Who’s method of prepping is best?
No one’s really. Some so called experts may flat out give wrong advice like cashing out your life savings for gold or silver, but they are just trying to sell gold and silver. Everyone has their own needs based on their particular skill set, like experiences, financial status or overall individual situation. As a general rule there is no one size fits all for being prepared.
Many people do however misdirect their efforts and begin with bug-out-bags because they do not know where to start. They do not cost much money and can easily be put together with items from around your house.
The reason bug-out-bags are not the ideal place to start prepping is because most likely in the event of an emergency "bugging in" will be safest. This of course depends on what the emergency is and how much advanced notice is given, if any. Imagine Friday evening traffic, a mid day car accident on the highway, or trying to leave a stadium after the Cowboys game, and that's only a small fraction of the millions of people in any big city. In an actual emergency there would be pure chaos and it would likely very dangerous for anyone out and about. So minus nuclear fallout headed your way, or something else that would force us all out of the house, home is probably the safest place. Note: if another Hurricane Katrina heads for the states and you are told to leave, do it.
Bug-out-bags should certainly be included in any prepping plan, but starting with the basics is most important.
3) Safety (some sort of reliable firearms)
4) Medical/hygiene supplies and everything else
Stock up over the course of time, do not pull out a small loan or neglect other financial responsibilities because financial independence and living debt free is also part of being prepared.
If you do not want to deal with rotating food in your pantry buy a couple 1 month one person food supply buckets from Sam's Club or Costco online. They are not the most nutritious but they are $99 and supposed to be good for 20 - 30 years unopened. Also at Sam's Club or Costco you can purchase a 20 lb bag of rice for about $13 each, miscellaneous canned goods, peanut butter which is full of calories and a bag of pinto beans that is decent protein and carbs. If you can store even one or two months worth of food for your family you are light years ahead of the average American. Think of ways to cook your food too. Do you need to keep propane tanks filled or purchase about $15 worth of bricks to make a biomass stove? Be as discrete as possible about your cooking method so neighbors don't know you have food when they are hungry because they only had stored 3 days of food.
The "experts" say 1 - 2 gallons per day per person. 1 gallon minimum, and with 2 gallons that includes drinking, bathing, cooking, washing clothes, etc. A rain water barrel on the side of the house (not potable/drinkable but could be purified), two hot water tanks, water in the back of the toilets (again not potable) can all be valuable sources for storing precious water. An "Aqua Pail" can filter about 1,000 gallons of water that includes chemical, radiological, biological contaminants. Do not forget, the dates on most food / water packages are "freshness" dates.
Guns, light, candles, batteries to power your flashlights and family or friends who share your same thoughts on being prepared are all valuable.
Medical/Hygiene Supplies, Everything Else
First consider everyday items like toothpaste, dental floss, TOILET PAPER, vitamins, paper towels, soap and basically anything you would use on a day to day basis, just have more of it. Try keeping basic medicines to clean wounds, or think of what you have used in the past.
The Right Mindset
The first three categories are the most important by far, and they are all equally important for the most part.
Do not get caught up in buying a bunch of junk that isn't important or breaking the bank, keep it simple and do it over the course of time. Buy stuff you would normally use and there is no monetary loss because you will use the items for sure anyway. Consider being prepared like homeowner’s or car insurance.
Food will fly off the shelves if there is an emergency, it happens every time there is a hurricane. We have a just-in-time delivery system in this country, so if there is some nationwide disaster and people don't go to work, don't expect the truck drivers to deliver from the warehouses.
There are a lot of people trying to make money out there. There are also a lot of people who don't know that they are talking about, and there are people that have a lot of money to spend on cool stuff like gas masks and $300,000 bunkers. Read blogs and survival websites on a regular basis for tips and ideas. Make sure to check a variety of websites and take what you like, leave what you don’t.
Also, do not fall into "worst-case thinking". Just be aware something could happen someday, but it won't necessarily. Most importantly don’t trust the government will be there when you need help.
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