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Prepping 101 | Let the prepping begin!


So, you've heard about prepping and you've been thinking about it. But, you don't quite know where to start. Or perhaps you have heard about prepping, but you haven't really given it a second thought, as to whether or not you should do something about it.


What exactly is prepping?


According to the google dictionary, prepping is:

prep·ping

noun

the action or process of preparing something, or preparing for something.

"after hours of prepping and cooking and stressing and a few near-breakdowns, Thanksgiving was wonderful"

  • NORTH AMERICAN

the practice of making active preparations for a possible catastrophic disaster or emergency, typically by stockpiling food, ammunition, and other supplies.

"prepping is a way of life and there is always something new to learn, tasks to do, and gear to purchase"


The prepping that we will be talking about here (and throughout this blog site) is the second definition which is apparently practiced only (or most only) in North America; preparing for all types of emergencies and/or disasters and making sure you and your family have enough food and supplies to get you through for an extended period of time. That time could be a few days, a week or more, or a year or more; depending on the type of emergency/disaster.


What type of emergencies could happen that you would need to prepare for? In your specific region is your home susceptible to tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, fires, or other natural disasters? What if there was a sudden loss of employment or an unexpected lay off, long term illness of the breadwinner(s), a car accident, or long term power outage? If any of those things happened, would you and your family have enough food and resources to make it through? Consider the people in Puerto Rico who lived through Hurricane Maria in September of 2017. Nearly one year later and there are still many people left without electricity.


That is what we are going to talk about in this series of blogs. What you can do to prepare yourself and your family, and where to get started.


What's the first step you should take?


The very first step is to make sure you have a basic emergency supply kit list and begin to gather and purchase items on that list. Keep the kit in an easy to find safe place and let all your family members know where it is.


According to ready.gov we should all have at least a basic emergency supply kit:

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

  • Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert

  • Flashlight

  • First aid kit

  • Extra batteries

  • Whistle to signal for help

  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place.

  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

  • Manual can opener for food

  • Local maps

  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery


Click on the link above to go to their site, there is also a list of additional emergency supplies on the page. In addition, you can download a PDF of the FEMA emergency supply kit list here.


That's all we're gonna cover today, I will be back tomorrow with more information for you. Have a great day, and God bless.


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