One one hand, you can think about the 'Grid' (power, water, sewer, internet, etc.) as a convenience. On the other hand, our lives are now built to assume that these conveniences are there. Most people don't have a way to get water if the tap stops running. Most people don't have a way to heat their home without electricity or gas. When these systems are working, you can … [Read more...] about How to Die: Lose the Grid
Getting Started as a Prepper
Many people think that prepping is hard, expensive, and requires a complete lifestyle change. The reality is getting started as a prepper is easy, cheap, and low-impact.
There are several shortcuts that make it easy to get started as a prepper. One huge shortcut is that the things you need to consider for one type of emergency will probably help with other types of emergencies. In other words, prepping for one emergency actually helps you prepare for many other emergencies.
Another trick to get started prepping is to look at what you already have on-hand and what you normally buy. There isn't any need to go out and buy a lot of expensive equipment, exotic food, or tons of guns.
At Preppermill, we start with the basic things - the things that will get you if you're not prepared. These are:
- Mental Health
It sucks to be stuck. Anytime you are somewhere, and you're trying to get somewhere else, but you can't... It has to be one of the worst feelings. Being stuck and unable to get where you want to get is no bueno in NORMAL times. Now imagine that you're stuck in an emergency. Not only do you have the normal 'this sucks' vibe going on because you're stuck, but now you throw … [Read more...] about Basic Emergency Preparation – Transportation
You typically want to be able to leave a dangerous situation. We'd rather shelter in place if it's safe, but you might need to put distance between you and danger to get home or get to the next safe place. As we've discovered in other posts, 'dangerous situation' is a pretty loosely defined term, so some examples may be handy: Getting away from a forest fire in … [Read more...] about How to Die: Get Stuck in a Dangerous Place
If you're anything like me, you were washing your hands ALL WRONG before March of 2020. We all had a crash-course in hygiene, and another crash-course in the value of toilet paper. Much like preparing for security emergencies, there are two kinds of health-related emergencies. There is a health-only emergency (think COVID-19) where the emergency IS directly caused by some … [Read more...] about Basic Preparedness for Health and First Aid Emergencies
You Could Get Sick / Injured We also don't lack for medical care. We routinely survive ailments that routinely killed our ancestors. In 2010, UNC Demography did a study of mortality in that year vs. 1900. They have a nice graphic showing how the causes of death (and frequency thereof) have changed since 1900. The first thing you'll notice is that 54% fewer people … [Read more...] about How to Die: Get Sick or Injured