Prepping 101 – Getting Started is the first step in beginning the preparations for impending disasters. We, as Christians believe we shoud… Pray for the Best, and Plan for the Worst is a perfect place to begin prepping while you take the opportunity to gain more information and direction to implement an emergency plan. Prepping is by no means difficult to understand, but there are volumes of things to learn about prepping for disasters.
With that in mind there is no time like the present to start
Beginning Prepping 101
I once worked on a project that was overwhelming. I was at my wits end trying to absorb all the material as quickly as possible so I could get the project started. I shared my frustrations with a friend who asked me (skip ahead if you’ve heard it), “How do you eat an elephant?”
It struck me as a dumb question, but I answered, “I don’t know… how should I eat an elephant?” His response was, “One bite at a time!”
Although this seems kinda’ elementary, there’s a point to it’s simple logic. The point is… when there is a lot of work involved in the initial learning phase of a project, it’s best not to concentrate on the whole volume of info. Just “get started” by learning as much as you can, just one day at a time.
For some that may look like an hour a day. For others it could be several hours. The time you have available each day probably won’t change much, so simply make the most of the time you have.
Prepping 101 – What is Prepping?
There’s nothing mysterious about Prepping 101. People who do it are not crazy, they’re not rednecks, or “end timers,” although some of those are probably present in the group.
A prepper is someone who recognizes that:
- Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires, snow blizzards and other similar disasters can happen at any time. They can shut down electricity, contaminate water, clear grocery shelves and cause casualties. They can last from hours, to several days, to a month or two.
- Terrorism, rioting and looting can shut down a town and cause people to stay in their homes in fear of violence. Although these threats do not strictly confine you to your home, you are truly a prisoner as to where and when it’s safe to travel. Situations like these can also last anywhere from hours to days and longer.
- The biggest disaster, and the most critical to prepare for, is a total destruction and shutdown of the entire U.S. electrical grid. This can happen via mother nature or as the result of an attack by an enemy. And if the grid is ever shut down as the result of a solar flare, high altitude bomb or a coordinated terrorist attack, we may be without electricity for as long as a year or more. (Note: U.S. Command Central and the CIA have rated this disaster as probable).
The loss of electricity for an extended period is the situation we recommend you keep as your primary focus as you are prepping.
Americans are not prepared for this type of disaster… It is estimated that millions of American lives will be lost as the result of violence, starvation and a pandemic (due to a total lack of sanitation).
Pray for the Best, Plan for the Worst
This is where my wife Marlene and I are right now. As Christians, we believe we are part of God’s plan and are under His protection. But we must also do our part by planning for our survival and the survival of others, wherever possible.
So if you are interested in becoming a “Prepper,” we are prepared to help you start with the basics and grow from there. Don’t be overwhelmed as you approach the learning process. Get started today and you will begin to feel more and more prepared every day.
We believe if we experience the most serious attack described above, we must be prepared for significant food and water shortages. There are also other important items you should get as soon as possible. Prepping 101 provides you with both the basic information you need and links to internet contacts that will help you.
Prepping 101 – Start With What’s Important
There are three areas where we believe you should begin. They are listed in their order of importance.
- Water – Science tells us that a normal person will last about 3 days without water. That should be your number one priority. You will need approximately 1 gallon of water per person per day (plus additional for pets, if you have them). The easiest and fastest way to begin building your water supply is to use 5-gallon water containers. If you have good quality drinking water from your faucets, you can use that water source. Store in a cool dark spot, but not directly on a concrete floor.
- Food – We can last about 4 weeks without food, making food priority number two. The best approach is to stock up on foods you and your family eat on a regular basis, but keep in mind you probably won’t have electricity for refrigeration. An easy approach is… every time you make a trip to the grocery store, pick up an extra can or two of meat, vegetables, fruits, peanut butter, boxed crackers, and a few packaged treats. You can add to this list as you go, but the first goal is to build up a 3 week supply of food and water as soon as you can. (Don’t forget Fido!)
- Lighting – Most disasters have a tendency to knock out electricity. The electric grid scenario knocks out electricity for months. You should have several good flashlights, and an ample stockpile of batteries. Lanterns give off the most light and can run on battery, kerosene or propane.
- Security – Family, home and financial security is of the utmost importance. You should prepare by:
- Family… decide in advance how you will deal with people who are willing to harm you for what you have.
- Home… take steps to install deadbolt locks and other entry proofing devices.
- Financial… banks lose access to computer information during power outages. They have no way of verifying your accounts or how much money you have in your accounts and so cannot give you any. You will have to have money available at home.
Prepping 101, Getting Started represents a week or two jump start to implementing your emergency plan. Please don’t procrastinate! Every day you spend thinking about getting started is a day lost to the potential of a serious disaster.
Remember… Pray for the Best, Plan for the Worst. God bless us all!
Want an overview of all the things you need to consider when planning for future disasters? Then simply CLICK HERE for instant access to the FREE book Preparing for America’s Armageddon. This easy to read booklet provides insight into all aspects of what to consider when planning your prepper plan.
Here are some sites that will help you with further information on preparing for disasters.
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