Sometimes it’s helpful to consider what it is we are prepping for. You cannot prepare your household for each and every possible bad scenario. It’s just not possible. Partly because the internet can overwhelm us with information, partly because we all know “we aren’t in Kansas anymore”, combined with vivid imaginations we can be overcome with almost paralyzing fear for the future. Even worse, it can become hard to prepare your family emotionally in difficult times.
Being afraid can be a motivator to some, calling us into action. But to others it leads to inaction because it so hard to prepare for every possible “bad thing” out there that can threaten our family’s safety, security and food supply. There has to be a way to figure out the best way to meet the future needs of your household, to the best of your ability, no matter what the future holds.
Fear, Facts and Faith: Best Strategies for Your Family
There are a few areas that always need to be covered: Security, an adequate food supply, clean supply water, shelter from the elements (especially warmth in the winter), access to electricity generation, medical access or knowledge, reference books and finally, having your spiritual life grounded in truth. There are other things that will come to mind but these are the basics that must be dealt with. If you can devise strategies to meet these needs for your family then you have a good chance of weathering most storms this world can produce. With each of these areas, there is no one correct method. Security to you might mean living 100 miles from the nearest metropolitan area while to another it means having enough guns and ammunition and yet to another it means installing an eight foot fence with running dogs. Everyone’s circumstances are different as are their needs. One thing I can see is that everyone should be gardening, canning and otherwise preserving as much food as possible – always has been a good idea and always will be.
Fear, Facts and Faith: What is There to Fear?
I think we all worry about what would happen if the dollar collapses or loses it’s reserve currency designation. There is also the JIT system, this system of deliveries made “just in time”, with little or no inventories held in storage at the stores that is a concern. In times of emergency, whatever they are, if this JIT system fails then when store shelves clear – they say within three days – then we have to wait for the system to get back in gear before new deliveries can be made. It’s for this reason that we all need to be sure the family’s short- or medium-term essential needs are stocked up, or as we say, “prepped”.
It can be simple things like having a readily accessible way to cook meals in case there is no power – an easily built, easily used rocket stove. You might want a means to purify questionable water so it is safe to drink. Increase your base of knowledge to include alternative methods of achieving the results we get with our modern systems of life. I have always had a habit of gathering to my library how to books on any useful subject I ran across. Now with the internet “cloud” many access this information online but I do like that hard copy book and recommend you consider keeping actual hard copies too. It’s best to have experience and expertise but next to that a good book written by an expert that you can go over when the information is needed can be as valuable as pure gold.
Today, the most likely reason you should be stocking up, at least as many millions of us out here are discovering, is for times of unemployment. I’ve heard many say they are so thankful they were preparing for “the end of the world” because when they lost their job they were able to survive – feed their family, keep the heat on and sleep at night. When they were able to find jobs again and for many that was a long wait and many had to take jobs that paid less money, but when they could begin prepping again, they eagerly did so knowing what was laid up today could well be needed again tomorrow… or the day after.
Men and women have always prepared for lean times during times of plenty. It is a course of wisdom that even the lowly ant uses. Funny thing is I’ve never met a single person who regretted the lifestyle of prepping for the possible/probable hard times during good times of bounty.
Figuring out just how to meet your own individual needs in the areas mentioned above will be personal and very much tailored to your specific needs, geographic location, level of income, your family’s level of comfort, medical needs and requirements, plus many other factors we each have to figure out for ourselves. You should take pencil and paper and begin to honestly assess just what it is you and your family want out of any possible future you might see and investigate how you can achieve this. Start out with categories as broad as possible as it is easy to get overwhelmed when we start making every specific need a necessary category. You’ll soon learn what is important and what’s not with careful consideration and analysis. Nobody can do this for you and it is not easy or particularly a comfortable process to do but to get the best possible outcome with your prepping effort this careful analysis should not be overlooked.
And one more thing: Faith. Have faith in your family’s ability to survive and thrive. Have faith in the goodness of your fellow man and woman kind. Don’t let the fear of all the bad things that could happen in the future cripple you today – nobody knows the future but the Most High and that gets me to my last point. Place your trust in the Most High God and ask Him to guide you, in not only the way you should prepare for your family, but in how to live your whole life for this is the truest course of wisdom you shall ever find.
More Future Prepping Resources:
- Safety Rules for Men and Women-Stay Safe!
- The Journey of a Lifetime: Going Into the Future
- Your Family- an Effective homesteading team
- Get Prepared- 30 Day Emergency Menu Plan
Is there something, often overlooked, that needs to be considered when prepping?