How Prepared Should We Be for a Terrorist Attack?

This isn’t going to be an article on how to prepare for a terrorist attack. Those are out there already if you want to look them up. My thoughts today go in a different direction. Some readers will be upset by what follows.

In the wake of various attacks overseas, I’ve been disappointed by responses I’ve heard and read from people I respect, including personal friends, people in the prepper community, and some members of the alternative media. They’ve bought into fear mongering and have joined the masses in a call for a militaristic solution.

I’m not here to propose a broad solution. I simply want us to take a deep breath and not panic.

First of all, don’t believe everything coming from the mainstream media–or the alternative media, for that matter. Put on your thinking cap, and take everything with at least a grain of salt.

The operative approach I propose is to realize that things are not what they seem. They haven’t been for a long time now. The events related to 9/11/’01 are a prime example.

While our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the terrorist attacks we see in the news, as they well should, don’t give in to fear. Yes, the numbers reportedly killed are psychologically disarming. But how many people died across America over the last couple of days in car crashes?

We face greater threats in our everyday lives than we do from being attacked by terrorists. Those are the things we need to prepare for first.

Did you know you and I have a greater chance of being struck by lightning than being the victim of a terrorist attack?

Am I saying it couldn’t happen? No. But let’s put things in their proper perspective.

Some say it’s a matter of when, not if, that we’ll be attacked again in America with another event like 9/11. Frankly, I’m more concerned about the aftermath.

The government’s immediate reaction is to step up security, regardless of whether a credible threat exists. They say they’ll keep us safe. Meanwhile, we’re being conditioned to be afraid of our own shadows.

Do you feel more comfortable going to ball games now? Are you OK with being violated physically or by X-ray at airports? You’ll never see me on a commercial plane because I refuse to be subjected to the indignities, such as legalized sexual molestation by the TSA.

Will a SWAT team come to your door or mine because we’re preppers? Or because we may have said something believed to be contrary to the current government’s views?

It’s something to think about.

In case you believe terrorists hate us because we’re free, take a look at an article by Paul Craig Roberts called The Punishment Society, and see if you feel the same way.

If you want well thought out perspective on what’s really going on in the world, let me recommend you visit They’re one of the best. Be sure to check out The Sunday Wire, their weekly news overview podcast. No yelling. No fear mongering. Simply brilliant outlook.

If you’re concerned about active shooter situations, I’ve shared info previously here. You need to have a copy of How to Handle a Crisis, by Dennis Evers, and Jim Cobb’s Prepper’s Home Defense.

For my fellow believers in Christ, Paul’s words (quoted below) to the young pastor Timothy, are more relevant now than ever. Apply them to your life and let God give you peace of mind.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7, Holy Bible, King James Version.

Now, have a safe, happy day. And keep prepping.

Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

2 thoughts on “How Prepared Should We Be for a Terrorist Attack?”

  1. I agree that the aftermath may be worse than an actual attack. Our current government isn’t about to let a good crisis be wasted. One city gets a hit and they will use it as an excuse to.put the boot on all our necks. Sad what our country has become… All we can do is try to be ready….

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