Making the choice to begin prepping is probably one of the biggest investments you will ever make. It takes a lot of time, effort and money, but the reward can not be measured. There are some habits we can all get into in order to help us get a little more organized and help take the pressure off of getting it all done. There really is no quick way to get prepared fast. Investing a little time each month can sometimes mean the difference between life and death.
5 Quick Tips For Getting Prepared
- Get a binder to keep all your information in. Many people keep things like emergency info, current medications, and important documents in their emergency binders. I would also suggest adding in contact information for friends and family, any important contact info for doctors, dentists, schools and work contacts. Non-emergency personnel, utility info, and copies of everyone’s ID. There are a ton of other things you can add as well. Websites, recipes, and your preparedness plan are important as well.
- Make a list of what each person needs in both their bug out bag and their bug in bag. Rotate items as necessary. Keeping items in your children’s bags that will entertain them will stave off a bit of boredom if you find family without electricity or you are stuck in traffic. Also, be sure to swap out seasonal clothing as well. Check these bags the first of each month. It’ll get you in the habit of keeping everyone organized and replacing much-needed items.
- Consider preserving your own food. If you don’t know how to do this, there are countless websites out there that can help you. Fresh Preserving is an excellent resource for learning how to can and considering the website is owned by the Ball Company, you will have safe recipes to fall back on. I also highly recommend purchasing The Ball Canning Book, it is an excellent resource to help you during your canning journey. Learning how to garden if you don’t know how to already is another step in the right direction. A huge benefit of gardening is, you not just learn how to be self-sufficient and can apply those skills in a collapse situation, but you are able to preserve your own food without having to spend a lot of money at the store. We planted our first garden this past summer and ended up with so many tomatoes, that we didn’t need to go to the farmer’s market this year to buy any to can.
- Set a date each month, preferably before you do any household or grocery shopping to do inventory of what you already have. By keeping a running inventory of what you have, how much you have and how much you are using, can help give you a better idea of what you will need to keep everything stocked for at least 3 months. Keep your inventory sheet in your emergency binder for easy access.
- Have family meetings! Keep everyone on the same track. These are extremely important. They are where you, your spouse and your children will all learn what needs to be done! Schedule camping trips, backpacking trips, fishing trips, hunting trips and do some drills. Drills can be for home invasion, fire, flood, or any other emergency you are concerned about. You will be able to come together and figure out what skills needs to be learned and tweak your plan if need be.
If you have been prepped with knowledge and you do your research, that is a wonderful step. But be warned that if you don’t continue to practice the skills you’ve learned, they won’t be of any use to you. You can have everything organized, everything planned and all the knowledge in the world, but if you don’t know how to use any of that knowledge, than you lack the skills needed to move forward. Your family needs to work as a team and learn together.