Make Preparing Easier with These Tips
Preparing for disasters isn’t always fun. After all, we’re prepping for something that we really hope never comes; the scary part is that most people won’t prepare. If and when something does happen, though, you and your family won’t be left fighting for survival without a leg to stand on and will be able to reap the benefits of early prepping.
Save your pennies
Firstly, prepping requires money, as anything else in this world does. It’s not always cheap, but there are many things you can do to your budget so that at least a minute amount of your income is going toward preparing for a possible disaster-filled future. Avoid unnecessary expenditures such as soda, alcohol, cigarettes, and fast food and start planning your budget to the nickel. You might also try to get in extra hours at work, get an additional part-time job, or even start a home-based business that you can do in your spare time to help pay for expenses.
Avoid the unessentials
We’ve already partially covered this in our previous point, but it’s important to avoid unnecessary expenses. An expenditure you might want to reconsider is that ever-more-expensive Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, or Microsoft Lumia. High-end phones like these are status symbols, and when the bombs start to fall, how useful are Siri or Cortana really going to be? You can buy lower end budget phones or used phones and use the extra money saved to shop deals on survival goods and gear. These deals can be found at garage sales, thrift stores, or even on our website.
Items worth considering
When you’re looking at these deals, there are some items you’ll want to consider. Items like emergency candles, extra clothing, water filtration systems, first aid kits, durable footwear, and of course emergency food, are all good things to shop for. You’ll also want to invest in a firearm, a GPS device, a Solar Oven, or even a Wind Turbine so you’re not left defenseless in the dark or the cold should the power go out. It’s a good idea to plan based on the type of disaster that’s most likely to affect you in your particular area or situation (i.e. do you get a lot of floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.). It’s always better to be overprepared than underprepared.
Make it a community effort
Who says you need to do everything yourself? Everything is more fun with a group than alone, and prepping is no exception. It’s not only more fun, it’s also easier; you won’t have to shoulder all of the responsibilities and expenses yourself. Perhaps one of your comrades will think of something you didn’t? Or maybe they have something to contribute that will greatly benefit an entire group (such as a fallout shelter) and each member can contribute what they can. You can plan in a group with friends or you can even start a public prepping group that members can join and prep together. It’s also nice to have people you can count on should a real emergency occur.
Take gradual steps to Preparation
You’re not going to be able to do everything in a day or a few days. Prepping takes a lot of time and effort. It is literally a lifestyle rather than something you just do when you feel like it. If you embrace the lifestyle, you’ll find that you start doing things to prepare naturally, and it becomes that much easier to deal with when disaster strikes. The important thing is to start small — get some food and water storage going — and then move forward from there. Keep and fill empty bottles or milk gallons with water. Buy some emergency food or other bulk food supplies per month or per paycheck, depending on your budget. These are things you can do to get started. At the very least, you’ll have the bare essentials needed for survival.
Prepping is not crazy, nor is it paranoia
You’ll likely find someone with the attitude of “that can’t happen here” or “you’re a loon,” but it’s important that you don’t let them pressure you from your goals. Your life could depend on it. On the flip side, it’s also important to not be paranoid. Remember, prepping is a lifestyle choice that in the end will help deviate your worries from things you cannot control and put more of the focus on things you can. Enjoy yourself when you’re prepping, especially if you’re making it into a community effort.
Practice, practice, practice
Even the most prepared person in the world didn’t get there by accident. It takes practice. You can’t just base everything you do on what you’ve read or heard. By practicing a few different things a day, you become truly prepared. Some things to help you practice include:
- Practice shooting at a shooting range
- Practice building a fire in the wilderness (this will serve as a way to cook food, but also for search and rescue to locate you)
- Make sure all your equipment is working
- If you get a gas mask, try practicing putting it on correctly and get used to breathing with it
- Try surviving on emergency supplies for a few days