You took your time and carefully squeezed out your prepping supplies and gear from your budget. You put together your plans based on the knowledge of your local threats and conditions but with an eye towards the possible major “Level III” disasters that might occur such as solar flares, etc.
You checked off each of the “Seven Sisters of Survival”, that is water, food, shelter, sanitation/first aid, power, money, and security, as you met the basic requirements to cover them in for at least a two-week period, if not more. You have set up plans and gear to get back home or to your safe haven if you are away working, shopping or whatever, or to hunker down in place if necessary. You know there is no perfect plan or situation, but you feel that you have given yourself and your family at least a fighting chance in most probable emergency events.
So now what? What’s the next step? Do you stop here?
The choice is yours. If you are comfortable with the level of supplies and gear, and the plans, knowledge, and information you have, then just keep up with what you have, rotate your food and water stocks and feel good about what you have done.
But, you can reach a higher level of coverage with just a little more effort. The next goal would generally be covering everything in your personal “grid” for four weeks or more. You have already done the “heavy lifting” as far as setting up the basics. It’s time to D.A.R.E.!
D.A.R.E. is an easy way to remember what your next steps are.
D – Develop new options for all the basic areas. As time, space, budget, and effort allows you see if there is an easier, more economical, and even fun way to add to your prepping. You might want to get a basic food dehydrator and make Jerky, or dry fruits and veggies.
A – Acquire new information, skills, or items as the situation allows, possibly “upgrading” as you go. You could add a lantern or a battery powered “strip light” to add to where you just had a good flashlight, or some racks for your pantry to hold cans.
R – Rotate, restock and research. Rotate your stocks by “eating what you store, store what you eat”. Yes, it is good to have some special “survival” type foods in “deep reserve” but many times due to their cost, a beginning prepper won’t have much of it. Most of us have to “Two can” our way by adding what we can each trip to the store until we build up our reserves. Once you have built up your basic level, eat from it and replace it to keep it fresh while you try to add to it. Have a limit, so you don’t allow it to fall too low. Do research into information that can add to your knowledge (weather patterns, etc.) and help you do things easier and at less cost. Look for sales and bargains on food and gear. Check out yard sales for useable items and books.
E – Enhance all the areas where you can. Slowly build up water and food stocks to four weeks. Add more first aid items, a little at a time. Check and add to any “Bounce back” or “Go Bags” Stock up on more paper towels and toilet paper. Maybe add a small generator or solar panel. Keep putting aside a few dollars and change. Improve locks, doors and barrier plans. If you so decide to add to and practice with bows, firearms, etc.
We will help by showing you different options that may be of value to you. Remember that THERE IS NO ONE SIZE FITS ALL when it comes to prepping, only good general guidelines.
Are you ready to D.A.R.E.?