Prepping boils down to having your own insurance policy on family’s lives. It will allow you to continue living on mostly your own terms while others are dependent on a government relief that may never show up.
Your home will of course be your main shelter in any disaster, but if you should be forced to leave you will want to have a plan in place.
A bug-out location is an important part of the plan. It may be a cabin by the lake or a tent that you can set up in the neighbor’s woods or as simple as a couple friends who would welcome you into their homes.
Whatever your plan, it should be clear to all your family members what it is, so that everyone will know where to look in case you are separated.
Experts tell us to plan of using one gallon of potable water person per day.
You can try and store this much if you like. There are a plethora of storage containers on the market designed just for storing potable water. An internet search will turn up lots of creative ways that a prepper can use to store water.
You should also have a way to collect rain water. This is as simple as a rain barrel for home owners or as complicated as plastic sheeting into pots for an apartment dweller.
Finally you will want some way to purify your water. You may need to resort to a questionable source. Always go for the best filter system you can afford.
In my opinion too many preppers focus on food in exclusion to other more important things. If you have the money it is pretty easy to buy a “One Year Supply” of freeze dried food and think you are set. Have you ever tried to live on that stuff? It is a good supplement, but skills in hunting, fishing and trapping will put much nicer food on your table.
Getting a basic 30 day supply of canned goods (the stuff you already eat) can be done gradually by buying an extra can or two each time to go shopping, and then rotating what you store into your regular meal times.
After that then think about laying in a few months of freeze dried food. But plan on supplementing it with as much fresh food as you can find.
Finally it won’t do you much good to have all these supplies put away if someone can waltz right in and take them from you.
Invest in good home security (locks or bars on doors and windows) and some classes on personal protection (armed and unarmed).
As you can see prepping is just common sense. It tries to foresee possible bad things that can happen to you, and makes plans just in case.