Prepper Practice Makes Perfect
This article discusses why practicing your prepper skills and scheduling regular prepper practice sessions will make you better prepared. Ensuring that you know what to do and are ready to act should you find yourself in an emergency situation.
Why Should We Practice Preppers Skills?
Most people will of heard the phrase “practice makes perfect”. Which means the more time you spend practicing the better your skills and ability will become. This approach is extremely important when it comes to emergency preparedness.
Practicing your prepper skills on a regular basis will help you to fine-tune your plans, gear, knowledge, and supplies for the right situation. This will also improve your confidence and reaction time when faced with an emergency or disaster.
It’s also possible that encouraging non-prepper family members to get involved with your prepper practice sessions will help them see the benefits of prepping. Once on board, they can help take the strain by taking on specific prepping activities themselves. Before you know it you will be a fine-tuned prepper team.
What Do You Mean By Regular Prepper Practice Sessions?
How often you hold prepper practice sessions will depend on the type of activity you are practicing and how many people are involved. It Will also depend on any cost involved and the time that you have available.
Another phrase I’m particularly fond of when it comes to prepper practice is:
One swallow does not make a summer.
In relation to prepping this means that practicing something only once will not always be enough to become fully prepared.
It’s important to practice your prepper skills as often as you can and keep practicing so the knowledge and skills you have are always fresh. Don’t worry if things don’t always go to plan when you practice them. By learning from our mistakes you will get better at them the more you practice.
I don’t know about you but I’d rather make many mistakes in a practice situation instead of making costly mistakes when it really matters.
Think about it this way, firefighters are always training as are emergency responders and the armed services. Even in our own daily lives the jobs or other activities that we do on a regular basis cause us to repeat tasks to achieve the best results.
Repetition is the key, sportsmen and women train religiously so that repetition can create muscle memory and this is what we need to do as preppers. Training our brains to react swiftly and instinctively in emergency situations.
How To Plan Your Prepper Practice Activities
Take some time to plan and research your practice activities before you start. Make a list of the areas things you want to practice and then create a schedule of when you plan to first carry them out.
Think about the areas that you want to get better at, you may want to start by practicing with equipment or tasks that you have not yet used, tried or feel less confident with.
Keep a record of what you practiced, when you practiced and also make notes on what you could have done better. Repetition is the key to fine-tuning your prepper skills. Keeping a record of this information will help you to regularly plan future activities and make changes to your approach.
If you don’t keep a record of when you last practiced you will risk forgetting the best way to go about certain tasks which could be costly in an emergency situation.
What Should I Practice?
The areas of emergency preparedness that you practice will sometimes depend on the area in which you live and the specific event you are preparing for.
For example, if you live in an area that is prone to floods or other extreme weather events. You may want to practice your evacuation procedures so that you can fine-tune the amount of time it takes to collect your emergency gear and supplies and leave your home or place of work.
There will also be other more simple practice tasks you can set yourself which are just as important, whilst not an exhaustive list here is a list of some areas of emergency preparedness you may want to practice:
- Reading Books to improve your knowledge.
- Practicing fire starting in different weather conditions such as rain or snow.
- You may have an emergency tent or tarp but have you actually practiced putting one up?
- First aid is another important area you should practice.
- Do you know how each item of survival equipment you have works? if you don’t you should practice using it.
- Have you practiced your bug out route and method?
- If you have a water filtration system have you tested it?
- Test your emergency power back up systems.
- Go fishing and hunting at the weekend.
- Arrange a camping trip.
- If you have a safe room, bunker or storm shelter have you practiced using it for any period of time?
The list above is just a small example of the areas you could practice.
Another emergency preparedness task I practice on a regular basis is what I would do in the event of a temporary power outage or utility shut down. Whilst this isn’t a full on SHTF scenario it is none the less an event that is more likely to happen and will stand you in good stead for other more extreme situations.
Power Outage & Utility Shutdown Practice
There is always the chance that for whatever reason the power goes out, the water is turned off or other utility failures. When this happens the period of time these utilities can be down for can vary from days to weeks. So its worth practicing what you would do to learn more about how you would cope.
Set a date and time and agree with other family members to do the following:
Turn off all utilities, water, power, gas, internet and cable/ satellite TV. (Start by doing this for a day, you can extend the to longer periods depending on how you feel)
Make sure you have properly prepared for the basics that this task requires, ensuring you at least have the following:
- Warm Clothing.
- Basic Tools (Knife, can opener).
- First Aid Kit.
- Fire Starter.
- Food & Water.
- Games to entertain yourselves.
- A means of cooking.
- Spare Water for hygiene, washing and toilet flushing.
Once you’ve done this you will be able to practice coping with the following if your utilities fail:
- Hygiene & Sanitation.
- Using your emergency food and water supplies.
- Food Preparation and Cooking.
- Staying Warm.
- Entertaining yourselves.
At the very least practicing the above will get you used to how you would cope and react to basic emergency situations.
Prepper Practice Makes Perfect – Conclusion
There’s no doubt that practicing your emergency preparedness prepper skills will help you to become better prepared.
If you’re already holding prepper practice sessions either alone or with your family, we would love to hear about them. If you have any advice or tips for other readers you can leave them in the comments section below.
I’ll leave you with one last principle that I use a lot in life and that is the Five P’s: