You’ve decided that it’s time to start prepping. No matter how you came to this decision you require a path forward. In this post I will outline reliable and practical starting points in your prepping journey and discuss some potential pitfalls for new preppers.
There are a lot of unreliable sources of information out there when it comes to prepping. Many have a vested interest in convincing you of something (often in order to sell you a solution). See my thoughts on this in Avoid 2 out of 3 types of Preppers.
Given reliable source of information are hard to find where do you start? With your government. Why?! Because it’s in their interest for you to be prepared in emergencies. The more prepared you are the less strain you will be on their infrastructure when things go wrong.The best source of information for a starting #prepper is frequently a government website. Click To Tweet
Listed below are all the government run prepping sites I’ve found for the most populous English speaking Countries.
- Canada: https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/
- US: https://www.ready.gov/ and https://www.fema.gov/
- New Zealand: http://www.getthru.govt.nz/
- India: http://www.ndma.gov.in/en/
- Pakistan: http://www.ndma.gov.pk/
- Ireland: https://www.emergencyplanning.ie/
The following countries unfortunately seem to have little emphasis on public education for disaster preparation and their sites are a little lackluster.
- UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-emergencies/preparing-for-emergencies
- Australia: https://emknowledge.org.au/
- South Africa: http://www.ndmc.gov.za/
- Philippines: http://www.gov.ph/aquino-administration/disaster-preparedness/
[Side note: If you have better sites or sites for other countries you think should be listed please let me know!]
Taking your next step
The sites above should provide you a general outline of what you can do to prepare for an emergency. Follow their suggestions and begin to get yourself setup. You will generally see an emphasis on creating a plan, storing food and water for 3 days, and ensuring you having flashlights and radios for use in a power outage. These are all great suggestions and a good starting point.
The next step will be to think about which specific emergencies are most likely to occur in your situation. Do you live in tornado alley? Are you in a flood plain? Does the power cut out all the time? Many of the sites above have documents for dealing with more specific situations like these. Use those documents to add to your supplies and your plan.
Time to buy a …
By this point you are probably chomping at the bit to go out and buy some cool knife, some gadget or kit that you have read will save you in every situation. Don’t believe the hype! They are rarely as useful as they make themselves out to be and if you don’t know what you’re doing in the first place they are unlikely to be all that useful.
“But I have all this money and it’s burning a hole in my pocket!!” That’s fantastic, time to get you some training. The best thing you can do as a new prepper is to go out and learn some skills.When #prepping remember skills are more important that stuff. Click To Tweet
Start with First Aid Training. Now! This is by far one of the most important things you can do as a prepper and as a person. First aid training simply said is one of the most likely ways you will save someone’s life.
There are plenty of other subjects you can also get trained on: Gardening, Hunting, Trapping, Fishing, Foraging, Camping, Self Defense, Home Security, Defensive Driving, Portable Fire Extinguisher use and many others. You may even be able to find good sources for this information out there on the internet. Just be careful about what sources you are using, prepping has become big business and there are lots of people who want a piece of your money.
Time to buy a …?
Eventually, slowly, you can start to buy yourself gadgets. But remember that the most important thing about having prepping stuff is knowing how to use it safely and effectively. Don’t buy things and just stash them away. Buy them and take the time to use them and get used to them.If you don't know how to use your #prepping gadget it might as well be a rock. Click To Tweet
If you follow the simple path I have laid out above then you should already be well on your way to becoming an effective prepper. Remember this is all about building yourself a strong base and ensuring that you can handle the emergencies that you are most likely to experience as outlined in The Prepper Pyramid.