Whether you are prepping for a small scale-local event, or are more concerned with a large-scale global event, the first step in prepping for beginners is to create a plan.
In fact, I would encourage you to devise multiple plans in preparation for multiple scenarios. While there are a plethora of scenarios in which disaster could strike, they can really all be boiled down into three main scenarios that you would be most likely to encounter.
Scenario 1 – Disaster Strikes While At Work
Most people imagine that when S.H.T.F. (Sh!t Hits The Fan) they will be at home with their family and all of their emergency supplies, food, water, and tools will be within arms length and readily available. The fact
is, there is absolutely no way to predict what time of day or what day of the week disaster could strike. You may recall that 9/11 happened on a Tuesday morning, and most of the country was either already at work/school, or in the middle of their commute.
As such, it is best to consider this probability when creating your preparedness plan. As part of your plan, it is a good idea and a prepper “best practice” to keep one B.O.B. (Bug Out Bag) in your car, and another in your office, desk or locker at work/school.
It is also important to remember that depending upon the scale and severity of the emergency or disaster, the roads will most likely be a complete mess, and you will be experiencing bumper-to-bumper gridlock situations on all major roads and highways. Therefore, as part of your plan, you should consider having multiple pre-planned routes as you make your way to gather your supplies, meet up with your loved ones, or are simply attempting to just Get Out of Dodge.
Hopefully, as part of your emergency preparedness plan(s) your family has already discussed and pre-determined your B.O.L. (Bug Out Location), and knows exactly where to go and what to do. In most cases, but depending upon where you live, it will not be your primary residence.
Scenario 2 – Disaster Strikes While You Are On The Road
The primary thing to remember in this scenario is that most of the people around you have not even considered the need to prepare and are going to be consumed by sheer panic and terror. The first thing you must do is remind yourself that you have considered and prepared for this possibility. Second, take a moment to assess the situation, accept what is happening and remain as cool, calm and collected as possible.
At this point all traffic and safety rules will be thrown out window and it will truly be an every man/woman for themselves. If you are in your vehicle and still able to move, you should immediately find a safe location to fill up your vehicle with gas, food and water if possible. Once you have obtained this items, you can begin to make your towards your pre-determined B.O.L.
If the roadways are unable to be traveled, you must quickly make the difficult decision to exit your vehicle, gather your supplies and begin making your way to your B.O.L. on foot.
The combination of different scenarios are endless and it is impossible to have a perfect preparedness plan for every situation. The primary goal is to at least be in the position that you have thought through the possibilities ahead of time and will not be paralyzed by the element of surprise.
Awareness really is the first step in prepping for beginners.
Scenario 3 – Disaster Strikes While You Are At Home
Because the day of the week and time of day that disaster may strike is unpredictable, it would be unfair to say that this would be the least likely of the three scenarios. Having said that, when you consider how little time most of us spend at home these days, I personally consider this to be the least likely scenario for myself.
Please understand that with all sincerity I am not here to project my thoughts and opinions on to you. I understand that your situation may be different than mine and completely unique to you. My earnest desire is to just help you create some awareness, and at the very least, get you thinking about some of the possible scenarios. From there, you can begin putting an action plan together with each scenario in mind.
For some of you, home may be the absolute safest place that you can or strive to get back to when disaster strikes. You have all of your food, water, tools, weapons and supplies at home, so it seems like the best place for you and your crew to hunker down.
For others that live in the more densely populated urban areas, this may not be the case. Again, your situation is unique to you and you have to plan accordingly. Whatever you do, please, just devise a plan that works for you and stick to it!
The mistake that many people will make will be to try and get as much information about what is going on as they can before springing into action and implementing their plan. Many times, this will be the most dangerous thing that they can do. If you should find yourself in this situation, you will already know that something has happened or is currently happening. You don’t need your neighbors, NBC, CBS, Fox, or CNN to confirm that for you. Depending upon the severity of the event, you may not have this luxury anyway as the power grids may be down and there is no access to public communication.
Essential Items For All 3 Scenarios
Regardless of the three scenarios above in which you may find yourself, the common theme among all three is to have a plan that includes quick access to a predetermined supply of essential tools and resources by way of a B.O.B.
As I began my education in prepping and my Prepping For Dummies research, this is the area where I found the information got a little muddy, a little blurry, and a little tricky. The reason I say that is that you can ask 10 different Preppers what they would classify as the “must haves” in a Bug out Bag and you will get 10 different answers. Generally, they will all several items in common, but none of them will agree on all of them. Ultimately, you have to decide what is right for you.
Just know this…ANYTHING is better than NOTHING.
Additionally, the B.O.B you keep at home could be very different from the one you keep in your car. The one you keep in your car could be very different from the one you keep at work.
Remember, it will all come down to personal preference and it should be customized for your needs as well as customized to the area in which you live. Whatever you preferences may be, I would just encourage you to start somewhere and please start now. Having a Bug Out Bag was my first priority and the very first thing that I purchased. I can’t tell you the sense of relief I felt after purchasing one for each member of my family.
If you are like me, just start with the very basics. Understand that you can change and adapt your B.O.B. as you become more comfortable and knowledgeable. You don’t have to be an expert and you certainly don’t have to take it to the extreme. Prepping for beginners (as with beginning anything new) begins with the first step. It’s like the metaphor for eating an elephant…..one bite at a time.
Earlier I shared with you that I am not here to project my thoughts and opinions on to you and your unique preferences or situations. I am not going to try to steer you towards any one item over another. I am just here to share with you the first steps I took to get started. I will reserve my opinions for my other articles where I provide objective product reviews and recommendations.
What I will tell you is that there are some excellent pre-assembled beginner B.O.B.s on the market, and if you would like my opinion or recommendation on any of these, or any other tools and supplies, I will be glad to provide it to you.
I hope you found this article to be helpful, and if nothing else, it helps remove the mystery in taking that first step in preparing yourself and protecting the ones you love. There are also several great Doomsday Prep Books that you can buy that will help get you started with your planning.
Keep in mind that “Doomsday Prepping” is just like any other type of insurance policy that we might buy. While we hope that we will never need it, it’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.
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