Even the United States Government recommends that you have emergency supplies on hand. I know many homesteaders are canning up their garden goodies, but many are not. I know that prepping or survivalist movement of today can be a bit overkill for some. But I believe this isn’t a new idea just another vintage skill we’ve forgotten. I remember my grandparents always talking about having something put away for a rainy day. I know that it was just a thing most people did; you stored food. Prepping today doesn’t have to mean building fox holes in your backyard. It is being ready for the unexpected and the unknown. Being able to take care of you, your loved ones and your animals when some unplanned event occurs (personally, locally or globally).
I will be talking about beginning preps over the next few weeks. Don’t be intimated or feel like it all has to happen right now. Start prepping today where you can, where your budget allows.
Start Prepping Today – 4 Week Series
Week 1 – Make A Game Plan (you’re here)
Week 2 – Water Storage
Week 3 – Food Storage
Week 4 – First Aid & Medical Supplies
Start Prepping Today – Make a Game Plan
First things first. Before you can start prepping you need to make a plan.
Questions to ask:
- How many people are you planning to take care of?
You need to know who your preps are going to take care of. Just your household? What about adult kids? Elderly family? Make the list and be realistic.
- How long do you want your preps to last?
I say start with 3 days, then move up to 2 weeks, 1 month and so on. BUT make a decision on where you are going to start so you can make a determination about how much you’ll need to reach that goal.
- What animals do you need to care for?
Do you have pets? Livestock? Get a list out of what you are feeding, how much and don’t forget they drink water too.
- What are you preparing for?
Disaster? Economic collapse? Layoff? Alien invasion? Knowing what you are preparing for can help you zero in on what you really need.
Things to consider:
- Gather your important papers together and make them portable.
- Make a plan for everyone to follow if you are separated during a crisis
- Keep track of your preps! What you have, expiration dates, etc.
A couple of recommendations:
When I first started looking into preps I came across Lisa from Survival Mom. I liked her approach and still find her book one of the most helpful. I also recommend checking out Linda of Food Storage Moms. Her Emergency Binder will help you get your stuff in order!
There is a lot of information coming in the next four weeks. I hope you’ll be joining me for all of the Start Prepping Today Series. Let me know what you think in the comments and leave any recommendations too. The more we are prepared as a community, the better!