There are lots of notions about preparing that turn out to be myths. The very mention of survival or preparation can conjure negative mental images that have no basis in fact.
- Myth 1 – Prepping Is Expensive. Prepping does not need to cost a lot. You can start small and only purchase things that are affordable. In fact, some preparations, including food storage, can actually save a little money.
- Myth 2 – Prepping Takes Too Much Time. Anything, including hobbies, surfing the web, or watching TV, can "take a lot of time." Prepping is a worthy activity to which you are able to devote just as much or as little time as you want. It all depends with your comfort level.
- Myth 3 – You Need A Lot Of Space For Storage. Anyone can create storage space, whether in a small apartment or a house in the suburbs.
- Myth 4 – You Need A Farm Or A Retreat Location. It would be nice if we could each lay claim to a faraway place we could go to, but most of us are not that fortunate. Instead, just prepare wherever you are, as best as you are able to. Any amount of preparation is preferred to none at all.
- Myth 5 – Preparing Will Turn Me Into A Tin-Foil Hatter Living In The Woods Decked Out In Military Gear Threatening People with Explosives. This image stems from media stereotypes of survivalists. Sociopathic loners like the "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski and right wing militias that really enjoy visions of far-fetched conspiracies to warrant firearm fanaticism. The truth is, most preppers are normal everyday people who realize the system may not always be around to support them and so feel they have to look after their own personal safety and security. In a time of ongoing financial crisis, spectacular natural disasters, and technology run amok, imaginary conspiracies by shadowy government entities really are the very least of our problems.
There are plenty of emergencies we can plan for, which range from events with a higher likelihood of occurring, including unemployment or illness in the family, to natural disasters like hurricanes or earthquakes to rare but extremely catastrophic events such as a terrorist attack or pandemic. Whether you're making preparations for a short-tem or long-term emergency the initial steps towards those goals are the same.
Even if you're starting from the beginning without any emergency supplies at all, as soon as you get started with the prepping process, you will soon start to see positive results. As you build on these simple measures, you can expect to be confident in your labor and be rewarded with the confidence that you have done the very best you can to secure your house for disaster.