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SPG 006: Prepper Tips for Beginners

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In this episode, I will be providing prepper tips for beginners.  When you first get involved in preparedness it can be really confusing about where to start.  There are tons of websites and social groups who constantly talking about what you need.  It can get overwhelming.

So in this episode, I will provide prepper tips to help give you vision and direction on where to start.  This isn’t a comprehensive list but some of the top important tips.  Of course, there are tons of others things to do but your focus should begin here.

Prepper Tips for Beginners

1. Do an assessment of your situation

– Remember the rule of 3’s
– Do you have enough so that you could survive at least 3 hours to 21 days?

2. Complete a threat assessment

– we need to be more realistic when it comes to prepping
– a lot of new preppers are hyped about building a bug out bag and finding a bug location before they are focusing on something that is more probable
– There are a few sources of threats including: social, economic, environmental, legal and political
– write down a list of threats that could affect you starting with something more probable like natural disasters up to more extreme threats like a nuclear fallout

3. Prioritize threats

– in the show notes, i have provided a table for you to list your threats and rank them
– how probable are the threats likely to happen (1-3)
– How long would it take to recover from that threat? (1-3)

4. Put together a budget

– you don’t want to go out blowing your money because some wacko radio host told you the end is coming
– You will regret it after you realize that the collapse didn’t happen and you now have bills to pay
– Your expenses should be no more than 80% of your income
– Americans have a bad problem of spending more than we make
– That 20% should be a cushion to save money
– Your preparedness budget should be included in your expenses
– You can put aside as little as $20 per week and build up a food supply quickly
– You can start off with can goods which you can typically get at the dollar store
– They are less nutritious but they are the cheapest option of emergency food supply
– Spend according to your priorities
– you should be spending massive amounts of money on a bunker if you don’t have a 30 day supply of food and water
– you can also put together a list of items needed to be arranged by price
– that way you can build up a quick supply of cheaper items

5. Determine if and when to bug out

– Using your threat assessment you should be able to determine if and when you should bug out
– In the show notes, I will link to an article that I wrote about how to determine if and when you should bug out
– Weigh your survival skills against the severity of the threat
– Weigh the local resources against the population density
– Weigh the area affected against the recovery time
– then put together a bug out plan if you would be forced to bug out

6. Consider strategically relocating

– if you are forced to bug out when SHTF then you need to consider strategically relocating
– bugging out should never be Plan A of your preparedness plan
– it should be the absolute last option
– If you strategically prepare you can safely bug in or hunker down when SHTF
– hunkering down is the safer option than bugging out
– many preppers fantasy about bugging out when it is really a dark reality
– link post to why you should not bug out when SHTF

7. Don’t fall victim to fear mongers

– there are tons of websites and radio hosts who make a killing of fear mongering
– you can see a lot of them telling you to hurry up and buy their products cause the globalists are going into their bunkers
– This is why I encourage prepping the smart way and strategically
– your purchases shouldn’t be based out of fear but based on a plan

8. Overcome the disappointment of getting family/friends involved

– Prepping can be lonely
– We can get really passionate when we talk about preparedness but people who don’t understand look at us crazy
– Instead, focus on their concerns (if you live in the southeast then encourage them to begin preparing for more probable threats like hurricanes)

9. Put more focus on skills instead of gear and supplies

– Knowledge and skills are the most valuable and lightest prep that you can have
– a lot of preppers are passionate about guns but don’t know how to properly use them
– others fantasize about bugging out when SHTF but don’t have any survival skills
– during a collapse scenario people with skills will be valued and become an important part of survival groups (medical professionals, carpenters, blacksmiths, mechanics, etc.)
– link to post about survival skills in show notes

10. Build relationships with like minded people

– Relationships bring us satisfaction in life
– being a prepper is can become depressing when you can’t find friends who are like minded
– it sucks even more when begin distancing themselves from you as you become more involved in preparedness
– search for a local preparedness/survival group and do your research
– be wary of groups that are sloppy and organized ineffectively
– beware of any bias that may be included in those groups
– if you can’t find a local prepper group then find other like minded people
– you can typically find people with a similar way of thinking in gun clubs, at the gun range, HAM radio clubs, camping groups, etc.


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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.