Sunday, February 20, 2011

Being Prepared - The First Priority

Being prepared is all about priorities. Even minimal efforts at prepping will force you to seriously examine your priorities. You will need to establish some very definitive priorities that will allow you to maintain a sense of normalcy in your life. If you want your prepping efforts to be successful, priorities must be established and maintained so as not to defeat your original purpose for being prepared.

While there are a number of items that are important in successfully being prepared, some are going to be more important than others and you should take this into account when organizing your preps. It also doesn’t take a “preparedness expert” to realize what your priorities should be.

Now some may want to argue the point depending upon their point of view on what should be your first priority but I think they are fighting a losing battle. No matter who you are or what stage of preparedness you desire to achieve your number one priority should always be your health.

In the beginning, your efforts at prepping should be focused on achieving and maintaining a good state of health. A lack of good health is sometimes the only thing that will make you realize where your prepping priorities should be. You won’t survive very long if you have a heart attack and you’re not going to walk very far on a broken leg. All the food and water in the world won’t save you if wind up with a serious illness that won’t allow you keep anything on your stomach without throwing it up. Even the simplest of ailments could leave you seriously dehydrated and in a life-threatening situation.

So where do you start? First get a good checkup. You can’t prepare for a problem if you don’t know it exists. Make sure you have the proper medications you need to treat any current conditions you may have. Need to wear glasses? Do you have a spare pair? If not, you better get an extra set. That rifle won’t be of much use if you can’t see the sights! Do you know First Aid and CPR so that you can help out other family members in an emergency? Or do you plan on calling 911? Do you have a well-stocked First Aid Kit just in case?

The first priority of prepping should be focusing your efforts on achieving and maintaining a good state of health. Your health and the health of your family should always be your first priority.

Be aware. Be informed. Be prepared.



Susan Weido said...

That is so true. I'm currently working on getting our family into cardio shape incase we need to hop on a bike and leave. Will also focus on strenght training so we can carry back packs.

Riverwalker said...

If we fail to safeguard our health, everything else in our lives will be affected. Too many times, we neglect the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle until it is too late and the damage has already been done.

Thanks Susan.