A follower forwarded several messages to me. He is a long time prepper and even teaches classes on the subject locally. With his kind permission I will be posting them here so other may benefit as well.
Once you are of the mindset that preparing or living a prepared life is necessary, you must first do a self-assessment.
This entails an honest evaluation of you physically, mentally, and emotionally. Ask yourself about your health, your mental makeup, and your specific reasons that you are preparing. Most people have their family as their number one reason for getting started on the journey. What is yours?
So, now you are ready for the actual preparing “STUFF”. Be advised that this will take some dedication on your part. You MUST become a reader if not one already. You MUST become organized, if not so already. Now, we all know there are different levels of preparedness, organization, and mental mindset, but starting the journey is the first step.
Take stock. What exactly do you have on-hand? Water, Food, Medicines, First Aid Stuff, Tools, Sturdy boots, and well-made clothing. Security Items, Knowledge stored in the form of books, binders, print-outs, etc.
Once you have a good idea of where you are, then you can get a good idea of where you want to be. Some people use the buy 2 method. This is simply buying 2 items that you use on a regular basis rather than 1. Stocks are rotated in the FIFO method. (First in; first out) Other folks have a separate savings jar for specific items. They save up over a period of time and make purchases on a monthly, quarterly, or yearly basis. Some people use a combination of the two methods.
Storage of your “STUFF” must be addressed early on. Where will you put the extras? A well-stocked pantry is wonderful, but your ultimate goal should be a well-stocked HOUSE. Take steps early on to organize your stuff for efficient use. Cabinets, shelving units, storage containers, root cellars, basements, and room additions where possible are all ideas to consider.
OK, now that you’ve started down that road, there is one very important thing to consider. OPERATIONAL SECURITY.
Do not share with the world around you that you are prepping’. Do not explain to the clerk at the big box store or Sam’s Club that you are prepping’. Do not let everyone on your street know that you have EXTRA ANYTHING! Be very careful who you DO share this info with. Your life and the life of your family may depend on it.
He who is not prepared today is even less so tomorrow.
Keep your Powder Dry and Your Knife & Wits Sharp.
Operational security is something he encourages me to follow on a regular basis. Even though I ask at the end of each week’s “What Did You Prep?” section what you did this week please be aware that not everyone reading public blogs may be your “friend” in a disaster.