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How to Start Prepping

Thursday, July 16, 2015 10:03:09 AM America/Phoenix

How To Start Prepping

Prepping is preparing in the present for disasters that may happen in the future. Preppers and survivalists are people who have taken steps so that they can be self-reliant when catastrophes occur. Consider what usually happens in the aftermath of natural disasters. In most cases, there is a panicked rush to the grocery and hardware stores as people run out to get items that they need. They need those items because they failed to prepare. In many cases, the stores sell out quickly and many unprepared shoppers leave empty handed.

A natural disaster can affect your ability to get essential items including food, clothing and water. However, the possibility that you will at some point experience a disaster that leaves you unable to get those things is very real.

Essential Items When Prepping
Some of the items that you will need to effectively prepare for a disaster are expensive while others are affordable for most people. If you are a new prepper, you will need to stock up on some of the most basic and inexpensive items that everyone should have on hand when disasters strike. Consider the following essentials:

You will need a way to store your water, so your first purchases should include a supply of water storage containers. The 5-gallon containers found in the camping sections of major department stores are good for both capacity and portability. You should also have methods on hand for water purification. There are many methods for purifying water; useful supplies include coffee filters and chlorine tablets.

Your food supply should consist of short-term food items and long-term food items. Short-term foods are what you eat on a daily basis. At all times you should have at least 30 days worth of short-term food. Your long-term food supply should consist of foods with a long shelf life like dried beans and canned food.

You should seek out clothing that is meant for use in the outdoors. Keep in mind that in the winter, you will need layers as well as heavy socks. In the summer, you will want clothes that wick moisture away from your skin. Durable, sturdy work boots are important at all times of year.

Tents and tarps can keep you protected from the elements for short periods. Consider investing in emergency blankets and bivouac bags as well. These are obviously not meant for long-term shelter but can be useful in an emergency.

First Aid Supplies
Along with any necessary prescription medications, your first aid kit should have items for treating the most common causes of preventable death. It should have supplies for wound care and for the treatment of diarrhea as well as for upper respiratory infections. For wound care, you will need bandages and surgical tape as well as alcohol, iodine and saline. Anti-diarrheal medication like loperamide hydrochloride (Imodium) and cough medication for severe congestion should also be included.

As you consider the tips and items above, remember that preparing yourself and your family for the worst is just basic common sense in times of uncertainty. The conveniences and services on which we have come to be reliant may not always be there. The need to prepare is therefore something that no one should ignore.

Posted By Craig Fairclough

How to Survive a Natural Disaster

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 5:02:28 PM America/Phoenix

Surving Natural Disasters

The first step in preparing for a natural disaster is determining which disasters are the most likely to happen in your area.  Tsunamis and hurricanes can both be devastating if you live on the coast, but aren't a threat if you live inland.  Knowing the type of disaster you might face will influence your decisions.  Going to high ground is a prudent move during a flood – but not during a tornado or thunderstorm.  Similarly, the basement may make a perfect refuge during a tornado, but not during a flood or fire.

Consider where you will go.  If staying home is possible, consider doing so.  You will probably have much of what you need and you will know the area which means you will know where you can get supplies.

“Sheltering in place” is an option for some disasters like a storm that’s stirring up a lot of debris in the air.  If traveling would be more dangerous than staying home, than “sheltering in place” is the correct choice.  

While “sheltering in place,” keep everybody, including the pets, inside.  Make certain you have at least three days’ worth of food and water for everybody.  The average human needs about a gallon of water per day.  Don’t ration the water unless the authorities tell you to do so. Nobody should ever drink less than a quart of water a day.  

Power loss is a real possibility during a disaster, so have non-perishable food available.  Good foods to keep on hand include granola bars, peanut butter, dried fruit and nuts.  Avoid anything salty or that will otherwise make you thirsty.  Don’t eat food that has been contaminated by flood water or has been sitting out for over two hours.

Evacuation, however, is a very real possibility, and may be inevitable in such cases as a fire or major flood.  Learn ahead of time where the possible shelters are.  You may be able to stay with a friend or relative, or you might go to a public shelter.  Places that are likely to be used as public shelters include colleges and universities, places of worship, shopping malls and anything run by a disaster relief group.

Learn the rules of a public shelter ahead of time.  Most don’t permit people to bring weapons or alcohol.  Also, many do not permit pets other than service animals because of health concerns.  Since abandoned pets generally don’t survive, make certain the chosen shelter will admit your pet.

After choosing a likely shelter, plan several routes to get there.  This is necessary in case a flood, downed tree or the like has made one route impassable.  Take your emergency supply kit with you unless you think it’s contaminated or otherwise compromised.  That supply kit should include at least three days’ worth of food and water, a first aid kit, a battery-powered radio, maps and a flashlight. . Most of these items can be found at your nearest grocery, sporting goods or prepper store.

Before evacuating, shut off your utilities and unplug electronics like TVs and computers.  Get gas for your car.  If the authorities have already selected evacuation routes, follow them.  Don’t try to take short-cuts for they could be blocked.

Above all, have a plan. You don’t have to be considered a survivalist or prepper to survive a natural disaster. A little planning will go a long way to keep you and your family safe!


Posted By Craig Fairclough

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