The following blog post is a beginner's guide to prepping. It includes: what preppers are, the benefits of being prepared, why people should be prepared, and how to start preparing. The article discusses how important it is for everyone to take responsibility for their own safety in these uncertain times. Being prepared will help you feel more confident about your future as well as the future of those closest to you. Let's get started!
What is a prepper?
The first thing that most people think about when they hear "prepper" is someone who loves camping or who spends hours outdoors on weekends with family and friends - but this couldn't be further from the truth! Prepping is the act of preparing for any sort of disaster. While it may seem like a lot, the benefits are numerous. The term "prepper" typically refers to people who take action to prepare themselves and their families in case of emergencies, natural disasters, or other catastrophic events - but these people also include gardeners who grow food year-round and collectors who save thousands of gallons of water on hand just in case!
Preppers are those who prepare for natural disasters or other life-threatening events by storing up food, water, medical supplies, and equipment in order to sustain themselves during an emergency. Prepping can also include developing skills that will aid them when disaster strikes (such as learning first aid).
As a prepper, it is important to always be prepared for anything that might happen. This can be difficult when faced with such a large and unpredictable world. However, there are ways to prepare yourself and your family for any situation that comes up.
Why become a prepper?
When things get tough, one of the best ways to make life more comfortable is through a preparedness effort. Preparedness efforts can also provide you with an advantage in survival situations as well--maybe even making the difference between living and dying. Preparing for the worst and hoping it never comes sounds like a catch-22. It may seem that way, but in reality, you are practicing peace of mind by being prepared at all times because life can change without warning. No one likes to think about what could happen on any given day: an earthquake or tornado hitting the local area; your home floods due to heavy rains; rainwater seeping into electrical outlets flooding rooms with standing water overnight causing significant structural damage—just when things were starting to get back together after hurricane X! But there is no telling when these events might occur. While I am not suggesting buying survival gear from online vendors (unless they have been tested), preparing ahead of time will help keep anxiety levels down during tough situations.
Preppers are on the front lines of disaster relief. They have what it takes to provide for themselves and others, even when a disaster strikes their community. When they're not taking care of everything at home or helping out with amateur radio networks in case a major emergency occurs, preppers unite across barriers like age, race culture, and socioeconomic status by assisting one another during everyday life as well as times of crisis- throwing aside judgments based on where someone is from or who they worship to help each other survive together.
Preppers are a great asset to the communities in which they live. They can be self-reliant and have skills such as being able to hunt, shoot guns for defense, or rescue people from disasters like earthquakes. Preppers reach across barriers of age, race, culture, socioeconomic status (low income) with religion even when disaster strikes because through amateur radio networks many preppers participate in local Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). When disaster does strike these prepped individuals know how important it is not only to prepare their own families but also to care for others who need help too!
If you are interested in prepping, these tips can help you get started on your journey! Giving these pointers now will leave you better prepared for when disasters do happen, so read on before it's too late!
1) Keep to the basics
It’s important to plan ahead for any emergency. When you are just getting started, it is best to start with a 3-day supply of food and water along with first aid kits if necessary. As your experience grows and confidence increases, an annual or 30-day supply can be acquired as well so that there is less chance the supplies will run out in case of emergencies such as natural disasters like tornadoes or hurricanes which could happen anytime without notice; but until then starting small would serve one better than going all out too quickly before being able to build up enough resources beforehand – at least when looking at financial costs alone!
When it comes down to basics: make sure you're equipped well enough so nothing can stand in between life and death situations. Surviving an emergency situation is all about the basics. Your number one priority should be ensuring you have a 3 day supply of food and water, with some basic first aid supplies to cover other emergencies that may arise in this short time frame. As your skills increase and confidence grows, feel free to expand into longer-term storage items like medicine or pet food for those you love most!
2) Gather Important Documents
Your documents are more than just a way to identify you. They can also help first responders provide medical care, and even connect with family members in an emergency. I keep copies of my driver's license, passport, marriage license, list of contacts including medical history on hand at all times so that if something happens I'm ready to grab them quickly without wasting any time trying to find these important items when seconds count the most. Keep copies of your driver's license, passport, marriage certificate/license, and any other vital information with you at all times. Include photographs or images to assist rescue workers should they need assistance identifying you. I like storing this data on a flash drive so it can be easily accessed if needed!
3) Develop a Communications & Transportation Plan
What if the SHTF and you're not at home? This is where this plan becomes important. Come up with a plan that helps you identify how loved ones will connect with each other in case of a natural disaster or another crisis, like an earthquake. Come up with meeting places for everyone to meet during emergencies; this way when things go south, there's always someone waiting on your doorstep safe and sound! Make sure you have an emergency plan in place, one which is updated with your loved ones. If it's possible at all, run drills or two so you remember what needs to be done should this worst-case scenario happen.
4) Learn Basic Skills
The best way to learn skills is by having fun. While you're at it, involve the whole family while turning basic skill-building into a hobby! Do as much or little of the following list as fits for what interests you and your loved ones most. Here are some ideas: planting and harvesting food (even if your plants only survive for one season), fishing or hunting animals for dinner, camping outdoors under the stars with friends and loved ones in tow - there's an endless list of possibilities that turn to learn these valuable life-hacks into something enjoyable rather than mundane. There are so many ways to learn basic skills that not only will you be able to teach your kids, but they'll have fun doing it too. Learn gardening and grow some food - heck, anyone can do this! Take up fishing or hunting; go camping and build a fire outside of the house; cook on an open grill or make pancakes over a campfire (pancakes may require cooking oil).
5) Determine the Most Likely Natural Event in Your Area
Are you prepared for any natural disaster that might happen in your area? Determine what type of emergency could be most likely to occur by looking at where you live. If there is a high chance of hurricanes, then prepare accordingly and take steps to evacuate if necessary. With earthquakes or floods also comes the possibility for landslides so make sure everything has been secured against them as well! Knowing how these types work will help keep yourself safe when one does strike near you- no need to panic now with this guide on hand!"
Imagine that you are in a hurricane zone. The wind is howling and the rain feels like needles on your skin, as it lashes at everything around you- trees uprooted by sheer force of nature crashing down all around them. You're trying not to panic because there's no time for fear now but each gust seems to push closer towards where you stand trapped indoors with nowhere else to go or hide from this storm one minute coming faster than planned, nothing prepared...the terror of what might happen next suddenly fills up every inch inside your body once more: would we be safe? Will our home hold strong against these forces outside? What if...?
The worst natural disasters are the ones that strike without warning. Every geographical area is pre-disposed to some type of emergency, so it's important for you to determine what your likely risks may be in order to prepare accordingly. Maybe a hurricane zone? Or tornadoes? Natural disasters can happen anywhere and anytime!
6) Plan for a Power Outage
What if there was a power outage, and you had to live without electricity for days? What would happen to your home then? I suggest stocking up on some extra flashlights (I love these new LED Maglite models), batteries, candles. Then make sure that you have waterproof matches in case the candle dies out or gets blown away by heavy winds! For starters though-those three items will be enough until later when you might want an inverter or generator. Pick up some extra flashlights, batteries, candles, and waterproof matches. This should be good enough for starters but you should also grab an inverter or generator later on when you have the cash flow to do so!
7) Store Comfort Foods and Amusements
I don't care what people say: when the going gets tough, it's time to go for comfort! That means a bag of cookies or macaroni and cheese - anything that will make you feel better. Pack away some sudoku puzzles in your survival pantry too; they'll take up space but are perfect if all other avenues have failed. The best way to beat the panic and fear is with a few snacks that make you feel better. There's nothing like a bag of cookies, mac & cheese straight out the box. Some good options are some cookies, mac & cheese from a box, candy bars or chips for kids of all ages, popcorn (which can be popped over an open fire), cards games like UNO!, sudoku books-the list could go on but these will suffice in your survival pantry! Add some playing cards with popcorn popped over an open fire (mind your fingers) then pack away items that will make you feel better - whiskey is always good. Pack away things now so at least one part of life gives us comfort during these trying times!
8) Get to Know your Neighbors
Get to know your neighbors, or if you live in a remote area the folks in the surrounding community. These are people that will watch your back and help you out when disaster strikes-and likewise you should be inclined to help them out if they're worse off than you following any sort of natural event. Friendly and familiar faces during tough times can provide a good sense of comfort, especially considering zombies may start roaming around at some point! Just remember life is always about helping others--so do what's right with moral values intact no matter how tough it gets...you'll feel better for yourself too ;)
So, there you have it, these are our 8 tips to consider you're new to prepping. Remember the above-mentioned tips are just a few of the many. But keeping these tips in mind will surely make it a lot easier for you to navigate your way around prepping. Last of all, whatever you do, always put your safety first and think about how you can maximize the use of your supplies without taking any unnecessary risks. We’d love to hear from you, so leave a comment below and let us know what your thoughts are.