How To Start Prepping

  1. Educate Yourself:

    • Research and learn about potential emergencies and disasters that are likely to occur in your area.
    • Stay updated on local and national news to understand current and potential threats.
    • Learn basic first aid, CPR, and emergency response techniques.
  2. Create a Plan:

    • Develop an emergency plan for your household, including evacuation routes, meeting places, and contact information for loved ones.
    • Ensure everyone in your family is familiar with the plan and their roles and responsibilities.
    • Keep a digital copy of your plan on your phone and a printed copy in a safe location.
  3. Build an Emergency Kit:

    • Assemble an emergency kit with essential supplies to sustain you and your family for at least 72 hours.
    • Include food, water, first aid supplies, medications, flashlights, batteries, a radio, a multi-tool, and a NOAA weather radio.
  4. Prepare Your Home:

    • Reinforce your home against potential hazards. For example, secure loose objects, install storm shutters, and have your roof and foundation inspected regularly.
    • Store flammable and toxic materials securely and keep fire extinguishers and smoke detectors in working order.
  5. Stock Up on Supplies:

    • Maintain a supply of non-perishable food, water, and other essentials (e.g., pet food, diapers) that can last for several weeks.
    • Store these supplies in a cool, dry place.
    • Rotate your food and water supplies to ensure freshness and prevent spoilage.
  6. Practice and Drill:

    • Regularly review your emergency plan and conduct drills to familiarize everyone with their roles and responsibilities.
    • Discuss potential scenarios and practice evacuating your home safely.
    • Consider taking preparedness courses or workshops to enhance your skills.
  7. Stay Informed and Alert:

    • Monitor weather forecasts and alerts. Sign up for emergency notifications from local authorities.
    • Charge your electronic devices in advance and keep a spare battery pack on hand.
    • Stay informed about the status of utilities and infrastructure in your area.
  8. Consider Your Pets:

    • Include your pets in your emergency plan. Have pet supplies (food, water, medications) and a pet carrier ready.
    • Identify pet-friendly shelters or accommodations in your area.
  9. Collaborate with Neighbors:

    • Establish communication and support networks with neighbors. Share resources, information, and assistance during emergencies.
    • Consider organizing a neighborhood watch program to enhance safety and preparedness.
  10. Prepare Financially:

    • Have a financial plan in place to cover emergencies. Keep cash on hand and consider purchasing emergency preparedness insurance.
    • Ensure you have access to important financial documents and information in case of a disaster.