Hey there, fellow survivalists and freedom lovers! You might be new to this whole world of prepping, so let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of why it’s so vital to start prepping for when the SHTF, like, yesterday.
You wouldn’t believe it, but studies have shown that 90% of our fellow Americans (that’s a whopping 280 million folks!) are pretty much oblivious when it comes to being prepared for a total societal meltdown or natural disaster. Now, I don’t want to scare you, but we must face reality and not leave our loved ones exposed to unexpected calamities. Our ancestors didn’t rely on Amazon prime, y’know!
A great way to get started is by adopting the Boy Scouts motto: “Be Prepared.” These young adventurers have been getting the hang of survival skills from as young as six, learning to navigate without Google maps, build a cozy shelter, find grub and water, and even tie some knots that could save their lives.
Now, if you’re not a prepper yet, I want you to consider this: we live in a world where the ground beneath our feet might shake and tremble any day now. Heck, even the experts are ringing alarm bells about massive earthquakes hitting California, or those sleepy volcanos at Mt. Saint Helens, Mt. Rainier, and the Caldera in Yellowstone National Park finally waking up! Not to mention the more mundane but equally devastating challenges such as economic crashes, power outages, social unrest, or personal crises.
So, ready to get your hands dirty and start prepping? The first step towards self-sufficiency is building up your food and water supplies. Go for canned foods and bottled water to start, even just a few extra ones on each grocery trip. Your goal? A hearty stash that can feed your family for at least 3-6 months in case of an extended crisis.
Speaking of water, remember folks, you can survive much longer without food than without water. So, besides stocking up, learn how to purify and filter water from natural sources. Having a water distiller on hand is recommended by top dogs like the Red Cross and FEMA, as it not only kills viruses, bacteria, and parasites but also removes toxins from contaminated water.
What about grub? The trick is to store long-lasting foods, like rice and beans, which together provide a balanced meal with all the necessary nutrients. Once cooked, they triple in size – how’s that for bang for your buck? Pack them in airtight, watertight seven-gallon buckets with screw-on Gamma Lids, and they’ll last you a long while.
As for your bug-out bag, you’ll need the basics: clean drinking water, a first aid kit, a flashlight or lantern with extra batteries, fire-starting tools, and a good, reliable knife. Warm blankets or sleeping bags and a tent are crucial if you need to sleep outdoors, and you might as well toss in a can opener, hatchet, rope, twine, paracord, and a crank radio that doubles as a power bank.
Remember, fellow preppers, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. It might feel overwhelming at first, but with time and consistent effort, you’ll be ready for whatever comes your way. Stay tuned for more survival tips and tricks, and until next time, stay safe and keep prepping!