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!

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.

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.

What to Do if You Are Stranded in Snowstorm on Highway

Snowstorms are typically not a surprise, but their intensity can take weather forecasters by surprise, which means you are also going to be caught off-guard. When you are traveling across a state or even just trying to commute home from work and a snowstorm wreaks havoc, you could find yourself stuck. Not stuck in a snowbank, but stuck on the freeway. Highway closures are very common when the state patrol determines the roadways are just too unsafe for people to use. If there have been a number of wrecks, slide-offs or a single serious accident, the road can be shut down for hours or even overnight.

This is why you must always be prepared to hang out in your car for hours. You never know when the road may close in front of you. There is no turning around or finding another way. You are stuck along with hundreds of others. The freeway because a giant parking lot.

Before you ever leave the house this winter, you should always be prepared. Even if you are just going to work the next town over. Rural highways are often the least maintained, which means you are at an increased risk of finding yourself stranded.

*Pack along a gallon of water. Avoid using milk jugs and either buy a few water bottles to keep in the car or one of the heavy-duty plastic containers.

*Carry energy bars and other snacks like beef jerky, trailmix and so on. If you are traveling with kids, make sure you have their favorite snacks to keep them entertained.

*Toilet paper. Yep, you are going to be using the bathroom along the highway. A little toilet paper will go a long way to making it a little better.

*Books or other entertainment items will be helpful to pass the time. You don’t want to drain the battery on your phone.

*A car charger for your cell phone or tablet. A portable charger is even better so you don’t have to use the car battery.

*A couple of wool blankets will help keep you warm. You won’t be able to have the car idling for hours—you will run out of gas.

*A flashlight will be needed if you need to go to the bathroom or you want to read. Again, you don’t want to run the car battery down by relying on the interior lights.

4 Tips to Choosing the Right Pack for Your Bug Out Bag

We all have a bug out bag. If you don’t, you need to get one. Not all backpacks are created equal and not all backpacks will make good bug out bags. Buying the cheapest backpack at Wal-Mart is not a good use of your money. You can certainly buy used, but you need a quality pack that is going to hold up. Quality counts.

There are some key traits your bug out bag should have.

*Durable. You don’t want flimsy material that will shred with the first snag of a tree limb. While many backpacks are made with some kind of nylon material. Check reviews online to see what others have said about the pack—believe them and not the sales copy.

*Affordable—more expensive does not always mean better. Decide what you can afford and then start looking for packs that fit into your price range. You can buy a used pack for half the price and it will still have plenty of life left.

*Size matters. Decide what you will be carrying. Are you going to be carrying enough gear for the whole family or just yourself? Are you planning on using the bag to live out of for a day or a week? If you need to pack a lot of gear, consider getting an internal frame pack.

*Comfort—if possible, try the packs on before buying. You want it to sit comfortably on your hips and not rest in the small of your back. Spring for the hip belts and extra padding in the shoulders. A breathable material on the back side is another perk that can make warm weather bug outs a little more comfortable.

No matter what you decide, make sure the pack suits you and your needs. Everyone has their own idea about what they need to carry. If you are someone who wants lots of pockets, make sure that is a quality you keep in mind when shopping around. The pack is for you and it is all about what you like and what you don’t.