Choosing a shelter that can be stored in your bug out bag can be an overwhelming topic to understand. There are countless videos and opinions all over the web. Hikers have their opinion. Camping enthusiasts have their opinions, and so does every other person seeking to determine the best bug out bag shelter. Instead of me trying to evaluate all of the countless myriad of tent models I have broken this down very easily to help you select what works best for you when designing your bug out bag.
There really is no better option for your bug out bag than a tent. I saw one video where a guy said that he could not use a tent because he lived in a city. Really? I was shocked to realize that there was even one person planning on bugging out and staying in a city! In my opinion…if you are planning to bug out in an emergency you better get a tent because you will need to leave the city and head out to a rural area. Deciding to stay in a big city should really be thought through more because once the millions of others get hungry….life will get really bad…really fast.
Of course it is highly suggested you DO NOT get a tent that is brightly colored. You should find one that is the drabbest color possible because when you bug out…you will not want to be letting everyone know where you are camped out. The mindset of survival will quickly change from wanting to be seen, to wanting to be hidden if you ever need to bug out.
With a tent being the best option to use in your bug out bag plan there are really only 4 factors that will determine which tent(s) you will need to purchase.
I could sit here and show you all of the models of tent and never discuss cost, which would waste your time, and definitely my time. I say this because the reality is that most people are trying to create their bug out plan in the mix of many other things that are going on in life. Since we are only PLANNING to get a bug out bag the rent still needs to be paid, as well as all of the other bills that exist in our daily life. Since cost is a factor that only you can determine…I will not waste my time discussing this much further. If you can afford the best, then you will spend what it takes. If you are planning this bug out bag shelter idea while trying to make ends meet…you will get what you can afford.
The size of the tent is a very simply concept that will be determined by how many people will be staying in the tent. Will you be alone? Will you have a spouse? Will you have children? How many people will need tents? The answer to this question can only be determined by who is reading this article. Within this section I also want to nudge your thoughts in the direction of security. What I mean by this is that when deciding what size tent to get, you should plan on keeping all your family members in one tent. I say this because if everyone is in a separate tent many things could happen if nobody is answering 911 calls anymore. It would be much easier to have your “group” in one larger tent than in a collection of tents that are not in a general and precise location.
For the subset of the size group, with you determining the cost, there is really only two more general factors you need to be concerned. If you are alone you should be researching what are called “tunnel tents” because this is all you will really need. They are light weight and durable and provide the shelter that you will need. For the individual, a “tunnel tent” is the best option.
If you are planning to bug out with a group of two or more, then the best bug out bag shelter option is going to be a “dome tent.” Anything larger than this will be too big and bulky to be carried on your back.
Only you will be able to determine which tent will work best for the area in which you live. If you live in an area that is hot in the summer and 30 below zero in the winter…you will need to have a tent that works in either temperature. You always need to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. I have read that some people say a winter tent is too hot in the summer, but I have an opinion that goes back to the cost aspect. What I mean by this is that you have to purchase what you can afford and you will not die in a warm tent, but you will die in a freezing tent. My suggestion is simple: Get what you can afford and get what will work in the extreme of your climate during the year.
The weight of your shelter for your bug out bag goes hand in hand with cost and size. If you cannot afford an expensive lightweight tent than it would be better for you to have what you can afford…than to have noting at all. In this category you will need to determine how much the tent weighs, and how large it would be on your back. Will you carry the load yourself, or will you split it up if you are in a large group? What you need to understand is that what you use will have to be durable, and portable. This means the load has to be one that you can carry on your back.
It all comes down to affordability and then actually pulling the trigger and making a purchase. It is better for a person to make a choice than to do nothing at all. I spoke to a person yesterday that said he has been “researching” which tent to get for months and has yet to decide. The point is that it is better to make a choice than it is to be paralyzed and do nothing. A person would be better off having what they could afford than having nothing at all if the need suddenly appeared.
The decision is simple….get what you can afford. If you are a single person get a “tunnel tent.” If you are a group, then get a “dome tent.” Beyond that it will all come down to just being ready. If you wait and get nothing while evaluating this and that…it will be like so many other things that go undone in your life. (Click Here For Tent Selections)
Make a decision and get some shelter that you can store and carry with your bug out bag. It would be much better to have a bug out bag shelter than to have nothing and sitting in the cold rain wishing you did something. It would be better to have a $120.00 tent than to be sitting in the cold, or the rain, because you were saving up for the biggest and the baddest tent known to mankind. Get started and get what you can afford to round out your bug out bag, and then if needed you can come back at a later date to improve.
That is if you have that opportunity…and the world as you know it does not end in the meantime.
Originally posted 2015-10-24 05:18:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
Batteries for preppers is something that many people pay attention to…but do not really think about too much. The reason I say this because everyone plans to need batteries, but all too often most people get caught up at the last-minute frantically like everyone else. In an effort to ensure you have the information you need concerning your best option for batteries, I want to go over the basics that need to be adhered to as you plan your path to being prepared for the unknown.
The first thing you need to do is separate your plan the two types of battery preparation plans you need to be considering. What I mean by this is that everyone should be considering a short-term survival plan, and a long-term survival plan for the use of their equipment that requires batteries to operate. Before we even get into which type of batteries need to be used, we need to stress that you really should limit the variety of batteries that will be gathered.
Do not gather survival equipment that will force you to save a large variety of batteries. In your equipment plan it is strongly suggested that you stick with “AA” batteries and “D” batteries. By limiting the variety of batteries it will allow you to maintain a much easier level of battery management. It would be horrible to find oneself in a critical situation and needing 4 (or more) types of batteries, and having no resupply.
As you start gathering the information you need to get your batteries ready for prepping, you also need to consider the two different plans you need to think about. Simply put you will need one plan for hunkering down and a second plan for bugging out. One factor that you need to determine is what battery type will work best in cold weather, if that is going to be an issue in your life. Since we do not know when an emergency will arise it is best to always prepare for coldest weather that can happen in the area where you reside.
Batteries For Hunkering Down
For the equipment you will be hunkering down with there is no problem with using “D” cell batteries since weight is not a concern. Because you will not be walking with the batteries…”D” cells will work out just fine. As long as the equipment that you intend to use at home is not the same equipment you will be using if you bug out there will be no problems. Since “D” cell batteries are so heavy, you will need to evaluate what you use at home and what you will take with you. If you have old radios that use “D” cell batteries…then by all means use them at home and ensure you have enough batteries to keep them powered for at least one month of use. The last thing you will want to be doing during short-lived situations is constantly hand cranking your charger for battery life.
Batteries For Bugging Out
Bugging out will require you to make sure the batteries are all of the same type and also as light weight as possible. To do this the best option will be “AA” batteries because they can be used in most equipment and are much lighter than their counter parts. As you already know, weight is the humbling factor in carrying a load long distances. There is no need to carry the weight of heavy batteries when it is much smarter to simply carry a larger quantity of smaller batteries to do the same job.
Now that we have discussed some battery basis, let’s look at the different types of batteries that are available. As you look to the shelf to purchase your batteries I want you to pay attention to what you are actually planning on purchasing. The title written on each battery really is important and should be paid attention to before spending any money.
Primary Cell Batteries
Single use, disposable. The most common types of primary cell batteries are Heavy-Duty and Alkaline. Lithium primary cell batteries are also available but can’t always be used in devices that usually take Alkaline or Heavy-Duty. The difference between them is in the charge. Lithium primary cells put out 3 volts rather than the 1.5 volts produced by Heavy-Duty and Alkaline cells. If you choose to use Lithium primary cells, look for the 1.5 volt versions to preserve your battery-powered devices.
Rechargeable cells are just that – rechargeable. The 3 versions of rechargeable cells include NiMH, NiCd and Lithium-ion. NiCd cells are the oldest of the three technologies; NiMH are the most common; and Lithium-ion is the newest.
Heavy Duty Batteries
Avoid these batteries at all costs, because they really are the worst type available. They are cheap, but you get what you pay for as they do not last long and their performance leaves much to be desired.
These batteries are ALWAYS a single use battery and are your best value for the money being spent. They will work well for everyday use, and as long as you have enough of them on hand they will be great for hunkering down and also for the initial stage of bugging out. You should use these batteries as “throw-away” batteries simply because they are so cost-effective.
Litium (primary) Batteries
Although these single use batteries are expensive, they do perform well in the areas of performance and capacity. Very good for use in very cold temperatures.
Overll this is the type of battery you should be looking for each and every time you purchase equipment so you can match needs with the best battery type available. With proper charging techniques this type of battery should be function-able for about 5 years. This category of batteries is reasonably priced and worth the money spent because of all their positive qualities. Preppers often look this type for when preparing for the unknown void of the future. Proper care includes sucking them dry every month or so and storing them in a cool place. They are decent performers in cold weather, but not as good as Litium.
This battery type is high maintenance and not worth the expense. After less than a year their performance degrades and disappoints.
|Cell Type||Shelf Life||Capacity||Sizes Available||Cycles||Cold Weather Performance|
|Heavy-Duty||8+ Years||Low||AAA AA C D 9V||1||Poor|
|Alkaline||8+ Years||Medium||AAA AA C D 9V||1||Poor|
|Lithium (Primary)||15+ Years||High||AAA AA C D||1||Excellent|
|NiCd||3 Months||Low||AAA AA C D 9V||1-2K||Good|
|NiMH||2 Months||Medium||AAA AA C D 9V||500-800||Poor|
|Lithium-ion||6 Months||High||R123A Other Related Sizes||300-500||Excellent|
The last thing you should be aware of is how to store your batteries, once you have them. Here are some basic facts to know on how to best store your batteries.
Guidelines for Storing Batteries
- Storage will always cause batteries to age
- The recommended storage temperature for most batteries is 59°F
- Avoid freezing. Batteries freeze more easily if in discharged state (This is fact, other websites often get this wrong)
- DO practice proper battery storage by keeping batteries in a cool, dry place at normal room temperature. It is not necessary to store batteries in a refrigerator
- DO remove all batteries from the device at the same time and replace them with new batteries of the same size and type
- Primary batteries store well. (Alkaline and primary lithium batteries can be stored for 10 years with moderate loss capacity)
- Remove batteries from the equipment and store in a dry and cool place
- Lithium-ion must be stored in a charged state, ideally 40 percent. This assures that the battery will not drop below 2.50V/cell with self-discharge and fall asleep
Whatever you decide to do just do not wait until the hoard of frenzied, unprepared masses are ransacking the shelves. The time to prepare is now, before the “stuff” hits the fan. You need to prepare now and with that concept you really should plan your equipment before you plan your battery supply. Simply make sure you have the equipment to hunker down and to bug out. Once you have the equipment the batteries merely come down to which type will work best for your situation and then getting them.
Originally posted 2015-10-17 07:10:35. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
In society today we all unknowingly use time as a tool to get through our day. Most of us use the digital clock on the dresser to wake us up, and the clock on the stove, or microwave to keep us focused as we journey through the morning. We jump into the car and mentally calibrate the clock on the dashboard, because we know it is inaccurate by just a few minutes. Once we arrive and start our day we use our cell phone for time-keeping because we gave up wearing a watch years ago. Now, as we have matured we have come to realize that our over-dependence on electricity is mind-numbing. When we spare the few moments to contemplate if electricity were to suddenly no longer be on the other side of the wall…the real question is how would I keep track of time? How would I keep track of time if I could no longer power my clocks, or replace the battery in my watch? A valid question, so let’s look at what we are really discussing, and a few of the options.
The first stupid thing people say is, after society collapses, there will be no need to keep track of time! I say this is ignorant because it is ignorant, and when uttered, it really shows how unprepared that person will be if society becomes unglued. The first thing that needs to be realized is that if society were to end, as we know it, the keeping of time on a daily basis will be of vital significance. In fact, keeping track of time will actually be more important than it is now.
If you arrive at work late you get an entry in your personnel file. If you arrive late post-apocalypse, you may end up spending the night alone and in the woods through a very cold or wet night. Granted there are ways to keep track of the time, in a very general way, by calculating the position of the sun in the sky…but that is not practiced much today. (That is a skill that can be learned by reading this article.) The average person should have a time keeping device that can work long after all power cells have been drained. The simple way for a person to tell time after all power cells, and electricity fail is once again two-fold with redundancy needing to be built-in.
What you, the prepper, need to realize is that if society were to end for the long-term, your entire relationship with time will change. Time will still need to be kept, but you will pay closer attention to the way time impacts the events of your day. Since you will no longer be able to neutralize darkness with the unending supply of power, you will try to do most work in the light of day. You will want to be home before it gets dark. You will sleep more in rhythm with the sun and the stars. After a few days, or weeks you will become aware of the time the sun is in the sky, but initially you will be relatively clueless as to how much longer you will have to complete tasks. It is for those initial days that you will desperately need a way to tell time, and that way will have to be free from all electricity and external power sources. In today’s world there will not be many people who have a clock ,and a watch, that keeps time by simply being wound up.
It is strongly suggested that you keep a clock that is self-powered in your home. Unlike other survival items, it is urged that you use the house clock on a daily basis and DO NOT save it for post-apocalypse. I say this because by using it you will learn how accurate it is and how to make minor adjustments. By having a time-keeping instrument in your home that is manually wound up, and adjusted, you will be able to keep track of the time of day long after there is no power and batteries have failed. By having a source of time keeping you will have one less stress in your life that you will not have to contend.
As with all things in being prepared it is suggested that you also have an inexpensive wind up clock that is only to be pulled out if the primary clock were to fail, or start to fail. By simply having a way to accurately keep track of time life will be much more manageable. It is also strongly suggested you store one method of time keeping in your bug out bag that is much lighter than either choice listed above for hunkering down. For the bug out bag there is an entirely different concept that needs to be utilized, which is the simple wrist watch.
The wrist watch that should be included in your bug out bag is really an item that needs to be included in the bag of each and every bug out bag you are preparing. It will be essential that not only each member have one, but also that they have basic, and simple, night illumination.
There really is not much more that needs to be said about being able to tell time during times of bugging out, or hunkering down. As with all things, it all comes down to cost and some people will be able to purchase top of the line quality stuff, while others are preparing on a shoe-string budget. The important thing to understand, and realize, is that it is better to prepare with whatever you can afford now because these are the basic items that become very expensive during crisis times.
How many movies have you seen watches removed from the dead guy’s arm? Or stolen at gunpoint, or simply used as barter? The one thing you never really realized is that during dire times being able to keep time is vital…and in today’s world of electrically powered devices…the simple wind-up wrist watch can become one of the most vital possessions a person could own!
Originally posted 2015-10-31 14:30:10. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
Everyone is a prepper. Period. I do not care who you are, what you believe…. everyone is a prepper, and after you read this, you will agree.
The reality is that everyone has food, and supplies, stored somewhere for the duration of survival they deem necessary. When we think of people who prep we all too often think of those individuals that are extreme, or at least what one person might consider to be extreme. For some people believe they only need to make it until next payday and purchase their needs for that duration. I like to use college students as examples. They often live on shoestring budgets and food and survival is based on days, and rarely ever do they think long-term. Despite what many may believe… even college students are preppers, but they only are prepping for a few days, or maybe a couple of weeks. They are still prepping at a much smaller scale, for a much shorter period of survival. Prepping is prepping… the only real difference is how long they plan on needing to survive.
Whether you are a seasoned prepper, or a prepper-wanna-be….. the reality is that despite your best efforts of getting ready… you really have little clue as to what you will need to survive. I say this because it is impossible to surmise what will be needed to survive an event that you have no clue as to what it will be. If you build an arsenal like the Maginot Line you can be quickly over-run by radiation, or just an organization of overwhelming force. If you have to get somewhere to survive… what if you cannot get there? What if it is a foreign invasion and your land is over-run? What if there is a blast of radiation and it is contaminated? What if? What if? What if?
I am not telling you to NOT prepare… I am just trying to wake you up to the reality that if you want to prepare… do not forget your body because it is the one thing I can guarantee you will have with you whatever comes your way. I am so tired of seeing all the prepper nonsense of the individual that has spent their entire life, and fortune, getting ready for some whacked out danger they just know is coming their way and yet have a belly that is hanging over their belt. I know that if they had to move their body quickly… they would get their butts stuck trying to get over the wall. They would be dead rather quickly.
What I am trying to say is that if a person truly wants to be a prepper, and prepare for the future of destruction they know is coming their way… then they better do something to get their body ready because it will not matter how many cans of beans they have if they cannot move their own bodyweight for a distance needed to be able to survive the next day. The truth is that if you have one thousand guns, and a million bullets they will not do you one bit of good if you cannot carry the weight of one rifle and one pistol, with ammunition and a bugout bag for a 50 mile trek!
The human body is the one thing that I see most people ignore in their efforts to get ready for their end of the world. America is so full of obese people who if the world were to end tomorrow, and they had to move their body weight any distance day after day…. they would literally die in the process. All too often we neglect the fact that the human body is the one thing that a person will have to use regardless of the situation they find themselves trying to survive.
If you are looking to the Internet for all the best gear to survive the end of the world… I suggest you hit the pause button if you are not a healthy weight. Period! It really does not matter what you have, what you do not have, if you cannot get your ass over the wall, or down the road. If you are carrying around a gut full of fat do you really think you will be able to survive? Do you?
I got news for you… if the world ended and society crashed and it was truly all about survival do you really think for a moment that anyone is going to slow down for the fat person? Do you really think anyone is going to carry your bags because you are too tired? Do you really think anyone is going to think twice about leaving your ass in the woods stripped down, and naked, because it would be mean to think someone would do that?
I have news for you… if you are trying to prep, and you are fat…. you better lose the obesity because it will literally slow you down at the end of the world, and if the end were to come… nobody will slow down for you. Nobody will care… nobody… they will just take what you have, and leave you to die… because that is Darwin… pure and simple.
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Originally posted 2015-11-02 16:26:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
Stocking water for a bug out bag really needs to be a three-pronged approach to ensure redundancy. This type of approach helps ensure the needed longevity of supply for any emergency. As with all things that are considered to be placed in a bug out bag, the over-riding considerations are quantity, weight and duration. Since water is arguably the single most important item to bug out with…the need to ensure availability is paramount. Let’s discuss how to approach stocking water for a bug out bag.
The three-pronged approach for preparing a water supply for your bug out bag are as follows;
- Immediate Supply
- Tomorrow’s Supply
- Random Re-Supply
What is meant by this is that you need to prepare your water supply as if you will not be receiving any water for weeks on end…because without water….you and your loved ones are dead. It is very prudent to keep a supply of water on hand, with the ability to resupply from virtually any source that becomes available during your travels.
Immediate Water Supply
Your immediate water supply of water for your bug out bag is technically not part of your bug out bag, as it is part of the concept of bugging out. What I mean by this is that you will need to distribute the load of your bugging out, while also minimizing the amount of times you need to access your bug out bag. So, instead of having to stop and open up your bug out bag, it is strongly advised that you have a source that is carried on your waist, or hips. It is strongly suggested that you simply get a canteen that can be worn around your waist so it can be accessed while on the move. Equally important should be that accessing it does not expose the contents of your bug out bag to the wandering eyes of any strangers that may be on the road with you. Depending upon your preference you may want to consider a CamelBak, in lieu of a canteen, or even both if you can bear the load. In times of crisis the contents of your bug out bag will be worth more than money, so the less strangers that see of the contents…the safer you will be. A canteen worn on the hips is highly advised for your immediate water supply, for your bug out bag. Also, a canteen worn on the hips facilitates a quick refill if you randomly find potable water, which will conserve tomorrow’s water supply.
Tomorrow’s Water Supply
If water re-supply does not come quickly, you will need to have a secondary supply of water, in addition to your immediate supply. It is strongly suggested you place some emergency water rations inside your bug out bag, which are relatively lightweight and store-able. By accessing your second level of water supply a mental alarm will be triggered that warns you that the situation is dire. When “tomorrow’s” water rations are accessed you need to be looking for a new source of water because when this supply of emergency water rations runs out….there is no more water. Realizing that you will always be on the prowl for water resupply, the emergency packets in your bug out bag are there to be used when there is no resupply. This supply should be large enough to last for at least 72 hours, without exception, with the understanding that you are ALWAYS looking for another, or new source of water. In fact, you would (obviously) break into your random re-supply method, if possible, before opening up the emergency packets stored in your bug out bag.
When planning for “tomorrow’s water supply” it is essential to understand that opening up this supply is the last resort, when all other supply has run out, or is not available. It needs to be understood that when planning the water needs for your bug out bag you realize that random resupply should be done repeatedly, as often as possible, before this supply is considered to be used.
What is meant by a random resupply of water is simply have the means available to drink whatever water you encounter, as it is encountered. The problem with these chance encounters is that much of the water that will be found is not safe to drink because of pollution and all of the other things that can be found. The problem may not be so much finding water as it will be knowing whether it is safe to drink. That is why the random resupply of bug out water is not so much packing water around as it is packing around the ability to filter the water. That is why this entire section is all about how to best “clean” the water supply you find, to ensure the water you are drinking….does not kill you, or make you violently ill. Below are a list of choices of what is available to allow a person to resupply, wherever they may be, or whatever may be going on. The technology of re-supply is pretty cool today, and seems to be improving rapidly.
CamelBak All Clear Purifier
CamelBak is a leader in the industry and offers reliable purification whatever the destination. CamelBak All Clear utilizes proven UV technology to effectively neutralize microbiological contaminants to EPA standards. With a built-in LCD to
confirm your results, purification has never been easier. CamelBak All Clear turns nearly any tap or clear natural water source into potable drinking water in just 60 seconds, letting you hydrate on the spot. And, since CamelBak All Clear is a water bottle as well as a purification system, you can enjoy your water right after treatment or carry it with you. It is very simple and only requires batteries. It is not readily available in stores, as the business model of CamelBak is to sell online, or so it appears.
The CamelBak water purification system may seem somewhat pricey to a person that is a newcomer, but to the seasoned veteran that realizes just how valuable it is to have a renewable source of fresh, safe drinking water realizes that this product would be worth more than gold in a time of crisis. For a person looking to complement their immediate water supply with a renewable source…the benefits are exponential. The unit itself can treat 80 cycles, or 16 gallons on a single charge and only weighs 17 ounces. The container holds 25 ounces / .75 liter. The UV bulb lasts for 10,000 cycles, which is the equivalent of 3 bottles a day everyday for 9 years.
The one thing a person needs to be VERY aware of, when using the CamelBak ALL Clear, as a bug out bag reusable water supply is that when it is being refilled to not allow drops to gain access to the water supply by getting drops on the threads for the lid. Simply being aware of this, combined with simple precautions makes the CamelBak ALL Clear personal water supply our #1 top choice to carry as a redundant, reusable supply of water to be combined with your bug out bag.
In addition to having a redundant immediate water supply it is essential that a person plan for their bug out bag a longer term solution for water resupply. I know it sounds cliché, but without water a person will not last very long. With the advent of individual, lightweight portable technology there is little reason to not carry a Katadyn Hiker Water Filter, or some other filtration system that will allow not only the individual, but a small group of people the opportunity to have a safe resupply of water for many months.
To round off your water plans it is highly suggested you invest a rather minor sum in a Katydyn water filtration system. Using a system like Katydyn, combined with CamelBak ,a person is assured they will not run out of drinking water if they are required to bug out on a moments notice. When a person compliments their water filtration system with a personal straw filtration point of use system, the worry of running out of water will vanish and you will be able to focus on other issues.
The cost to prepare for stocking your bug out bag with a plan to NOT run out of water is essential to the overall plan of even having a bug out bag in the first place. It really is common sense that when preparing to stock your bug out bag with water it is really more of a plan and not so much considered a supply. By simply stocking your bug out bag with the technology to obtain water from random re-supply opportunities, you will prepared much more than others fleeing for safety in response to an emergency. By simply obtaining the technology, and stowing it away in your bug out back, you will be able to leave on a moment’s notice and be ready to face whatever is just around the next corner.
More importantly…if you have a family, or a group of loved ones, it is essential that you take the lead and gather the needed water related items ASAP because if you do not, and they are thirsty…they will look to you for what to do. If you are to survive any situation that will cause you to bug out water is an essential that cannot be skipped. You may have the biggest and baddest bug out bag…but without water it will all be left on the side of the road and taken by someone who did plan and had water because you will have passed out (or worse) from not having enough water to even resist.
Originally posted 2015-10-15 16:21:40. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
How to prepare your family for a disaster is something that every person should consider, but yet often ignores. I think the reason it is ignored is because most people are under the impression that life as they know it can never be disturbed. All too often the average citizen does not realize that society, as we know it, is as fragile as a fresh egg. All too often the individual is so busy trying to make financial ends meet they lose sight of the fact that tomorrow all of their currency, and investments, can be absolutely worthless. The one thing I also have noticed about those that ignore any preparation at all often do so out of frustration because they are overwhelmed by what could happen...therefore they do nothing! If you are out here looking for how to prepare your family for a disaster the most important thing you can do is simply get started.
One of the most distressing things that a person has to deal with when getting ready for a disaster is exactly what disaster should they be preparing? Most people become needlessly overwhelmed because they do not know if it is going to be an economic collapse, a total failure of the electrical grid, a flood, or an earthquake or any one of a zillion other possibilities that can happen. As you sit there thinking about what you can do to get your family prepared you need to realize there will be no definitive answer for all of your questions. What you need to do is absorb information and then “plug in” that information to the individual needs of your family.
To help provide you with some sort of direction for getting our family ready for any calamity I want you to change your thought process of how you will need to prepare for those that you love. I say no single answer will fit all situations because there is no way an author can know the needs of your situation. How many people you will be preparing? Will more people show up? There is no way to know if you live in a city…or on a very rural tract of land. No author can know even the slightest factors of age and location that you will be dealing with when an emergency arises. That is why we need to change this article to NOT be an absolute best way to prepare…but to simply tell you what you should consider to fit into your life to survive any emergency situation that may occur.
Instead of trying to figure out a situation you are preparing for….let’s just look at the essential needs anyone will need regardless of the situation. Whether it be a flood, a terrorist attack or a complete failure of government….the needs of the individual will not change. Those needs have not changed since the dawn of mankind and actually apply to any living creature that has ever roamed the Earth. The needs that you should be preparing for can be stripped down to the barest of elements and placed into 3 separate categories. These categories have always been the same, and will always be the same.
Stripped down to the barest possible elements the reader is the one that is going to have to take this information and will have to plug it into their situation. The only variable that should be considered is the available option to be able to leave on a moments notice. Which is why the above three “ideas” needed to have a secondary plan, which is simply explained as a Bug Out Bag. Simply explained, a Bug Out Bag is just a miniaturized version of your overall plan of NOT bugging out. The rest of this article will NOT focus on bugging out…but on simply hunkering down in your existing dwelling, or current place of residence. (Bug Out Bag Explained)
Obviously it is easy to let your imagination run wild and think you need to stockpile enough food to feed your loved ones for a decade while fending off mobs of hungry people with a billion or so stored up bullets. If you let your imagination run that far off course you, more than likely, will become frustrated and do nothing. The point of this article is not to frustrate you…but to motivate you to establish a starting point for getting ready for the unknown. Getting your family ready for a disaster needs to have a reference of some kind and that reference should be being able to survive for 30 days with no power, no food and no shelter.
What I want you to think about is what it will take in your life to store up enough “things” to survive for 30 days without a Wal-Mart. I want you to be able to essentially be able to camp out in your backyard, or the park down the block if needed. I want you to decide what it will take to prepare your family for survival for a minimum of 30 days with zero chance of resupply. How much food / water will you need? What clothing will be needed to survive the coldest winter, or the wettest summer? What shelter can you use? How much protection will you have and what are you prepared to do if you had to protect your loved ones?
Food is the one thing you will need to consider for obvious reasons. If a disaster hits you better have enough to feed the ones you love because they are the ones that will look to you when they are hungry. As you start to think about getting a stockpile of food your loved ones you need to realize that during emergency times the need to survive means nutrition and not having access to junk food. During times of emergency it will be essential to maintain nutrition and not worry about junk food and treats. It will okay to have some extras around…but the concept is the preparation for survival for your family. As you prepare for this concept of purchasing food for survival you will have two concepts that need to be considered.
One difficult thing to do is segregate your emergency survival food from your everyday food. If you have teenagers…you know what I mean. A simple way to do this is make one purchase of dehydrated food and store it away. Since the shelf life of this food type is about 25 years it would be simple to use a Food Storage Calculator to determine how much is needed and get started on storing some away. If you cannot afford a 30 day supply for your family all at once…then get what you can. DO NOT BECOME PARALYZED AND DO NOTHING! The point is that if you do not get started then how will you ever have ANY food set aside?
If you have an aversion to dehydrated food for some reason the next suggestion is that you stock up on canned foods. What I have encouraged some friends to do is stock up on canned goods each time they go buy some groceries. Even the poorest person can afford to throw a few cans of Spam, tuna or ravioli into the cart. If this is done on a consistent basis your cupboards will gradually start to fill up. The downside of this is that teenagers tend to use what you are storing and the concept gets lost and diluted over time.
Lastly I want to discourage you from purchasing MRE’s because they are costly and do not have the extended shelf life of dehydrated food, or even canned goods for that matter. If you are looking to “plug-in” a solution that will fit your family it is STRONGLY suggested you gather your stores and separate them from the daily food that is readily available. That is why dehydrated food is overwhelmingly suggested.
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This section is one that offers little explanation. A person looking to prepare their family for a disaster needs to realize that although their home is the best, and safest, option it needs to be considered that it may be necessary to abandon their home and travel miles to an area that may, or may not have shelter. If a person, or a family finds it necessary to leave their home a Bug-Out Bag would be essential and in that Bug-Out Bag would be a tent.
I will not go into great detail about which tent will be best because an article has already been published on this subject. (Click Here For Tent Article) I just want you to realize that getting a tent is the absolute best option for being able to survive if you are required to leave your home for any reason. As you prepare your plan to chart a course for the survival of your family a tent needs to be considered and it will be better to have the one stored away “somewhere” checked out for functionality and ready to go than have nothing at all. Preparation needs to start somewhere so if you have one “somewhere’ then get it out and check it out…if you do not have a tent…then get one suitable for the needs of your family.
This is the most controversial subject when preparing for an emergency situation. Very often a gun of some sort is what is thought of and that alone is a subject for a conversation that will not take place here. If you want a gun, or have a gun then you know what to do. (At least I hope so!) I want to discuss with you alternate options for protection because not everyone can have a gun, and not everyone wants a gun. The absolute best option I have seen that works with non-lethal force is bear repellant. I say this because it is VERY, VERY effective against people. If you shoot some of this stuff down a hallway..the person coming your way WILL stop. It is much stronger than mace and it also shoots farther than mace, or pepper spray. (More information about Bear Repellant)
As you prepare for the protection of your family you will need to determine at what level you are willing to proceed. There are many things that can be done…from 3/4 inch plywood being placed on openings to the gathering of an arsenal. Somewhere in between you will need to determine what will fit into your situation. That, as all things, can only be answered by you…the reader.
In closing I want to return to the main point of this article. That main thought is how to prepare your family for a disaster. If you take the 3 things mentioned, and described above, you will be well on your way to preparing for a situation that will be best dealt with in advance. Of course you can choose to do nothing…but then if that happens you will be at the doorstep of your neighbor, or the U.S. Government begging for help.
Whatever you do really will only impact you and your loved ones because the politicians will all have food, shelter and protection. If your neighbors have it will they be willing to take all of your family in and feed and shelter and protect them?
Originally posted 2015-10-19 09:54:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
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Originally posted 2012-11-07 21:05:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
We, as Americans are a very stupid group of people when looked at from the macro view. Americans think that the reality of what they see on their television is not really a threat because nothing on television is really going to make any impact on their everyday lives. The American population, as a whole, are naive to the fact that their leadership in Washington D.C. has sold them out for the singular purpose of the dollar, and the possibility for the individual wealth for each of the politicians. The America we see on television no longer exists. Mr. Smith is NOT in Washington and there does not look like anyone will be filling those shoes anytime soon…if ever! The sad truth is that America is at the crossroads of economic collapse and we, as a society, choose to ignore that development.
Recently the United States Navy announced it will no longer be able to deploy all of their aircraft carriers because there is not enough money in the bank any longer to pay for the fuel and other supplies provided by cash flow. Why is this fact not being reported in the news that The United States Navy does not have the finances to send their fairly small fleet to sea? Other things not being reported by the news media is the ever upward cost of everything that currently lines the endless shelves of America? Why is nobody talking about inflation on the national level? Why do the prices keep edging higher and higher and it is not reported?
American leadership acts as if there is a limitless supply of cash from the public and the public acts as if everyone but “me” is the one paying the taxes. We, as a nation, are told that Obama care will not be a tax on the middle class and then the Supreme Court approves of Obama care because it IS a tax! Then once again the American public accepts the increase and nothing is done about the increase of public debt…with nothing said on a national level.
We, as a public, are taxed to the breaking point. There are taxes on anything and everything. You cannot do anything without there being a tax and those taxes are increasing at an alarming rate and yet we, as a people do absolutely nothing to protest the ever-increasing pressure. We simply pay more and more and do nothing and accept the taxes as inevitable not realizing that this is still a free nation and we have the ability to take peaceful action through voting. Yet when it comes time to vote we, as a collective, are more concerned about the trash that is told through media outlets than the reality of the positions the candidates really stand for in the real world. We, as a people, elect, or do not elect a person because of some nonsense plastered by a corrupt media to distract us to the reality of what is really going on in the world.
If the economy in America were to collapse today the rich people would still be rich. It is simply the poor peasant working class that will get the shaft. Since I cannot steer the millions needed to make a course correction I can only prepare for the eventual collapse for myself…and write about it to those that are also starting to catch a glimpse of the reality of what may be coming to a neighborhood near you soon. As you sit there and read this article I want you to know that preparing for the collapse of the United States economy will be different for each person and for each group. There is really only going to be one thing in common for all parties on American soil if the economy were to suddenly collapse. Before we discuss what we all will have in common let’s look at one more fact of an economic collapse.
The one thing we are all missing on is the fact that the American dollar currently really has no reason to be worth anything at all. There is no gold in the vaults. There is nothing propping up the dollar, and its value, other than the belief of the public that it is worth something more than the paper it is printed on. The reality is that the U.S. dollar is quite possibly the biggest scam ever to appear on the world stage. To strip away all elements of the U.S. dollar the only reason it contains ANY value is because the people believe it to be worth something of value. Since that belief exists…everyone either goes to work, or sits home and collects welfare. Those that pass the laws, and collect the taxes, do little more than pass laws and redistribute the wealth to others and more importantly….to themselves. There is no longer such a thing as a national politician that is poor. In fact it is now quite normal for a person to enter politics and retire a few years later as a multimillionaire. They pass the laws and are not subject to the laws passed and then we, as a public, wonder why they pass such laws that are hurting the nation more than helping! In essence the American public has become a slave class to those in power…and the working class does not even know that it has happened.
If you doubt this then you are really not paying attention because the dollar you strive to earn is nothing more than a piece of paper that you believe holds some value. Once that value fades….the American public will realize that they are in something deep and that is when the world will change. Once the American public loses faith in the fact the dollar is nothing more than a piece of paper… society will break down and even the federal government will eventually lose control because they too will no longer have the power of the currency behind them to enforce the rules. Once the dollar is devalued chaos will descend upon the land and a new chapter will emerge for America.
I am not here to tell you anything other than the fact that if the economy were to collapse the only thing that will change is that money, as valued by a national currency, will fade from the land. As you try to manage the mind-blowing concept of preparing for an economic collapse I want you to simply understand one thing, and one thing only. You will no longer be able to use your money to buy ANYTHING. Your dollars will be worthless, the ATM will no longer operate. Nothing you use today to get through the day will be of any value. The equalizing force behind the event will be the fact that if you do not have it before the collapse, you will not be able to use a dollar to get it after the collapse.
The worst time of the entire collapse will be the initial 6 months as the world adjusts to the reality of a worthless dollar. The federal government will try to restore order…but that will do little for you the individual cowering in the dark hoping the roving band of thieves pass by your home. The laws will be neutered by the impunity of the masses that are just trying to survive and get by. Neighbor will turn against neighbor because neither of them prepared for an event of this magnitude. During the initial 6 months of an economic collapse life as you know it will be altered without the possibility of it ever returning again.
If you saw the move Zero Dark Thirty I want you to remember the ruthlessness showed to the occupants of the home of Bin Laden. They made sure each and every adult was killed. This is what you will be able to expect for the rest of the time you will struggle to survive everyday and every moment. Once the dollar is dethroned you will quickly see the decay of society. Once society decays…law and order will also vanish. When that happens you better live in the wilderness, or be ready to defend what is yours from those that want it enough to take it from you.
The one thing that will be common to all people in America when the economy collapses is that the dollar will be worthless, and you will no longer be able to earn a living to pay your bills. In fact your bills will no longer be for a cell phone, or cable TV…the bills will be for things like water, bread, cheese, clothing and shelter. No longer will life be as you know it now because the stabilizing factor of the dollar will be gone. Since it is worthless nobody will work for it. With nobody working industry fades and production stops and the government tries to step in with….
I will let you finish this…to be a more accurate representation of how your life will be altered. The one thing I implore you to do is evaluate how much food and supplies you have for your loved ones. How long would you be able to feed them if today was the day. How many meals would you be able to make to feed your loved ones before your cupboards were bare? How long would it be before you had to venture out and depends on FEMA trailers? How long? Before you would be part of the starving masses looking to survive by any means necessary?
Here is an action plan to survive the crucial six months following an economic collapse;
- Have a six month CASH reserve to pay all essential bills so you will be able to meet ALL fixed interest loans like your mortgage. Store the money in fire-proof and theft proof places, as well as in banks.
- Have a minimum of six months of food in the cupboards. Simply buy extra everything when you shop and just put it away. Anyone can afford to get a few extra canned goods when they shop and place those extras away for future use. That food storage should also include an emergency backup of food storage only to be used when the situation gets dangerous. Keep the food storage in multiple places and do not even tell your neighbors.
- Prepare your home for intruders. A German Shepherd, or another large dog is a great initial deterrence. The level of preparedness is a personal choice and not the subject of this article. I know you can find endless information on this subject. I personally like having bear repellent handy all the time.
- Gather Heirloom Seeds now, while you can so you can grow food. Even small plots of food could be life changing and life saving. Understand the difference between Heirloom Seeds and what you find in your typical store today. (Learn the difference)
- Gather at least one gallon of water for each person, for six months. For two people you would need 365 gallons of water minimum. You do the math and determine what your needs would be with the understanding that 1 gallon is the ABSOLUTE minimum for health and hygiene. If you think that is too much to store…okay! Figure it out like everyone else when there is no potable water available.
- Gather the basics of life. A quick list can be found at this link. (Click Here)
I know there are many people who think I worry too much. This will never happen. WOW!! he is a nut! In reality…I really do not care what anyone thinks. One thing I do know is that life changing event I had in The United States Marine Corps, in North Africa. I remember being in some desert in Tunisia and it was hot, and I was out of water. I will not go into specifics…but the next moment that visited my reality of getting prepared was fast forwarded to years later when I was in line, in my car, with my children after a hurricane. We were waiting in line to get food and water handouts from the government. There were troops there were guarding the water with machine guns. I remember staring at the troops and flashed back to North Africa and wondered why I had allowed myself become so complacent? It was in that moment that I knew I had to be more prepared than I was.
Originally posted 2015-10-30 13:07:35. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
Wise Food Supply is the full name of Wise Food..and it is my goal to provide you a review for this organization as seen from the “eyes” of a person that has not only used their food, but also understands a thing or two about food storage preparation. This Wise Food review is simply a personal report of what can be expected if you decide to order from this organization. As a criteria for this essay I simply want to discuss if what is received is a fair value for what is purchased. I ordered food from them, and I also have used the food. You may have heard of them on the show “Doomsday Preppers.”
I have never been in a situation here where a weather-related storm came in and wiped out my food supply. What I will say is that what I ordered from Wise Food Supply came in quite handy because of my economic situation. I used to have a decent job and used to earn some decent money. What has happened is that the jobs (jobs of any substance) have dried up and without a job it became increasingly more difficult to pay my bills. The survival situation I speak of is that of the economic ruin of my personal life because of the current political environment in Washington D.C.
It may seem odd to write a Wise Food Supply review because of the political climate in America…but I do not think I am alone….so here it goes…
I woke up one day and my financial world started to collapse in on itself. The rules and regulations forced more and more business to evaporate. It is almost as if the desires of the American political process want business to go away…because that is what happened to me. Since I am not one to accept “FREE” food and such from Uncle Sam…I had to rely on myself. My personal savings has been enough to keep the bank from taking back my home, but paying all of the other day-to-day bills has been a challenge…to say the least. I never thought that my Wise Food storage was going to be used to simply survive in my home because I was having difficulty weathering the current climate in Washington.
Along the path of my financial destruction I needed to minimize my expenses to compensate for the lack of income, since my job was shipped overseas. Since my profession is no longer available to me…I have had to take multiple jobs to just keep the lights on in my house. Since money is so tight…I turned to the food storage I had saved for the future. I just never thought that the future was going to arrive so quickly.
When I first ordered my food from Wise Food Supply I really expected it to sit out the next 25 years in the back closet, and never be used. I tried to get by on what I could afford, like Ramon Noodle…but that did not do well at all and really was not much as a stand alone nutrition. I will never forget the day I opened up that closet door and looked at the supply and realized that the time needed to use my food stores had actually arrived.
When I realized that my life was coming down to either having a roof over my head, or food in my stomach….I decided then and there that I could do both because of the large supplies of food I stashed away for “something” to happen in the future. I never thought, in my wildest dreams, that using my food storage was going to be able to simply be used to pay my bills and keep the roof over my head.
Although I do supplement with a few items that I can squeeze into my budget…I am shocked by the silent increase of prices at the store. I see the cost of the essentials getting higher and higher…and yet if you watched the news it is like the news media is not watching. Does not anyone else notice that the cost of food is becoming ridiculously expensive? Does anyone else even notice that word “inflation” is not even being mentioned and only exists in your vocabulary?
So…how would I review Wise Food? I will say this……when I ordered the food I never really believed I would “NEED” the food. After-all, when I whipped out the credit card…I had a decent job that paid decent money. During that stage of my life I had a job. I could pay all my bills. I could even afford to spend the exorbitant price of a movie and popcorn. Today even that is a dream because my money is so tight a trip to the theater is out of the question.
Looking back on when I ordered my food I will say it was a non-event. I went onto the calculator to determine how much food I was going to need to survive and I thought a four-year supply would be enough…so I ordered it. A few days later the truck showed up and I received my order. I put the food away…and forgot about it until I realized there was no way to replace my income…as my entire profession no longer exists in America!
Looking back on the day I ordered it I wish I would have ordered more because I did not expect my son to move back in. How could I turn him away? Despite the fact that we are a team, and pool our resources together…life is becoming more and more expensive to just pay the property tax. We are currently holding our own and it is because we are working multiple jobs while supplementing our eating by using the food storage we had the foresight to order.
I just wish I would have ordered a longer supply…but I am thrilled that I have the supply that I need. We are currently doing okay and the food tastes much better than I would have ever thought it would taste. I ate MRE’s in The Corps…and this stuff is so much better that there really is no way to compare the two. I am thrilled I have the food because survival is now…and the future has happened. With all this going on in my life…I still live in a neighborhood that acts as if all is well. It is like America is asleep…and I am trapped in the dream. My dream has turned into my reality, and I can only try my hardest to make things better.
Wise Food Supply Review
I ordered my food from Wise Food Supply. My food arrived. I stored my food. I needed my food. I started to use my food. It tastes really good. It is easy to use. It is keeping us alive and actually thriving, as far as nutrition is concerned. I am very happy that I had the foresight to order what I have….but I wish I would have ordered more than a four-year supply because I never thought he was going to be re-elected. Now that the election is over I do not know how much food I should have ordered because the world is even more dangerous than I would have ever guessed.
You know what I am talking about, but I omit certain phrases so as not to be “tagged” by the powers that be. If you are out here looking for a review of Wise Food Supply I will tell you that they are simply are an organization that delivers on what they say. You place the order, it arrives and you have food that is good for up to 25 years. What more do you really need in a survival situation, as far as food is concerned?
How long till the next election is a good determination for a starting point for how much food is needed. Whatever you do…do something because…ready or not the future is coming to a reality near you!
Originally posted 2015-11-04 07:44:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
Originally posted 2015-11-03 18:36:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter