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First Things Preppers Should Do in 2018

First Things Preppers Should Do in 2018


  • this year has gone by really fast, almost too fast
  • it seems like I haven’t even had time to sit down and reflect on everything that has been going on
  • but at the end of this year, we will receive a little holiday break
  • I think this time is a really great opportunity to bond with friends and family
  • It is also a good time to reflect on what 2018 is going to be like
  • So with that being said I wanted to share my suggestions on what prepper should do in 2018
  • so let’s get into it!
  • Re-evaluate threat assessment

  • As I mentioned in past episodes and blog posts, it is essential that preppers conduct a threat assessment
  • in order to prepare efficiently, you have to know what you are prepping for
  • a prepper that lives in California is going to have different threats that they are preparing for compared to someone in Florida
  • Floridians are going to be prepping for hurricanes while those in California will probably be preparing for earthquakes
  • this is because those threats are relevant to where they live
  • what you are prepping for may not be relevant for another prepper
  • if you have already conducted a threat assessment then it is important to re-evaluate that threat assessment
  • you can find a download of a threat assessment worksheet at the show notes of this episode
  • but it is important to re-evaluate because threats are always changing
  • some threats can become stronger or weaker over time
  • also, new threats may evolve over time as well
  • for example, newer social threats have evolved over time from the result of a new president as compared to a year ago

Take inventory

  • now you should probably be doing this a lot more frequently but you should take inventory of your preps
  • this is especially important for your food and water supplies
  • over time I know some of us including myself will dip into their emergency food supply
  • also, some of that food that you have stored may have expired by now
  • so you will want to go through and rotate out those expired cans
  • you should take a physical inventory of what you have and record it
  • this way you can measure your progress of how much you have saved up
  • you will also want to take inventory of other important preps such as ammunition
  • hopefully, throughout the year you have been using some of that ammunition consistently
  • yes, you do want to save up enough for a potential collapse scenario
  • however, that ammunition should be used practicing and developing self-defense skills

Mark progress on preparedness plan

  • hopefully, if you have read The Strategic Prepper you have developed a preparedness plan
  • if you haven’t read that then you can check that out at www.smartpreppergear.com/thestrategicprepper
  • if you have conducted a plan then you should measure how much you have achieved throughout the year
  • as I stated in The Strategic Prepper, these plans should be written out
  • these aren’t plans that you should just keep in your head
  • you will want to record those plans so that you can measure your success
  • by being able to measure your progress you can know how much you have been off by
  • hopefully, once you have accomplished some goals you have built up some motivation that will lead to 2018 with a strong start
  • celebrate your wins and improve upon your loses in 2018

Set goals

  • now that you have finished the previous points you can now set goals for 2018
  • yes, preppers should set goals
  • every prepper should have a dream or vision of where they want to be in life
  • what is the end game of your preparedness plan?
  • maybe your dream is to one day live self sufficiently off the grid in a safe location
  • in order to reach your goals, you will have to take steps to get there
  • In the Strategic Prepper, I talk about how to set goals in order to achieve your dream
  • these goals will give you direction and clarity
  • as I have said multiple times, in order to get to a location you need to know where you are now and mark directions on how to get where you want to be

About Aaron

Aaron is the founder of Smart Prepper Gear which is a blog dedicated to helping people prepare the smart way now so that they can thrive later. He has been involved with preparedness since 2009 after feeling the effects of the financial crisis that affected most of the country. Aaron also volunteers with CERT (community emergency response team), ARC (Amateur Radio Club), Red Cross and currently studying to be a certified NRA instructor.