We have seen it happen a few times in the last year. Civil unrest and rioting prompts police to shut down entire neighborhoods and even rural areas. Blockades are put in place and people are not allowed to come or go. Sometimes the stipulation is if you leave, you cannot come back in. An impending disaster like a fire, snowstorm or hurricane can also result in a complete shutdown. Could you survive without leaving your home on the supplies you have right now? You wouldn’t be able to run to the store for toilet paper, milk, bread or any other necessity. What you have is what you got.
That is a scary scenario for some, but it does happen more often than you think. Residents are forced to decide to take anything they think is valuable and flee their home; not knowing if it will be standing when they get back. Or, they choose to hunker down and ride out whatever is coming their way until the last minute. Many people have poured their entire life savings, energy and their very soul into their homes and can’t imagine leaving it to chance. If you are one of those people and you want to stay to protect what is yours, you need to be prepared.
Having at least a week’s supply of food, water and basic necessities on hand at any given time is a must. Ideally, you should aim to have at least a month’s supply. If it is a disaster that is coming your way or the civil unrest is especially bad or violent, leaving your home after a week to get supplies could be futile if there is nothing left in your local area.
Don’t get caught off guard. You just never know when the next riot or natural disaster will force you to stay in place with the supplies you have on hand. The recent snowstorm along the east coast is a perfect example. Supplies were wiped out and those who didn’t plan ahead were left without. Get started prepping for any disaster, big or small.
It happens every year in one part of the country or another. A major snowstorm will paralyze a region for days. This leaves inhabitants grappling with the difficulty of getting to work, school and to the store to get basic supplies. This is why you must be prepared to hunker down for a few days while the area recovers and snowplows can get the snow off the road.
Heavy snow is almost surely going to knock out the power, which means you have an added difficulty to deal with when things are already tough. You need to be ready the day before the storm hits. Trying to get the supplies you need to ride out the storm the day of is difficult. You won’t be the only person who waited until the last minute. It would be a really good idea if you were ready to shelter in your home for several days, any day of the year.
The following list of items will help you stay safe as you hang out at home for a few days.
Non-perishable food items; canned foods, dehydrated foods and freeze-dried foods
Flashlights, lanterns and lots of spare batteries
Bottled water—if you are on your own well
Blankets—lots of blankets to help keep you warm if the power does go out
Sterno burners to cook your food
A generator is great if you have your own home
Deck of cards
Solar charger for cell phone, laptop/tablets
Coffee percolater and coffee
Emergency candles and matches
Be prepared to spend your time in one room of the house and close the doors to the rest of the rooms if the power goes out. The smaller the room, the easier it is to heat with your body heat and candles. NEVER burn any kind of fuel in a closed room. Put on your coat and beanie and wrap up in a warm blanket.
Don’t let the lack of power and inability to leave your home get you down. Enjoy the downtime and spend some quality time with family. It isn’t so bad eating by candlelight and playing old fashioned games. Reading books or simply having a real conversation with your family is also pretty exciting. Who knows, you may just come to appreciate being unplugged for a bit.
If you are in any part of the country that gets typical winter weather that includes snow, ice, rain and frigid temperatures, your bug out plan must account for the dangerous conditions. Bugging out of your safe and warm home in the dead of winter could be more dangerous than riding out whatever is headed your way. Hypothermia can set in within three hours if you are exposed to the extreme cold. Frostbite can begin in as little as 20 minutes when it is cold and there is a serious windchill.
If you don’t absolutely have to leave your home, you should always try to find a way to shelter in place when the weather is extreme. If you have no other choice but to leave, you must take extra precautions to ensure you can stay alive.
Extra gear will be critical to your survival in a winter bug out. You can’t simply throw on your hiking boots, grab your bag and head for the hills. Your life is going to be extremely difficult as you prepare to hike through rough terrain that will likely be slick with ice or impossible to see with loads of snow on top. The following list of items includes some of the things you need to have at the ready should you have to bug out in a winter situation.
Gloves—double gloves may be necessary for extreme temps
Snowshoes—if terrain calls for it
Cross country skis—if you know how and have a long way to go
Snowsuit—or pants at the very least that will keep your clothes dry
Winter coat that is warm, but not so heavy movement is restricted
What you wear is your best line of defense against cold weather. Dress for the occasion. Don’t assume you will stay warm because you are moving. Yes, you will feel warm, but you cannot leave your skin exposed to cold weather. Frostbite and severe chafing are very possible. Do what you can to cover your skin and get to shelter withing three hours. You cannot travel long distances. Be prepared and your chances of survival are seriously increased.
Every week there seems to be a new threat to the world’s economic stability. Many of us are just waiting for the other shoe to drop. It is very obvious a major collapse is coming. Will it be this year, in 5 years or in 20? Nobody truly knows, but with the current state of the economy and the extremely unstable future, it seems like it would be a good idea to start prepping for a major collapse.
It is impossible to predict exactly what would happen, but you can expect food shortages, power outages and restrictions and martial law. You must be prepared to live without your job. For millions of people, a job loss means they will face foreclosure. If you are prepping, but yet you still have a mortgage, you need to consider the possibility that you could lose your home. Can you move all of your preps?
One of the best ways to prep for a financial collapse is to start getting out of debt now. When there is a run on the banks and businesses are forced to close their doors and people are without jobs, the inevitable chaos is just around the corner. You are not going to have the money to buy basic necessities. Load up on those now.
Now is the time to start learning how to garden and hunt. If you are fortunate to own your own land, you can live there and rebuild. You can be self-sustainable. You will want to learn how to collect water or have a well drilled on the land. Learning how to live without power is going to be another hurdle many of us will face. The government is going to be tapped and unable to provide food, medical care and financial assistance. It will be up to every person to figure out how they will survive in a new world.
Spend some time thinking about what you can do to save money today so you are better prepared to handle a major collapse that leaves the majority of the country in poverty. If you have a high mortgage, the chances of you being able to stay in your home are going to be slim. You have to have a backup plan. Plan now and start thinking about what you can take with you. Hone your gardening skills and think more long term.
As we roll into a new year, many of us are aware we are getting that much closer to our world falling apart. Nobody knows what it will be. It could be a terrorist attack that sets us on our heels or a natural disaster that is so big and devastating, the ripple effects would effect us all. War, a financial collapse or a number of other scenarios could leave us scrambling to get the basic things we need in life, like clean drinking water.
One water purification method that every prepper should learn is SODIS or solar water disinfection. This is one way to make water to drink without using chemicals or a filter. It is effective and has saved thousands of lives in third world countries.
It is a fairly simple process and only requires a few plastic bottles. If you can get your hands on 20 bottles, even better. The only real drawback to SODIS is the length of time it takes to make the water safe to drink. On a sunny day, it takes about 6 hours. On a cloudy day, it is best to leave the bottle in the sun for two full days.
To purify the water you will want to use BPA-free plastic bottles. Bottles with the 1 in the center of the recycling symbol are best. Do not use glass containers. Do not use bottles that are bigger than a 2-liter. Fill the bottles and screw the lid on tight. Place the bottles on their side in the direct sun. Putting the bottles on a flat rock or on the hood of a car is ideal. It heats the water from both sides.
SODIS is effective at killing bacteria, protozoa and viruses. In order for this method to be effective, the water must be relatively clear. If the water is cloudy, pour it through a cloth or t-shirt a few times to help clear it up.