Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Prep for NOW, Not Later!

Life changes in an instant. One day life is normal and everyone is going on their own merry way. The next day, you may have to evacuate your home in an hour due to wildfires or flooding. Your kids may have a life threatening illness or the new superbug. People may be starting to riot on the street outside your home. The electricity could be out for the next week. The water may be shut off for three days.

You just may never know what can happen today or tomorrow.

Yet, you will hear preppers say:

"I have a bug-out shelter", but there isn't anything in it.
"I have jars for canning and seeds for the garden", but haven't ever canned or gardened.
"I have a gun and ammo", but have never shot it.
"I have a tent and camping gear for survival living", but everything is still in the box and they have never camped.
"I have stuff for barter", but have never bartered or haggled with someone.
"I have supplies to have chickens and other livestock", but don't actually have any experience with livestock.
"I have 55 gallon drums for water", but they are not full of water.

While prepping for the future is good, you should be prepping and planning for now. Prepping for future events is a vague thing that recognizes that something could happen, but you think more than likely nothing will ever happen. Prepping for now recognizes that something could happen at any time and you are serious about being ready for it.

You can't expect to start a garden and have it produce well the first year with no prior experience. You need to be starting to garden now and prepping those gardens to produce well year after year. Canning is relatively easy, but deadly mistakes can be made. You need to get the hang of it now and be comfortable working around a water canner and pressure canner.

Wouldn't it be easier to have some of your supplies at your bug-out location now rather than taking the chance of only being able to leave home with only your clothes on your back? Do you have your 72 hour kit ready to go? Are you bug-out bags ready to go by the front door? Or are you waiting for the one hour evacuation notice? You would have a chance of getting everything you need, but you would be hurried and more than likely forget something valuable.

Having chickens and livestock is a huge learning curve. Many people do not understand how much time livestock takes. Starting with some chicken layers now and working your way up to pigs or goats would help you get comfortable with livestock. Learning to cull your flock, to butcher, and to deal with new births is not easy and the earlier you start, the better off you are when you need to support your family with this food.

Fill the water barrels today. Go camping this weekend. Get your bug-out bags full and ready to go by one of your doors. Get your preps in order today instead of waiting until something happens. You will feel calmer knowing you are ready to leave in an instant. You won't sweat not having water for a few days. Staying at home because you can't leave your home won't be a big deal.

Your mind will be clearer and you will be less stressed because you are ready for anything that could happen today. Wouldn't that be easier than being panicked and hurried because you aren't?

Get your preps in order TODAY!

Thanks for reading,


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