Infographic: National Preparedness Month

By Tess Pennington

(Editor’s note:  September is National Preparedness Month – we will post the basics about being prepared.  Today we are featuring an infographic that first appeared in Ready Nutrition)

Natural disasters seem to be more frequent and equally more violent these days. Yet the normalcy bias that has plagued our country continues. Many feel they are untouchable in terms of becoming a victim of a disaster. Little do they realize that disasters come in all shapes and sizes and typically do not make an announcement before entering your life.

Personally speaking, I have been through the aftermath of many disasters, both personal and natural. The aftermath does not take a few days for everything to get back to normal – it takes weeks if not longer to recover.

Anecdotes aside, this month marks a national 30 day endeavor to encourage citizens to be better prepared. I urge all of you to not fall into the percent of citizens who are not prepared. This infographic illustrates how massive these disasters can effect our personal lives, our jobs and our commerce. There are steps you can take to prepare yourself for your personal SHTF moment. It happens to all of us, better to be prepared than not prepared at all.

National Preparedness Month

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The Prepper's Blueprint

Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals. 

Visit her web site at for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.


Blog Crossover Monday Question of the Day: How Apartment Prepper got Started

Today is Day One of Preparedness Blog Crossover Week.  I will be answering a preparedness related question each day for five days, along with a few select blogs listed at the end of this post.

Monday’s Question of the Day:  When did you start prepping and why?

Having grown up in California, we always had a prepackaged “earthquake kit” that contained enough water and food for three days.  The kit also had matches, a flashlight, one roll of toilet paper but that was the extent of it.  For many years, we thought that was adequate.

We started getting serious preparing right after Hurricane Ike, four years ago.  Right before the hurricane, I went to the store to pick up additional supplies.  I saw long lines at the market and only managed to find one pack of toilet paper, with all the bottled water and canned food shelves emptied out.  Soon after the hurricane, the roads were flooded and there were no truck deliveries.  The supermarkets were closed for a couple of days.  When we found one that was open, we found the shelves were empty.  It was a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach when you see realize that if the truck deliveries are interrupted, there won’t be anything to buy even if you had the cash.  You need to have a lot more emergency supplies that just three days worth.  I started researching “preparing for emergencies” in the internet and quickly got overwhelmed.  There were much fewer sites at the time, and all of them were geared to homeowners or people with a farm or retreat who have a lot more room that I do.  I figured people living in a big city, in a small apartment would want to prepare for emergencies as well.  I decided to chronicle what works and what doesn’t work for me,the good, bad or indifferent, and that is how Apartment Prepper was born.

How about you – how did you you become interested in preparing?  Please share how you got started in the comments below.  Be sure to check the following sites participating in this week’s special blog crossover!

The Retreat

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