Over the past few years there has been a revolution of sorts with people all over the country preparing their homes, their families and their lives for darker times. Though it may seem like a simple thing to accomplish, there are many things a prepper should know and have ready for if that time comes. Preparedness is more than just having extra jugs of water to drink and few extra canned goods. Being truly prepared means to have every aspect of your life and home ready for the dark chance you'd need it. Here are a few things that every prepper should know.
Your home is one of the most important things to have ready in the case of a end of the world, disaster like situation. One such aspect that should be considered is the home's location, rural locations are often better than those in the city or even suburbs. Cities are suburbs will be the most dangerous zones in situations like this. Be sure that your home is weather proof, with a source of electricity ready to go. This can be either a generator or more preferably solar panels which will run off reserves even in the darkest of days. Your home should also be made as secure as possible, with this you can be creative. You may wish to add metal panels to the outside, or even an underground bunker below your home. Each area of your home should be secured and ready. A source of water should also be determined, digging a well is often the best choice if you have access to underground water. Your home will be your sanctuary in darker times, be prepared for anything.
While this is often the most obvious of aspects to a prepper's life, there are many things that are often forgotten. You should have obtained supplies for nearly any situation. Here are some items that should be well stocked:
-Food, buy foods that can be stored for long periods of time and those that provide enough calories and nutrition.
-First Aid supplies. First aid is very important in an end of the world situation, your life may depend on it. Collect and stock up on anything that can be used to keep you whole and healthy, even vitamins can be an essential.
-Weapons. This is another obvious supply that still should be mentioned. Stock up on any weapons and the things that go with them, such as guns and ammo, knives and so forth.
-Miscellaneous items. Things like tooth paste, baby wipes, pet foods, soaps, cleaning supplies, oils, deodorants, extra socks (always keep your feet dry), warm clothes, emergency blankets, other bedding, toilet paper, a can opener, a bottle opener, razors, tooth brushes, and anything and everything else will be helpful. Be creative and stock up on anything you could think of that would be needed. Even the most simplest of item could mean life or death. It may also be wise to stock up on baby supplies, whether you have children or not, you never know when you'll find a needy family on the way.
Being a prepper takes a lot of training and prep work. Not only do physical items need to be prepared and ready for anything, your mind and family also need to be ready. Involve your family when you begin to prepare, talk about possible circumstances and what should be done in the event that they happen. Preparedness should be extended to every aspect of your life. Even taking first aid courses, CPR courses, mechanic courses, electronic and technology courses will be helpful. Prepare not only your surroundings, but your mind as well. Being prepared in every way imaginable is essential, you never know when you'll need to use the skills you've obtained. The more prepared you are, the better you'll end up if anything were to happen. Consider everything and plan for almost any scenario, even those that seem far fetched and ridiculous. You never know when you'll need to use it.