New to Prepping? 5 Easy Starting Places
The good thing about prepping is that it’s less important why you do it. Rather, it’s more about how.Planning ahead is always wise, whether you’re expecting the End of Times, a zombie apocalypse, some degree of political turmoil, or just a big snowstorm heading your way that might knock out power for a few days.Whatever the case, it’s all about being ready for whatever comes your way, although some longtime experts say that can never quite be prepared enough. But hopefully, before the zombies come a’ knockin’, you have enough time to gain new knowledge, like maybe taking a prepping class at a local college, community center, or from your peers in prepping communities.
- Health: If hospitals, insurance and drug stores aren’t available when things go bad, people will benefit from basic first aid skills, like knowledge on how to stop bleeding or how to reduce a fever. Your local firefighters may offer basic lifesaving classes, along with the American Red Cross, which offers classes in person or online. There are also special programs for instructors who can learn effective ways to teach others. Specific videos online, such as tutorials from The Prepper Journal cover everything from burn care to winter survival.
- Firearms: Just about all the prepper literature out there recommends owning and using some sort of gun, which can be handy for property defense or food gathering. If you don’t yet know how to shoot, the Doomsday News blog suggests getting some pointers from a local expert or signing up for an NRA-certified program which can teach firearm safety, aiming, and how to handle, store and clean different guns. The blog recommends starting with a .22, which is easy to learn and practice with, followed by a shotgun.
- Firearm repair: Related to proficiency with firearms is the knowledge of how to repair them, since a well-maintained gun could be critical to your family’s well-being. If you have these skills, it could also be helpful as an additional source of revenue and usefulness if you can repair other people’s firearms for them. There are a variety of accredited online programs, like the gunsmith career diploma from Penn Foster, that can share knowledge of the different types of assembly for typical guns.
- Food: If you’re able to grow your own food or hunt your own game, you still need to do something with it, so skills like preserving game can be handy. A county extension program through a local college or meat shop will likely offer classes in basic butchering, dressing and preserving. If you’re interested in a garden, the Happy Preppers site recommends using heirloom/open-pollinating seeds, which don’t need to be planted from year to year. These can be ordered from seed catalogs or purchased from someone who is successfully growing the fruits or vegetables you’re interested in.
- Workshops: The Internet is a good place to learn about online courses or local gatherings, since traditional media may charge a lot for advertising or may not portray preppers in a positive light. Groups like Doomsday News or The Approaching Day Peppers, for example, posts updates about organized activities to learn new techniques. Some are online only, such as the Survival Summit, which included a series of free online workshops one weekend in January. Other commercial endeavors may come to your community. Some fellow enthusiasts like gathering, even for something as organized as a Meetup. As of early February, there were 19,000 members in 184 groups nationwide that are interested in Prepper issues.
Author Info:Ronnie Blythe
Prepper, survivalist, dog lover