Saturday, January 17, 2015

Want To Start Prepping?

I have to tell you all that I am a prepper.  My current plan depends on the season since I am up in Alaska.  If its warm enough, I'll hoof it.  If its too cold, I'll stay put and hole up.  I know that sounds very indecisive, but I promise you it is not.  Its simply being prepared for different situations.

I feel that prepping has some strong roots with the rockabilly subculture since so many people either
had bomb shelters or cellars where they kept prepared foods - canned veggies and fruits, jams, smoked meats, etc.  People were continuously worried about the Reds and nuclear/atomic bombs/war.

I thought it would be a good idea to give you a few handy tips on how to start prepping, in case you feel like starting, no matter what your reasons may be.

  1. Keep medical files for everyone in your household.  This should include: Name, Birthday, Photo, Medical Conditions (at least for the last 10 years), Medications, Blood Type, Food Allergies, and any Hereditary Conditions (whether you have them or not).  The reasoning behind this is that you need to figure out what exactly you might need if something does happen.  Can you make something to help little Johnny's asthma or little Suzie's eczema?  After you put together these files, be sure to add how-to's to help with any medical condition, preferably a natural method (plants and herbs).
  2. It is wise to keep a binder of useful how-to's such as: edible plants in your area, making antibacterials, making antiviruses, making antifungals, making soap, making lotions and balms, basic first aid and cpr, creating electricity (kinetic, solar, etc), purifying and filtering water, canning, collecting seeds, etc.
  3. Keep a collection of fire starters.  Books of matches, stick matches, lighters, magnesium fire sticks, etc.  You may also want to keep a handful of candles.
  4. Have a few knives handy.  When something happens and you need to make decisions, its awfully wise to have a knife around.  You can clean animals, gut fish, cut rope, defend yourself, and do a whole lot more.
  5. Shelter is a necessity.  You need to have a plan for an extra shelter option.  This could be a tent and sleeping bag, a tarp and emergency blankets, or whatever.  Maybe its a cabin in the woods.  Just be sure that you have something ready.
  6. Everyone needs a victory garden.  If you're going to be successful, which means staying alive, you'll need food.  Its worth it to have a strong supply of heirloom, non-gmo seeds.  Heirloom seeds grow plants that have harvest-able seeds - meaning that you can regrow them.  Herbs and leafy greens grow fairly fast with typical harvest time within a month.  Other veggies might take two or three months before they can be harvested.  It would be wise to have a spade and/or a hoe on hand where ever you decide to hole up.
  7. Emergency food is a good thing to have on hand, at least a week supply.  This means canned items, pickled items, jams and preserves, smoked meats, etc.  Be sure to have a plan for obtaining more food if your supply runs out.
  8. Entertainment.  Its funny to mention this because most people don't consider it to be important.  It could be a book, a deck of cards, a travel game, drawing pencils and paper, chalk, jump rope, jacks, etc.  What this does is allow you to have a way to break the tension and to have a little time to unwind.  A stress-breaker will keep people from hurting each other and will reduce yelling and disagreements.
That should be a good platform to start from.  As you start to think things over and collect your odds n' ends, you'll start to find more things to do for prepping.  I would suggest checking out pinterest for ideas.

Do you do any prepping?  Share your thoughts and tips!  I'd love to hear them.

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