10 Reasons Why I should start Prepping
We do not need to prepare because of fear, we need to prepare because it just makes sense! We need to relearn how to provide for ourselves and our families. Here is a small list of preps that we all do everyday:
- We have medical & car insurance
- We have renters or Home insurance
- We buy life insurance
- We hope to save for the future through investments 401 k’s, retirement plans, stocks and bonds, and more
- We go through years of education in the hopes of landing our dream job but could end up saying “Welcome to the big box store”.
- And the list goes on…
We are told spending money on all of these things makes sense to do; “Just in Case” you get sick, crash your car, get a job, make it to retirement, or get hurt. It should be obvious if not only logical that having food, water, tools, clothing, and basic
survival living! skills makes sense “just in case” there is a problem out of my control one day, or even tomorrow. What do I have to loose….nothing but my life or worse, one of my family members! EMP survival and preparedness guide
My region the Pacific Northwest, is expecting a MEGA earthquake, when that earthquake happens, if I am fortunate enough to survive the shake. I would be very glad I had saved water and food for my family to live on when the city is paralyzed waiting for help to arrive. If I was unfortunate enough to have my home and supplies wiped out by the earthquake or a fire, I would be glad to have purchased home insurance. Some may argue that being prepared is a waste of time because in a disaster situation everything would be gone and we would be dead or unable to use them. I won’t lie this is a possibility, however, I think I might just prepare enough supplies ”just in case” I am blessed enough to make it through whatever comes my way!
10 Reasons Why I should start Prepping
- Job Loss: We all have experienced or seen what a tough job market it has been over the last few years. Even with recovery in progress it is still possible to loose your job, what if your career of 30 years is sold to a foreign investor or the company owner dies. If you stock up while times are good, you can use your supplies when things get hard. Imagine if it took you 3 months to find a new job, it would be hard to supple food, household supplies and keep up on your bills. If you set a preparedness goal that you should have a few months of food, water supplies, house hold items ( soap,hygiene products, and more). You could ease the stress a little for you and your family. And really focus on your job search.
- In House Store: I hate having to run to the store because I am one item short for dinner. What a waste of gas and time! I try to buy 2-6 extra items whenever I shop, maybe more if there is a great deal on. Because the stores are DESIGNED to get you to spend money on things you don’t even need. You will be surprised on how big you’re in home store can get in just one month! The key here is to buy items that you will use on a daily basis, there’s no reason to have 25 lbs of grain if you don’t like it or know how to use it. After your store fills up with items you enjoy, start stocking up on basics like baking goods, salt, spices, evaporated milk etc. This is also a lot easier to justify to your spouse if they are not yet on board with your new passion. This means that you will spend a little more as you build up your pantry, but once its done your grocery bills will shrink do to you just having to maintain the store and not fully stock it. Start with making a list of what you really eat every week, and then break it down by major ingredients.
- Auto Trouble: Your car breaks down on your way to the coast on a weekend trip, do you even have blankets in your car? Do you have games for your kids? A restless child, in a car with an angry spouse is anyones idea of hell! So why not have a 72 hour kit, basic survival items, blankets, extra clothes, a few kids games, and some extra personal items to help the time pass?
- Kids Break down and flip out: My kids often randomly pick a time to break down and freak out. It comes in handy to have some extra snacks and games on hand to distract them and calm them down. A good solar or battery based charger for their tablet or your phone is a life saver. A quite car alone is worth prepping!
- Need to evacuate: Tsunami warning alarms, Flood warnings or wildfire alarms ring out in the middle of the night or knock at your door ( if your lucky) and you’re told to leave your house in 5 minutes…what do you grab? Do you have an evacuation checklist, a bug out bag, evacuation route, and vital documents ready to go? When you walk out that door at four in the morning you very well may come back to nothing. Will you be ready?
- Commodity Lock Down: This is another added benefit to the Home Store of goods, you lock in today’s prices for tomorrows dinner. With droughts, floods, Artic chills and other crazy weather patterns our commodities will shoot through the roof and then dive into the floor and back up. Start paying more attention when you purchase items and watch bottle water goes up and down, canned goods, produce and anything else on a stores shelf fluctuates with the commodity market and the price of gas. If I make 10% on my canned goods business and gas goes up by 2% i am going to pass that on to the consumer to protect my bottom line. Knowing that you can actually save money in the long run by spending a little more each time you shop until your home store is stocked. Today’s price will almost always be better than tomorrows. In the last 10 years think about the price of cheese in some places in the USA it has more than doubled.
- Natural Disaster: If mother nature decides to huff and puff and blow your home down. Will you be ready? Do you have the supplies and know how to purify water, build shelters, and take care of any medical needs? Do you have the ability to protect your supplies, your life and that of your families in the absence of police? We live in a time of storms and natural disasters, I think we all have seen how devastating they can be on a community. And though balance is usually restored in days, weeks or months, it is better to be prepared as if it will not be restored for years.
- Power Goes Out: We depend on others to provide us with light and heat, and all of this is provided through computers and equipment that can break down. Anyone that owns a computer can agree that stuff just breaks. So if the power went out for 3 days or even 3 weeks as we some times experience here in the west, would you be ready to keep your family warm and fed? Do you have supplies to keep everyone comfortable while your local municipality figures out the problem?
- Cuts Happen: Every time that you get sick do you have to go to the store to get supplies? Do you have children that like to rough house? Do you cook and fix things around the house? Well if you do all these things you should ask yourself to really examine your medical supplies. No one is asking you to have an operating room in your house, but you should have supplies to stop bleeding, help with burns, or to simply take care of a tooth ache or ear infection. Start with a first aid kit, then buy supplies to supplement from there. Write down and keep track of expiration dates, and add to your home store as you anticipate things exciting, Remember if you keep it clean you keep it healthy!
- Peace of Mind: Getting PREPARED or Prepping as some would call it is an ongoing process, but there is a point where you feel like you have accomplished closing the gab between being vulnerable and prepared. Set goals that are attainable and that help you prepare for whatever you think can affect you where you live. Take classes on First aid, CPR, become part of a local CERT team, and get prepared to help your community in an emergency you will not only gain personal value in learning new skills, but will meet and make friends with like minded people whom you can hope to count on when keeping yourself and your family safe (learnhowtobeprepared.com).
Many died and suffered before a creative mind found an ingenious solution to maybe a century old problem. Believe it or not, our ancestors skills are all covered in American blood. This is why these must be fought for, protected,and handed on for them to do the same for our children’s children.”
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