Over the last few days we have seen one the biggest storms in the history of the US slam into the east coast of our country. And then, a week ago, a huge 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the northwest coast of British Columbia. In the case if the former, there are – as of this writing – 62 casualties with more expected. There are still six million homes and businesses without power and the cleanup efforts will cost billions.
On the other hand, we lucked out with Canadian earthquake. Luckily, it was located a bit off shore on a sparsely populated rural island. There was a tsunami warning but the tsunami did not materialize. But can you imagine the devastation if the earthquake had occurred in nearby Vancouver or Seattle?
Which gets me to the point of this article.
In the weeks and months to come, friends, relatives and neighbors who thought you were a bit nuts with all of your prepping may now be thinking: ”Heck, those crazy preppers may have been on to something”.
And this, as far as I am concerned is a good thing.
Today I would like to encourage you to coach newbie preppers in the best way you can: with common sense and practicality. No mention of “I told you so”, no fear mongering and no recrimination. Instead, consider the following six tips for dealing with the new prepper.
1. Go slowly and exercise patience.
It takes months for seeds to produce viable food and it takes years for a tree to bear fruit. Prepping is no different. I like to promote the one-month-at-a-time method of prepping which adds new tasks, skills, and food items each month until, at the end of the year, a decent and well rounded set of preps is good to go.
The prepping one month at a time overview here on Backdoor Survival is a good place for the newbie to start. It also makes for a good review and check-up for the more experienced prepper. In addition, you can access all twelve months of my series on Getting Prepared One Month at a Time from a single page. Here are the links:
2. Compare prices.
I really want to emphasis the importance of comparing prices to insure that you are not be subjected to a price that has been artificially inflated. That is what happened shortly after the Fukushima disaster and it was heartbreaking for me to hear of people that spent double, or even triple the normal price for something.
Food and gear for survival and emergency purposes does not have to be overly expensive. In many cases, you can shop your own home for the items you need to get started and use the savings to fill in with additional items. The recent article Back to the Basics: The Bug-Out-Bag talked about this and offered some suggestions for gathering items you already own to make up a starter – or even a spare – bug out bag.
The best advice I can give in this regard is to be aware and spend your money accordingly. Stay calm, stay prudent, and if it sounds too good to be true, it is probably best to move on.