we have even witnessed fatal attacks on people because of their beliefs
  • the only way to stop a bad guy with a good guy with a gun
  • so we need to promote and fight for that right to protect ourselves
  • as I mentioned in a previous podcast, I am no longer supporting the NRA
  • Instead, I am now supporting the Gun Owners Association of America
  • this is because the NRA made their statement about pushing for regulations on bump stocks in the wake of the Las Vegas terrorist attack where over 500 people were shot
  • The GOA continued to stand against regulations even during that time
  • so I would highly recommend becoming a member of the Gun Owners Association of America
  • We need to have a movement to support and fight for our rights
  • they have proven throughout the years to do just that
  • at the same time, preppers should prepare for these regulations
  • I will link in the notes of this episode about the 5 gun parts you should buy before they are banned

Conduct a threat assessment

  • I still encourage preppers to conduct a threat assessment
  • Some of these threats may seem extreme
  • however, you need to conduct an assessment to determine what is relevant and likely in your scenario
  • again, how do you prepare if you don’t know what you are preparing for
  • by having a strategic preparedness plan you can be fully prepared in the important areas instead of partially prepared in many areas
  • most of the time when you are preparing for the relevant threats it helps to cover other threats that are less likely or extreme
  • so again, I recommend downloading The Strategic Prepper where I walk you through that threat assessment
  • you can always reach out to me if you have any questions regarding that

Resources mentioned:

How to prepare for an economic collapse

Nuclear Fallout Kit

Preparing for the Coming Civil War In the United States

Finding Nuclear Bomb Range on a Map

Photography by DonkeyHotey


About Aaron

Aaron is the founder of Smart Prepper Gear which is a blog dedicated to helping people prepare the smart way now so that they can thrive later. He has been involved with preparedness since 2009 after feeling the effects of the financial crisis that affected most of the country. Aaron also volunteers with CERT (community emergency response team), ARC (Amateur Radio Club), Red Cross and currently studying to be a certified NRA instructor.