10 Prepping Activities for the End of the Year

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As the year draws to a close, it’s a good time to ensure you’re well-prepared for whatever the future may hold. Whether you’re a seasoned prepper or a newcomer to preparedness, taking proactive steps now can make a significant difference in your readiness. In this article, we’ll explore 10 prepping activities you should prioritize before the year ends to ensure a secure and resilient future.

  1. Review and Update Emergency Plans: Take the time to review your emergency plans with your family group. Ensure everyone is familiar with evacuation routes, meeting points, and communication protocols. Make an alternate route, in case of road blocks or construction delays. People move and change their phone numbers all the time. Update contact information and make any necessary adjustments based on changes in family dynamics or living situations. Make changes to your emergency texting tree so you’re not scrambling if anything happens.
  2. Assess and Replenish Emergency Supplies: Check the expiration dates of your emergency supplies, including food, water, medications, and first aid items. Rotate any items that are nearing expiration and replenish as needed. Make sure your emergency kit is easily accessible and portable.
  3. Evaluate Home Security Measures: Conduct a thorough assessment of your home security. Check doors, windows, and locks for vulnerabilities. Consider investing in a home security system or upgrading your existing one. Reinforce weak points and establish a communication plan with neighbors for mutual assistance in case of emergencies.
  4. Financial Preparedness: Evaluate your financial preparedness by reviewing your budget, savings, and investments. Consider diversifying your assets to protect against economic uncertainties. Create a financial emergency fund if you haven’t already and explore ways to reduce debt. If you dipped into your cash emergency (we’ve all done it) in the past year, make sure you replenish your cash stash.
  5. Skills Enhancement: Prepping goes beyond stockpiling supplies; it involves acquiring practical skills. Take the time to enhance your skills in areas such as first aid, self-defense, gardening, and basic survival techniques. Attend workshops, online courses, or community training programs to broaden your skill set.
  6. Health and Fitness: Prioritize your health and fitness to ensure you’re physically prepared for any situation. Regular exercise and a healthy diet contribute to overall well-being. Consider taking a first aid or CPR course to enhance your ability to respond to medical emergencies.
  7. Update Important Documents: Organize and update important documents, including identification, insurance policies, medical records, and legal documents. Store copies in a secure, easily accessible location and consider creating digital backups. This ensures you have quick access to essential information during emergencies. Add and replace any obsolete pages in your emergency grab and go binder.
  8. Community Engagement: Connect with your local community and establish relationships with neighbors. Building a supportive community is crucial in times of crisis. Discuss emergency plans with neighbors, share resources, and collaborate on neighborhood preparedness initiatives.
  9. Energy and Power Sources: Review your energy sources and consider alternative options. Invest in renewable energy solutions such as solar panels and portable generators*. Ensure you have backup power sources in case of grid failures, and stock up on batteries for essential devices.
  10. Communication Strategy: Establish a communication strategy for staying in touch with family and friends during emergencies. Identify alternative communication methods, such as two-way radios or satellite phones, and practice using them with your loved ones.

Conclusion: As the year comes to an end, taking the time to prioritize these prepping activities can significantly enhance your readiness for unforeseen circumstances. By reviewing and updating emergency plans, assessing supplies, and acquiring essential skills, you’ll be better prepared to face the future with confidence. Stay proactive, stay prepared, and welcome the new year with a sense of security and resilience.

Stay ready, stay safe!

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Prepping for the end of the year

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  1. This is a great article, Bernie. I like to add something if I may.

    In a blackout situation, LIGHTING is critical. What if your baby decides to be born at midnight? Or you want to read the Bible? “The Non-Electric Lighting Series” of books (written by yours truly and available on Amazon) could make life much easier. There are 8 short books in total.

    Book 1 is entitled “Candles.” Book 6 is “Kerosene Pressure Lanterns.” Book 7 is “Propane.” All 8 books are available in both paper and eBook format. And all have received high praise. And all are perfect to have squirreled away against the day you need them. (Call it prepping.)

    To find these books on-line, simply copy-and-paste: “non-electric lighting by ron brown” into Google. Easy as that. Hope all goes well for you in the new year.

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