If you have done any amount of prepping then you can quickly learn just how overwhelming it can be and when doing your research, with so much information out there, where do you even start?
Here we are going to try and help you out by showing you some completely free preparedness steps you can take today.
1. Have a Plan
One of the most important steps that any prepper can take is actually free and that is to make a plan. We recommend keeping a written copy of the plan so that you don’t need to worry about forgetting things when everything goes South. Every member of the family should fully understand the plan which should include:
- What you’re preparing for
- What your food, water, and shelter plans are
- What your evacuation route is going to be including a plan B
- How is everyone going to keep in contact with each other?
- Responsibilities of every family member
2. Gain Knowledge
Knowledge is key to your survival during a disaster and there are many great websites, YouTube channels and books out there that can help you gain valuable information. The important thing however, is that you actually practice as you go along learning new things. Don’t sit and read a survival book and then try to remember what you have learned. Try each step out and don’t move on until you have it down.
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3. Gather Tinder and Keep With Your Bug Out Bag
You don’t have to go hunting through the woods to find some tinder when you actually have plenty of great tinder around the home that you can prepare now and have ready in your kit. Don’t get me wrong, you should also use step two to understand what makes for the best tinders in the wilderness. Cotton balls soaked into vaseline work great and can easily take a spark. Dryer lint can also be saved. Obvious choices would be shredded paper. The reason this is important is that if you have to evacuate your home, you may not always be able to find dry tinder in the wilderness so having a backup is always a smart choice.
4. Start Harvesting Rainwater
While we do have a post here about harvesting rainwater, the method described would take money to get set up. However, there are also ways that you can do this without paying a penny. This is legal in the UK however, you will need to check your own local laws as I have heard that it may be illegal in some states in the US. You can actually get very good barrels to use for this from resaurants as they usually just throw them out when they have finished with them or put an advert on Freecycle or such websites to let others know that you are looking for one.
5. Fill Containers With Water for Your Storage
Any food-grade containers that you have can be filled with water and placed into your storage area but one of the easiest solutions would be to fill up any two-liter bottles that you have with water. Whatever containers you use, make sure that you thoroughly clean them out first before filling them up.
6. Learn to Repurpose
People are giving stuff away all the time and a lot of it is perfectly fine and can be re-used in some way. Even broken tools can be repaired. Check sites like Craigslist, Freecycle, and even Facebook to find what people are wanting to get rid of free of charge. The saying is true, “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure”. Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose.
7. Get in Shape
We live in a society that tells you that anything you want to achieve, you need to put money into it. This isn’t so. One of the most valuable things that you can do to be prepared is to actually stay in shape and this is something that you do not need fancy equipment or a gym membership for. You can do it no matter where you are and with no equipment. Start off by simply walking where you would normally drive, split wood and do anything that is going to get your heart pumping. Surviving after a disaster is no easy task and you must remain in shape especially if you are not used to walking long distances.
The thing is, prepping is so much more than having a stockpile of food. The most important thing is knowledge and that doesn’t cost a penny. Prepping is a state of MIND.
If you have other suggestions for FREE preparedness ideas, please post them in the comments section.