The 5 Habits of Highly Effective Preppers

By | September 8, 2014

The Prepper's Pocket GuidePrepping involves building a habit, even a lifestyle, of self-reliance.  While different “preppers” might be oriented toward different potential hazards, all great preppers have similarities.  Introducing the 5 habits of highly effective preppers.  

1. Have a Prepper Paradigm

Preppers actively prepare for all types of emergencies.  This might include social and political upheavals, natural disasters, financial collapse and  health hazards.  

Preppers believe that it is not a matter of if, but a matter of when.  They believe in being prepared and some go to great effort to do so.  I have heard of people who buy large water tanks and bury them in the ground.  I have also heard of folks who built a large pond on a piece of property and stocked it with fish.  While these are interesting ideas, they are not necessary for the average person to be prepared.  

The prepper paradigm is the mentality that knows that preparation is the antidote for fear and chaos during calamity.

2. Eschew the Borrower Mentality that Leads to Debt

Debt is like a cancer that eats away at your future.  Interest is money that could have been put to work for you, but instead was put to work for someone else.  

“All too often a family’s spending is governed more by their yearning than by their earning. They somehow believe that their life will be better if they surround themselves with an abundance of things. All too often all they are left with is avoidable anxiety and distress.” Joseph B. Wirthlin

Debt is literally slavery to someone, or something else.  Any experienced prepper ought to be aware of the lack of mobility and choice that debt brings, especially in times of crisis.  It is wise to avoid debt in any season, whether in times of plenty, or times of hardship.

“Those who structure their standard of living to allow a little surplus, control their circumstances. Those who spend a little more than they earn are controlled by their circumstances. They are in bondage.”  N. Eldon Tanner

 3. Cover your Basics

Before you start thinking about ponds stocked with fish, and underground water tanks, cover your basics.  Make sure to build up to at least one year’s worth of the following: Clean water, nutritious food, first aid supplies, financial reserves, fuel reserves, transportation alternatives, and self-defense supplies including knives and a gun with ammo.

“Set your houses in order. If you have paid your debts, if you have a reserve, even though it be small, then should storms howl about your head, you will have shelter for your wives and children and peace in your hearts.”  Gordon B. Hinckley 

4. Know your Enemy

Know the hazards in your local area.  If you live in the bay area of California, your hazards include earthquake.  If you are in North Dakota, prepare for extremes in temperature.  If you are in Florida, prepare for hurricane and tornado.  These things are minimums, not maximums.  In other words, start with the obvious hazards in your area and then work up from there.

It is also important to be aware of state and national hazards.  This might include financial issues as well as issues related to warfare.  A good way to prepare is to be keenly aware of current affairs.  Over time, it is possible to get a sense for what is coming and how to prepare accordingly.

5. Make Trusted Friends

In times of crisis, chaos may ensue.  Fear can do crazy things to people.  Folks who would otherwise be peaceful and gentle can become volatile and violent.  It is wise to network with family and close friends so that you can look out for each other in times of chaos.  There is strength in numbers, especially if those numbers include people with pre-established familial and friendship bonds.

There are a lot of other tips and suggestions and this is in no way an exhaustive treatise on the topic of preparedness.  You might want to check out the below referenced book about the subject.  Happy prepping!

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9 thoughts on “The 5 Habits of Highly Effective Preppers

  1. Randy Wood

    Great information. I have experienced Chaos from natural disaster and not having been prepared. Especially when it comes to others simply trying to loot and curiosity. It is no place to find yourself. We are truly spoiled in today’s society and it has a huge impact on being able to handle such things.

    1. mmTo Build My Own Post author

      Hi Randy,
      Thanks for your thoughts. I like to prepare for myself and my family, but I also like to think that I would be in a position to help someone else out who wasn’t as fortunate as I was. I think that is another positive aspect of preparation – the ability to help others during emergencies.

  2. Kristina

    Hi! Interesting post! I never even knew there was a special word for this. Not being from the US preparing like this is a totally new concept to me, but I can see why it might be smart to do. Regards, Kristina

    1. mmTo Build My Own Post author

      HI Kristina,
      Thanks for your comment. The “prepper” movement is pretty strong in some parts of America. Some people will spend millions of dollars building fortress-like homes that are capable of working off the grid. Others just take small and simple steps to be prepared for emergencies. I take the latter approach.

  3. DK. Nagano

    Good article! I enjoyed reading it and believe that everyone should be prepared for the multitude of disasters that can befall us. Another basic prep to do is to learn a new skill, like solar power, herbal medicine, or welding for instance, so you can be an asset to your community in an emergency situation.

    1. mmTo Build My Own Post author

      I agree with you. Acquiring knowledge that will serve you during times of emergency is a great way to prepare.

  4. bernie

    With so many things going on in our society, thanks to the pressures of inflation. And at the same time Mother Nature is on the extremes with many natural occurrences going on around the globe. Your information is of great help and build better awareness and to be prepared.

    1. mmTo Build My Own Post author

      Good points. As I write this my state is experiencing serious flooding and so are two of the states that neighbor my own.

  5. McKing

    That is an interesting book that you are sharing! I particularly like number 4 and 5 though! Cheers mate!


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