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10 Steps to Basic Preparedness: Prepping has become mainstream. Rest assured that you're not a crazy prepper. There are 25 reasonable reasons to prepare! Below are the steps to get started.
STEP ONE: Ensure you have basic pantry items. Stock up on shelf-stable foods and pantry items such as canned meats; boxed rice, pasta and potato flakes; oatmeal, boxed cereals and breakfast bars, canned sauces, soups, chilis and stews; pancake and baking mixes; crackers and nut butters; and canned fruits and vegetables. Add powdered milk, coffee, tea and drink mixes that your family already uses.
Make sure the food you stockpile is food already eat and enjoy, but venture out to try new shelf stable foods. A good starting point for a prepper's pantry is to have at least two weeks of food. You can build your food storage from there. One or two months supply of food is what average prepper has, while more advanced preppers aim for six months to a year of food.
STEP TWO: Get water wise! You can live only three days without water, so be sure to store water and get a water filtration device. Learn to harvest, store and treat your most vital resource: water! Daisy Luther's book, The Prepper's Water Survival Guide, will get you started.
Water is precious to life, so remember that...
Bottled water is only your first defense: store it.
You'll need more water than you think! Ensure you have a three month supply of water for you and your family.
Water purification is an essential prepper skill learn the various ways to make potable drinking water.
Water is hiding for you in emergency situations if you know where to look. Learn more in our water survival guide.
A water filter is precious for survival. Pictured slightly top right, the Big Berkey Water filter, brings peace of mind for the water quality in your home and can save you money on bottled water. Another trusted water filter is by the U.S. Military. The only water filter with a lifetime guarantee is the Katadyn filter pictured right. Both are the best in class options.
How much water should you have for an emergency? A family of four needs 270 gallons of water for a three month supply, according to Utah State University. That's entirely too many bottles of water to have in storage, which is why you need to look at all your options for emergency water storage. How to buy large water tanks.
Live in hurricane country? Never be without a waterBOB! A waterBOB is a clean water storage solution to fill 100 gallons of fresh drinking water in any standard bathtub. It sells out quickly during hurricane season.
Securing potable water is a survival skill. A gravity-fed water filter is easy to own and operate. Learn more about a Big Berkey!
STEP THREE: Stockpile a deep larder of food. You can live only three weeks without food so plan for your family's survival. Go for a deeper larder of food than what's in your everyday pantry to withstand a crisis. Food shortages, job loss, or an economic crisis can happen without warning. It's a comfort knowing you can feed your family in an emergency.
Learn the art of dry pack canning. Stock up on buckets of grains and dry goods such as rice, beans, peas, pasta, oats, and wheat. Dry-pack canning is selecting dried foods to store for the long term in mason jars too. You can put together delicious meals in a jar and dry can, pasta, beans and more to make easy, just-add-water meals.
STEP FOUR: Get your financial house in order. The Prepper's Financial Guide, by Jim Cobb can help safeguard your financial resources before, during and after cataclysmic events. Become self-sufficient; purchase precious metals; safeguard your valuable possessions; barter and trade for needed supplies; build an off-grid marketplace; reduce debt so you can save for the future and much more.
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STEP FIVE: Put together a bugout bag and a get home bag. One of the best ways to build the ultimate bugout bag is to put it together yourself. Lay out all your gear before you pack to see how you might add or subtract items. When you know what's inside you'll be better able to access what you need in an emergency.
What goes in the bag? The best bugout bag is 25-lbs and under, and it should be no more than a third of your bodyweight. Consult our Bugout bag checklist.
A BIC is a big deal for many reasons. Is a BIC lighter part of your every day carry? It should be. Did you know that a BIC lighter is refillable? Refilling your BIC lighter is a hack worth knowing about if you're a prepper. Stock up on the bulk dea for the best deal on a BIC lighters in bulk and learn the ten reasons to bugout with a BIC lighter...
Pack the right foods! Your bugout bag should have food to get you through the first 72-hours of an emergency as well as snacks. Pack the right food bars in your bugout bag and keep some in the pantry. Consider freeze dried and dehydrated foods to lighten the load on your pack. The Harmony House Backpacking Kit, pictured right, has a healthy selection of foods to try.
How to select your bugout clothes. The clothes you wear bugging out are just as important as the gear you pack. The clothes you have could be among the last man-made items you ever own! They must be versatile and keep you warm. Here's how to select and pack your bugout clothes.
Build a get-home bag! What is a get home bag? Hint: a get home bag is not the same as a bugout bag. One bag gets you home, the other gets you out of Dodge.
STEP SIX: Assemble medical supplies, not just a first aid kit. Prepper's go beyond a sample first aid kit. The prepper's medicine cabinet is filled with natural antibiotics, fish antibiotics and supplies that won't be available from the pharmacy when the world goes dark such as compression bandages, tourniquets, EMT scissors, a stethescope and more.
Remember, knowledge weighs nothing so study up:
Get a medical guide so you know what to do! The Survival Medicine Handbook, right is a guide for when medical help is NOT on the way.
Barf happens. An emesis bag will help you effectively trap the contagion to help minimize the risk to others. It's an item you'll find only at the hospital or online here. Get them before you need them.
Got electrolytes? Be well hydrated during an illness by ensuring you're stocked on electrolyte drinks.
Stock up on antiviral tissues. Stop germs where they start with tissues that kill 99.9% of cold and flu viruses. They are in short supply. If you have anti-viral facial tissues, use them for when you sneeze or to relieve nasal congestion, then use ordinary tissues for itches on your face so that you don't touch your face. Assign everyone in your family a ziplock plastic bag with their name on it to dispose of tissues and the contagion properly.
Pandemic Preparedness: 2020 brought Coronavirus, but before that was Ebola in 2014 and H1N1 in 2009.
STEP SEVEN: Learn to live without electricity. Go off grid! Your long-term survival depends on your skills and survival gear. Learn to live off grid or go without electricity in the city. Prepare for a black or live like the Amish without electricity in the country. Ensure you have heat, light and can cook.
Power outages happen. Stay warm without electricity, even if you don't have a wood stove or a fireplace with these emergency heat sources. When electricity goes out, these alternative heat sources will give you the heat you need.
Cook indoors in an emergency! When it's wet and rainy, or cold and snowy, how will you cook when the grid goes down? Can you take your off-grid cooking inside? Yes. Here are eleven ways to cook indoors in an emergency.
Power up with a portable power station. Hurricanes, flood, mountain fire, Tornadoes may result in power outage. Jackery Explorer 240 Portable Power Station, pictured immediate right, can be your reliable emergency power supply for lighting, phones, laptop, radio, reuters etc. to keep daily goingTake the lightweight generator Explorer 240 with you on camping, travel, cottage trips, off-road, excursions, or anywhere you might need power. A generator is a lifesaving piece of equipment! Here are Ten reasons to own a generator.
Prepper Toilets. If your #1 place to go #2 isn't available because the toilets won't flush, you must have an alternative sanitation plan. Read about your Prepper Toilet Options.
Keep your kitchen well sanitized! Steramine, pictured right, is an economical sanitizer that you can use to clean your home. One tablet makes a gallon of sanitizer that effectively kills microorganisms and infectious bacteria found on non- porous surfaces to help keep you and your family from falling ill in your kitchen.
Preppers are going wild over wild lettuce. This natural pain reliever that's used in teas and tinctures is easy to grow and harvest. How to use wild lettuce prepping.
STEP EIGHT: Have a communications plan. You rely on your phone for navigation, weather information, survival apps, news, and communications with family and friends. What will you do if cell phones are useless? When transmission towers are destroyed and networks become overloaded, you'll have a means to communicate if you're an advanced prepper.
Survival radio. Get cranking on getting a reliable emergency radio for survival! The American Red Cross recommends you have an emergency weather radio in preparation for a disaster. They say, "no emergency kit is complete without one," yet many preppers overlook this basic survival item.
Crash Course in Morse Code! Preppers love Morse code because you can express communication on paper, through sound, visual clues, body language, flashlights and much more. Get started in Morse code now.
Ten Free Survival Apps! The best survival apps are free! The survival apps in your cellphone are waiting to be unleashed! One of many ways your cellphone can help you survive is a survival app. The downside of any survival app is that they're electronic. They'll help you get through a crisis as long as the battery life of your Kindle Fire.
Build a Faraday cage to protect your equipment. Shield your electronics with a Faraday cage and the electronic components of your car with Faraday protection. You can build a small Faraday cage in five minutes using three items
STEP NINE: Gear up with gas masks and respirators. Preppers in the advance stages feel the need for equipment needs arising from concerns of civil unrest, Martial law, pandemics, nuclear catastrophes, biological warfare and more. There's much to know
Do you own a respirator? Did you know there are ten different kinds of respirators? Some are good for pandemics, others for fires, contaminants or chemical exposures. Learn about the 10 types of respirators.
Gear up with a gas mask. While a gas mask is the iconic prepper survival item, it's actually much lower on the priority list than you'd expect. Don't buy a gas mask until you understand fully how to put one on and when to use a gas mask. Educate yourself on gas masks and filters because there are eight things to know before you buy a gas mask.
STEP TEN: Remember Knowledge Weighs Nothing. Preppers have street smarts and they know how to defend the homestead! It's not just about defense, it's about having the skills to survive and to never give up.
Do you know the five basic survival skills? Gain a survival mindset with this starter's list of the five basic survival skills a prepper needs to master to survive.
Improvised weapons. You're never unarmed when you're a prepper, but that doesn't mean you always have a firearm handy. There may come a time when you must defend yourself with salad tongs, a hairbrush, and even a dirty diaper! Improvised weapons could save your life.
Fight or flight. It's a basic instinct for both man and animal: the instant a being realizes that danger is imminent, there is a "flight or fight" decision to make. The fight or flight instinct is an acute stress response. In the world of prepping, fighting is "bugging in" and fleeing is "bugging out."
Homeless survival lessons. Could you survive the streets? The nights? The hunger? The cold? The fights? Being homeless is about staying out of trouble and also preparing for a fight. Here's a prepper's guide to homelessness.
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