The Basics of Prepping: What You Need To Know

Prepping is how you survive a disaster or emergency

 You are already prepping, you just didn’t realise it

A 10-year-old can hold up three fingers and recite the scout’s motto. Part of that motto is to “be prepared”. Why should that child be prepared? What for? Because one day, that valuable information and preparation could save their life and those around them. This is prepping.

Being prepared in the case that one day we might need a backup plan. It’s your own and your family’s insurance plan, made by you, ran by you.

You’re probably wondering what the heck is this prepping stuff about, and how do you do it?

Every single person preps. They just don’t know it. You prepped this morning, I am sure of it. Answer these five simple questions:

Do you:

  • Have a savings bank account?
  • Have home or personal insurance?
  • Have a first-aid kit in your car?
  • Have backup files on your computer?
  • Ever checked the fuel before going to work?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have prepped for the worst. That is what prepping is, you are prepared for a worst-case scenario and everything in-between.

You have a savings account because you want to store money for the future, you have home or personal insurance in-case something happens to your health or your home, a first-aid kit for future injuries you or someone else may sustain, back-up files in case of a security incident and fuel because, well, we’ve all been there with an empty tank stuck on the side of the road.

This type of prepping is not good enough.

So you’re a basic prepper already. But prepping also considers a much larger failsafe. Consider one thing could happen, for instance, what if there was a major economic breakdown?

  • You would not be able to access your savings account because the bank you so well trusted over the past decade has folded into recession.
  • Your personal insurance can’t pay out your sacking from your employer who is also in recession
  • The back-up files on your computer is useless because the power companies have shut out power due to no-one paying their bills.
  • Fuel stations have ran out of fuel because the transport companies are in a recession.

So you’re stuffed. All of those preparations you took into account are now out the window. All you have is a first-aid kit, no money and a car with no fuel. Meanwhile, everyone else in your suburb is going crazy and looting houses, breaking into stores and going crazy.

When it comes to this, keeping yourself and your family safe are a priority. This is why preppers do what they do. To keep themselves and their loved ones safe when things go wrong.

The logical approach to prepping

The economic breakdown is a worst-case scenario. A worst-case scenario is what preppers have in mind when they draw out the blueprints of their plans. The approach to prepping in every given scenario starts out with a simple equation where X is the worst-case scenario:

If X happens, I will need A, B and C.

Why is this useful? In the event that there is never a world worst-case-scenario you are still prepared for smaller and more minor events. So the equation makes sense like this:

If X happens, I have A, B and C. But if X, Y or Z happens then I am still ready.

The ethos when I was undergoing my initial military training was always train hard fight easy. The same applies to prepping: prepare for the worst, master the easy.

The essentials you need to consider to start prepping

What do you need to prepare for future events? That is the magic question and if it was a one-line answer insurance companies would have it covered with expensive premiums.

You could buy an expensive room in a fallout bunker apartment, there’s plenty around. But for a down-to-earth approach to prepping, the most important thing to do is to educate yourself, and to do that is free.

To prepare for a worst-case scenario you need the following:

  • Knowledge, as mentioned, is the most important tool
  • The right supplies that enable you, your family and loved ones to survive that scenario
  • A community to work with, online and in-person, to learn from prior to event, and work with post-event

In the military, I always followed the principle of the Five Ps:

            Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance

Consider this in your world. If you and your family are affected by a scenario whether it be in your area or worldwide, what prior preparation do you need to undertake to ensure your performance in keeping yourself and your family or loved ones safe and well?

You are preparing for the worst-case scenario

I am no fortune teller, and I don’t think anyone can really do that. But when you see there are a lot of people concerned about the direction a government is going, the financial market is moving or how people are changing their lifestyle, there’s a reason for concern.

When it comes to people thinking of end-of-world scenarios, the first thing that comes to mind for most is a nuclear fallout and post-apocalyptic mayhem. That is an extreme worst-case scenario. I am not alone if I say I don’t want that to happen.

Government departments, emergency services, military, community agencies and companies have contingency plans for if these worst-case scenario events occur, and so should you. Their plans focus on mitigating losses. Your plans are ensuring the survival of your family and friends.

For preppers and survivalists, this is the main concern. This is where the idea of post-apocalyptic survival comes from and is the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI) and oddly enough, prepping for this type of event is already happening. There are already companies offering plush apartments where financially fortunate families can hunker down in nuclear fallout bunkers with enough weapons and ammunition to wage a small war. If this is the insurance plan you want to ensure your survival then it is certainly available right now.

If you are thinking that a nuclear war is the worst thing that can happen, you are wrong. Here is a brief list of other things that can also happen.

  • Artificial Intelligence: we all know about this one. The biggest and most concerning issue here is automation.
  • Financial Collapse: we’ve had this before, riots, looters, resources and power go
  • Biotechnology: viruses, biological warfare, bioterrorism
  • Cyber-attack: destruction of power grids, Internet of Things, stock market collapse
  • Global Warming: loss of biodiversity, stresses to food-production, starvation
  • Warfare: biochemical weapons
  • Overpopulation: food and resource shortages
  • Global pandemic: wild pathogens and spread of disease or infections.
  • Ecosystem viruses: naturally occurring organisms to affect global food security
  • Natural disasters or out-of-space events such as impacts.

Generally, these events are also known as “when the sh-t hits the fan” events. This would be a social breakdown where fundamental things in life collapse, resources run dry and public stress takes over. Food stores have ran empty before, especially when warnings of serious weather events come into play. We have seen resources grow more expensive during recessions and generally this is when the looters and scavengers come out to do their dirty work.

When you effectively prepare well for circumstances like this, you will have enough food to survive the event, whether it be for three months or longer, clean drinking water or a method to provide it, a form of self-defence if necessary and a place to remain hidden.

For some the plan is a luxurious family house in an underpopulated part of the world, an underground fallout bunker or a well-thought out backpack with survival supplies (bug-out bag). Whatever it may be, if the sh-t does hit the fan you and your loved ones are safe.

No prepper ever wishes for a worst-case event to occur. But if it happens, they’re ready to survive. What could be more important than that?

The basics you will need for a worst-case scenario

The Survival Rule of 3 is that you can survive for:

  • 3 minutes without air
  • 3 hours without water
  • 3 days without shelter
  • 3 weeks without food

After that, most people will look for Wi-Fi to find out what else they need. In an event where you are surviving the extremes, you probably won’t have an internet connection.

The prepping community looks at the last three of those rules as the most important in their approach to planning. You need water, shelter and food. In The Prepping Guide, you will find various ways in which myself and other preppers The basics you need to be readyapproach the topic of food, shelter and water. There is also a difference to note between prepping and survival when it comes to these three necessities. In prepping, food is generally something you would either store, such as long-lasting food stocks or grow, such as organic farming and even indoor botanic productions. A survivalist approach would look at a more on-foot in-the-wild scenario where you have to hunt, gather and loot for food. The same applies to water and shelter.

Any smart prepper will build up a knowledge in survival as well as prepping skills as there is always an element of survival in any solid prepping plan.

The challenge of prepping is being prepared for a broad range of things to happen. If you were only to prep yourself to defend a family home and fight off possible invaders, what if the worst-case scenario of an economic recession hit next year? You cannot fight and survive a financial collapse with guns and ammunition.

What would you do in an economic recession? We have had one before when the stock markets collapsed, financial pillars failed and people were left high and dry.

Survival in a global economic collapse: your bank, your home

When the clock strikes on a global financial crisis, all hell breaks loose. Banks shut down, insurance companies fold, investment firm owners disappear and credit swap specialists go on a holiday from the world.

This is sticks and stones survival for financial specialists.

In terms of financial prepping, there is a rise in silicon valley investors and millionaires carrying out their own emergency plans for a world recession. The steps many CEOs, investors and entrepreneurs have taken involve family homes in underpopulated countries, distribution of finances for safety and enough supplies for their family to live happily for at least twelve months.

In a global recession, a hideaway place such as this would be a priceless asset. Not only is it an escape from any social chaos that may occur in built-up areas, but it also allows yours and your family’s life to continue on through that event.

Because there is an issue of permanency to some of these world-scale events, many serial preppers and survivalists have taken up learning organic horticultural hacks and sustainable power generation methods to ensure they can be as self-sufficient as possible.

Remember the survival rule of 3? These guys use the same method. Shelter, food and water. They have a safe-house in a regional area for their family and finances, enough water, food and a method to generate food and power. That’s basic prepping that you can learn for free.

Don’t stress about the worst possible outcome, just be prepared if it happens

At the end of this, you are probably interested to find out as much as possible about prepping and survivalism. If you are thinking some of these worst-case scenarios are far-fetched and not very likely, then good. That’s a great start.

Simply put, when you become a prepper, you are not packing food for a set lunchtime, you are packing your food in case you get hungry any other time so that you can rest easy and know that if you need that food, it’s there.

If you have read all of this thinking this is too hard, look at it from the aspect of that 10-year-old child living by the scout’s motto “be prepared”. They learn the basics they need to survive and so can you.

So now the question is not whether you want to be a prepper, but how prepared you will be.

Read on and stay prepared.

 

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