Should you become a Prepper?

By on September 17, 2014

Can Your Family Survive a Major Disaster?

Hooray! The world did not end in December 2012, as some had predicted. But how prepared are you for another Sandy, global economic meltdown, a solar- flare or a number of such tragedies that can leave major cities without power, water, transport and food supplies?

Becoming a Prepper is a sensible way to ensure that your family can survive a major disaster. Preppers are not crazy people. They are simply people that have decided to use their skills and resources to organize and execute survival plans to ensure the safety of their families in times of disaster and situations that are beyond their control.

Once you have decided to become a prepper, it is a good idea to discuss your plans with all members of your family, even the younger ones. It is important for everyone in your family to understand the reason that you decided to become a prepper. There is a misconception that prepping is extremely expensive. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars at a time to become a Prepper. The secret of a good prepper is to have a plan to accomplish your goal in phases and within a reasonable budget.

Here are 10 easy steps to help you become a Prepper:

  • Discuss all major concerns your family have with regards to a disaster, including how the members of your family will arrive at your home or other location in case of an emergency.
  • Food and water stockpile. Decide on the “necessary” food items that your family would need to sustain them for a long period of time,at least six months, in the first instance. These must have long shelf life.
  • It’s easy to start your stockpile, when you visit the grocery store always purchase a few extra cans of food items and water for your emergency stockpile. By simply buying a few extra items at a time, you will not strain your pocket and in a few months you would be surprised at how your pile has grown. Coupons can also be used to stock extra items for your prepping.
  • Ensure that other items like batteries, matches. lanterns, medicines and warm clothing are included on your list.
  • I am not an advocate for guns, but the reality is that some method of security has to be used to protect your family, so that is an issue you will also have to discuss.
  • Most preppers have a separate, secure and secret location, called a bug-out location. This location is usually away from major cities, where their family can move to. This location will also have a stockpile of their essential needs.
  • For preppers that don’t have or just cannot afford a separate bug-out location, the best option is to secure your current home to the maximum. This should include a safe room or a basement.that has been re-enforced.
  • Security measures, food and water stockpiles and secret bug-out locations should not be discussed with non family members and very young children should not be given details of these.
  • Preppers and their family should also have regular emergency drills. These should be timed and evaluated.
  • Preppers and their family members should also learn basic first-aid, water purification and any useful skill that may increase their survival, in times of emergency.

Preppers should not be viewed as “paranoids” instead they should be commended for their foresight and making an effort to ensure their family survival in times of disaster and other emergencies. The worst case scenario, if there was never a disaster, a prepper would have extra food and a secure home, but what if there was a major disaster, a prepper would be prepared. So go ahead and Prepp!

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