Prepping and survival are big business and a lot of companies are making quite a dollar out of our hard earned money.
As more people look at the world around them and realize that everything is not okay and things could take a turn for the worse without warning, people are
beginning to take prepping seriously.. Natural disasters and economic shocks like what happened in 2008 could and will happen again.
It’s not a matter of if but when. Being prepared to survive the unexpected isn't just the realm of crazy people, but is a step that anyone who cares about
their families safety should consider.
Now, I do not believe in zombie apocalypses. It’s actually quite amusing to see a number of handbooks and pdf’s on the net telling people how to survive one.
As if, a zombie apocalypse would actually happen!
I like my fair share of zombie shows, with the Walking Dead being my favorite. More than the zombies being splatted all over the screen, what I like about
those shows are how normal everyday people, change for the better/worse when faced with unexpected situations.
The survival instinct in us interests me.
What I have come to realize is the more one is prepared the better. Preparation is a mindset, a paradigm shift if you will.
Civilization is not going to end soon but I do think it prudent for us to consider emergency situations such as disasters and food shortages.
These shocks have happened and most probably will happen again. The Bible is clear on that.
While no one knows exactly what the next crisis might be and I’m sure there are many assumptions on the internet, there are some simple steps that you can take
to help improve the chances of you and your family surviving any kind of disaster.
The first is to understand what kind of crisis would you most likely face in your area?
Are you in an earthquake prone zone?
What would happen if you could not get daily essentials? Do you have spare supplies?
Do you have enough medication?
For example, my daughter has asthma and we have several puffers for her strategically located around the home, in the car and at school.
You get the idea, and once you have figured this out, it will be a lot easier to prepare for an emergency.
Creating A Bug Out Bag
If there is one piece of advice that I could give you, it is to create a bug out bag. This is an always ready, always stocked bag that has the essentials to
survive for 72 hours at least (the standard).
The aim is to leave it ready in an easily accessible place, so that if the worst happens you can pick it up quickly, and be away from danger.
Ideally, each person of your household should have their own bag with essentials, plus any specific items they need.
Don't forget about your pets, either.
A durable backpack is the best way to go. Backpacks are made to distribute the weight evenly over the back and shoulders and allows the hands to be free,
making it a good choice for all ages.
Also, considering you may have to walk long distances a backpack seems a reasonable choice.
What should you pack?
Dehydration can cause fatigue, confusion, and low blood pressure. One gallon of water is about 6 to 8 store-bought bottles. If you are unable to carry that
much water, plan ahead how you will obtain drinking water from clean sources.
Pack nonperishable airtight packaged food. Pack a manual can opener. Plan to pack enough food to last for several days.
The most important thing to pack in the event of a disaster is plenty of clean socks, underwear, several thin layers of shirts, a windproof and/or waterproof
jacket, and a hat. In a disaster situation you may have to walk for long distances, so, if your budget allows, pack an extra pair of good walking shoes.
At the very least, pack some sort of tarp and rope so you can string up a makeshift shelter if needed.
If you have a small pop up tent, that is even better. Include one small roll of plastic sheeting in each person's pack to form a waterproof layer on the
ground for sitting and sleeping just in case you do need to sleep outdoors.
Besides water, food, and shelter, there are essentials that everyone should have access to when an emergency situation occurs.
• Flashlight, extra batteries
• Prescription medications and over the counter medications
• Rain poncho for each person
• First aid kit
• Copies of identification, or any other important papers you may need, in a Ziploc plastic bag or waterproof container.
Also, write out and laminate one card for each person with important information, including address, phone, work address, school address, health information,
parents' names, kids' names, etc.
Space will be an issue, so carefully pack all of your items into each backpack.
Clearly mark the packs with each household member’s name and the date it was packed.
I hope you found it useful.
Have you already prepared a bug out bag? Please leave a comment or like. Thank you
Stay prepared, Stay safe.