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.

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.

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.

Flooding and Your Preps—What Can You Do?

flood-139000_960_720Imagine all of your hard work and the money you invested into stockpiling food is washed away in a matter of hours due to a flood. It would be devastating. You would be left with nothing at a time when you needed it most. Starting over would be daunting. The very thought of spending money on new food stores and emergency supplies would be overwhelming. For some, it would be financially impossible. What can you do to protect your emergency supplies from being washed away in a flood?

Know Your Flood Zones

Your best line of defense is knowing whether or not your home is in a flood plain. This can be researched at your local county office or by searching the government site here. You enter your address and a map pops up to let you know what the likelihood of flooding is in your area. If you are in a flood zone, buy the insurance that specifically covers floods. The majority of homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flooding.

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If you are in an area where flooding is a possibility, you need to know just how much flood waters you can expect. Is it going to be a few inches or could it be a complete washout? While it is impossible to predict, you can get a general idea by knowing where the flood waters would be coming from. Plan accordingly. Never store your preps directly on the ground. Secure shelving so that the bottom shelf is a minimum of 6 inches off the ground. If you expect higher flood waters, make that bottom shelf a bit higher.

Waterproof Your Preps

Placing your food inside 5-gallon buckets sealed with lids is an excellent way to protect it from flood waters. It would be a good idea to add another layer of protection by placing the food inside Mylar bags or large plastic bags, place the bags into the buckets and then seal the buckets. This will keep the food dry and safe to use. In some rare cases, water may manage to get inside a bucket. If this is the case, toss the food. Never eat food that has been contaminated by flood waters that may harbor all sorts of chemicals, bacteria and viruses.

Flooding can be devastating, but it doesn’t have to destroy everything you have worked to build up. Pay attention to news reports and do what you can to save your emergency supplies, but never risk your life for them. You can always start again.

Coping Without Cell Phones After SHTF

walky-talky-544979_960_720You don’t realize how addicted to communicating with the outside world until it is gone. Have you ever left your cell phone at home and didn’t realize it until you got halfway to work? Did you turn around and go get it or suck it up and put a message on Facebook you didn’t have your phone the second you got to work? What about an internet outage? The horror!

Imagine what it will be like after a major disaster or some kind of event that knocks out the power grid, the cell towers and the internet. You will be forced to live in a communication black hole. Your only option will be the radio and AM stations at that most likely. You won’t be able to pick up your phone and call for help or call your family to make sure they are okay. You won’t be able to check your email or check social media.

You may not think that is a big deal, but until you are forced to completely disconnect for even a few hours, you will understand just how serious it is. People in our world will seriously have withdrawals. We have become so reliant upon our communication systems, we will feel lost. Feeling lost can wreak havoc on your mental status. Giving up or wandering aimlessly isn’t going to help you survive. Despite how silly it seems, you need to have a back up communication method to ensure you have some way to make contact with loved ones after a disaster.

The following list includes some of the options you have for communicating after everything else is gone.cb

2-way radios are an excellent option for families that are in somewhat close proximity to each other. Radios that reach up to 5 miles are great, but they rarely reach that far in the city or in an area where there are a lot of trees and hills.
Satellite phones are another option and are not all that expensive. Satellites will likely still be functioning after a disaster.
HAM radios will keep you connected to the outside world, which will help you figure out what is happening and what you can expect.
CB radios are great for use around your area. You can connect with family, friends and law enforcement.

Don’t get caught without a way to reach out to locals. Keep at least one of these methods handy so you can keep updated with what is happening and get that peace of mind you need about friends and loved ones.

Could You Survive in Your Home for Days without a Trip to the Store?

riotingWe 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.food pantry-1

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.

Preparing for Snowpocalypse 2016

snowIt 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.empty shelves

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
Peanut butter
Crackers
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
Board games
Deck of cards
Books, magazines
Solar charger for cell phone, laptop/tablets
Coffee percolater and coffee
Emergency candles and matches
Warm clothing

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.