Slow but Steady

I started preparing about one year ago after what I saw happen in the financial markets. I, like many others are getting myself and my family ready for whatever the world can throw at us. However, like all of us I’m not even sure what I’m preparing for. That in itself makes the job more difficult.

If I knew a hurricane was going to be here one week from this Wednesday that would be a pretty  easy list to put together. But I don’t know when or what I will face, when it will start, or how long I will need to be self sufficient.

Thus, we are faced with what many of us see as the scramble  of a life time. Why, because what ever “it is” …it could happen tomorrow.

In some ways you can drive yourself crazy (and I have to some degree) trying to out guess myself regarding our overall supplies.

Should I buy a first aid kit first or should I buy another case of baked beans. Should I spring for a generator or should I go buy that used .40 Glock I saw the other day. It will drive you a bit nuts if you let it.

In the beginning (LOVE THOSE WORDS BY THE WAY) I would agree and suggest that you secure a few of the basics. Food, water and a decent first aid kit come to mind. Much of which you all ready have around the house. Don’t forget that much of preparation is organization. If you have it and need it but can’t find it you might as well not have it at all.

My son and I do most of the prepping around here and we are trying to keep things simple but focused at this point.

I don’t know about your house but at my house money is an issue. I can’t go out and spend twenty thousand dollars in one shot to get ready for an event they may not happen for five years.

Here then lies the solution, at least ours. Once you get a few of the obvious items that would be needed in nearly any emergency, start setting small goals.

For example my son and I just went out and bought five—five gallon gas cans. Total cost by the way about 60 bucks. In two weeks we’re going to go fill all of them up and store them in a safe place. Total cost, about 68 dollars.We would love to be able to go out and buy 100 gallons of gas and be able to fill twenty gas cans. For us right now that not practical.

We are now in the habit of spending about 120 dollars per month to prepare. Next month we will pick another area we think we need to fill in a bit more and we’ll drop another 120.

Now ever family budget is different but take the time to sit down either with yourself or with your spouse and talk about what that “number” is that you can comfortably set aside for that rainy, perhaps very stormy day. Cheers, Paul Karcher

About The Author

Like many of you reading this, I too am a prepper. I manage money for a living but I have many interests outside of the four walls of my office. I am a novelist, Bow Hunter and sailor. I have been married to the same beautiful woman for over twenty years now and we have three great kids.I hope some of my thoughts on the world and our country will be of interest. Cheers! Drink great wine... life is short! Paul

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  2. Kathy

    Fantastic Post! I think as responsible adults we should be prepared for the unexpected. Too many people don't think about tomorrow, they only live for today. I live in a rural community, where you just don't go to town 10 miles to get a loaf of bread. My spare room has been turned into a food warehouse. Some may call this uncalled for, me, I feel this may be very necessary in event of any unexpected event.

    Kathy P.

    • Paul Karcher

      Hey Kathy, thanks for the post. Just checked out your web site… very nice… I'll be back we I need something. Paul Karcher

  3. Paul


    What would happen to the US military after a total collapse? I can't seem to find an answer so that's why I pose this question. Wouldn't they just install martial law until things got better? Wouldn't they help the country get back on its feet?

    • Paul Karcher

      Hey Paul, that depends on a few things. Perhaps the most important is whether or not the grid is still up. If the power grid is down it will probably mean that it is every man for himself. If I'm in the military and the grid goes down I'm going home to take care of my family. Cheers Paul

  4. True North

    Hi Paul, well done for taking the initiative in the first place to prep, and good for your son to be involved. I would suggest instead of storing gasoline, perhaps have a bicycle in the garage that is well tuned up (atleast one for each memebr of your household). You may not be able to obtain gasoline or use your car in the event of a crisis. Atleast having a good bicycle on hand is useful and it sure beats walking!
    Best of luck with continuing to prep!


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