Prepping 101: Steps You Need To Take Today

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Prepping 101: steps you need to take today. Is it possible to have priorities when prepping? While most people don’t want to think about the worst that could happen, it’s not going to stop that crisis from happening. Stop and think about your family for a moment.

Say for instance, if the power grid were to come crashing down tomorrow, how long do you think your family would survive? If you guessed not more than a couple of days, you may be right.

That may come across as harsh, but we’re being brutally honest. Keep reading to discover priorities to have when prepping.

Prepping 101: Steps You Need To Take Today

Maybe you don’t know the first thing about prepping for a disaster or what all goes into it. Not to worry. Prepping is not just about stocking up on food and supplies, but several other important factors as well. Here are several priorities that you need to have when prepping for the worst.   

Living Below Your Means

It’s no secret that prepping can cost a lot of money. In most situations, people don’t have thousands that they can spend to get prepared for an emergency. If things are tight, but you want to be able to prepare, you’ll have to live below your budget.

That might mean skipping eating out or buying things that you don’t need. Any extra money that is saved, you’ll be able to use on supplies that you may need. 

Collecting the Necessary Supplies

There’s never an end to the supplies that you could gather to cover a wide range of scenarios. While that might not be what you want to hear, we’ll take a look at the supplies that will be vital.

  • First, you need to look at supplies that will take care of your most basic needs. That includes food, water, clothing, and medical supplies. 
  • You’ll want to stock up around a year’s supply of food for each family member in your household. This might sound ridiculous or too demanding, you don’t need to gather it all at one time.
  • You can buy a little bit over time. Consider stocking up on foods that are dried out and take up less space. They also last for many years without spoiling. 

Have the Right Amount of Food and Water on Hand

While you can go about three weeks without having any food in your belly, your body will only function for around 3 days without water before shutting down.

Humans are meant to drink at least one gallon of water per day. If you have several people in your family, think about how much water you’ll have to store. Please remember, I recommend 4-gallons per person per day for drinking, cooking, and personal hygiene.

Instead of grabbing milk jugs to store your water, consider getting a few 55-gallon water barrels to store your water supply. It will also be important to have enough water preserver to treat your water too. 

Warmth and Dryness

Staying dry and warm will also be important for your health. If staying home is no longer an option, pack several pairs of clothes and an extra pair of shoes. Make sure that you have plenty of warm clothing and extra blankets for everyone in your family. 

Stocking Up On Medicine

There may not be any doctors or prescriptions that can help someone in your family get over an illness after SHTF.

Stocking up on medicine that can fight common colds and flu-like symptoms, as well as having plenty of pain relief, will be important. Having a first-aid kit for cuts and abrasions will be a smart move.  

Protection    

Your personal protection will also be extremely important during an end-of-the-world scenario. While you may never want to use them, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Your families’ safety is more important than that lunatic that will stop at nothing to steal your resources. Have a number of guns and a healthy supply of ammunition, as well as knives for close-range confrontations.

Having other tools or objects that can be used as a weapon isn’t a bad idea either. It’s also important that you learn how to use those weapons and how to load them properly.  

Beware of Exposure

While most people think that going without water is the worst situation to be in, think again. You may last for a couple of days without water, but you’ll only last for a couple of hours if you’re exposed to harsh temperatures.

If you’re left without a home or shelter in a blizzard, frostbite, and hyperthermia are not far behind. Direct sun exposure in a hot region is dangerous also. Planning ahead by having more than just one location to turn to is important. 

Learning Essential Skills

It should be on every prepper’s priorities list to learn essential skills for survival. Having knowledge is actually more important than having supplies. While you might have all the right supplies, if you don’t know how to use them or don’t know what to do to overcome an obstacle, those supplies will be worthless.  

Having a Community

Many preppers think that when SHTF that they should run to their bug-out shelters immediately. That’s because they think that people will wreak havoc and begin killing each other in order to survive. That could prove to be true. However, most of these lunatics will prey on the weak and the groups with small numbers.

Your bug-out location is important to have but it should not be your first resort. Bugging out means that you’re relying on you and your family to battle everything that comes your way on your own.

This can be dangerous and deadly. It’s a better idea to have a community of friends and family to bunker down with to work together for survival. That way, if you need to go out and hunt or scope an area out, you’ll have the comfort of knowing that your children are protected while you’re away. 

Final Word

It’s also important to be careful who you share your prepping information with. Do you trust that individual with your life? If not, it’s best to keep your mouth shut about the whereabouts of your bug-out location and where you keep your supplies. 

It’s all about Prepping 101: steps you need to take today. Preparing aimlessly for an emergency versus prioritizing what you’re preparing for are two separate things.

These are several priorities that you should have when preparing for the worst. If you’ve been a prepper for a while, what other priorities do you have that should be considered?  May God bless this world, Linda

4 thoughts on “Prepping 101: Steps You Need To Take Today

  • November 20, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Knowing when and when NOT to talk about being a Self Reliant type.
    Knowing who and who NOT to talk with about being a Self Reliant type.

    In other words, know and understand the importance of OPSEC (OPerational SECurity) and PERSEC (PERsonal SECurity).

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  • November 25, 2019 at 10:43 am
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    Linda, sometimes it feels like I’ve lost the impetus to stay prepared. I found a journal I wrote years ago. In it, I wrote about why I felt I needed to move to country, selling my city home I’d worked 10 yrs on to restore. (Small mortgage but still…). This was in ’03 building boom. I was scared of what I perceived to be a false economy. After doing this move, I kept this journal mostly to be about my gardening, chickens, etc. I guess the journal was also about becoming prepared for harder times. And they sure did hit in ’07 or so. Then my preps saved my family again when I had 2 bad cancers (I’m cancer free) and couldn’t work for 9 mos. But now, my kids are grown, have ok jobs, so I’m not the sole provider in our family. Our basic preps, like oil lanterns and woodburners, are still here. I did find how fast food goes if I’m not shopping. I got waylaid 300 miles from home for 2weeks this month. Came home to 2 empty frigs, freezer emptied of easy food, cupboard practically bare. Well, they didn’t boil any beans or rice so that’s intact as a prep. My guys grew up with a prepper mom and they saw no reason to replace what they used! But, I then realized I haven’t talked with them about a ‘just in case’ scenario since they were kids.

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    • November 25, 2019 at 1:09 pm
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      Hi Wendy, life brings us learning curves but we rise above it, you truly rose above stuff, my friend! It is crazy how fast our food disappears in two weeks as you said. I taught my kids to prep and be frugal. Some are more prepared than others. But, they do know how to cook. We all need to remind our older kids about a “just in case” that’s how we roll. Linda

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