Prepping 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!