What If The Collapse Never Comes?

In Uncategorizedby M.D. Creekmore16 Comments

What if the collapse never comes? What if we spend all this time and money preparing for a collapse or disaster that never happens. Then what? We’ll have wasted our lives, time and money he says.

One example given was Mel Tappan (1933–1980) – Tappan was a stable fixture of survivalist movement before his death at age 47. Did Mel waste his life planning for a crash that never came in his lifetime?

I doubt Mel would feel that he did, but I guess we’ll never know.

I’m sure a lot of people have abandoned the idea of preparedness when the crash failed to happen within their allotted time frame (the year 2000 millennium bug “Y2K”  or Obama in the Whitehouse for example). This is natural and I’ll admit it’s happened to me more than once. Sometimes it’s difficult to stay on target and motivated.

When you think about it, collapse and disasters happen every day, albeit on a personal or local level. Job loss can cause a personal economic collapse and natural and man-made disasters can be sudden, destructive to property and deadly, tornadoes for example – these types of disasters are becoming more commonplace.

I see survival planning as an insurance policy for the future, and a way of life (and it can also be a lot of fun if you’re doing it right).

How many homeowners have paid insurance premiums for 30 or more years, yet their home has never flooded or burnt? How many have dropped their policy only to have their home destroyed by fire months later?

But what if I spend all that money stocking up on survival food only to throw it out when it passes the expiration date?

What’s that you say? Why would you have to throw it out? You have to eat – don’t you? If you eat and rotate you should never have to throw anything out. Let me say that again – If you eat and rotate you should never have to throw anything out. Got it? Good.

All you’re doing by stocking up is buying in advance and when you consider the fact that you’re eating at last years food prices, stocking up is a no brainer because it’s only going to get more expensive. If you’re throwing food away you’re doing something wrong.

If you learn to prepare food using basic foods, such as beans, rice and whole grains you’ll actually be saving money, eating better and learning new skills.

By learning skills and doing things yourself, you not only save money, but you also gain independence and a feeling of self-worth and pride in your accomplishments. This is valuable no matter what the economic or surrounding conditions.

Survival planning and self-reliance also has many health benefits, and we all want to be healthy and live longer.

By raising a garden, hunting, and foraging, you not only eat healthier, but you also get off the couch and get some exercise and again you save money.

I don’t think a life including survival planning is a wasted life. There is no need to hide in a bunker or live in fear as some seem to think – it can be a lot of fun, you can save money and probably live longer.

What do you think? Is prepping a waste of your life?


  1. Also, this is a lifestyle you can pass down to your kids. Whatever you don’t use, your kids can use. The skills you learn and propagate can be passed down to your kids, their kids, so on so forth. It’s not a waste of time and money unless you make it a waste of time and money. Good article!

  2. I believe the boy scout motto is be prepared. To my way of thinking prepping is just being prepared. You never know what life is going to throw at you. Storms, hurricanes,floods, earthquakes, and other natural disasters happen all the time. It only makes sense to prepare just in case. Just because the event you prepare for doesn’t happen means you are wasting your life. In a disaster situation the only person you can truly count on is yourself. Maybe family and friends if you are lucky enough to have them. So prepare and you will be the one people look to in times of crisis. Good luck and God Bless.


  3. I think if you ask most rural (farm people) from a generation or two ago, prepping would be the norm. Grow a big garden, put it up and eat what you have harvested over the next year. Raise chickens for eggs and meat, have hogs and cows for the same. Fix or repair just about anything, because too far and too expensive to take to the repair shop. Or barter with the neighbour who can fix something you can’t in return for fixing something for him that he can’t. Not prepping, every day life.

    As a general rule, people don’t want to return to a scrimp and save lifestyle perhaps, especially if you have grown up purchasing any and everything you need. The grocery store or farmer’s market provides all your food needs and every type of repair shop is a 15 minute drive from your house. Doing it yourself is not on their radar. Some cite busyness as the reason to not. Hard to grow a garden and repair things in an apartment as well.

    But all of us can do more than we are currently doing with few exceptions. We can stock some extra food. We can do some repairs (YouTube has videos for just about anything!)

    I grew up on a farm. Big garden. Picked berries and made jam and jelly. Helped fix farm machinery with my dad. Did chores. I don’t live that life style currently, but that sticks with you. Still have a big garden, make jam and jelly, my own bread and give a lot away to family.

    I think it is more a mental game than anything. How to preserve, conserve and reuse things. Own possessions, but don’t let possessions own you. Keep it simple.

    I may have just repeated what you said MD! Just worded it differently. I’m a Canadian eh!

      1. Kaye,

        I think if you ask most rural (farm people) from a generation or two ago, prepping would be the norm.

        I live rural and this is also true of our current generation. Farm life is hard; but, rewarding. Most would not use the label prepper; but, their lifestyle is what most outsiders would consider as prepping, since they often do the unthinkable, like cooking their own meals from scratch and not eating out or having delivery for most meals.

        Grow a big garden, put it up and eat what you have harvested over the next year. Raise chickens for eggs and meat, have hogs and cows for the same.

        We no longer have animals except chickens; but, most of our younger neighbors do, and bartering eggs, garden produce or labor is rather common.

        Fix or repair just about anything, because too far and too expensive to take to the repair shop. Or barter with the neighbour who can fix something you can’t in return for fixing something for him that he can’t. Not prepping, every day life.

        Just about every farmer I know can do rough construction, welding and mechanical repair for just those reasons. We often look at TV advertisements for meal kits, where they deliver food in a box with instructions, so you can do your own cooking. I guess for some it works; but, it still seems a bit expensive and odd to most of us.

  4. What if the collapse never comes? So?? I’ll simply leave everything to the kids. Especially the books and the e-mails I have from Mr. Creekmore. It will be a major jump start for them.

  5. never hurts to have extra. Life always give you a surprise when you least expect it. I agree with Kaye Ford. Good points

  6. I lived in the North East US most of my life. The results of a very big garden stored in the root cellar, cheese from our home -produced Jersey milk, beef, eggs and eats from the wild were the norm for us. We had a goal for all the logs dropped over the winter when you can better see the top of the canopy for defects were cut, split and piled neatly before planting time. The next years heat bill was paid long before the cold weather arrived. I loved the independent lifestyle and still do but now doing it half way around the world. I used to be ready to ride out winter blizzards and the occasional severe ice storm. The only thing that has changed after moving 12,000 miles and 15 degrees above the equator as opposed to 45 degrees above the equator is the kinds of most likely events we face. Now we make ready for typhoons, rainy season and regular earthquakes here on the ring of fire. It is a sad thing to see people get the warning that bad weather is in-coming yet they sit there and do nothing. Understandably it is not easy for someone barley able to afford rice for today to put away extra for a week. At least move out of the path of a storm but all too frequently that also does not happen. Never the less, I determined my family will survive, prosper and be around to help others. I have personally seen the supply chain break down in the aftermath of a super typhoon. Roads were quickly open but some products we regularly use were not back in stock for many months after the storm. Our storage room sure smoothed out those crisis. These days, my beautiful bride is 100% fully onboard with me. She saw the difference our high level of preparedness was to the comfort of our family. In my honest opinion, if truly life threatening and long lasting events occur, I see no way for most average folks to make it unless that government help arrives in a timely manner. I choose NOT to depend on the government. Prepping is a form of life insurance. The best part is that you get to keep all the premiums paid (your storage food, gear, firearms, and all that you have put away) and not the insurance company. In fact, I have never heard of a company providing hunger insurance, have you?

  7. I like the analogy to insurance and have used it myself.

    Houses burn down so rarely that we may reasonably expect our own to never burn down, ever, even decades after we sell it.

    Yet people think not having fire insurance is so foolish that I don’t know any homeowners who don’t have insurance. Same with liability insurance.

    Insurance costs money up front, and only pays back if there is a disaster. Our premiums could go to other, more fun things, yet it is the norm to spend that money on insurance year after year, expecting that we will never make a claim. At worst it buys peace of mind.

    Prepping costs money up front too, money which could be spent on more fun things. Unlike a major fire, though, we can reasonably expect problems to occur which those preps will help get us through with less stress, and reasonably expect major problems like hurricanes or earthquakes which our preps will help us survive.

    The odds of TEOTWAWKI are hard to calculate. Plenty of people opt to prepare anyway, and plenty more opt to prepare for the smaller disasters but not the ultimate. I don’t think either one is wrong, just different evaluations of the risks and benefits. How much insurance is enough, how much is too much?

    However much insurance we opt for, the important thing is to have some.

  8. What if I never use my fire extinguisher? GOOD
    I don’t want my kids and grandkids to ever see it.

  9. We had a water main break a week or so ago. Because of our stores of water, which we rotate, our lives didn’t miss a beat. Dinner was prepared as planned. Even broke the rig out to get a shower if needed. Never came to use it but it’s just one of those things that didn’t cause an issue in our house.

    A brief chat with one of the neighbors found that it threw his house in to a tail spin. I don’t really share what I do. I know he sees me fire up my generators every month. I have never lost any food to the power outages that happen here in Texas when the storms roll through.

    I ready for the things that are bound to happen as well as if the big one happens.

    Worth every penny

  10. I agree that prepping is a form of insurance and that everyone can face small disasters. I also agree that no one should rely on the government regardless of party or politics. Learn to be self sufficient and rely on yourself, family and friends as they will rely on you. Its called a community for a reason!
    Great post!

  11. I would say no Prepping is never wasted. I get things all the time we stock up on sales, and share if we have to much I do have a stopping point if I feel I have a lot then I get using it. Never have I thought this is a waste of time or energy it just becomes a part of your lifestyle.

  12. I’ll look at it like this I believe in the rapture and if nothing ever happens until the rapture that food , medicine weapons and Bible will go to those that can’t buy or sale and I truly believe that is what we’re all prepping for in the first place, and I believe most people are unaware of this that God is using us to help those in the end times ,God bless.

  13. Penrod,

    I like the analogy to insurance and have used it myself.

    I also use this one all of the time, as well as replacing that smoke detector battery that has never had the chance to detect real smoke.
    Life is filled with hazards we attempt to defend against all of the time and prepping is just one more layer in that defense.
    My latest addition is a new building. The 14×24 foot structure was manufactured off site and delivered here as this photo array can show you.
    It adds additional storage, a workshop and a sugar shack, as soon as I install the wood stove.

    Prepping as a lifestyle is actually kind of fun.

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