National Preparedness Month

Here we are in September which has been designated “National Emergency Preparedness Month”. According to the ready.gov website “September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM) which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit.” Those of you who are already prepared are asking how this affects you and what possible value this has for you? Let’s take a look.
First, it legitimizes our actions. Not that we need it, but it may help draw more people into the preparedness circle. Many of those outside the circle view preppers as somewhat odd to say the least. If they open their eyes, ears and minds to the Public Service Announcements offered by ready.gov they will realize there is a reason for the government’s efforts. The federal government realizes how long it will take them to respond to an emergency and people will need to be able to take care of themselves for up to 3 to 5 days in most cases. What happens to those who haven’t made the recommended preparations during this timeframe? Think about the folks who know you prep but haven’t jumped yet. This is a good opportunity to educate!
Second, it provides guidance from an established source. Ready.gov gives enough information to get someone going by providing them with basic knowledge such as putting together a 72-hour kit and creating a Family Emergency Communications plan. Will people do this? No. Most will not, that’s where we come in. We need to be ready to open a dialogue with those who either haven’t committed or want to but need some mentoring
Third, the more people who prepare the better off everyone is. The more who are fully prepared, the less standing in line for help from the government which will enable the government to do more for those who really need it. Many of those who are depending on Uncle Sam providing for them fail to consider that the necessities aren’t delivered to them. Obtaining the food and water provided by the government will involve some travel and standing in line. Personally I despise standing in line. I also believe I should be at home reassuring my family and keeping them safe instead of standing in line somewhere.
So please take some time and familiarize yourself with all that ready.gov has to offer then take a moment to think about family, friends and coworkers who may benefit from it. Remember, we ALL benefit from each person we bring into the world of preparedness!

Jeff

Introduction to The Everyday Prepper

Hello my name is Jeff and I am a prepper.  If that didn’t turn you off or scare you away you are probably either interested in prepping or are a prepper yourself.  Now your saying “Gee, just what we need, another prepping blog!”.  I know, I know.  I can’t believe I am doing this but please believe me when I swear that my intentions are good.  I find myself in a position where I have seen so many subjects that I feel aren’t fully developed or underexplored that I am compelled to get my two cents worth in.

I am not a gung ho,” live in a bomb shelter because the zombie apocalypse is near” kind of prepper.  I am a prepper simply because I don’t want to ever see my family, friends, coworkers and even some strangers have to go without the basics they need to sustain their lives.  I also believe in order to be successful at prepping, being truly “prepared”, that you have to adopt it as a lifestyle.  It doesn’t have to consume your life but you have to have an ever-present place for prepping in your heart and mind, hence “Everyday”.

The prepping experience has been a journey for my wife and I.  Usually enjoyable and not close to being finished. We have been made fun of by some of the very people we want to provide for, but they are gradually coming over to our side and that makes it worthwhile.  Our concerns, that have served as a catalyst for our efforts, include our children and their families, relatives who believe the government will always be there too provide for us in times of need and my wife working over 60 miles from home. In fact, we now have three daughters who work or go to school over 50 miles from home.

Now, it is my pleasure to welcome you to join us on our journey as we take on the challenge of attempting to engage beginners through experts.   It is my desire to offer things that will benefit all.  I will tell you up front that I don’t know everything about prepping but I will add what I know to the works of others in order to provide you with a more complete product.  All I ask of you is to take what I provide, improve upon it where you can and pass it on to others.

Remember, there is no prize for being the first to cross the finish line at the end of a disaster.  The only way to really win is if we all cross that line together!

 

Jeff

The Everyday Prepper