Civil Unrest: Are You Prepared?

riotingIt seems like things are getting more out of control every single day. Police are being shot. Police are shooting people. Politicians are getting busted for shady dealings. Terrorists threaten the world as we know it so much so that people across the country are afraid of their own neighbors. Society in general is falling apart and riots seem to be the way people respond to things they don’t like. Riots bring out the worst in people. It is scary business and you never know when people are going to get mad and take matters into their own hands.

Civil unrest seems to be looming. You don’t know what may trigger it, but you can prepare to live through it. It doesn’t matter if you are one of the ones who is encouraging it or if you just want to keep your head down and get through it all. Preparing for the worst is your best chance of making it through the ugliness of civil unrest and the devastation it brings.

Food and Water

You may be forced to hunker down at home for several days, weeks or months. You will want to have a good supply of food, water and other basic necessities. Grocery stores will likely be closed. You won’t have anyway to buy new supplies and leaving your house to do so could be dangerous.

Home Defense

Whether you are part of the revolt or not, your home and the lives of your family will be at risk. Civil unrest means there will be no law readily available. You won’t be able to call for help when rioters and looters take advantage of the chaos. You will have to defend yourself and your supplies on your own.solar

Preparing for No Power

Depending on how widespread and how severe the unrest is, you may have to go without electricity. It may be cut by authorities trying to regain control or taken down by rebels intent on destruction. Employees may not show up to work at the power company. You may not be able to work, which means you won’t have money to pay the power company anyways. Be ready to take care of cooking and heating without the luxury of electricity.

Bug Out Plan

If you live in the city or suburbs, things may get extremely dangerous. Heading for the hills may be your safest bet, but you don’t want to set out without some kind of plan. Come up with a bug out plan and be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

We have seen plenty of rioting and rebellion in the past couple of years and preppers are constantly monitoring hot topics in the news. It only makes sense to be prepared for something bigger and for a much stronger response. Be ready and you can ride it out.

5 Things to Do Today to Prepare for an Apocalypse

food pantry-1When you think about prepping for a future apocalypse or something on a similar scale, it is easy to get overwhelmed. There is so much to do and so little time (possibly) and you don’t know where to start. Do you run out, max out the credit card at Costco and call it a day? No. Don’t do anything rash. You don’t know when the end of the world as we know it is going to come. It could be tomorrow, it could be next year or it could be 10 years down the road. It is all about prioritizing and taking small steps forward. Every little or big thing you do is going to make a difference.

You need a starting point. The following things you can do right now to help prepare you for an apocalypse on either a small scale or an all out world-changing event.

1-Take inventory. Yep, go dig out your supplies and write down exactly what you have. You can make your own spreadsheet or download one of the hundreds of different lists from preppers that are available on the internet.

2-Organize your space. If you don’t have a dedicated shelf or pantry for your prepping supplies, consider cleaning out a hall closet or making some space in the laundry room. If you can get to the supplies fairly easily, it will make it easier to see what you have and load more supplies on the shelf.emergency supply list

3-Make a list of things you still need. If there is something really important that is missing, like a water purification method or basic kitchen tools like a can opener, those need to be at the top of the list. Keep the list handy so it stays fresh in your mind. When you get an item, mark it off and the next item on the list takes priority.

4-Come up with a disaster plan. If you know disaster is coming your way, you need to spring into action and don’t have time to think about what to do and who is going to do it. Have a backup plan as well. If your goal is to bug in, go with that, but also have a plan to evacuate in place, just in case. Your plans should include tasks for each member of the family. If you are bugging in, someone needs to lock the doors, cover the windows, fill water containers and so on. If you are bugging out, have bug out bags at the ready and your route already planned.

5-Put together a binder. This binder will include copies of your inventory lists, things you want or need, ideas you gather from surfing the internet or talking with other preppers and your disaster plan. This is also a good place to store copies of your insurance policies, birth certificates, deeds, emergency phone numbers and other important information you will need.

These few things will help get you organized and on a path to prepping for the future. It doesn’t cost any money to get organized. Plan a few hours or make it a project for the day.

What’s Your Poison? SHTF Scenarios and Prepping

Children need reassurance after a disasterThere are a lot of people who are preparing for the end of the world as we know it. TEOTWAWKI is on the minds of people all around the world. When you talk with other people who are into storing food, water and other supplies, you will discover you have a lot in common. Then you will get to talking and realize you have very different ideas about things. The reason you prep or the guy down the road preps is likely to be very different. You may think he is completely out of his mind and should be wearing a tin foil hat. Guess what? He probably thinks the same thing about you.

It doesn’t really matter why you are storing up a bunch of food and other emergency supplies, what matters is that you are prepared. Now, depending on your reason for prepping, you may have some unique items on your shelves that other preppers don’t have.

The following is a brief list of SHTF scenarios and the unique supplies you would want to have to survive those scenarios. If you want to cover all of your bases, it wouldn’t hurt to add a little bit of everything. Can you ever be too prepared?

EMP–This could be caused by a massive solar flare from the sun or a nuclear weapon being detonated in the air. An EMP would essentially fry all electronics. You would want a Faraday cage to store some of your electronics, like a set of 2-way radios, cell phone and other devices that have any kind of electrical components.

Chemical Weapon Attack—Being able to seal up your home to make it basically air tight is high on the list for folks preparing for this. Thick plastic, duct tape and gas masks are all essentials. You would also want some kind of air purifier to help keep the air in the house clean.root cellar

Nuclear Attack—In the event a nuclear weapon is dropped, your only real safety would be a fallout shelter deep underground. Many preppers have these and have built them themselves for under 20k. Having a supply of Geiger counters, radiation patches and full protection suits would also be a necessity.

Economic Collapse—This is always a looming threat and many people predict the dollar will become worthless. In an effort to prepare for that day, those folks are buying up gold and silver pieces, which would become the new currency. Precious metals would be the only way to “buy” things when the dollar falls, which would likely lead to the collapse of several other currencies.

These are a small sampling of potential scenarios. Things like a collision with an asteroid, the ozone completely failing and a super volcano erupting are also on the list of things to prep for. If you talk with enough preppers, you are sure to hear just about every possibility. The key is to diversify your preps so you are ready for anything.

13 Staples You Need in Your Emergency Food Pantry

file0001706313190When you are shopping around for things to put on your shelves for a rainy day or after a major collapse, it can all seem a little—messy. You add a little of this, a little of that and look around the grocery store to find a few other odds and ends to fill the shelves. If you are stockpiling food without a plan in place, you need to stop. You have to have an idea of the meals you will make after SHTF. It may seem trivial, but it is important.

When you have some basic staples, you can prepare a variety of meals. You won’t have to worry about getting bored with the same food every single day. Eating canned foods for a month will get old and can make you ill. Adding freeze-dried foods to the mix is a good idea. There is no rule that says you can’t have a variety of quick meals, like freeze-dried and a variety of staples that allow you make some good old fashioned home-cooked meals.240serving-cat

The following 13 staples should be included in your pantry. This way you always have options.

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Cornmeal
  • Coconut oil (vegetable oil goes rancid)
  • Raw honey
  • Pasta (variety of noodles)
  • Seasonings
  • Cocoa powder
  • Instant milk
  • Rice
  • Dried beans (pinto, kidney, navy)
  • Coffee

With these basic ingredients, you can make filling meals that taste great and offer the family a lot of variety. It is amazing what you can create with just a few ingredients. You will have the ability to mix things up and create some new recipes that are sure to please your family. Adding a can of corn to a pot of rice or adding some canned fruit to a homemade biscuit can help change things up.

Each of the items on this list can be safely stored for decades without spoiling. You will want to make sure you seal the food in Mylar bags and store within a sealed bucket. Between your freeze-dried foods, canned foods and these basic staples, you will be set.

What Will You Eat After the Apocalypse?

empty shelvesAfter an apocalypse on either a minor or major scale, food is going to be scarce. As humans, we tend to automatically jump to thinking about where our next meal is coming from. While we may be able to technically live several days without eating, nobody is really excited about that idea. Food is comforting. It gives you strength and it keeps your body healthy. You need food so it is pretty normal to think about what you will eat after some calamity befalls us and people have looted the store shelves.

You have several options.

Stockpile Food

This is probably the most obvious option. It ensures you are set up and don’t have to go out hunting for food right away. Storing nonperishable foods that include a variety of freeze-dried, dried and canned goods will ensure your food supply will last for months or longer. If you are dealing with a serious apocalypse, you will eventually run out of food, which leads us to the next options.120-serving-emergency-food-supply (1)

Grow a Garden

A garden will feed you somewhat and that is assuming it is the right season. Many preppers have greenhouses so they have a fresh supply of fruits and vegetables all year round. It is something you should definitely consider.

Raise Livestock

Another thing preppers like to do is raise their own food. Things like rabbits, pigs, chickens and even goats do not require a great deal of space and are fairly easy to raise. Learning animal husbandry that ensures you have a steady supply of food is a very wise idea.

Hunting

This is what many people assume they will be doing a lot of. Hunting will get food on the table, but how often you hunt and how often you actually get something will make a huge difference. You will want to brush up on your hunting skills so you know how to do it when your very life depends on it.

Foraging

This is probably one of the last things anybody thinks about when they think about eating after a collapse. Believe it or not, foraging will be one of the easiest and best shots at eating if you don’t have a stockpile of food. Learn about edible plants now so you have something to eat immediately after a collapse.

11 Reasons You Need Loads of Baking Soda in Your Emergency Stash

baking-soda-768950_960_720As you are stocking food, water and first aid supplies on your shelves to use after SHTF, you need to do what you can to add loads of baking soda to your shelves as well. Baking soda is an extremely versatile and inexpensive product you can use for cleaning the house, cooking and even cleaning yourself. Baking soda is one of the most important things you can put into your emergency storage. Prepping is about stockpiling items you can use to make life a little easier, cleaner and safer for your family after SHTF. You want to fill your shelves with things that can be used for a number of different purposes. Baking soda is one of those things.

Not convinced? Check out some of the ways you can use baking soda.

1-Baking soda and a couple drops of water make an awesome toothpaste. The soda whitens your teeth while killing harmful bacteria in your mouth. You can make a big batch and add a few drops of peppermint essential oil for that minty fresh feeling.

2-A little baking soda and water can remove stains from clothing, furniture and even carpets.

3-Bee stings and bug bites will feel much butter with a baking soda paste applied. It stops the stinging almost immediately.

4-Sprinkle a little baking soda in the bottom of your trash can or clothes hamper to eliminate odors.drain-1060909_960_720

5-Mix about a quarter cup of baking soda, a teaspoon of dish detergent and a little vinegar to create a foaming bathroom cleaner that is completely safe and non-abrasive.

6-Clean your kitchen or bathroom floor with a mixture of half cup of baking soda and a bucket of warm water.

7-Clean your bbq grill by sprinkling some baking soda onto a wire brush and scrubbing the grate.

8-Remove stains and freshen carpets by sprinkling baking soda over the area and allow to sit for about 15 minutes. Vacuum and the carpet will look and smell cleaner.

9-Cure rashes and soothe skin irritations by adding half a cup of baking soda to the bathtub.

10-Pour a cup of baking soda down a clogged drain and follow with a cup of vinegar. Removes the clog and cleans the pipe all the way down.

11-Add a half teaspoon of baking soda to a cup of water to relieve heartburn.

This is just a small sampling of what you can do with baking soda. It is such a versatile tool and the fact that it is a natural remedy means you won’t have to worry about any harmful chemicals. Buying baking soda in bulk bags or scooping up boxes each time you go to the store is something you will want to commit to.

Why Duct Tape is a Necessity for Preppers

tape-589079_960_720Preppers all have that one thing that they absolutely do not want to be without when it hits the fan. If you have ever played out those what-if scenarios in your head, you probably have one thing that you must have should you find yourself stranded on a deserted island or the equivalent. Maybe you have watched those survival shows where the person was dropped off in the middle of nowhere with just a couple pieces of gear. What is your dream gear?

For many preppers, it is duct tape. Duct tape is the dream gear that many preppers want to have in their bug out bag or emergency survival kit. Why? There are many reasons. We will cover a handful. You can probably come up with another 50 right now and in a true survival situation, you could double that number when you are forced to improvise.

1-Duct tape can be used to fashion a sling. Fold it in on itself to keep it from sticking to your neck.

2-Use it to hang plastic over windows and doors. If you don’t have plastic, garbage bags will do.hiking-566087_960_720

3-Duct tape can hold branches together to make a shelter in the wild.

4-Cover your shoes with duct tape to make them a little more waterproof.

5-Use it as a fly/mosquito catcher in your tent.

6-Cover a wound with a cloth and then wrap it with duct tape to keep it dry.

7-Make butterfly stitches with a couple strips of duct tape.

8-Use it to hold your pants up.

9-Fold it in on itself to make a rope for hanging your food from trees or dragging gear.

10-Fix a hole in water bottle, tarp or your sleeping bag.

11-Tape your knife to a long branch to make a spear for hunting.

You get the idea. There are so many different ways you could make duct tape work for you in a survival situation. This is true of things like a hunting knife, garbage bags and paracord. You truly only need a few versatile pieces of equipment to help you survive in the wilderness. Check your bug out bag again. Do you really need everything in there or can you lighten your load a bit by choosing gear that can be used in many different ways.

What’s In Your Prepper Garden?

food-960070_960_720If you haven’t started your prepper garden, you still have time in most areas of the country. That means you still have time to think about what you want to grow. Unless you have acres and acres of fertile land to use for your garden, you need to use the space you do have wisely. While it may seem fun to plant this or that just because it seems like the thing to do, think about whether or not it is the best use of garden space along with your time and energy.

A prepper garden will ideally feed your family during harvest season and for months following the harvest. Not all foods are suitable for preservation that doesn’t require a freezer. While it is certainly okay to grow enough broccoli to have plenty of fresh, it isn’t a vegetable you can really can. You could dehydrate it, but the quality is going to be pretty funky. There are plenty of other veggies that are great fresh, but not so great for canning or drying. You have to assume you won’t have electricity, which means you won’t have a freezer.

Some prepper favorites for the garden are things like beans, corn, peas and carrots. Corn can be an issue if you have limited space. Each stalk will only give you a couple of ears. It takes several ears to get a single pint jar filled with corn.corn-fields-928380_960_720

Potatoes are an excellent option and can be a meal in themselves, but it is not wise to can potatoes. Drying potatoes is an option. If you have a root cellar, the potatoes you harvest at the end of summer will easily stay fresh until early spring. This applies to a number of other root crops as well and apples. As far as space goes, yes they can take up some serious space in the garden, but you don’t have to grow them in the garden. In fact, growing potatoes in a large garbage can is an excellent way to maximize space and save yourself the problem of weeds and pests.

Your prepper garden is what will keep your family alive after a disaster upsets the food supply chain. While you are thinking about the foods you like to eat fresh, also consider adding plants to the garden that you can preserve. Home food preservation is an ideal way to stock your pantry without costing a lot of money.

Are You Physically Ready to Bug Out?

walker-1208261_960_720Preppers are experts in varying aspects of preparing to survive some major event that puts the world into chaos. They have a ton of food, water and basic supplies that will sustain them for months or longer. They have plans and back up plans that will lead them away from danger and to a place where they can start over. Preppers can make fire from just about anything and have a great deal of knowledge about how to survive with nothing more than a knife in their pocket.

But are preppers physically prepared to do all of the jobs necessary to actually put that gear and those skills to use?

If you get winded walking upstairs or walking to check the mail, you are not going to make it. It is that cut and dry. How can you possibly expect to walk 20 miles or more with a heavy pack on your back if walking into the grocery store from one of the far out parking spaces is a lot of work? You have to get in shape. If you are out of shape, you are likely not in the best health either. Your physical health should be put at the top of your list of things to do. You will dramatically increase your odds of survival if you are physically capable of strenuous activity.

Here are some things you can do now to help get you in a little better shape and more prepared to handle the physical aspect of survival.cliff-1081762_960_720

  • Spend at least one of your days off hiking or backpackin
  • Chop wood with an ax
  • Manually plow your garden or spend some time using a rake
  • Take walks around your neighborhood
  • Walk to work if possible or walk to the corner market
  • Park in the way out parking lot when you go to the mall or big box store
  • Do some minor weight lifting
  • Yoga—not a joke, very good at building up your muscles

You don’t have to be the toughest, strongest or the fastest, but you do want to be able to keep up. If you tire after the first couple of miles, you are going to slow down your group. The weakest and slowest are always going to get picked off first. Do your part and get your booty moving and get in shape! Eat right and lose those extra few pounds you have been talking about losing for years. Doing the activities above is going to get you in shape and you will be better prepared to live in a world where modern conveniences are a distant memory.

Canned Food 101 for the Beginning Prepper

If you are interested in stocking up food to use in the event of an emergency, you may canned foodhave some questions. When you talk to other experienced preppers or do some research online, it is easy to panic and think you can’t possibly build up a supply of food that will last you for months. It can seem like an impossible feat, especially when you think of the cost involved.

It isn’t nearly as difficult as it seems. These are some tips that preppers have been using to get their supplies built up. Yes, it does take time. Yes, it does take money. However, slow and steady wins the prepping game.

Set a Monthly Budget

Before you head to the store and start shopping, set a budget. You don’t want to buy too much, too soon. You will burn out. You will also end up spending more money than you need to. Part of prepping is doing what you can to get yourself in a good financial spot. Spending a lot of money on food that you are storing away could result in financial hardship.

Pick the Right Foods

Don’t buy foods your family will not eat. It is a waste of space and money. Do what you can to diversify your food storage, but keep it to the foods you eat. If your family isn’t a fan of tuna or peas, skip them and spend your money on foods they do eat.

Use Coupons and Shop the Ads

Don’t be afraid to be a bargain shopper. Have some money set aside so you can buy big when a canned food sale does hit. Learn some of the tricks mega-couponers use. Buy one get one free sales are an excellent way to beef up your pantry at half the price.cans

Get the Most Bang for Your Buck

Buying in bulk is generally the best way to save money. You will still need to do the math and make sure the bulk price is a good bargain. It isn’t a wise idea to buy bulk cans or family size cans of foods. You have to assume you won’t have refrigeration. Can your family eat a huge can of tomato sauce in one sitting or a big can of chili? You don’t want it to go to waste. An option is freeze-dried foods. This allows you to use a portion of the can, seal it up and it will be good for several weeks or longer. The freeze-dried foods have longer shelf lives and will taste just as good in 20 years as they do today. Canned food will lose flavor and does run the risk of spoiling.

Prepping is a great way to give yourself peace of mind. You will sleep better knowing you have a supply of food to sustain your family should there be a disaster or a financial collapse that leaves the budget stretched thin with no room for groceries. A supply of food is smart. Start with these simple tips and get started building up your food supply today.