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Are you Prepared? Can you survive a tornado, hurricane, forest fire, financial or political crises? Prepper Helper's sole mission is to help get you prepared. We are Preppers helping Preppers.

Our library of articles and videos, cover everything from food storage to disaster preparedness to survival training for both the new Prepper and veterans alike.

The two important facts you need to know are:

First, prepping is not just about having materials and goods. Being prepared is about having the right mental attitude and learning the skills necessary for you to survive, no matter the situation.

Second, Learn to Adapt and Overcome (LAO). Disaster plans cannot account for all contingencies. Plan, plan, plan, then plan again; then have 10 contingencies for your plans.

For the beginner, we provide the steps you need to start prepping for whatever crises you may foresee. Veterans benefit from thought provoking content that will take you to the next level. Beginners also benefit from our Veteran writers and their contributing comments.

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Prepper (noun): An individual or group that prepares or makes preparations in advance of, or prior to, any change in normal circumstances or lifestyle without significant reliance on other persons (i.e., being self-reliant), or without substantial assistance from outside resources (govt., etc.) in order to minimize the effects of that change on their current lifestyle.

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Prepper Terminology/Acronyms

As you read posts on our site you will see some terminology that you might not be familiar with. If you are new to Prepping, these terms will soon be a part of your everyday terminology and allow you to follow other Preppers.


BI                                 Bug In

BO                               Bug Out

BOB                             Bug Out Bag

BOL                             Bug Out Location

BOV                            Bug Out Vehicle

EDC                            Every Day Carry

EMP                            Electro-Magnetic Pulse

GHB                            Get Home Bag

LAO                             Learn to Adapt and Overcome

OpSec                         Operational Security

PSHTF                         Post Sewage Hits The Fan

SHTF                           Sewage Hits The Fan

WTSHTF                     When The Sewage Hits The Fan

TEOTWAWKI             The End Of The World As We Know It

WROL                         Without Rule of Law

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If you are new to prepping and are not quite sure where to start here is a basic guide to what you can focus on each month. This is set for one person so you will need to multiply the amounts by the number of people you are prepping for.

Water - On average an adult need a gallon of water a day for drinking, cooking and cleaning. You can store drinking water and non drinking water separately or just all potable (drinkable) water. Water is a very important preparedness item. The human body can only survive 3 days without water.

The Basic Needs Plan is a bare bones, you can survive Plan.

The Step Up Plan gives you a littel more variety and flexibility.

The Advanced Plan includes some itmes that will make life much easier and some skills that will help you survive.

Remember that the best preps are the ones in your head. Knowledge, skills, and determination will allow you to survive by using what every you have available.


Basic Needs Plan

Step Up Plan

Advanced Plan


200 lbs.

Grains (Wheat, Rice, Corn, Oats, Pastas)

100 lbs.

Grains (other than basic) (Wheat, Rice, Corn, Oats, Pastas)

1 Set

Sturdy Clothing (Pants, shirts, underwear, socks, shoes, hat, gloves, coat)


8 lbs.

Powdered Milk

1 Box of 20


10 boxes Dry/5lbs. Hot

Plastic Garbage Bags

Plastic Bucket

Dry or Hot Cereal


Sewing Items to repair existing clothing/produce new clothing. Extra fabric, sewing needles, thread, zippers, patching materials, patterns.


8 lbs.

1 lb.




Baking Powder or Soda

Dry Yeast

Dry Eggs

4 bottles

20 cans

1 lb.

Peanut Butter

Canned Meat/Fish




First Aid Kit and Training Course

Canning Supplies, Bottles. Rings, Lids, Pectin.


1 gallon


5 Bars & 2 Bottles

1 Each

Hand & Dish Soap/Shampoo


1 Bottle (each kind)

Denture & contact care items, various basic OTC medications used.


30 lbs.

Sugar or Honey


2 lbs.

Battery Powered Radio

Hard Candies/Comfort Foods


Alternative fuel cooking stove (propane, charcoal, butane, solar etc.)


30 lbs.

Legumes (Dry Peas, Beans, Lentils)



20 Pints

Spices & Seasonings, vanilla, cocoa, vinegar, molasses, etc.

Jams and/or Jellies


Paper & plastic products (eating utensils, cups, plates, napkins.


10 quarts

Cooking Oil

1 each

Manual Can Opener, Shovel, Ax

1 cord

20 lbs.


Firewood and/or

Coal or Charcoal

Sleeping Bag


30 lbs.

Sugar or Honey

20 quarts or

40 pints

Canned, frozen, or dried

Vegetables or Sauces


Alternative cooking fuel (propane, charcoal, butane, etc.)


200 lbs.

Grains (Wheat, rice, oats, pasta, corn.)

20 quarts or

40 pints

20 quarts

Canned, Frozen or dried Fruits


Canned Juices



Lantern and fuel



1 gallon


20 Cans or packages

Canned or dried Soups, bouillon cubes

24 rolls

Toilet Paper and FHP’s


8 lbs.

Powdered Milk

2 lbs.

Powdered Fruit and Hot Drinks


Books and Games for children


30 lbs.

Legumes (Dry Peas, Beans, Lentils

1 per household

Wheat Grinder (Manual Preferred)


Batteries and Flashlights (different sizes)

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