Preparing is a basic human function. We prep for a visit to the grocery store by making a list. Eggs, check. Bread, check. Milk, check. You can even prepare mentally without physically doing anything.”Prepping” is an extension of these normal preparations everyone already does. It is usually considered extreme due to the exposure it has garnered lately, being tied into ludicrous scenarios that grow more and more far fetched by the day. Those that use prepping to get ready for inevitable disasters or emergencies are “Preppers.”
At TruePrepper, we would like to clear the air. Prepping is not about daydreaming on doomsday scenarios, it is about being ready for threats likely and unlikely that will be thrown your way. Prepping is about keeping yourself and your loved ones safe from harm and staying in control in unavoidable situations. Five steps can help you stay in control not only when SHTF, but in everyday scenarios as well:
- Identify your Threats
- Determine/Prioritize your Risks
- Make a Plan
- Develop a Kit
- Train and Prepare
Reactions to terrorist attacks and natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina, highlight the importance of prepping for the well-being of your family. Understanding that post apocalyptic doomsday preppers are not the norm, and that most preppers are prepared for a wide range of disasters- from local emergencies all the way to economic collapse. The first step of prepping is understanding what these threats actually are.
Reasons to Prepare
The first step is to take a look at all the threats we have identified on this website. Come back when you are done browsing, but it is quite a few! These are just threats we are making you aware of. Try to branch out and look at what your neighbors have experienced, conventional and unconventional. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself:
- Is your neighborhood prone to burglaries? How often?
- Do you live in a flood plain or where wildfires occur frequently?
- Do you live near a nuclear plant or a fault line?
- Do you live near a train that transports hazardous chemicals?
- Does your neighbor feed bears for fun?
You probably have the idea by now, and we could go on for pages. Writing the threats down will help you remember them for the next steps. There are many threats to your well being that we have not listed on this page, or ranked with our TrueRisk risk analysis system (such as bear attacks). These can be categorized as ‘common sense’ threats or ‘unknown’ threats.
Common sense threats are threats that are so prevalent, we hope you have already considered them. This includes the possibility of a fatal car wreck, developing a debilitating health issue, and losing your job and having financial hardship to name a few.
Unknown threats are threats not conceivable, or we have such little information on them we cannot judge the risk accurately. Don’t ignore you or your family members’s limitations, if you have them. You may have threats associated with disabilities or other personal factors which may also not have made our list.