Preppers usually have their own philosophy for preparing for the next natural disaster, life-altering event, the zombie apocalypse, even doomsday. And that philosophy doesn’t change often.
But many people are taking a deeper look at recent events in the world and are using what they learn to reshape their philosophy on prepping. The COVID-19 pandemic, natural disasters, weather woes, government shutdowns, economic injustices, social justice movements, and so forth all influence how we prepare for what’s to come.
Let’s look at how current events can influence your prepping philosophy and better prepare you for future events.
Current events almost always have some effect on our finances. From the shutdowns caused by COVID-19 to natural disasters to social justice movements, recent events like these can negatively impact your economic landscape if you aren’t prepared.
Of course, you should have money set aside and a plan to continue generating income should you lose your job. At the same time, you should look to expand your financial portfolio with alternative investments should traditional currency and stock options collapse.
Alternative investments like NFTs, cryptocurrency, real estate, art, precious metals, and collectible items are fantastic to have in your back pocket in the face of a major economic downturn. Just be sure you understand the risks associated with these types of investments, tax requirements, and have the funds available to make these investments.
Current events can also influence how you prepare living arrangements.
Where You Live
Where you’ll live has likely come up in your preparation discussion. Whether prompted by a tornado, rising unemployment rates, or the lingering effects of the pandemic, you’ve probably had to take a hard look at where you live and whether a move is necessary.
A plan for where you’ll live is crucial in your prepping philosophy. You should map out:
- How you’re going to escape a natural disaster
- Where you’re going to go after such an event
- How you’re going to keep your family safe
- How you’re going to make a move should it be necessary
- What resources are available to you to help you find a new place to live
- Considerations to make when moving to a safer location
In addition to where you’ll live, you’ll need to address how you’re going to live.
How You Live
When the world shut down, many of us called the way we lived into question. For instance, you may have found that you’re living beyond your means, that you aren’t taking care of yourself as you should, or that you’re a lot more materialistic than you’re willing to admit.
You must prepare for how you’re going to live after disaster strikes. For example, you may want to ditch city living and learn to live a minimalist lifestyle in the country. Or you may want to downsize your home and get rid of things you don’t need so that they don’t drag you down when it’s time to navigate a crisis.
Current events can also influence your prepping philosophy by making you think long and hard about holistic healthcare.
Ongoing social, economic, and racial justice movements sparked the conversation around how people took care of themselves during these times. However, the pandemic furthered the holistic health conversation.
Not only are people worried about their physical health during this time, but they’re also finding that their mental and spiritual health are suffering. The isolation, economic burden, and living in a constant state of unknown because of COVID-19 all contribute to an ongoing battle with keeping our spirits up, our bodies healthy, and our minds strong.
So, holistic healthcare has become more critical, especially in a prepping philosophy. How are you going to take care of yourself wholly to remain self-sufficient? How will you keep yourself in good shape after a crisis so that you don’t just survive but thrive through it?
Current events have also made us put a spotlight on food.
People panicked when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit, mainly regarding food, groceries, and other household items. People were stockpiling canned goods, hand sanitizer, tissue, cleaning supplies, and other grocery items. Many were so fearful of not having enough for themselves and their families that they were physically fighting other store patrons to snag the last box or bag of something.
Although it may be tempting to stockpile certain items and become selfish when disaster happens, don’t. Instead, think logically about what you might need and only compile enough resources to hold you over until the next time you can get to a store or supply center.
It might also be a good idea to learn how to grow your own food, make your own cleaning supplies, sew your own clothing, manage first aid circumstances, and survive off of little to no resources for a specific amount of time.
Current events can influence your prepping philosophy in various ways. They’ve made us pay special attention to how we will manage and grow our finances when disaster strikes.
Current events like the COVID-19 pandemic made us take an in-depth look at where and how we will live during a crisis.
And lastly, current events influence our prepping philosophies regarding how we’ll address holistic health and food. So, all in all, we can learn a lot about how to prep successfully for major events through how we navigate current events.