What Are You Prepping For?

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So just what ARE you prepping for?

It doesn’t matter where you are there is always the chance that there could be some kind of disaster. The ‘event’ could be weather related, as in a flood, hurricane, tornado or even an earthquake. The ‘event’ could also be man-made such as a downed power grid, or worse…

You obviously can’t have a contingent plan for every possible event but you can be prepared for what’s likely to occur in your area.

You’ll want to think and consider what has happened in the past in or near your location. Do you live in an area prone to flooding? To tornadoes? Near prior wildfires?

Northerners should always have supplies on hand to help them weather through big snowstorms. This might include snowblowers, snow shovels, warm blankets, a backup heat source, food that doesn’t have to be cooked. Just thinking through past storms will help you prepare for the next.

Down south, we don’t tend to have too many snowstorms, yet we do have ice-storms that can take down power poles and make driving near impossible (especially if you live in an area that doesn’t have county maintained roads). We too need to have some stored supplies ‘just in case’. For most folks, this would be an alternate heat source, blankets, easy to eat foods.

Ice covered trees front yard
Ice covered trees front yard

Do you prep for tornadoes? Do you have a storm shelter or a nearby location to shelter in? Do you live near a river that can overflow? Have you checked the 100 year flood map? It seems like 100 year floods are being more of a norm. You can check YOUR flood assessment on the FEMA flood map. It can pay to at least know your chances. Do you live on the prevailing wind side of a nuclear power plant? Everyone’s disaster risk is going to be different. Think about what ‘could’ happen in your area. Everyone should have at least some basic emergency supplies stored.

Once you know what you want to prepare for, whether it’s a flood, or a man-made disaster, then you can start to prepare. If it makes sense to ‘stay put’ then plan on acquiring goods to help you with that endeavor. This means supplies which includes food. There are some good food calculators online, such as the one at Food Assets. Using that calculator (or ones like it) will help you determine how much food to store and what kinds. Of course just because a website tells you to store wheat and you’re gluten intolerant doesn’t mean you have to store wheat. If you do store wheat…. do you have a means to grind it? You can get one of these electric wheat grinders….

But what if there’s no electricity to power it? Consider a hand crank model as backup. (Always have a backup – two is one and one is none.)

AND at least practice grinding wheat once. It’s a lot harder than it looks!!

Once you get that wheat ground…. you’ll have to use it. Have you EVER baked bread from scratch? Fall is a great time to experiment with baking your own bread. It’s a great skillset to have.

wheat bread
wheat bread

Once you’ve got the family warm and fed… what else? Do you have protection? Do you have wood in case you need to board up a window? A tarp or two incase you have a leak somewhere?

You don’t need to go all out and purchase a year’s supply all at once. Do you buy tuna or canned spaghetti? Just buy an extra can or two each week. (Most grocery stores stock the newer stock in the back of the older. Always choose the good with the longest expiration date and ROTATE.) Stock up on baking goods during the holidays when they go on sale. (You can freeze flour…)

You simply want to think about what is the best for your family. Can you stay put and ‘weather the storm’? Do you need to go to a family members? (Plan beforehand. No one really likes extra mouths to feed…)

By simply thinking about what could happen and making a plan for that event (and implementing that plan by taking steps to supply your family with basic needs) you’ll be a step ahead of the crowd…. and you might be a prepper.