Top 8 Prepping Myths Debunked

The following are 8 of the most popular myths about prepping and why they are just that – myths!

All I have to do is call 911.

Help can only go so far, or be there so quickly. There are times when the safety of your family rests on your shoulders. You must be prepared all the time because; you will never know when tragedy will strike again. There will be some situations that you are on your own and that you can’t call anybody for help. Being prepared all the time can help you through these kinds of situation.

All I need is a 72-hour kit.

There are disasters that could last for more than 72 hours and disruption of local services can last for three weeks or more. 72 hours is not very realistic, let’s be more realistic in prepping. If a hurricane like Katrina will strike again, do you think your 72 hour supply of goods is enough for you and for your family to survive that disaster? Instead of just limiting it for 72 hours make it a minimum of 2 weeks. When packing supplies and equipment, make sure that you pack all the necessary things that your family needs. Avoid the “one-size-fits simpleton lists”.

Prepping is too expensive and too complicated.

There are a lot of subtle, simple, and economical things we can do to improve our emergency preparedness. Some people only think that prepping is expensive because they don’t have enough knowledge about it. The thought that prepping is expensive came from companies that market high-priced unimportant gear. We have to educate ourselves more about prepping so that when disaster strikes we know what to do.

Nothing like that could ever happen here.

There are places that are prone to some disasters such as California which is prone to earthquakes and New York that is prone to terror attacks. These disasters can happen to your area too. Disaster can happen to all of us, there is no place here on Earth that is completely safe.

Preparedness must be taught in school.

Preparedness must be taught in schools, but they don’t have time and budget to educate us about those things. You can teach your family about emergency preparedness yourself.

I can get all the information I need on the Internet.

The Internet is the biggest resource for free information today. You can search a lot of tips or information about preparedness on the Internet. The only problem is that there are sites that give wrong information that could cause bigger problems. So make sure that the information that you are getting from the Internet are truthful. Also, when the grid goes down in the event of a crisis of emergency, the Internet goes as well. Store valuable survival knowledge in your head and don’t just save it on your laptop.

It’s just like camping

Preparing for a disaster is not like preparing for a camping trip. When you go on a camping trip you can survive for a couple of days without much and besides it’s always possible you can find a nearby store where you can buy things you need. Preparing for a disaster is totally different, you have to pack all the necessary things that you need and you have to make sure that your stock can last for many weeks, because if disaster strikes and you ran out of stocks there will be no grocery store available for you to buy essential stuff.

My insurance policy will take care of everything.

Insurance agents are not going to rebuild your life as easy as that. Insurance companies are more concerned about their own life than yours. There are some insurance companies who do not cover terrorism or disaster related incidents. So make sure to check your policies.


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