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?
Not too likely fortunately though if you get carried away reading the 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. Making sure you have light and perhaps extra batteries including a battery deck that can charge devices – though remember internet will be down. Flashlights, candles, bottles of water, freeze dried food and a source of heat.
Escalate in gradual stages.
What would you need if the power went out for 3 days? Then you add rations, add supplies. Then think of it in terms of a month, then 3 months etc. Once you reach that point that you have enough rations to survive for 3 months, then you can start looking into long term sustainability.
Looking into sustainability for eg seed supplies, water purification on a larger scale, farming resources, hunting and fishing equipment etc.
The important thing is to look at the fundamentals first. Think small. By doing this you not only approach it in a sensible manner as far as not blowing every cent you have preparing for something that’s not particularly likely to happen. Also, you are organising 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 it’s everywhere, 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, she 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 realised 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 really made both of us realise 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 you 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 would you think of 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 organise a basic level of preparedness for a variety of possible circumstances. By 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?