Do your Research (Become a Prepper)
I’ve been spending quite some time researching all sorts of topics to do with Emergency Preparedness. I want to prepare but I want to be informed as to why and how my family can prepare. I want to be assured I have thought things through and not just jumped onto the bandwagon. I have joined a local group of families that are learning about Emergency Preparedness and Homesteading skills. I have volunteered to teach about 72 Hr. Kits or Bug Out Bags as you may have heard them called!
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The next few weeks I will be sharing what I have learned as well as what our family has done to prepare. You may remember me dabbling into this subject in the fall with my articles: 10 Steps to Getting Prepared for an Emergency and Emergency Preparedness: Are you Prepared?
What is a Prepper you might ask? I would define a Prepper as a person who prepares for the future by not relying on everyday conveniences of technology, electricity, and common societal info-structure. The Modern Day Boy Scout/Girl Scout but not an extremist. I am not talking doomsday or zombies here. Just talking about a few days without power and grocery stores are unable to sell food! A gas leak calls for a couple day evacuation of your neighborhood.
Places to Research:
Google- terms to search First Aid, Camping Skills, Camping Recipes, Ways to start fires, Ways to build a shelter, Ways to purify water, Survival Skills, Gardening, Container gardening,etc..
FEMA– have videos and lists of ways to get ready and be prepared.
Red Cross- check online for free resources and your local chapter for classes.
Local Library– check your local library for resources mentioned below so you aren’t spending your hard earned money on books when you need first aid supplies or other skill training!
American Girl’s and Boys Handybooks-Great series from my great-great grandparents era! Learn to make kites, boats, traps, fishing lures, party planning, painting, and all sorts of skills that used to be the norm for young ladies and young men!
GUTENBERG/ACHIVERS– free ebooks abound on these topics!
Camp and Trail includes wilderness,horses, and canoes
The Scientific American Boy – something our grandfather’s read and enjoyed with lots of skills!
Camping for Boys– camping, cooking, hygiene, first aid and weather forecasting.
Boys Scouts Handbook 1911– nature, tracking, camping, health, chivalry, first aid, patriotism, and citizenship.
Girl Scouts Handbook 1925-History, Principles, First Aid, Child Nurse, Home Maker, Health Guardian,etc.
FREE Today! I included this book thinking that the more money you save on everyday items like groceries then you could put some of that savings towards-prepping.
For the more military minded!
Budget friendly ways to prepare for the future.
A friend of mine constantly talks about Backwoods Home magazine! She loves it. She has learned all about canning and some food storage ideas that she has implemented. I don’t even think of her as a prepper but maybe she is more than I know:)
I have collected this entire series over the last year or so for FREE! I love how it is broken down by months. I would keep my eye out on this one as a great quick start guide to homesteading.
50 methods for starting fires without matches. You will learn how to light fire with friction, chemicals, the sun, electricity, and sparks. You will learn how to start a fire with ice, guns, rocks, sticks, flashlights and even air.
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What have you done to become a Prepper? What is your favorite resource or book or website about Emergency Preparedness?