Prepping 101 – Getting Started and Avoiding Mistakes
Getting started in prepping and avoiding prepping mistakes are the top 10 Google search results for prepping. Clearly there are a lot of people who want to start prepping, don’t know how to start and want to avoid costly mistakes when setting out. Also note, the search for prepping didn’t show any results for “should I become a prepper” – that ship has sailed.
Let’s be clear from the start, you are going to make mistakes – we all do. Despite my reading widely on the subject and having some experience, I too made some basic mistakes. You can read about my rookie mistakes here. Fortunately and because of my research, they were small and easily reversible mistakes. The reason I made them was not reading enough. But I’m glad I didn’t wait and at least started because I’m that much further ahead. Also, it spurred me on to dig deeper, learn more and become better prepared. You learn by doing.
Thanks to some in the media, many people have the misconception that prepping is all about building underground nuclear bunkers and spending thousands of dollars on exotic supplies. And while there are those that choose that route – and they may yet be proved right – there are far more people who are concerned with the state of the world. Some just want to have enough food and money to tide them over between jobs should they lose theirs; some want to store enough to last a year in case we have another great recession; while others want to store enough to last many years in case of another great depression; and then there are those who want to go back to homesteading and live off the land; finally, there are those who are a blend of any number of these. You see, there is no one size fits all when it comes to prepping. That said, you can learn a tremendous about on the internet on how to jump-start your prepping and avoiding common mistakes. The key is to just get started!
What prompted me to get serious about prepping was a nearby flood. It was just a few streets over and only affected a couple of homes, but it spurred me to look into the flood plain in my area. It wasn’t good. Worse, the local governments plan for dealing with a widespread flood is woefully inadequate. Then I looked even further into where the weak infrastructure points in my town were; electricity, phone, water, communications, etc. supply were all centrally located down town – all the eggs are in one basket.
That’s when I decided to create my own “basket” and gather my own “eggs”.
In addition to storing water and food, I decided to make my home as self-sufficient as possible. I immediately identified the 4 most critical backups to have and acquired them. The one thing I’ve added to my must have back up list that I don’t yet have, is solar power. I’m working on that. I now have enough of all I need to last several months and my immediate goal is to extend that to one year.
Whatever your reasons or plans are, I urge you to get started NOW in prepping. Because, whether it’s a flood, loss of a job or some large-scale disaster, you’re going to need to be prepared!
If you don’t know where to start, read the top 10 Google search results for prepping.
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