Quick Guide to Prepping That Everyone Should Read

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An apocalypse looming on the horizon isn't a myth.

Emergencies strike when we least expect them, and they happen even when we are told they won't. Being prepared is the best thing to do for yourself and your family.

The average American family has only seven days worth of food on hand at any given time. We assume that the food we have access to in grocery stores will always be there, but in the case of an emergency (no matter the scale) the normal flow of our everyday items could drop dramatically or even stop completely. Having a basic supply of shelf-stable foods, medical materials and clean drinking water becomes vital in the event of such disasters or when times get tough. Unpredictability can strike at a moment's notice.

Shelf-stable foods have a longer “Use By” date than what is printed

Some cans can last as long as 25 years when stored properly. Food items such as white rice have a lifespan of over 10 years, and honey and sugar are timeless since neither will ever spoil if properly stored.

Medical supplies are a huge area of focus when prepping

Everyone gets cuts, bumps, sprains and bruises, but if the hospital has no supplies left, what do you do? A family medical kit is half of the answer, personal kits are the other. Your family medical kit should contain your most highly used items, such as bandages, creams, disinfectant, wraps and gauze pads. Over the counter medication is crucial as well, from pain relievers to sinus reliefs. Medical prepping should not be and is not expensive, and will greatly benefit you in the long-run. Your personal kits can be as stocked as you want them to be, as everyone's prepping situation is different, but the basic essentials will cover most situations.

Dehydration is the leading killer

Humans can go for three weeks without food, but within days you will experience setbacks without consuming water. Without prepping and including clean water, you may be exposed to contaminated water - that is why gathering clean water should be a high priority. There are simple solutions on the market, such as Lifestraw-- a personal water filter straw that allows you to drink directly from a water source and will filter waterborne bacteria and parasites.

The idea of prepping is not to cause panic, but merely to ensure that when disasters strike or you are dealt with a situation you are prepared to handle it. Start with the basics, and then work your way into incorporating things of value and necessity that you will need.

How do you prepare for an emergency? Let us know in the comments below.