Should I Be Prepping?
Okay, peace and tranquility may be overreaching. The question is a valid one though: should I start prepping?
With the number of people who are asking what prepping is and actually learning how to start prepping on the rise, it’s really no surprise that you would be wondering if you should start prepping. Asking the question is easy. Answering it may be a bit more challenging.
The easy answer is a resounding “YES!” Let’s look at the question a little differently though.
You Want to Retire Some Day, Right?
You’re probably wondering, “What the heck does retirement have to do with prepping?”
You have an IRA right? Or, maybe you’re lucky and you’ve got a nice 401K that your employer matches your contributions to. You’re putting money in that account so that you can retire some day – and hopefully so that you don’t have to work after you do.
Man, if that’s not prepping, I don’t know what is.
In fact, if you started prepping for other things, you might even find some extra money to put back for retirement.
I know – it sounds a little contradictory. We’ll talk about this more in another article.
What Would You Do If You Lost Your Job?
Did you know that a 1 point increase in unemployment can increase your odds of being unemployed for a year or more by 35 percent?
Imagine the difference being prepared could make to you and your family if you found yourself unexpectedly unemployed.
Without preparation, you may be forced to apply for public assistance. Because the government moves slowly, you’ll probably have to get some assistance from your church for a while.
Wouldn’t it be better to have savings? I don’t just mean money – although that would sure help. Having some stored water and food would be pretty awesome too – especially if you don’t have a lot of savings.
You could feed your family from storage and pay bills with savings instead of dipping into your hard-earned retirement savings. How long, of course, depends upon how much water and food storage you have as well as how much savings you have.
Your grandparents probably told you to save for a rainy day. Well, if you lose your job, every day is pretty much going to be a rainy day.
Does Your Location Have Earthquakes?
Even minor earthquakes can disrupt public services such as water and electric.
More severe ones can do a lot worse.
The fact is that unless you plan on going to stay in a hotel while water and electric are restored, you need to have water and food storage – and you might need a good generator to boot.
Good luck getting any of that when a disaster happens.
How About Tornadoes?
Almost every state in the U. S. has tornados, but some locations are more prone to them and experience more tornadoes annually than others. If you’re in one of these areas, you definitely want to be prepared.
Is it a storm shelter, survival shelter, or just a flat-out bunker?
Poke fun at bunkers all you like, but the only thing the traditional storm shelter lacks to be a bunker is size. Having either one can make the difference between life and death if a tornado decides to touch down over your home.
Once again, if you don’t have the shelter prior to the tornado, it’s not going to help you much – it may take weeks to have one installed.
Probably the longest-lasting of all the natural disasters, hurricanes can be very debilitating, and if you’re not prepared you may be staying in a hotel a long way away from home.
You could wind up in a FEMA camp. There are worse places, for sure, but wouldn’t you rather be home?
Hurricanes devastate the east and south-east coasts of the U. S. every year. In some years, there are multiple occurrences. The end result can be debilitating to the entire region.
Think you don’t need to prepare for that?
Wildfires are a Really Hot Topic
What would you do if you saw a wildfire coming to your home? Have you created a fire break? Do you have access to enough water to soak the area down?
What would you do?
If you live in an area prone to wildfires and you’re not prepping, you’re just waiting on a ticking time bomb to go off.
I know there is a lot of sentiment out there about prepping being some radical activity. There certainly are those that help promote that notion.
Really though, if you stop and think about it a little bit, I think you’ll agree that prepping is a very practical activity and that – yes – you should be prepping!
If you’re not sure where to start, have a look at our article on how to start prepping and get moving!
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