As a responsible and diligent prepper, you’ve been stocking up on supplies your family will need in the event of a natural or man-caused disaster.
You know each family member requires at least 72 hours of survival stocks. Probably much more.
When the SHTF, some urban preppers may plan to bug out to the “wilderness”, but most will probably stay put–bug in–where they know the “terrain” and feel comfortable with their community.
And I can’t imagine a rural family making a run for the city as a survival strategy.
But both city slicks and rural hicks (like me) face the same basic survival needs: food, water, and medical security.
How you prepare for some of these requirements depend on where you live today: in the countryside or in or near a city. But some of the prep strategies overlap. They’re prudent plans regardless of whether you’re an urban or rural dweller.
The prepper community is always discussing food storage. What to purchase, what prep foods to store.
Over the years there’s been evolution in prepper thought on this topic. From:
The nutritious items on your prep food shopping list should be well thought out. Remember, that in survival situations, medical resources will probably be scarce, if available at all. The nutritious food you store may be your best survival “medical plan”.
And, as always, rotate your stores. First in, first out.
… I’ve seen a lot of attitudes change over the years … Lately I’m seeing a refreshing combination of thoughtfulness, science, and practicality in discussions around food storage …
Part 1, The Early Years … I hit the internet and started reading up … A lot of people suggesting large stockpiles of “foods you don’t really like”. Why? The feeling at the time seemed to be that if you stocked up on foods you commonly ate the temptation to dig into your emergency stash every time you were out … would deplete your stockpile. Lots of people were talking about storing Spam, sardines, MREs … that while high in calories and protein were not that appealing …
Part 2, The High Tech Approach. Suddenly several companies popped up offering freeze dried meals that lasted forever and were pretty tasty. This made a little more sense to me but at the time was a pretty expensive approach … Actually not a bad way to go if you’re in that position and have the money …
Part 3, A Prudent Approach To Food Storage. … [Recently] I’ve seen many articles and blog posts that lean more towards storing foods that you like, that your family eats on a regular basis … combined with a more scientific approach to calculating not only calories needed but also a balance of protein, carbs, vitamins, and minerals.
… I like to stock up on dry goods that will last a long time along with canned goods that my family likes. I throw in protein bars that we like and snacks of different types along with vitamin and mineral supplements as well …
… You simply start buying a little extra of the things you normally buy (that store well) whenever you’re shopping and have a few extra dollars to spend … For me somewhere between three and six months is the right amount given where I live and the other preps and plans I have built up over the years.
Source: Butch C. is a prolific contributing author on the always original Prep-Blog. There’s no better prepping source than Butch.
In grade school, once every couple of months we had practice fire drills. The alarm bell sounded and we silently filed out to the playground. (We also did nuclear strike duck and cover drills … I am that old.)
The idea, of course, was that practicing our response to a fire emergency would reduce panic and save lives. As children we all just thought it was a great break away from our desks and multiplication tables (I really am that old.)
But as adults, our responses to any emergency determines life or death and safe or injured outcomes. The things you should do must be quick, automatic and decisive. There may be little or no time for thinking, “What now?”, or “What next?”.
And that’s the purpose of this post. Read the 5 items below.
There’s an emergency! Exactly what are the very next 5 things you should do … or have already prepped for?
Practice your response in your mind. Do the drill with your family.
#1 A safe place
– … This may be an interior room, a basement room or even higher ground or an underground bunker depending on what the emergency is.
If you can’t get to a safe place, then nothing you do after that will help you much if you are dead …
I would hope you have already thought about this and have a predesignated place to go, if not then now is a good time to make that plan and the decision …
Remember that you may not be at home when it strikes and will need to find it where you can … I would suggest that you sit down and make a list of what you should look for in a situation like this …
– Remember the rules of 3’s (3 minutes without air, 3 hours without shelter, 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food.) … find and fill everything you can with drinkable water.
Use pots, pans, old soda bottles, and anything else that is clean that will hold water. One of the first things to stop working when an emergency strikes is electricity and water and soon followed by sewage as well …
#3 Means of communications
– Whether it is a computer, a radio or a TV, find a way to get information on the current situation as quickly as possible …
In many cases , the situation can become fluid and may change from one minute to the next and without this information, you could be walking into more trouble without even knowing it.
Information is key in any emergency and should be one of your first priorities right after finding water …
#4 Food and medical supplies
– If you are at home you need to immediately inventory your food and medical supplies that you have on hand. If not enough, then you need to start looking for sources of food and medical supplies to last as long as possible …
If you are a Prepper like me, then you have plenty of food and medical supplies stockpiled and should be in good shape provided you have enough.
If you are on the road however, you will just have to do the best that you can and try to get home to your supplies as quickly as possible …
– … you will need a way to move around in any emergency. . If you have a vehicle, then try to locate fuel for it while you still can.
If electricity is already out, it may be already too late to get it. Hopefully, if you are at home then you have some stored up for just such a situation, but if not then you will want to start looking for it …
Source: Sgt. Cooley is a US ARMY Veteran , ex-Deputy Sheriff, Patriot, Survivalist and a Prepper and a damn good writer. Check out his stuff at American Preppers Online.
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