The state of the world is chaotic, which has many people concerned about the future. As Americans, we have grown comfortable in our bubble of convenience where we always have access to what we need. But our current economy is in bad shape. The Biden administration’s plan to “Build Back Better” has actually just made things much worse. Prices are rising significantly and there may be product shortages in our future. Some people have been prepping for this kind of situation for years. When it comes to being prepared for an emergency, whether it’s a natural disaster or an economic collapse, there are two extremes. True preppers are ready for just about anything. While others are prepared for nothing. I think most people fall somewhere in between the two extremes. But it’s never too late to prepare your home and your family for an economic crash or other emergency situation.
What to prepare for
Disasters, whether natural or manmade, are unpredictable. Take the La Palma volcano, which has been erupting violently for a concerning amount of time. Some experts believe that this volcano could lead to a huge tsunami that could devastate the eastern coast of the United States. Those living in affected areas would need to be able to evacuate on a moment’s notice. Hurricanes and wildfires also lead to quick evacuations. This is where the bugout bag is useful. It contains everything you need to survive for 48-72 hours away from your home. With other disasters, like snowstorms or tornados, you’re usually safer staying home. But what about manmade disasters like extreme ongoing violence in your area, local or federal government shutdowns, or a full economic crash? In these circumstances, it may be impossible to find basic supplies. I realize this may sound like extremist thinking. But if you’re able to prepare for such a disaster, it can give you peace of mind that your family will be safe and cared for in case something disastrous really does happen.
Gather your supplies
Extreme preppers have underground bunkers, stashes of MREs, and home arsenals. But most people don’t have the inclination, time, or money for that. Think basics. Food, water, and a way to keep your family safe. Stock up on food that’s easy to cook and has a long shelf life. Canned goods, rice, beans, oats, dried soup mixes, baking supplies, and freeze-dried foods can last years when stored properly. Rotate through your food stock to be sure you’re using it up before it goes bad. Water is also important. If you don’t have the space to store a lot of water, you can invest in a water filtration system that allows you to drink rainwater or other outside water sources. There are water purification straws, water bottles, tablets, and even large purification systems. Be sure to have first aid supplies, pet essentials, and a reasonable stock of medications. Lastly, be sure you’re prepared to protect your home and family in case of an extreme emergency.
It’s obvious that we can’t and shouldn’t depend on the federal government to protect us. They can’t even secure our borders and the poor people in Texas witnessed in February of this year the fact that they are useless when it comes to helping after a natural disaster. When it comes to prepping for any emergency, you have to work within your means. Consider your budget, the space you have to store supplies, and what makes you feel better about your family’s security. Food, water, and personal protection are most important. Many people struggle with prepping because the thought of being in such a dire situation is scary and it’s not something most want to think about. But it’s much better to be prepared and not need your supplies than to need supplies and to not be prepared.