Survival Prepping is not just stocking up on supplies but also getting the right frame of mind for when the SHTF.
– Benjamin Franklin
Key Survival Prepping Definitions / Acronyms
SHTF – Sh*t Hits The Fan
TEOTWAWKI – The End Of The World As We Know It
GOOD – Get Out Of Dodge
Prepper – One who is planning or preparing for a disaster/emergency
BOB – Bug Out Bag (one small bag you can grab with essentials if you have to leave your place immediately) aka SHTF Bag
BOL – Bug Out Location
WROL – Without Rule Of Law
MRE – Meal Ready to Eat
SP – Survival Prepping
Survival Prepping – Getting Started
***Update – I’ve started a weekly update that focuses on building a SHTF Plan from scratch.***
***New Update – Please check out our “Survivng Disaster Guide” for those new to this. ***
Anyone that has ever experienced a long term power outage, natural disaster or social unrest will tell you that being prepared makes those experiences much more bearable. When there is a run on the supermarkets and home supply stores, they empty out fairly quickly. And what happens when the delivery trucks cannot make it there? How do you begin your survival prepping?
So, where do you start? In our experience, supply readiness is a perfect place to begin. It is also the easiest way to get started because you shop for food / staples every week. Simply purchase a few extra items each week and keep them in a cool, dry place (separate from your everyday items). A basement area works well but it needs to be dry and kept off the floor. Here’s how to start:
- Create an area to house your emergency supplies – an area with shelves would be best for survival prepping.
- Each week buy a few extra items from what you would normally purchase. If you buy a box of pasta, buy two or three. If you buy bottled water, grab an extra case.
- Write on a sticky note the month you purchased the items and try to keep those items on the same shelf. This will help later on. Note: If the item is not food or other perishable, ie. duct tape, no need to tag. And even better method is box everything together and tag the boxes themselves.
- Document what you have on paper or in a quick Excel file. This will help in case someone decides to raid the supply closet instead of going to the store. : )
So now we know how to keep our items, but what items do we need? Here’s a great survival prepping starting list from our experts.
- Duct tape
- Radio (battery powered)
- Knife or Razor
- First Aid Kit
- Plastic garbage bags
- Can opener (manual)
- Water (for pets too)
- Prescription medications
- Food – items requiring minimal water
- Toilet Paper/Paper Towels
- Paper products (plates, silverware, cups)
Starting with the above will give you comfort that you have the survival prepping basics covered.
Remember for survival prepping, always be prepared. One of our favorite quotes is…
It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.
Favorite Survival Prepping Articles Archive
From the archives of our main page, the below are some of the all time excellent posts/articles for survival prepping we’ve reviewed. Great and informative reading.
Simple Home Security: Developing A Strategy – Stealth Survival
Is It Too Late To Start Prepping – Organic Prepper