April is a great time to really kick your prepping into gear. Besides the rain, the weather is warm enough to actually want to be outside. April is a great month to make lists and you will see that on at least two of the items this month. I am a big believer in making lists so I can prioritize what needs to be done or bought. By making these lists, you will be able to plan out your Spring and Summer.
1. Walk around your house and your yard. Make a list of anything that needs to be repaired, replaced, or maintained. Prioritize the list and get cracking on the projects. If something bad happens, you don't want to have to worry about regular house maintenance.
2. Add meat (proteins) to your food storage. One of the most overlooked areas of food storage is meat. I know beans can provide protein also, but I believe meat is a better solution. I am not saying to not stock up on beans, but meat is also crucial. Buy several cans of canned chicken, turkey, and ham. Buy corned beef in a can and, if you can stomach it, Spam. Better yet, get your pressure canner out and can your meat!
3. Garage sales are getting started this month (at least in the Midwest). It is always great to save money on your preps and a lot of times used things are just as good as new. Make a list of what you want to add to your preps, get some cash, and start the hunt! I have found a good deal of my tools and my preps from garage sales. If you have kids, add their future needs to the list too. Being prepared for their next size and the next season may definitely be a game changer in the case of job loss or financial collapse.
4. Earth Day is in April. Celebrate by planting some trees for privacy and some edible perennials for a continuous food source. A lot of renewable, reusable, and kinder to the environment products will be on sale too. Consider adding stainless steel water bottles to your preps as well as solar chargers for devices and phones.
5. Protecting your home is a must. Do you have a plan to protect your home in case of an invasion or just an unwanted visitor? Come up with a plan, practice that plan, and refine the plan. If you aren't already doing this, lock up your house every time you leave. Teach your family to do the same. If you are afraid of them losing the key, keep one hidden somewhere. Teach your family to not allow strangers in the house unless you approve of them first (ex. repairmen). The list goes on, but keeping your home safe is a must!
What prepping things do you hope to accomplish in April?
Thanks for reading,