Hi there Fernando,Love your blog and words of experience and advice. I have a quick question. I've been interviewed by a few news outlets (Newsweek, a FOX affiliate, a few radio stations, newspaper) on the topic of preparedness or 'preppers' as we're known here in the U.S. The latest request comes from a news magazine called Nightline. It is very widely known, has lots of viewers.From the very first interview, I have been criticized, sometimes mercilessly, not by dopey oblivious-niks as much as people on MY side! They have all said I'm putting my family in danger by talking about preparedness and what I have done and am doing in terms of water and food storage, firearms training, etc. I know all about OPSEC but have figured that home invasions by people searching for food is nearly 100% a non-happening, and if truly bad times come, my family will likely be gone and long forgotten. Even as bad as Katrina was, people weren't stealing food from homes.My question for you, before I make this interview decision, is this. Is that kind of crime common in Argentina? I've read that you keep a low profile, e.g. no fancy jewelry, very plain looking clothes and vehicle, etc., and that would be us. But are people so desperate that they would break into homes and possibly kill others in search of food and water?That world seems so far from my experiences here in America, although no one can predict the future. My own opinion is that we will more or less slouch into socialism with a much higher rate of unemployment and poverty. With all the recent changes that have been made, our country will have been overtaken without the shedding of any blood. Surreal.At any rate, do you have any advice for me? The news producer said they would like to do a Day in the Life...story about me. Follow me around as I use our solar oven, food dehydrator, go to the shooting range with us, etc. All the other stories have been extremely fair. I think I have even managed to convert at least a couple of the journalists. :o) My name is already out there, along with my city, so on one hand, maybe it won't make any difference.Thanks so much,Lisa BedfordTheSurvivalMom.com
Hi Lisa, several interesting questions there I'm sure others are asking themselves too.
First of all, you have to accept that there is a certain amount of people in the survival and preparedness community that you wouldn't get along well with if they lived next door.
Everything from religious fanatics of all sort that believe this or that group of people should be exterminated, to racists of all kinds, missoganists that believe women are on this Earth to "obay" men, and all sorts of extremists and nutcases. Then you have the hopeless doomers that get depressed during the good times, cant imagine what they would do during the bad ones, and lets not forget the "When SHTF... I'll be the king of the hill and have 20 year old swimsuit models fighting over me".
You also have people that make a living out of paranoia, promising the end of the world every 5 years or so, always finding one situation or another that will trigger a snow ball effect that will inevitably end with the world as you know it.
Its true that many of us are just sane, normal people with none of these delusions but you have to accept that they are out there, installed in the survival and preparedness community. They'll pick up the phone, write angry emails and critizise everything you say.
Can you let that affect you? Of course not.
Regarding Opsec and letting strangers know what you do, you have to find a middle ground. Of course you cannot, teach others, make videos and such without compromising in that area.
Something similar happens when you talk to people trying to get them on board.
Try finding a middle ground. If your face is out there, try not mentioning the exact county were you live, try not mentioning the names of your kids or how old they are, specially don't name the school they go to.
If all they have is your face and name, its much harder to find you if you don't give more exact information.
About your question: No, food isn't targeted. Bad guys here want cash, jewelry, guns and expensive gadgets, mostly in that order. There's no home invasions to steal food, money is still much more compact and gets you more food than you can carry if you have enough paper currency so why bother?
It is true though that in some cases, people will kill for just a bit of food or water. The aftermath of the earthquake in Chile is a recent example and proof of that. Avoid showing off pics of large amounts of food, a few items is enough to illustrate and make a point.
When it comes to interviews, know that sensationalism sells. A typical thing is asking you to show your guns or ammo. Dont do it, Editing is everything and they'll find a way to make you look paranoid or weird in some way. Its an image that makes you look bad but it attracts more viewers. Even if they are fair, you always have to keep in mind that they have to sell a product, so even if its fair they can use all sorts of strategies to bring more attention to the gun, everything from camera closeups to music, silences, its too good for them to let it go to waste.
Tell them that you'd gladly talk about armed self defense but that for security measures you dont want to show around your guns.
Of course dont say much at all about your home security, use another home or combination of a couple others and their setup so as to not give bad guys a road map to your home security setup.
Same for a camera walking around showing the layout. Ask for still video in one place and not walking all around the house while filming.
Good luck with the show and interviews, keep those things in mind!
PS: About packing a 22LR. Its comfortable but you sure dont want a 22LR to fight the next maniac that walks into the fast food joint where you are with your kids. Comfort and price (of gun or ammo) Should not be an issue. You're life priceless so go for the best you can carry, teh best round you can fire. Your life and the life of your kids is well worth the $25 x 20 round premium ammo box and the $500 for a good handgun. For the size of your Walter 22LR, there's 9mm subcompact Glocks. Keltec also makes a very small 9mm pistol. Dont go for smaller than 9mm, that's your caliber limit for a serious self defense gun.