The Surprising Truth About Preppers: Preparedness 101: 1-1


Truth About Preppers


Welcome to Prep-101! This is Month #1 (Create a Preparedness Plan), the overview. You can find details on the entire course here.  You can also follow me (and others) as we progress through this course on Instagram with hastag #Yohsprep101 and join our facebook group HERE.


Do you have a plan?

I’ve spent about 5 years now interacting heavily with the “prepping” community (aka those who believe that being prepared is an essential part of life).  I’ve “met” (mostly online) many in this prepping community and there are a huge variety of people and beliefs and practices!  Some preppers have multiple emergency bags for different situations, and a fully stocked bunker that no one knows the location to.  Others simply have some extra food and water on hand.  But I’ve learned one surprising truth about “preppers” over the last 5 years:

Most “preppers” don’t have a plan

It’s true!  Sure, they may have an evacuation plan, but many  don’t have plan for how they are going to get better prepared.  They have no systematic way of going about their “prepping,”  and often don’t know exactly what they are preparing for.  Because of this, many don’t start with the most important things for their family in their situation.  They don’t plan what (or how much) food or water they may  need.  As such, they fail to prepare in an efficient manner that makes the best use of their time and money and prepares them for the right things.

I want you to be different!

Preparedness 101:  Month 1 Chapter 1 (The Overview)

This month, I want you to lay out a plan for what you will do to be better prepared in December 2015 than you are today.  That plan will be the foundation of everything you do for the 11 months that follow.  Your plan, what you start with, what you prepare for, the budget you allocate etc will be different than my plan or anyone else’s.  So, this month, create your plan.  I’ll help you out with as many resources a possible.  Check out what I’ve got below and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post.

WHY Plan Your Preparedness:

Section One of preparedness 101 course is all about planning and creating a systematic strategy for preparing your family for what is most important for YOU while making the most efficient use of your time and money.  January will be spent getting this plan in place because:


Monthly Challenge:

Create a preparedness plan for your family.  Decide what you are preparing for and what your budget will be.  Create an evacuation plan.  Gather all important documents you may need in an emergency.  Figure your food and water needs.


Section Chapters:


Overview – The Surprising Truth About Preppers
1 – Three Steps to Discover What You Should Prepare For
2 – Three lists you should make to prioritize your prepping
3 – Warning!  Evacuation Imminent
4 – Products to help you plan: Interviews with the creators
5 – How to Find Money for Emergency Preparedness
6 – How to Find Time for Emergency Preparedness

Free Printables:


Family Evacuation Plan
Adult ID Kit
Child ID Kit
Password Tracker
 What Are You Preparing For?
 3 Lists To Prioritize Prepping

Helpful Products:

If you are interested in some time saving products that will help you create a preparedness plan for your family quickly, click HERE or on the image below to learn more!





Surprising Truth About Preppers

66 thoughts on “The Surprising Truth About Preppers: Preparedness 101: 1-1”

  1. I just wanted to say thank you for the time and effort you have put into this course. I just joined and it is a God send. I’ve been prepping for awhile but my preps are disjointed and unfocused. This is exactly what I’ve needed. Thanks again, you rock.

  2. I made a plan a while ago – to be able to stay in my home and be able to take care of my husband, myself, and family. Then we moved to a different state. Now I feel like I live in the state of confusion, LOL. Actually, I am having to find the little bit I had together and build on it. My husband said I should just start over, and when we find the other stuff – use it for extra – We’ve recently figured out that what I had done before is probably still in storage in the other state. I won’t be able to find out for a while – probably not before the end of summer, or just before the Holidays.

  3. Thank you so much for putting this together- I actually started with coming up with a plan before purchasing things, but I got so overwhelmed I gave up before getting anywhere. I am hoping that by focusing on a section at a time I will make some progress! Your hard work is appreciated. 🙂


    • Thanks for your kind comment Amanda! You are just who I am trying to reach out to: the overwhelmed. I sincerely hope this helps!

  4. Thank you! What a great kick in the pants to make me REALLY look at what we have in place. It has allowed me to see where the holes are and make a plan to fill them.

  5. Misty,
    Thanks so much for the time and effort you have put into this course. I have had preparedness and self-sufficiency on my mind for a while, but I have never really concentrated my efforts…just a little here and there as I see something that sparks a thought. I’m grateful that you have decided to put this information together, and I look forward to getting organized and prepared throughout the year!

  6. I’m really glad I found this site, Misty! Preparing has been sitting heavily on my mind for the last several months but it is overwhelming and I have been at a loss of where to start! I am looking forward to following along with u! The first step is a plan…I will be concentraiting on that this week! Such a logical place to start…but sometimes hard to see when you feel anxious and panicked 🙂

    Thank you again!

    • Stop the anxiousness and panic! No need. Just do what you can. Work on it a little at a time. You will be surprised at the peace even small efforts can bring. Good luck! I’m so glad to have you here!


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