What are Preppers Prepping For?

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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.

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What are Preppers Prepping For?

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:

Power Outages

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. 

Snow Storms

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. 

Hurricanes

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

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. 

Read More of My Articles  What to Do IMMEDIATELY After SHTF

Earthquakes

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. 

Sickness

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. 

Job Loss

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. 

Pandemics

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. 

Civil Unrest

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. 

Tight Times

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. 

Read More of My Articles  How To Prep Your Home For The Holidays

Fires

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:

  1. Extra canned goods. You can start with just 1 extra can a week. 
  2. 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). 
  3. Toilet paper. Grab an extra package of toilet paper each time you buy it. 
  4. OTC medications. Grab an extra container of tylenol, ibuprofen, and benadryl. You can get other OTC medications that you use as well. 
  5. 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

Final Word

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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67 thoughts on “What are Preppers Prepping For?

  • December 27, 2020 at 5:47 am
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    The majority of mine is geared towards natural threats as they happen continuously and your list is a good one.
    Let’s face it I’m in Oklahoma and tornadoes happen sometimes as many as 70 a day so to not prepare for them is just idiotic. In fact it’s so dumb I won’t be around you if you don’t have at least have a plan. Life’s too short for stupid people.

    I try not to be a “doomsday” but then just over a year ago I started hearing about a disease spreading and I did hit the panic button a little harder than needed but as I told my family it’s a lot easier to correct that direction than the other. If y’all remember initial predictions were 2 million dead in just the USA by spring not the less than 1/2 percent it really is. BUT there is no one who can say their lives haven’t changed.

    Now we are fielding a time untested vaccine and if that works or doesn’t do terrible then we know how to fast track everything else. Yeah that’s not helping me stay off the doomsday track.

    You mentioned “civil unrest” and yeah the localized silliness is there but the elections fiasco from ALL sides is building up to a large scale event. That’s not helping me stay off the doomsday track.

    I think there’s a difference in being the conductor of the crazy train and being an occasional passenger though. I’m reacting to my environment rather than living it constantly. I am a reactionary person which is a product of my training, careers and experiences.
    Trust me I don’t want any of it because I love my recliner, AC and a good bowl of ice cream while watching my grandkids play.

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    • December 27, 2020 at 6:52 am
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      Hi Matt, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your comment as always. I love ice cream and watching my grandkids too! Life is good if we are prepared! Linda

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  • December 27, 2020 at 7:08 am
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    I prepare for whatever is going to happen. Natural disasters, and man made either one. Loss of power. Whatever is to come. I feel good that I can also help out our non prepper children when needed. At least they won’t be hungry.

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    • December 27, 2020 at 7:43 am
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      Hi Deborah, I totally agree with you. It’s hard when you have neighbors that do not get it. My family lives too far away but they have been taught to take care of themselves. I wish everyone would understand the need to prepare, you would hope that 2020 opened many eyes. Linda

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      • December 27, 2020 at 8:33 am
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        Linda, I’ve got a couple of kids that are barely making it from pay check to paycheck. The daughter is doing much better now. They no longer have 8 children to support. They each had 4 when they got married. The other one just got a job after 9 months of unemployment. His wife was supporting them with her job at a nursing facility. He now has a job, praise God. They’re doing much better now, too. My mother helped me when I was a single mom and I’ve got to do the same for mine. We have 2 that have never needed us to help with food. One is a prepper. The other is working for an oil company.

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  • December 27, 2020 at 7:27 am
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    I prep mostly for snowstorms with loss of power. We live in the country, and we are low on the list of priorities when the power goes out.

    I also prepare for the disruption of distribution. The average meal comes from 1500 miles away. There doesn’t have to be a storm here, for our food deliveries to be interrupted.

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    • December 27, 2020 at 7:49 am
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      Hi Janet, wow! Your statement is awesome! People need to understand that the average meal comes from 1500 miles away! I use to live where we had snowstorms and a few ice storms. I worry about our trucker’s safety for sure in that weather. They are the ones that supply us with so many items we must have. The disruption of distribution is real. Great comment, Linda

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      • December 27, 2020 at 8:37 am
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        Don’t forget the freight trains. Some of them carry the trailers for the big rigs. In snow country, it’s hard to maneuver at times. And sometimes the crews are stranded of a while. Not just from snow storms. My husband used to be a train engineer. Luckily he’s worked in Texas his whole career. Now retired after 36 years of service.

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        • December 28, 2020 at 1:05 pm
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          Deborah, yes! Exactly this! My husband is a freight rail engineer. Most folks don’t realize that a HUGE chunk of what truckers haul is initially brought by freight trains. The majority of his trains are intermodal or stack trains. They pick up some of their intermodals from cargo ships. Our supply chain is fragile for sure.

          Freight rail moves approximately 40% of all goods in the USA. If freight trains are disrupted/not moving, our country would be in big trouble. In ton-miles:
          Air – 0.30%
          Water – 12%
          Pipeline – 19.60%
          Truck – 28.60%
          Freight Rail – 39.50%

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          • December 28, 2020 at 1:46 pm
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            Hi Amy, oh I LOVE LOVE LOVE your comment! Thanks for sharing this information. I agree, our supply chain is very fragile. Great comment, Linda

  • December 27, 2020 at 7:38 am
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    I live in western New York and my particular neck of the woods doesn’t get tornadoes or hurricanes, we can get some really hefty snow storms or ice storms. Thunderstorms are also a concern. My prepping started out with weather related concerns, and then evolved into supply chain interruptions, pandemic, or even money problems. All of that happened in 2020. As things get better in 2021, I will be replenishing my food storage, building my skills for cooking, and start pressure canning meats.

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    • December 27, 2020 at 7:54 am
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      Hi Julie, great comment! 2020 has been so rough for the ordinary person. I just hope the families, restaurants, bars, cafes, can dig out of this mess. The employees may never get out of this disaster hole. I wish the government leaders could try living without a paycheck for a month. Life is different for the rest of us. I love hearing you will be replenishing your food storage and building your cooking skills. Pressure canning meat is actually very easy! Just make sure you follow the USDA canning guides. You will love it! Linda

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  • December 27, 2020 at 8:04 am
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    We too try to focus our preparedness efforts on most likely scenarios. Here in NW Florida, in 2020 that was the 7 hurricanes that hit along the Gulf Coast, 2 or 3 that had major impact on our area. Really glad hurricane season is over for a few months and we can just deal with the normal flood & tornado warnings & power outages.

    We’ve been really building up our inventory of livestock & pet supplies, canned goods & pantry basics this year. Pretty much set on other categories.

    Have shopped for friends and family who were at high risk of the Virus & encouraged each of them to build up their in home stockpiles. It was eye opening for some of them when grocery stores were empty of almost everything & they only had a few days of food in their cabinets when the lockdown hit our state in March.

    Just FYI, the Sam’s Club in our area has begun limiting paper products & disinfectant wipes again. ….

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    • December 27, 2020 at 8:33 am
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      Hi BDN, Sam’s Club is limiting on paper products and wipes, wow!! It’s interesting that people only have a few days of food in their cabinets. You and I don’t understand that for sure. I get emails from church leaders here in Utah to ask how to light a fire under their members. I sometimes think they must think that the government will drop off food???? They won’t be. I agree it has been an eye-opener for many. I just hope they remember to keep stocking up the food they will eat. Crazy year for sure. Linda

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  • December 27, 2020 at 8:24 am
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    Hi Linda, great info as usual! I think 2020 was an eye opener for a lot of people. They at least got some what prepped. I still see too many people scoff at being prepared and really, I think we will never be able to change their minds but we still keep on trying. I also think that a lot of people are attracted to your web site because you project prepping in a really positive light! I know it keeps me coming back.
    Thanks and (stay safe) Bill

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    • December 27, 2020 at 8:37 am
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      Hi Bill, thank you for your kind words. For you and me, it’s a way of life to prep. I really hope people remember the empty shelves. Or the items we were shocked to see in short supply. And not just the toilet paper. I have never been more shocked to see the overpriced #10 cans in my life. I would not pay $85.00 for ONE #10 can of ground beef. I will become a vegetarian until the prices come back down. Stay safe, stay well, my friend, Linda

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  • December 27, 2020 at 8:55 am
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    I love Matt’s comment, especially the part about only being an occasional passenger on the crazy train.

    For me prepping is emergency situation insurance. I have car insurance, health insurance, life insurance, and home insurance. Why wouldn’t I want emergency situation insurance. Just common sense.

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    • December 27, 2020 at 9:04 am
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      Hey, I once rode the crazy train too! I was following some other nut!
      We ALL have insurance just in case!
      Sorry couldn’t resist (stay safe) Bill

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      • December 27, 2020 at 9:08 am
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        Hi Bill. LOL LOL LOL, we all ride the crazy train occaionally, it’s our job!! Love it!! Linda

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      • December 27, 2020 at 10:35 pm
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        Bill, a friend of mine once accused me of wanting an apocalyptic event to happen. He actually thought I was prepping because then I would be proven “right.” I told him I had smoke alarms and fire extinguishers in my house too, and that didn’t mean I wanted it to catch on fire. That was when he got the point of my insurance spiel.

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    • December 27, 2020 at 9:07 am
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      Hi Ray, I totally agree with you, it is insurance. And I want it! As do you, we are the smart ones. We all ride the crazy train just like Matt! Life is so good when you’re prepared! Stay well, stay safe, my friend, Linda

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    • December 27, 2020 at 10:09 am
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      Ray – I started prepping years ago as an insurance policy as well. But, I know a few around me who don’t even carry insurance on their apartment contents! I told them they are crazy!

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      • December 27, 2020 at 5:26 pm
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        How would you go about getting renters insurance? I have heard of this but never knew who to ask or where to look. Is it different for every state? Who would be the person to contact about that?
        Thank you so much for any help!

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        • December 27, 2020 at 5:59 pm
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          Hi Audrey, in most states, you call your car insurance agent and check out the prices for renters insurance. Linda

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        • December 27, 2020 at 7:35 pm
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          If you are renting an apartment or home, the home/apartment owners are responsible for the structure. They will not cover the contents, however. So without renter’s insurance, you are out of luck if the building burns. Also, renter’s insurance will cover other things like theft, etc.

          When I started renting (prior to this, I was a home owner with my husband), I checked with a number of insurance companies. Most companies that offer homeowners insurance will offer renter’s insurance. I currently pay about $125 per year for $60,000 in personal property loss with a $500 deductible (my portion in a loss). Not everyone needs as much coverage as I do but I have some very high end computerized sewing machines. So call your auto insurance agent if you have one and that company might offer renter’s insurance – mine does both auto and home. Anytime you can bundle, in my case auto insurance and renter’s insurance, you will likely get a discount for multiple lines.

          Before you talk to your agent, though, I suggest you and your husband (if you have one) sort of figure out how much coverage you need. I don’t have to cover household appliances as they are owned by the apartment complex but I do need to cover my TV, computer, furniture, clothing, sewing machines, etc. If you have guns, jewelry, art work, antiques and those sorts of things, you might have to get them appraised by a bona fide appraiser to get coverage that extends to them or purchase a “rider” that covers things like that.

          To name a few companies that I know for a fact offer renter’s insurance: Allstate, Farmers, State Farm. Once you have figured out about how much coverage you need, call and get a quote then decide. Be aware, some companies have better reputations than others.

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          • December 27, 2020 at 8:10 pm
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            Thank you! I have some research to do! I appreciate your knowledge!

          • December 28, 2020 at 6:37 am
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            Hi Leanne, great advice! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas on renters insurance. Linda

    • December 27, 2020 at 11:07 am
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      Hey Ray,
      I have said this before, but there are folks who lament when they have to throw away “truly expired” food stuffs from their preps. To me, those are just like paying insurance premiums and then not needing to file a claim. Those disposed food stuff were my insurance premium against going hungry. If the had been needed, they were there. If they did “truly expire” then so be it. I say “truly expire” because too many folks throw away food that is past its “Best By” date which is not an expiration. I posted this before, but it needs a repeat. Some time ago, I found a can of Spam that had gotten pushed to the back of our pantry. The “Best By” date was several years hence. I opened it, it looked good, it smelled good, it tasted good, I ate it and there were no repercussions from eating it. LOL!!!

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      • December 27, 2020 at 2:43 pm
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        Hi Harry, I totally get the expired food as far as insurance. Once I explained to Mark about the “insurance”, for instance, we rarely use our car insurance for accidents or whatever, but we still need to purchase car insurance just in case. I explained to Mark it’s okay if we need to toss these cans that are 4 years old. Let it go, Mark! So there we are. Linda

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        • December 27, 2020 at 3:19 pm
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          Yep, we have been down this road before. LOL!!!

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          • December 27, 2020 at 3:21 pm
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            Hi Harry, I love hearing you have gone through the same thing!! LOL! Linda

      • December 27, 2020 at 10:18 pm
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        Harry, I’ve personally eaten canned food that was eight years out of date with no ill effects. I know one blogger who is a prepper who ate canned beans that were 15 years out of date with no ill effects.
        So long as the cans aren’t bulging or damaged I consider them safe to eat. Most of those dates are set by lawyers or marketing types who want to sell you more product. Using common sense is your best bet in any situation.

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        • December 28, 2020 at 7:12 am
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          Hi Ray, I can’t show this to Mark! LOL!! 15 years out of date, oh my gosh, I had to giggle over this one. Right on! Linda

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  • December 27, 2020 at 9:33 am
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    Linda, once again you’ve written a great article. And I agree with Matt too. I live in Kansas and have survived 2 tornadoes and if that doesn’t put the fear of God in a person, I don’t know what will! My husband and I have been preppers but never thought it was weird until it was brought to our attention by well-meaning friends. Oh well! We can sleep at night knowing we’ve done the best we can and can help others if needed.

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    • December 27, 2020 at 10:13 am
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      Hi Paula, I love your attitude! We were preppers before we even heard the word, right? I have only been through one tornado, and I was so young (16 years old), but I can still picture the colors of the sky! Yes, indeed, we can sleep at night knowing we’ve done the best we can do and can help others if needed. Great comment! Linda

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  • December 27, 2020 at 10:18 am
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    Linda – Great post. It reminds me of what to say to someone who asks me that question!

    Here in the Pacific Northwest, we don’t or haven’t had many natural disasters lately. Of course, we are still overdue for “the Big One”!! The earthquake to end all earthquakes! If/when it occurs, the prediction is that anything west of Interstate 5 will be destroyed. That would be me! I cannot afford to move at this time so I am not sure all the preps I have would be insurance enough to withstand that event. I do like to monitor the earthquake activity and the Cascade mountains tend to have several small earthquakes on a daily basis. I know before Mount St Helens erupted 40 years ago (40 YEARS??) there were clusters of earthquakes on/near the mountain so I can safely say that the mountains are NOT quiet!! Anyway, if I am still living here when the big one hits, my preps won’t likely suffice!

    So basically, as Ray said, prepping is insurance. I have plenty for short to moderate events – a few days to a few months. I am down to only having enough fresh coffee for a couple of days though! Gotta stop at the store today!

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    • December 27, 2020 at 10:42 am
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      Hi Leanne, we are all aware and waiting for the BIG ONE! That will probably take out all of Utah. You are closer to it than me but, we have done all we can to prepare. It seems like yesterday when Mount St. Helens erupted!! Wow, 40 years!! Yes, go get some coffee!! Lol! Life is good! Linda

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  • December 27, 2020 at 10:30 am
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    Another great article Linda! I prep for…whatever comes my way. I was raised by grandparents who went through the depression and WWII. When the pandemic hit I didn’t have to shop for anything. Friends and coworkers always called me crazy. I ask them “Now who’s crazy?”
    We pressure can lits of meat. I buy it on sale. Can potatoes, most anything you can think of. Have lots of hygiene and other stuff. Life is just so much easier when you know you won’t have to scramble for needed supplies!

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    • December 27, 2020 at 2:51 pm
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      Hi Beth, thank you, great comment, whatever comes our way. I love hearing you didn’t have to shop for anything. I had to laugh over the “Now who’s crazy” comment. I’m so glad to hear you are canning everything you get your hands on. Life is wonderful when you are prepared!! Good job, Linda

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  • December 27, 2020 at 2:44 pm
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    Linda:

    What do you do when your husband absolutely sticks his head in the sand and refuses to smell the roses. My husband has a real fit when we buy more than he has on the shopping list. I try to buy extra and so does my daughter but it it tough to get a stock of food built up. If I have our daughter buy 1 or 2 extra he just lists less on the next list. I am ready to pull my hair out

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    • December 27, 2020 at 3:19 pm
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      Hi Jackie, wow, that is a tough one. First of all, can you shop without him? There is no way that Mark is going to tell me what I can’t buy to stock our home. I feel bad you have to deal with that. It should be a team effort. I stick to a list for sure, but if I see items on sale that we are low on, I will purchase them. I would be pulling my hair out as well. I would be totally bald. LOL! In all honesty, it’s going to take a major disaster for him to pull his head out of the sand, and it will be too late. Hugs from Utah! I’m sorry you have to deal with this, Linda

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    • December 27, 2020 at 7:39 pm
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      You could always tell him the extra is for your comfort in the event of a disaster and since he doesn’t want to purchase it, he doesn’t have to eat it or use it!! LOL! I am truly kidding but…

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      • December 28, 2020 at 12:17 am
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        Leanne:

        That would not work with my husband. Simply because either my daughter or my husband has to do the grocery shopping. You see I am a 100% NSC Disabled Veteran and due to Osteo Penia which is also called brittle bone disease (I call it Swiss Cheese disease because that is what your bones look like) If I were to go shopping and bump into anything I could really break a bone or 2 or 3. It takes me forever to heal with this problem. Now If I could just get them to read labels for the things I am allergic to I would be so excited. If you check your labels from food to beauty products, to cleaning products you will find that they have Sulfites, Sulfates, and sulfonamides in them and if you have arthritis, or allergies I can guarantee that it is from those additives because they don’t effect you the same way as most allergies. They attack your bones, and other major organs.

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        • December 28, 2020 at 7:13 am
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          Hi Jackie, oh yeah this would make a difference! Dang! They do the shopping, I’m so sorry, my friend. Linda

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        • December 28, 2020 at 10:46 am
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          Jackie – Thank you for serving. I understand and I really was joking. I can only pray for you in your condition! I totally understand about the cra* in store bought beauty products and all those things we use on a daily basis. I stopped using store bought products a few years ago because of the chemicals. Since our skin is the largest and most vulnerable of our organs, it is important to protect it. I am currently fighting stress induced eczema – brought on most likely from COVID-19 stress (haven’t had the disease but the stress most likely brought it on according to my dermatologist). So, I am using a prescription topical ointment for the itching which was driving me totally batty and destroying the skin on my feet! Hoping to have this under control soon though and it is way better but … My dermatologist is very open to more natural products but he did say we need to get the itching under control before we can really work on the skin itself!

          So, I make a lot of my own products such as moisturizer using coconut oil, shea butter, coco butter, jojoba oil, beeswax and tea tree oil. Of course, one does need to know what they are allergic to and try things on small patches before drenching the body.

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          • December 28, 2020 at 12:55 pm
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            Leanne:

            I knew you were just kidding. My daughter does her best to get extras when she goes shopping. Right now my husband is just cranky because he can’t do what he wants to do. You see he is also a disabled Veteran (we met in service) and we love each other to the max. But he had Pulmonary Edema which in turned into his having to have quadruple bypass and that night he had a stroke. He is just frustrated because he can’t do what he used to do and he is also frustrated that he can’t take care of me the way he wants to. We bought a money black hole 20 years ago and now it is costing us money to repair things because he can’t repair them himself., We have been married 50 years as of last July 8th. We actually have 2 anniversaries because I am a Messianic Jew and we count our anniversary from our Betrothal but we also have a Wedding Ceremony to do things legally. So I count it from July 8th and then we have another anniversary from April 3rd .
            Thank you for your reply. I appreciate it and love talking to other people even if it is only online.

            Love
            Jackie

          • December 28, 2020 at 1:44 pm
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            Hi Jackie, I’m with you we miss talking to other humans! The isolation is terrible. I did not realize you and your husband are Veterans, thank you for your service. I pray this mess will blow over soon. Hugs, Linda

        • December 29, 2020 at 10:10 am
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          Couldn’t reply directly to your latest note! I understand about black hole property!! When my husband was alive, we purchased a beautiful, old home and I absolutely loved it (no longer in my possession) but it had a lot of things “wrong” with it. Well, my hubs was a carpenter so we tackled the bathroom first – BIG mistake. He was a carpenter NOT a plumber!!! Cannot recall how many days we were without running water!! Fortunately, though, he was able to re-roof the house when that time came and it saved us a ton. But for the interior, he was not so handy!!

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  • December 27, 2020 at 2:53 pm
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    Like Julie, we are in Western New York. I have prepared for snow and blizzards since 1977. We were planning a house warming party that night. If the storm had hit 8 hours later we would have been stuck with our families for a week…..My husband is one of 6 boys…..lol…
    I have read that the Amish try to always have sufficient supplies for one year. Their reasoning, it that no matter what the emergency, fire, flood, weather, financial or medical, if they are prepared they won’t be tempted to break God’s laws. The security and sense of peace I find being prepared is a true blessing.

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    • December 28, 2020 at 7:11 am
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      Chris, I love your comment about the Amish being prepared so “they won’t be tempted to break God’s laws.” An excellent reason that I’ll add to my own!

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      • December 28, 2020 at 8:03 am
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        Hi Roxanne, I love this too! Somehow I missed that! Thank you! Linda

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  • December 27, 2020 at 4:30 pm
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    We prepare for hurricanes and the usual expected power loss that often occurs even though we are far inland. It requires the usual planning which is to mostly to survive without power and full utilities and with the possibility of being ordered to stay at home and off the streets until the local governmental geniuses tell us it’s safe to go out again at our own volition.

    Again, being far from the coast, we rarely experience any damage and even when we do it’s minor compared to those who live close to the beaches and the ocean.

    My main concern now is social unrest, attacks by foreign enemies and economic slumps.

    That’s not to say I’m not also ready for intelligent apes, zombies or a Mad Max style apocalypse. 🙂

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    • December 27, 2020 at 5:07 pm
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      Hi Frank, I have to agree with you on the civil unrest, cyberspace attacks, and an economic collapse. The next 45-60 days may prove us right or wrong. God help us. Stay safe, Linda

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  • December 27, 2020 at 5:35 pm
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    Hey Linda! Wonderful article as usual! I mainly prep for storms and power outages but 2020 has taught me to step up my game. 2021 is going to be the year I up my A game. I’m looking into a side hustle to make money to put into savings so not everything is going to be coming out of my husbands paychecks. I will be doing more de-cluttering to make room for the items we will truly need to survive. It also has me wanting to save more money so we can eventually get our own house and land. I won’t get on my soapbox about our politicians and them living off what they think is enough to survive on! This year has given me the kick in the pants I needed to get my rear end in gear.

    I hope you all have a fabulous New Year!!!

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    • December 27, 2020 at 6:06 pm
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      Hi Audrey, it sounds like you have a wonderful plan for 2021! I think we are all decluttering to make room for the really important stuff! I would love to get on a soapbox about our politicians but it won’t help, I wish it would help but it won’t. I hope 2021 brings us a fabulous New Year! Linda

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    • December 27, 2020 at 7:44 pm
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      I have been fortunate in that I have a “little” side job – actually I am retired but have so much time on my hands that I just really need to get out a bit. So, I go into a building to disinfect high traffic areas, door knobs, light switches, bathrooms, etc. I am NOT the janitor, I follow the janitor. It is only for about 3 hours a week (2 days for 1- 1 1/12 hours each day). It gives me a couple hundred $$ extra each month and is so easy. The building is only occupied by 2-3 people on Mondays and Thursdays; everyone else works from home so it is really easy! You might look for something like that??

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      • December 27, 2020 at 8:14 pm
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        I crochet as a hobby and I have been selling homemade dish cloths here and there. I am now looking to expand that and maybe figure out some local marketing ideas to get more things sold. I plan on increasing my stock of dish cloths over the winter and work on some other misc. projects that have been on my mind.

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        • December 28, 2020 at 10:51 am
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          I love love the crocheted dish cloths – I don’t use anything else! But they have all been gifts. I tried both crocheted and knitted and discovered I do NOT have a gift for these two crafts!!! I learned to knit and crochet when I was a child and didn’t like either then and definitely not now! My sister (well one of the 3 sisters) makes these as well as the crocheted scrubbies that I also love. Perhaps you could make a cleaning “kit” that would include dish cloth and scrubby that coordinate? If shipping was not so high, I would totally buy a couple of your hand made dish cloths! Mine are starting to look well “used”!!

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  • December 27, 2020 at 7:45 pm
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    Being in FL, I like to be prepped for hurricanes, but my goodness, I didn’t realize what the pandemic would do. People were in shock and then the toilet paper ran out in the stores and the shelves were empty. I took pix of empty shelves and saved them for my kids so they would remember. For the most part, we didn’t buy anything for a couple of months. When you prep for a hurricane, you realize you might not have electricity and maybe no water, but we had both those things. And with a hurricane, you get back to normal faster. Here it’s been almost a year and we aren’t anywhere close to things being normal again. I wish I had mentally prepped for a pandemic better. Sticking at home and missing loved ones we would visit…it’s all very difficult. My daughter is an “at risk” person, so we’ve remained very isolated. It’s hard to prepare for that.

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    • December 28, 2020 at 7:09 am
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      Hi Debbie, you are not alone. This year has been crazy. We can prep for food and water, but the loneliness is horrific. I know I have days, I think I can get through this, then it’s day, weeks, and months without seeing anyone but my husband. We Facetime our kids and grandkids, that helps. I finally started walking (without a mask) with walking sticks so I don’t fall. I need the exercise and I need to see humans. That seems so weird but we need to see other people. Isolation is not fun. We will get through this even if it’s talking to one another through my website. Hugs, Linda

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  • December 28, 2020 at 6:28 am
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    At first my wife was not on board with keeping extra food in the house. We were just barely getting by, and here I was spending more money on food. “Why are you doing that?”, She asked as I was turning the hall closet into a pantry.

    I had to explain many times that a pantry saved money. I showed her how I could buy the food we ate in quantity when it was on sale, so that the food bill was less overall. I calculated gas savings from cutting the grocery trips from every other day to once a week.

    Finally I demonstrated that cooking from scratch was cheaper and healthier than buying premade dinners. It wasn’t easy, she was stubborn and didn’t like that she had been wrong, but finally agreed that having extra food was a good idea. Spreading the concept to other things wasn’t too bad after that.

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    • December 28, 2020 at 7:20 am
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      Hi Tweell, wow, wow, wow! Way to go, my friend!! I hope people see this comment because it’s awesome! We can sleep at night knowing our pantry is full and we can cook from scratch. Great comment. Linda

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    • December 28, 2020 at 10:55 am
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      I did this with a former partner of mine. He had purchased a large quantity of beef and pork for the freezer and it was really good meat. BUT, he kept buying meat at the grocery store as well. I finally convinced him that we had meat and we should use it up before buying more. We took inventory of the freezer and started cooking what we had. For several months (6 or so) we had actual grocery bills of $35-45 for fresh fruits/veggies and dairy products. He was amazed at the savings.

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  • December 28, 2020 at 11:37 am
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    Helping others learn to prep is awesome. My grandkids are now learning the importance of having what you need in times of a disaster,any type of disaster. They are doing great. Having extra food on hand and knowing how to cook is only part of it.Knowing how to grow a garden and when to plant is just as important My youngest son is learning to do basic home repairs now that he has a home of his own and a growing family.He was here over the weekend and replaced a leaky faucet in the bathroom for me. My oldest son knows a bit of everything ,including,carpentry,electrical,plumbing and some automotive repairs. As does my daughter. They all know to keep extra food and supplies on hand. My daughter and oldest son helped my late husband remodel this house. All of my kids have helped me garden when I had one. ( I still have an asparagus patch). The two older kids both know how to sew,both by hand and with a machine. My thoughts on being prepared are start out small and work your way up. Only buy what food items your family will eat.have a good supply of water and a way to purify some water. Have several ways of cooking,heating and lighting. Buy hand tools as you can. A hammer,ax,hatchet,saw, shovel and rake are good starters. Then add tools for plumbing and electrical repairs. For Christmas this year, I gave Emergency radios (with several ways to charge them) to several family members. I made other gifts for the rest. Holidays don’t have to be lavish and stressful. For our Christmas dinner, we had Garlic butter pork tenderloin,fresh green beans,baked sweet potato fries ,corn,and baked diced potatoes with cheese and bacon.Most of which came from my food storage. And like I said, most of the gifts were hand made. I pray everyone had a good Christmas and that we all have a Blessed New Year.

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    • December 28, 2020 at 12:07 pm
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      Hi Judy, you rock with the way you raised your kids!! I love it!! I love homemade gifts, and your dinner sounds fabulous! Happy New Year! Linda

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  • January 3, 2021 at 12:00 pm
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    I do not prep for harsh weather events, they don’t last long unless your house gets blown away. I prep for EMP, nuclear, pandemic events. Also in case an economic collapse, civil war, food shortages, another ice age hits, or WW3 flares up. If one can afford the cost, an underground stocked bunker would be the best insurance, that would be only for the elites. I’m retired so it be best if I stay in place at home, with provisions to last 2 or 3 years, really. Plus I can homestead, garden, hunt, make herbs and medicines, purify water, cook, make electricity, talk around the world on the ham radio, and monitor nuclear radiation. all my back-ups have more backups. Mother earth is so fragile that any event can spin it out of control, into doomsday. It would take decades for the air, water, good soil to recover, to sustain good life again, survival will be tough. A very good idea would be to procure garden tools, seeds, and have access to a garden spot for food growing. A big plus would be if one lived out of the city. City dwellers will fare worse off. So everyone, be wise, watchful, read up on survival, read, read, read, and act for your own survival. No one else will.

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    • January 3, 2021 at 3:18 pm
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      Hi Henry, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your comment! You nailed it! I feel exactly the same way. We must be prepared for everything and all you are talking about. Thank you, Linda

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