An Average Persons Prepping Guide – Introduction
Prepping holds many meanings for many people.
Google says it is
the practice of making active preparations for a possible catastrophic disaster or emergency, typically by stockpiling food, ammunition, and other supplies.
Survivalism is a movement of individuals or groups (called survivalists or preppers) who are actively preparing for emergencies, including possible disruptions in social or political order, on scales from local to international. Survivalists often acquire emergency medical and self-defense training, stockpile food and water, prepare to become self-sufficient, and build structures (e.g., a survival retreat or an underground shelter) that may help them survive a catastrophe.
For me it means having security in the knowledge my family and I are prepared for an emergency such as a natural disaster or a lost job. The zombie apocalypse never entered my mind but hey if it happens….
You may have seen the shows on television such as Doomsday Preppers. I never placed any stock in what I saw and even scoffed at some of the ideas presented. Prepping for me started when I thought one day what would we do if the power went out for a week. Thinking along those lines I had no thoughts other than we should put away some food. From that point everything grew into a mission to “prep” and be prepared for most any event. Food storage grew to what items would be needed if we were displaced from our home to what knowledge would be needed if we had no access to medical facilities. As we consider ourselves to be average people these articles will let me share where we went with our process to get prepared at minimal expense with this prepping guide. Understand, we had never thought prior about prepping or first aid before much less owning or shooting a firearm or even going camping.
There are so many things an average person or family could list that the idea of prepping usually gets squashed in the planning stages. I can tell you there is no better comfort than knowing you can take care of you and yours for a year and beyond if needed. If you lost your job tomorrow could you continue to eat well for the next 6 months without an income? If a bad hurricane or earthquake knocks your area and services out of commission for weeks will you be prepared? You may think going to a shelter, depending on others or outside help may be fine to imagine now but what would it really be like? After seeing the aftermath of recent natural disasters like hurricanes and floods preparing now while you can means not worrying if anything comes to pass. There is no downside I could come up with not to prepare for my family.
Knowledge and planning is really the biggest obstacle to overcome in my opinion. You can gain knowledge with the help of the massive resources on the internet. Just as you are reading this and other articles on this site there are many other resources online. Money will be the next biggest hurdle you may face in your endeavors. The only thing I can tell you is you can take years to prepare or months depending on your budget. I called this article the Average Persons Prepping Guide because I wrote this for what I consider an average person. There will be a couple more articles that I have written for Food Storage, INCH bags and other things associated with our personal prepping.
As I said before there are other sites out there with information from how to trap game to building a shelter in the woods. We just personally don’t plan to carry things that far at this point because as I said prepping means different things to different people. The information here was gleaned from months of absorbing information, sometimes conflicting, from about every resource I could find. The guides are written as to what worked for us which may or may work for you. Hopefully, however, they will help you prepare in case it’s ever needed. My focus was to prep in the lowest cost manner we could while maintaining a quality of life. I did not want to be stuck eating one biscuit and a piece of jerky a day if something ever came to pass.
Average Persons Prepping Guide – Introduction
Planning & Education – To prep you first need to decide what you are looking to be prepared for just in case. Will you prepare a 1 week storage of food and water, a month or 1 year. Once you have a timeline in mind you can begin planning. Educate yourself in what is needed so you can plan appropriately. Planning and education go hand in hand because you cant do one without the other. Research every resource you can so you know what and why you are buying and why you are doing so. Reading this prepping guide along with my other articles is a great start.
Making a List & Budgeting – One of the things that was hardest and took me the longest was making budgeting what was needed. I shopped every item to death and my original list was huge which I pared downed greatly as I realized I really didn’t need the Rambo knife with the compass in the handle. My early lists had so much fluff it was crazy. Educating myself allowed me to remove a lot of items I would never use and would only fill the pockets of others with my hard earned money.
Purchasing – This part was easy once the above was completed. We started with Food Storage and progressed from there. Again nothing says you have to buy everything at once. You have waited this long a little more time won’t matter now. I will talk more about how to save on items in other articles.
Storage – We had the room for everything these articles will show in one closet. There are many ways to store items even in the smallest of houses or apartments.