The prepping movement may have a lot of men, and male preppers certainly have significant visibility, but there are plenty of female preppers out there and many reasons for women to join the prepper movement. Here are some of the reasons women should consider preparing for the social instability that is very likely in our future:
- Women may have more safety concerns than men in an unstable environment.
- Women with children need to be prepared to safeguard the lives and well-being of their children and other family members.
- Single women on their own need to be able to defend themselves and be prepared to survive.
At its heart, being a prepper just means being prepared. Most women are already engaging in prepping behavior, from having first-aid kits in the home and the car, to stocking up on food items. For the woman ready to dive deeper into being prepared for disaster and social unrest, here are some ways to do so.
Learn Self-defense and Get Comfortable with Weapons
Take a self-defense class so you’re prepared to defend yourself physically. Additionally, learn how to shoot a gun and consider buying one. Get a concealed carry permit and use it. There are even great options today for a stylish concealed carry purse, and being a prepper does not mean you have to give up your femininity.
Learn How to Use Tools and How to Handle Various Basic Repairs
Get your hands on some basic tools and get comfortable using them. Try learning some repair skills with your tools. From changing tires to repairing something broken in your home, if you’re prepared with skills like these, you won’t have to rely on others.
Make Plans to Fortify Your Home
You don’t necessarily have to put bars on the windows now, but you should be prepared with what you need to fortify your home against intruders in the future. Have strong locks for all doors and windows, consider creating a safe room with extra security, and have the items necessary to defend yourself.
Learn How to Grow Your Own Food and How to Store Food
If disaster strikes and going to the grocery store is no longer an option, you need to learn how to grow and store your own food if you want to survive long-term. Start doing research by reading prepping blogs. Put what you learn into action, starting right away.
Learn as Much as You Can About Potential Disasters and How to Survive Them
The number of different potential disasters that preppers are guarding against, and they all present different challenges. Learn more about things like nuclear attacks, biological attacks, natural disasters, and major social unrest. Find out how these potential challenges are different and make a plan for how to respond to various scenarios.
One of the biggest strengths women have is their connectivity and community building skills. Once armed with knowledge and skills, it’s your duty to share what you know with other women and the men in your life. Plus, although some people prefer to go it as a “lone wolf” in survivor scenarios, having the right allies with complementary skillsets can be a huge boon to survival efforts.
We all hope none of these disasters ever come to pass, but to ignore these ever more realistic scenarios is something no woman can afford to do. Face the possibilities and start to prepare! Whether or not you have a man by your side, you need to accept that you have unique challenges as well as unique strengths that can help ensure your survival and will even allow you to thrive, no matter what. With planning and training, you can hold your own against any man, and you can protect yourself and your loved ones against threat.
About the author: A recent college graduate from University of San Francisco, Anica loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she’s used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.