By Dan Vale
We all hope that 2021 will be a better year than 2020. One thing you can do to work toward that goal is to make realistic New Year’s resolutions and to follow through on them.
Your life situation is unique, and you will be best served if you come up with the New Year’s resolutions that make sense to you. Feel free to comment below on some of your New Year’s resolutions.
This article will give you some general guidance about that process and will make some specific suggestions. I hope that the guidance and at least some of the ideas will be useful to you.
What worked and what didn’t?
In general, what did not work for you in 2020? For example, were fresh fruits and vegetables breaking your budget? Even if your apartment complex has nowhere to grow produce, you could consider growing produce in community gardens. Then, you would be able to trade fruits and vegetables that you have in abundance with others who have grown fruits and vegetables that you want.
As another example, if your commercial gym closed because of COVID-19, and you got out of shape, perhaps you should formulate and begin home workouts. Being physically healthy is crucial during disasters.
In general, what worked for you in 2020? For example, if you have a firearm that you know how to safely and skillfully use, you will continue to feel more secure in this age of less reliable police protection. Continuing to practice with your firearm and finding additional ways to make your apartment more secure would be worthwhile activities.
As another example, if you successfully used your first aid kit during a medical emergency, plan to undergo additional training to refresh what you know and to learn more. YouTube has many excellent videos on first aid.
Below is a list of specific suggestions that might be worth considering:
1) If you have run out of storage space for water or other supplies, consider renting a commercial storage space.
2) Have a backup communications plan, even if it is as simple as the ability to send and receive text messages.
3) Use and replace emergency food that has been stored long enough.
4) Visit your dentist and doctors to increase the chances that you will have no potential medical or dental problems that might occur when doctors and dentists are not available during a potential future disaster.
5) Make sure that your contact lenses and prescription glasses are still working well, or even consider having LASIK eye surgery.
6) Replace your over-the-counter medications that are, or soon will be, expired.
7) Schedule your car for a checkup to lessen the chances of experiencing car problems during a potential bug out in the future.
8) Have about $1,000 on hand in your apartment to use in case a power blackout makes electronic credit and debit card machines disabled.
9) Have playing cards and board games available for when power blackouts make electronic entertainment unavailable.
11) Get to know your neighbors and be on good terms with them.
12) Make sure you have a fire extinguisher and know how to use it.
As Max Mayfield once said, “Preparation through education is less costly than learning through tragedy.” Furthermore, nobody knows as much about everything as everyone. Let our readers profit from your unique experiences and knowledge. Please feel free to write out below any New Year’s resolutions that you think will help you and your fellow preppers to prepare for disasters such as COVID-19, widespread unemployment, forest fires, and hurricanes. In doing so, you might save someone’s life.
About the Author:
Dan Vale has a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education. He won the Mr. Delaware Bodybuilding Contest in 1968 and earned his karate Black Belt in 1973. He has had a lifelong interest in physical fitness. Furthermore, for over seven years, he wrote 785 of articles for the Examiner Online Newspaper. Most of these articles were written in his capacity as the Baltimore Prepper Examiner. To see his Amazon books, visit his Amazon author page.
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