Take Action: 5 Small Steps Toward Preparedness

There are a lot of obstacles when it comes to prepping. You have to convince yourself that dangers really might be coming around the corner. If you manage to do that, you then have to persuade your family into believing the same thing. You might have budgetary restrictions or space restrictions. There are a thousand reasons to never take action.

One of the biggest obstacles, though, is simply a paralysis of choice. There are so many prepper websites out there. So many books. So many tips. Where do you start? Some people have erected enormous bunkers that will keep them safe even if a nuclear bomb is dropped on their property. Are you really doing anything if you stock up on a few essential supplies?

The answer is yes. Absolutely. The thing that separates a prepper from a non-prepper is action. You can give lip service to the idea of preparing all you want, but if you’re not getting started, you’re no better off than your na├»ve neighbors. Start small. Put yourself in motion. That’s how you build momentum. Here are five things you can buy today that will help you get the ball rolling.

Rice and Beans
The best place to start prepping is with food. You never know when drought will strike and famine will descend. Go to your local discount grocery store and pick yourself up a few pounds of beans and rice. These will keep for a long time, as long as they are properly stored. They also lend themselves to easy preparation, a bonus only outweighed by their affordability.

Canned Fruits and Veggies
You may not be ready to start your own garden, but you can at least pick up some canned fruits and vegetables. Start with a small amount. Maybe 20 cans of each. These will keep for years, and you can always rotate them into your diet so that your supply stays somewhat fresh. Vitamins and nutrients will be much more difficult to come by after the SHTF, so balance out your survival pantry just as you do your everyday diet.

Canned Meats
Protein could be scarce if society crumbles. If you’re an excellent hunter, great. But even so, you’ll want a backup plan. Begin by stocking up on canned meats like tuna and chicken. These will stay good for a long time, and, like your canned fruits, you can always sub them in to your regular diet. Spam is a big hit in the prepper community, so you might consider adding a few cans of that to your cart as well.

Water
We take water for granted because it’s so easy to come by. But what happens when the water is so polluted that it’s unsafe to drink? You don’t have to be a committed prepper to understand the benefits of keeping plenty of clean water around. If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, you definitely want to have at least 20 gallons of clean water in your storeroom.

Flashlights
A world without power will be a world without light. Buy yourself several good flashlights and plenty of batteries to go around. These will come in handy whenever the power goes out, even if that outage isn’t accompanied by a large scale power grid failure.

If you take these steps, you will be well on your way to becoming a certified prepper. See, you don’t have to build a special barn, stock an armory that would make the military jealous, or spend your entire bank account on a bug-out zone. Even if you only take a couple of the above steps, you’ll be ahead of the game. One step leads to another, and before you know it, you’ll have a prepper storage closet that can compete with the best of them.