So you’re new to prepping. You’ve had this itch in the back of your mind that something might happen. Maybe a friend or a family member asked you what you have done to prepare for an emergency. You weren’t sure what to answer but you want to take the first step.
As with most things you started with a search on the net. Oh Boy! a LOT of crazy stuff has come up. If you spent any time going through the results or checking comments you will quickly find articles ranting and raving about the Illuminati, TEOTWAWKI and SHTF. What a turn off!! All you want to do is try to make sure that you and your family are safe.
The truth is that there is a ton of misinformation out there. There are also plenty of people who are out to exploit or convert you.In #prepping trusted sources of information can be hard to find. Click To Tweet
From my own experience you can can divide the prepping community into three basic types of people.
- End of the Worlders: They talk about guns, ammo, bunkers and years of food and water storage. They may be very wary of the government or have one too many pet conspiracies.
- Product Pushers: They tell you that some gadget or book will miraculously save you no matter the situation. They send links to products or tell you how great their latest book is.
- People like you: They want to make their families safer the way you do but often get lost in the sea of other voices.
The first two types of peppers can be very vocal and drown out the third because they have a vested interest in getting your attention. Unfortunately there isn’t an easy filter you can just turn on.When you start #prepping you need to build a set of trusted resources. Click To Tweet
You need to find those trusted resources and use them to start down the road to makeing you and your family safer. My suggestion to you is avoid those first two types when you’re starting.When you start #prepping avoid 'End of Worlders' or 'Product Pushers'. Click To Tweet
To be clear I think the first two types of preppers may have valuable information. I just wouldn’t suggest starting there. Personally I started by looking at recommendations from the local, state and federal authorities who have a vested interest in my well being. They have well developed programs and a ton of resources to help you prepare for many different (and likely) situations. If you don’t trust your own government then take a look at someone elses. I’ll share a few ideas of where to start in a future post but would love to know what other resources you suggest either as a new or experienced prepper. Give me a shout out in the comments below!