Some people think we preppers are crazy, and, I get asked all the time what are preppers prepping for? Do they really think there’s going to be a zombie apocalypse? Although I doubt we will have a zombie apocalypse, an apocalypse could be one reason preppers prep, but most preppers are not just prepping for a SHTF scenario or a zombie apocalypse. Prepping is much much more than that.
I’m not a doomsday prepper. I prepare for everyday problems, normal emergencies, and worldwide events, but what does that mean? In case you missed this post, Top 5 Emergency Preparedness Tips for the Elderly.
Related: Common Misconceptions About Preppers
Items I Highly Recommend
- “Prepare Your Family For Survival” by Linda Loosli
- Solar Flashlights
- Solar Yard Lights (bring them inside when the power goes out)
- Head Lamps
- In case you missed this post, Power Grid Failure: What You Will Need
What are Preppers Prepping For?
This year will go down in history as the year of the global pandemic. It wasn’t just COVID that was a problem for people this year, though. Think about it, all over the world, there were shortages of groceries, interruptions in our supply chains, job loss, money shortages not to mention no toilet paper!
You know who really didn’t have to get out much during this whole pandemic and who weren’t affected as much by the shortages??? Preppers!
This year is a prime example of why preppers prep, but it’s just one of many. Here are several things we prep for:
If the power goes out, preppers are prepared with candles, flashlights, and some even have backup generators to keep their food cold. In some areas power has gone out for days or weeks. Being prepared allows you to live somewhat comfortably until the power is restored.
Whether it’s a blizzard, an ice storm, or just nasty weather, a prepper doesn’t have to try to figure out how to get to the store for needed supplies. Instead, they have necessities such as food, water, and OTC medicines right at home.
When a hurricane comes through, power can go out, stores may be wiped out or just cleared out of inventory, and it can be almost impossible to get the things you need. A prepper tries to be prepared for a hurricane before there is one.
Tornadoes may not seem worth prepping for, but if a prepper lives in an area that has tornadoes, they are prepared for one. All the things they could need, including food and water for several days will be stored in the basement or other appropriate location in or near the house. You never know how long it could take someone to rescue you from the basement after a tornado.
Earthquakes are another natural disaster that can leave you wondering how you will get food and water when the power is out or the road is torn up. Preppers are prepared for this.
When you get sick, you may be out of work for a couple of days or even a week or longer. If you aren’t fortunate enough to have any sick time, this means it comes out of your paycheck. Many of us live paycheck to paycheck, so missing a week’s worth of pay could prompt the decision of buying food or paying the rent. A prepper is prepared for this and has extra food storage saved up so they don’t have to make that decision.
As we have seen with this pandemic, many people were laid off or lost their job because their employer went out of business. Unemployment ran out quickly and typically unemployment doesn’t cover all the bills. Preppers know it can take about 2 months or longer to get a job and start getting paid. Thus, they have food and savings that will last them for at least 2 to 3 months during that job loss period.
We were prepared for this! Did we know it was coming? No, but we had food, water, OTC medications, and we could go to the store minimally. When there was no TP, we had storage so we didn’t need to buy any. Pandemics can wreak havoc, causing shortages of everything we seem to need each day, but preppers prepare for this.
We have also seen this in 2020. Stores were looted, there were riots in the streets. Not only is it unsafe to go out to the store during these times, but when there’s looting, many times there isn’t anything left to buy in your favorite store. Not only are preppers prepared with food and water, but they are prepared to protect their families, their homes, and their storage.
We’ve all had tough times where the money is just tight. Maybe you have an unexpected bill, the car breaks down, or your pipes burst. Preppers are preparing for these times when they may not have the money to go grocery shopping. Since they already have what they need, there is no need to worry nearly as much.
You may not know when there will be a house fire, but you can be prepared for one. Make sure you are practicing fire drills with your family and know where to meet. If you live in an area of dry trees or brush you are especially subject to wildfires. Plan ahead to either bug in, or if directed, to bug out.
Are You Ready to Be Prepared?
If you haven’t started prepping, it is never too late to start. You don’t even have to have extra money to start preparing for normal emergencies. All you have to do is buy a few extra things each time you go to the store. Remember, buy and store what you eat, and then plan on ways to prepare that food when needed. Here are some things you can get today:
- Extra canned goods. You can start with just 1 extra can a week.
- Water. You will want to have at least 1 gallon of water per person per day stored (1 gallon will last 1 person 1 day).
- Toilet paper. Grab an extra package of toilet paper each time you buy it.
- OTC medications. Grab an extra container of tylenol, ibuprofen, and benadryl. You can get other OTC medications that you use as well.
- Hygiene products. Shampoo, soap, toothpaste, floss, deodorant, and even pads are always good to have stored away.
If you are a beginner, I suggest you read my post: Prepping for Beginners: A Guide to Get You Started!
Another great post, Prepping vs. Hoarding by Tiffany
What are Preppers Prepping For?
Being prepared means that you are prepared for all kinds of events or circumstances, from job loss to a natural disaster. A prepper doesn’t need to worry when bad things happen because they can likely ride out the problems from the comfort of their own home. Being prepared means you have what you need for you and your family to weather the storm, whatever it may be. What are you doing to make sure your family is properly prepared? I’d love to hear about your efforts. May God Bless this world, Linda
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