It seems that more and more people would like to know how to get started prepping these days. Many people are intimidated by the process, and believe that you need to have a great deal of time or money to devote to prepping before it can be effective. That’s not necessarily the case, as there are a number of things anyone can do to help themselves be better prepared.
Knowledge is power, so one of the best ways to get started prepping is to read as much as you can on topics such as food preservation and storage, home remedies, gardening and wilderness survival. In fact, you may even want to begin building an informational library of books you could refer to in the event an Internet connection is unavailable.
Consider taking a few courses that could not only help ensure your survival, but allow you to provide assistance to others during an emergency. Become certified in first aid and/or CPR by taking a class provided by the American Red Cross. Some ham radio clubs will also provide tutoring that will prepare you to test for an operator’s license. After becoming licensed, you would then be allowed to assist emergency personnel with their communications efforts during disaster recovery efforts.
Grow a vegetable garden using seeds you purchase from a local nursery. You don’t need a huge plot of land in order to get started prepping in this manner, as a few plants placed in containers on a patio can also provide you with some delicious vegetables. Visit a “u-pick” farm and bring home larger quantities of fruits and vegetables that you can either can or freeze to put back for an emergency.
Taking care of your health is one of the best ways to get started prepping, and is one that is often overlooked by many people. If a monumental disaster were to strike, hospitals and medical clinics might be tied up treating critically wounded people, and therefore be unable to administer help to those without life-threatening conditions. As a result, you should eat right, get plenty of sleep, forego smoking, and take steps to lose weight if necessary. If you are taking prescription medications, talk with your doctor to find out if there are ways you could eliminate them so you won’t have to worry about running out of your drugs during a critical time.
Develop a plan of action, and make sure everyone in the family knows what that is. For example, you could decide on a public meeting place to use as a rally point in the event you are unable to return home and phone communication is interrupted. You could also designate an out-of-town friend or relative to serve as a point of contact for you. Make sure everyone knows how to reach that person in order to “check in” whenever a disaster strikes.
As you can see, it doesn’t take a great deal of time or money in order to get started prepping. By doing a few of these things, you’ll be better prepared, and won’t have to worry nearly as much should you be faced with an emergency.