last minute preps

Last Minute Things you Can Do To Prepare
There's always time to prepare a little

Doomsday Preppers will have you believing that you have to prep for just one kind of
disaster to survive, but the truth is, anything you do now will make you that much
more prepared than the rest of society. Whether it means filling your tub with water
or gathering up some firewood. There's always time to prepare a little. Here is a
prepper's checklist of the last minute things you can do to prepare:

Last Minute Things You Can do to Prepare!

1. Gather information.
Create a Personal Survival Manual with your favorite tips and survival article
clippings now before it's too late and you can't print. Get busy and start printing
articles from your favorite Facebook friends!

2. Fill up with water.
Hydration is the first concern for preppers, unless you live in an area where weather is
not good in which case shelter would be the primary concern. Take heed of the
Survival Lessons on Water. Water is available at the Dollar Stores and in bulk at the
warehouse stores. Stock up and be sure to hydrate daily!

3. Preserve memories and documents.
Get your favorite pictures laminated to help you preserve memories and keep some
photos in your bugout bags. Store one-of-a-kind items in water tight containers and
on top shelves above the waist to keep precious articles and documents away from
water damage. Everyone lives in a flood zone.

4. Fill your gas tank and your propane tank.
Fill the car today and vow never to leave your tanks less than half-empty. Get your
outdoor cooking equipment ready. Make sure your generator gas is filled too! Gas will
be precious and you can make the most by planning ahead.

5. This tip is a gas.
Learn how to shut off gas and water and be sure you have the tools handy to do so.
This is particularly important if you live in earthquake country or along the New Madrid
Fault line.

6. Prepare for a fire.
Read your fire extinguisher label to ensure you know to use it. Get a fire blanket.
Ensure you have a galvanized bucket handy (the plastic ones may melt).

7. Think about your long-term cooking needs.
A hobo stove will serve you well for a little while, but a cast iron stove is a good long-
term solution when life as we know it goes off the grid. Either way, you'll need several
options for cooking your food. A solid stove to consider if you live in an apartment is a
volcano stove. It takes three fuel sources (wood, propane or charcoal):

8. Re-charge.
Charge electronics, and recharge batteries if you have a battery recharger or get
extra batteries!

9. Keep up with the laundry.
Do your laundry every day, so you have the best possible condition of clothing and
bedding should the world as we know it, go off grid.

10. Do your dishes.
Like the laundry, the day may come when the electricity is out and the dishwasher
won't work. If you've kept up with the dishes, you'll have that much less to clean by
hand and you will not waste water, which you may need for drinking.

11. Lighten up and reconsider what’s in your bug-out bag!
Consider how vulnerable you are if your bag looks too enticing. Also, be sure to wear
some of gear in your bug-out clothes!

12. Get some more manual can-openers!
Have them handy at every food source. Imagine having all the cans in the world and
no can opener to open them. You will need to be clever. It's not easy, but here's how
to open a can without a can opener! Learn to open a can with a spoon, rubbing on
cement or a large rock.

13. Ensure you have all your prescriptions and then some.
It’s not just your medicine, it means you should ensure your glasses or contacts are
current as well.
  • Does your child have braces? Make sure to call your orthodontist and ask for
    extra wax, rubber bands, loop dental floss and whatever else you may need.
  • Does your child require an EPI-pen? See if you can get extras.

14. Fill up your fridge.
Stock long-shelf life foods in your refrigerator, so you will have several days of "fresh"
food on hand before you will have to supplement your food with foods from the
garden, canned and freeze dried foods. The list of foods we recommend have a long
shelf-life and will ensure you can make quality meals for your family. While we're on
the topic of the refrigerator, choose a colder setting for your refrigerator and freezer,
and buy extra ice (or start making as many ice cubes as possible)! These things will
help you keep food cold a little longer if the grid goes down!

15. Learn to improvise weapons.
Before you spend loads of money on firearms and ammunition, scopes and the like,
make sure you know how to improvise! Even a lollipop can serve as lifesaving
distraction to disable an attacker.

16. Have cash on hand.
Don't wait for the ATMs to shut down to head to the bank teller line. Start taking $20
out a month now, so you have a decent supply. Be sure to have small bills. Nothing
greater than a twenty spot. Have fun collecting copper pennies. This won't cost you a
dime and copper pennies are worth. A copper penny is  worth two times the face
value ($0.0207670 is the melt value for the 1909-1982 copper cent on May 22, 2014,
the revised date of this article).

17. Plant a garden.
Plant food and you'll become
deeply planted in your prepping! Audrey Hepburn said it
best: "To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow."

18. Shop for the 37 Food Essentials.
Shop now for the 37 food staples you'll need to survive a crisis. Remember, it takes
only three hours to empty the store shelves. You can get this free prepper's list from
us. Don't pay for some Ebook. Remember, our survival system is free. We never
charged $49.97 or $27 (the current price of that other guide). We won't charge you a

Start gathering something now in case of disaster, Remember, there's always a time
to prepare a little.

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