My previous prepping articles covered comprehension of our civilization and the role of prepping as an individual growth and survival process. I have stressed the importance of inner strength for building a durable foundation that can endure changes and unforeseen circumstances.
Being well organized is also an important factor that can determine whether you succeed if SHTF. Likewise, that too is a matter of practice and a systematic approach to prepping. Before perfecting your skills and amassing all the items you will need, you should first create a strategy of general progress.
Assess what you have, the material, financial and skill factors. Find the weak links and create a plan for strengthening them. Do not over-reach yourself at once. Remember, build a strong foundation. Create a time schedule for the completion of each small phase and follow it to create discipline in your actions.
Everyone is different. You live in different geographical locations, have different financial considerations, and have different needs. In order to succeed as a prepper, you need to do what is right for you.
Steps for devising a prepping strategy
Well in advance, prepare a list of emergency contacts for police, fire, doctors, hospitals, and, of course, family members and close friends. Be sure to include telephone numbers, cell phone numbers, and email addresses.
Store as much water as you can. Look for hidden locations in your home where you can store either purchased water or water you have bottled yourself using plastic soda or juice jugs, water bricks, or something else. Beyond that, find other sources of water that you can use in an emergency and learn how to filter and purify water for drinking purposes.
Prepare your food supplies and learn about food types that will last for several months. Beans and rice are chock-full of calories and, in the case of beans, extremely nutritious. Stock up on dried beans and rice then learn how to cook them off-grid, and outdoors over an open fire or rocket stove.
Exercise regularly and stay in shape. Monitor your physical condition and its improvement, and timely resolve your health issues.
Regardless of where you live or your family situation, become a community with others. Even if your community consists of only two or three persons, these few people will serve as your support group and sounding board for the tactical decisions you will make when things get tough.
Bugging in during a disruptive event is always preferable to bugging out. That said, if your home is no longer safe, you may be required to bug out. This does not mean that you will have to flee to the woods. Bugging out may be as simple as retreating to a friend or relative’s home or as complicated as hiking in a storm to the nearest shelter twenty miles away.
If your home is no longer safe to live in for whatever reason, plan to leave. Map out an evacuation route in advance. Determine two or three different ways to physically exit your home and then two or three ways to find your way out of the immediate area.
Put together a comprehensive first aid kit that includes trauma supplies as well as protective gear to keep you safe in the sick room. Acquire extra prescription medications as well as antibiotics Learn about herbs and their medicinal use.
Most importantly, think. Start small but think big. Make your moves calculated and create a routine. Response time in case of emergency is very important. Train yourself in every aspect you can imagine, after all, your endeavor depends upon you .