We all have things we know we should have already done in life. Preppers are no different. Here are the top 7 prepper steps you should have already taken care of:
- Evaluated your health. Health is everything and physical fitness needs to be an ongoing effort. This may be the most difficult area of preparedness because it requires daily, and sometimes hourly, effort. But in a crisis or a collapse of our economy, medical care may be nearly impossible to find, and it will be the healthiest who survive, not necessarily those who have amassed the largest caches of firearms and/or food.
- Put up a shingle for a new home-based business. Figuring out ways to bring in two, three, four or more streams of income isn’t greedy, it’s necessary. Depending on a single source of income, unemployment and other government assistance included, is dangerous in an economy that continues to struggle and spiral downward.
- Joined a preparedness related MeetUp group or connected with another person or family who can teach you and yours a new skill. Hobbies have always connected like-minded people, with many of them forming lifelong friendships. Just ask an amateur radio operator! If the hobby is also a skill that will be useful now and into the future, learning it will equip you and your family for rough times ahead, and the friendship just might turn into an ally.
- Started a formal, methodical savings plan. Even if the economy collapses, having money saved will be far better than having nothing at all. When currencies have been devalued, the old currency was always worth something. Even if you’re a complete pessimist about the future, it may take many months or even years for a collapse to occur. In the meantime, having a nice stash of cash will help you prepare, buy land, pay off bills, and take other smart financial steps that will make your future a little more secure. The 52 Week Savings Plan is a super easy way to save over $1300 in one year! There is even a Facebook support group for Survival Mom’s working on this challenge.
- Stocked up on effective nutritional supplements. The FDA has long had its sights set on regulating supplements and likely banning many of them. If you’re like my mother and swear by stinging nettle, echinacea, and a few others, it might be smart to stock up on several months worth, or more. When it comes to storage, treat the supplements as though they were food, storing them in a cool, dark, and dry place.
- Paid off all vehicle debt. Most families rely on their vehicles to transport them to and from work, job sites, employment interviews, medical appointments, and shopping trips. If you can’t stay up to date with payments, there goes your ability to earn a living, seek medical care, and buy necessities.
- Stocked up on at least 2 months of food and supplies. If you’ve done this over time, you’ve no doubt noticed that container sizes have decreased while prices have increased. When you buy food, toiletries, over-the-counter meds, etc. now, you’re buying them at today’s prices, which will almost certainly be cheaper than prices down the road.
Hopefully, you have already taken care of at least a few of these. The ones that are left should be the next items on your Prepper-To-Do list!
Need specific guidance for stocking up?
These links might help!
- Simple Food Storage Meals for Tight Times
- Top 10 Foods for Stocking Up
- The 6 Enemies of Food Storage
- The Everyday Emergency Kit — Customize to your own needs.
- Make a Grab-n-Go Binder — Keep all your vital documents in one place.
- Quick Start Guide to Getting Prepared
- Vehicle Emergency Checklist
Updated from original article published on December 28, 2011.