5 Practical Ways to Prepare for 2023

By | December 26, 2022

In a recent video we discussed the 10 Challenges that we're going to face in The coming year as Preppers we Understand that it's crucial to not Allow these issues to Define us but Rather it's our responsibility to take Practical steps toward being ready these Actionable items that we're about to Cover in this video will take prepping a Step further than merely fixating on the Doom and Gloom of extreme threats which Often let's be honest take center stage In our community by merely focusing on The extreme possibilities it really only Serves to deter us from focusing on the Practical prepping for the real world The everyday threats that will very Likely impact us all for some these Action items that we're about to outline They may seem trivial others may be Already doing them to some degree and We'll see this as an opportunity to Really double down on their efforts and Fortify themselves while I'm always Careful with this channel of not Speaking or trying to not speak in Extreme terms every indicator points Toward how should I say it difficult Times ahead but to balance that we're Not victims here nor will we be and That's why we do what we do we prepare I Hope you're going to listen to what I'm About to outline and form a plan that Works for you and your family these

Points are very practical and they will Put you in a position to be ready so Let's jump in Download the start preparing Survival Guide to help you prepare for any Disaster I'll post a link in the Description and comments section below Or visit cityprepping.com forward slash Get started for a free guide to help you Get started on your journey of Preparedness Prioritize your finances as we covered In the previous video we're in what many Economists consider the early stages of A recession it's increasingly likely That things will get worse Financial in The coming year there are multiple Factors putting downward pressure on the Markets the way to endure and emerge Stronger from a downward Market is by Prioritizing your financial situation as One of your Preps Financially positioning yourself to Survive can be challenging during a Global recession when your hard-earned Dollars by less inflation and interest Rates increase and you don't have much To begin with if you stockpile food Water General household supplies silver Or anything else and don't have a three To six month emergency fund of cash You're really not thinking for the long Term also if we're lucky you will one Day be old how is your retirement fund

Looking I'm always baffled by the number Of people with very few plans for when They're 50 or 60 or more years of age so Many people are caught up in the Day-to-day that they don't take time to Consider what they'll do when a disaster Robs them of their possessions and Injury forces him out of work or some Unforeseen circumstance destroys their Earning potential when was the last time You reviewed your 401k plan have you set It up and forgotten about it are you Taking advantage of total employer Matching contributions do you have a Tax-free College savings plan for the Kids or grandkids do you have a living Will or will you pass your debt burdens And your financial mess to your kids to Sort out are you prepared for when your Car breaks down or your employer Suddenly lays you off work I'm not a Financial planner or advisor but there Are six things that you can do right now To build a strong foundation for the Future number one ensure your home and Possessions against disasters review Your policies and coverage if you live In a disaster Zone you absolutely have To figure out a way to ensure your home In possessions number two insure Yourself with a life insurance and Long-term care policy if something Happens to you you will have peace of Mind that your inheritors will have the

Resources they need to sort it out Number three trim unused subscriptions And memberships plenty of people have Entertainment services other Subscriptions and gym memberships that They haven't used or barely used in Months look at these and eliminate the Ones that you don't use enough if you're Going to a gym and you pay twenty Dollars a month but just only visit Twice per month you're essentially Paying about ten dollars a visit number Four buying bulk and cook for your solve Have you looked at the price for eating Out for just one meal these days Restaurant prices increased by 12 Percent last year and they will go up From there this next year number five Save ten percent whether building an Emergency fund by putting money in a Coffee can or a savings account you must Try to set aside 10 percent of your Income and not touch it when you have Three months or more of living expenses Set aside you'll be well positioned to Survive most disasters shockingly just Five hundred dollars as an emergency Fund puts you better than 47 percent of The people in America number six know Where it goes start by understanding Where every dollar goes then build a Plan that allows you to save and cut Costs where you can even as the economy Tanks further there's so much more that

Can be said but I encourage you to start With these six simple steps for next Year Implement each in some small way You can download our free Recession-proof guide for even more Information if you do a little of each You'll face disasters with greater Resiliency I'm not saying that money Will be the solution everything that can Happen but it sure does fix many things Get your finances in order before you Worry about prepping for more remote Possibilities grow your own food we've Covered the challenges facing Agricultural production in several Videos this year the supply chain Remains frazzled a big war in lockdowns Are already straying low agricultural Output and crops suffer from extreme Weather and expensive fertilizer Worldwide I cannot stress enough how This will impact our food supply it will Only result in higher prices and Diminished variety if you're lucky some Countries will face shortages and even Famine it will get far worse as next Year your food preps are like a tank of Gas when they are all used up you can't Go any further this next year you must Start to grow something anything to Supplement your food supply a Hermetically sealed canister of seeds Might help you rebuild after societal Collapse but increasing your current

Food supply is more practical gardening Isn't something you just pick up Overnight and many of us are aren't Blessed with large yards or green spaces Where we can grow enough food to sustain Ourselves solely recognizing this we Started a series on the channel specific To Growing your own food in small spaces That we'll be focusing on over the next Several months we're taking a ground up Approach beginning with the basics Building what we need over the next few Winter months and planning a full Deployment in Spring you should check Out that first video in the series and Grow with this this next year it will Enhance your food Security in the Present future and especially after any Disaster I always recommend starting With a solid food supply but learning to Grow your own food is a critical and Necessary step even if it's in a small Garden the key is to develop this skill As it will be a crucial skill for you in The future physical health if you Haven't got your health you don't have Anything when your car won't run or There's no gas coming to your area will You be able to walk the 5 10 or 20 or More miles home from work could you lift Yourself over a six foot wall will you Be successful in the high stress and Strained environment of the aftermath of A disaster time will tell but you should

Be doing what you can to prioritize your Physical health even job loss or Separation stress can raise our cortisol Levels and throw off our biological Systems into craziness the risk of Stroke and sleep deprivation skyrocketed In the wake of these the solution is to Build your physical health almost every Day you need to find a plan that works For you for some that may be as simple As passing on a night of Netflix and Walking the dog after work for others it Can mean a commitment to hiking Bicycling or gardening find a plan that Will work for you and then make it work For you It's easy to say I want to get in shape Or I want to lose weight when I did my Marathon last year I found a plan online It gave me a clear path to prepare for My Marathon if you're interested in Weightlifting for example I enjoy the Workout plans at bodybuilding.com I have No affiliation with them and I'm only Recommending as a solution that I use I Like their app which I can use at the Gym to track my Lifting for cardio I Enjoyed the Apple fitness app well you Can exercise with plenty of videos on YouTube things like yoga Tai Chi Treadmills and more I like the feel of Having a trainer push me in the app and Being able to keep track of the calories Burned and heart rate through the watch

While they do have a cost associated With them I view them from the Perspective of prioritizing my health And the values that they provide our Video how to physically prepare for shtf Functional Fitness and Nutrition is a Good starting point for further Exploration of this there's plenty in There for you to build off of but you Have to be more physically ready to face The challenges this next year because The challenges may be more significant Mental health this is probably the best Point to segue into addressing your Mental health as your physical fitness Enhances it so far this decade has been Nothing short of a crazy making stress Bomb and many out there are pushing the Craziness even further politics are Divisive in leaving neighbors turning on Neighbors algorithms on social media try To get our juices flowing and feed us a One-sided narrative designed to excite Anger and get a rise out of us the power Goes out our gas station runs out of gas Or our stores no longer have the food we Need the modern world seems designed to Make us frantic and crazy and then sell Us a calming solution the disasters that We will face next year the rising costs Of everything and the long hours put in With our currency buying less and less Will all be a crazy making recipe the Very Act of prepping also acknowledges

That things may get far worse tomorrow Than they are already today there's Anxiety and stress in knowing that you Are reading yourself for darker days Tomorrow that's why you will hear on This channel that you must take Continual steps to secure your mental Health and stability you must avoid the High cortisol releasing confrontations When you need to focus on your own inner Calmness we released a video about this Called six things you must do now Mentally to prepare for what's coming Next which is an excellent foundation For you to build upon there are many Challenges on the horizon I've read Recently about the explosion of Depression and other mental health Issues that have come from the events of The last several years if you feel Overwhelmed right now you need to do Something about that find helping Resources build your community and Network strengthen your connections to The things that keep you grounded and Stable at a bare minimum confide your Anxiety-laden concerns with someone you Trust it's okay if you have to take time Off from social media the news or Preparedness videos if you feel Overwhelmed take a step back from it all Trust me it will all be here when you Return to it Actionable goals finally I encourage you

To set realistic attainable goals go Ahead and make them ambitious but not Outlandish you may want to grow 10 Pounds of your own food or a hundred Maybe you'd like to be able to walk one Five or ten miles perhaps you'd like to Just be able to save 10 of your income For emergency use personally I tend to Dream big and I have to continuously Pull myself back to today I have to Force myself to understand that Tomorrow's possibilities are seated with Today's actions ask yourself how you Want to be positioned in the future and Then go yeah okay but how do I start Working towards that today if there's a Skill or goal you want to achieve find a Plan that clearly lays it out for Example don't just say you want a year Supply of food but find a plan explain How to achieve this I outline how you Can do that for just pennies per day in An earlier video called how to build a One year of food storage The Ultimate Guide with how much greater confidence And peace of mind will you face the Challenges of this next year if you know You have food to eat just by what the World throws at you convert your Prepping goals into actionable plans Instead of saying I want to have enough Water stored for three weeks for my Family say in order to have enough water For three weeks for my family of four

I'll need a minimum of four gallons per Day for 21 days which means I need 84 Gallons of water how will I store 84 Gallons of water I can buy a 55 gallon Drum which I can stick in my garage and Then get six five gallon water Containers I'll sit down and calculate These costs and then set aside an amount Of money each month to save up and Purchase these instead of defining a Lofty goal determine the steps it will Take to achieve that goal it's really That simple I'll link to a great Introduction water storage guide that You can reference here eight best water Storage options for emergencies if you Just turn your food and water Requirements into actionable goals this Next year you will conquer most Disasters that it can occur and will Emerge stronger These five items you can act upon today May seem simple to some and impossible To others we're all at different stages Of Readiness we Face different threats And disasters depending upon our Situation in life and our geography and Some threats are Global and will impact Us in some ways you can do something Today to fortify your tomorrow whether That's preparing your finances your food Your water your minimum physical health Or growing your own food to free Yourselves from dependence on Supply

Chains that will fail us I would Encourage you to commit to do something Today no matter how small it may be Storms are going to come political Unrest will likely continue Wars will Continue inflation will continue the List it could go on and on without in Accepting this can ratchet up our stress And affect our health and well-being but You maintain control through prepping Remember the words of the Roman Philosopher mussonus Rufus we must Concern ourselves absolutely with the Things that are under our control and Entrust the things things not in our Control to the universe I have to agree Make a plan and work a plan to make the Problems of next year less consequential To you hopefully this video will give You some practical steps that you can Take if you have any feedback or any Thoughts or anything that you think Would benefit the community feel free to Post that below and as always please Stay safe out there