What is Prepping?
Maybe you’re one of many people asking, “what is prepping,” or are just learning how to start prepping. Either way, let me introduce it to you now as a way to self-insure you and your family against life.
Actually, prepping is better than insurance.
With normal insurance, you pay and pay. You have to pay, even if you never use it. That’s just how insurance works.
With prepping, you self-insure against things you believe will happen. The things you prepare for could be as minor as a water main break or as major as a hurricane. Some people are even preparing for the end of the world – but don’t let that put you off.
The best part is, many of the preparations (preps for short) you put into place will add value to your life – even if the reason you put those preparations into place never happens.
Try saying that about insurance!
Prepping is Learning About Threats to Your Family’s Safety
Before you can prepare for something in a quality way, you need to understand it. The best way to do that is to study the thing you are preparing for.
There are some basic preparations that everyone will want to put in place, but there are even more that only some people will adopt. Preparing for the end of the world falls into that last category.
Few people have unlimited resources, so learn which events are likely to happen to you and your family. Start with your home and slowly broaden your scope. How broad of a focus you expand to is up to you, but you should eventually expand your focus to include – at least – your state or region.
- City or Town
- State or Region
If you ever consider preparing for a pandemic, you may even expand your focus to the world at large. That way, you have advanced notice for when to start staying home and avoiding people.
Make sure you consider time when you’re preparing too. Otherwise, you may just be really prepared for one thing for a really long time. As a rule of thumb, start at a 3-day minimum and increase the time you’re prepared for to a week. Then, just keep adding time – one week at a time.
If you win the lotto – or are just really well off – you might add a month at a time or more.
The important thing here is that you’re prepared for the scope you have chosen to focus on and can survive for the time period that you have chosen to prepare for. Balance it out.
Prepping is Planning and Prioritizing to Minimize Risks
Once you’ve identified the things you feel you should prepare for, it’s important to put together a plan. Unless you’re far more gifted than most people, your plan will become involved enough that you need to write it down.
Write down your plan.
This will help you remember the events you wanted to prepare for and the order you decided to prepare for each event. In other words, writing down your plan will help you take the quickest, least expensive path from where you are to where you want to be.
You should also factor time into your plan.
Having enough basic preparations in place to last you and your family a week is better than making sure you can survive anything for a day. Start simple and slowly build to increase the time and events you are prepared for.
Gas masks are sexier than adding to your water and food storage, but having stored water and food will be useful more frequently than the gas mask.
Don’t design your plan for sexy. Design your plan for practical everyday needs – factoring in the events you know are going to happen.
Prepping Requires Actual Preparation
You can study and plan to the end of time, but until you actually start putting your plan into place you are not prepared.
It can be fun to surf YouTube and watch all the nifty little hacks that people have come up with to turn empty soda cans into a solar heater, but doing this will not heat your home.
It can be fun to imagine how you might follow these videos to do the same – to imagine how cool it would be to do the same. You can actually feel somewhat fulfilled by seeing the results they achieved, but that’s a false feeling.
You’ve done enough at that point. Right?
Well, how do you know you can do the same thing unless you try? How do you know you can do something unless you first practice that skill? Maybe there was a critical step not included in the video and you only think you have a full set of instructions.
Until you practice that new skill or test the preparations you have bought or created, you have no idea if you are actually prepared.
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