Prepping is in the news again. According to the Salisbury Post, more and more people are looking to “prepping” for peace of mind. The reason? Hurricane Sandy, piled on top of all the other recent natural disasters. The fact is that a lot of people, all at once are realizing just how unprepared they are. And they’re floundering for a solution. But were Sandy and Katrina and the rest really that bad?
Natural Disasters: How Bad Are They?
According to an article by Walter McLaughlin, Sandy and the rest of the Hurricane gang were anything but cheap. For example, Hurricane Ike (2008) cost a total of $13.05 billion dollars. This includes property damage, emergency response, temporary housing, etc. Thousands of people were touched by Ike, and the rest of the billion-dollar hurricanes. One wonders what percent of those people were prepared. If you were touched by one of these hurricanes at a time when you weren’t prepared for an emergency, you’d probably give a lot to go back and be more prepared, right?
What Can You Do?
If you are one of those people looking to prepare while you are informed and ready, you are in the right place. Here are some easy baby steps to take if you’re new to prepping:
- Especially applicable to hurricanes, this prepper checklist is a huge help to make sure you are prepared for a hurricane. You can print it out (in case there’s no power when you need that list most) or read it online and gather all the stuff ahead of time; after all, that’s the whole point of prepping!
- Build your basic emergency preparedness kit, AKA a “bugout bag.” This bag provides 3-5 days worth of basic supplies that you might need during a power outage, natural disaster, or other emergency. Mom Prepares has every kind of bugout bag you can think of, if you have kids, a baby, a pet, etc. Just search our website and we can guarantee that we’ve got what you’re looking for.
- Don’t worry about being lonely in your prepper pursuits – join your neighbors! Believe it or not, there are more and more preppers everywhere. Maybe Google your town or city to see if there’s a prepper network in your area. If not, start one!
- Last but not least, make sure you have a plan. Even if that only includes an emergency contact and a basic bugout bag, something is better than nothing. No matter what, it’s always important to be prepared. After all, smart moms are prepared for anything!
Preparedness Is In Fashion!
Overall, disasters and emergencies, by nature happen unexpectedly. So what can you do? Well, you can’t predict the future but you can prepare. You can prepare yourself, prepare your family, and prepare your neighborhood. The number one thing to keep in mind is to always expect the unexpected.