SHOULD YOU BE PREPPING? Yes, to some degree. For your safety and your families, it’s a good idea to be prepared. For what? I don’t know, no one does. Look around at the world today, insanity is rampant. Now I’m not saying get ready for the zombie apocalypse or the end of the world as we know it. Though the CDC’s site on prepping for zombies is a great place to start. There is no need to get crazy. But some basics should be put in place for safety, security, and general well being. With that in mind use the Red Cross recommendations as well as the CDC as a starting point. Of course going forward you can take this as far as you feel necessary.
A few simple steps will help you better deal with, car accidents, the power going out for a week, natural disasters, or even a global pandemic. The first step in planning your prepping is decide where to start. Depending on what happens, you’ll either to stay home, get home, or leave home. Now we’ve covered both a bug out bag and a get home bag in previous posts so we’ll deal mostly on where to start for staying home.
We’ll keep it real basic to start because prepping can get overwhelming. There’s a lot of crazy out there that can be distracting and confusing, and it can really prevent good, rational prepping.
The basic steps to prepping your house:
What Do You Need In A Survival Kit? This According to the red cross
At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below: and know how to use them
- Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
- Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
- Extra batteries (Similar item available in the Red Cross Store)
- Deluxe family first aid kit
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
- Multi-purpose tool or this shovel
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
- Cell phone with chargers (Similar item available in the Red Cross Store)
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra cash
- Emergency blanket
- Map(s) of the area
Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit:
- Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
- Games and activities for children
- Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
- Two-way radios
- Extra set of car keys and house keys
- Manual can opener
Additional supplies to keep at home or in your survival kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:
- N95 or surgical masks
- Rain gear
- Work gloves
- Tools/supplies for securing your home
- Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
- Plastic sheeting
- Duct tape
- Household liquid bleach
- Entertainment items
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- Water Purifier
so yes you should be prepping
Don’t let prepping become overwhelming, take it one day at a time. Some things to keep in mind. If you’re on a budget, buy fewer high-quality things rather than cheap stuff that will let you down. Avoid “double dipping” with your gear. Don’t grab stuff out of your kit for a camping or hiking trip. You know as well as I do it won’t make it back.
After assembling your kit remember to maintain it so it’s ready when needed:
- Keep canned food in a cool, dry place and rotate. It’s not a bad idea to eat a can of soup every now and then-and replace it with fresh stock.
- Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers.
- Replace expired items as needed.
- Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.