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Steps to Prepping (ELI5)

The following guidelines will help you get started, and hopefully guide you to be a successful prepper.

STAGE 0 (do this today)

  1. Make a list of all the events that happened in your area (your city, your state/province). Blizzard, tornado, wildfire, riot, blackout.
  2. For each event, list what disturbance it caused to the people who were affected by it. So maybe a tornado hit 50 kilometres away... you were not affected by it, but what happened to the people who were. Looking another way, how would you have been affected if it struck your house/business? Include how long the effects lasted.
  3. What would you need to get through that event when it happens next?


  1. Set a grocery shopping day each week, and stick to the schedule. Never say "oh, we still have food, I'll shop tomorrow instead".
  2. When doing your shopping, buy for at least 8 days. If you have a bit of extra cash, go for 10-14 days of food and household supplies. Buy the food you normally eat so that in any emergency situation you don't need to switch diets (further stressing your already stressed family).
  3. Repeat
After 1 year you will have a minimum of 52 days of food and supplies, and possibly an entire year's supply.


  1. Convert an area of your garden to growing food. A vegetable garden is good. Maybe some chickens or rabbits.
  2. Obtain an endless supply of drinking water. People need about 20 litres per day. For a year, that's 7000 litres (a small swimming pool) for each person. You can not store enough water for even 1 year. You need a source. Best option is a well. Depending upon the soil you may be able to drive your own well point. If you are careful, you can even do this in cities. Then hide the well under a bush or something.
  3. Get a power source. You'll need a battery bank and inverter (you don't want to run a generator 24 hours a day). Then to charge the batteries either a diesel generator, or preferably solar panels. You can calculate and size your electrical needs here:


  1. Set long-term goals. Where on the planet is the best place to live where you and your family will be safest? How can you survive there? Make your goals S.M.A.R.T. goals. A SMART goal should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound. By setting a goal, an individual is making a roadmap for a specific target. The elements in the framework work together to create a goal that is carefully and thoughtfully planned out, executable and trackable. Goals should also include milestones. So don't say "By this date I'm going to be ready". Instead, say "by January 1st I'm going to have 'A' done. By April 1st I'll have 'B' done and part of 'C'. By this date next year.... In 5 years I'll be...."
  2. Start building the skills and resources needed to put your plan into action.
  3. Put your plan into action.


Final Thoughts

Keep in mind that the goal of prepping is so that you can get past any emergency situation, without it affecting your life. For example, when the power goes out for your neighbours, yours stays on and you keep living normally. That is the end goal.

This may require changes in your lifestyle. The best time to make those changes is today, not the day the lights go out. But this does not mean you have to live in a tent in the woods, eating bugs. It is possible to live quite comfortably, while reducing your expenses and severing your connections to relying on other people.


Where to Go from Here

Here are some articles to read next.
  1. New to Prepping?
  2. Power 101
  3. Water Filtration and Purification Methods for Emergency Situations
  4. Essential Communication Tools for Preppers: Staying Connected in a Crisis

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