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Right now, somewhere in the world there is an investor diversifying their savings and purchasing property in remote New Zealand or Australia, or a plush fallout bunker in Kansas. They will have enough food for them and their family to survive at least 12 months, a steady clean water supply and an organic garden.
Why would someone go to such lengths on the off-chance that something bad might go wrong? Surely normal insurance would cover something like this? No, this is prepping. It’s your own back-up plan. It’s that personal insurance failsafe when insurance companies have collapsed and banks are in turmoil.
What would cause such an event? The next financial collapse could be a reason. But why else would people want to hide out in a regional area and go ‘off-the-grid’? There is a whole list of reasons why people would be concerned and what they would prepare for. And they are right to do so. Just like you are right in having car, house or health insurance.
Prepping is a way to ensure that you and your family survive a world-catastrophic ordeal. Prepare for that and anything less that comes your way is nothing. For a prepper, natural weather disasters are child’s play. The real concerns are fallouts from chemical warfare, cyber-attacks where daily systems are destroyed, overpopulation and global warming causing halts in food production or global pandemics and the spread of viral disease.
It’s grim and to be completely honest none of us want this to happen. But it’s a possibility, and one we have to accept may happen. Just like you have the lock on your door for when a thief tries to enter, you need to be read if the sh-t hits the fan.
It really is. The best way to start prepping is reading and finding out as much as you can about everything. And it’s all free online here at The Prepping Guide.
To start, you need a basic plan for a disaster, whether it be against a flood, wildfire or nuclear attack. You should be using Prepping Guide’s Family Emergency Plan, which is modelled off the US Government’s ready plan. If you want more information on prepping and survival head on over to The Prepping Guide’s Basics of Prepping and The Basics of Survival. There you will find a brief overview of what you will need in order to prepare and to survive. To stay up to date, you can get the latest free information sent to your inbox – that’s something you don’t get every day: free information that could save your life.
Whether you’re 16, 30 or 70-years-old, as much as it is serious, prepping is fun. Learning to survive is interesting and valuable and doing it with a community is even better. You can learn so much from other people.
There are camping groups, mountain hiking groups, financial prepping groups, self-sufficient gardening groups and even
solar cooking clubs. All of these communities work towards prepping and survival in their own way and are a valuable source of peer-to-peer knowledge. The other side to it that these communities make prepping fun, they are full of like-minded people who enjoy the outdoors or strategic thinking and planning ahead.
Besides, you may as well enjoy yourself while you are prepping. And this goes to a very relevant point that made me almost want to distance myself initially from the term “prepper” and instead I became a closet prepper.
Despite the fact I had been prepping well before I even knew there was a term for it, when I initially started scouring the internet for more on prepping I was faced with multiple end-of-the-world sites with doomsday clocks and people with more guns than they could carry.
It’s not an action movie. If a worst-case scenario is going to happen there are more things to be concerned with than just carrying things that go ‘boom’. There are other important skills like sustainable gardening, natural power generation, financial management and supply stocking that are as important as self-defence, if not more. These are the derivatives of the basic needs for a human to survive, so let’s prioritise them.
What if something never happens?
What if there’s never an issue with the financial system, global warming, war, artificial intelligence or a viral disease? Well first, thank god for that because I personally don’t want it to happen. But second, and more importantly, if something never happens and you’ve been a prepper then you have just been doing some of the following which I believe makes me rich in knowledge, happiness and personal development:
Is that so bad if you’ve been prepping for nothing? People pay money to learn these things that the prepping community, for the most part, teaches themselves.
And when it comes to common emergencies or accidents, you will be well prepared to give immediate help through first-aid, helping your neighbours protect their house and share food with others in natural disasters. In that case, being a prepper is cool, fun and outright helpful, so start now.
There are a lot of alternatives to getting the job done the right way. Yes, some people do fork out hundreds of thousands of airtight underground self-sufficient bunkers, but that is definitely a last resort. You can start stocking foods that have a long shelf-life that you can find on special in supermarkets and keep that activity quite affordable.
This is the same with your bug out bags and supplies. Even better is the option of turning your empty garden into a more self-sufficient vegetable patch. There are quite a number of preppers who save a great deal or money just on running their own produce from their backyard.
If all of this is free information, affordable items and can save you and your family’s life one day and bring you an outdoor, healthy and helpful community, then don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
Start prepping with The Prepping Guide.