What Kind Of Doomsday Prepping Can You Do On A Budget?
Doomsday preppers are people that are preparing for possible catastrophic world events. What types of doomsday preparation can you do if you have limited funds?
Set up an area in your home such as a closet, a section of the kitchen pantry, etc. Slip a little extra food in the cart when you grocery shop, like an extra jar of peanut butter, a couple of extra foil packets of tuna, etc. Keep some 3-gallon jugs of water in your car. Pack an old backpack with things like toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, flashlight and batteries, matches in a water-proof case, and candles. Add your important documents, in waterproof bags or on a flash drive. Read articles on the internet about preparation. There are many articles about preparing a bug out bag. Even if we can't afford things like a generator or a tract of land in a remote area with a source of water, we can learn, plan, and accumulate what we can. A bug out bag can be useful in natural disasters, such as when we had the wild fires near us last year, or if a tornado hits, or any circumstance where the electricity goes out, whether or not you have to leave your home.
I agree, make sure you have enough food and water to last a couple of weeks. Also, many pro-preppers recommend if you cant afford to buy a bug out bag and all of its contentsupfront, you buy one item for it a week. The first week you buy the bag itself (which will be one of the most expensive items) and then every week following you buy an item for the bag, before you know it you will have a fully stocked bug out bag. Also you should look into buying a weapon. The 3 most essential items in a bug out bag are food, water, and a weapon....and ammo, ammo, ammo.
I actually wrote an article on my webpage regarding prepping on a budget, its funny that when you think about it you don't have to be rich to prep. Alright so if you are on a budget and looking to get the things you need than the first thing you should always focus on is water. Think about the amount of people in your home and who will be drinking the water. You could purchase bottled water at a dollar store for $1.00 by the gallon and pick up a good amount per week. Than focus on the attention of food and what is cheap including the facts what is on sale and what you will eat. Never buy what you wont use and keep it stored in a section of your home that only people inside the home have access to. Don't put it in a garage or shed.
Gardening works as well, this is a cheap and easy way to get a good portion of th food your family enjoys and you can can it away or dehydrate it. Just remember to check the FDA website to see how long certain things will remain safe stored on a shelf.
You can also build rain water catchers for little to no money, digging a small hole in your yard filled with a plastic clean tarp and secured with a rock on three side and a lighter rock in the middle will also help to catch water for you. You will want the water to run off into a bucket of some kind.
If you live in the city a few friends I know have started doing some garbage day walks through their neighborhoods looking for things they could use, modify or clean up. This is good for saving money and getting what you want especially if your city or community has a big garbage day you can find certain items you can use to help in prepping as well.
First and foremost, it's important to not panic. Fear can take over and caue you to do things that, in retrospect, are dysfunctional.
Keep in mind that these preparations are intended to cover an assortment of disasters, in addition to possible end of society as we know it. Try to figure out the possible scenarios, so you can plan accordingly. (For instance, personal information on flash drive is portable, but if the electricity is out for significant time, unreadable. For certain situations, hard copy will be better-have both options.)
There are already a lot of great suggestions in the other answers. To these I'd add battery operated radio, glow sticks, well packed first aid kit (including ace bandages and antbiotics, if possible), spare cell phones, spare glasses, protective gear, such as heavy work gloves and solid shoes(for moving through wreckage) and filter mask (to filter out smoke, dust,smog, etc)
Maps and a compass may be needed.
I'd also seriously reccomend developing several rendevouz plans for meeting up w/ family and friends, to deal with different situations.
Please note that most of these items can be picked up inexpensively; and that the most important of these preparations are the ones that happen in your head...
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