The ZOMBIES ARE COMING!!!! The best advice for new preppers is definitely not ‘YOU HAVE TO PREPARE FOR THE END OF THE WORLD!!!
What are the chances of the end of the world happening?
If you get carried away reading some of the prepper forums online, they would have you believe that it’s happening tomorrow…
That zombies are coming, the sky is falling, the sun is about to explode, and that’s only after the earth will be struck by a giant meteorite!
We have to think of the percentage likelihood of things actually happening. For eg – what are the chances of you having a blackout in your area?
There’s about a 90% chance of your household experiencing a blackout this year.
Just preparing for this eventuality is a great way to start prepping. Make sure you have light and perhaps extra batteries, including a battery deck that can charge devices – though remember the internet will be down.
Flashlights, candles, bottles of water, freeze-dried food, and a source of heat are all basic items that you can prepare in advance.
Escalate in gradual stages.
What would you need if the power went out for 3 days? The add rations, add supplies.
Then think of it in terms of a month, then 3 months, etc. Once you reach that point where you have enough rations to survive for 3 months, then you can start looking into long-term sustainability.
Looking into sustainability, for e.g., seed supplies, water purification on a larger scale, farming resources, hunting and fishing equipment, etc.
It’s important to look at the fundamentals first. Think small.
By doing this, you not only approach it in a sensible manner and don’t blow every cent you have preparing for something that’s not particularly likely to happen.
Also, you are organizing your needs for a situation that you are likely to face at least once in the next ear.
The perfect example
A perfect example of not being prepared happened to me when I was visiting my sister a few weeks ago when her entire area lost power.
It was pitch black as she lives in the country. I went outside to check if surrounding properties were affected and sent my sister to check the fuse box and get the flashlights.
Her response was a tad scary – ‘What flashlights?’
Not only did she not have ANY flashlights in the house, but she also did not know where the fuse box was! Nightmare. Luckily she did have a few scented candles that we located and got going.
It was the perfect situation to illustrate how unprepared we were. We made a small list for her to get the basics in so that during the next power cut, she’d be prepared and specifically, we realized the need for flashlights.
These included the obvious things like candles and flashlights (including a flashlight that turns into a lantern so it could light a room if needed).
Then we looked at her becoming acquainted with the fuse box and how it works. Next, we prepared to have some food and snacks stored, some bottled water, a heat source, and some entertainment (she has a 5-year-old son, so important to plan for him also).
The upside of the whole experience is she is now prepared for a short blackout situation which is reassuring, and also, it made both of us realize how unprepared we really were!
This is where we need to begin as preppers – what is LIKELY to happen?
What basic necessities should I prepare for a particular scenario? Take the time to envisage that scenario. What items will prove essential?
In fact, you could even practice by flipping the switch yourself – make your own blackout and turn off the power to your house. Spend a half hour thinking of all the things that would be helpful to have in this situation and things that would ensure safety, protection, and comfort for you and your family.
Sometimes when you are not actually in a certain situation, it can be difficult to realize the potential challenges. This can highlight things you wish you had thought of in advance.
Another idea is to consider dealing with an injured person during said scenario.
- What skills would you like to have to be able to cope?
- What knowledge would you need to have access to?
- What items would prove invaluable?
- What if I can’t access the internet?
Breaking down the intricacies of certain situations will help you organize a basic level of preparedness for a variety of possible circumstances.
Learning to prepare for actual eventualities is probably the best advice for new preppers that I’ve read. Sensible solutions that could really make a difference the next time you’re caught in a pinch
What was the first emergency situation that you prepared for?
Was it as a result of something happening to you like my story above? What do you have in place now in case it happens again?