Start Prepping Now – Be Ready to Protect Your Family!
Emergencies, financial calamity and natural disasters cannot be predicted. No one predicted exactly when or how the financial collapse of 2008 would hit. No one saw Hurricane Katrina coming 2 months ahead. Certainly no one expected the terrorist attack in New York in 2001 or in Paris in November 2015.
Taking some time now to educate yourself on prepping for different types of emergencies and disasters is smart. Gaining the skills and supplies you could need will pay important dividends for you and your family should something of that nature happen in your future.
Here are some of the reasons that now is the time to prepare.
Plenty of people have seen the ill effects of an economic downturn over the last several years. And if you or someone you know experienced job loss and the inability to find gainful employment, then the ramifications of failing to prepare for economic problems are all too clear. By prepping for economic issues, you will have the potential to continue living comfortably until the economy recovers or you find another job.
It wasn’t that long ago that a terrorist attack on American soil would have been considered ludicrous. Now, all you have to do is say the word “terrorist” and people immediately think of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. It happened once, and it can happen again. In fact, terrorist attacks are prevalent around the world, and to think that we are immune is pure folly. Although our government works hard to avert such attacks, it can’t hurt to be prepared for the occurrence of a successful terrorist plot.
People may scoff at global warming, but no one can deny the uptick in natural disasters over the last few decades or the increasing intensity of weather patterns in general. Humans have done a doozy on the environment through the burning of fossil fuels and the release of hydrocarbons, and climate change is a natural byproduct of this oversight. But even beyond that, Mother Nature has her own schedule, and it doesn’t take your wants or needs into consideration. When natural disasters strike, taking essential services like power, water, gas, food supply, communications, and access to medical care along with them, you want to be ready to care for yourself and your family.
Protect your loved ones
There’s no better reason to start prepping than out of concern for the well-being of your family and your friends. What will you tell your kids when they’re hungry, thirsty, and cold because an earthquake struck and you have failed to stock the house with non-perishable food items, drinking water, and a means of creating heat in preparation for a time when these services are not readily available? Wouldn’t you rather have these items on hand when disaster strikes? – via Organized Prepper | The Best in Prepping Supplies and Survival Gear
Start With the Disaster In Mind
When you begin thinking of how to keep your family safe, fed and warm in the case of an emergency or disaster, the sky really is the limit on how you could approach preparing. Fortunately, many faithful preppers have gone before you and have spent much time and thought on that very issue.
The way to approach this large topic is to break it down into managable scenarios and prepare for those. With that in mind, in the excerpt below are descriptions of the three most common time frames and situations to prepare for. Once these are covered you can build your preps if you decide that is prudent.
How Long Will You Need Your Preps?
There are some general guidelines and as luck would have it other preppers before you have well laid out plans for each time frame. My goal in this article is not get into each one, but to show you that they exist. Here are the most popular prepping time lines.
72 hours – This is by far the most popular starting point for most preppers. The goal is to stay alive for 72 hours, three days, and after that things should be ok or you will have reached a better prepared location. Your best bet for any 72 hour event is a Bug Out Bag. Most start here and expand as needed. Most minor disasters fall into this category.
2 weeks – At this point you basically want to make sure you have enough water and food to last over and above the contents of your BOB. Most large scale natural disasters fall into this category.
1 month – Again, this is mostly more water and food over and above a BOB, but you should also include a way to Cook Your Food and Heat Your Homewithout power. You should also stock up on items that will make life more comfortable. Get foods that can be easily prepared with very little clean up. It would take a major SHTF event to put you in a situation where civilization was cut off for a month, life would not be the same afterwards and recovery may be slow so prepare for that as well. – via BeSurvival.com | Prepare to Survive!
Have you begun building your 72 hour kit yet?