The first 100 days have become a standard in which we judge the adequacy of our new President. It started with President Franklin Roosevelt, who jumped in feet first. He signed 76 bills and rolled out the New Deal within his first 100 days and now every president since has been trying to live up to his standards.
While President Trump came in with a plan for his for 100 days, things haven’t gone quite as smooth as he thought they would. He is the first elected President with no political, government, or military experience and could be considered “entry-level.” A lot has happened in the past couple of months and lot is still to come. Anybody must grow into their position, including our current President. As a prepper, current world events should play a part in the way we prepare. Yes, things can change day to day, but by watching what is happening in the world, listening to the changes, and actively planning for the future, can help us to feel more safe and secure in our own homes. So what events have taken place, and what can we learn from our new president during his first 100 days? And how can we improve our daily preps to help foster a comforting and normal environment at home?
THE FIRST 100 DAYS
Syrian Bombing - Earlier in April, the US bombed Syria. There have been various reports on the extent of the damaged area and the even disagreements for the reasons behind the bombings. Reasons stating it was a “distraction”, to “scare Assad” their president, or even the “US was taking a moral stand” have been stated. Regardless of the reasoning, there will be changes that are a result of that decision.
North Korea – The US and North Korea relationship has been rocky at best, and has moved into the hostile range recently. Along with support from many other countries, there has been movement of US naval and military forces in response to the threats being made. North Korea has also held large scale artillery drills.
Russian Relations – Our relationship with Russia has also been jeopardized. They didn’t take kindly to the Syrian bombing. The Russian President Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying “The level of trust on a working level, especially on the military level, has not improved, but has rather deteriorated.”
Travel Ban – In January, Trump issued an executive order to ban entry to the country for 90 days by citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen and completely halts refugees from Syria. While the travel ban has been issued, it has been repeatedly blocked in the courts. This has caused confusion in airports especially. While President Trump has presented the ban for stated that “this is about terror and keeping our country safe.” There have still been cries from US citizens both for and against this policy.
Obamacare – While steps have been taken to reform the Affordable Care Act, nothing has actually been passed. This could make those actually using the Obamacare relieved, however, those that are looking for change are particularly frustrated with the lack of progress being made.
PREPPERS TAKE ACTION!
It appears that there have been plenty of “war” actions made against other countries. Many people believe that war stimulates the economy. While there may be money spent on military and munitions, and appears to create jobs, it actually is part of “The Broken Window Fallacy.” (http://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/08/broken-window-fallacy.asp).
Basically, this theory means that the money being spent in the economy is just going somewhere else. Let’s say the money that is being spent on the military supplies may actually have been meant for repairing roads. Now we either spend more money (that we may not have) to repair the roads, or not repair the roads at all. In short, war does not, in fact, stimulate the economy.
Savings - As a prepper, you still need to provide for your family. In preparation for war, you should have savings. This will help to provide the basic necessities for your family should the economy collapse during war. Take basic steps to build savings. By saving a few dollars here and there, you can actually build up significant savings. Try cutting out your daily run to the local coffee shop. Instead, recreate you preferred beverage at home. Brown bag your lunch, to save on the splurge at the fast food joint down the street. Or even switch to drinking water in a reusable water bottle instead of purchasing a drink from the vending machine. These small actions can save you quite a bit each month. Take the amount you would have spent and put it into a savings account for an emergency. You’ll be surprised at how much it will grow in just a short time.
Food Storage – Another way to prepare, is to have food storage. Not only does food storage help to actually feed your family, but it also can help you save money. Inflation causes the price of goods to rise. Let’s say you purchased your pasta primavera for $15 today, and due to inflation, it would cost $30 next month. You have actually saved yourself $15 when you eat it. Due to the fact that food storage has been packaged for long term, you could be eating your $15 pasta primavera in 25 years. Just think of the savings. Plus, when you store food long term, you are able to create a safe and normal atmosphere for you family should something happen. It’s not just for use during a war. Losing a job, or having medical issues that prevent you from providing for your family can be scary. However, having food storage gives you something to rely on.
Skills – While the travel ban may not affect most US citizens directly when travelling, it is a good reminder to be prepared wherever we are. There were those that were stranded in other countries during the chaos. What if that happened to you? What if your luggage was sent on without you? Or you only had the few pieces of clothing in your bag? Knowing how to survive on the minimum is a great survival skill. This could happen because you were stranded in another city or country, or you could simply be on a hike with just your day pack. Learn how to build a fire, stay warm and dry, and even how to wash your clothes by hand. You never know when… or where your survival skills will come in handy.
Health – If you are unsure of how your medical coverage is going to work out with any/all changes that are possible, it is especially important to take care of your health. But this actually goes for all individuals, too. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is an important prep! Emergencies, disasters, loss of job, etc. are all stressful situations. For some situations, medical help may not be available. Doing your best now to be healthy can help in these instances. So, what little things can you do now to help stay healthy? Well, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Eat an apple instead of a candy bar. Drink water instead of soda. And smile. Happy people are healthier! With such simple things, you can change the way you prep today without even having to spend a dime.
As we close the first 100 days with President Trump, we can take heart that no matter what happens in the next 100 or even the next 1,000, we can still prepare. We can learn from each event, and although we may not be able to change our president’s choices or actions, we can change our own. Things may go our way, or they may not, but by taking the time to make small changes today, we can provide a future for our families tomorrow.