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Get Started with Prepping: Evaluating Risks, Building an Emergency Kit, and Developing Essential Skills

If you haven't started your prepping journey yet, start here. Get the information, then build from there.

4/11/20242 min read

Various types of emergency equipment.
Various types of emergency equipment.

If you're new to the world of prepping, it can feel overwhelming to know where to begin. With so many potential scenarios to prepare for, it's important to prioritize your efforts and focus on the essentials. Here are a few key things to consider as you embark on your prepping journey:

Evaluating Your Risks

The first step in prepping is to evaluate the risks that are most relevant to your location and circumstances. Are you in an area prone to natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes, or wildfires? Or do you live in an urban environment where civil unrest or power outages are more likely? Understanding the specific risks, you face will help you prioritize your preparations.

Consider conducting a thorough assessment of your surroundings and identifying potential vulnerabilities. This could include evaluating the stability of your home, assessing your access to clean water and food, and determining the availability of emergency services in your area.

Building Your Emergency Kit

Once you have a clear understanding of the risks you face, it's time to start building your emergency kit. This should include essential supplies that will sustain you and your family in the event of a disaster or emergency situation. I've included a very helpful video for you to watch. It's full of practical information for the beginner prepper and even for those you've been at it for a while, but perhaps missed some keep preps.

Some key items to include in your emergency kit are:

  • Non-perishable food items

  • Water (at least one gallon per person per day)

  • A first aid kit

  • Flashlights and batteries

  • A portable radio

  • Extra clothing and blankets

  • Personal hygiene items

  • Cash and important documents

Remember to regularly check and update your emergency kit to ensure that all items are in good condition and have not expired.

Developing Skills

While having the right supplies is important, it's equally crucial to develop the necessary skills to survive in a crisis situation. Take the time to learn basic first aid techniques, how to start a fire, and how to purify water. These skills can make a significant difference in your ability to handle emergencies.

Consider taking courses or workshops that teach survival skills, such as wilderness survival, self-defense, or basic medical training. Practice these skills regularly to build confidence and ensure that you can perform them effectively when needed.


Starting out in prepping can be overwhelming, but by focusing on evaluating your risks, building an emergency kit, and developing essential skills, you'll be better prepared for whatever challenges may come your way. Remember, prepping is an ongoing process, so continue to educate yourself and adapt your preparations as needed.