Just because the kids are going back to school, doesn’t mean preppers are off the hook! Whether you consider yourself a prepper or not this is a good time to review some skills, stalk-up on supplies, and get prepared.
WHAT IS A PREPPER?
Before we start PREP school, I know some people are still confused who Preppers actually are. Wikipedia describes preppers as:
Preppers or Survivalists are individuals or groups who are actively preparing for emergencies, including possible disruptions in social or political order, on scales from local to international. Survivalists often acquire emergency medical and self-defense training, stockpile food and water, prepare to become self-sufficient, and build structures that may help them survive a catastrophe.
I like to think of preppers as life-long Boy Scouts. The Boy Scout motto has always been to “Be Prepared” and that is exactly what preppers are trying to do.
WHO ARE PREPPERS?
There are a lot of inaccurate views and misconceptions out there, especially from the media. They sometimes define preppers as paranoid selfish hoarders, who collect guns and ammo, and live in underground bunkers waiting for the world to end. That description may describe a few, but the majority of preppers are just regular people trying to prepare for whatever life may throw at them.
Preppers take the time to understand history, look at risks, and pay attention to their surroundings. They then take action to obtain the supplies and skills they need to prepare for scenarios that they might possibly be faced with.
Preppers can include anyone who:
- has a spare tire in case they have a flat.
- has a 1st aid kit and knows how to use it.
- learns how to grow and prepare their own food.
- has extra batteries and flashlights in case their power goes out.
- has an evacuation plan for emergencies.
- gets some extra food and water for times they can’t get to the store (or in my case, HATE to go)!
EVERYONE to some extent should be a prepper! When people aren’t prepared, they put the people around them at risk. Capt. Bill from The Prepper Journal made a great point when he said:
"People who are not so prepared merely place added risks on the people around them once they become desperate. This phenomenon was observed in the aftermath of Katrina where desperate people took advantage of anyone around them! Even inside the (‘safety’) of FEMA camps that were established for the survivors of Katrina, gangs took over inside the camps and engaged in all forms of criminal activities, including assault, extortion and rape."
6 SUBJECTS PREPPERS SHOULD BE LEARNING
A Prepper is always learning, and even more importantly, putting that information to good use! With school starting back-up I encourage you to take a chance and go back to school too.
Pick a favorite subject, or one you don’t know much about, and make a goal to learn more about it! Here are some suggestions to help get you started:
- Emergency Kits & Bug Out Bags
- Disaster Preparedness
- Communication/Ham Radio
- Emergency & Supply Lists
- Home & Self-Defense
- Gardening & Homesteading
- Powerless & Off Grid Cooking
- Financial Preparedness
- Recipe & Menu Planning
- Buying Food Storage
- Canning & Preserving Food Storage
- Storing & Organizing Food Storage
- Cooking with Food Storage
- 1st Aid Kits & Medical Supplies
- Fitness & Health
- Emergency Medical Skills
- Emergency Dental Skills
- Baby Care – Diapers, Wipes, etc.
- Women, Men, & Kids Hygiene
- Homemade Hygiene & Cleaning Supplies
- Toilets, Showers, Dishes, and more…
- Using Rifles, Bows, & Rods
- Cleaning & Field Dressing Animals
- Processing Animals
Did I miss a subject you’re interested in? Let me know!
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO LEARN?
I know I’ve been slightly scatter-brained this Summer (I blame the kids on that :), but let me know what subject (from the list above) you want to learn at Prepper School!
See that SURVEY on the TOP LEFT? Yes, that one! FILL IT OUT ;) – Feel free to leave a comment below too!
The subject with the MOST VOTES WINS ( & I promise I’ll stay focused and help you learn more about it)! I want you to succeed in whatever preps you’re making! I may not have all the answers, but I can definitely find out for you!
It’s never too late to go back to school, so let’s go back together!