Survival Of The Fittest – Prepping 101

Prepping 101 - Survival of the Fittest

Do you wish to be much ready for emergencies however aren’t sure where to start or if you’re doing it right?

This “prepping go to for beginners” emergency readiness checklist strolls you through the standard steps with sane, expert-verified suggestions families or individuals who wish to be prepared for any eventuality they may face.

You’ll be prepared to manage the majority of what may come your way when you’re done.

Whether you’re stressed about an unexpected layoff, home intrusions, car mishaps, the power going out for a week, natural catastrophes, or long term financial and social decline, it’s crucial that you begin getting prepared now.

By definition, if you wait until you need it, it’s most certainly too late.

You’re not alone: Countless reasonable people from all walks of life are taking preparedness seriously– and the movement is growing as more people realize they can’t depend on others to save them in our topsy turvy world.

But prepping can appear overwhelming. And to make matters worse, there’s a lot of crazy junk out there that pollutes rational preparedness with extremism, dangerous info, or silly internet disputes that don’t in fact matter.

The whole point of prepping is to minimize the opportunities of major life interruptions and to better recover from disturbances when they do take place.

That’s it!

Even something typical and as simple as a fire extinguisher in your cooking area counts– the huge bulk of prepping has nothing to do with bunkers and bullets!

Don’t simply look for a single checklist and skip the details, the “devil is in the details” if you will. You will conserve yourself a great deal of wasted money and time, and be much better prepared, if you take a bit of time to gain from others experience and knowledge instead of making the same mistakes most novices make when they attempt to “skip the vegetables”– the real trick to prepping well is understanding and following the best path, not putting a bunch of random equipment in your closet.

The Standard Actions for Preparing Yourself and Your Family:

 

✅  Build a strong individual finance and health structure
✅  Get your house all set for two weeks of self-reliance
✅  Have the ability to leave your house with just a moment’s notification (” bug out bags”).
✅  Prepare for emergency situations that take place far from house (” get house bags” and daily bring).
✅  Learn core abilities and practice with your gear.
✅  Share and recruit while continuing to discover and exceeding the fundamentals.

Why Are You Here? PS. You’re Not The Only One…

 

Perhaps you’re typically stressed over politics, the economy, and natural catastrophes. Or possibly you or someone you love went through an emergency and you have actually decided not to be a victim anymore.

Whatever your factors, you’re not alone: Millions of individuals are actively preparing, and their factors are as varied as they are.

Tips and Typical Novice Errors:

✅  Don’t buy off-the-shelf kits. 98% of them are unworthy of buying.
✅  You can’t anticipate when an emergency will take place, so a good prepper should be always ready to go.
✅  You can not anticipate what’s going to happen, so be diligent about discovering and preventing assumptions in your preparations.
✅  Stay practical and practical. Prevent zombie apocalypse scenarios. Focus on the important things that matter most and keep in mind that easier is better.
✅  Do not let prepping overwhelm or defeat you. It is essential to have peace and enjoy your life right now, and avoid going down a dark spiral of doomsday anxiety or blow your life savings on products. You can prepare without giving up your lifestyle, just like how purchasing medical insurance doesn’t suggest you’ve quit on your health.
✅  Overlook the noise and extremism that tries to take over prepping from the fringes. Sadly, many of the related blog sites, online forums, and Facebook groups are filled with false and crappy information about prepping.
When you connect with similar individuals, prepping is much better. Try to connect with others through this website and through local groups (eg. scouts, CERT, amateur radio clubs, treking clubs, etc.)

 

Prevent “Double Dipping” Your Equipment

 

It’s appealing to choose stuff out of your bug out bag for an outdoor camping trip, for example. But then life tends to get in the way, the equipment stays spread, and that produces windows where an emergency may strike and you’re unprepared.

If you’re on a spending plan, it’s much better to buy fewer top quality things than cheap things that will stop working when you need them most. You can prep without much cash, but it looks more like DIY and second-hand type of purchases, less so the dollar store.

Do not simply purchase some gear, toss it in a closet, pat yourself on the back, and move on. You are not prepared unless you experiment with your supplies and plans.

A bug out bag is not merely for bugging out to a fixed area along a fixed path. A situation that would require you to leave your home, your bug out bag is the one bag you grab initially as your “go to” place for essential supplies and gear.

It’s wrong to think “my strategy is to bug out” or “my strategy is to shelter in place in the house”…emergency situations don’t care about your strategies, and an excellent preparation suggests having the ability to do both.

Step 1: Get Your Health and Finances in Order

Medical issues and financial problems are the most likely interruptions you’ll face in your life time, and considering that you’re a sane prepper, you focus on the most likely emergencies first.

 

 

 

All of the statistics around personal monetary health are shockingly bad– particularly in the United States. For instance, over 50% of Americans can’t manage an unforeseen $500 emergency situation (eg. your expired-warranty home heater suddenly stops working) without utilizing a credit card or other similar line of credit.

You must not invest any money on gear/supplies beyond the basics (eg. two weeks of water in your house) without first having core financial preparations such as a rainy day fund, debt-reduction plan, and retirement savings.

It’s a similar story with your personal health: We’re getting sicker and less capable of handling the physical demands that are inherent in an emergency situation. It’ll be difficult to make it through at all if you have a hard time with walking up stairs, have addictions to alcohol or drugs, or can’t keep your mind clear while your body goes through extreme tension.

Do not forget other “adulting” fundamentals like insurance coverage and estate planning. Do you have a will? Does your family know what to do if you’re in a bad mishap and can’t talk? Do you want medical professionals to keep you alive in a vegetative coma? Have you added beneficiaries to your monetary accounts so your family isn’t locked out from money while awaiting the court of probate system?

Pointer: Going for random walks your house is an excellent method to exercise and examine off a core 101 checklist item (understand your surroundings!) at the same time.

Step 2: Get Your House All Set For 2 Weeks of Self-Reliance

We begin with the house because it’s where you invest the majority of your time and is normally the best location to make it through an emergency situation. Which is why federal governments offer the standard “remain in your house!” guidance throughout a crisis.

 

 

 

 

Example Circumstances:
✅  You have an unanticipated huge expenditure or layoff that blows your tight budget.
✅  School and work is cancelled due to a debilitating heat wave.
✅  The electrical or water grid decreases for a couple of days.
✅  A nasty cyclone floods your city for a week.
✅  An epidemic is spreading out and you’re quarantined to your house.
✅  Civil order breaks down with mass discontent in the streets.
✅  A close-by city is assaulted by an opponent.
✅  Overall collapse (” All Hell Breaks Loose”).

Your goal is to be able to make it through in your house for at least 2 weeks with no outside assistance– whether from individuals or the grid. That implies you can’t presume you’ll have electrical power, heating, water or cooking gas, interaction, web, 911, ambulances, and so on.

House list summary:

Water: store 15 gallons of drinkable water per person (approximately 1 gallon per day) and have methods to treat unclean water through either a portable water filter or countertop water filter.

Food: a minimum of 23,000 calories per person (roughly 1,500 calories daily) of shelf-stable food that’s ready to consume or only needs boiling water to make; generally one or a mix of extra supermarket food you typically consume anyway or special prepper food that lasts permanently.

Fire: lighters, matches, and backup fire for beginners.

Light: headlamps, flashlights, candle lights, lanterns, solar lights, etc.

Heating and cooling: indoor-safe heating units, lots of extra blankets and sweaters, woodstove or fireplace, USB-powered fans.

Medical: comprehensive first aid kits and first aid manuals, antiseptics, antibiotics, pain relievers, any medication you require, etc.

Communications: either a one-way NOAA radio, two-way ham radio (if you know how to use it), handheld police/emergency scanner.

Power: extra batteries and any chargers needed for your particular gear(your bug out bag will have a solar battery charger, however you can also get a 2nd one for house).

Tools: axe, shovel, work gloves, wrench for your gas lines, zip ties, duct tape, pliers, wrenches, etc (the list goes on and on)

Self-Defense: depends upon individual views, may consist of martial arts training, knives, firearms, ammo, property defense plans and so on

Money: as much as you can fairly manage to stash away. Precious metals like gold and silver may have particular value if the economy crashes and paper money is no longer worth anything.

Psychological health: board games, preferred books, earphones, movies downloaded to a tablet or cellphone, outdoor gear for activities like skiing or snowshoeing,, etc

Files: copy of deeds/titles, insurance policies, birth certificates, maps, pictures of member of the family, and so on in both usb and physical thumb drive types.

Resident & emergency info: document essential contact numbers and email addresses, know the place of the nearest hospitals, and so on.

In conclusion, there is a lot to be said about the inherent value of being prepared, whether you live in and apartment in the city or a property out in the countryside. Take the time to prepare a plan for yourself and your family, and you can have more peace of mind.

Chris J Friesen
“Failing To Plan, Is Planning To Fail”

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About the Author: CHRIS FRIESEN

I am a gym owner, personal trainer, reality based self-defense instructor (Certified Level 2 Krav Maga), and passionate bushwacker, survivalist and prepper. When I’m not working on one of my many projects (which include trying to decipher current world events), I enjoy working on my homestead that sits on 60 lovely wooded acres out in the country in rural Canada, honing my bushcraft and blacksmithing skills, and sitting in my hottub with a glass of good bourbon...