Advice To New Preppers

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  1. poltiregist

    poltiregist Master Survivalist
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    Everyone has their own idea as to how a new prepper should proceed with their new endeavor . Perhaps various thoughts on this might help someone .
     
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  2. poltiregist

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    Everyone's situation is a bit different but maybe some ideas might help and then discard the ideas that don't fit .
     
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  3. lonewolf

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    start with the basics, food, water, shelter, first aid.
     
  4. Pragmatist

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    Good morning Poltiregist and Lone Wolf,

    I'd start out with:

    A. The individual prepper and health
    B. The prepper and clothing

    Ref A; Are you in good shape to proceed with your enter plans ? For example, do you have the immunizations you need? Are they current? Do you have records of this ... to include health records (the CDC 731 is A+) for evacs ? For health comforts reasons, do you use any ointments, balms, other over the counter stuff ?

    B. Do you have proper clothing to include boots ? Consider how many extra of everything should be on your "to do" list. Clothing/boots requires like in industry, "support systems". Do you need/have rubber over-boots or regular change into rubber boots - with tote bag to carry ? Do you have saddle soap/polish for leather boots ? Foot powder ? The BEST socks you can get ?! Masking tape or other tape for pods. If not understanding this point, wait until "C.".

    C. Then continue;













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  5. NomadWill

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    Start Simple.

    1. Find free resources. Youtube, the Internet, Here lol.
    2. Learn all you can, hone your existing skills, and dont be afraid to learn new skills.
    3. Network, meet people like you.
    4. Get Gear and Learn/Know how to use said gear, and do it frequently so when and If SHTF you'll be calm as a cucumber and prepared to do whatever you need to get done.
     
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  6. poltiregist

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    Start at getting what you will need for survival for one month . Then when you can afford it two months . its surprising how fast things escalate . Here in the U.S. food is the easy part . Water could be more difficult depending on your particular situation . If the prepper is looking long term , water could dictate moving to a sustainable location .
     
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  7. GateCrasher

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    1) Slow, steady, and balanced progress avoids burnout and costly mistakes. Things like flashlights, fire extinguishers, CO/smoke detector, weather alert radio, battery jumper cables, etc before a year of freeze dried survival food or 5k rounds of ammo for your firearm. Common sense stuff usually makes it easier to get the spouse on board with preparedness if they aren't already.

    2) Consider the preparedness angle on any new items you purchase, particularly on major purchases like vehicles, appliances, or a new home/home improvements. A vehicle with better gas mileage, four wheel drive, or more cargo capacity, instead of getting the upgraded sound system and heated leather seats options. A gas range (kitchen stove) that doesn't require electricity to work to replace your old electric stove. If replacing windows in your home, compare the specifications of the different glazing (glass) to get the characteristics you want. In colder climates, glazing with a high solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) will let more infrared/heat into the house and might make sense on the sun facing side of the house. On the non-sun side, low-e glazing usually has better insulation/R-value to reduce heat loss. Many, many other examples, and over time these little changes in purchasing decisions can really make a big difference in overall preparedness and doesn't necessarily cost more.

    3) Whenever possible, replace items before they break or fail completely, and save the old one as a usable spare.

    4) Try to standardize on fuel/power requirements for your gear as much as possible. AA batteries and/or ~12 volts DC power for electronics, and gasoline for your vehicle/generator/camp stove/tractor/rototiller/chainsaw (etc), just as examples. Whatever fuel/power makes the most sense for you, but AA batteries are very common and everyone with a vehicle already has a 12v battery and charger (alternator) anyway so they are good choices imo. 12V is also common for alternative power like solar, wind, and micro-hydro if you add those later. Helps limit the number of different fuels you have to store, more power compatibility between equipment, less adapters/converters required, and could save a lot of money down the road. Just choose carefully before acquiring too much gear since changing to a different standard later can be very expensive.
     
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