The beginning of a new year is a great time for Fort Wayne area preppers to re-evaluate their emergency preparedness plans. Here are some resolutions that can be embraced by both experienced preppers and those just beginning their prepper journey.
- Take inventory. What survival goods/food do you have in storage? If you don't have anything yet, where and how will you start gathering these? If you do, check your expiration dates.
- If you're a gun owner, schedule gun safety classes for your entire family. Become a skilled shooter. Check out Fort Wayne's Targetmaster Indoor Shooting Range at 1525 Director's Row.
- Check your dried goods for bugs and moisture.Make a plan to purchase oxygen absorbers and buckets for storing your dried foods such as rice and wheat grains.
- Check your bug-out bags to be sure you have everything you think you have. If you're a new prepper, make creating bug out bags for each member of your family a first priority.
- Help someone else become a prepper. Invite them to go with you when you shop for items to add to your survival kits.
- Check your water supply. Remember that bottled water expires, too. What is your plan for purifying water? Make a plan. Execute it.
- Take survival skill classes or purchase books that will help you become a well-rounded prepper.
- Start a community garden. If you don't live where anyone wants to plant a garden and you don't know how, start small. Square Foot Gardening is a great way to start.
- If you're new to prepping, take time to educate yourself about what you should be doing to prepare your family for a worst-case scenario. Stay informed and teachable.
- Beginners: resolve to start by purchasing a few extra items each week until you have a sufficient food supply for three months. Also, start your emergency first aid items by building your bug out bags.
- Consider two sets of bug out bags -- one set to be kept in the vehicle, another set for the house. But remember, one set is better than none.
- Start somewhere. Big projects start with small beginnings. Every little bit you do will add up to more safety for your family in the long run.
What are you doing to prepare better in 2013? Weigh in.