There are many reasons to begin prepping for a natural disaster. It can be as simple as a hurricane, and it can be as complex as a social collapse. Some emergencies can last for years, while others may be a matter of minutes or hours. There are also SHTF events, or “disasters that take our world by storm” – which include nuclear war, disease pandemics, asteroid impacts, and the Yellowstone caldera eruption.
In a society increasingly dependent on technology, more people aren’t learning basic survival skills. Even if you live in the United States, disasters can strike at anytime. By learning to survive a disaster, you’ll be better able to protect yourself, your family, and your possessions. Here are some tips to get you started:
First, start with basic supplies, such as bottled water and food. Prepping for a disaster is about taking care of your body. Food and water are essential for survival, but you can only survive for three days without these. Start small and buy only the foods you normally eat. When storing food for an emergency, rotate the foods you’re storing to ensure freshness. You can store up to three weeks’ worth of food if you plan ahead.
The most important thing to remember when starting to prepare for a disaster is to plan ahead of time. Remember that any disaster can break out in an instant and people panic and start frantic preparations. To be a success, a beginner should start with a solid foundation and understand all the types of disasters. There are also some situations that are common among all preppers. The first step is to understand what happens in the worst case scenario.
When planning your emergency food stockpile, keep in mind that prepping is not just about the end of the world. It’s about being prepared for whatever happens. You should also consider stocking up on nonperishable foods. Frozen foods can be used as long as the power grid remains intact, but once without it, they will spoil. And since you don’t have access to electricity, nonperishables are the most appropriate choice.
For a disaster, stocking up on food and water will be key. Remember that emergency services can do their best to help, but it will be your job to do the rest. Most people will only need three days of supplies after a disaster, but more severe events might last a few weeks. In these cases, it’s wise to bulk up and store enough supplies for two weeks. You can even grow your own food to last a growing season!