Prepping For Beginners

When you go to the store and buy enough food to last a few days you are already prepping for the future, everyone in some fashion is already a prepper, what most people think prepping is all about is just the same thing really, we just prepare for a longer time period. Welcome to Prepping 101, enjoy! 

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Food - Water - Shelter

The three key items to focus on in order to survive are Food, Water, and Shelter, without any one of these three items your chance of survival is limited. Preparing for the unknown is very challenging at times, however, if done right should be lots of fun for the whole family! Always keep it fun.

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Bugging-Out Emergency Plans

So you have decided you want to be prepared just in case something were to happen, welcome to the club of millions of Americans that have decided to be prepared as well, what now, how do we get started?

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Fire Starting

There are lots of ways to start a fire, simple Bic lighter, Metal Match (Needs lighter fluid), Bow Drill, Flint & Steel, Fire Piston, Magnesium, Ferrocerium, and even a Magnifying Lens just to name a few.

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So Who Is A Prepper


  Do you buy groceries to last a few days at a time? How about putting enough gas in your car to last the week? If you do then you are already a Prepper, you are preparing things to last a day, week or longer. The only difference between you and what most people think of as Preppers are they are just preparing for the possibility of a long time frame like a month, a year or even longer.

  Another misconception is you have to spend a lot of money to be a Prepper, in fact, you can spend as little as you like or as much as you like. You do not need to buy a survival kit costing 100's of dollars and will most likely enjoy yourself more by putting together a kit one piece at a time. While many get into prepping alone most will find it is fun with good friends that you trust, in some cases the larger numbers is a very good thing.


Why Become A Prepper

  Like all animals, humans have instincts, genetically hard-wired behaviors that enhance our ability to cope with vital environmental contingencies, throughout history, humans have battled to survive and that is the main driving force behind our desires to prepare ourselves for what possibilities may await us.

  From the fires in California, The floods in Texas, Hurricanes along the east coast and the Gulf of Mexico, to the Tornadoes throughout the country, there are many reasons to be prepared both from natural and man-made disasters. Most countries have also known that our power grid is very vulnerable as well as our banking system. A well-placed EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) would cripple this country for many years to come and the list goes on. Many people will have to rely on help or handouts from others just to survive.

  It doesn't take much effort to put together a few items, a backpack with a knife, fire starter, some fishing line and a pack of hooks, a small First Aid kit, and a few other items you might need, if and when the time comes you will be very happy that you have those. Remember that Prepping should be fun, so have some fun!







The Three Most Important Items To Focus On

  Food, water, and shelter are the main three items you will need to focus on, without any one of these you will not survive long. While it is not practical for everyone to stock up on a large supply of dried foods that have a shelf life of up to 25 years, you should have enough food to last while you get set up and are able to find a renewable food supply. The same goes for water, I would bet that most of us do not have a water purification unit all set up on a trailer in our garages so once again you should be prepared to have access to enough drinking water to get you started. Last but very important is a shelter, however, there are several methods to having or building a shelter and we will cover that in other articles.


Trust And Security Are Key

  To the north from where I live, there is a guy who lives by himself on a large piece of property, he has three large Geo-domes, a very large house, and a few other small structures. Inside the main house is a very large group of rooms all set up for storage filled with a full semi load of dried foods, also guns and ammo, and about everything you can think of that one might need to survive. There is about a 40-yard walk between the house and the Geo-domes, while he lives there alone he believes that his family that lives mostly all over the west coast will all join him there in the event that anything bad happens.

  While having this awesome place set up to survive for many years and large enough for at least 12 family members, there is a very big problem with this place. The problem is while I do not know him personally, I do know two of the guys that worked for him setting up the place, so without any doubt in my mind, so do a lot of other people. There is a good level of security, cameras and such around the place, one person could not hold the place and would fall to a simple attach from any small group. If you are setting up a place, only people you trust with your life should know. 

  In the area I live in there are several good compounds setup or under construction for long term off the grid living, seems like most of the ones I have visited, everyone is always learning, changing things and adding more capabilities, but all seem to be struggling with the growing food aspect of their operations. Hydroponics is very popular, however, without power many things are different and there might never be a good workaround for a year-round growing option.

  Underground bunkers are great if you only have a small piece of land, many are set up in the owner's backyard, these can work great to avoid the fallout from a nuclear event, maybe a nuclear power plant failure, or something like a tornado. These are designed mostly as a safe shelter, with the occupants living on stored supplies, growing underground without power would not be an easy project.





Making An Emergency Plan

  So you have decided you want to be prepared just in case something were to happen, welcome to the club of millions of Americans that have decided to be prepared as well, what now, how do we get started? The first step is to make a plan, everyone's situation is different, you might live below a dam that could fail, you might live in an area that could flood because of heavy rain, a hurricane or tornadoes or any one of thousands of possibilities that may occur. Do you have kids, who will pick up the kids, where will you all meet? Keep in mind that during an emergency, cell phones often will not work, what if you can no longer get to your primary meeting place, what is the final destination place? A plan is not as simple as it may sound, you will find out that modifying the plan will happen far more often then you thought, always prepare for the worst and hope for the best.


What Does "Bugging-Out" Mean

  Bugging-Out, I don't know who came up with this name but I take it they knew my ex-wife and are referring in some manner to her eyes, OK maybe not but ex-wife jokes are still fun. Bugging-Out means you put your emergency plan into action, most often because something has happened or about to happen and you have received a warning.

  One of the first things you should do after creating your plan is to put together a Bug-Out bag, we will cover creating a Bug-Out bag in other sections to give you the best options for your needs.