Prepping can be an enormous task, especially if you are just getting started. You may feel overwhelmed at the thought of trying to prepare for any and all scenarios, and the truth is, you really can’t prepare for everything, no matter how hard you try. However, you can be well prepared for most disasters and emergencies that may come your way. One way you can do that is by asking yourself the right questions as you start to stockpile supplies and plan. Here are 7 questions you should definitely consider as you prep for survival mode.
What events would be most likely to occur in your area?
Of course, we could all experience any number of natural disasters or catastrophic events, but most of us could narrow it to 3 or 4 specific ones and be ultra prepared for those. In the area where I live, we are prone to severe storms and tornadoes, earthquakes, and flooding, as well as the occasional ice/snow storm. In recent years these events have brought lengthy power outages, and widespread damage. So for us, preparations would include enough food and water to last for at least 3-4 weeks, a heat source (should the power be off for awhile), and a well stocked emergency kit that would have the needed supplies to keep our family cared well cared for (for at least that long). Focusing on what you KNOW you can prepare for ahead of time, rather than worrying about what you can’t predict, is a crucial prepping step.
Where will you go if you have to evacuate?
Most people think about making sure they have what they need at home in an emergency, but they don’t come up with a good solid plan for what to do if they need to leave. Take for example an earthquake that left your home uninhabitable for a time. You would have no choice but to leave. Do you have bug out bags for every member of your family that are packed and ready to go? Do you try to have plenty of gas in your vehicles so if you aren’t sitting on E if you have to make a run for it? Do you and your family have a plan in place to meet up at an arranged location if you are separated in a crisis? These are all things to think about when it comes to evacuation, and it’s better to come up with a plan ahead of disaster rather than think on the fly.
How will you communicate with others when the SHTF?
You won’t be able to depend solely on things like email, telephones, and texting. Cell towers may be down, and there could be little to no phone service. You will need to come up with a way to communicate with others besides these. It could be walkie-talkies, CB radio, or even going old school with hand signals and fire. Communication could definitely be different for a while!
How prepared are you for most first aid situations?
If you haven’t had basic first aid and safety training, now is a great time to take a class and get certified. In fact, every person in your house who is old enough to take the class should do so. Now is also the time to start stocking that emergency kit and making it ready for use. Invest in a quality emergency first aid manual, and put it in there, too. Do you know how to treat most minor illnesses? While you can’t predict when someone will get an injury or come down with an illness, you can be prepared to treat the patient as best you can, which is why training is so important.
Are you prepped to bug in (or evacuate) long term?
You can’t always know how long things will be out of sorts after a natural disaster or other catastrophic event, so you should be prepared to be in survival mode from a day or two to several months. For example, last winter, our area was hit with a significant snowfall that crippled our region for several days. Thankfully we had gone to the store before the first flake fell and had plenty of provisions, because the roads were terrible and it was five days before the scraper from the county could get out to our house. It was much easier to plan ahead and not need the supplies, rather than need something and not be able to get to the store.
What about your pets?
Do you have additional provisions for them, including food and water, included in your emergency preps? You absolutely need to take this into consideration. Another thing, if you have to evacuate, will the come with you or will they need to be on their own? We consider pets to be a part of our family, and if that’s the case, we should prep for them just like we do our human family.
Does anyone in your home have special needs that could require certain accommodations after a disaster?
This would include things like health conditions that could cause issues if they are not properly managed, like diabetes or breathing issues. Do you have enough extra medications on hand to help them indefinitely? If not, you should defintiely speak to their physician about getting extras or what to do in that situation? What about infants? They will need plenty of diapers and wipes, and depending on their age could need pureed food that might not be easy to obtain after the SHTF. You will need to stock up on these items now, and if your baby doesn’t end up needing them, you could use them as bartering items or donate them after the disaster is over.
While it seems like this could have brought up more questions than answers, it should definitely give you a jumping off point to get your preps in order. What other questions can you think of that a prepper might want to consider?