Prepping Mommy For The 2017 Apocalypse

The topic that seems to come up with me most regularly concerns “preparedness”. Granted, my forte is more about identifying behavioral concerns in others (and addressing them) but people seem to think that goes hand-in-hand with being physically prepared for emergencies, as well.

I think that the popular term is “prepping”.

There are people who take this to the extreme; you can go online and see some of the obscene amounts of money that some people have invested into this… uh…. hobby? Lifestyle? I don’t even know what it is. I just know that your garden-variety homemade do-it-yourself bomb shelter is pretty pricey these days. I don’t know about you, but I’m just not ready to invest in an underground bunker…. Not until I at least pay off my wife’s Jamberry account (which will never, ever happen).

I’m not criticizing prepping. In a way, I think I am considered a bit of a junior prepper in certain circles. I keep emergency equipment of all kinds handy in my truck and on my person. I usually have a backpack or a bag with me full of my work stuff, a laptop and some “goodies” to help me out. These things give me a sense of security. It’s the blankee to my Linus.

I have had a lot of friends ask me about this. They want to know what I carry, and why I carry so much stuff around.   The truth is, it’s not a lot. I don’t like being bogged down any more than the next person. Also, it’s just a few extra things that make my life a bit easier, and could come in handy in an emergency.

Most of my social friends are moms. I have the unique position of working from home, which affords me a lot of social time with parents at the kids drop off and other school activities. Most of these parents are moms. Most of these questions come from them. It’s not a gender things, it’s just that their specialties differ from mine. When it comes to things like “apps” on the phone, up-to-the-minute deals on things, the newest and best blogs, guidance on children… they are the source. I humbly defer to their wisdom. In matters of safety, security and preparation, they defer to mine.

So, here are my recommendations for anyone (moms or otherwise) on what you can keep with you at all times to make your life easier, and possibly keep you safe in an emergency.

A few notes before we get started. First, I’m not even going to mention those things that we should all have every single day…. like a cell phone and some money. These go without saying. If you do not understand how crucial these two things can be, then you have bigger problems than preparing for an emergency.

Second, this is meant to help you in both everyday situations as well as emergency ones. It’s not meant to be the be-all-end-all answer for every problem. They are just the things that I keep nearby that have served me well in our modern society. You may want to change it up a bit if you are going on that sudden camping trip to the Amazon rainforest…. Start with a quality guide.

Okay, let’s begin. Time to make you into a master prepper for that unlikely chance when the Time is Nigh.

  • Knife – I’m not talking about something that like it should be engraved and hung on a wall next to an inert claymore ….. just something simple, inexpensive and likely foldable. There is a need and a place for the bigger, badder knives in the world, but for the immediate purposes, this will do fine. The extent of my knife has been to cut open boxes, open new toys for the kids and the occasional cord or string getting cut. Speaking of cord….
  • Paracord – Invest in some kind of paracord. It’s cheap, it’s easy to store and your kids can make bracelets, anklets or any other wrist-thing as a decoration. And if you need some kind of string, you can just take it off the kid’s wrist and pull it apart to use (be advised, they may not like that, so be prepared for tears).
  • Cloth – Tears? No problem. A handkerchief or bandana is a great accessory for wiping up messes, tying something up or just your occasional tourniquet.
  • Lighter – Fire is such a critical, basic need for survival. I’m surprised more people don’t just have a simple, disposable lighter handy in their bag or car at any time. You can always count on me having my lighter…. I smoke cigars.
  • Chemlight – You know? “Glow sticks”? Not only are these terrific for shedding light at any time, they are wonderful for having around when it starts getting toward dusk and your kids are running around, be it a playground, when you’re visiting someone, or at an event like the 4th of July. On a side note, I have given many a glow-stick to a parent dealing with a screaming toddler, and the kid always, always shuts up.

Honestly, these are just the few things that you can carry around in your pockets, and they are quite useful. You can be like me and carry a backpack of stuff, and I will go into greater detail about other things to have on you as the year progresses. For now, this “starter kit” should get you through the first part of the 2017 Apocalypse. And yes, I have used them all, and I used them quite regularly. My most recent use was some paracord I had to fix a broken shoestring… I cut it down with my knife and burned the edges with my lighter. Let me see you do that with your little Swiss Army Knife, MacGyver.

On behalf of everyone at the National Advancements for Proactive Safety, I wish all of you and yours a safe and happy 2017 year!


Jason Wells is the author of “Our Path To Safety: A U.S. Secret Service Agent’s Guide To Creating A Safe Community”. He is the President and Founder of the National Advancements for Proactive Safety, an educational non-profit organization committed to providing a safe community through intervention processes and a former Special Agent with the United States Secret Service. Jason is a contributing writer to the online publication Robious Corridor and an honorary board member of the National Senior Citizen’s Committee, and has been featured in the Huffington Post, Forbes, Slate and Fatherly.