Preparing for a Chemical Weapon Attack

With recent events happening, it makes sense you would want to up your prepping game a bit. Things are moving fast and it is now more important than ever to prepare to shelter in place. Chemical weapons are the thing right now. This means, you need to add a few more things to your emergency stockpile to do everything you can to protect yourself and your family from a potential attack.

There are of course no guarantees that these measures are going to be one hundred percent effective, but if you can give yourself an advantage, why not try?

*Rolls of heavy duty plastic. You will need this to cover doors, windows and vents. Make sure you have duct tape to seal the plastic to the walls. This is meant to block any outside air that may be contaminated with chemicals from coming into your home. Pick one room in the house and seal it up tight if you don’t have enough plastic to do the entire house.

*Gas masks. This is one of the more expensive supplies you will want, but they are well worth it. Check online and you can get some pretty good deals.

*Bottled water. You have to have water that is not at risk of being contaminated.

*House plants. Yes, you need houseplants to help purify the air in your sealed up home. Spider plants, aloe vera plants and snake plants are easy to grow and do a great job of filtering the air.

*An air filter can help clean the air in your sealed room, but it isn’t going to filter out any toxic chemicals or gasses.

*Toilet…if you can seal up your bathroom or a room with an attached bathroom. If that isn’t an option, have a bucket and some heavy-duty contractor bags for an emergency toilet. Don’t forget the toilet paper!

*An emergency radio. You need to be able to listen to the emergency broadcast messages that will let you know when it is all clear.

Just having these few extras on hand can help you ride out a chemical attack. The key is to shelter in place. Roll up damp towels and place them under the doors and over any cracks that could allow air into your home. Shut off all fans and ventilation systems. It doesn’t take long for the gas to dissipate, which means your plastic bubble isn’t a long term living situation.

Always be prepared!

5 Survival Skills You Need to Know Now

There is always a risk your home may be destroyed or become unsafe to remain in for one reason or another. If that happens and you don’t have any neighbors or relatives that you can shelter with, you are going to have to bug out.

Heading out to the wilderness is not a task you should take lightly. You need to have an arsenal of skills before you even attempt such an adventure or you will very likely end up dead. While there are always those miracle stories about people surviving against the odds, they are a big deal because they are so rare. Few people will actually make it.

Some of the skills you need to brush up on now, before the end of the world as we know it, are listed below. They may sound ridiculous or extreme, but these are the basics that mean the difference between life and death.

1. How to start a fire. This isn’t as easy as it sounds. You need to know how to collect the right wood, how to make a tinder bundle and if you are using anything besides a lighter or matches, you need to have plenty of practice getting the spark.
2. How to find and purify water. This is another life-saving skill. Without water, you will die.
3. How to build a shelter. Study and practice making some quick shelters with what you have in the environment. Learn how to build a pallet that will keep you off the ground.
4. Learn what plants are safe to eat that are found growing in the wild. Foraging may be your best bet while you wait for some animal to come along.
5. Hunting is going to be a skill you will need to have if you plan on keeping up carnivore habits. You need to know how to hunt small and large game as well as how to fish.

These are five very basic skills that can keep you alive while you find a more permanent solution to your situation. Food, water and shelter are what every human needs to survive. It makes sense you would know how to take care of all of these needs, just in case the worst case scenario does happen.

Find Your Bug Out Location Now

Even if you are planning to bug in during an emergency or some catastrophe, you need to be prepared to bug out. In some situations, bugging out is really the only option, even if it means you are going to be on foot. While a lot of preppers talk about bugging out and have bags ready to go, it isn’t like you can grab your bag and walk out the front door with no destination in mind.

Where will you go?

You will up your odds of survival if you have a location in mind. Even better would be to have the location in mind with some buried caches of survival food, water and other gear. This requires planning.

Just having a general idea in mind isn’t going to cut it. You need to physically inspect the area, identify potential camp sites and problem areas. Look for a water source. Is there natural cover? Will you be able to forage and hunt or is your bug out location a temporary holding spot until you can find something more permanent?

You also need to practice actually walking to the spot. This is going to help get you in shape as well as give you a feel for the terrain. Without GPS, you need to know how close you are. You will want to know as many details about the area as possible. If there is a stream or creek, you need to know the best place to cross.

As mentioned earlier, if it is possible, hiding some caches along the route and the area can go a long way to keeping you alive. If the land is public, make sure your caches are hidden well. If it is private property—don’t do it! Find somewhere else to bug out.

If you physically cannot walk the distance, then you need to start thinking about how you will get there that doesn’t require a vehicle. Think along the lines of a bike, ATV or snow mobile. Get those items and travel the path to make sure your transportation can actually get you there.

Don’t wait until an emergency to find somewhere to take refuge. Get it done now!