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Survival Prep for Beginners: What You Need To Know

Updated: Mar 6, 2023

Are you looking to get started with survival prep, but don't know where to begin? From understanding the basics of emergency preparedness to assembling a comprehensive survival kit, this comprehensive guide will help you develop the skills and acquire the supplies for when the time comes.

Commit To Starting Your Survival Prep Today

Starting your survival prep can be daunting, but it doesn't have to be. The most important step is making a commitment to start. That means setting aside time and committing yourself to learning the skills you need to stay safe during an emergency. Researching information on supplies and gathering the items you need is also essential — try to put together an emergency kit with things like clothing, food, water and other essential items. Making sure you have every element of your survival prep in place can give you peace of mind knowing that you are prepared in case of an emergency.

Create a Disaster Plan

A disaster can happen without warning, and the best way to be prepared is to create a plan in advance. Think about each type of disaster that could affect your area and make a list of actions you and your family should take for each one. Create contacts for emergency personnel and first responders and include them as part of your plan. Practicing using your plan can help ensure that when disaster strikes you will know exactly what to do.

It may seem like there is a lot to do for this. And you’d be correct. That’s why it’s important to do what you can and make progress little by little. If you try to take on every eventuality, you may jeopardize your present well-being. Create your disaster plan like you eat a meal. Do it one bite at a time.

Gather Survival Supplies and Kits

As part of your preparation for emergencies, you should make sure that you have enough essential supplies to be able to survive comfortably. This includes things like food, water, medical supplies, clothing, and other necessities. You can purchase emergency kits or put together your own custom kit with the items that you feel are most important for your family’s needs. Make sure to keep the kits in an easily accessible place and check them regularly to ensure that they are up-to-date.

Learn Basic Survival Skills

Learning basic survival skills is also a crucial part of being prepared for emergencies. This can include things like first aid, fire safety and building shelters. It's important to practice these skills regularly so that when the need arises you are confident in your ability to respond effectively. Additionally, having knowledge of self-defense techniques can be invaluable in protecting yourself and your family during an emergency.

Start Getting to Know Your Neighbors

Getting to know your neighbors is a great way to start preparing for survival. Your neighbors can provide you with a lot of useful information in an emergency, such as local knowledge of the area, resources and supplies that may be available in the event of an emergency. Knowing your neighbors can also help keep everyone safe, since they can look out for each other in case of an emergency. Furthermore, building relationships with those around you allows you to work together should something happen. After all, no one can do everything themselves.

Tips to Get You Started

  • Make an outline of what types of disasters are known in your area.

  • Get some containers and water preservative. Fill them, label, and date them.

  • Have at least 3-5 days of food that lasts a long time.

  • Get some batteries, preferably rechargeable ones.

  • Get a survival thermal blanket, bivy sack, or low temperature camping sleeping bag.

  • Having some protection from the cold is needed if you lose power

  • Get some flashlights and/or camping lanterns

This is a good place to start. Most, if not all, of the items above are relatively affordable. Don’t endanger today’s well being by looking to the future too much. Sure, you can only go a few days without water, but you can only go a few minutes without air. Think of your preparations like that. Get started today and periodically re-evaluate things.

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