What Does “Be Prepared” Mean to You?

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Emergencies happen every single day, more so in today’s world than quite possibly at any other time in history. As a result, “Prepping” or preparing for the worst — often referred to as SHTF — has become a popular way of life. Preparation is not something that happens overnight. It takes time, energy, patience and practice. One of the biggest reasons people don’t prepare is because they feel like it’s a waste of time. Others don’t even know what to prepare for.

FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) says “Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters. People also can reduce the impact of disasters and sometimes avoid the danger completely.” FEMA lists emergency situations under three main groups: Natural Hazards, Technological Hazards, and Terrorism.

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Natural Hazards consist of disasters like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanoes, winter storms, Extreme Heat or Cold, Fires, and wildfires– one the most common of these types of disasters we see. Technological Hazards include hazardous materials or nuclear disasters. Terrorism is a given, but encompasses bioligical, chemical, and nuclear attacks.

So for any of you that are just getting into the prepping lifestyle, being prepared can start with getting a little food storage, putting some extra money away for emergencies, saving your plastic bottles for water storage, or making sure you have a knife or other weapon to not only hunt with but to defend yourself if necessary. There are many other great tips right here on the Well Prepared blog.

Regardless of whether you’re a new or seasoned prepper, let us know in the comments or on social networks what “being prepared” means to you.

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