Thursday, December 10, 2009

Preparedness - Getting Started

Everyone needs a starting point once you have decided to be prepared. Your preparedness planning will need to include several basic factors in order to be successful in your efforts. Having a number of goals in mind before you start your preparedness efforts will help to eliminate any confusion or frustration during the process.

1.) Make a conscious decision to start doing something now. Waiting until the worst happens can be a very dangerous plan. The biggest obstacle to your preparedness efforts will be the changes you will have to make to your current lifestyle. Change can be a good thing. Life is about living and you just need to make sure they are ones you can live with on a daily basis.

2.) Set your goals for being prepared. After you have committed yourself to being prepared, you need to create a plan of action that will fit your needs. Not everyone wants or needs the same things but you should plan for the basic necessities for you and your family. Don’t let your fear of the unknown keep you from getting started on the changes that can ultimately lead you to being better prepared. By making a few changes from the things you may have become familiar and comfortable with, you will find the strength and confidence to meet the challenges of a more self-reliant lifestyle.

3.) Make a plan that includes the needs of everyone involved. Your wants and needs will be different from other members in your family. Failing to include their needs in the decision-making process will only cause additional problems. Create a plan and a set of goals that will include their desires and needs. Be willing to compromise on certain issues and look for workable alternatives. The support of your family is critical for making your preparedness efforts successful. You should be able to come to terms with everyone and agree on a plan that will help you find common ground when planning to be better prepared. It is possible that making these decisions without involving everyone in your family will only create even more problems for you.

Be thorough when making your plan for preparedness. Do your homework and make sure you research all the options which are available. Invest some time now and it will save you a lot of headaches later. Exercising due diligence by researching all your options at the beginning will prevent the possibility of failure later on as you seek to become better prepared and start making the move towards a self-reliant lifestyle that will give you new freedom.

Staying above the water line!



Anonymous said...

I've been at it hot and heavy since 1999, and you never really get to a "stopping point." The more I do, the more I see that needs to be done. As the evil Yankee said in "The Outlaw Josey Wales" .... doing right ain't got no end.

Chief Instructor said...

Great advice. So many people get paralyzed by the thought of an emergency that they fail to do anything. The old, "deer in the headlights" syndrome.

And I love the third item - considering everyone in your group. Food allergies, medical needs, skills and predispositions must all be considered.

And don't forget Fido! Pets and working animals need to have their own supplies as well.

Bullseye said...

The first step is always the hardest they say. With this info it will be eaiser for some. As always my friend, Great post !!

idahobob said...

Great Post!!!!

For those in the beginning stages:

Just remember the answer to the age old question, "How do you eat the elephant"?

"One bite at a time", my friends.


Andrea said...

The first step is the hardest. I'm fairly new to the game, having started this journey in Mar.08, but little steps add up quick.

riverwalker said...

TO: HermitJim

Excellent quote..."doing right ain't got no end."

Thanks Jim!


riverwalker said...

To: Chief Instructor

Don't want to be "caught in the headlights"! That's definitely not a place you want to find yourself.



riverwalker said...

To: Bullseye

Many thanks Bullseye! Glad you had some time to share a if I had a little more time myself to do the same thing. LOL

Thanks Bullseye! Been reading your posts but have gotten slack on making comments...going to have to change that ASAP.


riverwalker said...

To: idahobob

Not many elephants in my neck of the woods...probably need to look around for an alternative food source. LOL



riverwalker said...

To: Andrea

Keep at it! It takes time to great there but the trip is worth it!

RW said...

The thing is to just start. Sure, it can be overwhelming at first to think about how much you must learn and acquire in order to prepare. But something as simple as purchasing a little extra dried beans and rice every time you shop for groceries can have a large impact on your preparedness over the course of just six months or a year.

riverwalker said...

TO: Survival Topics

The little things do add up quickly and before you know it you're ahead of 90% of the people out there who do absolutely nothing.


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