Today’s A Great Day To Check Your Preps!
Check Your Preps!
I know what you’re thinking- Preppers are nutbars who want the world to end so they can be the survivors who climb out of their basements to rebuild. And I reply that I would really prefer NOT to see the end or TEOTWAWKI. But things happen such as tornados, hurricanes and earthquakes. Wouldn’t you rather be the one who can feed and protect your family until basic services are restored? It’s not that hard to get started, and you don’t have to do it all at once. I’ve been a “prepper” since I was a young man (I’m 59 now). In fact my family was prepping long before the word even existed.
Does that mean I have an underground bunker filled with everything you can imagine? No, but I do have a closet filled with enough supplies to feed my family of 4 (2 adults and 2 grandchildren) for a year. I also have first aid, hygiene, books, and many other things that we now take for granted. Make sure to keep an accurate list with expiration dates so items can be replaced with fresh ones. DO NOT give in to temptation to grab an item here and there to avoid a trip to the store or you will soon have no reserves at all!
If you haven’t started, there are many articles in this blog about how to begin that will help you check your preps. Just look through the archives section and read the ones that are definitely about what to do. (Actually, I hope you subscribe, and stay on top of things) There are also numerous books on this topic. Some of the books that I like are Prepper’s Checklist, and Prepper’s Workbook. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly at Contact Form.
Ways to Check Your Preps!
If you have already started, today is a good time to review what you have, see what is going out of date, and restock as needed. When I first began to collect supplies we kept them in a closet with shelves. This resulted in people grabbing things when they felt like it or needed an ingredient for something being cooked. Now we fill big tubs which stopped that, and access is strictly limited. The tubs are duct tapped on the covers and dated when filled. We live in very rural area and I’m surrounded by farmers. Mice are kept out of the closet by putting down poison and camphor balls which they hate the odor of.
Remember that whether you live in an urban or rural area you should have “bug out” bags for everyone in your family. Keep paper maps and an atlas and mark down multiple routes out of town that don’t use the freeways as they will be a giant traffic jam. Take the time to drive through the routes and ensure that they will be safe whether you are in a car, or forced to walk. Look through my archives to find lots more articles that give you all you need to know. Bug Out Bags is a good starting point. Whatever you do, make sure that you are familiar with different ways out, because trying to figure out roads will be much harder during an actual emergency.
Is Everyone in Your Family Prepared?
That includes all of your family because you can’t be certain that there will be cell phone service. All of your children should know where to go if you have to leave before they get home. Designate a park or other location for them to go to that is near home. That ensures that they will have a safe place to go. Try to walk it out with them at least once a month. Repetition will help them to remember what to do and where to go. And exercise is good for them and you. If you have a specific location to go to, such as a cabin or land you should practice going there by all of your designated routes so you don’t have to waste time figuring things out.
It’s easy to make these trips fun such as stopping at an ice cream shop or some other place that will make them want to go often. In fact with a little ingenuity you make all of the practice work fun by enticing them with things they like such as a family movie night after the practice is complete. Remember that practice makes perfect. In a real emergency, you want everyone in your family to know what to do without having to think about it. Time spent in indecision could mean the difference between life and death.
Know Where You’re Going.
When you check your Preps, include your decision about where you’re going when trouble breaks out. If you don’t have a specific place in mind, now is the time to figure out a safe place to camp that is off the beaten path. If you go to an obvious place you will be faced with hungry desperate people who will do anything to take what you have. Even if you dislike guns, it’s a lot better to have one and not need it than needing one and not having it. Just think about what you would do to feed your children in a desperate situation. Now multiply that by the population of where you live. Few people will have set up a system to survive and will quickly become desperate enough to resort to violence or any other means to get what they need.
If we look at the state of our nation and the world, it becomes obvious that unrest could break out at any time. Don’t be trapped in a place where you can’t leave or have to rely on police and the military for safety. Whatever you do, stay away from FEMA camps, which will take away all of your rights and put you and your family in a position to have to be dependent to be fed. I know that all of this seems so negative and grim but like anything else, it’s so much better to be prepared than not.
As I said before, you don’t have to do it all at once-we just buy an item or two on each trip to the stores. Remember, I’m not trying to sell you a bunch of stuff, I just want you to plan out a way to keep your family safe in a time when you don’t have all of the basic services.(Police, firemen, first responders and most of all, stores) Read the articles in this blog, and start doing something to ensure your family’s safety. Best of all it’s easy to make all of this a family affair that will bring all of you together in a positive way. If you have any questions feel free to contact me by leaving a comment below or clicking on the CONTACT LINK at the top of this page.
Remember I’m pulling for you and we’re all in this together. Don’t forget to post comments, I’m always eager to hear what you think!