- By: Lindsy
- Posted on: July 13, 2013
As a relatively new “Prepper” I found myself pretty overwhelmed by all of the information that is available to someone in my situation. Maybe you’ve had a similar experience – I knew I need to start preparing for something but I had no idea where to start or what to do. Not to mention living on a shoe string budget. My first thought was, “Well, let’s check the Internet!” Bad idea.
There are literally thousands of places, each with a different recommendation of what to keep, when to buy, how much to buy, etc. I just sat there, on my laptop, staring into the screen thinking, “Where do I even start?” The entire exercise resulted in me turning off my laptop, deciding to deal with it all on a different day. That lead to me putting off any planning at all for several months.
Suddenly I found myself smack in the middle of hurricane season in Central Florida with a pretty dismal First Aid kit, meager (at best) water storage, flashlights without batteries, candles without lighters, and the list goes on.
The first Tropical Storm that blew over us I waited nervously for the power to go out. (We live a bit remotely, certainly not in an area where we’d be the first to get our power restored.) Thankfully it never did.
That feeling of nervousness because I had not adequately prepared for even a small emergency situation stuck with me. So I headed back to the internet. This time I thought, “There has to be a better way. Someone has had to have sat down and made an easy, doable, CHEAP, checklist.” And they did. In fact, I found this little gem of a checklist for beginner preppers (or even anyone who lives in a hurricane prone area) on the United States Coast Guard’s website.
They broke down an emergency plan in easy to follow, weekly chunks. For a total of 24 weeks. For less then 10$ a week (in most cases), you could be completely prepared in the event of a hurricane, with useful supplies and food and water, plus a little to-do list for each of the 24 weeks, listing pretty valuable things that I had never even thought of checking on.
For example, on week 1, you’d buy a jar of peanut butter, a gallon of water, a large can of juice, a can of meat, some instant coffee, and a permanent marker. Your to-do list is to make a family plan and to date your perishables. See how easy that was! You are now one week into your prepping plan, and you are doing it in a practical and methodical way for not a huge investment.
Happy Prepping! – Lindsy
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