Skip to comments.Getting Started in Prepping
Posted on 01/24/2014 6:27:18 PM PST by Kartographer
As a survivalist/prepper, I hear a lot of, "I don't want to be a prepper, but I want to be prepared. What should I do? How do I start?" So I compiled a lot of information from FEMA, Red Cross, and other places that have very "basic" information and started typing up a list for them. The four "basic" areas I decided would be a good starting point: getting your whole family involved, what to do before an emergency, what to do after an emergency, and emergency sanitation. I say "basic" because this is only a starting point! This by no means is all you should do. If you think it is because the government will step in ... I feel sorry for you. I tell this to everyone I give this information to and encourage them to research more and be ready for when "it" happens because you won't be able to find me in my secure well stocked locations.
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Wouldn't that, by definition, make you a prepper?
Didn’t know there was Solar Panel Stoves and Washing Machines. Perhaps those are ok to have if Government shuts off our electricity.
NOPE !! You have to actually start prepping , actually taking inventory , and seeing your shortcommings ,
and then filling in on your shortcommings .
To think about it ,and want to prepare , isin't really enough !!
It is the action that makes you a 'prepper' .
nope, boy scout.
LOL! Even better. ;-)
The big conundrum is deciding what to prep for. One prep does not fit all. When watching the “Prepper” series on TV, I saw very extravagant prepping, such as massive stocks of food and supplies, that could be useless, depending on the problem/disaster. It looked like the majority of the preppers were living in God awful areas, mainly desert lands.
My idea of prepping is to have a reasonable bug-out bag. In addition, everyone should have a passport, just in case of a political disaster, or any that might require crossing an international boarder.
Solar powered washing machine? Who needs that? I have the best washing machine in the world. It is called “wife”.
It is quite efficient, working day and night, with or without any external power.
The first thing I tell new preppers to obtain is SKILLS! Start with basic first aid, then fire starting, then move on to general camping / boy scout skills. Then work on production skills (farming, knitting, rope making, metal working, etc).
On the equipment list, start with a good tent and sleeping bag. Other camping gear to follow so that you can spend at least 5 days in the woods/fields/desert on your own (with family). Then move to firearms and ammunition. From there move to equipment that can be used with no power and actually used to make something for trade.
On the food list, start with canning a few veggies, dehydrating some food, smoking, and freezing foods. Start working on a food storage plan and system.
On an aside, I also tell people to learn to speed read. Helps getting through the prepper books much faster.
The article references using a 5-gallon bucket for toilet needs and says to use a toilet seat or a couple of parallel boards on the bucket. Since neither of those is affixed to the bucket it can be tricky should the user lose his/her balance or have their ‘seat’ shift. A good alternative is to get a stackable plastic/resin chair like many people have in their backyards and cut a hole, then place the 5-gallon bucket underneath. Much more stable.
I found the rule of threes helped me focus.
3 minutes without air
3 hours without shelter (in harsh environments)
3 days without water
3 weeks without food
After some time it will wear down and only someone with electronic ability can replace it, so every few years check them....
That us how I laid out my Preparedness Manual by the Rule of Threes
But in the end like all things its your choice! You can prep or you can stand around on a bridge waiting for FEMA to bring you a bottle of water, a MRE, a warm blanket and a kiss for your boo-boo and maybe you can even get your picture as you stand there on the national news.
Any one with half a brain can look around and see for themselves what is happening right before their eyes.
So bible says be like the prudent man: “A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.” NIV Proverbs 22:3
One of the things many expericed surviors of SHTF events report is that many rational normal fail to accept that a breakdown is occurring even as they watch it happening before their very eyes. Why dont they realize it? Its caused by a condition called Normalcy Bias a mental state people enter when facing a disaster.
It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. This often results in situations where people fail to adequately prepare for a disaster, and on a larger scale, the failure of governments to include the populace in its disaster preparations. The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred then it never will occur. It also results in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation.
A good article on Normalcy Bias is on our own ChocChipCookies Blog The Survival Mom:
For me its a simple choice you either prepare and stand on your own beholden to no one or you become dependent on others to provide your basic needs and become their serf.
Me I dont want to be beholden to anyone for providing what is needed for me and mine. I certainly dont want to have to kiss some gubberment third class bureaucratic to try and coax some help from them, I dont want some jack booted thug herding me in line and telling me where to stand, sit, eat or sleep. And last but not least I dont want to be shut up in with a bunch of zombies and have to worry about not only trying to get basic necessities but having to fight to keep what I manage to get.
My Preparedness Manual can be downloaded at:
NOTE! THIS IS A FREE DOWNLOAD. I DO NOT MAKE ONE CENT OFF MY PREPAREDNESS MANUAL!
For those of you who havent started already its time to prepare almost past time maybe. You needed to be stocking up on food guns, ammo, basic household supplies like soap, papergoods, cleaning supplies, good sturdy clothes including extra socks, underwear and extra shoes and boots, cash (I myself have been putting up change for the past few years both for the metal content and the fact that using change to make what purchases you might at the start of an event will move you down the the list of possible marks during shtf), tools, things you buy everyday start buying two and put one up.
As the LDS say When the emergency is upon us the time for preparedness has past.
Again I like to recomend FReepers ChocoChipCookie Blog The Survival Mom, Where you can get lots of useful information like:
Also there is Ferfals Blog a survivor of Argentinas first collapse:
There is also Daniel Duquenal blog detailing Venezuela’s slide into SHTF
And there is Selcos Blog a Bosnian War survivor at:
There is no greater disaster than to underestimate danger. Underestimation can be fatal.
1. water purification: Bleach, iodine;
2. seeds for long term food production;
3. ammo & reloading supplies.
4. cash/(knowledge & equipment to make alcohol) to trade for anything else.
Where are you going to go to?
Never, EVER!, tell FEMA or anyone else that you have all you need and okay. It is better to avoid them. If “cornered”, one must lie. Or you, your supplies and the rest will be confiscated. I wish I had a site handy filled with advice from a man who has had to deal with this. It has been a while since I read his site. Also, there is info on the net how to hide your stuff in plain sight when you have little storage room or no where safe to bury it.
I have a washboard for laundry and a huge cauldron with tripod to heat water in for doing laundry over an open fire. A great find during my Ren fair days and having contact with blacksmiths. I also have cast-iron cookware. We live in the forest. Wood works well if you cannot use solar or wind power for heating.
I want to be rich... that doesn't make me a millionaire.
“Where are you going to go to?”
Well, that depends on the disaster, whether or not I have warning, and where I am at the time. That is why “prepping”
is very iffy.
That is why most preppers have more then one for more then one situation.
Easy way to start food storage: when you buy any food you use that has a shelf life (canned, dry) buy 4 or more (especially on sale). When you use up 2, buy 4 more. Always use the oldest first. Pretty soon you’ll have a pretty full pantry, and it will stay fresh because it’s stuff you really use.
ACTION makes you are prepper
Just because I stand in a garage, doesn't make me a FERRARI !
See post #17
“That is why most preppers have more then one for more then one situation. “
Well, how many situations are you prepping for, and what are they? Please keep in mind, I am not being critical of preppers, but just playing devil’s advocate in order to expand the subject and understand the mindset of the serious preppers. Obviously, there is not “one size fits all” situations.
Where I live, the most likely problems are Typhoons and earthquakes. It is easy to prepare for a typhoon, as we have plenty of warning. Prepping for an earthquake, however, is problematic. In my opinion, I would think that transportation from the problem would be the most important.
LOL. I love this picture. That’s the way I always did it when I first got married. There is nothing fresher than clothes dried outside on the line, as long as the birds don’t do their thing on it.LOL
In the winter, I had a foldable gizzmo that fit into the bathtub, so I would wash clothes after everyone showered(small load) and hang them on this in the bathtub. They would be dry by the time everyone was ready to shower the next day.
See Calcium Hypochlorite.
I have one of those and still use it every day that it is nice enough to dry clothes.
I’m just keeping my Dad’s bedside commode that I bought for him when he was recovering at my house from a stroke. It will also fit over the toilet so that older people can use my bathroom with ease too.
When I was a kid, we used a chamber pot at night. Granny carried it out to the outhouse in the morning to empty and cleam it up. The rest of the time we went to the outhouse, or squatted behind a tree, if we were on the back forty, and too far away. Then we had to cover it with dirt and leaves and stuff.
A five gallon bucket is lots easier to use even with out a lid than the chamber pot.
Amen. Nothing like the rule of 3 to bring your first needs in focus.
Actually you prep for things in the order of possibility and most preps are multipurpose.
Is it possible that your income will be either delayed or cut off? For most people the answer is yes. So you put cash aside to cover your necessary bills and you stock up on items you need to live.
These same preps also serve in case of everything from a bad storm to a bank run. From there you move forward making your plans.
” So you put cash aside to cover your necessary bills and you stock up on items you need to live.”
Yes, money could be very important, provided that it did not burn up, wash away, or get stolen from you.
I was concentrating on more serious disasters, where money might be the last of your worries.
IIRC, many in the Prepper TV series were most concerned about a total breakdown of society, as well as infrastructure.
Not to be contrary with you Alex...but there was a time when info was withheld from people, so they wouldn’t panic.
Up until 1940s, Americans didn’t even get tornado forecasts
I’m not so sure we can even trust those who hold the info for dissemination.
While in some cases money may not matter at all in others it will.
So you plan for both.
IIRC, many in the Prepper TV series were most concerned about a total breakdown of society, as well as infrastructure.
You work up to that. The goal is to get where you have the tools to adjust to most outside events. If there is an earthquake and you have no running water for weeks because half a mountain slid into the reservoir you still have water to drink because you stored it away. You don't depend on the water trucks.
If there is a very cold winter and there is a fuel shortage you have more then one way to keep warm.
Food prices rise but you have a garden and chickens.
These work for TEOTWAWKI or for more minor events.
We had a seasonal camp in Maine and loved to go up for long weekends in the winter, even without running water. We’d bring enough water to drink and heat up for washing, and we kept a 5 gallon bucket in the bathroom with a toilet seat on top. We’d put a little water in the bottom and dump it when/as necessary. I loved those trips...
During the week, we used a basin and wash rag to bath on the back porch, or in the summer we used a watering can outdoors in a sheltered place behind the house where passers by couldn't see.
I loved going to Granny's. It was kinda like a camp-out in the house.LOL
To me, living in a small apartment in an out of the way area is best and yes, having a passport is crucial. People should set up their own contingency plan and also maintain a simple bank account, nothing like having multiple accounts for multiple reasons, staying streamlined is vital. Nothing that grabs attention.
Being able to move and move quickly is important.
I fully agree with you about the idea of making sure that you have enough in regards to fuel, but thankfully we live in a time when we can set up pretty much everything to stay decentralized.
To me, being somewhat isolated to enable myself to be unnoticed is the main goal, so if there is chaos, the rest of the world can rip itself apart and ensure that you’re out of the fray.
I like to start any “Preps” with not having electricity and working from there.
ATMs will not work. Keep cash on hand.
Get a (Coleman) cook stove and start adding propane cylinders to your stock of canned goods - if you are not currently using gas. Gas and water will go later, after the electricity fails.
Put “Bugging-Out” far down on your list of priorities. “Hunkering-Down” should be your main concern, absent a tornado or hurricane or nuclear melt-down. The trick is to stay out of sight and not be part of the Bug-Out mass migration. UNLESS, you live in the city. GET OUT OF THE CITY NOW...
Guns and ammo
I have a generator, but I am now thinking that this would attract too much attention. Try to stock alternative means for light and heat. Kerosene lamps, firewood, blankets, hand-crank radio, glow-Sticks etc.
My first line bag of tested tricks..
I put these in a vacuum sealed bag and sent to each of my children.
Renegade Filter: FILTER LIFE 1 Million Gallons, weighs 3 ounces.
How to Eat a Pine Tree: google it..print it out.
Fish mox: NON-PRESCRIPTION and same USP grade antibiotics produced by pharmaceutical companies that also produce antibiotics for human use
We've all seen labels on regular foods decreased over the years and how the box sizes stay the same but the weight of the contents have decreased. As if a serving of breakfast cereal is 1/3 cup, really?!? Or a 3 lb tub of margarine is now 2.9 lbs and a 1 lb tub is as low as 12 oz.
I pointed out here long ago that a small tuna can that used to hold 7.5 oz is now only 5 oz and half that is water. A can of Walmart Starkist http://www.walmart.com/ip/Starkist-Chunk-Light-Tuna-In-Water-Pack-of-4/13398023#Item+Description drained would calculate to $6.98 lb. Not saying a can of tuna isn't good for storage but there are other much more wallet friendly options.
Preppers’ PING! to bgill’s post # 46 this thread!!!
A get catch bgill!
I suggest you consider dehydrating and vacuum packing many of your own staples. The savings in shipping cost would pay for the dehydrator as well as the vacumm machine.
To help cut the laundry chores in half, tell your wife she’s more than welcome to borrow a nice heavy cast iron skillet or a big 5” round rolling pin. That would give her more time for a relaxing solar tanning session while enjoying a glass of sun tea.
You live on an island in the Philippines so naturally the only way out for you is your passport and your “reasonable” bug-out bag, and the hope some plane stops by.
Those of us preppers who have a definite home in this country of which we are a citizen, have a considerable bug-out bag and plenty of stored food at home and ways to provide water and light and warmth and coolness and ways to cook and have our own security - we do not need to flee the country and go where these things are not available or limited.
Once this info hits the web, everyone and their brother knows where to look.