One Year Prepper Plan – A Monthly Survival Guide for Long-Term Planning

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Introduction

When you watch the news on any given day you can see plenty of reasons to have fear for the future. Between natural disasters, wars, violence, and financial collapse you can feel very anxious about your own safety and security.

But if you are prepared, you’ll have no need to fear when things go wrong. With the One Year Prepper Plan you’ll learn how to be ready for a multitude of situations including:

* Evacuating during an emergency such as a flood, fire, hurricane, or hazardous materials accident
* Handling a power or water outage that lasts for days or weeks
* Staying comfortable during a quarantine
* Being prepared for a biological or chemical terrorist threat
* Having what you need to be comfortable during a period of long-term unemployment
You never know when an emergency or hardship will strike, but you can be sure that at some point in your life you’ll have to deal with one. You don’t have to panic or worry when you know you’re prepared.

There are several things recommended for anyone who wants to be prepared for short-term and long-term disasters. When you have these things gathered, you’ll sleep better at night knowing that you’re ready.

72 Hour Emergency Kit. A 72 hour kit is also known as a “bug out bag”. This is a kit that will help you to survive and even evacuate for a period of 3 days. This is a kit that should be portable. Many people put the items together and place them in a backpack that they can grab and go.

The idea of a short-term kit is that it will sustain you long enough to get to a shelter or to another safe location such as a family member’s home. This kit is for short-term survival and should include items you can use on the move.

Long-term Supply of Food and Water. While many emergencies are short-term, there are times when you need to have more than just a three day supply. It’s possible that in a major disaster it could take weeks or months for you to be able to get the things you need.

Think about the last snow or ice storm you had in your area. The first thing that happens is the grocery stores get cleaned out. That’s only for a short-term emergency, but in a long-term situation those supplies are the first to go.

You don’t want to have to worry about fighting over limited food and supplies when an emergency hits. And there are other long-term problems that might make a one year supply of food helpful.

For example, you might get laid off from your job and have to live without an income for an extended period of time. Serious illness or injury can also cause you to lose income. For most people this type of loss would be devastating.

One way you can make certain that you have some security is to have a food supply on hand. When you know that your family is fed it can take a huge burden off of your shoulders and you can funnel any money that does come in to other basic expenses.

You’ll begin with a three month supply. Once you have a three month supply, you should also consider extending that supply to cover as much as a year. Imagine the security you’ll feel when you know that regardless of what happens, you can feed your family for an entire year without having to purchase extra items.

Shelter and Security. Your 72 hour kit will contain a tent for shelter as well as items to make a “shelter in place” in the event of a chemical or biological emergency. But you also need to consider things that keep your home safe for a long period of time.

Some considerations include:

* Hygiene and sanitation equipment – good hygiene and sanitation keeps disease at bay and makes life more comfortable
* Heaters – you need to be prepared for cold temperatures and have at least one area heated
* Fuel for cooking food – this can include a variety of methods for food prep
* Defense – you’ll need to be able to protect your family and what you’ve stored
* Light and power – how will you see when the sun goes down or power radios
* Communication – how will you communicate with others?
* Recreation – if you’re stuck at home long-term going stir crazy is a major issue
When you’re prepared in these three areas you can begin to feel safe and secure. And with this strong foundation you can continue to add to your supplies and to your knowledge and skills.

Do You Feel Overwhelmed?

One of the biggest obstacles that keeps individuals and families from doing what’s needed for survival is the feeling of being overwhelmed. This is a lot to gather and store, so how do you even get started?

It might seem easier to just put it on the backburner and think about it later. But when an emergency comes you won’t have time to start. The good news is that with this guide you’ll be able to do just a little each month to make your family more secure.

Any step you take is going to be an improvement over what you had before you took that step. And when you’ve taken enough baby steps you’ll suddenly realize you’ve reached your goals

The other problem that people face is financial. For most people it’s not possible to purchase everything they need at once. If you’re in a situation with a limited budget that might have kept you from moving forward with your disaster survival items.

But this guide is laid out in a way that allows you to spend a small amount of money each month to reach your goals. Here’s a rundown of the book’s organization. For each month you’ll see sections for:

* 72 hour emergency kit
* Long-term storage – suggestions for a 3 month and 12 month supply
* Shelter and security – suggestions for a 3 month and 12 month supply
* Goal or skill for the month that leads to a more prepared lifestyle
Each section will share what you should do for that particular month to meet the goal of preparation in these areas at the end of one year. But you can also be flexible about this to meet your current needs and budget.

If you plan to do everything listed in this book during a one year period, be prepared to budget a good amount of money each month for your survival supplies. This guide offers some tips for saving money, but you can’t avoid having to buy items you need.

If that’s just not realistic for you, you might want to adapt. For example, you might not be able to financially afford to gather the supplies for both the 72 hour emergency kit and the long-term storage. In that case, focus on the 72 hour kit for that month.

Your 72 hour kit is the first goal you need to meet. This will prepare you for most emergencies and at least buy time until you can get help from relief organizations or get to a safer location. Some readers may choose to focus only on getting this kit completed in the first year.

Once you’ve finished with the 72 hour kit, though, you can move on to the longer-term supply of food storage. You can then add the component of shelter and security for the third year.

If you want to, you can follow the suggestions for a 3 month supply of food for 4 years which will complete a year’s worth of food storage. This is a substantial amount of food that can help you keep your family safe and fed for a long period of time. It also gives you the opportunity to share with others.

Obviously the best course is to do everything suggested in each chapter so that you’re fully prepared in a year of time. But you also need to be realistic about what you really can get done. This isn’t an “all or nothing” approach. Instead, do the best you can and know that you’ll be better off than if you did nothing.

Each month you’ll also find goals for a more self-reliant and prepared lifestyle. This could include learning new skills, saving money, or improving your health so that you’ll be strong in a disaster or emergency.

Even if you’re not able to do everything in the guide during the first year, try to do something toward the monthly goals. This will enrich your life and help you to adopt a mentality of self-reliance and preparation.

Just Get Started

Even if it takes you three years to get everything gathered for your preparations, you’ll be better off than most of the population. For most people a missed paycheck, natural disaster, or major emergency would cause panic and even terror.

But when you have supplies stored for your family and you know that you can survive in an emergency you don’t have to face that type of fear. Take these small steps toward long-term peace.

One Thing to Keep in Mind

It’s important as you move forward with food storage that you remember a key point – only store foods you like. Yes, in a time of emergency you’ll probably be grateful just to have food. But if you didn’t like something before, you probably won’t like it in an emergency or disaster.

When you’re in a stressful situation, it can be comforting to have foods you enjoy. This isn’t the time to worry about calories and fat grams. Instead, you want to choose foods that keep for a long period of time and that you enjoy.

If you see a food on this list that you don’t like, come up with a substitute that makes more sense for your tastes and your own family. Just make sure you purchase enough to cover the same amount of meals.
When you choose foods you like it will make the time go by much easier as you rely on your food storage to get you through a 72 hour emergency or a few months of using your pantry to sustain your family.

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