Prepping in Spring Time It’s about mid-April now, and in Colorado the days are starting to feel like spring. I love that the days are longer, it’s getting warmer, and even though I had three-foot piles of snow on the north side of my house just a couple of weeks ago, it still feels like winter is on its way out. I know we’ll get more snow before winter is totally gone, but spring feels close.
This time of year I am just like anyone else, I spend time doing “spring cleaning.” Actually I start getting this urge to get the house deeply cleaned before it starts getting nice out because I know that once the season arrives I will want to be out on the water or in the woods as much as I possibly can, and for the next 9 months I will be trashing my house with sand and dirt that I will be tracking in from my journeys. I know that I won’t want to spend time cleaning my house when I could be outside. Suffice it to say that the winter time is when my house is its cleanest, and I will reluctantly do the cleaning I have to do the other 9 months of the year to keep the place presentable.
One very important thing I do in the spring is assess my supplies that I store for emergencies or disasters. While you’re doing all of your other cleaning, this is the perfect time to inspect and evaluate your emergency supplies. Most likely you won’t need to take immediate action unless you had some event(s) during the winter that caused you to use up your supplies (I’m thinking of Boston), but you want to be sure you have at least the minimal amounts of food, water, batteries, etc. that you might need for potential tornadoes or power outages that come with spring storms. You can read my recommended supplies to keep on hand for disasters by clicking here, and another article about surviving disasters by clicking here.
The reason I perform this task in the spring is that it gives me several months to either rebuild my stores or to add on to them; if you have the space, you can never have too many provisions. It also gives me time to re-think what I have or don’t have; what can I get rid of or what do I need to get? Of course, every year I do this I realize that I need more supplies.
When I think about the possibilities of what could happen that could hole me up in my house for a long time (longer than a snow storm), I know I don’t have enough of what I need, and I know that I have not addressed all of the things I will need to be prepared for if that happens. There is always something new that I think about when I evaluate what I have and what my plans are. For example dealing with human waste is something I thought I had covered, but after thinking about my supplies for that, it is really not sustainable for a long term siege. That is something that a lot of people don’t think about.
Sometimes it means getting rid of outdated food, old batteries, or something that I thought I might need but really don’t need; like a power cord for a phone that I don’t have any more, or a battery pack for a drill that has broken and has been recycled. A good battery tester is invaluable when you are checking your battery supply, and for preppers a good solar charging system for batteries is a good thing to have. You can get a good solar charger for under $100, and they can charge phones as well.
Spring is also a good time to stock up on kerosene, coal, and firewood. The high-demand season has passed, and most places will want to unload their remaining inventory, so prices will be lower than if you were to purchase these items in the fall or winter. This is a good time to buy large quantities of these items and store them for next winter. Along that same line of thought, if you need a wood stove or kerosene heater, late spring is the best time to buy them for the same reason.
As I mentioned above tornado season also comes with spring, and unfortunately there have already been a few bad ones this month. If you live in an area that is susceptible to tornadoes you want to be sure your survival materials are stored in your basement or crawl space in case your house is blown away. You may have to dig through some rubble to find your supplies, but they are more likely to survive if they are stored below the ground surface. If you have the ability to build a tornado shelter underground, that is even better.
Preparedness is something we should all think about on a regular basis. Weather is the primary cause of people being without the basic things we need to live our daily lives, but some day it could be something other than weather, like civil unrest, war, or a meltdown of society in general. I don’t believe that a zombie apocalypse is going to happen, but I am prepared for an apocalypse of whatever type, you should be prepared as well.