Quick Prepper Tip: Get Ready for the Unexpected

By Lisa Metheny published on in General

Cheaper Than Dirt Quick Prepper TipBeing prepared can save valuable time in an emergency and there is no better time to start prepping than right now. Here is a handful of tips to get you on your way to being prepared.

Plan Your Escape

Escape route, that is. If a fire broke out in your house, would you know how to evacuate each member of your family safely? Sit down with your household members and create an evacuation plan for your residence in case of fire, earthquake, flood, or other emergency. Put the plan in writing and practice it regularly with your family members.

Stock Up

It takes time to build a stockpile of supplies to last you days or weeks in the wake of something like a natural disaster or power outage. However, every stockpile has to start somewhere. Buy a case of water, grab a few canned goods and tuck some cash away. Whatever it is, you can start now and start small.

Prepper Projects Inventory ListWrite it Down

It may be difficult to think about, but what would happen to your children if something were to happen to you and your spouse or partner? Make your wishes clear and put them in writing. Ask friends or family for local legal recommendations for legal experts and get your directives in writing. In a hurry? There are a few websites who specialize in helping you quickly and easily record your wishes.

What would you do if an emergency happened to you and your family right this very second? Tell us in the comment section.

SLRule

Lisa Metheny is a published award-winning outdoor writer, photographer, speaker and outdoor skills instructor. Lisa holds several instructor certifications and conducts a number of women-focused outdoor seminars on topics such as archery and hunting throughout the year. She regularly teaches hunters education and archery classes and has become an advocate for promoting traditional outdoor recreation to families across the United States. Lisa is also an avid and accomplished hunter with many big game species to her credit. She is a member of POMA and former Board of Directors member as well as a member of the NRA, RMEF, MDF and DU.

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Comments (5)

  • michael

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    One minute evac bag for fast moving fire, five min bag for inclement weather conditions, 15 min bag for utilities outage…

    Each bag adds to others, 2 hour, 6 hour, 12 hour, 24 hour…

    You get the drift.

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  • Flick

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    If you have a well thought-out BOB and Get-Home-Bag, and your home is prepared for weather in your area(i.e.Hurricanes) you have pretty much done what needs to be done.
    Most like minded pepple I know are constantly tweaking their stuff but if you did it right the first time, you should be good to go.
    Im taking the family to the circus today,and,by coincidence,the route passes by a new surplus store a buddy discovered.
    They will probably have a few things I need.
    How amazing is that?
    Regards

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  • Mc Ruger

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    I agree with you G-Man. I never really gave much thought to “prepping” so as to make a chore. I never really thought of myself as a Prepper but a prepper I am. The first thing I bought was a couple kerosene lanterns after a power outage. After that little by little Prepping crept into my life. I began reading the all the tips on the computer and Youtube and kept a list of items I wanted to accumulate for emergencies. Unlike G-Man I live alone now. That changes priorities, amounts and items. It changes a lot of things.

    Today I am in good shape with a good stockpile of food water, filters, communications ammo and guns, backup power, lighting, heat and so on. I don’t think you can ever be done preparing for emergencies but as time goes on and with everything you do you just get more prepared. I am at a stage now where I consider items that could be in demand for barter but am very selective.

    I guess I kind of consider it a worthwhile and enjoyable hobby that provides me with a lot of comfort.

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  • Fluffy

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    Plan,prep,execute. Check

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  • G-Man

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    One of the best tips I could give is don’t make prepping into a chore or you will procrastinate like one does when the house needs painting. Instead learn to incorporate prepping into your life like you would a hobby. You’d be surprised how much you’ll accomplish even on a part-time basis.

    There is so much involved with prepping that no one commentary could cover it all. But hopefully some of the tips we share with one another here can provide additional ideas to help us hone our prepping skills.

    As for my family we do have a designated meeting place for everyone in the event of a fire. But what many families fail to do is coordinate a plan between extended family members that may live in the same town or nearby city in the event there is ever a larger scale emergency.

    Our plan is devised with the idea that there won’t be any power and no telephone communications. We have decided upon pre-designated rally points for all our family to join up throughout our city and state based on the various scenarios we could think up.

    I and other family members have purchased handheld HAM radios and obtained licenses so we can practice communications. Sure repeaters may go down, so we even practice for that.

    I have a rather large family still at home so I have assembled two identical bug-out-bags. I pull them out at least once a quarter and have the family refresh their memory on the contents and how to use special items. I then have them repack each bag so they learn which pockets store what.

    I’ve also created a list of inventory items and store one in each bag as a reminder and also so that in the event of our demise, at least someone else may get use out of the contents. I also ensure other visiting family members know the contents and location in the event they have to make their way to our home to retrieve supplies and they do the same for us at their homes.

    I could go on forever, but I wanted to share ideas that may not be in the forefront of other prepper’s minds. I hope this has helped.

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