What is Prepping

What is Prepping?

Article by Sage Shannon.FEMA

My grandparents didn’t need to prep. There was always a garden in the summer, canned food in the winter, fifty gallons of fuel for the tractors and livestock such as rabbits, chickens, pigs and cows. We lived in the country in Michigan and other than a snow storm there wasn’t much too worry about.

Unless this scenario describes your life, prepping and or survival skills are something you need. That is unless you enjoy standing in line all day to discover the FEMA truck has run out of water and you need to come back tomorrow.

I classify preppers on a Zero to Five scale.

  • The Zeros have done nothing but they realize they need to start but just don’t know where and it seems a little overwhelming.
  • Level One people would last about a week with the food and water they have on hand.
  • Level Two people could go about two weeks to a month before they need someone to feed them.
  • Level Three people could maybe last up to two months and they could also bug-out (leave their home with an hour or two notice with sensible belongings).
  • Level Four people could last six months to a year and bug out in half-an-hour.
  • Level Five people can live indefinitely where they are, on what they have. They can grow food, slaughter and dress animals and deliver a baby when necessary. The probably wouldn’t bug-out because they are where everyone else would want to be.

For the level one and two preppers it’s time to step up your game. Prepping isn’t just about disasters; it’s about being self sufficient in any situation. Lose your job? Well there is food in the pantry for awhile isn’t there? Get stuck in a snowstorm on the Interstate? There will be a lot less anxiety/panic because you never let your gas tank go below half and there are blankets, food and water in the trunk.

cast iron skilletI like to think of my prepping as a hobby. Some people have a boat or go snow skiing for fun but I like to surf the web and look at products. I have learned how to cook with cast iron in a wood fire and would like to get better. When I figure out how to keep those pesky rabbits and squirrels out of my garden maybe I can preserve some of those veggies and make pickles like my grandmother’s. I own a lot of canning jars.
There is much more I want to learn. There is much more I need to learn. There is much more I need to acquire and buy.


My food stores are a little lower than I would like, we are just coming off a long unemployed streak and it helped us through the rough patch. I aspire to buy a year’s worth of dehydrated food for two. It lasts ten years in the can and I would sleep better knowing we have it. A wood stove would be very nice along with several cords of seasoned wood.

I won’t lie to you. It does take money to prep and living on a budget makes it difficult. As the saying goes, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”

Article by Sage Shannon.  Sage Shannon lives on a couple of acres in Southern California with her husband, three dogs, ten hens and one happy rooster. She writes, gardens and loves to cook. A former journalist for a daily newspaper, Shannon considers prepping an highly underrated skill in today’s world.Shannon

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