I’ve been “kind of” a prepper all my life. What I mean is, I stocked up some extra supplies but without any rhyme or reason. Then a street near me flooded two years in a row and the last time it took out my Internet for several days. That’s when I started to think a little more serious about preparing for a worse flood.
My rookie prepping mistakes.
So I immediately went out and bought some canned food. I don’t remember what it was and probably just grabbed things that looked good. I started to do this every time I went shopping; again without much planning. Now that I was kind of in the prepping frame of mind, I started to notice articles and things on TV related to prepping more. I don’t remember where, but at some point I came across the three 3’s. I had known them long ago but had forgotten that you can go 3 minutes without air, 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food. Then it hit me! I had started stocking the wrong stuff!
Right, I needed to prioritize and water was first on the list now. So I immediately went out and bought some bottled water. I had no idea how much I needed or any of the other ins and outs of storing water. I just knew I didn’t have any stored and had to have some! Having just made my first prepping mistake with food, I decided to look into water storage and I’m glad I did. I’ll post a link at the end of this post to my guide for beginner preppers which has some tips on, among other things, water storage.
I realized right away, that if I was going to do this prepping right, it was going to take a lot more space in my garage than I realized. So I decided to have a big clear out of the garage. It was then I made another big rookie mistake. I threw out or gave away lots of valuable things that could come in handy or be “re-purposed”. For example, the wife had put a lot of old T-shirts that no longer fitted anyone into a box with plans to donate them. So, I donated them. Now I realize they had many prepping uses. I don’t regret donating them, I just wished I’d known better and kept a few.
As I dug deeper into prepping, I realized I needed back up heating, cooking and power. Having learned from my previous mistakes, I researched the best items that fitted my situation and needs. So I bought a generator, some “Jerry cans” and some fuel stabilizer. I’m doing better at this prepping I thought, as I patted myself on the back.
Then I got a little too smug and thought I could think of better ways to do things. I thought, hey, the generator holds a jerry can of fuel. If I fill the generator that would free up a jerry can which I could then store more fuel in. Brilliant idea old chap! Later on as I got a little more informed on prepping, I took some advice I’d read and started visualizing how I would react should a disaster strike.
Visualize how you would react in a disaster.
So, exactly how would I and the family react say if there was a flood. My first thoughts were, aha, I’m ready for you! I’ve got water, food, alternate means of heat, light, cooking and power. But most of that stuff was in the garage I thought. No problem I reasoned I’d just move it inside and upstairs. Of course I knew I couldn’t run the generator in the house, I’d just…. I’d just…uh…Houston we have a problem.
Ok, so the generator has to be run from outside but there’s a flood and that would flood the generator. I know! I’ll put it on top of the garage (mine’s a flat roof) and run an extension cord through the top floor window. Problem solved! Uh, remember that bit about filling the generator with fuel so you could store more in the empty jerry can? Bummer, I’d just made the generator twice as heavy as when it was empty. Oh, we’ll still manage to get it on the roof but it would have been a lot lighter.
Here’s my recent post on prepping for beginners.
Your rookie prepping mistakes.
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