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How to Get Started Prepping
Tips and advice on how to get started prepping

How to get started prepping:
Becoming a prepper doesn't happen over night ~ it's a series of
steps that you take towards preparedness. You might not even
call yourself a prepper at first. You may simply realize that you
need to set aside some water and that it's good to have a few
dinners put "away just in case" ~ or that your first aid kit could
use some enhancement. Then all of the sudden, there's a
commitment that happens when you realize you're unprepared
for a pandemic. What if the electricity goes off? What if there's
suddenly no more water dripping from the faucets? What if the
banks close forever? What if!?

Once you feel the commitment to start prepping, it's very easy
to get overwhelmed. You may feel a sense of urgency to get
started because you immediately when you realize the perils
you and your family might face if you're not ready. No worries.
You've come to the right place if you want to prepare your home
and family for a catastrophe. Use
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resource, but always trust your intuition.

Below is your step-by-step guide for how to start prepping...

How to Start Prepping
The first thing you do when you get started in prepping is to
simply start prepping! Then, just add water. Seriously, you'll
need more water than you think and it's easy to start prepping
by adding water to your list of reserves. Get started today by
learning about the five provisions for water you should secure.

Step #1: Gather five provisions for water.
The most basic way to get started prepping is to collect and
store bottled water. Anyone beginning their prepping journey
should start their quest securing potable water because you can
live only three days without water. Many new to prepping don't
realize that a disruption to the municipal water supply can come
from a variety of sources, including a
pandemic, cyber attack or
EMP and not just natural disasters.

Because water is so important to survival, you must have
several methods available to you in an emergency. Below are
the five most viable methods of securing potable water.

Concentrate your energy on getting five kinds of water:

  • Bottled water. Grab a gallon of water per day for each
    member of your family or group. If you have a family of
    four, get 12 gallons of water for your first 72 hours —
    that's 4 people x 3 days = 12 gallons. For two weeks of
    water, you'll need 14 gallons per person, or 14 gallons x 4
    = 56 gallons of water. Preppers store a minimum of two
    weeks of water and usually much more. Bottled water is a
    good start, but there are other ways to secure potable
    water.

  • Personal water filter system. A personal water filter is
    necessary so that you can turn a natural raw water source
    into potable water.  A personal water filter system could be
    as simple as a water straw. An inexpensive water straw by
    Lifewater is a good start.  At the top of the water filtration
    system, however is a Katadyn water filtration system which
    is used by the U.S. Military. It's impregnated with silver
    ensuring If you’re starting out prepping you may feel
    overwhelmed and it’s good to get an inexpensive water
    straw for every member of the family. Lifestraw Water
    Filter is the most popular choice.

  • Gravity filtered water system. An ideal gravity filled
    water system is the Lifewater Family 1.0 ~ buy one for
    camping and relax knowing you have your basic emergency
    water needs handled. At the top end of a gravity filtered
    water system is the Big Berkey, pictured right. You’ll enjoy
    a Berkey everyday and the bonus is that it will save you
    from buying bottled water for everyday use.

  • Water purification tablets. Water purification tablets are
    an area that even advanced preppers forget about, but it is
    a basic survival item. Water purification tablets make raw
    water potable. Acceptable raw water from creeks, rivers,
    streams and lakes needs purification from harmful
    organisms. You can turn questionable water into
    bacteriologically safe water to drink with Aquatabs.

  • Water storage tank. You’ll eventually need to find a water
    storage tank for your long term water storage needs. A
    family of four will require 270 gallons of water for a three
    month supply according to Utah State University. The
    Surewater tank, pictured right holds 260 gallons.

Other important considerations for advanced preppers include:

  • Bathtub water storage. A WaterBOB will provide you with
    storage of 100 gallons of water for a short-term
    emergency, such as a hurricane or an earthquake. You
    place the bag in a bathtub. This item sells quickly during
    hurricane season. Get one for every bathroom before you
    need it.

  • Radiological water. The Seychelle water filter, pictured
    slightly lower right, will remove radiological contamination
    from your water in the event of a radiological emergency.
    It's great to have on hand if you live near a nuclear power
    plant or have concerns about a nuclear emergency.

  • Water pouches. Another helpful source of water to have
    on hand in the glove compartment of your car, in your
    office, boat, or bugout bag are water pouches. Water
    pouches are rations of water in durable sacks. Generally
    they have a five year shelf life.

Step #2: Start to fill your prepper's pantry with food.
One of the steps to get started with prepping is to develop a
prepper's pantry. You may have a pantry with some flour and
rice, a bit of peanut butter and some crackers, but when you're
a prepper you have a pantry filled with ingredients and meals
for the long term. FEMA says you should have three days of
food (or a 72-hour kit), but as a prepper you'll want to start
with a two week supply of food for you and your family.

Here's how to get started building a prepper's pantry:

  • Make a one-week journal of what you eat. It’s tempting
    to want to stock up on all sorts of food when you’re new to
    prepping, but before you go shopping for food in your
    larder, be sure to create a one-week journal of what you
    eat. This is very simple. Just document the breakfast,
    lunch and dinners your family eats. If you eat out, then
    document what you ate.

  • Be sure to take care of everyone's needs! Kids have
    dietary requests and needs different from seniors. As well
    cover dietary needs:

  • Shopping at the grocery store. Take our prepper’s
    shopping list of the 37 foods to hoard, but before doing so,
    take a look at what you eat and be on the lookout for sale
    items. If you had made a one-week journal of what you
    eat” then you’d know the kinds of foods you stock in your
    home and can truly go shopping buying foods on sale that
    you’d normally eat. If you and your kids don’t already eat
    oatmeal, for example, then you shouldn’t stock oatmeal.
    By the way, you should eat oatmeal for health benefits. It’
    s also a very low cost food that has a long-term shelf life.


#3: Put together a prepper's first aid kit.
Start to get serious about prepping and emergency
preparedness in general by enhancing your first aid kit and
putting together a prepper's first aid kit.

Advanced preppers may
stockpile fish antibiotics, but this isn't
necessary as a beginner and it could be dangerous if you're
allergic to antibiotics and have no skills or training. A first aid
kit is something you can build and grow.

#4: Get comfortable with firebuilding.
Hawke's Special Forces Survival Handbook has an excellent 30
page guide in chapter four on how to build a fire. In it he
discusses the importance of lighters, goes over the fire
hierarchy and shows you how to produce a spark and build a
fire. Read
15+ Firestarter Methods.  

  • Get a firestarter or two. Among the best advice for new
    preppers is to get a few firestarters and learn how to use
    them. It's easy to stock up on matches and you can never
    have enough. Next, get a BIC lighter: the easiest
    firestarter is a BIC lighter because it takes little work to
    ignite. From these basics, you can progress to other fire
    starting methods, such as a ferrocium rod or flint.  



#5: Understand how to life an off grid life.
The only way to see how you're going to do in an emergency is
to unplug from the grid. Learn to live without electricity!

Turn off the grid!
See what you learn from turning off the electricity for an
evening dinner. You may be surprised how much fun it is to tell
ghost stories by candlelight. Don't cheat: you'll need to make
your dinner without electricity; and use your cellphone only if
you have a way to recharge it using solar energy.



#6: Build your own survival kits.
Get down to what are your greatest fears and build kits that
address those needs. There are commercially available
earthquake kits, hurricane kits, as well as generic bugout bags
to help you "get out of Dodge."

There's plenty of fun in building survival kits and you can tackle
one thing at a time.


  • Make a 72-hour kit. When you first start prepping, there is
    an overwhelming feeling and question of what food you
    need in your prepper's pantry. Concentrate first on getting
    through the first 72-hours following a disaster. Then build
    your everyday reserves by stocking up on shelf stable foods
    you find on sale.



#7: Learn to do without.
An exercise in prepping is to learn to do without. Try if for a
weekend. Do without power and see how you fare. You'll learn
much about your ability to sustain yourself.

Live a week without meat or shopping as another exerciser in
doing without. During the
Great Depression, people learned to
do more with less. In that spirit, take a look at how you can do
without basic luxuries.

Here are more ways to learn to do without:

#8: Join like-minded friends, gain some skills.
Join like-minded friends on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and
Pinterest and start to gain some prepping skills. Build
information and skills so that you can adapt and survive! Know
how to take ordinary items to survive.

  • Boil rice. Seriously, you don't know how to boil rice? You
    may rely on the directions for box of rice, microwave frozen
    rice dishes, or plug in a rice cooker, but none of these
    options will work if there's a power blackout. It's better to
    work on this skill now before you need it. Now come up
    with some recipes around this inexpensive staple.

  • Get a fire extinguisher and learn how to use it. Let
    everyone in the family know where you've stashed the fire
    extinguisher and give them a quick lesson how to use it.
    You just may have to play firefighter someday.

  • Learn how to read a map. Figure out how to navigate
    without a compass. A compass might not work and GPS
    might not be available. Your bug-out plan may require that
    you check alternate routes.

  • Use a compass. The Silva lesson on how to use a compass
    is a great use of just six minutes of your time. Bookmark
    this page and watch the video if you don't know how to use
    the bezel ring on your compass. If you don't already have a
    compass, know that the Silva compass, left is highly rated.
    Keep your compass in the car or on your person so that you
    always have one with you.

Learn sign language. You may find yourself in a situation where
communicating with family members covertly will be the best
course of action. Practice a few essential signs (made up or real
ones) to help you communicate should marauders threaten your
family and supplies. Learn words in American Sign Language at
signingsavy.com

#9: Get a side gig, cut your expenses.
Prepping costs money, but it also provides a sense of
satisfaction. If you have a secondary source of income you'll be
better able to afford to pay for the things you want and need.
Get a budget together and find out how to cut expenses and
earn more money.

  • Head to the pawn shop. Pawn some useless stuff and get
    into junk silver coins or hard cold cash. Investing in
    precious metals could pay off the day the dollar devalues
    to next to nothing, just the way it did during the Great
    Depression, (owning pre-1964 coins can be considered a
    collectible, and likely won't be confiscated) but if you don't
    have a year's supply of food or more, don't even bother
    with trying to get some silver.

  • Get into couponing! Coupons will help you save money
    and stockpile food simultaneously.

Here are just a few more ways to make money:

Here are few ways to cut your expenses:

#10: Commit to being a prepper!
Commit to being a prepper, but keep quiet. The first rule of
Prep Club is "Don't talk about Prep Club." It's perhaps the best
tip for new preppers. You'll want to avoid the unwanted
commentary you'll receive from friends and family about
prepping, so start your prepping journey by keeping your
prepping secretive. Rest assured,
you're not a crazy Prepper!
People of the past were always preppers. They stockpiled food
and supplies for lean times and for Winter. The way of our past
has simply been forgotten by the convenience of our current
economy.

But what about the gun, gas mask and bugout bag?
There are three components of prepping that are iconic symbols
of a prepper: the guns, the gas masks and the bugout bags.

  • Gun. Not every prepper has a gun, though most do. This is
    a personal decision.

  • Gas mask. The gas mask purchase comes much later down
    the line. There's no sense in having a gas mask if you don't
    have the other gear to survive the aftermath. Some
    preppers decide not to have a gas mask. There are no rules
    of prepping!

  • Bugout bag. The bugout bag is important, but you need to
    first familiarize yourself with the kinds of gear that's
    available and what you're comfortable using. These things
    all take time.
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