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The Big Three for Beginners

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When you are new to disaster preparedness, it can be a very big deal.

It can seem very overwhelming, and since most of us are on fixed budgets and fixed schedules, this can be very tough on everyone. We all need a starting line.

When you are new to disaster preparedness it can be a very big deal. 

Most prepping beginners are going to benefit from a simple process or direction. What do we focus our money on?

Well, there are three areas that mean the most to disaster preparedness, and you should focus on those first. Let’s call those the big three of beginner disaster preparedness.


This is a three-day resource. That’s all you get. After three days, you are going to die without water or be so immobile that survival is impossible.

Because of this, you need to consider a multi-level solution for water.

From catching rainwater to storing water to having a method of filtering a local water source, this multi-tiered method of water preparedness will assure you always have something.


Food is sustenance, and it is very important. During disaster recovery, you are going to expend lots of calories thanks to cleanup and things of that nature.

Since many people are sedentary these days, it is important to understand that food is going to be high on the list of needs.

Aside from sustenance, food is also an incredible morale booster

Backup Power

In the modern age, we need to generate some sort of backup power. Between our phones and appliances, backup power can create a living space that is very comfortable, even during a power outage.

Whether you go the route of a portable gas generator or employ some solar power, something is better than nothing.

If you cover these three, you should be able to address many of the disaster preparedness needs that come about.

When you are new to disaster preparedness it can be a very big deal.