Want to start storing food and water in a practical, long-term way for when the next natural disaster occurs? Start by reading the FOOD STORAGE OVERVIEW and the WATER STORAGE OVERVIEW which will help guide you through the planning stages.
Learn Food and Water Preservation Basics
Some foods will only last 3 months in the best of storage conditions. Some have an official expiration date of 3 months but actually can stay fresh for years. Other types of food will last 20 years or more! Learn how the nutritional value of food degrades over time and when the type of food you plan to put away will go bad. Educate yourself on how to store and purify water. Take a look at this general guide for how long popular dry foods will last.
Plan Your Prepping Goals
Do you want to start prepping for just yourself? Your family? How about your whole neighborhood? The first step is to plan out what your goals will be and then you’ll know how to approach them. Plan your goals carefully. Check out this guide that will help you plan out your goals.
Put Away the Food and Water
Put your plan into action by buying the types of foods that will last. Maybe you are just buying extra groceries every trip to the supermarket. Or maybe you are investing money in foods that will last 20+ years such as dry foods or freeze-dried backpacking food. Whichever way you do it, this is the most critical and exciting step!
Reasons Why Everyone Should Be Prepping
The stigma that comes with being a prepper is well known. When the average person envisions someone who’s stocking up on food and water for a disaster, inevitably the images of a long-haired old man with fingernails that haven’t been cut in years and sitting alone in a room that can only be described as a hoarders paradise come to mind.
The truth is, however, that in this day in age your average “prepper” is middle-aged, with a good job, a family, and concerned about the current state of affairs in our world. Businessmen, lawyers, emergency services personnel, and yes now even politicians are starting to prepare. It’s a form of insurance that no one can take away from you. It’s peace of mind that you can be self-sufficient in any situation.
Why are People Prepping?
Almost every American at some point in their lives buys some sort of insurance policy; auto insurance, life insurance, home insurance etc. People don’t say “John has flood insurance? What a nut-job!” because they understand that floods happen and it’s better to be prepared.
That’s what being a Prepper is all about! We put away food and water for the long term in case of the possibility of an earthquake, flood, hurricane, financial collapse, nuclear incident, or the next super pandemic. Why? Cause shit happens! It has before, and it will again.
Start Small – Some Preps are Better than No Preps
You really don’t need to go online and order a prepackaged 2-year freeze dried food supply for a family for $5,000 to start prepping. Very few of us would want to or even could spend that kind of money.
Just start small. Next time you go to the supermarket on your routine shopping trip, find an item that you buy all the time and maybe buy just a bit more of it. Make sure it’s something with a shelf life of at least a year.
Canned food, beef jerky, powdered drink mix, oatmeal, rice, beans, anything else that has an expiration date of at least a year out. We all buy some food like this every time we go to the supermarket anyway. Read the expiration dates and pick up a little extra.
Bring this extra food home, find a place where you can put a few things away (a shelf in the garage, a spare kitchen cabinet, a spare closet) and place those extra items of food in your new storage area.
Then, the next time you go to the supermarket, buy one more extra item. Before you know it, you will have a very nice supply of additional resources for anything that comes along. It could serve you will in a super pandemic, financial collapse, earthquake or hurricane.