What’s a Disaster Prepper and How Can You Become One?

You probably hear people talking about disaster or doomsday preppers, but have no earthly idea what it means. You might have a basic understanding of the fact that they are people who like to learn survival skills, and beyond the limited knowledge.

Disaster preppers are people who do plan out what they would need and do in the event of serious calamities like food shortages or a natural disaster, but many of these people do it to simply become more independent in their daily life. Here are some ways to be a more independent, self-reliant individual as well.

1. Rely less on technology.

The first thing you should know is that technology is great, but fleeting in times of disaster. If powerlines or communications go down, your phone or your computer won’t be there to help you as much. Teaching yourself to go longer without technology and be more in tune with the outdoors will help you appreciate how useful it is to be more active with other activities.

2. Create a long-lasting storage room.

If you plan on sticking closer to home, it’s never a bad idea to keep a well-stocked storage room. The advice at shows how easy it can be to curate a well-stocked, but more importantly, disaster-approved food storage. Canned foods and non-perishables are a good start, and so is water. You should also stock up on first-aid and medical supplies.

3. Enjoy the outdoors more.

As mentioned, the more you go without technology, the more you’ll appreciate the smaller things. Much of this can be about the outdoors and its vast wonders. Learn to camp more, hike more, be outside, work with your hands to get the most out of your time, and hone your survival skills while having fun.

4. Build more community bonds.

In times of crisis, your social media followers won’t be there to save you. Learning how to build community bonds is an essential part of a healthy life, and serves the other purpose of having a bigger relationship net. Participate in fundraisers, volunteer work, and do things out of your comfort zone that help friends, family, neighbors, and strangers for the good aspects that they can help with. This is a sorely lacking part of modern life, but you can change that for yourself and others.

5. Engage in more fitness activities.

This is a preparation goal that’s also a general life goal for everyone. Even during a disaster, being physically fit could save your life. Running, swimming, climbing, and being able to lift heavy objects are all simple goals that can be accomplished with routine exercise. They help prepare you for life’s obstacles and keep you healthy regardless.

Being ready for a disaster is called prepping, but the skills you can learn along the way to keep you on your toes in these events are also great life skills. Being more active in the community, learning to be self-reliant, and getting more exercise all serve purposes to help improve your life as a whole.

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