In the world we now live in the bulk of the population is conditioned to wait for help to come. They are not encouraged to perform self help to minimize their suffering. This leads to many more victims to deal with overloading services and resources available to the public. This is happening in good times. What happens when things deteriorate and no help is available to communities or cities? What will happen when people and equipment do not come because damage is wide scale? What happens when all expendable resources are exhausted and cannot be replaced?
Pretty much every part of your emergency plan (your family emergency communications plan, bug out route plan, using a ham radio, dealing with medical emergencies, surviving in the woods, dealing with a power outage at home, and many, many other topics, require hands-on training as well as just walking through the plan you currently have so you can update it and try again. The danger is that if you don’t actually walk through the process in a semi-realistic fashion, you won’t realize you’re not prepared until it’s too late. As they say, “Don’t practice until you get it right; practice until you can’t get it wrong.”
Following an event there will be a certain number of survivors that will see the light and understand what preppers have been trying to tell them for years. These people will differ from those that will still have the entitlement mentality and expect others to care for them and provide resources they need. These newly enlightened individuals are the ones that preppers will be able to help the most.
There are many little things that could be worth a great deal to unprepared survivors that will help to stabilize their situation and insure they do not become a hostile force you would eventually have to deal with. You may not be able to help everyone or provide everything they need but being able to help a few can have long term benefits.
There are a lot of things that you need to do if you’re trying to prepare for the worst-case scenarios. I’ve put together a list that you should consider doing before the SHTF.
Developing a routine can help you in everyday life
Once you have a routine down, you’ll not only be more productive in your life because you have a schedule, you can actually be more efficient at doing them.
A schedule will help you know what’s coming next
Ever finished a project or got in the mood to do something and thought to yourself, “Self, what are we gonna do next?” If you have a routine, you already know what’s next. When’s the last time you actually pulled out, inventoried, and did a functions check on everything in your bug out bag? If you had a routine to do that every month, you’d look on your schedule (or hopefully get some kind of auto notification) and see that it’s time to do that again. Not only does having a schedule make sure that you have time set aside to do important things that don’t usually cross your mind, they can make sure you make the best of what would have been unplanned downtime.
A routine helps you develop faster ways to do things
A routine will make sure that you have time to practice. With practice, you get faster at things. The reason we do things over and over again (aside from just keeping privates busy to keep them out of trouble) is because you start to develop muscle memory. Muscle memory isn’t really in your muscles, it’s in your mind. Just like you get faster at drawing a weapon correctly after doing it repeatedly, other things like jumping into your vehicle to bug out with everything you need gets faster. You start finding shortcuts that you didn’t think of, and you don’t have to think about each step because it becomes automatic.
Having a set routine helps you mesh your schedule with others
If you have others in your family, you know how important it is to work with each other’s schedule. If you all have a set schedule, it’s easier to figure out the most efficient order to do things and who would be best to do them. For example, if you get out of work an hour before the kids can be picked up from school, it may be a perfect time for running errands that need to be done outside the home, or if you have an internet connection, you might be able to sit in the parking lot and get some research or email done.
Having a schedule helps you spend more time preparing
Ever put off doing something that might take a few minutes or or so like programming the critical repeater channels in your ham radio and then when you finally get down to doing it, you get into it so much that you end up programming all the channels, finding local people in your area, and actually spend time getting to know them on the net? If you don’t have a ham radio license and you’re a prepper, just get down right now and start pushing. You’re missing out on one of the most important things you need to learn and do. BTW, you don’t have to learn Morse code anymore.
For those who don’t have a ham radio license, have you ever finally gotten around to taking 5 minutes to wipe down the front of your fridge like you’ve been wanting to do and end up pulling everything out of the fridge and cleaning the whole thing out? It’s the same thing. Getting started is the hard part. Once you get started, a motivational momentum takes over.
A routine can help you get your children involved in your preps
You may think that kids don’t like routines (because that’s what they say) but you (and they) are actually wrong. Kids actually respond well to structure.
For one, a routine can help them have less stress in their life because they know what’s coming next. If you’ve ever had a hard time with kids traveling, you may have eventually figured out that sitting them down and telling them everything that you’re going to be doing will help. Things aren’t as strange if they’re expecting something.
For another, having a routine such as regularly scheduled (but surprise) fire drills will make things much less stressful if they ever have to get out of a burning house. They know what to do because they’ve done it a bunch.
For a third, developing and following a routine gives them self-discipline and helps them develop a habit of being prepared.