This is for those who just started looking into prepping and for the old timers who have been around awhile and need a refresher…
Why Do We Prepare?
We assume that at some point in our lifetime some kind of disaster will happen that will cause us to fall back on our preps to survive, or at least weather the storm comfortably – whether that storm be an economic crash, some kind of actual weather event, or a natural disaster such as an earthquake or flood. Having made this assumption we do what we do: we prepare for these various events as best we can by storing resources for later consumption and future protection. Storing food, water, sometimes guns and ammunition, and having a place to go or a “bug-out” location is part of how we prepare.
We do what we think necessary to take care of our families during these rough times. Some believe that the disaster is just around the corner and others think that we’ve got anywhere from two to ten years before it comes. We often disagree about how bad things will get, but the one thing we all have in common is that we continue to prepare.
What To Do?
There are many things you can do to lower your exposure to various risks and this list is by no means comprehensive:
- Store food - make sure it’s something you’ll use by rotating your stock
- Store water (and learn how to purify it)
- Take first aid classes and store medical supplies
- If possible live in your bug-out location
- Read as much as you can about possible threats and learn what you can do to minimize them
- Learn how to use a gun properly
- Learn others way to defend yourself in dangerous situations. This doesn’t mean you have to attend a police or military university, but some form of learning and training is recommended. Learning basic melee or hand to hand combat techniques could be difference between life and death.
- Store ammunition for the guns you buy
- Start a garden
- Learn how to can vegetables and meat
- Find a suitable bug-out location and try and figure out when it’s time to leave
- Make a bug-out plan for your family and don’t forget to plan for young children, the elderly, handicapped, pets and so on
- Learn wilderness survival skills
- Get physically fit and eat a proper diet
- If you don’t have a lot of money learn how to prep on a budget
- Get out of debt
There are many sites dedicated to prepping. Depending on the author(s) some are more radical than others. You have to find a level of prepping that you’re comfortable with and then get started.
What Will People Think?
Nothing, if you do it right. One of the tenets of prepping is OPSEC, or Operation Security. Simply put this means that you don’t go around advertising that you’re storing food and other supplies for several different reasons. The first reason is that for those people who don’t prep is that if they know you do the first thing that will happen after TSHTF is that they’ll show up on your doorstep with their family looking for you to take care of them. Unless you’re willing to store extra food for others who aren’t prepared you’ll want to keep your activities quiet.
The other reason is that people may regard you as slightly crazy for thinking that anything could ever happen to the edifice we call civilization; however, if they looked a little closer they might see it starting to crumble around the edges like we do.
What If Your Spouse Isn’t On Board?
Ranger Man wrote a post on that very topic that you can read here.
Whether or not the economy is going to crash taking civilization with it, or an EMP from the sun or a nuclear device will knock out the electric grid, or a tornado or other natural disaster, we – as preppers – can rest easier knowing that we have at least started putting things aside for dark times.
The time to start preparing is now. I don’t have any special foresight into the future, but simply watching the news and keeping track of world events I realize that things are on pretty shaky ground now and I choose to be as prepared as I can in case those dark times do happen.
Good luck and start prepping if you haven’t.