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!

Importance of Being In Shape for the Apocalypse

It is pretty easy to get caught up in the act of packing bug out bags, stockpiling food and water and gathering basic supplies that will help you live after SHTF. Prepping is all about making sure you can survive with what you have. In a worst case scenario, you would have to bug out to safety. It isn’t like bugging out means you walk across the street. You are going to have to put some distance between you and whatever it is that has threatened your life.

In almost any scenario, bugging out is going to have to be done on foot. You aren’t going to have the luxury of jumping in the family car and driving away from disaster. You and about a million other people are all going to have the same idea in mind. Have you ever tried to drive home after attending a big concert or sporting event? It is chaos. You get nowhere fast. When you have the end of the world breathing down your neck, you can’t afford to sit in a traffic jam. You have to walk.

Could you physically walk 20 to 30 miles in the shape you are in now? Could you do it carrying your bug out bag or possibly even carrying your small child? If the answer is maybe, you are in trouble. You can’t just assume you will somehow find the energy and ability to do something so physically exhausting because you have to. You may be able to make it to your destination, but you are going to be drained.

You need to get in shape now. Quit spending your weekends on the couch watching survival shows. Get up and move. Walk around the block several times, go hiking, run on the high school track. You need to get your body into shape so you can walk and actually breathe when you are trying to survive. Don’t be the person who holds the rest of the group because you have to stop and catch your breath. GET IN SHAPE!

Preparing for Heavy Rains and Flooding

Spring rains and melting mountain snow can spell catastrophe for those who live near rivers, streams or other bodies of water. It is hard to fully grasp the power of water until you see it up close and personal. Water is a force to be reckoned with and can tear away roads and the ground they sit on top of with very little effort. Washouts, sinkholes and flooding in general can be devastating. Even when you think you are prepared, you may not truly be ready for the aftermath of water running over riverbeds and creating it’s own path.

If you are traveling anywhere this spring, always be prepared. You could find yourself stuck for hours if a road has been washed out.

The following items should be a part of your spring emergency vehicle kit.

  • Ponchos—several
  • Extra pairs of socks
  • Rainboots or waterproof boots
  • Change of clothes (being wet will chill you and be miserable in general)
  • Food
  • Water
  • Wet wipes (you are going to get dirty if you are stuck in a hole or in the mud)
  • Folding shovel
  • Hand warmers
  • Toilet paper
  • Portable cell phone charger
  • Tow chain
  • Water repellent jacket

Make sure you have a full tank of gas, just in case you need to sit in your car with the engine running to stay warm.

If you find yourself stuck in the mud or the victim of a surprise washout or sinkhole, you may have to try and get yourself out. In many cases, it is a quick fix, but you will get wet and muddy. Be prepared and if you happen to find yourself on a road that has been closed temporarily or stranded alone on a deserted road, you will be able to deal with the consequences much easier.

Prepping for Everything, Hoping for Nothing

A lot of preppers will pick a disaster and go all out prepping for that one potential disaster. Some people will ask you what you are preparing to live through and you may feel obligated to come up with one answer. Here’s the deal. No one has a crystal ball. No one can predict the future. There are so many possible scenarios that could leave the world as we know it in dire shape, it is impossible to really pick just one.

While many disaster prepping scenarios have a lot of overlap, there may be things you miss if you concentrate solely on one potential apocalypse-causing event. Instead of being hyper-focused on one particular event, broaden your horizons and think of the bigger picture.

Some of the disasters that are often thought about and prepared for are as follows;

  • Massive natural disaster i.e. earthquake, tornadoes, hurricane
  • Flooding
  • Nuclear war—war in general
  • EMP
  • Economic collapse
  • Civil unrest
  • Power grid failure
  • Pandemic

Each of these disasters requires a little extra planning and some targeted supplies. For example; a pandemic prep will likely include a lot more medical supplies and protective covering for survivors. When you think about any large scale disaster, you have to assume sanitation is going to be heavy hit. That means more people are going to be sick. Without hospitals and medicines, a pandemic is likely to happen.

It would be wise to have the supplies used to live through a pandemic on hand regardless what you are preparing for. The same can be said of preparing for civil unrest. It isn’t going to be long before the power grid fails and an economic collapse ensues. When a power grid fails, it won’t be long before nuclear reactors meltdown.

Disasters are all linked in so many ways. One disaster triggers another. It is going to be a chain reaction. Your best bet is to prepare for everything and hope nothing happens. Cover all of your bases. That is the best motto for a true prepper.

Where to Start on Your Prepping Journey

If you are new to prepping and trying to figure out where to get started, you will find the answers you are looking for here. The trick is to take bite size pieces. You don’t have to go all out in the first week. As you can imagine, stockpiling food, water and other necessities can get very expensive. This is why you need to take it slow and easy and be ready to spring on a really great deal.

You will want to start by taking an inventory of your home. What do you have right now that you could count towards your prepping. Head to the attic, garage or wherever and start digging through the stuff you have stored in boxes. You likely have quite a bit to get you started. Things like;

Blankets that aren’t regularly used
Camping gear
Clothing you don’t wear, including old boots, gloves, coats and what not
Extra tools
Old dishes

These are items that will come in handy after a major collapse. Earmark these items to be included in your stockpile.

Next, you will want to find somewhere to keep your stockpile. If you have a basement, garage or attic, you can start there. If not, you will need to find a closet or designate an area in a room to stash your supplies. Ideally, you will want to do what you can to keep it as neat and organized as possible. This will allow you to find what you have easily as well as allow you to know what you have.

Once you have an area planned out, it is time to start thinking about food and water. Most people only really have the room inside their home to store a few cases or jugs of water. You can invest in an outdoor cistern or food grade rain barrels that can be filled up and stored against the house or in another shady area. You will need to purify this water before using.

Food can be purchased as you go. Buy a little extra each time you go to the grocery store. Try budgeting out $30 a week or so to buy extra food. Buy bulk dried foods when possible. You will save money this way.

Try to save a little money in a kitty jar that can be put towards a big purchase item, like a large water filter, solar panel or other item that will be helpful, but can be expensive. This kitty can also be used to buy when you come across a great deal.

Always scour Craigslist, the nickel ads and shop yard sales to pad your supplies. You will be amazed at what you can find. Take it slow and easy and you will see how quickly your stockpile builds up without spending a lot of money in one big shopping spree.

Prepping for the Kids

Prepping to survive a disaster is something many parents do in order to ensure their children have the best shot at surviving. Parents stockpile food, water, first aid supplies and whatever other necessity they think is needed to make sure their children will survive. It is a parent’s natural instinct to want to do anything they can to protect their children.

Unfortunately, prepping can be very cold and methodical. Your mind automatically goes to this place where you think of survival and not actual living. You stock everything you can that contributes to surviving after some apocalypse. What is often overlooked is entertainment or comfort items.

Children are not quite as hardened or jaded as adults. They are not comforted by the thought of having a roof over their head and food on the table. They want more. They want their favorite blanket or whatever else it is that brings them a little comfort and joy. As a parent, it is your job to make your child feel safe. You don’t want a child living in fear or bored out of their little minds.

You can help ease the suffering by taking the time to add a few more things to your stockpile that will ensure your kids have a healthy distraction from what is happening around them as well as a way to occupy their minds and little hands.

  • Board games
  • Coloring books and crayons
  • Pencils and paper
  • Children’s books
  • Toys
  • Stuffed animal or other security type items
  • Pictures
  • Snacks/comfort foods
  • Dolls
  • Dress up costumes
  • Balls
  • Puzzles

These are just of the things that can provide your children with hours of entertainment as well as a way to get their mind off the devastation around them. These toys are also great ways to help them develop their coordination and allow their imaginations to run free. Don’t get too caught up in the serious side of prepping. Remember your brain will need a little break too.

Preparing Your Survival Garden for Spring

starting seedsAlthough winter is still holding on in many parts of the country, it won’t be long before the snow melts and the temperatures slowly come up. In a true survival situation, you would need to be growing all year round or at the very least, a good 8 months out of the years. The time to get started on your survival garden is now.

No matter where you live, you can get a jump start on the growing season by starting seeds indoors. Things like tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins and peppers have long growing seasons and need plenty of warmth. You can ensure your vegetables have the time they need to mature enough to harvest before the first cold snap comes by starting early.tomatoes

You never know what the weather has in store and this winter has proven Mother Nature is always in control. You have to be prepared for extreme weather that could negatively impact your growing season. Starting early also gives you the best shot at getting multiple crops throughout the season.

You don’t have to have anything fancy to start seeds indoors. You can use old yogurt or butter containers or even the bottom of a milk jug to start your seeds. A nice, sunny window will provide the warmth and sunlight needed for the seeds to germinate and sprout. If the weather is still chilly by the time the seeds are ready to be transplanted, move them into a larger container. The container can be put outside during the day and brought in at night.

By the time full spring has rolled around, you will have a garden full of mature plants that are ready to start producing. Your harvest will be much sooner than normal and you can start enjoying the fresh fruits and garden months ahead of schedule.

Winter Bug Out Tips

While we would all like to think a disaster can only strike when it is early in the day and a perfect 72 degrees, that is highly unlikely. Sadly, most bug out situations are going to happen when things are less than perfect for a picnic outdoors. You may have to bug out because of a horrible storm or in the middle of the night to avoid detection.

You may also have to bug out when it is cold or even freezing out. It is important you are ready to head for the hills all year round. Adding a few extra preps to your bug out supplies during the winter months can give you better odds of survival.

1. Don’t leave the house without proper footwear. You need boots. Tennis shoes are not going to work. Preferably a pair of lined boots that offer some waterproof action. You can add an additional layer of water protection to make it just a little better.
2. Wool socks are a must. Even if your boots are lined and dry, your feet will still get cold. Wool socks will keep your feet warm and they do not hold moisture like a pair of cotton socks would do.
3. Gloves are another must. Gloves allow you to use your fingers to hold a flashlight, chop wood or dig around in your bag. Make sure the gloves are cold weather gloves and not some flimsy knit gloves that will do nothing to protect your fingers from frostbite.
4. A warm, wool beanie is a must. Your body heat escapes through your head. You want to trap the heat by covering your head. A face mask is also a good option. Put a hat on over the mask. If temperatures are frigid, you have to protect your nose from the cold.
5. Chapstick may seem inconsequential, but it is an absolute must. The cold can crack your lips very fast. Cracked, dry lips will bleed and life will be miserable in general. Make sure you put on a good layer of chapstick before you head out the door and keep applying as needed.

Cold weather survival is a not for the faint of heart. Be prepared by adding these items to your stockpile. Don’t forget coats, thermal underwear, snow shoes and anything else that will give you an advantage.