I know what it’s like to get overwhelmed by a mass of information when you’re first starting out. You just want to know the basics so you can get started right now! And the more information you ingest, the more complicated it sounds and maybe you want to just scrap the whole thing.
Below is a step by step guide of what you can start doing right now to get prepared.
Remember, take it slow. I know the world is crazy and you want to be all set and ready to go and perfectly prepared RIGHT NOW. Depending on your budget, that may be possible. But for the majority of people, it’s OKAY to take it one step at a time. Do one task a week, or even just one task a month. It’s okay to take it slow. Just as long as you’re consistent and actively doing something to get better prepared.
Prerequisite Step – Before we dive in, the very first actionable suggestion that I have for you is to set aside time to prep. Just like you set aside time to do the dishes or brush your teeth, etc. These are priorities in your life and prepping should be a priority. Carve out just 30 minutes a week or maybe an hour a month to do a specific prepping task. You don’t have to start in hard and fast with it, but you just need to START! Set aside the time, mark it in your calendar/reminder app/whatever and make sure that you follow through.
Step 1 – Take a look at my YouTube playlist “Beginners Guide to Prepping“. This playlist will be a great start on your prepping journey.
Step 2 (if you’re single, move onto step 3) – Get the family involved. Talk to them about the importance of being prepared. Bad things happen and you want to be prepared for it, instead of relying on others. It’s insurance. Here’s a blog post I wrote about getting your spouse on board with prepping.
Step 4 – Begin to purchase food and water for your home. I have an entire eBook that outlines how you can store food and water for emergencies.
Step 5 – Start getting a bug out bag (BOB) together. Each person in their household needs to have a bug out bag. My “Beginners Guide to Prepping” YouTube playlist has some great videos devoted to the BOB.
Step 6 – Consider getting a get home bag together. If you’re out and about a lot, a get home bag will stay in your vehicle and it will help you, essentially, get from where ever you are, to your home.
Step 7 – Learn basic survival skills. I have a FREE eBook that talks about the 11 skills every prepper should know.
Step 8 – Get a blackout kit together. This will be helpful when the lights go out.
Step 9 – Do mock drills. Now that you’re starting to get the hang of prepping, it’s time to put your plans and your kits into practice. Doing a mock drill is covered in my disaster plan eBook.
Step 10 – Never stop learning! Never stop practicing! Now that you have the basics down, you can begin to expand your knowledge. There is a lot to learn and even though it can be overwhelming, there’s always room to grow and change. Never, ever stop learning.
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