Getting Prepared: A Primer for Beginners Series, part 1

I’m not talking to the ones who have stockpiled enough food and water to last decades.  This is for the individuals and families out there who are working with what they have to prepare for the emergency they might be facing next week or next month or even next year.  That’s the thing about emergencies.  You don’t know when they will come or how bad off it will leave you.  It is comforting to you and your family to know if things go bad, you have a plan.

Being prepared is difficult because it requires planning, action, prioritizing, and dedication.  Everyone would like to have cash on hand, a secure source of food and water, and a safe shelter.  Unfortunately, as with anything else, available resources matter when it comes to preparing for an emergency.  For these reasons, many people don’t try to prepare.  They succumb to the fatalistic view that if it happens it happens and they accept a dismal fate in the face of an emergency.  You are not like that or you would not be reading this right now.  For you, regardless of your monetary resources, there is a way.

So, lets talk about how you can acquire needed items for your preparedness plan if you don’t have the money to buy it.

Start with taking inventory of these things:

  • banking and savings accounts
  • hand tools
  • power tools
  • take inventory of the garage for wood, hardware, and the like
  • everything with an engine or motor
  • all fuel types on hand
  • assess how long your existing food supply will last
  • assess your utility usage
  • emergency medical supplies
  • reliability of available transportation in an emergency

All of this is just part one of getting prepared.  You can’t know where you are going unless you know where you are.  Tune in for part two of this series tomorrow.   Have your inventory notebook handy.  You’re going to need it.