WESTERN MONTANA – So, September is National Preparedness Month. After Hurricane Irma blew through, does anyone feel like Americans are more prepared since “preparedness” got its own month?
Maybe it’s time for our own holiday. That will get people’s bloody attention.
Happy Paratus Day!
It’s like Christmas for the prepared individual and family.
What’s Not Working
For most Americans, this is their idea of a bug out plan:
Really funny, but kind of a problem, no? Do more people living in hurricane zones stock food and water to survive expected power outages? Clearly, news stories showing lines of people “panic prepping” prove residents aren’t getting the message.
Maybe, we are desensitized by the idea that every day and every month has some special designation. Menopause Awareness Month? Really?
There must be a better way to inspire Americans to improve their preparedness. Fact: people around the globe love holidays and gifts.
So, let’s build on what people love.
Thanks to Commander Zero, our hero, of Notes from the Bunker, we have a holiday just for the self-reliance crowd: Paratus Day (or for Latin language lovers “prepared day”), and it’s this Friday.
First, an introduction.
Commander Zero is insightful, pragmatic, and truly funny. His description of himself says it all, “Commander Zero is a brilliant-yet-humble survivalist of great mirth and great melancholies. He resides in western Montana living a life of quiet dissatisfaction.”
But enough about him.
What is Paratus Day?
Last year, this publication highlighted an effort by the Commander to create a holiday for semi-secretive people.
“Many of us live our lives with our survivalist interests being a sort of ‘secret identity’ that we show to only a very few people,” said Zero. “I thought it’d be good for us to have a little holiday that we could keep to ourselves, share within the community, and basically have something that was ‘just ours’.”
Like many who live the self-reliant life, we love the freedom that comes with sharing thoughts and ideas with people we know and trust. Add gift giving to the mix, and what’s not to like?
Set for the third Friday of every September, it is a day to put on your favorite camouflage and give your favorite prepper, homesteader, self-reliance-type a party and a gift.
How Paratus Day Works
Here’s how it works, from the Commander himself:
Paratus closely follows the Christmas model – as Christmas traditionally dictates an empty stocking hung by the chimney with care for Santa Claus to fill with gifts, Paratus calls for an empty backpack to be left by the preferred primary exit of the dwelling. Your Paratus gifts are placed in the backpack by the giver. Or, if you prefer the ‘Santa Claus’-type mythos, the backpack will then be filled by the elite Paratus Long-Range Recon Gift Squad. It is advised to wait until a child is in their teens before breaking to them the harsh news that the Paratus Long-Range Recon Gift Squad is really just mom and dad filling their backpack with freeze-drieds once the kid has gone to bed.
All gifts should be able to pass the test of “if the world ended tomorrow, would this be really useful?” It is considered perfectly acceptable to leave cash, although in the spirit of preparedness precious metals are preferred over cash. Unreciprocated gift giving is acceptable if the recipient makes a tremendous expression of gratitude and makes a self-deprecating remark about their own lack of generosity. The giver then agrees with the recipient about their lack of generosity, injects a level of snark or good-natured mild condemnation, and the obligation is then discharged. Here’s a (clean) example:
A: Hey, man…thanks for the cool Swiss Army knife.
B: You’re welcome. So..uhm..where’s my gift?
A: Yeah…about that…things are a little tight but I promise I’ll get you something even more awesome next Paratus. Plus..I’m cheap.
B: Yes. Yes you are. You’re so cheap you won’t even tip your hat! But…Happy Paratus anyway.
And everyone can still be friends!
What’s New for 2017?
“So much of preparedness is about gear and its acquisition, I thought the holiday should just blatantly and unapologetically be about the gear, because who doesn’t need a great excuse to spend money on great gear? And, it’s also an excuse to hang out with like-minded individuals – a chance to be around ‘your people,’” Zero said.
This year, the Commander has one desire for everyone living the prepared lifestyle.
“I’d be quite amused if people would start hounding the big vendors of survival-related products, and asked them if they were going to have Paratus Day specials,” he said. “When the confused and perplexed vendor responds with ‘Huh, what?’ they could be gently guided to the FAQ and maybe we’ll start seeing some sales.”
Paratus Day Sales?
“I don’t think there’ll be a section in the Hallmark store or anything, but I know quite a few people who do pick up little survival tools and books to give away when the day rolls around,” he said. “If Cheaper Than Dirt or Old Grouch’s Surplus has a Paratus Day sale or something similar, I’ll be very amused and consider things a success.”
Per the Commander’s request, Paratus Business News reached out to a few survival business we know, and this could be the start of something.
- In honor of Paratus Day, Great Living Sources founder Guy Snodgrass who is an author and expert on readiness and “bug out” site selection offers:
- Survival classes for 50% off;
- Readiness Plan and Site Selection/Evaluation Reports for $500 each; and,
- $5 off his books “Return to Life,” “Texas Border Trouble,” and his class DVDs.
More Preparedness Sales
Unfortunately, most retailers do not have preparedness sales specifically for Paratus Day. So we took it upon ourselves to make something of it.
In no particular order, here’s the sales we found:
- Lehman’s has food storage goods on sale;
- Beekeeping protective gear on sale at Dadant;
- Home food freeze dryers at Harvest Right;
- Craft and beekeeping supplies on sale at Brushy Mountain Bee Farm;
- The very important, properly stored toilet paper on sale at Privy Paper;
- 1441gear.net has all inside the waistband Kydex holsters for $10 off;
- Cheaper Than Dirt does have a nice clearance sale;
- Old Grouch’s Military Surplus doesn’t have a sale scheduled, but (once you get off their lawn!) there’s a lot of competitively priced surplus goods to consider;
- Night vision at Ready Made Resources;
- Buy two high capacity magazines and get a free mag pouch at Surefire;
- Free shipping at North Bay Trading;
- Buy 2-get-1-free “grab and go” kits at Augason Farms;
- Emergency Essentials has a sale on one-year supplies and more;
- Lights, batteries, cameras and other supplies on sale at The Ready Store;
- Survival Frog sales on pocket-sized solar lanterns, multitools and more;
- Closeout deals on milspec fabrics (for the seamstress at home) at MMI Textiles;
- Free shipping on powerful tactical solar generators at Always Empowered;
- Solar power products like battery charges and small generators at Goal Zero;
And finally, why not relax and enjoy a nice blog on this day too. Paratus Familia Blog.
For the rest of the story, visit Commander Zero’s declaration of Paratus Day.
(Editor’s note: Paratus Business News has no affiliation with most of these retailers. We have not reviewed any of the products, but we appreciate it when you do shop with our advertisers so we can stay inn business. We do like the blog, though.)