Prepping for the Beginner

Updated – Sept. 12, 2013

This page is a launching page for a bunch of links that will help the beginner prepper.  Don’t get overwhelmed, get informed and act! This page will be added to frequently.  If you have article suggestions for this page, please email me – todd.sepulveda [at]



• Food Storage
More food storage tips. A Tiered Strategy.
Food Preservation: Let’s Talk Methods
Food Sales
Massive VID library on food storage and water purification
Getting Started in Food Storage – Good Article w/ advice & expiration dates

• Water Purification
Water Purification ideas, You want me to drink what!?
Safe Water – Forum w/ a ton of info.
Back to the Basics: Water for Survival

Firearms for Beginners
Understanding Caliber, Millimeter, Gauges and Ballistics
Video: How to Hold a Gun (Rifle)

• Medical
The Case for Medical Preparedness

• Gardening
Gardening Tips for Beginners
Gardening Link Bomb – Tons of Great Articles Sorted for You

Six Tips for Dealing With the New Prepper
Portable power generators in an emergency and things to consider
Back To Basics – Things you should keep
Getting Started Prepping! – My Spouse has Doubts!
Making A Campfire – A Beginners Guide
First Things First: Key Questions Facing The Beginning Prepper
Common Prepping Mistakes
What if Nothing Happens
Ten Fast Track Tips for the Single Apartment Prepper
12 Months of Prepping – The First Year
9 Mistakes Typically Made by Preppers
PODCAST: Zero to Prepared – Fast, Simple and Low Cost
10 simple ideas on how to start prepping
A lot of good stuff easy laid out
POD: Holy Crap I Just Found Out Everything Isn’t Super – Part 1 (Good Newbie Info.)  Listen to Part 2.

18 responses to Prepping for the Beginner

  1. Ilona May 29th, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Doctor PrepperI have been prepping tgurhoh most of my life. My grandmother did it, my mother did it and now I do it and my grown children are doing it. There have been a few times tgurhoh out my adult life that I did have to rely on my stores. The last of which is right now! I suddenly became disabled after being a nurse for 42 years. I did not plan on retiring, but here I am. My income is about 25% of what it was while I was working. Thank the Lord that I have prepared! My life style has not changed and I have plenty to eat. I will be moving into a smaller dwelling in the near future, but that will be the only change. My vehicle is paid for; I have no debt; I have more than a lot of people do today. I will continue to prep no matter what. Now that I am no longer working outside of my home I have found that I remain quite busy with my large garden, canning, quilting, needle work and sewing. I have more time to make most things from scrtach and in turn save more that way. I cannot imagine why anyone would choose not to be prepared.Thank you Mr. Stevens. I personally appreciate all of your efforts.Sandy F


    • duggy dugg August 15th, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      good going ..sorry to hear of the disab… sewing is a great skill .. i looked at a treadle sewing machine today.. i see you are a canner …excellent … us city folk have less incentive to prep … but we can and do …


  2. Rodolfo Garza Jr November 11th, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I know a lot of people , well they say this is all nonsense , it will never happen. I believe it will happen, the writting is I the wall it’s just a matter of time. I don’t have the funds to make this happen right away but hope to get started in something to get ready. To many people wearing blinders im not one of them i see it coming. Thanks for the info.


    • Sara Mary May 6th, 2015 at 4:15 am

      Last year the water supply in my town got poisoned by some disease, so we couldn’t use tapwater anymore…I had a great laugh at all those who said I was crazy before that day…they were all in panic not having enough water while I never had a problem….


  3. Survivor Mike December 21st, 2012 at 11:28 am

    This is a great resource and we’ve linked to it on our site.

    Love the site.


    • Todd - Prepper Website December 21st, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      Thanks Mike!



  4. Thomas February 6th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Calling on all preppers. Please save a young family and pass this message on if it does not pertain to you!

    I am new to the preppers basic and advanced skills. I want to learn skills for my family before buying anything of significant value only to find out I wasted it later on. Minimalizing gear, time, skills, only down to the required ones would be my end-goal. So much as to not waste time.
    My name is Tom. I am young (26), and am healthy. I also do not smoke or drink. My hobbies and interests are already gardening, adventuring, hiking, camping, and survival! I need help. There are too many skills to list here, but I want to get started. Whatever your area of expertise is please let me know. I will settle for short brief sessions to an all-out, take me out into the deep dark wilderness in the night. For a month(s). Haha.. well, actually I would! I am not burdensome or stupid. I pick things up fast and can do much of any physical activity required. So I am helpful.

    I am calling on someone who has the time to show me the way unto thy skill. I have endurance and health on my side and have had a prior passion of survival before I realized I should be learning them much sooner. Again, I do not have many resources so I would rather focus on learning and helping someone.

    I would even do things as a challenge over the internet or phone if I could not meet and be with someone in person. I have lived outside in the woods for six months before. When winter came around I had to stop. And this is where I am. I found out, I have zero skills for cold weather! Help me someone! I will bless you in any way I could. I do not intend to be burdensome!

    From everywhere usa. Currently I live in Iowa State.


  5. machele February 18th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I have just recently realized that I need to start prepping. My question is I currently live in VA on 1/4 acre of land. While I am somewhat in the country my house is still easily accessible from just about anyone. Is there a better state to actually set up for mine and my husbands safety?


  6. GraywolfSurvival March 16th, 2013 at 4:35 am

    @Thomas: I live quite a ways away from Iowa but if you have specific questions, you can always email me at I’m not an expert in everything by any stretch but I’m government trained and have lived in 4 combat zones and grew up in the back country – enough to know that I don’t know everything, but also enough that I’ve survived a few times I wouldn’t have otherwise. In most cases, a lot of money isn’t going to be your answer anyway so at least you see that already.

    @Machele: There is no perfect ground, especially for an unknown threat, but there are some basic concepts that you could pick up from some military sources. Some states may have some advantages over others but it would be much easier to either improve your current location or move somewhere that would cost less. I don’t really know your situation but you may want to consider banding with neighbors or those close by, and improving your communication ability instead of the cost of uprooting everything. Remember – each year, thousands of people move from the East Coast to the West to improve their lives, and each same year, thousands of people move from the West to the East. Work with what you have as you learn, and then change what you have as you learn what’s better.


  7. economic colapse March 23rd, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    I see it coming to problems are already coming up. My advice is start small but work your way up. Whatever you are prepping for keep an eye on what’s happening. And remember DON’T listen to people who call you crazy, stupid, or insane because when something does happen you’ll get the last laugh.


  8. wolfpack April 3rd, 2013 at 6:09 am

    The government has sixteen trillion dollars in debt and only about 10 trillion in their possession.Hmm,six trillion dollars under no problem there.

    P.s.please do not reply to me.


  9. Eric April 3rd, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I have just realized I have been a prepper for over 30 years. When I found myself living in my car in the middle of winter freezing my butt off and starving. I had a lot of time to think about why I was in that position. I swore I would never be unprepared again. so I have always kept portable shelter and food at hand. In recent days I have realized that I need to increase my preps. your site is looking like a good source of info. Thanks


  10. duggy dugg September 10th, 2013 at 6:15 am

    hardening doors and windows is a must ..canned panels…dehumidifier …ibc for water storage …so far i have the canned foods …prepping is a big deal in time and money


  11. Survival Gear September 25th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Interesting. I had no idea prepping was getting so big! My family and I have been ‘prepping’ since the early 80s. Now we have a solid fort, replenishable food&water systems, and everything you can imagine plus a lot of secret goodies…


  12. Castrophia January 5th, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Hello, due to the state of the economy and other external stimuli I would like to start prepping for total social collapse that I estimate will occur fairly soon. My only trouble is I am 16 and when I broached this subject to my parents they neglected my concern saying that it is not eminent and my time would be better well spent managing school and a social life (I don’t really have any friends outside of school and even in school my friends and I often discuss situations like the one I believe is most probable.) I love my parents but I don’t think they take my concerns seriously and I want to make sure they are safe if this happens because in all probability I will be out of state. If possible I would appreciate it if anyone could give me advice on how to get my parents to view my concerns seriously so that I can make sure they are safe.


    • flo August 15th, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      Your parents probably believe they have everything covered and that you should be a kid while you still can be a kid. Truth be told our kids can teach us things if only we will listen but sometimes it takes busting down a brick wall to get us to listen. So if they won’t listen to reason then YOU start small. Even if you only have a couple of dollars at a time to spend then buy some extra soap, a couple extra cans of soup or something like that. It will take time but the stuff WILL add up. Be sure, at some point, to buy some candles or flashlights and later the batteries. Then present your parents with one of the flashlights, complete with batteries, and tell them “this is just in case”. BTW, at some point buy a plastic tote and all this stuff you get goes in the tote. Then one of these days, when you are feeling brave (LOL) show your parents what you’ve been doing. Oh, one more suggestion, if you have occasion to go grocery shopping with your parents by all means do so. While shopping ask if you can buy an extra box of cereal, extra couple of canned goods, you get the idea. Of course this all goes in the tote, even if you have to wait and put it all in the tote later on. I can tell you from experience some people will never get it, so you just have to suck it up and do your own thing whether they agree or not. Good luck my friend!!!


  13. Dan March 30th, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Cool video and great page man. Looks like this has been up for a while, but for some reason, just now seeing. For as much crap as southern prepper1 gets, I feel like he’s a good dude that’s done a lot of good for our world. great to see these guys together.

    Thanks for posting Todd!

    Dan C.


  14. duggy dugg August 15th, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    to the sixteener have the right idea.. lots of things will be needed .. oregano oil is a strong disinfectant ; tastes awful ; works on dental abscesses ; i swear it kills colds if swallowed several times ; oregano oil is milder and can be used in ears ; scalp; tooth pain ; etc ;

    other needs are tooth paste ; toilet paper [ composting poop ] if you have a secure spot , a hunting knife ..if dad has a pistol so much the better… lifestraw makes a drinking water filter you can hold in your hand for something like 20 dollars … you can store a lot of stuff in one of those under the bed storage containers

    cooking can be done with twigs in a rocket stove ; buy a 4″ metal smoke vent tee from home depot .. stand it on one end of the top of the tee ; stick twigs in the stem of the tee ; light them ; you will be amazed at the fire rocketing out the other end of the top of the tee that is pointing upward watch the link

    several sites talk about growing food in a barrell with a grow light all the way to a year round green house … maybe mom and dad will get on board if it seems like a viable hobby for you b 4 the crisis [ emp ; grid down ; dollar crash ; etc ]

    have good success ..forget luck … make your own…. :)


Leave a Reply

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required Email Address * Types of Subscribers Daily Subscribers Weekly Subscribers Email Format html text mobile
rss twitter facebook linkedin youtube email google+ instagram