Preppers spend a lot of time gathering supplies and learning skills.
These actions are necessary for surviving all kinds of emergency scenarios.
But many preppers don’t take this next step in order to fully prepare themselves.
A FEMA report from 2015 showed that 60% of Americans are not practicing for a disaster.
The big mistake that a lot of preppers make is they don’t do actual dry runs for emergency scenarios.
The skills you learn and the supplies you gather are no good if you don’t know how to utilize them in a crisis scenario.
A simple example is the bug-out bag.
While preppers may have their bug-out bag stocked—and sometimes overstuffed—they haven’t tested it in an environment where they will need it.
For example, your bug-out bag may be too heavy and unwieldy if you’re bugging out in an area that’s humid with rough terrain.
It’s better to find out now than when it’s for real, and the closer you can get to simulating the real thing, the more prepared you’ll be.
Here are some suggestions to better help you prepare for emergency situations.
If people break into your home, you need to be ready to defend your family.
First, designate at least one safe room where everybody knows they should try to reach if intruders break in.
Have guns stored in secure but accessible places in multiple rooms so you can quickly avail yourself of them.
Also, make sure you’ve put in the time at the gun range.
It’s one thing to know the basics of firing a gun, but it’s another thing entirely to use it under duress.
Make sure you can load and reload easily even if visibility isn’t great.
A natural disaster could knock out one—or many—forms of communication with family, friends, or emergency services.
Learning how to operate a ham radio would be a good backup alternate.
Also, have protocols in place so your family will know where to go if you’re unable to plan a rendezvous once a crisis has broken out.
Almost everyone can handle a blackout for a few hours, even for a night.
But the situation gets dicier if the blackout is extended for various reasons, such as a devastating hurricane.
All of a sudden, you have to consider throwing out food in the refrigerator, or how you’re going to prepare meals.
As an exercise, see if you and your family can go a weekend without power.
Make sure you have a healthy stock of candles, flashlights, and batteries.
And if you’re in extreme conditions, have a plan for the heat or the cold.
Another thing to consider is that things won’t go as planned.
If your strategy goes bust, you need to be able to adapt.
For example, if you’re running drills with your family, switch up tasks so people don’t get stuck only knowing how to perform one function.
Try a scenario where some of your equipment fails, or a loved one is hampered by a broken leg.
When disaster strikes, your plan may have to be scrapped on the fly.
Trying to account for these situations will help you be ready to deal with anything fate throws your way.