Getting Prepared for the worst
Do you have enough food and water to survive a week if the SHTF? Did you know that in a major disaster it could take less than 3 hours for the supermarkets to be completely emptied out? It is recommended that you have enough food and water to last 72 hours, but in a major disaster you will need much more than this. Try to store extended shelf life foods (canned foods are the easiest) that do not require water to prepare and food that can be easily rotated into daily use as they approach the freshness date. Store plenty of water, at least 1 gallon per person per day for drinking. If you have an extra bathroom immediately fill your bathtub with water or fill a water bob as soon as a major disaster strikes, this water can be used for cleaning, bathing and for the toilets. If you have a lot of storage room or a yard, filling clean plastic trash cans with water could also be helpful.
If you don’t have enough money to go out tomorrow and purchase dozens of boxes of freeze-dried food and jugs of water, get in the habit of buying a few items for your survival cache every time you go grocery shopping; this could be cans of soup, dried noodles and pasta, or a gallon of water. Over time you will have an acceptable survival cache that can make a huge difference.
The FEMA Website has a list of items that you would need to have in a BASIC short-term emergency kit:
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
- Local maps
I have my basic short-term kit plus other essentials stowed in a Rubbermaid ActionPacker so it’s easy to grab and take with us if we had to bug-out. The rest of my preparations, like canned goods and water, are stored on a chrome wire shelving in the garage – I think everyone should have at least a month worth of food and water.
I’m not going to delve into this subject much, because for some it’s a personal preference whether or not to own a gun. I think you should take into account your location and surrounding crime in the area in order to make that decision. I myself own firearms and have them safely stored in my home. There are several firearm reference website links on my right sidebar that can educate you one proper gun safety/storage in your home and can help you make an educated decision.
The reason why you should consider purchasing a firearm (or non-lethal protection) is that with a national disaster there can be chaos. In one scenario there could be looting of homes- when food runs out people will eventually try to steal food.
Being Called a Prepper is Not an Insult
Doomsday Preppers is a show on National Geographic channel that documents the lives of what they call “preppers”; people that have decided to be prepared for a major disaster or end of the world scenario. Although the word ‘doomsday’ in the title conjures up some pretty negative thoughts, it’s a reality that something disastrous could happen at any time. The term “preppers” came about in about the early 1990’s, before that, people who prepared for disaster were just called survivalists. For some, the term ‘survivalist’ sounds like a person dressed in camouflage that hangs out in the woods with a cache of guns and living off the land, but preppers and survivalists are synonymous and refers to one that is prepared or making preparations. All in all preparing for a disaster is just a smart thing to do, will give you peace of mind and can also be a lot of fun.
Have an Escape Plan in Place
Plan a place for your loved ones to meet after a disaster if your home becomes unsafe. Choose two places, one just outside your home and one outside your neighborhood in case you are told to evacuate (It is also a good idea to keep your gas tank at least half full at all times). Making a family emergency plan and being informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses is very important. The FEMA website has another great check list for preparing your family for evacuation.
It’s Not About IF it’s About WHEN
With all the things that could go wrong and cause a major disaster it pays to be prepared. Here is a short list of different events that you might need to prepare for:
—- Government Preparedness Resource Websites —-
—- Preparedness Blogs/Info Websites —-
—- Survival/Disaster Kit Retail Stores —-
Costco Survival/Emergency Food
Campmor Survival/Emergency Food
Chepaer Than Dirt – Survival Gear
Survival Gear Source