Don’t panic, prepping may seem like a huge project but it is manageable. It is kind of like the old kids joke, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. The following is a ten-step guide to getting started.
1. Evaluate what you already have. How much extra food do you have in the house? What kind of camping gear do you have? Do you own firearms? How much can you budget to purchase preps? Don’t go into debt to purchase preps.
2. Study and make a plan. (http://bit.ly/N0ijC3) Find a good book or two. I recommend mine “Emergency Preparedness and More”, (http://amzn.to/PkGZ6l) but there are other good choices. Look at the selected reading list in this blog. How many people will you be feeding? What skills do they have?
3. Where does your water come from? Is there water readily available in your neighborhood when the grid is down? Do you have a means of purifying water? Look up Sodis in this blog. (http://bit.ly/NmuEvN) If you don’t have a good reliable water source, you need to start storing water. The water from your tap is probably safe to store. Get some empty 2-liter soda bottles and start filling them. Store them in a dark place if possible. Under your house is great if you have a raised floor. Figure at least a gallon a day per person.
4. Food, start adding to your food supply every time you go to the grocery store. Start out with foods you normally eat. Evaluate how much food you want to store and make a plan. Learn about how and what to store for long term storage. I think you need at least a one year supply. (http://bit.ly/TF2H5W)
5. Look over your camping gear or figure out what you could improvise, if you were forced to leave your house today. Put together a bug out bag, there are lots of good lists available including one in this blog. (http://bit.ly/N3H5eI) Add to your kit as you can afford it. Garage sales are a great source of inexpensive equipment.
6. First aid, what kind of a first aid kit do you have? If you don’t already have it, get some first aid or medical training. Down load a free copy of “Where There Is No Doctor” (http://www.hesperian.org/10411911.php)
7, Do you have a garden, if not can you grow one? Get heritage seeds and start to grow a garden. Study gardening. Learn about what is growing in your area. This could include wild edible plants and weeds. Can you preserve what you grow? Learn to can and dry food.
8. How are you going to cook your foods and light your home with the grid down? Read the following link for information on cooking. (http://bit.ly/Pd4fnk) Research various light systems such as solar and kerosene lanterns. Keep a good flash light and plenty of batteries on hand.
9. Evaluate your security, do you have good locks on your home? (http://bit.ly/OYxSG5). Protect your home from fire. (http://bit.ly/OiNzsU) (http://bit.ly/SnrGZ8) If you can legally possess firearms or other means of self-defense, you should seriously consider obtaining them. Spend some time learning to use them correctly and safely. Take classes, do what is necessary to learn how to use them.
10. Make an alternate plan in case you have to leave your home. Get a bug out location if possible. But keep it within a reasonable distance.
Some of you may differ with the above list and the order in which I have placed the steps. But regardless of the order in which you do them they are all necessary. If you follow the above steps you will be well on your way to becoming a prepper.