A Non-Prepper’s Guide To Prepping

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Natural and man made disasters are seemingly unavoidable on a daily basis. David Gutierrez writes in his article in NaturalNews.com in 2008 that Oxfam has released a report indicating the earth experienced about 500 natural disasters annually, as compared to 120 annually in the early 1980’s.

Emergency prepping has never been so valuable as it is today. Not having the drive to prepare for the worst case scenarios that will likely happen may just put you in doom when uncontrollable enormous disasters strike. Your preparedness for unexpected disasters will ultimately be invaluable to your safety and welfare in the long run, even if you don’t realize it right now.

Armor against dehydration

Prevent water shortage in the near future by learning to conserve water. Learn to stretch and recycle water supply. Instead of throwing away treated wastewater to rivers or oceans, clean it for irrigation, industrial or other non potable purposes.

In case you run out of water supply, unexpectedly, you can use the water you have recycled to somehow get through. Not having water on hand causes dehydration after 24 hours. Keeping an alternate source of water, one way or another, saves you from battling with dehydration.

Food shortage struggle

Food inflation is around the corner, and unfortunately, will stay for a long time. Inflation is rampant as economies of many countries around the world experience setbacks. The global financial crisis in recent years has only made matters worse. Poverty is another major contributor to these global crises you are inevitably experiencing.

Be prepared in advance well before unexpected disasters strike. Stock up food supplies in your home when food prices are low. Put up a food storage area in your home. Make sure this area is accessible enough to get some supplies when food shortage crisis unexpectedly occurs. Don’t wait until disasters strike before you make preparations in anticipation of the worst case scenarios.

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Don’t rule out credit card fiascoes

Don’t rely on paying with credit cards too much when making your purchases. You just never know when you’ll be dealing with credit card frauds and other credit irregularities. Make sure to save up enough cash on hand, to still be able to make urgent purchases when you can’t use your credit cards. Make it a habit to save up a little cash every day, to make the money you readily have grow over time.

Cash make good survival food kits when you can’t pay for your food purchases using your credit cards. Ultimately, when disasters strike, one of the basic stuff you’ll need to live is food. Therefore, make sure you don’t waste any money you have set aside, as you never know when it will come in handy.

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Disaster proof your home

Always prepare your home in anticipation of the occurrence of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tornadoes and typhoons. Don’t take situations for granted before it’s too late. Don’t think these disasters won’t come anytime soon. Remove heavy objects from your home’s ceiling, so as to avoid serious injuries during earthquakes occur. Educate kids on helpful ways to better protect themselves when earthquakes strike.

Use pertinent emergency survival kits, such as a hazards radio, to alert you of incoming earthquakes and harsh weather conditions in your area. Be in the first to know when disasters are about to strike, when nobody can’t constantly be around you to look after your welfare.

Rescue your pets

Along the process in making your home disaster proof, of course, you won’t be able to forget to protect your beloved pet’s safety. In anticipation of earthquakes and typhoons, make sure to place your pet in a cage. Make sure to put your pet away from anything that may fall from the ceiling. In the event of the anticipation of a typhoon, make sure your pet is safe from flood and water leakage that may seep into your home.

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Prepare food kits for your pet as well. Stock up on pet food supplies as you stock up food supplies for yourself. Animals can be twice as vulnerable as human beings when it comes to surviving disasters.

Be sure to have insurance coverage

Make sure you have a support back-up after a disaster strikes. You can literally lose every prized possession you own after a fire, earthquake or hurricane strikes. Get an insurance coverage to retain some of the stuff you may lose in the event of a disaster. Don’t solely rely on the help of your family members and charity when you’ve already lost everything. You can never be sure if you’ll get the help you need without giving away anything in return.

Get coverage from a reputable insurance company. Avoid becoming a victim of the services of unstable insurance companies. The last thing you’d want is to waste your insurance money by not getting anything for what you have paid for. Do your homework well by conducting research online to find the best insurance providers in town.

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Extra copies for important documents

Don’t take chances and make extra copies of important documents you may have, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates and passports. Secure the original copies of these documents in a bank’s safety deposit box, to maximize the prevention of losing these documents. Extra copies make good references in case you’ll need to get original copies for the second time. You may find it hard to get second original copies if you don’t have extra copies that can serve as references. Be sure to plan ahead of time, before you get entangled in many complications.

Having a preparedness guide saves you from becoming a victim of the impending dooms that are likely to come your way. Be proactive by constructing a concrete, detailed and specific plan as early as possible. Prepping comes in different ways for each individual. Don’t hesitate to customize your prepping ways according to your needs and preferences. In the end, the most important thing will be how your disaster prepping ways become effective to protect you from dangers, ultimately, saving your life along the process.

 

About the Author: Kimberly Grimms  is a futurist, a writer and a mom. She mostly writes about parenting, sustainability, and new media.

 

This article first appeared on Ed That Matters.

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One thought on “A Non-Prepper’s Guide To Prepping

  1. Ramil De Leon

    Hi Ed,

    I enjoyed reading the whole article as it covers a lot of areas that a father like me would greatly benefit. Preparedness in every area you mentioned are well written including useful tips.

    I would like to know more in regards to survival in the wilderness and some useful gears that I need in case of emergency.

    Please feel free to send me message and I would love to hear more from experts like you.

    Regards,
    Ramil De Leon

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