Practical preppers are people who look at prepping from a practical approach. They may view it differently than “Doomsday Preppers”. They take the time to Prepare and prep for likely situations. Trying to get yourself ready for an alien attack or zombie dinosaurs wouldn’t fall into the category of “practical”.
What makes a situation practical to prep for?
Depending on people’s level of paranoia might change what they would consider “practical prepping”. I try to look at it from a rational point of view. There are many things in life that a majority of people go through that would be a good idea to prepare for. Living in Florida it would be practical to learn about tropical storms. Living in Hawaii it would be wise to know about volcanoes or tsunamis.
In any given six month time span in America, people are having to deal with;
- Tropical storms
- Earth quakes
- Wild fires
- Snow storms /Icy roads
Environment has a huge impact on the types of emergencies and the severity of the outcome of those ordeals. Prepping for the environment you live in is vitally important.
Prepping for specific environmental conditions.
The steps you would take to deal with a power outage in Arizona summer verses Alaska winter would be completely different. You will need to figure out non-electrical ways of staying cool or staying hot. Maybe the answer is back up ways of creating electricity. Maybe a good book by the fire will suffice.
Elevation is also a game changer in an emergency situation. It is harder to start a fire, and boil water in Colorado mountains over a California beach. Hiking through a desert, the oxygen levels will be different from trying to trek over a mountain. Hiking five miles without a break at sea level will be totally different for the same person hiking through a mountain range, and the breaks will need to occur more often.
Frozen conditions will cause way more problems for survival from a 73 degree day of fishing at you favorite lake. Skin exposure becomes an issue as it changes the way an emergency is handled. That is the main reason a life guard dresses different from a fireman.
Survival gear will always have to be customized based on environmental conditions and exposure. It is important to know you environment, and any major changes that can occur to that environment that can quickly make matters worse. Maybe you are dealing with blown down trees after a storm, but a possible mudslide changes the way you view the cleanup process. One of the reasons I made this site is to try to better wrap our minds around all the aspects that need considering during a crisis.
In future posts I plan on breaking down, and looking more closely at, a lot of these issues individually.
IT goes against the grain of the current “what’s in it for me” mindset in society now, but your life is 100% your responsibility. A lot of the problems we have now stems from people looking to the government to fix our problems. And when the wrong person gets elected it feels like the problems will never get solved.
There is freedom in responsibility. I am personally responsible for having marketable skills. When a vote goes the wrong way I will still have a job tomorrow. I will always find a way with my skill set to make a living for my family.
When it comes to emergencies, that responsibility is also mine. It is up to me to make sure my family survives. With a little preparation we might also thrive. The scouts’ motto,”be prepared”, also speaks to personal responsibility. It means that no matter what may happen it is up to me to be prepared to go through it. It is up to me to weather the storm. No one else can do it for you. Blaming others will not help you survive.
What’s my responsibilities?
So if you do accept that practical prepping is you responsibility, then where do we go from here? There are several baby steps that can be taken to make sure you are at least in the right mindset for all of life’s woes. The first baby step is the only one being covered at this time. That step is accepting responsibility for yourself, and accepting that picking up a few new skills might be a good thing. I will try to cover as many Of them in these pages as possible. I always encourage people to do as much research on positive topics as possible.
Understanding no one will ever hit as hard as life, rolling with the punches is going to become one of your greatest skills. Your responsibility is knowing what life can throw at you based on where you live. Take a practical aprouch to obvious situations that can occur based on you geography.
Time to put some basic plans into place that are personal to you. This is the start of a journey, not only on becoming more prepared, but also in learning more about what you are made of. When people get involved with prepping they broaden theirs horizons, while also becoming aware of new limitations they might not have thought of before.
Prepping is you responsibility. Knowing the possibilities of what may come, and being prepared for them, is easier than you think. Time to take a hard look at the current hazards in you life and putting together a plan of action to reduce those dangers. This website is designed for the purpose of helping you to do that. New content will come all the time that will help with the execution of a plan of action. We will take a good look at what is involved in making and actively implementing a plan. We will discuss items that will make life easier for you in any emergency situation. -D. W. Mann