Action Plan For The Overwhelmed Beginner Prepper
Getting started with prepping can often be overwhelming for a beginner prepper. This is completely normal and understandable.
There are many great prepper websites that provide detailed tips and advice on how to prepare for specific emergencies and disasters. With the amount of information available its easy to see how a beginner prepper can become overwhelmed and struggle to decide on the best way to get started.
To avoid becoming overwhelmed when first starting out as a prepper it’s important to keep things simple. You need to learn to walk before you run with prepping.
You can do this by creating a basic action plan that is tailored specifically to your personal circumstances and concerns.
Beginner Prepper Action Plan
When first starting out with prepping it’s important to understand that your prepper approach may be different to other preppers. Whilst there will be some similarities, your own prepper approach will mainly be driven by your own specific circumstances and concerns.
This is why you need to start by creating a personal prepper action plan that has some initial framework for how you will start to go about your prepping activities.
Once you have created your prepper action plan you will have a starting point to move forward with. This will allow you to learn knowledge and skills in the areas of preparedness that will help you the most. It will also save you both time and money making sure that you don’t spend your time or your budget in the wrong areas.
Action Plan Framework
As a beginner prepper, the simplest way to create the framework for your prepper action plan is to break it down into smaller steps. You can do this by asking yourself the following questions.
What Do You Want To Prepare For?
Most people start to prep because they’re worried about how to survive if they were faced with a disaster or emergency situation. Before you rush out to your local military surplus store and stock up on prepping supplies.
You need to give some thought to the types of emergency or disaster that concern you most. Giving thought to your current circumstances and how you would be affected if such an emergency or disaster should strike.
For example, if you live in an urban area you could be worried about not having enough food and water if your power or other basic utilities such as water gets cut off. You may live in a rural area worried about being cut off unable to get supplies due to extreme weather. Do you live close to a nuclear power plant or live in an area that is prone to natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes?
Think about the events that concern you most and write them down so you can plan and prepare for them. By researching the correct supplies and knowledge that will help you survive.
Research the area you live and work in to find out if the area is prone to events such as flooding, hurricanes, earthquakes, sinkholes and so on. Consider adding these scenarios to your action plan.
When starting off as a beginner prepper don’t worry if your reason for prepping is not event specific. You may just want to start by having some basic supplies so you are better prepared than you are now.
The good news is that some of the preparedness knowledge and supplies you need will be the same no matter what event you are planning for. For example, you’re always going to need to store emergency water, food, and first aid supplies.
Who Are You Prepping For?
And Who With?
Once you have decided on the types of emergency or disaster that concern you the most. You need to give some thought to the following:
Do you have a family? if so you will need to consider if they will be actively prepping with you.
Or if they are non-preppers are you going to prep for the entire family?
The number of people you are prepping for will decide the number of supplies that you will need to store.
Do you have pets or animals that will need to be considered?
Does anyone you wish to prepare for have any special medical needs?
Will you and your family be going it alone as preppers? OR
Are you part of a community that shares the same concerns?
Consider whether you want to prep alone as a small family unit. Or join an existing prepper group in your area.
What Are Your Strengths And Weaknesses?
Part of being prepared involves utilizing and improving your existing knowledge and supplies. By taking this approach you will be able to save time and money.
When it comes to prepping and survival gear you may just find that you already have some of the basic gear already. For example, you may already have basic items in your home such as flashlights, knives, tarps, sleeping bags and so on.
Also, consider that some normal everyday household items have more than one purpose. For example, coffee filters could be used to filter water in an emergency.
When it comes to prepper skills and knowledge you may have a family member who has trained in first aid. If this is the case you could ask them if they would be happy to train other family members.
Consider your existing life skills and those of family members that would be of benefit in a disaster or emergency situation. Sharing your knowledge in these areas would benefit the whole family or group.
Now that you have thought about the areas discussed above you will be able to piece together your own prepper framework and create your action plan.
Write down the types of emergency or disaster situations that concern you so that you can research these areas. Your research should include the gear, supplies, skills, and knowledge you will need to survive them.
Consider whether you will be preparing to survive at home by sheltering in place. Or whether to intend to bug out by leaving your home and heading for a pre-designated safe place. When possible, it’s a good idea to plan for both.
If other family members will be actively prepping with you decide on the prepping tasks they are going to be responsible for.
Decide on where and how you’re going to store your emergency supplies. Remember to keep a note of any perishable items and rotate them so you don’t have to throw any items away.
Have regular family meetings to update one another and discuss what needs to be done next.
If you plan to bug out make sure you have a plan for this with back up routes and methods of escape.
Remember keep it simple at the beginning and your knowledge, skills, and supplies will naturally grow.
!Prepper Life Balance!
Prepping for emergencies and disasters makes sense especially with the number of natural disasters on the increase. For most preppers prepping is a way of life and gives us confidence in our abilities to survive if ever faced with a disaster situation.
However, it is important to point out that it’s not good for our mental health to live in a permanent state of doom and gloom thinking.
Always remember that life is for living and enjoying so you need to achieve a balance between you prepping activities and family life. Spending too much time and money on prepping can cause upset and problems. Especially among family members who do not see the benefit in prepping as you do.
By all means, discuss your prepper views with members of your family but don’t try to force it on them. Often given time family will come round to the benefits of being prepared in their own time.