What exactly is a ‘last minute prepper’? Maybe you’ve foreseen something bad about to happen or you realize that there are natural disasters in your area that you’d like to get prepared for and you’ve got to act quickly!
Preparedness is a journey. We shouldn’t rush into it, but at the same time, we shouldn’t feel so overwhelmed by it that we shy away from it and end up not doing anything at all.
Here are 8 ways that you can get prepared today!
- Start stocking food and water. One of the easiest things to do is to start stocking up on food and water for your home. Whenever you go grocery shopping, simply pick up a couple gallons of water and a few cans of food. It really is that simple. It’ll add up very quickly over time!
- Fortify your home. Make or buy some candles. Don’t forget the matches and/or lighters. Get some flashlights and extra batteries. Get a NOAA weather radio. Get some blackout curtains. Take a look at your home security (checking if doors and windows are secure, possibly adding security cameras). Make sure your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are in tip-top shape. Also make sure your fire extinguisher is up-to-date and that you know when and how to use it.
- Make an emergency disaster plan. This is a lot easier than it sounds. When we fail to plan, we plan to fail. The more that we can plan when it comes to what exactly we’re going to do during an emergency or disaster, the better off we’ll be when something bad happens. Download my free eBook to learn how to go about this process.
- Learn some skills. Our brain is one of our greatest assets. Learn how to make simple bread with just water and flour. Learn how to make a fire. Learn how to make shelter. Learn how to forage. Learn how to make food from your food storage. Learn how to communicate better with others. The ideas are endless.
- Exercise. We need to do everything we can to take care of our bodies. You don’t have to join a gym nor do any crazy exercises. Simply getting out for a walk 30 minutes every few days is a great start. From there, you may want to consider changing to a healthier diet, adding in some weights or whatever you feel like doing to stay healthy.
- Save money. We’re all on different types of budgets, but saving money for tough times is an important part of overall preparedness. You don’t have to save huge amounts, even just $20 a month can add up over time. Look at your budget and be realistic about what you could put away. Are there things you could change about your daily life that would help to save money?
- Everyday preparedness. Do you have a long commute? You may want to store some food and water in your vehicle. Maybe setup a get home bag. Do you know alternative routes to get to/from home/work. Do you carry a water bottle with you everyday? Are you prepared for harsh winters or unpredictable weather? There are small changes we can make in our everyday lives that can help us be better prepared.
- Practice situational awareness. Keep an eye on your surroundings, know your exits, stay off your phone unless absolutely necessary and generally just try to be observant about what’s going on around you. It could be the difference between be prepared for a threat and being caught off guard by one.
There are many ways to get prepared, but these are the easiest ways that anyone can get prepared TODAY! Once you’ve mastered these ideas, you can move onto others things like building a bug out bag. gardening, learning how to hunt and fish, making your own hygiene products and so on and so forth. It all depends on how deep into preparedness you’d like to go.
Conquer tomorrow, by preparing today!