Preparing is more than just piling up some canned goods and a few candles. To be better prepared you have to decide what the most likely issues you and your family might face. Prepping for power outages or natural disasters are common and for good reason, but in today’s world sickness, job loss, recession, hyperinflation or even complete financial collapse are all real possibilities. You must decide how to best prepare for what you think is coming, this in turn will determine the direction and depth of your preps. What I think sometimes gets overlooked is who, outside of your inner circle, might also need/deserve your help? Do they know of your preps? How close by are they and how would you get them help? Would they be coming to stay with you?
I worried for years about my elderly parents who lived about 35 miles away. Their health wasn’t good and I was convinced that in a SHTF event I would need to bring them to stay with us, so I planned accordingly. They have both since passed so plans change. Recently my sister-n-law and her family moved here from the Chicago area and bought a home about 100 miles away. They are not preppers nor do they know that we are, but in an ‘event’ we might need to supply them with food or other supplies. We often meet for lunch at about the halfway point between our homes and so we are actually scouting out an emergency meeting place without them realizing it. My mother-n-law has a small farm about 15 miles from us and has been prepping for about 5 years and we plan on sharing accordingly. So when we are storing food, water and other supplies we have to factor in those people instead of just the 2 of us. We also try to have extra on top of that incase some distant friend or relative happens to show up on our doorstep. It’s also important to remember that some of your food preps may go bad over time so add a little extra just in case.
So who would be relying on you, how many might you have to feed and shelter? If you need to transport supplies to another location are you prepared to do so and do you have enough? The whole planet is a pressure cooker right now and unless something gives soon…
Time maybe up, prepare now.