Before I begin this article, let me just take a moment and apologize to my regular readers for not updating my website for a while. In addition to prepping, the main thing that has kept me from posting here is that I’ve been very busy working on my new book so that I could deliver it to my publisher on time. Now that I’m done with that, you can once again expect more quality articles about prepping to be published here at Preppers Illustrated.
We all have our own personal reasons for prepping. Regardless of what your reason is, one thing that good preppers have in common is that they prepare for major catastrophes but also for the day-to-day things that they expect might come up.
For example, winter is right around the corner so let’s take a few minutes and talk about some of the things that a good prepper can do to prepare for winter.
- Many preppers heat their homes with wood stoves so now’s a great time to have your chimney cleaned. The last thing you want to do is have your house start on fire because too much creosote was built up in the chimney and you neglected to have it cleaned.
- Since were talking about wood stoves, make sure that you have plenty of good, “seasoned wood” ready to get you through the long cold winter.
- If you have a traditional furnace, it’s probably a good idea to have it professionally serviced. There’s more to keeping your furnace running properly than simply changing the filter. Having your furnace routinely serviced and maintained by a qualified technician is the best way of keeping it running at peak efficiency.
- Make sure your snowblower will start and run properly. If you forgot to run fuel stabilizer through the fuel system or you didn’t prepare properly for its summer vacation, you don’t want to find out that it won’t start during the first heavy snowfall.
- If you don’t have a snowblower, make sure that your snow shovels are easily accessible and in good repair. This is the kind of item that tends to get stashed away during the summer and if you forget where you put it, you’ll be really mad at yourself the first time you wake up to a foot of snow in your driveway.
- It won’t be long before the temperatures drop below freezing so don’t overlook your vehicles when it comes to preparing it for winter. Some of the things that we personally like to do are switching to wintertime wind shield washer fluid, replacing our summer tires with snow tires, and making sure that the heater works properly.
- We also like to winterize the windows in our house by putting the type of plastic on them that shrinks tight when you warm them up with a hairdryer. In our old home with single pane windows, this makes a big difference on how warm our house stays during the wintertime.
- If you have pipes in the crawl space under your home that are insulated, now would be a good time to make sure that no critters have chewed the insulation off. If the insulation needs to be replaced or repaired, it’s better to do it before the temperatures are so cold that your pipes can freeze.
- In many areas of the country, power outages tend to be more common during the winter. With this in mind, I suggest that you take the time to test your emergency backup generator and make sure that it will start and actually output power.
These are just a few ideas of some of the things that you may want to do to prepare for winter. Remember being a prepper isn’t always about preparing for a breakdown in organized civilization.
Don’t make the mistake of not being able to see the forest through the trees. Sure, it’s important to prepare for possible major catastrophes but it’s just as important to prepare for the challenges that may arise during your day-to-day living.