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Get Started: Prepping

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A-lot of people are interested in prepping as of late, but not many people understand how to get started prepping, often starting prepping is seen as a daunting task. Being prepared has more advantages than it does of disadvantages, the advantages of being prepared means that you will not be scared when you face difficulties in your own life or come across disasters.

Though I am a Christian, I can respect what the church of the latter-day saints teaches about being prepared. Most Mormons set a goal of being able to be self sufficient for at least a year after a disaster. LDS church members are often prepared to be self sufficient for much longer than a year. This is why sometimes a room in a older persons house where food is stored (like a pantry) is called a “Mormon Room”. Because, of the LDS’s focus on being prepared and being able to continue witnessing and proselytizing even in the face of a large-scale disaster and after a large-scale disaster.

“…if ye are prepared ye shall not fear.”
LDS Doctrine and Covenants 38:30

If you break prepping down there is essentially 3 types of items or knowledge that you need to be able to survive anything.

  1. Water & Food
  2. Shelter & Heat
  3. Protection

A great talk on the survival triangle comes from ZionPrepper on YouTube.

Description of the Video: “I will briefly review the Survival Triangle. In essence it’s one of the tennants for prepping. The Survival Triangle covers the basic requirements of prepping to include energy.” –ZionPrepper

[important]It is also important to state that redundancy is key in being prepared, you do not want to have only one of some important item and not be able to fix that item when it breaks.

For example: If you own a generator, you should have some of the basic parts on hand to be able to repair the generator if SHTF and your generator breaks down on you.[/important]

Starting Prepping is as easy as buying one extra item at the grocery store each time you are at the grocery store. In no time you will have built up a one month supply of food. Once you have built up one month of food stored, you can build it up to three months, and then after three you can build it up to six months or one year.

If you have more money to dedicate to prepping you can buy a whole year’s supply of rice beans and other staples for less than $1,000.

I feel that food is one of the most important types of items to start adding to your shelves. There are more scenarios that could play out in most people’s lives where you will need food more than bullets, or camping gear. If you were to lose your job, you would have food to eat. If the economic situation continues to degrade and you inflation continues to run up the cost of food, at least you will have food stored to continue, and in the worst case scenario (natural disaster or worse), you will be able to sustain yourself.

After food, protection is one of the most important things to have in your tool kit. This could be a fire-arm if you are legally allowed to own a fire-arm or a bow & arrow in parts of the world where you are not allowed to own a firearm.

Shelter, I would say that most people (if not everyone), has shelter in the United States, except for the unfortunate people that happen to be homeless. But, even the homeless are aware of where they can take shelter where there is a storm or when it is too hot or too cold outside.

Prepping on a budget is a popular topic with the preppers on YouTube. Some resources on YouTube that you might want to checkout if you are thinking about prepping on a budget are:

If you have any questions about how to get started prepping feel free to send me an email: nate@preppingblog.com

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