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Top Ten Survival Preparedness Tips

Updated on October 9, 2016

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Don't Forget to Prep Your Health

You can do all the prepping in the world, but when push comes to shove, if you are not a healthy person when catastrophe strikes, you will find it difficult to survive.

By staying in shape, eating a balanced diet, and by addressing health issues as they arise, you will be prepping the most important part of your survival preparedness plan, yourself.

By jogging or walking several times a week and adding light weightlifting into your daily routine, you will be increasing your chance of survival ten-fold.

There is No Such Thing as Over Prepared

You know when a big storm is coming, and the forecasts are really intense, yet the storm falls short of predictions? Everyone starts to rant about being "over prepared". Well guess what? There is no such thing as over prepared!

You can certainly have too little food, but you can't have too much. You can have not enough clothes stored, but you can't have too many articles of clothes. In the event of a catastrophe, would you rather air on the side of caution, or find yourself up a creek without a paddle?

When in doubt, "over prepare".

Make a Sustainable Plan

Get sustainable with your food storage and preparedness plan. Think about it. What happens when your store of number 10 cans runs out? It doesn’t matter how much you prepare and how much you stock up. If you start using that food on an everyday basis…. It will run out eventually. It will not last forever. Don’t get me wrong, freeze dried food storage has its place. For short term emergencies freeze dried will get you through. Gardening, canning and dehydrating is a sustainable year after year.

Spend the time learning now. Start small, plant some tomato plants and peppers this year. Start making your own applesauce or canning tomatoes. Then you can gradually learn and add more foods to your skill set. Believe me this is much easier than a crash course when your food supply for the winter will depend on your ability and knowledge.

Every Little Bit of Effort Goes a Long Way

Do you have zero time to prepare for a major catastrophe? Is your life just too hectic to add one more thing to your plate?

You are not alone. But in the event of a disaster, those who spent minutes each week preparing for catastrophe will be more prepared that those who did nothing at all.

You may say to yourself that prepping is the last thing on your extra long to-do list, but you won't realize how far tiny steps can take you until disaster strikes.

By doing a little more grocery shopping each week, by putting aside a few items each day, you can prepare for disaster, even if you think it is the very last thing you need to worry about.

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Focus on the Five Basic Human Needs

The five basic human needs include food, water, shelter, energy and security. Understanding that and striving to meet those five needs will increase your preparedness and survival in almost any situation.

By focusing on food, water, shelter, energy and security, you will be covering most of the necessities needed when prepping. The importance of an individual need can change from situation to situation, so evaluating them often is a good idea.

Water, Water Everywhere but Not a Drop to Drink

Many people do not realize how much clean water is necessary when trying to prep properly. Water isn't just necessary for drinking, it is also necessary for cooking, cleaning and maintaining good hygiene.

Water is often the first thing to run low when you are surviving off of a stockpile. Because of this, it is recommended that you not only store as much water as possible, but also that you create a system to filter and purify your water.

If you create a shelter near a river or lake, you can utilize the body of water to keep your water supply for a longer amount of time. However, if you choose to utilize river or lake water, it is crucial that you purify and filter the water first.

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Prepare for Everything

Just because you live on a hilltop doesn't mean you are safe from flooding, and just because you don't live in the plains does it mean you are safe from a vicious tornado.

The most prepared citizens are the ones who prepare for all types of disaster, even the most unlikely. In the event of a catastrophe, do you want to find yourself up a creek with no paddle? (And I mean this both literally and figuratively!)

Sit down with your family and jot down all of the major catastrophes that you can think of, then prepare for all of them. If you would like, you can list them in order of how likely each one is, and you can choose to prepare for some more than others. Doing this may just save your life!

Grow Your Own Fruits and Vegetables Near Your Shelter


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Start a Garden

Even if you stock a large quantity of food, you will still run out of food if you find yourself needing to stay in your shelter for a long period of time. Because of this, it is wise to start growing your own food.

By starting a vegetable and fruit garden, you can have sustainable sustanence that is able to keep you going as long as you keep growing!

Gardens have many benefits. They are cost-effective, they are replenishable, and many gardens can be low maintenance. Do yourself a favor and start growing today!

Realize that Being Prepared is a Neverending Process

Being prepared is not something that has a finish line. It is a neverending process that relies on your ability to realize that there is always room for progress. No one can know everything, but everyone can know something. It is important to keep an open mind and learn as much as you can, as often as you can. Learning is the fuel that allows for progress to continue. Knowledge, however, can only get you so far. It is only by combining knowledge with action that you truly grow. What you learn needs to be practiced, you need to develop your skills and hone your abilities.

Share Tips with Your Friends

Do you have friends who are also prepping? If so, share your ideas, tips and strategies with them! If you don't have friends who are prepping, utilize the internet to meet other people who share your passion.

Spreading knowledge is a fantastic way to help others, as well as yourself. The most preparred preppers got where they are because of information gained and shared by those around them. When you discover something new, don't keep it to yourself, share the knowledge!


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      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Of course, there are always unexpected happenings, but your tips are very helpful including the simple "putting aside a few items each day." Thanks for making us think about this.

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      6 years ago

      I keep meaning to prepare or buy a bug out bag but I have not yet done so.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Just like Shauna I have been through quite a few hurricanes in Orlando and I survived. I also learned a few lessons along the way...such as when a sliding glass door is buckling, don't stare at it and say "How cool!" RUN because it could shatter! Luckily our doors didn't shatter, but we know better now. Your tips are great!

    • Kathleen Odenthal profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathleen Odenthal 

      6 years ago from Bridgewater

      Thank you Shauna!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I have to admit, I'm not prepared for a disaster. I've been through several hurricanes and fared quite well. Out of all of them I've only been without power for a couple of hours. No damage to my home.

      Regardless, you provide great tips, Kathleen. Something to think about for sure.


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