From the outside looking in prepping could easily be intimidating to individuals or families who are unfamiliar with the practice. Most unfamiliar things are. When considering you and your family’s commitment to prepping and survival, you should consider if you have a genuine and rational threat you are preparing for. Most of the survival community accepts disaster can strike at any time, and anywhere. It is not surprising the majority of the survival community are families. At its core it is a genetic response to protect your family when triggered by your level of awareness to a potential threat. In short, it is human nature to prepare and survive. So there is no need for anyone to feel indifferent. So let’s jump in, here’s the basics for Prepping and Survival.
Reasons to be Prepping
The question you should ask yourself is what is logical and the most likely SHTF Scenario (Shit Hits the Fan) Scenario. Are you concerned about a catastrophic man-made or natural disaster that will devastate the global populace or your country, or are you more concerned with a localized event such as; tidal wave, tornado, flooding & etc.? Asking yourself this will assist you in targeting your specific needs. Another common household reason for prepping is an international economic collapse, which is a logical concern. Besides, FEMA advises that at a minimum, all Americans should have a three-day disaster back-up plan.
Bugging In or Bugging Out
Evaluate your threat and make a determination if it requires you to bug out from your current location to a more rural and less populated area. In almost any instance when you are located in a heavily populated metropolitan area a bug out will be required. Let’s face it, when SHTF the masses do not play well with one another. In more rural areas it is more likely you will want to bunker down. However, you have to evaluate your situation. If you are located below sea level and in a rural area you will need to bug out to a secondary location at higher elevation.
In short, practice common sense and deductive logic when making your determinations. When a Bug Out is required will you need a Bug Out Bag BOB for each one of your family members for extended travel. Bunkering Down in a shelter requires food stockpiling, water stockpiling. You can start with the 23 basic and critical items for food storage, as an introductory list of inexpensive staples to add to your pantry.
How much food should you store?
First you will need to determine how long you and your family will have to live without a grocery store in your SHTF scenario. In any disaster in the past, it was the grocery stores’ shelves to be emptied in as little as 24 hours. Mass hysteria is also human nature when disaster strikes. When making your assessment simply understand a minimum of 1,500 calories are required to prevent malnutrition a day, while 2,000 calories is a more comfortable daily intake. Multiplying the amount of people in your group by 2,000 calories for each day will provide you the required daily caloric consumption. Now you can determine the amount of food you will need based on your situation. If order is not restored in your SHTF Scenario you should store food and invest in sustainable food sources such as hunting, fishing and farming.
Protection and Defense
If this is not your first time to usCrow you’ll notice we focus on personal defense, which is required for any disaster. If you’re a realist you’d understand America has a lot of jails and prisons for a reason, because people to bad things. There will always be evil in the world, without a basic policing force things can go bad quickly. So what exactly can you do to defend you and your family? First, take instructional and firearms safety classes if you’re not familiar with firearms. Purchase a firearm before Obama the Communist uses executive orders to ban them. Then, determine the force and ability required for threats. At a bare minimum you could easily use Hurricane Sandy as an example where gun-owners were required to defend their property.
Prepping Basic Hygiene and First Aid
It’s possible you won’t have a hospital or an ER to go to when SHTF, while hygiene is often neglected in most bunker down repertories. So when storing don’t forget the TP, toothpaste, detergents and etc. Educate yourself and your family members in Basic First Aid and Trauma Response. First Aid Kits and Supplies should be a part of your BOB, Bunker, and Vehicles. When we’re downrange or out in the field we bring a USMC Individual First Aid Kit IFAK with us which is lightweight and easy to transport.
Power Failure when SHTF
Power grids go out all the time, look at any natural disaster since electricity was implemented into everyday life. Now your air conditioning relies on that same power grid, which includes your lighting. Such a rapid loss of these essentials can be traumatic on morale when you’re in darkness fourteen hours out of the day. So prepare by stocking up on batteries, fuel, alternative energy such as firewood to heat your home, solar cells, gas generators, wind and etc. Again, determine the threat and assess the time you will be required to live off grid. When you make this assertion try to overshoot the estimate for good measure. You can see the typical pricing in our Prepper and Bunker Surplus for alternative energy sources.
Dehydration, a not-so-silent killer.
Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply. So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need? The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day. You should always have a back-up supply of water regardless of your beliefs. However use this example to adequately stockpile water, if it is a perpetual lack of fresh water look into filtration systems and etc.
Prepping can and will cost you some money based on your individual level of involvement. A good practice to adhere with a reasonable timeline of a two-year minimum before SHTF would allow you to commit 10% of your income to savings, precious metals, diversified portfolios and etc. while allowing 5% of your income to be spent on your prepping. If you’re in a more rural area with an abundance of natural vegetation prepping food could cost you relatively less if you invest in private farming, where not much acreage is required if you’re preserving and dehydrating your crops. There are an abundance of guides to bush crafting and living off the land in the usCrow Field Guides and Manuals. Another thing to consider is what you could barter after SHTF such as alcohol, precious metals, and other goods the less fortunate will want to trade for.