Strategies to Build Your Disaster Supplies
Prepping is all about prioritizing. If you are not already
a master prioritizer, then prepping will help you develop
the skills to get there.
To help you get started, here are seven strategies that
you can use when building your disaster supplies.
1. Prepper kits… and we’re done!
For the prepper who has no shortage of money and wants to
feel safe as soon as possible, there are a great number of
survivalist kits available.
You don’t have to calculate your family’s calorie needs or
learn to make 500 different dishes with rice and beans;
all you need to do is buy a six- or twelve-month food kit.
You don’t have to go through the trouble of researching
and building a bug-out bag or car kit because they’re
available pre-made online.
First-aid kits, water purification kits, survival cooking
kits, survival knife kits, survival garden kits … these
can all be bought and shipped to your location.
Even if there are some quite competitively priced kits out
there, you are going to end up spending a lot of money.
That is just not a possibility for everyone.
For others, stocking only these ready-made kits is
unthinkable because generic kits are not tailored to their
It is hard to argue with the convenience, though, of
being fully prepared as soon as your kit arrives.
2. Starting with what’s lethal
Everyone who doesn’t have more money than they have time
is going to have to decide where to start with this
overwhelming task of prepping.
One way to go about it is starting with what could kill
Do you have severe allergies? If so, what would happen if
you got an allergic reaction while the roads are blocked
or there is no one home to drive you to the hospital?
What would you do if you cut yourself deeply while
cooking? Do you have the tools on hand to handle that
until you can get to a medical professional?
Do you have extremely cold winters and rely only on an
electric heating system?
With this strategy, you won’t be prepared for everything
immediately, but you will survive deadly scenarios!
3. Starting with what is likely
If you don’t want to start with what is lethal, you can
start with what is most likely. This is a very simple and
efficient way of prioritizing your shopping.
In its very essence, this strategy asks the question: Am I
most likely to lose my job or live through a zombie
If the answer is “zombie apocalypse,” that’s the scenario
you’ll prepare for first.
Of course, you will probably start by preparing for a
power outage, an accident, a lost job or being snowed in
and then work your way up.
You won’t be prepared for everything for a long time, but
the odds will always be in your favor.
4. Starting with the short-term
Prepping for the short-term first, moving into the
long-term later, is the shopping strategy many preppers
This way, you are not making guesses as to what kinds of
situations you ought to be preparing for. You are
preparing for them all, but starting small.
The upside is that you are preparing for a wide range of
The downside is that some of those scenarios may last for
much longer in duration than what you will be ready for
in quite some time.
5. Low-budget strategies
The prepper who has a strict budget to work with has many
great strategies to apply in combination with one of the
last three shopping priorities.
Classic low-budget strategies such as buying in bulk,
buying from wholesale corporations and clipping coupons
can, with great benefit, be used by preppers.
Preppers with a cash trickle instead of a cash flow, who
find it difficult to justify large purchases even to
justify savings, can start by buying just a few extra
items on each shopping trip.
Truly handy preppers can create their own preps by buying
produce very cheaply at the end of the season and canning
or drying it themselves.
6. Quality over quantity
If you are a stickler for quality, you may choose to prep
more slowly in order to save up money for the very best.
If that is the case, know now that you are in good
company. The survivalist and prepper communities are full
of people who share a love for fine things – especially
if those high-quality things involve knives, tools and
Better quality often means better durability. Beware,
though, of dooming yourself to inertia simply because you
want the best. Sometimes it is better to compromise.
7. The middle road
It’s okay to want the best, but sometimes you have to
settle. Maybe you can invest in the best possible knife,
but spend less on a handgun?
Maybe the best costs so much that you are saying no to a
large number of crucial preps when something a little less
perfect would do just as well.
You have to weigh the cost of having the best of the best
against your need to take care of you and your family.
Otherwise, you may have a great knife but go hungry in a
disaster. And that’s what we will talk about next time!
Don’t forget to watch this crucial video to discover all
the essential items you need to stockpile (because they
will sell out INSTANTLY following a crisis):