ave you ever wondered what prepping was? Do you hear your friends, family and coworkers talking about it, but you are always a little lost? Read on to find out about prepping and how it can help save your life and your family’s life in a catastrophic event.
What is Prepping?
We are hearing a lot of people talk about prepping, but for some of you this is still a foreign subject. Prepping is quite simply the act of preparing yourself and your family to be self sustaining in the event of a man made, biological or natural disaster. What the future holds is unknown, and it is important that we prepare ourselves and our families for a time when modern conveniences might not be available.
Who Should be Prepping?
Many people think that prepping is a modern craze and continue to blow it off, but the truth is that the likelihood of a temporary threat to our well being is very real. Everyone should be prepping. We are not saying that everyone should build a a safe room in their home and fill every extra nook and cranny with food (although this isn’t such a bad idea if you are so inclined). However, we are saying that everyone should be prepared to feed themselves, defend themselves and survive on their own for several weeks in the event of a disaster.
Why Should we be Prepping?
We should all be prepared, because the truth is no one knows what lies ahead. The times that we live in are uncertain at best. While we all hope and pray that these things will never happen, they could very likely happen. We saw on 9/11 that terrorist attacks can not always be avoided. When Katrina hit, we saw the devastating effects that a natural disaster can have on a city. The recent outbreak of Ebola has everyone in a frenzy, and for good reason. These types of things we don’t have any control over. We can not prevent them, but we can be prepared for them. If you had to isolate yourself in your home today, how long could you survive on what is in your pantry?
How do I Prep?
Prepping really starts with gathering supplies and making plans. Many people start out by accumulating a small stash of non perishable food and water. In my family, we still get our consumable water from an outdoor well. I know that we go through about 14-15 gallons a week for cooking and drinking. This means that I need to have a stash of at least 60 gallons of water for us to make it on our own for a month. If is important to look at your situation and evaluate your family’s needs. Here are some questions that you can ask yourself.
- Judging by what is in my pantry now, how long could we survive if we were unable to get to a grocery store?
- How much water do we consume in a month?
- What will we do in the event that our home is knocked down or otherwise unable to be used?
- Do we have any extra gas (besides what is in the lawn mower tank) in case we need to flee the city?
- How will we keep viruses and intruders out of our home?
This is a good start, but there are many other things that you need to be aware of and be prepared for. The risks are real and the benefits of being prepared outweigh the drawbacks. Please check out our prepping for beginners article for more in depth information.