First Things First

Sometimes, prepping can seem quite overwhelming at the beginning. Think “first things first.” Below is a list to help you get started:

1. Acknowledge that we’re not alone in this. God will be with us every step of the way. All we need to do is to surrender to His leadership and recognize His sovereignty.

notebook_woman2. Be informed. MrsPrep is just one website for Preppers. There are many out there and there are also a number of books you can buy or check out at the library, not to mention other publications. Remember, what works for some does not necessarily work for all. It’s important to select the suggestions and advice that works for you and your family and disregard all others. For me to kill and skin a squirrel, well… trust me, it’s not going to happen!

3. Once you decide which information works for you, I’d suggest you start your own 3-ring reference notebook, printing out web information that you hope to use as you prepare. There may come a day when the grid goes down and then where would you be? If you have the confidence that you would still be able to access your computer or laptop (void of the internet), create your files on your computer. Bottom line, don’t rely on getting information from the internet if disaster strikes because it might not be available.

4. Obviously, we don’t know exactly when or how life as we know it will fall apart. Determine your most important basic needs and go from there. There are five obvious areas for everyone: Shelter • Food • Water • Safety / Security and • Gear / Supplies, including first aid, basic hygiene, energy, etc. The natural tendency would be to go whole hog in one area and avoid the others, but it would be more prudent to balance all five areas. All of them have to work together.  My only suggestion would be to get started right away stocking up on food (another post.) To have an adequate supply later on, it may take some time to build up now. Just start A.S.A.P.

I’d like to add a sixth area for prepping, and that’s Community. Educate yourself as to the prepping organizations in your city and local community. If you live in a rural area, contact prepper organizations in the nearest metro area. Here you will gain valuable information, support, and possible back-up if catastrophe hits. Building a prepping base in your own neighborhood might be a bit more challenging since not everyone will understand the need or desire. Also, you need to be careful who you share with that you are a prepper. Once people know that you store food and other necessities, you are vulnerable to their wanting what you have. This could be dangerous if store shelves are empty and life for them is falling totally apart. Still, there are real advantages to having neighbors on board.  Would love to have any suggestions others might have in contacting neighbors and building a community of Preppers.

My first inclination would be to prepare only for the emergencies most common to my area but looking at the overall condition of the world and the overwhelming evidence that we are on the brink of some major changes, it would be prudent to think beyond simple preparations. However, do what you can with the time and money you have – while you can! Every little bit helps. Just be consistent and focused.

Cinda @ www.mrsprep.com
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