If any of you are thinking “what the heck is prep pondering?” Well, let me clue you in some. First, let’s look at the word “Prepared” or “prep” for short.
Prepared: to make ready, usually for a specific purpose; make suitable; fit; adapt; train
Now let’s take a look at “Ponder(ing):
Ponder(ing): to weigh mentally; think deeply about; consider carefully
Each of us has been in a situation when things did not go “as planned”. This meaning you broke down on the side of the road, you were snowed or iced in, you lost power due to a storm, hurricane or tornado or you heard a “bump” in the night in your home. At that point, if you were not prepared, you pondered on making sure you were ready the next time. Therefore, you were “Prep Pondering”. There, that was easy enough, but did you? Did you go ahead and prepare for the next time something like that happened? Maybe you did, maybe you didn’t. Well hopefully we will be able to help those of you teetering, to just go ahead and do it.
When I tell people that I “prep”, they first look at me crazy because they think that I am crazy (those of you that know me know the truth). Then they ask me “why”? They hear the word “prep” or “prepper”, and my credibility goes right down the tubes in their minds (sometimes). However, I do not have a secret location in the mountains or a bunker buried under ground with a six year supply of water, guns, ammunition, and food, nor am I against or making fun of anyone that does. What I am referring to is having a 4-5 day supply of water & food, a small “bug out bag” or BOB in your home and car, a propane cook or camping stove, some type of heater, and any other items that you may need in an emergency situation.
For instance, pack a small backpack or bag in the winter time to put in your car that has a blanket, water bottles, snacks, heat packs, first aid kit, whistle, gloves, wool hat or maybe even some type of power inverter to run a laptop or charge a phone. Many of my friends were trapped on the expressway a year or so ago during a snow and ice storm for 12-24 hours with nothing.
Another good example is to have a Bug Out Bag in your home with things like flashlights or glow sticks, water purifier, matches or a magnesium fire starter, some protein or energy bars, dehydrated meals, small metal cooking pot or cup, necessary clothing and undergarments, contact solution (if you need that), medications, first aid kit, work gloves, and the list goes on. Basically, something you can grab and run out of the house or into a safe room with in case of a tornado, hurricane or house fire. Things that you will need or normally use in case you are without your regular “comforts”.
It’s good to practice emergency procedures with your family so they will know what to look for, and expect if something goes wrong such as possible burglar in the house, you hear tornado sirens or if they smell smoke or the smoke alarm goes off. If you have firearms in the house or car, it is very important to teach them not to handle the firearms unless they have been properly trained. That goes for adults as well as children. When I say “trained” for someone, especially a child, I mean if they see a firearm, to notify an adult or someone who normally handles the firearm. Not to just pick it up. Even though your children or family members may know how to handle firearms, there is always a possibility of a friend coming over, handling the firearm, and having an accident. It is always best to keep your firearm locked up somewhere safe, and only the adults have access or the key. The top of the closet does not count as somewhere safe unless it is in a safe or lockbox.
The bottom line here is you are not given a schedule or time line to when something may not go “as planned” or when an emergency may arise in your home, car or work. Just as you can’t go out and run a 42k marathon without proper training and planning, neither should you expect a good outcome if you have not pondered about prepping.