Preppers, Don’t Forget The Little Things

Sep 4, 2013 by

We’ve all started our journey in prepping for disaster and I’m certain most of us have hit those small roadblocks along the way.  If we had to do it over again, we would have purchased different supplies, organized our goods differently or changed the order in which we did things.  I would call these “the little things” when it comes to prepping.  

Today we have a guest post from Courtney Gordner on just that – dealing with the nuisances of disaster preparation.  Sometimes it’s the little things.

How to Prepare for the Unpredictable Little Things

Preparing for natural disasters is sometimes on the bottom of our daily to-do list, but the chance you take without preparing is enormous. Many times these disasters, such as tornadoes or earthquakes, occur with little to no warning. To prevent further heartache and destruction, it is essential to prepare yourself, your home and your family today for any natural disaster that may occur.

There are many staple ways to prep for natural disasters that are certainly essential. Our homes should always include emergency water and food supplies, enough to last at least a week. Similarly, we should always have a prepared first aid kit and tool kit ready to use/take with if necessary.

It also highly recommended putting together a “Grab and Go” kit, including the most essential items, in the event that you have to evacuate quickly.

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Along with these, there are also steps that you can take to prepare for the nuisances that accompany such tragedies; things you may not have ever considered. Included here are three ways to prepare for such unpredictable nuisances.


Imagine you take the time to prepare an emergency food supply, only to find that mice or rats have gotten to it first. Not only can these rodents destroy your source of nutrition, they often carry various detrimental diseases. The infestation of rats in New York City after Hurricane Sandy soon became a serious health concern for the residents.

This added nuisance during any type of disaster can easily be prevented with a humane rat trap. Utilizing these traps is one reliable way to prevent this serious concern before it ever occurs.

Disaster-Proof Containers

As mentioned earlier, many times we simply cannot predict when a natural disaster will strike. Even if we prepare properly and assemble a useful emergency supply of food, water and living supplies, these preparations are no good to us if they don’t survive the disaster.

While preparing your emergency supplies, it is highly recommended to invest in fire and water proof containers to store them. Fires and floods are two natural disasters that often occur with little notice- typically not enough time to get your important items out of the house.

These containers add an essential defense layer to your items throughout such disasters. The containers should hold all important documents, food and water supplies, first aid kit and any other survival or sentimental items that you would hate to lose.

Purified Water

As we all know, water is the most essential thing for humans to survive. Not only must we consume a proper amount of water during an emergency, it is also used for cooking and cleaning. It is no doubt that your water supply is one of, if not the most, important area to prepare for during a disaster.

Many disasters unfortunately leave scores of people without electricity- without water. Not only this, but also various disasters can directly destroy one’s water supply, such as chemicals or animals.

Familiarizing yourself with ways to preserve and prepare drinkable water during such times is one of the best things you can do. Drinking unpurified water can and likely will cause serious health risks. There are simple ways to ensure water is safe enough to consume, such as boiling it.

However, the best way to be assured in knowing you and your family will have drinkable water is to purchase a water purification machine or water sampling equipment. The very last thing you will want to be out of is water; these steps are utterly essential to survival.


In the case of extreme disasters, our society may have to resort to the original form of “buying” items- bartering. If we experience the collapse of the government-backed currency system, bartering, or trading, items with others will be the only way to obtain life-saving things we may need.

The best way to prepare for this scenario is to familiarize yourself with the history of bartering and how to best use it to your advantage. Similarly, having items to barter with is equally important. Think ahead at what items others might not have but will need. Likely, it will start with essentials such as food, water, tools and medical supplies.

Next, people will be seeking comfort items, such as hygiene items, tobacco and alcohol or sources of energy (batteries, etc.). Being familiar with the practice and preparing items that people will be interested in trading for will give you and yours an upper hand should our society ever fall to this method of survival.

If you are reading this post, you are already on your way to becoming prepared for disasters. The next step is to take the advice and put it into reality in your home. You cannot afford to face such tragedies with no preparation and these methods will work to ensure a light at the end of a disaster-ridden tunnel.

Courtney Gordner is a blogger with a passion for all things life, which means surviving during anything! Read more from her on her own blog,

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