December 2, 2016

Getting Started Part 2

A few days ago I wrote a post on Frequently Asked Question – How Do you Get Started?  This article is a follow-up.  Once you have assessed your current situation, figured out budget and space, you should focus your prepping efforts on water and food.  The following tips will help you get started as quickly as possible.


  • I am listing water as your first priority as a person can only last 3 days without water. Don’t hold off on storing water.
  • You can start inexpensively by using 2 liter soda bottles for water storage.  Wash well and fill with tap water.  Soda bottles store very well.
  • Each time you shop, buy a gallon or two of bottled water from the supermarket,  until you have at least a week’s worth of water for your family.  Count on storing a gallon of water per person per day.
  • Store a couple of gallons of water in your car.  If space is an issue, buy ½  or 1 liter bottles.
  • Don’t forget to store water for washing and cleaning needs.


  • The quickest way to start your food storage is by picking up a few cans of food each time you go grocery shopping.
  • Buy only foods that your family will eat.
  • Make sure you have a couple of can openers available.  This way, if one breaks down, you still have a backup.
  • Ramen noodles are very inexpensive and filling, and therefore good for food storage.  Buy a few packs of ramen noodles each time you go shopping.
  • Watch for coupons and grocery sales and stock up.
  • Aim for a variety of food to cover meats, vegetables and fruit.
  • Always check expiration dates and rotate your stored food.  This way you will avoid wasting food.

I could go on about getting started but I found a great resource:  Check out M.D Creekmore’s “10 Things to Do Now” and then read “10 More Things to Do Now”  If you follow just the advice in these two articles you will greatly fast track your emergency preparation efforts.  There is a wealth of information in the website,, for anyone in the beginning, intermediate or even advanced stage of prepping.  Many of the articles can be applied to apartment prepping as well, so go check it out.

3 Comments on Getting Started Part 2

  1. You should check out
    Carolyn has great info on getting started. She has a post each Monday with things to add to your stock but the posts are designed with your family in mind, not just generic stuff like x number of pounds of rice and beans. It’s the best I have found and she has a yahoo group and she actually answers your emails for individual help!

  2. I completely agree that water is the number 1 priority, which is why I bought a WaterBOB (in addition to over a week’s worth — and counting! — of stored water in containers for my household). If my house had more than one bathtub, I would get one for each tub. Sure, you might need a little warning to use them, but what better way to spend the first few minutes after a disaster (after making sure you & your family are physically safe) than to contribute another hundred gallons to your emergency water supply before the water pipes in your home run dry?

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