You have recently decided that it’s in your best interest to become better prepared for disruption of your present way-of-life. The uncertainties in the geopolitical climate, the evident state of the ‘real’ economy, the gut feeling that you have… all combine together and are sending up a red flag of warning that it may be a good idea to take a look at your dependencies and take some immediate action to alleviate whatever pain may come your way as a result in the future.
You feel the urgency to do something about it and you realize that you can’t do everything, because you’re late to the party, so to speak. So, where do you begin, and what should you do first?
I would say that the best thing to do is that which brings the most benefit for the least amount of work and/or time spent. You want to jump start your preparedness.
Naturally, the more money you are willing to throw at it, the more you can buy in the short term. Having said that, and before the seasoned preppers jump all over what I just said, buying things is one thing, but implementing a life style of more self-sufficiency is quite another (and takes practice and time).
In any event, that said, you will want to build up a quantity of practical foods and supplies. And don’t overlook your water supply situation.
Foods. Except for the part about learning to procure your own for the long term (learning successful gardening, etc.), obtaining a supply of ready-made food is only a matter of deciding to do so and opening your wallet. You could look at any of our relevant advertisers on this site who offer a wide variety of food supply options or you could go out and begin buying your own at the grocery store.
There are advantages to buying professionally packaged quantities of food especially made for long term storage, so don’t dismiss this out of hand. Personally, I believe in having a combination of ‘professionally packaged’ foods from a reputable supplier, a quantity of your own hand-picked foods from the grocery store, and a quantity of other food staples like rice, beans, wheat, sugar, salt, spices, etc. (all packaged appropriately for storage).
Although this discussion is about a quick short-term solution, again, as mentioned a moment ago, do not dismiss the idea of learning to grow and preserve your own food.
If you are new to all this, don’t procrastinate. Go with your instinct and start NOW.
After having a look at your food situation, now what about other supplies? For starters, keep it basic.
How much gasoline do you keep in your vehicle’s gas tank? Top it off. Never let it go below half a tank. If there’s a situation where the power goes out, that means the gas pumps will be out…
Speaking of the power being out, do you have a means to keep yourself warm (if during the winter)? There are various indoor-safe portable heaters that may be a life saver should you ever need it.
Have a portable battery operated radio to stay informed. Knowing what’s going on is as important as the ‘stuff’ that you have. It will enable better decision making.
Flashlights (LED type is the best for battery life longevity), batteries (rechargeable), solar powered battery charger, a means to cook without electricity, are all good things to start with.
Think of it this way. You need to eat, drink, cook, stay informed, be sheltered, be safe. Think of the categories and then come up with what are the most important things first. Then, go out and get them. The key is, you have to start.
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