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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Time to Bug-Out?

  By now you should already have your plan in place, you know where everyone is and where to meet. You have your Bug-Out supplies and you are ready to be on your way to the location you have pre-selected. Everything has gone just as planned, the kids were all where you thought they would be, you didn't have any problems getting to your locations, the car is full of fuel and nothing but smooth sailing from here. OK, now once you wake up from your dream you need to get ready for work because it will not go perfect, there will be glitches and you will have to adapt so always keep that in mind.






 "One of the key things that may be overlooked by many would be our beloved ex-spouses, some might have the kids and because not everyone will be as prepared as you, they might try to add themselves to your plans. while you need to take care of your kids, you owe your ex-spouse nothing. For many, this will be hard but you must keep in mind that it didn't work before so under these more stressful times why think it would work now? Unless you prepared for an additional member they will be a drain on your resources, keep moving forward as planned is almost always the best option."




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.  





Creating your Bug-Out Bags

  When creating your Bug Out Bags (BOB) there are many things to consider, The number of people in your plan, how long you are preparing for, and for what you are preparing for, along with other factors as well. If you live in an area that might flood you need to keep in mind the time period that you may have to wait before you are allowed to return to your home, if we look at the recent events in Florida, having a 30 day supply would seem about right, while the wildfires in California you might want a 60/90 day supply. 

  Food, water, and shelter are the main things to consider when making your emergency plans, having a tent large enough to sleep the number of people in your plan is an excellent shelter. Water will depend on your area, not everyone lives next to Glaciers and have a year-round water supply, having at least a few gallons to start off would be a must-have. Food should be planned out with at least two meals per day per person, plan out how those meals will be prepared, over a fire or a camping grill and have the correct pots, pans, forks, cups, and so on in your bags. Make sure the food is stored in waterproof containers and sealed properly. (Many 5-gallon buckets do not have a rubber seal in the lid and will allow water to get in.)

Survival Items

  Other items every set of Bug-Out bags should contain are two quality knives, sharpening tool, hatchet, rope, hand saw or rope saw, firestarter, compass, first-aid kit, can opener, water purifier, plastic tarps, emergency blankets, a small mirror for signaling, a solar flashlight and other item you might need as well.